1985 Portuguese Grand Prix

The 1985 Portuguese Grand Prix was Round 2 of the 1985 FIA Formula 1 World Championship. The event was held in Estoril, Portugal on Sunday, 21 April 1985. Ayrton Senna started on pole position in the Lotus Renault and was the race winner.


5. Grande Premio De Portugal Race Result
Pos.No.DriverNationalityTeamTyreLapsTime/RetiredRace TimeGapIntervalBest LapLapSpeedStartedPoints
112Ayrton SennaBrazilLotus RenaultGoodyear672:00:28.0062:00:28.0061:44.12115145.16019
227Michele AlboretoItalyFerrariGoodyear67+1:02.9782:01:30.984+1:02.978+1:02.9781:44.8645143.90656
315Patrick TambayFranceRenaultGoodyear66+1 lap2:00:34.3621 lap1 lap1:46.29052142.868124
411Elio de AngelisItalyLotus RenaultGoodyear66+1 lap2:01:01.2641 lap+26.9021:45.21213142.33843
55Nigel MansellGreat BritainWilliams HondaGoodyear65+2 laps2:00:28.3272 laps1 lap1:46.69762140.82092
64Stefan BellofGermanyTyrrell FordGoodyear65+2 laps2:00:32.1222 laps+3.7951:47.86111140.747211
716Derek WarwickGreat BritainRenaultGoodyear65+2 laps2:00:35.8882 laps+3.7661:45.98563140.6736
828Stefan JohanssonSwedenFerrariGoodyear62+5 laps2:00:33.6835 laps3 laps1:46.29711134.22211
924Piercarlo GhinzaniItalyOsella Alfa RomeoPirelli61+6 laps2:02:25.2586 laps1 lap1:51.7473130.05126
NC9Manfred WinkelhockGermanyRAM HartPirelli50+17 laps2:01:08.8421:50.4803107.72015
DNF1Niki LaudaAustriaMcLaren TAGGoodyear49Engine1:32:07.2121:46.6334138.8297
DNF23Eddie CheeverUnited StatesAlfa RomeoGoodyear36Engine1:08:20.6001:47.90814137.48214
DNF2Alain ProstFranceMcLaren TAGGoodyear30Spun Off53:58.2071:44.9018145.0802
DNF25Andrea de CesarisItalyLigier RenaultPirelli29Tyre1:04:00.0931:49.6583118.2628
DNF18Thierry BoutsenBelgiumArrows BMWGoodyear28Tyre57:55.3761:49.51813126.16716
DNF7Nelson PiquetBrazilBrabham BMWPirelli28Electrical1:41:23.6321:51.619572.07510
DNF3Martin BrundleGreat BritainTyrrell FordGoodyear20Transmission37:28.7041:48.39514139.28022
DNF21Mauro BaldiItalySpirit HartPirelli19Spun Off48:35.0001:54.5883102.07229
DNF6Keke RosbergFinlandWilliams HondaGoodyear16Spun Off32:01.7881:45.71714130.3783
DNF26Jacques LaffiteFranceLigier RenaultPirelli15Tyre30:46.0681:50.4915127.24318
DNF17Gerhard BergerAustriaArrows BMWGoodyear12Spun off22:36.1191:48.56111138.57117
DNF29Pierluigi MartiniItalyMinardi FordPirelli12Spun Off40:02.5581:56.040378.21625
DNF22Riccardo PatreseItalyAlfa RomeoGoodyear4Spun Off7:40.9651:51.6583135.88813
DNF10Philippe AlliotFranceRAM HartPirelli3Spun Off5:55.5951:50.6433132.11620
DNF8Francois HesnaultFranceBrabham BMWPirelli3Electrical6:01.9791:53.9753129.78619
DNF30Jonathan PalmerGreat BritainZakspeedGoodyear2Suspension6:14.9552:55.894183.53023

Memorable race Moments

Race Start

Pole sitter Ayrton Senna converts his first front row start and leads Lotus team-mate Elio de Angelis and Alain Prost’s McLaren through Turn 1. Further back Keke Rosberg stalls his Williams Honda and gets a push start. He then compounds matters by spinning.

Lap 5

Riccardo Patrese and Stefan Johansson, in his first race for Ferrari, tangle and spin off the circuit.

Lap 18

Keke Rosberg crashes out after a torrid race.

Lap 28

Mauro Baldi spins his Spirit Hart out of the race and marshalls have to remove his stricken car from the middle of the track.

Lap 31

Chasing down Elio de Angelis, Alain Prost spins out of 3rd place on the start/finish straight and into retirement.

Lap 43

Suffering with a slow puncture, Elio de Angelis is overtaken by Michele Alboreto’s Ferrari into turn 1 and, a few corners later, runs off the circuit but rejoins.

Lap 67

Murray Walker: "And you can see that this usually totally unflappable, imperturbable Brazilian is, for once, absolutely beside himself... with joy!"

After 2 hours, Ayrton Senna claims his maiden Grand Prix victory and Lotus’ first win since the 1982 Austrian Grand Prix. Nigel Mansell goes off the track to avoid hitting race winner Senna, who undoes his seatbelts and celebrates his victory with both hands off the wheel.