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  • Dutch Grand Prix
  • Lauda claims final career victory
  • August 25, 1985: Niki Lauda won the Dutch Grand Prix a week after he had announced he would be retiring at the end of the season. It was to be his 25th and final grand prix win and, on a weekend of farewells, it was the last championship race at Zandvoort and the last Dutch GP

  • Austrian Grand Prix
  • Prost spoils Lauda's final homecoming
  • August 18, 1985: Alain Prost's fourth win of the season at the Österreichring took him joint top of the drivers' championship alongside Michele Alboreto. But it was a race which was controversially restarted and was somewhat overshadowed by Niki Lauda's announcement he was to retire for a second time at the end of the year.

  • German Grand Prix
  • Alboreto recovers from early clash to win
  • August 4, 1985: Michele Alboreto extended his lead over Alain Prost in the drivers' championship to five points with victory at the German Grand Prix. Alboreto's second win of the season was made easier when Prost slid off the track nine laps from the end

  • British Grand Prix
  • Prost wins to close gap on Alboreto
  • July 21, 1985: Alain Prost won the British Grand Prix after a customary measured drive but the battle for the points behind him was mired in controversy as officials waved the chequered flag a lap too early

  • French Grand Prix
  • Piquet powers to win at Paul Ricard
  • July 7, 1985: Nelson Piquet's ended a wait of more than a year as he swept to victory in the French Grand Prix, claiming Pirelli's first win since Stirling Moss in a Vanwall at Monza in 1957. For Brabham, it would be its last victory in F1

  • Detroit Grand Prix
  • Street king Rosberg romps to victory
  • June 23, 1985: Keke Rosberg underlined his liking for street circuits with victory in a Williams at the Detroit Grand Prix. His only two wins in the previous couple of seasons had been in Monaco in 1983 and Dallas in 1984

  • Canadian Grand Prix
  • Alboreto overcomes De Angelis to claim championship lead
  • June 16, 1985: Michele Alboreto moved to the top of the drivers' championship with victory at the Canadian Grand Prix but Elio de Angelis did not give up first place without a fight, pressurising the Ferrari until the tyres on his Lotus began to fade

  • Monaco Grand Prix
  • Prost wins again in Monaco
  • May 19, 1985: Alain Prost won the Monaco Grand Prix for the second year running and unlike 1984 he did so without any controversy or official intervention

  • Portuguese Grand Prix
  • Senna masters the rain for maiden win
  • April 21, 1985: In appalling conditions, Ayrton Senna won the Portuguese Grand Prix for Lotus, his first success in Formula One and confirmation that the form he showed in the opening round in Brazil was no one-off

  • Brazilian Grand Prix
  • Prost overcomes Alboreto to claim season opener
  • April 7, 1985: Alain Prost started where McLaren had left off with victory in the opening race of the year in Rio, but the performance over the weekend of Lotus - with Ayrton Senna as a driver - and Ferrari, suggested a much closer fight for the championship was in store

  • Portuguese Grand Prix
  • Lauda pips Prost to title with second
  • October 21, 1984: Alain Prost won the final race of the season at Estoril, but by taking second place, Niki Lauda secured his third world title by just half a point from his McLaren team-mate

  • German Grand Prix
  • Prost heads Lauda at Hockenheim
  • August 5, 1984: The ding-dong battle between the two McLarens continued at Hockenheim as Alain Prost recorded his fourth win of the season to extend his lead over team-mate Niki Lauda in the drivers' championship to 5½ points

  • Italian Grand Prix
  • Arnoux wins to take title race to Vegas
  • September 12, 1982: Rene Arnoux's third win of the season at the Italian Grand Prix ensured the title race would go down to the final race of the season in Las Vegas

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