1987 Mexican Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 14 of 16 in the 1987 Formula One season
Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez.svg
Date October 18, 1987
Official name Gran Premio de Mexico
Location Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico
Course Permanent circuit
Course length 4.421 km (2.747 mi)
Distance 63 laps, 278.523 km (173.061 mi)
Weather Sunny and hot
Pole position
Driver Williams-Honda
Time 1:18.383
Fastest lap
Driver Brazil Nelson Piquet Williams-Honda
Time 1:19.132 on lap 57
First Williams-Honda
Second Williams-Honda
Third Brabham-BMW

The 1987 Mexican Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on October 18, 1987. It was the fourteenth round of the 1987 Formula One season. It was the 11th Mexican Grand Prix and the second since the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez was renovated and returned to the World Championship calendar.

The race was held over a total of 63 laps of the four kilometre circuit for a race distance of 279 kilometres. The race was unintentionally divided into two heats after British driver Derek Warwick crashed his Arrows A10 heavily exiting the high-speed Peraltada corner on lap 31. The results of the first 30 laps were combined with the results of the second race of 33 laps to create a combined result.

The race was won by British driver Nigel Mansell driving a Williams FW11B. Mansell's combined time over the 63 laps was 26 seconds faster than his Brazilian team mate and eventual 1987 World Champion, Nelson Piquet. Piquet actually took the chequered flag first at the end of the second heat, but Mansell's lead over Piquet at the time of Warwick's accident was substantially larger. Piquet had been delayed after a collision with Alain Prost (McLaren MP4/3) in the early running.

It was Mansell's sixth and last Grand Prix victory for the 1987 season. Riccardo Patrese finished third driving a Brabham BT56. It was Patrese's best result since finishing third in the 1984 Italian Grand Prix. It was just the second podium of the year for Brabham. Brabham would only score one more podium before it would fold in 1992.

Attrition bit heavily into the race with just fifteen cars taking the second race start. Nine survived to the finish. Naturally aspirated Jim Clark Trophy cars climbed into the points with Philippe Alliot (Lola LC87) taking his third top six result for the year.

Mansell's victory allowed him to close to within twelve points of his championship leading team mate. With just two races left, only the Williams drivers had enough points to win the championship.


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda 63 1:26:24.207 1 9
2 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet Williams-Honda 63 + 26.176 3 6
3 7 Italy Riccardo Patrese Brabham-BMW 63 + 1:26.879 8 4
4 18 United States Eddie Cheever Arrows-Megatron 63 + 1:41.352 12 3
5 19 Italy Teo Fabi Benetton-Ford 61 + 2 Laps 6 2
6 (1) 30 France Philippe Alliot Lola-Ford 60 + 3 Laps 24 1
7 (2) 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer Tyrrell-Ford 60 + 3 Laps 22  
8 (3) 4 France Philippe Streiff Tyrrell-Ford 60 + 3 Laps 25  
9 (4) 29 France Yannick Dalmas Lola-Ford 59 + 4 Laps 23  
Ret 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna Lotus-Honda 54 Clutch 7  
Ret 16 Italy Ivan Capelli March-Ford 51 Water Leak 20  
Ret 21 Italy Alex Caffi Osella-Alfa Romeo 50 Engine 26  
Ret 26 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Ligier-Megatron 43 Water Leak 21  
Ret 23 Spain Adrián Campos Minardi-Motori Moderni 32 Transmission 19  
Ret 25 France René Arnoux Ligier-Megatron 29 Overheating 18  
Ret 17 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Arrows-Megatron 26 Accident 11  
Ret 8 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Brabham-BMW 22 Accident 10  
Ret 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari 20 Turbo 2  
Ret 20 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Benetton-Ford 15 Electrical 4  
Ret 24 Italy Alessandro Nannini Minardi-Motori Moderni 13 Turbo 14  
Ret 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Ferrari 12 Engine 9  
Ret 9 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Zakspeed 3 Turbo 13  
Ret 2 Sweden Stefan Johansson McLaren-TAG 1 Collision 15  
Ret 11 Japan Satoru Nakajima Lotus-Honda 1 Collision 16  
Ret 10 West Germany Christian Danner Zakspeed 1 Collision 17  
Ret 1 France Alain Prost McLaren-TAG 0 Collision 5  
DNQ 14 France Pascal Fabre AGS-Ford

Championship standings after the race[edit]

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



  1. ^ "1987 Mexican Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 3 November 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015. 

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