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F1 French Grand Prix: Top 5 races of all time 

Tanya Kumar
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#2 1985 French Grand Prix

1985 French Grand Prix
1985 French Grand Prix

The 1985 French Grand Prix seems to be a race of gearbox failures, with three of the ten drivers retiring at least partially due to it.

Nelson Piquet started on the third row, but he quietly overtook the four drivers ahead of him even with the chaos surrounding him.

He ultimately cruised to victory, but the battle for second lasted till the final lap when Keke Rosberg passed Alain Prost.

Keke had gotten fresh tires fitted on his car after being left behind in third by Prost and Piquet and the strategy seemed to pull through for him.

Before the race even began, a crash during qualifying put Nigel Mansell out of contention with a concussion.

The catch fencing at the Signes corner caused problems for Ayrton Senna too, who started on the front row behind Keke. Senna has gearbox problems during the race and subsequently, his engine failed and oil started leaking onto his rear tyres, causing a spin into the fencing. He suffered injuries, but was back for the next race of the season.

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