1986 British Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 9 of 16 in the 1986 Formula One season
Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit 1976-1987.png
Date July 13, 1986
Official name XXXIX Shell Oils British Grand Prix
Location Brands Hatch, Kent, Great Britain
Course Permanent racing facility
3.703 km (2.301 mi)
Distance 75 laps, 277.725 km (172.575 mi)
Weather Sunny
Pole position
Driver Brazil Nelson Piquet Williams-Honda
Time 1:06.961
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda
Time 1:09.593 on lap 69
Podium
First United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda
Second Brazil Nelson Piquet Williams-Honda
Third France Alain Prost McLaren-TAG
McLaren pits

The 1986 British Grand Prix (formally the XXXIX Shell Oils British Grand Prix) was a Formula One motor race held at Brands Hatch on July 13, 1986. It was the ninth race of the 1986 Formula One season. It was the last Formula One race held at Brands Hatch, from 1987 onwards all British Grand Prix would be held at Silverstone.

Jacques Laffite broke both legs during a multi-car pile up at the start, leading to his retirement from the Grand Prix racing. Despite the crash happening just past the pits, the first doctor on the scene happened to be British driver Jonathan Palmer, who has started the race in 22nd place on the grid. A qualified GP before taking up motor racing in 1978, Palmer stopped his Zakspeed just past Laffite's crashed Ligier-Renault, jumped out and raced to assist the injured Frenchman. The race had been Laffite's record equalling start for most Formula One career starts. It was also the second British Grand Prix in succession at Brands Hatch that had seen the end of a drivers' career due to leg injuries suffered in a crash after Johnny Cecotto's career had ended during practice for the 1984 British Grand Prix when he smashed both of his ankles. All agreed though that the circuit itself was not to blame for either crash, and both Cecotto and Laffite went on to successful careers in international Touring car racing once they recovered from their injuries.

The pile-up included a significant number of cars which blocked the track entirely. The race was stopped without any drivers completing a single lap and was restarted over an hour later as Laffite had been airlifted to Sidcup Hospital and the race could not be restarted without the medical helicopter in attendance. This was fortunate for Nigel Mansell whose Williams-Honda had a driveshaft failure at the first start, but was allowed to restart as there had not been a lap completed. Lucky also for Mansell was that the spare Williams was Piquet's for the weekend and the team had time to change the settings on the car to suit the Englishman.

Mansell went on to win against a depleted grid in the team's spare car, which had been set up for team mate Nelson Piquet as it was his for the weekend. Mansell defeated Piquet in a straight fight, leading the Brazilian home by 5.574 seconds, much to the delight of the 110,000+ crowd in attendance. Reigning World Champion Alain Prost finished 3rd in his McLaren-TAG, one lap down on the Williams pair.

The race was the first time in 1986 since his car crash in France that had left him a paraplegic before the start of the season that Frank Williams had appeared in the Williams pits. It was also the first Williams 1-2 result of the season.

The international motorsports governing body at the time, FISA, had instituted a policy of long-term contracts with circuits. Brands Hatch was perceived as a poorer facility, and it did have very little run-off and room to expand, something Silverstone as a former World War II airfield had in acres. Silverstone and the BRDC had signed a seven year contract with Formula 1 and FISA at some point in 1986, to run from 1987 to 1993. [1]

Classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda 75 1:30:38.471 2 9
2 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet Williams-Honda 75 + 5.574 1 6
3 1 France Alain Prost McLaren-TAG 74 + 1 Lap 6 4
4 25 France René Arnoux Ligier-Renault 73 + 2 Laps 8 3
5 3 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Tyrrell-Renault 72 + 3 Laps 11 2
6 4 France Philippe Streiff Tyrrell-Renault 72 + 3 Laps 16 1
7 11 United Kingdom Johnny Dumfries Lotus-Renault 72 + 3 Laps 10  
8 8 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Brabham-BMW 72 + 3 Laps 9  
9 14 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer Zakspeed 69 + 6 Laps 22  
NC 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Arrows-BMW 62 Not Classified 13  
Ret 16 France Patrick Tambay Lola-Ford 60 Gearbox 17  
Ret 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Ferrari 51 Turbo 12  
Ret 24 Italy Alessandro Nannini Minardi-Motori Moderni 50 Steering 20  
Ret 19 Italy Teo Fabi Benetton-BMW 45 Fuel system 7  
Ret 7 Italy Riccardo Patrese Brabham-BMW 39 Engine 15  
Ret 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna Lotus-Renault 27 Gearbox 3  
Ret 29 Netherlands Huub Rothengatter Zakspeed 24 Engine 25  
Ret 23 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Minardi-Motori Moderni 23 Electrical 21  
Ret 20 Austria Gerhard Berger Benetton-BMW 22 Electrical 4  
Ret 15 Australia Alan Jones Lola-Ford 22 Throttle 14  
Ret 28 Sweden Stefan Johansson Ferrari 20 Engine 18  
Ret 2 Finland Keke Rosberg McLaren-TAG 7 Gearbox 5  
Ret 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Renault 0 Collision 19  
Ret 17 West Germany Christian Danner Arrows-BMW 0 Collision 23  
Ret 21 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Alfa Romeo 0 Collision 24  
Ret 22 Canada Allen Berg Osella-Alfa Romeo 0 Collision 26  


Standings after Grand Prix[edit]

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

References[edit]


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