1985 French Grand Prix
- Sunday, July 7, 1985
- Grand Prix de France
- F1 World Championship
Castellet, July 7th
With the Grand Prix season around its half-way point everything looked to be set fair as the Formula One teams assembled at the Circuit Paul Ricard, on the arid plain above the Mediterranean seaside resorts of Bandol and La Ciotat. The Honda engine men were happy with the progress that their revised V6 had made in the North American races, Ferrari was as strong as ever, Lotus was revelling in its new-found enthusiasm, sparked off by the arrival of Ayrton Senna in the team, McLaren, while not dominant like last year, was never far from the front, and Renault was entering on a new phase with a brand new car. Brabham and BMW were just being their philosophical selves, hoping that one day Pirelli could match Goodyear on the tyre front, or at the least that Goodyear would stumble and let the Italian tyre giant catch up.
In the lower echelons Ken Tyrrell was viewing the Renault turbo power in the back on the new 014 with slight apprehension, Toleman and Brian Hart were still trying to get back into their 1984 routine, and Zakspeed was feeling much happier now it had completed its second car. John Macdonald was wondering how long he could hold out against adversity, as his RAM cars had been having more than their fair share of troubles.
Le Castellet, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur
Permanent road course
Keke Rosberg (Williams FW10-Honda), 1m39.914, 130.072 mph, F1, 1985
First Race1970 Paul Ricard F2