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The 1986 Australian Grand Prix, otherwise known as the LI Foster's Australian Grand Prix, was the sixteenth and final round of the 1986 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Adelaide Street Circuit on the 26 October 1986.[1] The race would see three drivers, Nigel Mansell, Alain Prost and Nelson Piquet, battle for the Championship crown, a fight which would end in dramatic fashion late on.[1]

Championship leader Mansell had the advantage after qualifying, grabbing pole ahead of Williams-Honda teammate and rival Piquet.[1] Ayrton Senna was in third ahead of Prost, with the rest of the field headed by René Arnoux in the Ligier-Renault.[1]

Mansell duly led the field away at the start, knowing that a podium finish would be enough for him to take the title, no matter what Prost or Piquet achieved.[1] However, the Brit would wisely leave room for Senna to charge through into the lead at the first corner, a barge that also allowed Piquet and Keke Rosberg to slip ahead.[1]

Piquet would subsequently claim the lead later on the opening lap, knowing that he would only take the title if he won.[1] Senna, meanwhile, was left to slip behind Rosberg, Mansell and Prost during the early stages, and was no-longer a factor in the fight for victory by the end of lap ten.[1]

Piquet's lead would last until the seventh lap, with Rosberg barging past as Prost claimed third from Mansell.[1] Piquet's hopes were then dashed by a spin, dumping him out of the points, while Prost's hopes of taking the crown were dashed by a puncture a few laps later.[1]

Fortunately for Prost he only had to limp around a couple of corners, and hence rejoined in fourth behind Mansell and a charging Piquet.[1] Indeed, on fresh rubber both Piquet and Prost would both manage to catch Mansell, although Piquet, having passed his teammate, would work alongside Mansell to keep the Frenchman behind.[1]

Their tussle subsequently became one for the race win on lap 63, with a catastrophic failure on Rosberg's right rear tyre left the Finn stranded at the side of the circuit.[1] Sensing this Piquet attempted to pull away from his teammate in a late bid for the title, just before Mansell's title charge was ended by a similar issue.[1]

While travelling at over 180mph down the back straight Mansell's left-rear tyre would also fail, with bits of rubber flailing around as the Brit struggled to keep his car pointing in a straight line.[1] Indeed, Mansell's quick reactions ensured that he did not have a spectacular accident, although the high speed failure had wrecked his suspension.[1]

Williams reluctantly called Piquet in a couple of laps later on safety grounds, handing the lead to Prost.[1] Piquet duly recorded a mesmerising set of laps in a desperate bid to catch the Frenchman, but ultimately fell fifteen seconds shy when the chequered flag fluttered.[1]

Prost hence claimed victory and the World Championship, becoming the first man since Jack Brabham in 1960 to successfully defend his crown.[1] Piquet, meanwhile, would end the season in third, a point behind teammate Mansell, as Williams-Honda were officially declared as the Constructors' Champions after their mutual efforts.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Nigel Mansell had remained at the head of the Championship after the Mexican Grand Prix, although his lead had been cut to six points. The Brit would, however, claim the crown if he finished third or higher in Australia, regardless of what Alain Prost or Nigel Mansell could do. Indeed, nothing short of a victory for either the Frenchman or the Brazilian would do in Oceania to overhaul Mansell's 70 point tally.

In the Constructors Championship, meanwhile, there had been very little movement in Mexico, with Williams-Honda already declared as Champions and McLaren-TAG Porsche confirmed in second. Indeed, Lotus-Renault had managed to secure third after the battle in Mexico, leaving the fight for fourth as the only significant issue heading into the finale. Ferrari held the advantage, four ahead of Ligier-Renault, although the Italian team's rather indifferent campaign meant that the French "garagistas" stood a fair chance of moving back ahead of the Scuderia at the final hurdle.

Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 1986 Australian Grand Prix is outlined below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
1 France Alain Prost United Kingdom Marlboro McLaren International McLaren MP4/2C TAG Porsche TTE PO1 1.5 V6t G
2 Finland Keke Rosberg United Kingdom Marlboro McLaren International McLaren MP4/2C TAG Porsche TTE PO1 1.5 V6t G
3 United Kingdom Martin Brundle United Kingdom Data General Team Tyrrell Tyrrell 015 Renault EF15 1.5 V6t G
4 France Philippe Alliot United Kingdom Data General Team Tyrrell Tyrrell 015 Renault EF15 1.5 V6t G
5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Canon Williams Honda Team Williams FW11 Honda RA166E 1.5 V6t G
6 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Canon Williams Honda Team Williams FW11 Honda RA166E 1.5 V6t G
7 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Motor Racing Developments Ltd. Brabham BT55 BMW M12/13/1 1.5 L4t P
8 United Kingdom Derek Warwick United Kingdom Motor Racing Developments Ltd. Brabham BT55 BMW M12/13/1 1.5 L4t P
11 United Kingdom Johnny Dumfries United Kingdom John Player Special Team Lotus Lotus 98T Renault EF15B 1.5 V6t G
12 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom John Player Special Team Lotus Lotus 98T Renault EF15B 1.5 V6t G
14 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer West Germany West Zakspeed Racing Zakspeed 861 Zakspeed 1500/4 1.5 L4t G
15 Australia Alan Jones United States Team Haas (USA) Ltd. Lola THL2 Ford Cosworth GBA 1.5 V6t G
16 France Patrick Tambay United States Team Haas (USA) Ltd. Lola THL2 Ford Cosworth GBA 1.5 V6t G
17 West Germany Christian Danner United Kingdom Barclay Arrows BMW Arrows A8 BMW M12/13 1.5 L4t G
18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Barclay Arrows BMW Arrows A8 BMW M12/13 1.5 L4t G
19 Italy Teo Fabi United Kingdom Benetton Formula Benetton B186 BMW M12/13 1.5 L4t P
20 Austria Gerhard Berger United Kingdom Benetton Formula Benetton B186 BMW M12/13 1.5 L4t P
21 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Italy Osella Squadra Corse Osella FA1G Alfa Romeo 890T 1.5 V8t P
22 Canada Allen Berg Italy Osella Squadra Corse Osella FA1F Alfa Romeo 890T 1.5 V8t P
23 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Italy Minardi F1 Team Minardi M186 Motori Moderni 615-90 1.5 V6t P
24 Italy Alessandro Nannini Italy Minardi F1 Team Minardi M185B Motori Moderni 615-90 1.5 V6t P
25 France René Arnoux France Equipe Ligier Ligier JS27 Renault EF15 1.5 V6t P
26 France Philippe Alliot France Equipe Ligier Ligier JS27 Renault EF15 1.5 V6t P
27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC Ferrari F1/86 Ferrari 032 1.5 V6t G
28 Sweden Stefan Johansson Italy Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC Ferrari F1/86 Ferrari 032 1.5 V6t G
29 Netherlands Huub Rothengatter West Germany West Zakspeed Racing Zakspeed 861 Zakspeed 1500/4 1.5 L4t G
Source:[2]

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Friday QualifyingEdit

Saturday QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

The full qualifying results for the 1986 Australian Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Honda 1:19.255 1:18.403
2 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Williams-Honda 1:20.088 1:18.714 +0.311s
3 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 1:21.302 1:18.906 +0.503s
4 1 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 1:19.785 1:19.654 +1.251s
5 25 France René Arnoux France Ligier-Renault 1:20.491 1:19.976 +1.573s
6 20 Austria Gerhard Berger United Kingdom Benetton-BMW 1:22.260 1:20.554 +2.151s
7 2 Finland Keke Rosberg United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 1:21.295 1:20.778 +2.375s
8 26 France Philippe Alliot France Ligier-Renault 1:22.765 1:20.981 +2.578s
9 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 1:21.709 1:21.747 +3.306s
10 4 France Philippe Streiff United Kingdom Tyrrell-Renault 1:23.262 1:21.720 +3.317s
11 23 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 1:23.476 1:22.012 +3.609s
12 28 Sweden Stefan Johansson Italy Ferrari 1:22.050 1:22.309 +3.647s
13 19 Italy Teo Fabi United Kingdom Benetton-BMW 1:22.584 1:22.129 +3.726s
14 11 United Kingdom Johnny Dumfries United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 1:23.786 1:22.664 +4.261s
15 15 Australia Alan Jones United States Lola-Ford Cosworth 24:46.383 1:22.796 +4.393s
16 3 United Kingdom Martin Brundle United Kingdom Tyrrell-Renault 1:24.061 1:23.004 +4.601s
17 16 France Patrick Tambay United States Lola-Ford Cosworth 1:24.584 1:23.008 +4.605s
18 24 Italy Alessandro Nannini Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 1:25.593 1:23.052 +4.649s
19 7 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 1:23.396 1:23.230 +4.827s
20 8 United Kingdom Derek Warwick United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 1:23.552 1:23.313 +4.910s
21 14 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer West Germany Zakspeed 1:24.509 1:23.476 +5.073s
22 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 1:24.768 1:24.295 +5.892s
23 29 Netherlands Huub Rothengatter West Germany Zakspeed 1:25.746 1:25.181 +6.778s
24 17 West Germany Christian Danner United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 1:25.296 1:25.233 +6.831s
25 21 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 3:03.680 1:25.257 +6.855s
26 22 Canada Allen Berg Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:28.912 1:27.208 +8.806s
Source:[3][4][5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car to set their best time in that session.
  • Bold indicates a driver's best/qualifying time.

