1986 Austrian Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 12 of 16 in the 1986 Formula One season
The Österreichring (last modified in 1977)
The Österreichring (last modified in 1977)
Date 17 August 1986
Official name XIX Holiday Großer Preis von Osterreich
Location Österreichring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 5.942 km (3.692 mi)
Distance 52 laps, 308.984 km (191.984 mi)
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver Benetton-BMW
Time 1:23.549
Fastest lap
Driver Austria Gerhard Berger Benetton-BMW
Time 1:29.444 on lap 49
Podium
First McLaren-TAG
Second Ferrari
Third Ferrari

The 1986 Austrian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Österreichring on 17 August 1986. The race, contested over 52 laps, was the twelfth race of the 1986 Formula One season and was won by Alain Prost, driving a McLaren-TAG, with Ferrari drivers Michele Alboreto and Stefan Johansson second and third respectively. With Drivers' Championship challengers Nigel Mansell, Nelson Piquet and Ayrton Senna all retiring, Prost moved into second place in the Championship, two points behind Mansell.

Report[edit]

Qualification[edit]

Qualifying saw several surprises as the Benetton-BMWs of Teo Fabi and Gerhard Berger filled the front row, Fabi just under 0.2 seconds ahead, while Riccardo Patrese took fourth in his Brabham despite a crash, just behind Keke Rosberg's McLaren. The four Drivers' Championship challengers occupied fifth to eighth in the order of Alain Prost's McLaren, the two Williams of Nigel Mansell and Nelson Piquet, and Ayrton Senna's Lotus. Completing the top ten were Michele Alboreto's Ferrari and Derek Warwick in the second Brabham.

Race[edit]

Warwick was a non-starter in bizarre circumstances. After the Englishman's car was repaired following a gearbox failure in the morning warm-up, the two Brabhams went to the grid, Patrese in the spare car following his qualifying crash. Then, as Patrese took his place on the grid, his own gearbox broke. As the Italian driver was six places ahead of Warwick, the decision was made on the grid to hand him Warwick's car for the rest of the race. Warwick later admitted that team owner Bernie Ecclestone had to physically drag him from the car as he refused to hand it over.

When the race got underway, local driver Berger took the lead from Fabi, while Rosberg and Patrese made slow starts and were overtaken by Prost, Mansell and Piquet. Patrese retired after two laps with an engine failure, while the same fate befell Senna after 13 laps. On lap 17, Fabi overtook Berger at the Bosch-Kurve, only for his own engine to fail seconds later. Mansell moved into second place when Prost made a pit stop for tyres, then the lead shortly afterwards when Berger pitted with a battery problem. Prost took the lead when Mansell made his own pit stop, before both Williams retired within three laps of each other, Piquet with an overheating engine and Mansell with a broken driveshaft. This left Prost around half a minute clear of team-mate Rosberg, with Alboreto up to third. Five laps from the end, Rosberg suffered an electrical failure, leaving Prost to win by a full lap from Alboreto with a further lap back to the second Ferrari of Stefan Johansson in third; the top six was completed by the two Haas Lolas of Alan Jones and Patrick Tambay and the Arrows of Christian Danner. Berger, having lost four laps as a result of his battery problem, made a charge to finish close behind Danner, setting the fastest lap of the race in the process.

