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Your favourite F1 season: the 80s

Racing events, drivers, cars or anything else from the past.

What is your favourite 1980s season?

1980
0
No votes
1981
1
7%
1982
3
21%
1983
0
No votes
1984
1
7%
1985
0
No votes
1986
6
43%
1987
0
No votes
1988
0
No votes
1989
3
21%
 
Total votes: 14

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Post by erwin greven » 1 month ago

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some 650-680hp. Ferrari has something like 660hp which was less than the Honda engine which had 670-675hp.
from there it went up with sometimes 10 - 15hp per year. Till 2004 engine rules were not changed that much, when it reached some 950hp.
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Post by PTRACER » 1 month ago

80s cars were powerful, but I don't think they looked or sounded very good. The 1987 cars in particular simply looked 'fat'. Thankfully they had a dramatic weight loss during 1988-1990.
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Post by Michkov » 1 month ago

erwin greven wrote:
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1987 engines were by far less powerful, going from 1200+hp to around 800-850hp They had to install a power valve which opened at 4.0 bar
That's 1200hp for 3-4 laps so 15-20km, that thought alone makes me grin :D. Race trim was more like 800-850.

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Post by Antonov » 1 month ago

I love 1989 due to its many many cars and generally exciting races with a multitde of winners.
however, still haven't voted yet.

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Post by kals » 1 month ago

Antonov wrote:
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I love 1989 due to its many many cars and generally exciting races with a multitde of winners.
however, still haven't voted yet.
Same here.

One stat I recently noticed about the 89 season which I hadn’t realized before, is that Ferrari achieved a 100% podium to finish rate. 30 starts (32 races, yet Berger wasn’t entered for Monaco and neither Mansell for Jerez), 9 finishes, 3 wins, 4 x 2nd and 2 x 3rd.

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Post by PTRACER » 1 month ago

What are the all-time greatest races of the 1980s?

I almost hate to say it, but 1982 Detroit is up there.
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Post by kals » 1 month ago

PTRACER wrote:
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What are the all-time greatest races of the 1980s?

I almost hate to say it, but 1982 Detroit is up there.
Waton’s drive was amazing that day.

Long Beach 1983
Rio & Hungary 1989

Lots more I’m sure I’m forgetting

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Post by Everso Biggyballies » 1 month ago

I always remember the dice for the lead at Zandvoort in 1985. Cant remember what the rest of the race was like.

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Post by erwin greven » 1 month ago

like i said, can't remember a single race that sticks in my mind. Bad memory anyway.
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Post by Antonov » 1 month ago

PTRACER wrote:
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What are the all-time greatest races of the 1980s?

I almost hate to say it, but 1982 Detroit is up there.
Spain 1981

Monaco 1982
Detroit 1982
Austria 1982

San Marino 1983

Monaco 1984
Detroit 1984

Portugal 1985
the Netherlands 1985

San Marino 1986

Britain 1987

France 1988
Japan 1988

Brazil 1989
Canada 1989
Hungary 1989
Portugal 1989
Japan 1989

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Post by kals » 1 month ago

That’s an interesting list with a some really good races. There are a couple I remember little to nothing about, like San Marino 1986 and France 1988.

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Post by EB » 1 month ago

Dallas was a brilliant race.

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Post by Antonov » 1 month ago

I was a bit reluctant to include that one, but you are right (1984).

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Post by PTRACER » 1 month ago

EB wrote:
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Dallas was a brilliant race.
I'd tend to agree.

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Post by kals » 1 month ago

I’ve been there. Not sure I can put on my list of race tracks visited though

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Post by JBT » 1 month ago

1986 for me. Partly because it was the first year I became properly aware of F1 (I turned 8 in 1986).

PS some of the teams allegedly found a way past the '87 4.0 bar boost pop-off valve, I seem to recall Arrows were rumoured to have found a way around it, and for '88's 2.5 bar limit too.
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