1986 Brazilian Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 1 of 16 in the 1986 Formula One season
Circuit Jacarepagua.png
Date March 23, 1986
Official name 15o Grande Premio do Brasil
Location Jacarepaguá Circuit, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Course Permanent racing facility
5.031 km (3.126 mi)
Distance 61 laps, 306.891 km (190.693 mi)
Weather Hot, dry and sunny
Pole position
Driver Brazil Ayrton Senna Lotus-Renault
Time 1:25.501
Fastest lap
Driver Brazil Nelson Piquet Williams-Honda
Time 1:33.546 on lap 46
First Brazil Nelson Piquet Williams-Honda
Second Brazil Ayrton Senna Lotus-Renault
Third France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Renault

The 1986 Brazilian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Jacarepaguá on March 23, 1986. It was the opening round of the 1986 Formula One season. It was the 15th Brazilian Grand Prix and the seventh to be held at Jacarepaguá in Rio de Janeiro. The race was held over 61 laps of the three kilometre circuit for a race distance of 307 kilometres.

The race was won by Brazilian racer Nelson Piquet driving a Williams FW11. It was Piquet's second victory at his home race having won it previously three years earlier. It was his 14th Grand Prix victory and the first for his new team, Williams. Piquet won by 34 second over countryman Ayrton Senna driving a Lotus 98T. A minute behind Piquet was French driver Jacques Laffite driving a Ligier JS27.

The new season had seen many driver changes, the most significant was Piquet's arrival at Williams after seven years at Brabham, while Keke Rosberg joined McLaren and Elio de Angelis joined Brabham in the other major moves. Senna used his influence at Lotus to ensure they hired a driver that would not interfere with his campaign which left Derek Warwick out of a seat, although that would prove to be temporary. Williams was missing their team principal, Frank Williams who had had a car accident in pre-season testing that left him a quadraplegic.[1]

Senna led from pole position but was soon under threat from the Williams pair. Nigel Mansell spun off track on the opening lap after contact with Senna, but Piquet was in the lead by lap three. As pitstops began it started to look as though Alain Prost (McLaren MP4/2C) might pull a surprise by only pitting once and snatching the win away from the Brazilians[1] but that came to an end along with Prost's TAG-Porsche engine just past half-distance.[2]

There was no threat to the Brazilian pair after that with Piquet retaking the lead from Senna after the latter's final tyre stop. Behind Laffite was his Ligier team mate René Arnoux. Fifth place was taken by the Tyrrell 014 of Martin Brundle, his first points finish since his debut season two years previously. Gerhard Berger finish sixth in his Benetton B186 on the debut for the new team which had taken over the Toleman team during the off-season. Philippe Streiff in the second Tyrrell, Elio de Angelis (Brabham BT55), Johnny Dumfries (Lotus 98T) and Teo Fabi (Benetton B186) were the only other finishers in a day of high attrition where Mansell had been the only non-mechanical retirement.


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet Williams-Honda 61 1:39:32.583 2 9
2 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna Lotus-Renault 61 + 34.827 1 6
3 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Renault 61 + 59.759 5 4
4 25 France René Arnoux Ligier-Renault 61 + 1:28.429 4 3
5 3 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Tyrrell-Renault 60 + 1 Lap 17 2
6 20 Austria Gerhard Berger Benetton-BMW 59 + 2 Laps 16 1
7 4 France Philippe Streiff Tyrrell-Renault 59 + 2 Laps 18  
8 8 Italy Elio de Angelis Brabham-BMW 58 + 3 Laps 14  
9 11 United Kingdom Johnny Dumfries Lotus-Renault 58 + 3 Laps 11  
10 19 Italy Teo Fabi Benetton-BMW 56 + 5 Laps 12  
Ret 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Arrows-BMW 37 Exhaust 15  
Ret 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Ferrari 35 Fuel System 6  
Ret 1 France Alain Prost McLaren-TAG 30 Engine 9  
Ret 22 Germany Christian Danner Osella-Alfa Romeo 29 Engine 24  
Ret 28 Sweden Stefan Johansson Ferrari 26 Brakes 8  
Ret 16 France Patrick Tambay Lola-Hart 24 Battery 13  
Ret 7 Italy Riccardo Patrese Brabham-BMW 21 Water Leak 10  
Ret 14 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer Zakspeed 20 Engine 21  
Ret 17 Switzerland Marc Surer Arrows-BMW 19 Engine 20  
Ret 24 Italy Alessandro Nannini Minardi-Motori Moderni 18 Clutch 25  
Ret 23 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Minardi-Motori Moderni 16 Turbo 22  
Ret 21 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Alfa Romeo 16 Engine 23  
Ret 2 Finland Keke Rosberg McLaren-TAG 6 Engine 7  
Ret 15 Australia Alan Jones Lola-Hart 5 Injection 19  
Ret 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda 0 Spun Off 3  

Standings after the race[edit]

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.


  1. ^ a b Pye, Steven (2013-03-15). "Reliving the 1986 Brazilian Grand Prix". Guardian Sport Network. That 1980s Sport Blog. Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 2013-05-30. 
  2. ^ "Grand Prix Results: Brazilian GP, 1986". grandprix.com. GP Encyclopedia. Inside F1, Inc. Retrieved 2013-05-30. 

Unless otherwise indicated, all race results are taken from "The Official Formula 1 website". Retrieved 2007-06-17. 

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