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The 1986 Austrian Grand Prix, otherwise known as the XXIV Holiday Großer Preis von Österreich, was the twelfth round of the 1986 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Österreichring in Spielberg, Austria, on the 17 August 1986.[1] The race would see Alain Prost secure victory to launch himself back into title contention, after a shock result in qualifying.[1]

Indeed, there would be Teo Fabi who claimed pole position for Benetton-BMW, with teammate Gerhard Berger completing the front row.[1] Riccardo Patrese also caused a stir by claiming fourth for Brabham-BMW, behind Keke Rosberg, while Prost was best of the title contenders in fifth.[1]

The home fans were further appeased at the start of the race, for Berger would sprint ahead of teammate Fabi to claim the lead.[1] Prost and Championship Nigel Mansell also made strong starts to claim third and fourth, while Patrese dropped out of the top ten.[1]

The Benettons duly pulled clear at the head of the field, leaving Prost and Mansell to lead the rest of the field.[1] Ayrton Senna, meanwhile, would not last long before his Lotus-Renault picked up an electrical issue, while Fabi tired to elbow his way past Berger for the lead.[1]

Fabi's race was to end soon after his attack, however, with an engine failure leaving Berger on his own out front.[1] Prost, meanwhile, would opt to make an early stop for fresh tyres, with Mansell duly inheriting second as the Frenchman rejoined in fifth.[1]

Unfortunately for the home fans Berger's hopes of victory were ruined at his pitstop, with an electrical glitch costing him almost two laps.[1] Prost subsequently claimed the lead when Mansell and Rosberg pitted, while the two Ferraris filtered through to second and third as others hit trouble.[1]

Indeed, with Mansell and Nelson Piquet both retiring the race was effectively over, with Prost claiming victory a lap ahead Michele Alboreto.[1] Stefan Johansson was a further lap behind in third, with Alan Jones and Patrick Tambay securing Lola-Ford Cosworth's first points finish.[1] Christian Danner claimed the final point in sixth, denying the recovering Berger as the Austrian set fastest lap.[1]

That victory put Prost back into title contention, moving into second and just two points behind Championship lead Mansell. Williams-Honda, meanwhile, would retain the lead in the Constructors' Championship, with their advantage over McLaren-TAG Porsche still 30 points.

Background

A win for Nelson Piquet in Hungary had made the title fight even more confusing, with the Brazilian having leapt ahead of Alain Prost. Indeed, Piquet had ended the Hungarian weekend just seven behind Championship leading teammate Nigel Mansell, and just a point behind Ayrton Senna in second. Prost, meanwhile, had slipped eleven off the lead after his issues, with four drivers now in the fight for the crown.

In the Constructors' Championship, in contrast, it now seemed a matter of when, not if, Williams-Honda would take the crown, with the Anglo-Japanese effort smashing through the 100 point barrier in Hungary. Indeed, their tally of 102 left them some 39 points clear of second placed McLaren-TAG Porsche, and 52 ahead of Lotus-Renault in third. Indeed the squad from Ethel were instead focusing on overhauling the Anglo-Germans in second rather than bidding for the crown, with just 75 points left to fight for.

Entry List

The full entry list for the 1986 Austrian 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 A9 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 Overview

