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 August 17, 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
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.

While Gerhard Berger had led for a while, his teammate Teo Fabi eventually took the lead from Berger for about 5-6 seconds at the Bosch-Kurve and the BMW engine in Fabi's car failed right after he passed Berger, and Berger immediately re-took the lead through the Bosch-Kurve. Berger later pitted and lost 4 laps as his team repaired an issue with his battery.

Derek Warwick was a non-starter. In the morning warmup, the gearbox on his Brabham broke, which over-revved the BMW. The car was repaired, the BMW's cylinder head was changed, and Warwick took his place on the grid. When Riccardo Patrese took his place on the grid, the gearbox in his car broke leaving him with no 2nd or 3rd gears. As Patrese's car was in fact the spare since he had crashed his race car which was then destroyed by fire in qualifying, and as not only senior driver but the faster qualifier of the two, the decision was made on the grid to hand Warwick's car to Patrese for 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. Patrese promptly retired from the race after just two laps, a legacy of the over-revved engine, completing what 1976 World Champion James Hunt said in television commentary, was a "Miserable race for Brabham".


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 Non Starter 10  

Lap leaders[edit]

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

Standings after Grand Prix[edit]

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


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

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