1984 Belgian Grand Prix
- Sunday, April 29, 1984
- Grand Prix de Belgique
- F1 World Championship
Skies were clear and blue, and the sun shone brilliantly throughout the three days of the 1984 Grote Prijs van Belgie, making the whole scene almost tolerable and a smoothly run race, trouble-free and well organised, did much to alleviate the sadness at not being able to return to Spa-Francorchamps until 1985. It gives us something to look forward to.
This event saw the opening of the Grand Prix season in Europe , and the third event in the 1984 season and it was with some relief that the mechanics and engineers could pack all their equipment into their articulated “juggernauts” and set off for Belgium, self-contained and complete. With a bare two weeks since the return from the South African race on April 7th (not March 7th as mistakenly printed in last month’s Motor Sport), most of the teams had done a vast amount of work and there were nine new cars in the pits, including two of the new Arrows A7 cars with turbocharged BMW power.
As is customary since Bernie Ecclestone got the world of Formula 1 organised, everyone was ready to go the moment the circuit was opened for testing at 10 am on Friday morning for the regulation one and a half hours. Nobody was missing and nobody was late and it was particularly pleasing to see the amicable Piercarlo Ghinzani back in action in a brand new Osella-Alfa Romeo after his horrifying accident at the South African Grand Prix.