Legends Of The Sport
Formula 1 Print 1985 - Ayrton Senna racing his Lotus-Renault 97T at the 1985 Brazilian Grand Prix in Rio de Janeiro
Ayrton Senna (BRA) racing his John Player Special Team Lotus-Renault 97T at the 1985 Brazilian Grand Prix in Rio de Janeiro on April 7th. The race was won by Alain Prost (FRA) in his McLaren-TAG Porsche with a time of 1h 41m 26.115s and he also raced the fastest lap, despite starting sixth on the grid. Senna unfortunately was forced to retire with an electrics problem on lap 48. Michele Alboreto (ITA) started on pole position after qualifying, but only came second.
The 1985 Brazilian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Jacarepaguá on April 7, 1985. It was the first round of the 1985 FIA Formula One World Championship. The Autódromo Internacional Nelson Piquet (Nelson Piquet International Autodrome), also known asJacarepaguá after the neighbourhood in which it was located, was a motorsport circuit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Opened in 1977, it hosted the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix on ten occasions, and was also used for CART, motorcycle racing and stock car racing. In 2012, it was demolished to make way for facilities to be used in the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Of note, even though René Arnoux finished 4th for Ferrari, he was sacked after the race, with both the team and Arnoux never revealing the reason behind the sacking. The driver who finished 7th in this race, Stefan Johansson, was picked up by the Scuderia for the rest of the year. This race was also Nigel Mansell's first race of seven seasons with the Williams team.
The 1985 Formula One season was the 36th season of FIA Formula One motor racing. It featured the 1985 Formula One World Championship  which commenced on 7 April and ended on 3 November after sixteen races. The Formula 1 World Championship for Drivers was awarded to Alain Prost, and the Formula One World Championship for Manufacturers was awarded to McLaren. Prost fended off a title challenge from runner-upMichele Alboreto and Ferrari, that faded away from mid-season, leaving the path clear for Prost to win his first career title at the age of 30 following several near-misses. Alboreto led the championship after winning the ninth race of the season in Germany, but then did not score a single point in the final five races, denying him his only career title challenge.