1987 Monaco Grand Prix

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1987 Monaco Grand Prix
Race 4 of 16 in the 1987 Formula One World Championship
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Race details
Date 31 May 1987
Official name 45e Grand Prix de Monaco
Location Circuit de Monaco
Monte Carlo, Monaco
Course Street circuit
Course length 3.328 km (2.068 mi)
Distance 78 laps, 259.584 km (161.298 mi)
Weather Sunny and warm
Pole position
Driver Williams-Honda
Time 1:23.039
Fastest lap
Driver Brazil Ayrton Senna Lotus-Honda
Time 1:27.685 on lap 72
Podium
First Lotus-Honda
Second Williams-Honda
Third Ferrari

The 1987 Monaco Grand Prix (formally the 45e Grand Prix de Monaco[1]) was a Formula One motor race held on 31 May 1987 at the Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo. It was the fourth race of the 1987 FIA Formula One World Championship.

The 78-lap race was won by Ayrton Senna, driving a Lotus-Honda. It was the first of an eventual six wins for the Brazilian driver at Monaco. Compatriot Nelson Piquet was second in a Williams-Honda, with Italian Michele Alboreto third in a Ferrari.

The win promoted Senna to second in the Drivers' Championship, three points behind McLaren driver Alain Prost.

Race summary[edit]

Traditionally the number of competitors permitted for the Monaco Grand Prix was lower than at all other races, due to the tight and twisty nature of the Monte Carlo circuit. Originally 16, it was later increased to 20. For 1987, however, it was increased to a full grid of 26. According to FISA, this move was made in order to bring the race into line with the other races on the F1 calendar, but there were cynical views that it was made in order to reduce the number of non-qualifiers to appease team sponsors. There was widespread concern about the results of overcrowding on the track and the speed difference of various cars.

During the practice session, Michele Alboreto's Ferrari tangled with Christian Danner's slow-moving Zakspeed on the uphill section after the Ste-Devote corner. Alboreto's car was thrown in the air and caught fire, but landed back on the track. FISA blamed Danner for the accident and took the decision to disqualify him from the weekend, the first such event in the history of the Formula One World Championship. There were widespread objections throughout the paddock, particularly as there were several other practice accidents and it was felt that Danner had no more to blame than any other driver involved in these accidents.[2] Alboreto himself believed that Danner was not to blame for the accident.

Nigel Mansell took pole position in the Williams, with Ayrton Senna's Lotus alongside on the front row and Nelson Piquet third in the other Williams. At the start, Mansell led away from Senna, Piquet, Alboreto and Alain Prost in the McLaren. Mansell led until lap 30 when he retired with a loss of turbo boost; Senna then led for the remainder of the race; despite making a pit stop for tyres.

Senna eventually won by 33 seconds from Piquet. Prost was running third when his engine failed with three laps to go, promoting Alboreto to the final podium position. Gerhard Berger finished fourth in the other Ferrari, with the top six completed by the first two naturally-aspirated finishers, Jonathan Palmer in the Tyrrell and Ivan Capelli in the March.

