Elio de Angelis : biography
In 1985, De Angelis was joined by Ayrton Senna. De Angelis’ second win came in the third race of the season, at the 1985 San Marino Grand Prix after Alain Prost was disqualified when his McLaren MP4/2B for being 2 kg underweight. De Angelis also claimed his last F1 pole position in Canada. He finished fifth in the championship, with 33 points, five points behind his team mate. However, de Angelis chose to leave Lotus at the end of the season frustrated that the team’s efforts were being focused mostly on Senna. De Angelis’ drive for 1986 was with Brabham, as a replacement for twice World Champion Nelson Piquet, who had moved to Williams to join de Angelis’ former Lotus team mate Nigel Mansell. Fellow Italian Riccardo Patrese was Elio’s team mate.
De Angelis driving for [[Team Lotus at the 1985 German Grand Prix]]
The 1986 Brabham-BMW, the BT55, was a radically designed car with a very low cross section. Although modified with a BMW engine, it was not an effective car and could not arrest Brabham’s swift decline. It quickly became clear that 1986 would not be the year the team recaptured its form of the early 1980s. Nevertheless, de Angelis pushed his hardest to help develop the car.
Formula One World Championship results
(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)
|1979||Interscope Shadow Racing Team||Shadow DN9||Cosworth V8||ARG7||BRA12||RSARet||USW7||ESPRet||BELRet||MONDNQ||FRA16||GBR12||GER11||AUTRet||NEDRet||ITARet||CANRet||USA4||15th||3|
|1980||Team Essex Lotus||Lotus 81||Cosworth V8||ARGRet||BRA2||RSARet||USWRet||BEL10||MON9||FRARet||GBRRet||GER16||AUT6||NEDRet||ITA4||CAN10||USA4||7th||13|
|1981||Team Essex Lotus||Lotus 81||Cosworth V8||USWRet||BRA5||ARG6||SMRWD||BEL5||8th||14|
|John Player Team Lotus||ESP5||FRA6||GBRDSQ||GER7||AUT7||NED5||ITA4||CAN6||CPLRet|
|1982||John Player Team Lotus||Lotus 87B||Cosworth V8||RSA8||9th||23|
|1983||John Player Team Lotus||Lotus 91||Cosworth V8||BRADSQ||17th||2|
|Lotus 93T||Renault V6T||USWRet||FRARet||SMRRet||MONRet||BEL9||DETRet||CANRet|
|1984||John Player Team Lotus||Lotus 95T||Renault V6T||BRA3||RSA7||BEL5||SMR3||FRA5||MON‡5||CAN4||DET2||DAL3||GBR4||GERRet||AUTRet||NED4||ITARet||EURRet||POR5||3rd||34|
|1985||John Player Special Team Lotus||Lotus 97T||Renault V6T||BRA3||POR4||SMR1||MON3||CAN5||DET5||FRA5||GBRNC||GERRet||AUT5||NED5||ITA6||BELRet||EUR5||RSARet||AUSDSQ||5th||33|
|1986||Motor Racing Developments||Brabham BT55||BMW Straight-4T||BRA8||ESPRet||SMRRet||MONRet||BEL||CAN||DET||FRA||GBR||GER||HUN||AUT||ITA||POR||MEX||AUS||NC||0|
- ‡ Race was stopped with less than 75% of laps completed, half points awarded.