1986 Italian Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 13 of 16 in the 1986 Formula One season
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Date September 7, 1986
Official name L Gran Premio d'Italia
Location Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 5.800 km (3.60 mi)
Distance 51 laps, 295.800 km (183.600 mi)
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver Benetton-BMW
Time 1:24.078
Fastest lap
Driver Italy Teo Fabi Benetton-BMW
Time 1:28.099 on lap 35
First Williams-Honda
Second Williams-Honda
Third Ferrari

The 1986 Italian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Monza on September 7, 1986.


During the 2nd Qualifying session at Monza, Gerhard Berger's Benetton B186-BMW was speed trapped fastest of all cars at 352.22 km/h (219 mph), while team mate Teo Fabi was second having been clocked at 349.85 km/h (217 mph) on the long front straight.[1] Interestingly, Berger's speed wasn't recorded on his fastest lap. The top 5 cars through the speed trap, the two Benettons, the two Brabhams (Derek Warwick and Riccardo Patrese), and the Arrows of Thierry Boutsen, were all powered by BMW. The fastest non-BMW powered car was the Williams-Honda of Nigel Mansell who was 10 km/h (6 mph) slower than Berger (as was Boutsen).

The speed of the Brabhams surprised some in the paddock as Gordon Murray's lowline design had been seen as somewhat of a failure after dismal results. However, as Murray pointed out, the problems with the BT55 were engine and gearbox related (the normally upright engine was tilted 18° from horizontal) and not because of the car's design. The top speed achieved by Warwick (347 km/h (216 mph)) showed that the lowline concept worked as it created downforce but did not increase drag and hinder top speed. For once the Brabhams were relatively high up on the grid with Warwick 7th and Patrese 10th.

Fabi scored his second pole position in succession when he lapped the 5.8 km circuit in 1:24.078 giving Benetton their first back-to-back pole positions. In a surprising 2nd on the grid at the noted power circuit was the McLaren-TAG Porsche of World Champion Alain Prost, despite being almost 20 km/h (12 mph) slower than the Benettons on Monza's long straights. Prost's lap of 1:25.014 showed that even at a power circuit such as Monza, a well set up car was still a crucial factor. Third was World Championship leader Nigel Mansell in his Williams-Honda with Berger's Benetton in 4th place. Brazilian pair Ayrton Senna (Lotus-Renault) and Nelson Piquet (Williams-Honda) rounded out the top six qualifiers. Michele Alboreto, after missing the first day of qualifying because of an injured arm (either through falling in his hotel bathroom or falling off his motorbike, whichever story you believed) was the fastest of the Ferraris in 9th place, 1.417 seconds slower than Fabi.


Following problems at the start of the parade lap, pole position man Teo Fabi was forced to start from the back of the grid and Alain Prost, alongside him on the front row, had to start from the pit lane in the spare car. At the green light, Gerhard Berger took the lead, but on lap 8 lost positions to first Mansell, Piquet and an on-form Alboreto in the Ferrari. Ayrton Senna was out with a broken gearbox at the start. Alboreto looked to be in challenging the Williams duo for the lead having overtaken Rosberg, Arnoux and Berger before spinning at the exit of the first chicane. Like the British Grand Prix, the race became a close fight between the two Williams drivers, but this time Piquet hunted down his teammate British driver Nigel Mansell to take victory. Piquet defeated Mansell in a straight fight, leading the British home by 9.828 seconds. The Brazilian managed to pass Mansell at the Curva Grande to go on and claim his fourth win of the season. Behind, Fabi and Prost had charged from the rear and by lap 12 were running 8th and 9th. Prost was disqualified for changing cars after the start of the parade lap, but his engine blew a lap after he was flagged anyway. Johansson charged early in the race, passing Rosberg and Arnoux on lap 5 to go on to finish third.


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet Williams-Honda 51 1:17:42.889 6 9
2 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda 51 + 9.828 3 6
3 28 Sweden Stefan Johansson Ferrari 51 + 22.915 12 4
4 2 Finland Keke Rosberg McLaren-TAG 51 + 53.809 8 3
5 20 Austria Gerhard Berger Benetton-BMW 50 + 1 Lap 4 2
6 15 Australia Alan Jones Lola-Ford 49 + 2 Laps 18 1
7 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Arrows-BMW 49 + 2 Laps 13  
8 17 Germany Christian Danner Arrows-BMW 49 + 2 Laps 16  
9 4 France Philippe Streiff Tyrrell-Renault 49 + 2 Laps 23  
10 3 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Tyrrell-Renault 49 + 2 Laps 20  
NC 22 Italy Alex Caffi Osella-Alfa Romeo 45 Not Classified 27  
Ret 19 Italy Teo Fabi Benetton-BMW 44 Puncture 1  
Ret 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Ferrari 33 Engine 9  
Ret 23 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Minardi-Motori Moderni 33 Engine 21  
Ret 31 Italy Ivan Capelli AGS-Motori Moderni 31 Puncture 25  
Ret 25 France René Arnoux Ligier-Renault 30 Gearbox 11  
Ret 14 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer Zakspeed 27 Engine 22  
DSQ 1 France Alain Prost McLaren-TAG 27 Disqualified 2  
Ret 26 France Philippe Alliot Ligier-Renault 22 Engine 14  
Ret 11 United Kingdom Johnny Dumfries Lotus-Renault 18 Gearbox 17  
Ret 8 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Brabham-BMW 16 Spun Off 7  
Ret 24 Italy Alessandro Nannini Minardi-Motori Moderni 15 Electrical 19  
Ret 21 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Alfa Romeo 12 Suspension 26  
Ret 16 France Patrick Tambay Lola-Ford 2 Accident 15  
Ret 7 Italy Riccardo Patrese Brabham-BMW 2 Accident 10  
Ret 29 Netherlands Huub Rothengatter Zakspeed 1 Engine 24  
Ret 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna Lotus-Renault 0 Transmission 5  

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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