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The 1985 Mitsubishi Australian Grand Prix was a Formula One championship race held in Adelaide on November 3, 1985. It was the final race for the 1985 season.

It was the 50th Australian Grand Prix and the first to be run as part of the Formula One championship.

McLaren-TAG Porsche and Ferrari came into this race fighting for the Constructor's Championship

  • McLaren-TAG Porsche (90pts) needed either
    • 2nd (or 3rd and 6th) or better
    • 4th (or 5th and 6th) with the Ferraris 1st and 3rd or lower
    • 5th with the Ferraris 1st and 4th or lower
    • 6th with the Ferraris 1st and 5th or lower
    • the Ferraris scoring 1st and 6th or lower
  • Ferrari (80pts) needed either
    • 1st and 2nd with the McLarens scoring fewer than 5pts
    • 1st and 3rd with the McLarens scoring fewer than 3pts
    • 1st and 4th with the McLarens 6th or lower
    • 1st and 5th with the McLaren 7th or lower

The race was also the last race for Niki Lauda and for Alfa Romeo team.

Classification

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 6 Template:Country flagicon Keke Rosberg Williams-Honda 82 2:00:40.473<ref name="Autocourse1985p260">Template:Citation/core{{#if:|}}</ref> 3 9
2 26 Template:Country flagicon Jacques Laffite Ligier-Renault 82 + 43.130 20 6
3 25 Template:Country flagicon Philippe Streiff Ligier-Renault 82 + 1:28.536 18 4
4 4 Template:Country flagicon Ivan Capelli Tyrrell-Renault 81 + 1 Lap 22 3
5 28 Template:Country flagicon Stefan Johansson Ferrari 81 + 1 Lap 15 2
6 17 Template:Country flagicon Gerhard Berger Arrows-BMW 81 + 1 Lap 7 1
7 24 Template:Country flagicon Huub Rothengatter Osella-Alfa Romeo 78 + 4 Laps 25  
8 29 Template:Country flagicon Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Motori Moderni 78 + 4 Laps 23  
Ret 12 Template:Country flagicon Ayrton Senna Lotus-Renault 62 Engine 1  
Ret 27 Template:Country flagicon Michele Alboreto Ferrari 61 Transmission 5  
Ret 1 Template:Country flagicon Niki Lauda McLaren-TAG 57 Brakes 16  
Ret 16 Template:Country flagicon Derek Warwick Renault 57 Transmission 12  
Ret 3 Template:Country flagicon Martin Brundle Tyrrell-Renault 49 Not Classified 17  
Ret 8 Template:Country flagicon Marc Surer Brabham-BMW 42 Engine 6  
Ret 22 Template:Country flagicon Riccardo Patrese Alfa Romeo 42 Exhaust 14  
Ret 19 Template:Country flagicon Teo Fabi Toleman-Hart 40 Engine 24  
Ret 18 Template:Country flagicon Thierry Boutsen Arrows-BMW 37 Oil Leak 11  
Ret 20 Template:Country flagicon Piercarlo Ghinzani Toleman-Hart 28 Clutch 21  
Ret 2 Template:Country flagicon Alain Prost McLaren-TAG 26 Engine 4  
Ret 15 Template:Country flagicon Patrick Tambay Renault 20 Transmission 8  
Ret 33 Template:Country flagicon Alan Jones Lola-Hart 20 Electrical 19  
DSQ 11 Template:Country flagicon Elio de Angelis Lotus-Renault 18 Disqualified<ref name="Lotusp245">Joining grid position after delay on warming up lap instead of starting from back of grid. According to Template:Citation/core{{#if:|}}</ref> 10  
Ret 7 Template:Country flagicon Nelson Piquet Brabham-BMW 14 Fire 9  
Ret 23 Template:Country flagicon Eddie Cheever Alfa Romeo 5 Engine 13  
Ret 5 Template:Country flagicon Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda 1 Transmission 2  

Notes

  • Elio de Angelis - Was excluded for regaining his original grid position after being delayed on the parade lap.
  • Milestone - Alan Jones; 100th Race Start.
  • On the second to last lap, Ligier driver Philippe Streiff tried to overtake his team-mate Jacques Laffite for 2nd place and, as result of this maneuver, Streiff's front wheel axis was severely damaged, but the driver still managed to finish in 3rd place despite driving on "three wheels".
  • Last win for Keke Rosberg
  • Last Fastest lap for Keke Rosberg