GridEdit

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 1 ______________
Nigel Mansell 2
______________ Nelson Piquet
Row 2 3 ______________
Ayrton Senna 4
______________ Alain Prost
Row 3 5 ______________
René Arnoux 6
______________ Gerhard Berger
Row 4 7 ______________
Keke Rosberg 8
______________ Philippe Alliot
Row 5 9 ______________
Michele Alboreto 10
______________ Philippe Streiff
Row 6 11 ______________
Andrea de Cesaris 12
______________ Stefan Johansson
Row 7 13 ______________
Teo Fabi 14
______________ Johnny Dumfries
Row 8 15 ______________
Alan Jones 16
______________ Martin Brundle
Row 9 17 ______________
Patrick Tambay 18
______________ Alessandro Nannini
Row 10 19 ______________
Riccardo Patrese 20
______________ Derek Warwick
Row 11 21 ______________
Jonathan Palmer 22
______________ Thierry Boutsen
Row 12 23 ______________
Huub Rothengatter 24
______________ Christian Danner
Row 13 25 ______________
Piercarlo Ghinzani 26
______________ Allen Berg*
  • * Berg would start the race from the pit lane after an issue on the formation lap.[6]

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

The full results for the 1986 Australian Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 82 1:54:20.388 4 9
2 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Williams-Honda 82 + 4.205 2 6
3 28 Sweden Stefan Johansson Italy Ferrari 81 + 1 Lap 12 4
4 3 United Kingdom Martin Brundle United Kingdom Tyrrell-Renault 81 + 1 Lap 16 3
5* 4 France Philippe Streiff United Kingdom Tyrrell-Renault 80 Out of Fuel 10 2
6 11 United Kingdom Johnny Dumfries United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 80 + 2 Laps 14 1
7 25 France René Arnoux France Ligier-Renault 79 + 3 Laps 5
8 26 France Philippe Alliot France Ligier-Renault 79 + 3 Laps 8
9 14 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer West Germany Zakspeed 77 + 5 Laps 21
10 19 Italy Teo Fabi United Kingdom Benetton-BMW 77 + 5 Laps 13
NC 16 France Patrick Tambay United States Lola-Ford Cosworth 70 +12 Laps 17
Ret 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Honda 63 Tyre 1
Ret 7 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 63 Electrical 19
Ret 2 Finland Keke Rosberg United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 62 Tyre 7
NC 22 Canada Allen Berg Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 61 +21 Laps 26
Ret 8 United Kingdom Derek Warwick United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 57 Brakes 20
Ret 17 West Germany Christian Danner United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 52 Engine 24
Ret 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 50 Engine 22
Ret 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 43 Engine 3
Ret 23 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 40 Mechanical 11
Ret 20 Austria Gerhard Berger United Kingdom Benetton-BMW 40 Engine 6
Ret 29 Netherlands Huub Rothengatter West Germany Zakspeed 29 Suspension 23
Ret 15 Australia Alan Jones United States Lola-Ford Cosworth 16 Engine 15
Ret 24 Italy Alessandro Nannini Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 10 Accident 18
Ret 21 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 2 Transmission 25
Ret 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 0 Collision 9
Source:[6]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Streiff was still classified despite retiring as he had completed 90% of the race distance.[6]
  • Tambay and Berg could not be classified as they failed to complete 90% of the race distance.[6]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Victory, combined with Nigel Mansell's failure to score ensured that Alain Prost was declared as the 1986 FIA Formula One World Championship Champion at the final round, beating the Brit by just two points. Indeed, Mansell's dramatic exit from the race had been a fitting end to his title hopes, with the Brit vowing to come back stronger in 1987. Third, meanwhile, would go to Nelson Piquet, a point behind his teammate, while Ayrton Senna and Stefan Johansson completed the end of season top five.

