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1985 FIA Formula 1 Season
Photo Credit: Lothar Spurzem.
Champion Constructor: McLaren TAG Porsche (GB,3,3)
Putative Constructor: McLaren TAG Porsche (GB)
Champion Driver: Alain Prost (FR,1,2)
Putative Driver: Alain Prost (FR)
Putative Constructor Entry Specification: Model MP4-2B, 1.49-liter, six-cylinder vee, aluminum engine, DOHC, fuel injection, dual turbocharged, five-speed, ventilated carbon ceramic disc brakes, carbon fibre/aluminum honeycomb monocoque, double wishbone independent suspension, 855 horsepower (John Barnard, Hans Mezger).

After Renault and Ligier withdraw from the South African Grand Prix in October due to the apartheid policies in practice in South Africa, the FIA in 1985 elects to strike Kyalami from the Formula 1 calendar on a going forward basis. Despite a sensational season start by Scuderia Ferrari and Michele Alboreto, McLaren and driver Alain Prost track down the speedy Italians over the remaining schedule and finally earn the latter his maiden F1 drivers' title after two bitterly disappointing prior campaigns. Constructor McLaren dominates the field for its second consecutive constructors' crown. American constructor Carl Haas takes a run at F1 with its Lola Beatrice Hart entry in 1985. Future F1 champion Ayrton Senna earns his maiden series victory with a magnificent drive in the wet at Lisbon in April. F1 makes its inaugural visit to Adelaide in November. New Racing Makes: German Zakspeed. Racing Evolution: Digital engine management systems.

HeM applies the Putative Model to all racing seasons for two primary purposes: First, to effectively normalize all racing seasons for empirical comparison across the decades, and second, to step clear of series organizers which score season championships primarily out of commercial interest or to attract manufacturer participation. The Putative Model simply scores all seasons in the same fashion as a standard track and field meeting, with the only purpose of tracking what takes place at the finishing stripe If the Putative Champion differs from the nominal Series Champion, please note the (SC) notation below.

McLaren TAG Porsche116     Prost101
Scuderia Ferrari102     Alboreto70
Williams Honda90     Senna57
Lotus Renault88     Rosberg K53
Brabham BMW31     Mansell40
Ligier Renault28     De Angelis39

Noteworthy 1985 Races

1985 Grand Prix of San Marino Imola, Italy1985 1985 Grand Prix of San Marino At Imola for the San Marino Grand Prix (302.5 kilometers) in May, the race comes to a British McLaren MP4-2B TAG Porsche under Alain Prost (FR) in 1:34:35.9 (average 119.18 mph), a lap ahead of an Arrows entry. The contest rapidly develops as one of fuel efficiency as race leaders Ayrton Senna in his Lotus and Stefan Johansson in his Ferrari each exhaust their respective fuel supplies over the closing laps. Prost and his fuel efficient TAG-Porsche turbo survives the attrition and coasts across the line also out of fuel with an apparent victory, yet race officials afterwards disqualify the McLaren for not meeting the minimum weight regulation. The decision promotes Elio de Angelis in his Lotus to his second F1 victory. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
1985 XLIII Grand Prix de Monaco Monte Carlo1985 1985 XLIII Grand Prix de Monaco At Monaco for the Grand Prix (258.5 kilometers) in May, a British McLaren MP4-2B TAG Porsche under Alain Prost (FR) takes race honors in 1:51:58 (average 86.02 mph), under eight seconds ahead of a Ferrari entry. Prost moves out front after race leader Michele Alboreto in his Ferrari wobbles on Lap 47 of 78 from an oil patch left from a shunt, and Prost scoots away to complete the contest with an exhausted fuel supply and leaking oil from his entry for a victory in the principality for the second consecutive season. Photo Credit: LAT Photographic Archive.
1985 XXXVIII British Grand Prix Silverstone, England1985 1985 XXXVIII British Grand Prix At Silverstone for the British Grand Prix (311.5 kilometers) in July, a British McLaren MP4-2B TAG Porsche under Alain Prost (FR) takes the flag in 1:18:10.4 (average 146.27 mph), a lap ahead of a Ferrari entry. Prost and Ayrton Senna in his Lotus fiercely dice over the closing laps, with Senna moving out front with seven laps remaining. Prost again retakes the lead on the succeeding lap just before Senna exhausts his fuel supply one circuit later. The contest abruptly ends on Lap 65 of 66 after race officials mistakenly wave checkers over the field. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.