1987 Spanish Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 13 of 16 in the 1987 FIA Formula One World Championship
Circuito de Jerez (1985-1992).svg
Date 27 September 1987
Location Circuito Permanente de Jerez, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 4.218 km (2.620 mi)
Distance 72 laps, 303.696 km (188.708 mi)
Weather Sunny and hot
Pole position
Driver Williams-Honda
Time 1:22.461
Fastest lap
Driver Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari
Time 1:26.986 on lap 49
First Williams-Honda
Second McLaren-TAG
Third McLaren-TAG

The 1987 Spanish Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Jerez on 27 September 1987. It was the thirteenth round of the 1987 Formula One season. It was the 29th Spanish Grand Prix and the second to be held at Jerez. The race was held over 72 laps of the 4.22-kilometre (2.62 mi) circuit for a race distance of 304 kilometres (189 mi).

The race was won by British driver Nigel Mansell, driving a Williams-Honda. It was Mansell's fifth victory of 1987 and the eighth for the Williams team, securing them their second consecutive Constructors' Championship and fourth in all. Frenchman Alain Prost finished second in a McLaren-TAG, some 22 seconds behind Mansell, with Swedish team-mate Stefan Johansson third. Mansell's team-mate and Drivers' Championship rival, Nelson Piquet, finished fourth. Prost broke Niki Lauda's record with his 55th podium at this race.

The win moved Mansell ahead of Ayrton Senna, who finished fifth in his Lotus-Honda, into second place in the Drivers' Championship, albeit 18 points behind Piquet with three races remaining.

Martin Brundle, who finished 11th in his Zakspeed, described his drive as "the time I got out the car thinking no human could have done [any] better".[1]


Nelson Piquet secured his 24th and final F1 pole position in his Williams-Honda with Nigel Mansell completing an all-Williams front row. The race was comfortably won by Mansell who passed Piquet at the end of the first lap and was never headed. The battle for third (then second) was led for much of the time by Ayrton Senna, who like the previous year tried to complete the race without changing tyres. Both Senna and Lotus were of the opinion that the 99T's computerised active suspension system would help preserve his tyres throughout the race.

Senna had a queue of both Ferraris, Prost's McLaren and Thierry Boutsen's Benetton behind him, which was joined by Piquet after a long pit-stop. For lap after lap, Senna held off all-comers, similar to Gilles Villeneuve's performance in his Ferrari at Jarama for the 1981 Spanish Grand Prix. The Lotus-Honda was very fast in a straight line with a low downforce setup, but was slow through Jerez's many twists and turns as a result. Senna's pursuers could not pass him on the long pit straight, and with Jerez generally having a lot of dust and sand off the racing line, they were not able pass him through the corners without losing grip.

However, Piquet's similarly powered Williams was able to get by (not before having a spin) followed eventually by Boutsen and Prost as the Brazilian's tyres finally went off. Senna faded to finish fifth, but the battle for second continued between Boutsen and Piquet - Boutsen went out avoiding Piquet who was rejoining the track after having gone off - and then between Piquet and Prost, with Prost getting the better of the Williams driver who also lost third place to McLaren's Stefan Johansson who put in another strong drive. Both Ferraris blew their engines.


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda 72 1:49:12.692 2 9
2 1 France Alain Prost McLaren-TAG 72 + 22.225 7 6
3 2 Sweden Stefan Johansson McLaren-TAG 72 + 30.818 11 4
4 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet Williams-Honda 72 + 31.450 1 3
5 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna Lotus-Honda 72 + 1:13.507 5 2
6 (1) 30 France Philippe Alliot Lola-Ford 71 + 1 Lap 17 1
7 (2) 4 France Philippe Streiff Tyrrell-Ford 71 + 1 Lap 15  
8 18 United States Eddie Cheever Arrows-Megatron 70 Out of Fuel 13  
9 11 Japan Satoru Nakajima Lotus-Honda 70 + 2 Laps 18  
10 17 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Arrows-Megatron 70 + 2 Laps 12  
11 9 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Zakspeed 70 + 2 Laps 20  
12 (3) 16 Italy Ivan Capelli March-Ford 70 + 2 Laps 19  
13 7 Italy Riccardo Patrese Brabham-BMW 68 + 4 Laps 9  
14 23 Spain Adrián Campos Minardi-Motori Moderni 68 + 4 Laps 24  
15 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Ferrari 67 Engine 4  
16 20 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Benetton-Ford 66 Accident 8  
Ret 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari 62 Engine 3  
Ret 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer Tyrrell-Ford 55 Collision 16  
Ret 25 France René Arnoux Ligier-Megatron 55 Collision 14  
Ret 10 West Germany Christian Danner Zakspeed 50 Transmission 22  
Ret 24 Italy Alessandro Nannini Minardi-Motori Moderni 45 Turbo 21  
Ret 19 Italy Teo Fabi Benetton-Ford 40 Brakes 6  
Ret 8 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Brabham-BMW 26 Gearbox 10  
Ret 26 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Ligier-Megatron 24 Ignition 23  
Ret 14 France Pascal Fabre AGS-Ford 10 Clutch 25  
Ret 32 Italy Nicola Larini Coloni-Ford 8 Suspension 26  
DNQ 21 Italy Alex Caffi Osella-Alfa Romeo    
DNQ 22 Switzerland Franco Forini Osella-Alfa Romeo    

Championship standings after the race[edit]

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


  1. ^ F1 Racing, October 2009, You Ask The Questions
  2. ^ "1987 Spanish Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 3 November 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015. 

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