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Hottest F1 races ever 1984 Dallas Grand PrixThe 1984 Dallas Grand Prix was held on July 8, 1984 at Fair Park in Dallas, Texas. Keke Rosberg (father of Nico Rosberg) won his only race of the season at the Dallas Grand Prix.

This was one of the hottest Formula One races ever. At rolloff, the air temperature was 104 °F (40 °C), equalling the 1955 Argentine Grand Prix and the 2005 Bahrain Grand Prix.

1984 Dallas GP main race was scheduled to start at 11 am on Sunday, three hours earlier than common time, because of the heat, with the 30-minute warm-up planned for 7:45 am.

The warm-up was delayed and then cancelled but, because a 50-lap Can-Am race on Saturday had damaged the circuit so poorly that emergency repairs had gone on all night, and would continue until 30 minutes before the start (the repairs involved a Backhoe digging up the broken asphalt and replacing it with quick-dry cement). Niki Lauda and Alain Prost tried to plan a boycott among the drivers, but Rosberg insisted they should participate Sunday race.

“I don’t know what all the fuss is about,” Rosberg said. “We’ll all complain and bind right up until the start time and then we’ll go out and race as usual. We’ve come all this way and the race is all set up. Track surface or no track surface, you know as well as I do, we’ll race.”

dallas-1984-nigel-mansellF1 boss Bernie Ecclestone did not want to have 90,000 disappointed fans at the circuit, and viewers around the world.

Waving the green flag to start the parade lap, Mansell led for almost half the race from his first pole position. On the crumbling street track in Dallas Nigel Mansell did a stunning job to take his first pole position. Mansell led the first half of the race before losing the lead to Keke Rosberg. Three laps from home his gearbox failed, and after attempting to push his car across the line, he was classified sixth. He later fainted with the effort of doing so.

The first five cars (Mansell, de Angelis, Lauda, Rosberg, Prost) were now running as a group, and on lap 14, Rosberg passed Lauda for third and closed up on the two Lotuses. He passed de Angelis on lap 18, and soon was looking for a way past Mansell. Arnoux, having qualified fourth, had been unable to start his car on the grid, and began the race from the back of the pack. By the end of the first lap, he had already passed seven cars and now he and Piquet were closing on the group of leaders.

Rosberg, after briefly trading places with Prost, who had gotten by Lauda and de Angelis, Piquet became the ninth car to retire because of contact with the wall, and Arnoux moved into the top five.

NS_09GrandPrix1984__488900aProst took the lead from Rosberg on lap 49, and quickly opened a 7.5-second lead, but eight laps later struck a wall and damaged a wheel rim. Rosberg inherited a lead of 10 seconds over Arnoux, and, thanks in part to a special skull cap driver cooling system, held on to score his only victory of the year for Williams, as the two-hour limit was reached one lap short of the scheduled 68.

De Angelis came home third, comfortably ahead of Laffite in the second Williams. The oppressive heat was a factor of the Dallas Grand Prix becoming a one-off, and the event was replaced by following year’s Australian Grand Prix. Formula One has since returned to the state of Texas, hosting the United States Grand Prix in 2012 at the newly constructed Circuit of the Americas, located in the state capital of Austin.

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