Friday, November 22, 2013

Poster Grand Prix Brazil 1985 - Ayrton Senna's debut in the Lotus team



GP BRASIL 1985 Jacarepagu√° RJ - ESPECIAL GP BRASIL 84/94

In this new season in Formula 1, the grid was significantly rendered to the wonders of the Turbo engine , which was already the dominant part in a time where new drivers and new teams assumed their presence in the top category of motor racing.

The McLaren team champion of the world , would keep the duo who gave them their first constructors' title since 1976 , the veteran Austrian driver Niki Lauda and the French Alain Prost. At 36 years old, Lauda was the driver with the number 1 on his car, but his teammate was becoming a name to be taken into account, and failed to win the title the past two years for very little, all knew that this was going to land on his lap sooner or later. Continuing with the MP4 / 2 model with TAG- Porsche engine, were on track .

But McLaren had rivals. To start with they had the Ferrari , which had kept the couple of the previous year, Italian Michele Alboreto and Frenchman René Arnoux, and a new engine, the 126/85 model, hoping it was able to overtake the cars of Lauda and Prost .

Another candidate was Williams. With the Honda engine, the team of Frank Williams and Patrick Head had expected things to be better than the previous year, which have adapted to the Turbo of Japanese origin. And they kept the Finn Keke Rosberg in their ranks, though now as a teammate he had the British Nigel Mansell, from Lotus .

In this team, with a Renault Turbo engine, Mansell 's replacement was the revelation  driver of the last season, driving for the Toleman : Brazilian Ayrton Senna. Although he was not at the top of his form, for he had spent much of the European winter recovering from a facial paralysis, it had  been enough to be ready to try the new machine at the first race of the year, moreover in his native Brazil. By his side , he had as teammate Italian Elio de Angelis, who raced the black and gold car for the sixth consecutive season .

Ayrton Senna and teammate Elio de Angelis, Lotus team, 1985

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