Senna's victory was the first for a car with active suspension.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap Grid
1 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda 1:24.514 1:23.039 1
2 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna Lotus-Honda 1:25.255 1:23.711 +0.672 2
3 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet Williams-Honda 1:25.917 1:24.755 +1.716 3
4 1 France Alain Prost McLaren-TAG 1:25.574 1:25.083 +2.044 4
5 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Ferrari 1:27.017 1:26.102 +3.063 5
6 18 United States Eddie Cheever Arrows-Megatron 1:27.716 1:26.175 +3.136 6
7 2 Sweden Stefan Johansson McLaren-TAG 1:27.701 1:26.317 +3.278 7
8 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari 1:29.281 1:26.323 +3.284 8
9 20 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Benetton-Ford 1:27.082 1:26.630 +3.591 9
10 7 Italy Riccardo Patrese Brabham-BMW 1:26.957 1:26.763 +3.724 10
11 17 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Arrows-Megatron 1:27.685 1:27.294 +4.255 11
12 19 Italy Teo Fabi Benetton-Ford 1:29.264 1:27.622 +4.583 12
13 24 Italy Alessandro Nannini Minardi-Motori Moderni 1:28.517 1:27.731 +4.692 13
14 9 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Zakspeed 1:29.801 1:27.894 +4.855 14
15 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer Tyrrell-Ford 1:30.307 1:28.088 +5.049 15
16 21 Italy Alex Caffi Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:36.267 1:28.233 +5.194 16
17 11 Japan Satoru Nakajima Lotus-Honda 1:30.606 1:28.890 +5.851 17
18 30 France Philippe Alliot Lola-Ford 1:29.114 1:29.459 +6.075 18
19 16 Italy Ivan Capelli March-Ford 1:31.589 1:29.147 +6.108 19
20 26 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Ligier-Megatron 1:31.098 1:29.258 +6.219 20
21 8 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Brabham-BMW 1:32.643 1:29.827 +6.788 21
22 25 France René Arnoux Ligier-Megatron 1:31.270 1:30.000 +6.961 22
23 4 France Philippe Streiff Tyrrell-Ford 1:30.765 1:30.143 +7.104 23
24 23 Spain Adrián Campos Minardi-Motori Moderni 1:30.805 +7.766 DNS
25 14 France Pascal Fabre AGS-Ford 1:35.179 1:31.667 +8.628 24
DSQ 10 West Germany Christian Danner Zakspeed
Source:[3][4][5][6]

Race[edit]

Numbers in brackets refer to positions of normally aspirated entrants competing for the Jim Clark Trophy.

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna Lotus-Honda 78 1:57:54.085 2 9
2 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet Williams-Honda 78 + 33.212 3 6
3 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Ferrari 78 + 1:12.839 5 4
4 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari 77 + 1 Lap 8 3
5 (1) 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer Tyrrell-Ford 76 + 2 Laps 15 2
6 (2) 16 Italy Ivan Capelli March-Ford 76 + 2 Laps 19 1
7 9 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Zakspeed 76 + 2 Laps 14  
8 19 Italy Teo Fabi Benetton-Ford 76 + 2 Laps 12  
9 1 France Alain Prost McLaren-TAG 75 Engine 4  
10 11 Japan Satoru Nakajima Lotus-Honda 75 + 3 Laps 17  
11 25 France René Arnoux Ligier-Megatron 74 + 4 Laps 22  
12 26 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Ligier-Megatron 74 + 4 Laps 20  
13 (3) 14 France Pascal Fabre AGS-Ford 71 + 7 Laps 24  
Ret 18 United States Eddie Cheever Arrows-Megatron 59 Overheating 6  
Ret 17 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Arrows-Megatron 58 Gearbox 11  
Ret 2 Sweden Stefan Johansson McLaren-TAG 57 Engine 7  
Ret 30 France Philippe Alliot Lola-Ford 42 Engine 18  
Ret 7 Italy Riccardo Patrese Brabham-BMW 41 Electrical 10  
Ret 21 Italy Alex Caffi Osella-Alfa Romeo 39 Electrical 16  
Ret 8 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Brabham-BMW 38 Suspension 21  
Ret 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda 29 Turbo/Exhaust 1  
Ret 24 Italy Alessandro Nannini Minardi-Motori Moderni 21 Electrical 13  
Ret 4 France Philippe Streiff Tyrrell-Ford 9 Accident 23  
Ret 20 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Benetton-Ford 5 Transmission 9  
DNS 23 Spain Adrián Campos Minardi-Motori Moderni Non Starter  
EX 10 Germany Christian Danner Zakspeed   Excluded  
Source:[7]

Championship standings after the race[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Motor Racing Programme Covers: 1987". The Programme Covers Project. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  2. ^ Walker, Murray (1987). Murray Walker's Grand Prix Year. Hazleton Publishing. p. 144. ISBN 1-870066-04-9.
  3. ^ "Monaco Grand Prix - Qualifying 1". formula1.com. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  4. ^ "Monaco Grand Prix - Qualifying 2". formula1.com. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Monaco Grand Prix - Overall Qualifying". formula1.com. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  6. ^ "Monaco Grand Prix - Starting Grid". formula1.com. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  7. ^ "1987 Monaco Grand Prix". formula1.com. Retrieved 21 November 2017.


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