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Crash.net's Will Saunders looks back at the 1984 Formula 1 season and the title fight between Alain Prost and Niki Lauda and considers the parallels that can be made to 2014 and the scrap between Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton...

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Strider

August 12, 2014 11:29 AM
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Lauda the old fox, Prost the young hotshot, what a classic season. Lauda won on cunning and consistency, if he wasn't retiring he was on the podium, and half points at Monaco proved costly for Prost. Alain must have felt he would forever be the bridesmaid after coming so close for a second year in a row, he could have easily been a six time world champion by the end of his career.

cassyo

August 12, 2014 3:28 PM

Yes, he could but he wasn't.
This "could", staying ussually close connected to" "if" can equally be applied to a long series of almost champions. Nor was Alain the first from that series, neither the last one.

sodesu

August 12, 2014 7:55 PM

Fun facts for people who remember past seasons with rose tinted glasses! Despite the similarities between these seasons, and despite the fact that the field was bigger in 1984, here's some interesting figures for you:

- The average victory margin in 1984 was about 23,5 seconds
- The average number of cars finishing on the lead lap was about 3,5

Since then of course, as you all know F1 has become known for its incredibly boring, procession-like races, as shown by these numbers:

- The average victory margin in 2014 was about 12,5 seconds
- The average number of cars finishing on the lead lap was about 9,5

...oh wait.

dannycoupe1

August 13, 2014 11:09 AM

I seem to remember going to Dallas what a nightmare hot, drunken time that was ! watched Mansell push his car across the finish line very hot terrible track but a great air conditioned garage area to look at the cars good ol days f F1 when the general admission people could buy pit passes and get killer photo's .seems that most of the field DNF and Rosberg won

WYNK

August 13, 2014 12:46 PM

My two recollections of 84 - brundles crash at Monaco, mainly because I was about 4 feet from the point of impact, and the all time worst paint job, Stephan Johanssens Toleman in Portugal.

here4thesun2

August 14, 2014 1:07 PM


The competition was strewn out. But it was a lottery for those running the race. Lauda and Prost at the front had 11 finishes. All the rest were averaging around 5 or 6 and sharing in the win totals.

Anyone could win, anyone could drop out on the next lap.

Many different winners from 80-85. But the dominant team has stamped their authority on the season from 84 onwards.

Firestorm

August 16, 2014 12:54 AM

I don't think that comparing Lauda and Prost with Hamilton and Rosberg and the situation of 1984 to that of 2014 is entirely correct. The McLaren Mp4/2 was the best car back then, Prost also won 2 titles with the B and C version of that car. But the Brabham was as fast in 1984 and Piquet retired many times while leading the race commandingly. This year Mercedes is the fastest car on both single lap and race-pace, so no much interference from the others. Also both Lauda and Prost were astute and intelligent, I am not sure that the Mercedes duo is like them. This article stated that the intra-team battles between the Williams drivers back in 1996, or McLaren ones in 1988/89 were a different story. I agree. But the 2014 fight between the Mercedes duo is a different story as well compared to any previous season. That's the story of Mercedes, Lewis, Nico and co in the 2014 FIA F1 season.

StevoG

August 17, 2014 4:03 AM

As was said in the article that 1984 season was the beginning of the dominant teams years in F1, but one thing that really intrigues me and that is that this year 2014 will go down as the most talented field in F1 with what 5 world champions that could have given us an amazing season of racing if the RBR, Ferrari and McLaren were competitive. And furthermore the two drivers that are contesting the title are far from the most talented and fastest in the field if it wasn't for their Mercedes cars dominance, that is the difference in 2014 and it's such a shame that we won't see that unfold until maybe 2015 or 2016

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