1987 Australian Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 16 of 16 in the 1987 Formula One season
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Date 15 November 1987
Official name LII Foster's Australian Grand Prix
Location Adelaide Street Circuit
Adelaide, South Australia
Course Temporary street circuit
Course length 3.780 km (2.362 mi)
Distance 82 laps, 309.960 km (193.684 mi)
Weather Sunny
Pole position
Driver Ferrari
Time 1:17.267
Fastest lap
Driver Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari
Time 1:20.416 on lap 72
First Ferrari
Second Ferrari
Third Benetton-Ford

The 1987 Australian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Adelaide on 15 November 1987.

1987 was the first time in the history of the Australian Grand Prix (dating back to the first race in 1928) that no Australian driver was on the grid. As it turned out, no Australian driver would compete in an AGP until David Brabham drove for the Brabham team (founded in 1962 by his father, triple World Champion Jack Brabham) in the 1990 Australian Grand Prix.


The third Australian Grand Prix to be held at Adelaide and the final round of the 1987 Formula One World Championship proved to be another eventful race. Gerhard Berger started from his third pole position of the year despite being ill during qualifying. The event had one vital missing ingredient in the form of Nigel Mansell, still recovering from his accident during qualifying for the 1987 Japanese Grand Prix. Standing in for Mansell at Williams was Italian veteran Riccardo Patrese, who was given permission from Brabham owner Bernie Ecclestone to join Williams one race early, having already signed for the team for 1988. 1987 Formula 3000 champion, young Italian Stefano Modena, replaced Patrese at Brabham to make his Formula One debut.

At the green light, it was Nelson Piquet, in his last race for Williams before moving to Lotus in 1988, who got away best of all, darting past Berger to take the lead into the first chicane. Alessandro Nannini in the Minardi was out immediately after crashing into the wall. A confident Berger, fresh from his victory in the previous race in Japan, re-passed Piquet going into turn three. The Austrian then went on to lead until the chequered flag to claim his third Grand Prix victory. Behind Berger developed a sparkling battle between Piquet, Alain Prost (McLaren), Michele Alboreto (Ferrari) and Ayrton Senna (Lotus). Piquet pitted for new tyres and later retired leaving the other trio to fight over second position. Senna eventually made a break from Alboreto and Prost who were being held up by back markers, with the Larrousse of Philippe Alliot in particular proving difficult to pass.

Prost suffered brake failure on lap 53, spinning off into the wall at Stag Turn and subsequently retiring. He had earlier jumped over a chicane when behind Alliot. Senna made a late charge in an attempt to catch Berger, but the Austrian had enough in hand to respond despite having what appeared to be a dragging under-tray. Senna finished second but was later disqualified when post race scrutineering revealed oversized brake ducts on his Lotus. Alboreto was promoted up to second to make it a Ferrari 1-2, the first since Alboreto and Stefan Johansson finished 1-2 in the 1985 Canadian Grand Prix. Third across the line was the Benetton of Thierry Boutsen. Of the races seven finishers (the Brabham of Andrea de Cesaris and the Williams of Patrese were classified as finishers despite not running at the end), Alboreto was the only driver to not be lapped by Berger.

The first non-turbo car to finish was the Tyrrell of Jonathan Palmer in 4th place. Frenchman Yannick Dalmas finished 5th in his Larrouse, with triple Australian Grand Prix winner Roberto Moreno (1981, 1983 and 1984) scoring a point in his Formula One debut with AGS by finishing 6th. The last car to cross the finish line was the Zakspeed of Christian Danner in 7th place, 3 laps down on Berger.


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari 82 1:52:56.144 1 9
2 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Ferrari 82 + 1:07.884 6 6
3 20 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Benetton-Ford 81 + 1 Lap 5 4
4 (1) 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer Tyrrell-Ford 80 + 2 Laps 19 3
5 (2) 29 France Yannick Dalmas Lola-Ford 79 + 3 Laps 21 0*
6 (3) 14 Brazil Roberto Moreno AGS-Ford 79 + 3 Laps 25 1
7 10 Germany Christian Danner Zakspeed 79 + 3 Laps 24  
8 8 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Brabham-BMW 78 Spun Off 10  
9 5 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Honda 76 Oil Leak 7  
DSQ 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna Lotus-Honda 82 Disqualified[1] 4  
Ret 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet Williams-Honda 58 Brakes 3  
Ret 16 Italy Ivan Capelli March-Ford 58 Spun Off 23  
Ret 1 France Alain Prost McLaren-TAG 53 Brakes 2  
Ret 18 United States Eddie Cheever Arrows-Megatron 53 Overheating 11  
Ret 2 Sweden Stefan Johansson McLaren-TAG 48 Brakes 8  
Ret 19 Italy Teo Fabi Benetton-Ford 46 Brakes 9  
Ret 23 Spain Adrián Campos Minardi-Motori Moderni 46 Transmission 26  
Ret 30 France Philippe Alliot Lola-Ford 45 Electrical 17  
Ret 25 France René Arnoux Ligier-Megatron 41 Ignition 20  
Ret 7 Italy Stefano Modena Brabham-BMW 31 Physical 15  
Ret 26 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Ligier-Megatron 26 Ignition 22  
Ret 11 Japan Satoru Nakajima Lotus-Honda 22 Hydraulics[1] 14  
Ret 17 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Arrows-Megatron 19 Transmission 12  
Ret 9 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Zakspeed 18 Engine 16  
Ret 4 France Philippe Streiff Tyrrell-Ford 6 Spun Off 18  
Ret 24 Italy Alessandro Nannini Minardi-Motori Moderni 0 Accident 13  
DNQ 21 Italy Alex Caffi Osella-Alfa Romeo - Did not qualify 27  

* Yannick Dalmas finished fifth but scored no points: he was racing in a second Lola car that wasn't eligible to score points because at the start of the season the team had only submitted an official entry for one car for the full championship. Unfortunately for the Frenchman, this would prove to be the only time in his Formula One career in which he would finish in the points.

Lap leaders[edit]


  • 3rd Grand Prix victory for Gerhard Berger. It was also the 93rd win for Ferrari. With Berger also winning the previous round in Japan this saw Ferrari win back to back races for the first time since Gilles Villeneuve won the Monaco and Spanish Grands Prix in 1981.
  • 68th and final Grand Prix start for the TAG-Porsche engine.
  • 97th and final Grand Prix start for the BMW M12 engine, though the engine itself would live on until the end of 1988 badged as a "Megatron" and used by Arrows.
  • 30th and final Grand Prix start for the turbocharged Ford TEC engine.
  • 44th and final Grand Prix start for the Motori Moderni engine.
  • 64th and final Grand Prix Start for Teo Fabi.
  • 1st Grand Prix start for the 1987 Formula 3000 champion Stefano Modena.[3]

Championship standings after the race[edit]

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


  1. ^ a b According to Anthony, Pritchard (March 2006). Lotus: The Competition Cars. Haynes Publishing. p. 246. ISBN 1-84425-006-7. , Senna finished second, but oversize brake ducts noticed at post-race scrutineering.
  2. ^ "1987 Australian Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 10 December 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015. 
  3. ^ 1987 Australian Grand Prix @ StatsF1

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