1987 British Grand Prix

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United Kingdom  1987 British Grand Prix
Race details
Race 7 of 16 in the 1987 Formula One season
Silverstone 1987.jpg
Date 12 July 1987
Official name XL Shell Oils British Grand Prix
Location Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Great Britain
Course Permanent racing facility
4.778 km (2.969 mi)
Distance 65 laps, 310.570 km (192.979 mi)
Weather Sunny and warm
Pole position
Driver Brazil Nelson Piquet Williams-Honda
Time 1:07.110
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda
Time 1:09.832 on lap 58
Podium
First United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda
Second Brazil Nelson Piquet Williams-Honda
Third Brazil Ayrton Senna Lotus-Honda

The 1987 British Grand Prix (formally the XL Shell Oils British Grand Prix) was a Formula One race held on 12 July 1987 at the Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone. It was the seventh race of the 1987 Formula One season. It was the 42nd British Grand Prix and the 23rd to be held at Silverstone. The race was held over 65 laps of the five kilometre circuit for race distance of 311 kilometres.

British driver Nigel Mansell won his third race for the year in his Williams FW11B. For the second time in eight days Mansell hunted down his more illustrious team mate Brazilian two-time World Champion Nelson Piquet to take victory. This time though Mansell was a lot further back with less time than at the French Grand Prix. In one of the most memorable performances in Formula One, Mansell took the lead from Piquet with two laps remaining. Ayrton Senna finished third in his Lotus 99T.

Mansell's win put him into second place in the championship, tied with Piquet and one point behind Senna.

Race summary[edit]

As usual, Honda powered cars dominated the qualifying sessions, with Nelson Piquet in his Williams FW11B beating his teammate Nigel Mansell by less than a tenth of second; Ayrton Senna was third in his Lotus 99T and fourth was the McLaren MP4/3 of Alain Prost. During qualifying, Piercarlo Ghinzani's Ligier JS29C ran out of fuel in front of the pits: his mechanics jumped the pit wall, refuelled him on the track and then push-started him. Being a clear violation of the rules, the stewards had no choice and Ghinzani was excluded from the rest of the event.

At the start, Prost was the quickest and got the lead, only to be passed by Piquet at the second corner; Mansell soon followed his teammate. The race then became a close fight between the two Williams drivers, as Senna and Prost were no match for them. Piquet led most of the race. By lap 12 Mansell was struggling with a vibration caused by a missing wheel weight, which had become detached and fallen from the car. By lap 36 he was around 5 seconds behind his team-mate and struggling. Both Williams drivers were scheduled to complete the race without a tyre change, but due to the worsening vibration and given a comfortable gap back to Senna in third place, Mansell and the team elected to make a stop in order to change tyres and solve the problem. Mansell rejoined the race some 29 seconds behind Piquet, with 28 laps remaining. On fresh rubber Mansell began an epic charge which saw the lap record broken 11 times. By lap 62 the two cars were nose to tail and on lap 63 Mansell performed his now famous 'Silverstone Two Step' move, selling Piquet a dummy on the Hangar Straight and then diving down the inside into Stowe Corner. Mansell ran out of fuel on the slowing down lap and was engulfed by the crowd. Unknown to the outside world at the time his fuel gauge had been in the red two laps before the finish, as he crossed the line it was still showing him to be two litres short.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap Grid
1 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet Williams-Honda 1:07.110 1
2 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda 1:07.180 +0.070 2
3 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna Lotus-Honda 1:08.181 +1.071 3
4 1 France Alain Prost McLaren-TAG 1:08.577 +1.467 4
5 20 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Benetton-Ford 1:08.972 +1.862 5
6 19 Italy Teo Fabi Benetton-Ford 1:09.246 +2.136 6
7 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Ferrari 1:09.274 +2.164 7
8 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari 1:09.408 +2.298 8
9 8 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Brabham-BMW 1:09.475 +2.365 9
10 2 Sweden Stefan Johansson McLaren-TAG 1:09.541 +2.431 10
11 7 Italy Riccardo Patrese Brabham-BMW 1:10.012 +2.902 11
12 11 Japan Satoru Nakajima Lotus-Honda 1:10.619 +3.509 12
13 17 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Arrows-Megatron 1:10.654 +3.544 13
14 18 United States Eddie Cheever Arrows-Megatron 1:11.053 +3.943 14
15 24 Italy Alessandro Nannini Minardi-Motori Moderni 1:12.293 +5.183 15
16 25 France René Arnoux Ligier-Megatron 1:12.402 +5.292 16
17 9 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Zakspeed 1:12.632 +5.522 17
18 10 West Germany Christian Danner Zakspeed 1:13.337 +6.227 18
19 26 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Ligier-Megatron 1:13.381 +6.271 EX[1]
20 23 Spain Adrián Campos Minardi-Motori Moderni 1:13.793 +6.683 19
21 21 Italy Alex Caffi Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:15.558 +8.448 20
22 30 France Philippe Alliot Lola-Ford 1:15.868 +8.758 21
23 4 France Philippe Streiff Tyrrell-Ford 1:16.524 +9.414 22
24 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer Tyrrell-Ford 1:16.644 +9.534 23
25 16 Italy Ivan Capelli March-Ford 1:16.692 +9.582 24
26 14 France Pascal Fabre AGS-Ford 1:18.237 +11.127 25

Race[edit]

Numbers in brackets refer to positions of normally-aspirated entrants competing for the Jim Clark Trophy.

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda 65 1:19:11.780 2 9
2 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet Williams-Honda 65 + 1.918 1 6
3 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna Lotus-Honda 64 + 1 Lap 3 4
4 11 Japan Satoru Nakajima Lotus-Honda 63 + 2 Laps 12 3
5 17 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Arrows-Megatron 63 + 2 Laps 13 2
6 19 Italy Teo Fabi Benetton-Ford 63 + 2 Laps 6 1
7 20 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Benetton-Ford 62 + 3 Laps 5  
8 (1) 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer Tyrrell-Ford 60 + 5 Laps 23  
9 (2) 14 France Pascal Fabre AGS-Ford 59 + 6 Laps 25  
Ret 4 France Philippe Streiff Tyrrell-Ford 57 Engine 22  
NC 9 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Zakspeed 54 Not Classified 17  
Ret 1 France Alain Prost McLaren-TAG 53 Engine 4  
Ret 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Ferrari 52 Suspension 7  
Ret 18 United States Eddie Cheever Arrows-Megatron 45 Engine 14  
Ret 23 Spain Adrián Campos Minardi-Motori Moderni 34 Fuel System 19  
Ret 21 Italy Alex Caffi Osella-Alfa Romeo 32 Engine 20  
Ret 10 West Germany Christian Danner Zakspeed 32 Gearbox 18  
Ret 7 Italy Riccardo Patrese Brabham-BMW 28 Turbo 11  
Ret 2 Sweden Stefan Johansson McLaren-TAG 18 Engine 10  
Ret 24 Italy Alessandro Nannini Minardi-Motori Moderni 10 Engine 15  
Ret 8 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Brabham-BMW 8 Turbo 9  
Ret 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari 7 Accident 8  
Ret 30 France Philippe Alliot Lola-Ford 7 Gearbox 21  
Ret 25 France René Arnoux Ligier-Megatron 3 Electrical 16  
Ret 16 Italy Ivan Capelli March-Ford 3 Accident 24  
EX[2] 26 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Ligier-Megatron 0 Excluded 19  
  • ^1 * Piercarlo Ghinzani was excluded from the race due to refuelling his car on the track during qualifying.

Notes[edit]

Standings after the race[edit]

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

References[edit]


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