1987 San Marino Grand Prix

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Italy  1987 San Marino Grand Prix
Race details
Race 2 of 16 in the 1987 Formula One season
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Date May 3, 1987
Official name Gran Premio di San Marino
Location Autodromo Dino Ferrari, Imola, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Course Permanent racing facility
5.040 km (3.131 mi)
Distance 59 laps, 297.360 km (184.770 mi)
Weather Sunny, warm
Pole position
Driver Brazil Ayrton Senna Lotus-Honda
Time 1:25.826
Fastest lap
Driver Italy Teo Fabi Benetton-Ford
Time 1:29.246 on lap 51
Podium
First United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda
Second Brazil Ayrton Senna Lotus-Honda
Third Italy Michele Alboreto Ferrari

The 1987 San Marino Grand Prix was a Formula One race held on May 3, 1987 at the Autodromo Dino Ferrari, Imola. It was the second race of the 1987 Formula One season. It was the seventh San Marino Grand Prix and it was held over 59 laps of the five kilometre circuit for a race distance of 297 kilometres.

The race was won by British driver Nigel Mansell driving a Williams FW11B. It was Mansell's eighth Grand Prix victory, his first (of two) at the Imola circuit. Mansell finished 27 seconds ahead of Brazilian driver Ayrton Senna driving a Lotus 99T. Third was Italian driver Michele Alboreto driving a Ferrari F1/87. The win gave Mansell a one point lead in the championship over French McLaren driver Alain Prost.

Race summary[edit]

In Friday practice, championship contender Nelson Piquet was eliminated from the race after an accident at the Tamburello corner. A tyre of his Williams FW11B failed, which resulted in a violent impact against the wall. Whilst in his opinion he had only sustained a sore ankle, he was taken to the nearby Bellaria-Igea Marina hospital, and after medical checks he was forbidden to start by FIA Medical Delegate Sid Watkins.

Alarmed by excessive blistering and the suggestion that Piquet's accident may have been caused by a tyre deflation, Goodyear withdrew all the tyres issued to teams. A replacement selection was flown in and despite the lack of Customs officials due to an Italian public holiday, the new rubber was available for all teams to race on by Sunday.

Saturday's qualifying went on smoothly, with Ayrton Senna claiming pole position on his Lotus 99T, with Nigel Mansell, in his Williams FW11B, aside him in the front row. The second row was occupied by Teo Fabi in the Benetton B187 and Alain Prost's McLaren MP4/3; "home" team Ferrari took the whole third row with Michele Alboreto ahead of Gerhard Berger.
The race required two starts as Martin Brundle (Zakspeed 871), Thierry Boutsen (Benetton B187) and Eddie Cheever (Arrows A10) stalled on the original grid. Satoru Nakajima started from the pit lane owing to a faulty battery in his Lotus 99T, and René Arnoux failed to take the second start after the suspension of his Ligier JS29B failed.

On the second start, Senna led off the line but Mansell overtook him on lap two, at the Tosa corner, and went on to dominate the race. Prost got the second place overtaking Senna on lap 6; the Brazilian was then engaged in a battle with the two Ferraris, and got back second when Prost retired with an alternator failure on lap 15. Berger retired with turbo boost failure on lap 17, and by that time Alboreto passed Senna to take second place.
On lap 22, Mansell pitted early due to a loose wheel balance weight and for three laps Alboreto led the race. Senna retook first position with Alboreto's pit stop, then before Mansell returned to the front when the Brazilian stopped. Riccardo Patrese in his Brabham BT56 was now holding second place but he retired when his alternator failed on lap 57. Simultaneously, Teo Fabi retired with engine problems. Fabi's race had been wrecked by front wing damage sustained on the first lap when he collided with Cheever, although his attempted fightback did produce the fastest lap.

Mansell took a comfortable win with Senna holding second after Alboreto's turbo experienced problems. Stefan Johansson (McLaren MP4/3) was in fourth place whilst Derek Warwick's late race retirement after his Arrows A10 ran out of fuel, handed fifth to Brundle. It was Zakspeed's first and only Formula One point score. Nakajima rounded off the points in sixth place, which meant he was the first Japanese driver to score a world championship point.[1]

Classification[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 59 1:31:24.076 2 9
2 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna Lotus-Honda 59 + 27.545 1 6
3 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Ferrari 59 + 39.144 6 4
4 2 Sweden Stefan Johansson McLaren-TAG 59 + 1:00.588 8 3
5 9 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Zakspeed 57 + 2 Laps 14 2
6 11 Japan Satoru Nakajima Lotus-Honda 57 Out of fuel 12 1
7 10 West Germany Christian Danner Zakspeed 57 + 2 Laps 17  
8 (1) 4 France Philippe Streiff Tyrrell-Ford 57 + 2 Laps 20  
9 7 Italy Riccardo Patrese Brabham-BMW 57 + 2 Laps / Alternator 7  
10 (2) 30 France Philippe Alliot Lola-Ford 56 + 3 Laps 21  
11 17 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Arrows-Megatron 55 Out of fuel 10  
12 21 Italy Alex Caffi Osella-Alfa Romeo 54 Out of fuel 19  
13 (3) 14 France Pascal Fabre AGS-Ford 53 + 6 Laps 24  
Ret 19 Italy Teo Fabi Benetton-Ford 51 Turbo 4  
Ret 20 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Benetton-Ford 48 Engine 11  
Ret 18 United States Eddie Cheever Arrows-Megatron 48 Clutch 9  
Ret 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer Tyrrell-Ford 48 Clutch 23  
Ret 8 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Brabham-BMW 39 Spun Off 13  
Ret 23 Spain Adrián Campos Minardi-Motori Moderni 30 Gearbox 16  
Ret 22 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Osella-Alfa Romeo 26 Gearbox 25  
Ret 24 Italy Alessandro Nannini Minardi-Motori Moderni 25 Turbo 15  
Ret 16 Italy Ivan Capelli March-Ford 18 Engine 22  
Ret 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari 16 Electrical 5  
Ret 1 France Alain Prost McLaren-TAG 14 Electrical 3  
Ret 26 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Ligier-Megatron 7 Handling 18  
DNS 25 France René Arnoux Ligier-Megatron 0 Suspension    
DNS 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet Williams-Honda   Injury  

Standings after the race[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A Race to Remember". Autosport. 


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