With the win, Prost moved from fourth to second in the Drivers' Championship and cut Mansell's lead to two points, 55 to 53, with Senna on 48 and Piquet on 47.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 19 Italy Teo Fabi Benetton-BMW 1:26.421 1:23.549
2 20 Austria Gerhard Berger Benetton-BMW 1:25.638 1:23.743 +0.194
3 2 Finland Keke Rosberg McLaren-TAG 1:23.956 1:23.903 +0.354
4 7 Italy Riccardo Patrese Brabham-BMW 1:26.648 1:24.044 +0.495
5 1 France Alain Prost McLaren-TAG 1:24.346 1:25.285 +0.797
6 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda 1:25.515 1:24.635 +1.086
7 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet Williams-Honda 1:25.090 1:24.697 +1.148
8 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna Lotus-Renault 1:26.650 1:25.249 +1.700
9 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Ferrari 1:26.152 1:25.561 +2.012
10 8 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Brabham-BMW 1:26.892 1:25.726 +2.177
11 26 France Philippe Alliot Ligier-Renault 1:26.999 1:25.917 +2.368
12 25 France René Arnoux Ligier-Renault 1:26.797 1:26.312 +2.763
13 16 France Patrick Tambay Lola-Ford 1:27.628 1:26.489 +2.940
14 28 Sweden Stefan Johansson Ferrari 1:27.263 1:26.646 +3.097
15 11 United Kingdom Johnny Dumfries Lotus-Renault 1:27.212 1:27.833 +3.663
16 15 Australia Alan Jones Lola-Ford 1:27.420 1:27.476 +3.871
17 3 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Tyrrell-Renault 1:28.572 1:28.018 +4.469
18 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Arrows-BMW 1:29.155 1:28.598 +5.049
19 24 Italy Alessandro Nannini Minardi-Motori Moderni 1:31.974 1:28.645 +5.096
20 4 France Philippe Streiff Tyrrell-Renault 1:31.455 1:28.951 +5.402
21 14 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer Zakspeed 1:29.073 1:29.583 +5.524
22 17 West Germany Christian Danner Arrows-BMW 1:29.430 1:40.236 +5.881
23 23 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Minardi-Motori Moderni 1:33.263 1:29.615 +6.066
24 29 Netherlands Huub Rothengatter Zakspeed 2:21.202 1:32.512 +8.963
25 21 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:35.070 1:33.988 +10.439
26 22 Canada Allen Berg Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:38.731 1:36.150 +12.601

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 France Alain Prost McLaren-TAG 52 1:21:22.531 5 9
2 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Ferrari 51 +1 Lap 9 6
3 28 Sweden Stefan Johansson Ferrari 50 +2 Laps 14 4
4 15 Australia Alan Jones Lola-Ford 50 +2 Laps 16 3
5 16 France Patrick Tambay Lola-Ford 50 +2 Laps 13 2
6 17 Germany Christian Danner Arrows-BMW 49 +3 Laps 22 1
7 20 Austria Gerhard Berger Benetton-BMW 49 +3 Laps 2  
8 29 Netherlands Huub Rothengatter Zakspeed 48 +4 Laps 24  
9 2 Finland Keke Rosberg McLaren-TAG 47 Electrical 3  
10 25 France René Arnoux Ligier-Renault 47 +5 Laps 12  
11 21 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Alfa Romeo 46 +6 Laps 25  
Ret 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda 32 Halfshaft 6  
Ret 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet Williams-Honda 29 Engine 7  
Ret 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Arrows-BMW 25 Turbo 18  
Ret 19 Italy Teo Fabi Benetton-BMW 17 Engine 1  
Ret 26 France Philippe Alliot Ligier-Renault 16 Engine 11  
Ret 24 Italy Alessandro Nannini Minardi-Motori Moderni 13 Suspension 19  
Ret 23 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Minardi-Motori Moderni 13 Clutch 23  
Ret 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna Lotus-Renault 13 Engine 8  
Ret 3 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Tyrrell-Renault 12 Turbo 17  
Ret 4 France Philippe Streiff Tyrrell-Renault 10 Engine 20  
Ret 11 United Kingdom Johnny Dumfries Lotus-Renault 9 Engine 15  
Ret 14 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer Zakspeed 8 Engine 21  
Ret 22 Canada Allen Berg Osella-Alfa Romeo 6 Electrical 26  
Ret 7 Italy Riccardo Patrese Brabham-BMW 2 Engine 4  
DNS 8 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Brabham-BMW 0 Car raced by Patrese 10  
Source:[1]

Lap leaders[edit]

Gerhard Berger (1-25), Nigel Mansell (26-28), Alain Prost (29-53)

Championship standings after the race[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1986 Austrian Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 13 November 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015. 


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