1986 British Grand Prix

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1986 British Grand Prix
Race 9 of 16 in the 1986 Formula One World Championship
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Race details
Date 13 July 1986
Official name XXXIX Shell Oils British Grand Prix
Location Brands Hatch, Kent, Great Britain
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 3.703 km (2.301 mi)
Distance 75 laps, 277.725 km (172.575 mi)
Weather Sunny
Pole position
Driver Williams-Honda
Time 1:06.961
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda
Time 1:09.593 on lap 69
Podium
First Williams-Honda
Second Williams-Honda
Third McLaren-TAG
McLaren pits

The 1986 British Grand Prix (formally the XXXIX Shell Oils British Grand Prix) was a Formula One motor race held at Brands Hatch in Kent, England on 13 July 1986. It was the ninth race of the 1986 FIA Formula One World Championship.

French driver Jacques Laffite broke both legs during a multi-car pile-up at the start, resulting in the end of his Formula One career. Laffite, driving a Ligier-Renault, was assisted by Zakspeed driver Jonathan Palmer, a qualified general practitioner before taking up motor racing in the late 1970s. Laffite was making his 176th Formula One start, equalling Graham Hill's record. The pile-up caused the race to be stopped; it was restarted over an hour later, after Laffite had been airlifted to Queen Mary's Hospital in nearby Sidcup.

The race was eventually won by local driver Nigel Mansell, driving a Williams-Honda. Mansell won after a battle with Brazilian teammate Nelson Piquet, finishing 5.5 seconds ahead. Reigning World Champion, Frenchman Alain Prost, finished third in his McLaren-TAG, one lap adrift.

The race also saw the return to the paddock of Frank Williams for the first time since he was paralysed in a road accident in France four months earlier.

This was the final British Grand Prix to be held at Brands Hatch. The international motorsports governing body at the time, FISA, had instituted a policy of long-term contracts with circuits, and Brands Hatch was perceived as a poorer facility to Silverstone, with much less room to expand. At some point in 1986, Silverstone and its owner, the British Racing Drivers' Club (BRDC), signed a long-term contract with FISA;[1] the British Grand Prix has been held at the Northamptonshire circuit ever since.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet Williams-Honda 1:07.690 1:06.961
2 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda 1:08.818 1:07.399 +0.438
3 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna Lotus-Renault 1:09.042 1:07.524 +0.563
4 20 Austria Gerhard Berger Benetton-BMW 1:09.916 1:08.196 +1.235
5 2 Finland Keke Rosberg McLaren-TAG 1:09.479 1:08.477 +1.516
6 1 France Alain Prost McLaren-TAG 1:09.779 1:09.334 +2.373
7 19 Italy Teo Fabi Benetton-BMW 1:11.819 1:09.409 +2.448
8 25 France René Arnoux Ligier-Renault 1:09.971 1:09.543 +2.582
9 8 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Brabham-BMW 1:12.403 1:10.209 +3.248
10 11 United Kingdom Johnny Dumfries Lotus-Renault 1:10.304 1:10.583 +3.343
11 3 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Tyrrell-Renault 1:11.432 1:10.334 +3.373
12 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Ferrari 1:11.662 1:10.338 +3.377
13 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Arrows-BMW 1:12.333 1:10.941 +3.980
14 15 Australia Alan Jones Lola-Ford 1:12.060 1:11.121 +4.160
15 7 Italy Riccardo Patrese Brabham-BMW 1:12.513 1:11.267 +4.306
16 4 France Philippe Streiff Tyrrell-Renault 1:11.682 1:11.450 +4.489
17 16 France Patrick Tambay Lola-Ford 1:13.376 1:11.458 +4.497
18 28 Sweden Stefan Johansson Ferrari 1:11.500 1:11.568 +4.539
19 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Renault 1:12.715 1:12.281 +5.320
20 24 Italy Alessandro Nannini Minardi-Motori Moderni 1:12.848 1:13.496 +5.887
21 23 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Minardi-Motori Moderni 1:14.366 1:12.980 +6.019
22 14 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer Zakspeed 1:14.678 1:13.009 +6.048
23 17 West Germany Christian Danner Arrows-BMW 1:13.261 1:13.421 +6.300
24 21 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:16.440 1:16.134 +9.173
25 29 Netherlands Huub Rothengatter Zakspeed 1:16.854 +9.917
26 22 Canada Allen Berg Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:18.319 +11.738

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda 75 1:30:38.471 2 9
2 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet Williams-Honda 75 + 5.574 1 6
3 1 France Alain Prost McLaren-TAG 74 + 1 Lap 6 4
4 25 France René Arnoux Ligier-Renault 73 + 2 Laps 8 3
5 3 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Tyrrell-Renault 72 + 3 Laps 11 2
6 4 France Philippe Streiff Tyrrell-Renault 72 + 3 Laps 16 1
7 11 United Kingdom Johnny Dumfries Lotus-Renault 72 + 3 Laps 10  
8 8 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Brabham-BMW 72 + 3 Laps 9  
9 14 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer Zakspeed 69 + 6 Laps 22  
NC 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Arrows-BMW 62 + 13 Laps 13  
Ret 16 France Patrick Tambay Lola-Ford 60 Gearbox 17  
Ret 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Ferrari 51 Turbo 12  
Ret 24 Italy Alessandro Nannini Minardi-Motori Moderni 50 Steering 20  
Ret 19 Italy Teo Fabi Benetton-BMW 45 Fuel System 7  
Ret 7 Italy Riccardo Patrese Brabham-BMW 39 Engine 15  
Ret 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna Lotus-Renault 27 Gearbox 3  
Ret 29 Netherlands Huub Rothengatter Zakspeed 24 Engine 25  
Ret 23 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Minardi-Motori Moderni 23 Electrical 21  
Ret 20 Austria Gerhard Berger Benetton-BMW 22 Electrical 4  
Ret 15 Australia Alan Jones Lola-Ford 22 Throttle 14  
Ret 28 Sweden Stefan Johansson Ferrari 20 Engine 18  
Ret 2 Finland Keke Rosberg McLaren-TAG 7 Gearbox 5  
Ret 26 France Jacques Laffite Ligier-Renault 0 Collision 19  
Ret 17 West Germany Christian Danner Arrows-BMW 0 Collision 23  
Ret 21 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Alfa Romeo 0 Collision 24  
Ret 22 Canada Allen Berg Osella-Alfa Romeo 0 Collision 26  
Source:[2]

Championship standings after the race[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Brands Hatch & Paul Ricard FAQ". AtlasF1. Retrieved 23 December 2015. 
  2. ^ "1986 British Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 13 November 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015. 


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