1986 Spanish Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 2 of 16 in the 1986 Formula One season
Circuito de Jerez (1985-1992).svg
Date April 13, 1986
Official name Gran Premio Tio Pepe de España
Location Jerez, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
Course Permanent racing facility
4.218 km (2.62 mi)
Distance 72 laps, 303.696 km (188.74 mi)
Weather Warm, dry and sunny
Pole position
Driver Brazil Ayrton Senna Lotus-Renault
Time 1:21.605
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda
Time 1:27.176 on lap 65
Podium
First Brazil Ayrton Senna Lotus-Renault
Second United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda
Third France Alain Prost McLaren-TAG

The 1986 Spanish Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Jerez on April 13, 1986. This was the first Formula One Spanish Grand Prix since the 1981 race was held at Jarama.

This race featured a 3 car battle for the lead over the last half of the race. Ayrton Senna (Lotus-Renault), Nigel Mansell (Williams-Honda) and reigning World Champion Alain Prost (McLaren-TAG), all had opportunities to take the win, with close nose to tail racing around the circuit. Once Mansell pitted for fresh tyres he charged back into the fight making up over 19 seconds in the final 10 laps on his fresh rubber. It was not quite sufficient to take the win, but it was very close with Senna and Mansell taking the chequered flag almost side by side, Senna only 0.014 in front of Mansell in one of the closest finishes in Formula One history.

In an interview after the race, Mansell said he had no problems with Senna's defensive driving (blocking) at the end of the race when the Williams was clearly the quicker car, saying that Senna was entitled to protect his lead. He then jokingly added that the finish was so close they should give them both 7½ points each.[1]

Classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts
1 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna Lotus-Renault 72 1:48:47.735 1 9
2 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda 72 + 0.014 3 6
3 1 France Alain Prost McLaren-TAG 72 + 21.552 4 4
4 2 Finland Keke Rosberg McLaren-TAG 71 + 1 Lap 5 3
5 19 Italy Teo Fabi Benetton-BMW 71 + 1 Lap 9 2
6 20 Austria Gerhard Berger Benetton-BMW 71 + 1 Lap 7 1
7 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Arrows-BMW 68 + 4 Laps 19  
8 16 France Patrick Tambay Lola-Hart 66 + 6 Laps 18  
Ret 11 United Kingdom Johnny Dumfries Lotus-Renault 52 Gearbox 10  
Ret 3 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Tyrrell-Renault 41 Engine 12  
Ret 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Renault 40 Halfshaft 8  
Ret 17 Switzerland Marc Surer Arrows-BMW 39 Fuel System 22  
Ret 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet Williams-Honda 39 Engine 2  
Ret 8 Italy Elio de Angelis Brabham-BMW 29 Gearbox 15  
Ret 25 France René Arnoux Ligier-Renault 29 Half Shaft 6  
Ret 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Ferrari 22 Wheel Bearing 13  
Ret 4 France Philippe Streiff Tyrrell-Renault 22 Engine 20  
Ret 22 West Germany Christian Danner Osella-Alfa Romeo 14 Engine 23  
Ret 28 Sweden Stefan Johansson Ferrari 11 Brakes 11  
Ret 21 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Alfa Romeo 10 Engine 21  
Ret 7 Italy Riccardo Patrese Brabham-BMW 8 Gearbox 14  
Ret 23 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Minardi-Motori Moderni 1 Differential 24  
Ret 14 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer Zakspeed 0 Collision 16  
Ret 15 Australia Alan Jones Lola-Hart 0 Collision 17  
Ret 24 Italy Alessandro Nannini Minardi-Motori Moderni 0 Differential 25  

Notes[edit]

This was the third-closest finish in Formula One history, after Mansell's spectacular charge allowed him to pull alongside Senna on the final straight.

Standings after the race[edit]

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

References[edit]


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1986 Brazilian Grand Prix
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1986 San Marino Grand Prix
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1981 Spanish Grand Prix
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