In the Constructors Championship, meanwhile, 1986 Champions Williams-Honda could finally claim their prize, ending the season on 141 points. McLaren-TAG Porsche would end their title defence in a distant second, 45 behind the Champions, while Lotus-Renault rounded out the year on 58 in third. Ferrari, meanwhile, completed a rather anonymous campaign in fourth ahead of Ligier-Renault, with ten constructors out of fifteen registering points.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 France Alain Prost 72 (74) ▲1
2 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell 70 (72) ▼1
3 Brazil Nelson Piquet 69
4 Brazil Ayrton Senna 55
5 Sweden Stefan Johansson 23 ▲1
6 Finland Keke Rosberg 22 ▼1
7 Austria Gerhard Berger 17
8 France Jacques Laffite 14
9 Italy Michele Alboreto 14
10 France René Arnoux 14
11 United Kingdom Martin Brundle 8
12 Australia Alan Jones 4
13 United Kingdom Johnny Dumfries 3
14 France Philippe Streiff 3 ▲3
15 France Patrick Tambay 2 ▼1
16 Italy Teo Fabi 2 ▼1
17 Italy Riccardo Patrese 2 ▼1
18 West Germany Christian Danner 1
19 France Philippe Alliot 1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Williams-Honda 141
2 United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 96
3 United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 58
4 Italy Ferrari 37
5 France Ligier-Renault 29
6 United Kingdom Benetton-BMW 19
7 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Renault 11 ▲1
8 United States Lola-Ford Cosworth 6 ▼1
9 United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 2
10 United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 1

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

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V T E 1986 Formula One Season
Teams McLaren • Tyrrell • Williams • Brabham • Lotus • Zakspeed • Lola • Arrows • Benetton • Osella • Minardi • Ligier • Ferrari • AGS
Engines Alfa Romeo • BMW • Ferrari • Ford • Hart • Honda • Motori Moderni • Renault • TAG • Zakspeed
Drivers Prost • 2 Rosberg • 3 Brundle • 4 Streiff • 5 Mansell • 6 Piquet • 7 Patrese • 8 De Angelis • 8 Warwick • 11 Dumfries • 12 Senna • 14 Palmer • 29 Rothengatter • 15 Jones • 16 Tambay • 16 Cheever • 17 Surer • 17 Danner • 18 Boutsen • 19 Fabi • 20 Berger • 21 Ghinzani • 22 Danner • 22 Berg • 22 Caffi • 23 De Cesaris • 24 Nannini • 25 Arnoux • 26 Laffite • 26 Alliot • 27 Alboreto • 28 Johansson • 31 Capelli
Other Drivers Barilla
Cars Williams FW11 • McLaren MP4/2C • Lotus 98T • Ferrari F1/86 • Ligier JS27 • Benetton B186 • Tyrrell 014 • Tyrrell 015 • Lola THL1 • Lola THL2 • Brabham BT55 • Arrows A8 • Arrows A9 • Zakspeed 861 • Minardi M185B • Minardi M186 • Osella FA1G • Osella FA1F • Osella FA1H • AGS JH21C
Tyres Goodyear • Pirelli
Races Brazil • Spain • San Marino • Monaco • Belgium • Canada • Detroit • France • Britain • Germany • Hungary • Austria • Italy • Portugal • Mexico • Australia
See also 1985 Formula One Season • 1987 Formula One Season • Category
V T E Australia Australian Grand Prix
Circuits Adelaide Street Circuit (1985–1995) • Albert Park Circuit (1996–present)
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