1986 German Grand Prix

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West Germany  1986 German Grand Prix
Race details
Race 10 of 16 in the 1986 Formula One season
Circuit Hockenheimring-1982.svg
Date July 27, 1986
Official name XLII Großer Preis von Deutschland
Location Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, West Germany
Course Permanent racing facility
6.797 km (4.223 mi)
Distance 45 laps, 299.068 km (185.832 mi)
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver Finland Keke Rosberg McLaren-TAG
Time 1:42.013
Fastest lap
Driver Austria Gerhard Berger Benetton-BMW
Time 1:46.604 on lap 35
First Brazil Nelson Piquet Williams-Honda
Second Brazil Ayrton Senna Lotus-Renault
Third United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda

The 1986 German Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Hockenheimring on July 27, 1986. It was the tenth race of the 1986 Formula One season.


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet Williams-Honda 44 1:22:08.263 5 9
2 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna Lotus-Renault 44 + 15.437 3 6
3 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda 44 + 44.580 6 4
4 25 France René Arnoux Ligier-Renault 44 + 1:15.176 8 3
5 2 Finland Keke Rosberg McLaren-TAG 43 Out of Fuel 1 2
6 1 France Alain Prost McLaren-TAG 43 Out of Fuel 2 1
7 8 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Brabham-BMW 43 + 1 Lap 20  
8 16 France Patrick Tambay Lola-Ford 43 + 1 Lap 13  
9 15 Australia Alan Jones Lola-Ford 42 + 2 Laps 19  
10 20 Austria Gerhard Berger Benetton-BMW 42 + 2 Laps 4  
11 28 Sweden Stefan Johansson Ferrari 41 Broken wing 11  
12 22 Canada Allen Berg Osella-Alfa Romeo 40 + 4 Laps 26  
Ret 17 West Germany Christian Danner Arrows-BMW 38 Turbo 17  
Ret 29 Netherlands Huub Rothengatter Zakspeed 38 Gearbox 24  
Ret 14 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer Zakspeed 37 Engine 16  
Ret 3 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Tyrrell-Renault 34 Electrical 15  
Ret 7 Italy Riccardo Patrese Brabham-BMW 22 Turbo 7  
Ret 23 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Minardi-Motori Moderni 20 Gearbox 23  
Ret 24 Italy Alessandro Nannini Minardi-Motori Moderni 19 Overheating 22  
Ret 11 United Kingdom Johnny Dumfries Lotus-Renault 17 Water radiator[1] 12  
Ret 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Arrows-BMW 13 Turbo 21  
Ret 26 France Philippe Alliot Ligier-Renault 11 Engine 14  
Ret 21 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Alfa Romeo 10 Clutch 25  
Ret 4 France Philippe Streiff Tyrrell-Renault 7 Engine 18  
Ret 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Ferrari 6 Transmission 10  
Ret 19 Italy Teo Fabi Benetton-BMW 0 Collision 9  


  • Alain Prost's car ran out of fuel on the finishing straight of the last lap. Instead of retiring, Prost got out of his car and tried to push it to the finish, to great applause from the crowd. The finish line was too far, though, and he never reached it. He was classified sixth in the race, and he was running third when his car ran out of fuel, and he was passed by Nigel Mansell and René Arnoux. as the seventh-placed car was a lap behind. Rosberg entered the last lap ahead of Prost so was classified 5th despite stopping first.
  • Nelson Piquet, Ayrton Senna, Keke Rosberg and Alain Prost were all running out of fuel right at the end of the race- and all barely made it to the finish line except Prost, who did not make it after trying to push his car to the finish line and lost 3 places. Senna swerved his Lotus sideways frantically to the finish line on the pit straight to get the last drops of fuel into the valves of his Lotus's Renault engine. Piquet was running out of fuel on the straight after the second chicane and he too frantically swerved his Williams sideways and had to turn his Honda engine's boost way down to get the car to finish, which he did.
  • The grid represented the first all-McLaren front row since the 1972 Canadian Grand Prix. It was also Keke Rosberg's only pole position with the team and the 5th and last pole of his F1 career.

Standings after Grand Prix[edit]

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


  1. ^ Anthony, Pritchard (March 2006). Lotus: The Competition Cars. Haynes Publishing. p. 246. ISBN 1-84425-006-7. 

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

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