The 1984 season was a gripping story dominated by the McLaren TAG Porsche MP4/2 and the battle to the end between team mates Niki Lauda and Alain Prost.
From the heat and uncertainties of Brazil to the cliff-hanging finale in Portugal some 16 races later, the season was a winner in terms of drama, interest and excitement.
1984 was also the year the racing world witnessed a new name soon to be on everyone’s lips: Ayrton Senna.
For Lauda, the eventual winner, the title was a particularly sweet one as it came seven years after his previous title in ‘77. Prost’s achievements were just as impressive, winning a record seven races to finish within a point of Lauda at the end.
New fuel rules gave all teams plenty to think about and in Germany the Nürburgring’s rebirth gave drivers a new challenge to consider.
The story of the season is brilliantly narrated by Clive James.