Qualifying

Friday Qualifying

Saturday Qualifying

Qualifying Results

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 19 Italy Teo Fabi United Kingdom Benetton-BMW 1:26.421 1:23.549
2 20 Austria Gerhard Berger United Kingdom Benetton-BMW 1:25.638 1:23.743 +0.194s
3 2 Finland Keke Rosberg United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 1:23.956 1:23.903 +0.354s
4 7 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 1:26.648 1:24.044 +0.495s
5 1 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 1:24.346 1:25.285 +0.797s
6 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Honda 1:25.515 1:24.635 +1.086s
7 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Williams-Honda 1:25.090 1:24.697 +1.148s
8 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 1:26.650 1:25.249 +1.700s
9 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 1:26.152 1:25.561 +2.012s
10 8 United Kingdom Derek Warwick United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 1:26.892 1:25.726 +2.177s
11 26 France Philippe Alliot France Ligier-Renault 1:26.999 1:25.917 +2.368s
12 25 France René Arnoux France Ligier-Renault 1:26.797 1:26.312 +2.763s
13 16 France Patrick Tambay United States Lola-Ford Cosworth 1:27.628 1:26.489 +2.940s
14 28 Sweden Stefan Johansson Italy Ferrari 1:27.263 1:26.646 +3.097s
15 11 United Kingdom Johnny Dumfries United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 1:27.212 1:27.833 +3.663s
16 15 Australia Alan Jones United States Lola-Ford Cosworth 1:27.420 1:27.476 +3.871s
17 3 United Kingdom Martin Brundle United Kingdom Tyrrell-Renault 1:28.572 1:28.018 +4.469s
18 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 1:29.155 1:28.598 +5.049s
19 24 Italy Alessandro Nannini Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 1:31.974 1:28.645 +5.096s
20 4 France Philippe Streiff United Kingdom Tyrrell-Renault 1:31.455 1:28.951 +5.402s
21 14 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer West Germany Zakspeed 1:29.073 1:29.583 +5.524s
22 17 West Germany Christian Danner United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 1:29.430 1:40.236 +5.881s
23 23 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 1:33.263 1:29.615 +6.066s
24 29 Netherlands Huub Rothengatter West Germany Zakspeed 2:21.202 1:32.512 +8.963s
25 21 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:35.070 1:33.988
26 22 Canada Allen Berg Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:38.731 1:36.150 +12.601s
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.

Grid

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 ______________ 1
2 Teo Fabi
Gerhard Berger ______________
Row 2 ______________ 3
4 Keke Rosberg
Riccardo Patrese ______________
Row 3 ______________ 5
6 Alain Prost
Nigel Mansell ______________
Row 4 ______________ 7
8 Nelson Piquet
Ayrton Senna ______________
Row 5 ______________ 9
10 Michele Alboreto
Derek Warwick* ______________
Row 6 ______________ 11
12 Philippe Alliot
René Arnoux ______________
Row 7 ______________ 13
14 Patrick Tambay
Stefan Johansson ______________
Row 8 ______________ 15
16 Johnny Dumfries
Alan Jones ______________
Row 9 ______________ 17
18 Martin Brundle
Philippe Streiff ______________
Row 10 ______________ 19
20 Jonathan Palmer
Christian Danner ______________
Row 11 ______________ 21
22 Andrea de Cesaris
Huub Rothengatter ______________
Row 12 ______________ 23
24 Piercarlo Ghinzani
Allen Berg ______________
  • * Warwick was unable to start the race as his teammate Patrese used his car for the race.

Race

Report

Results

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 52 1:21:22.531 5 9
2 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 51 +1 Lap 9 6
3 28 Sweden Stefan Johansson Italy Ferrari 50 +2 Laps 14 4
4 15 Australia Alan Jones United States Lola-Ford Cosworth 50 +2 Laps 16 3
5 16 France Patrick Tambay United States Lola-Ford Cosworth 50 +2 Laps 13 2
6 17 West Germany Christian Danner United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 49 +3 Laps 22 1
7 20 Austria Gerhard Berger United Kingdom Benetton-BMW 49 +3 Laps 2
8 29 Netherlands Huub Rothengatter West Germany Zakspeed 48 +4 Laps 24
9* 2 Finland Keke Rosberg United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 47 Electrical 3
10 25 France René Arnoux France Ligier-Renault 47 +5 Laps 12
11 21 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 46 +6 Laps 25
Ret 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Honda 32 Halfshaft 6
Ret 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Williams-Honda 29 Engine 7
Ret 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 25 Turbo 18
Ret 19 Italy Teo Fabi United Kingdom Benetton-BMW 17 Engine 1
Ret 26 France Philippe Alliot France Ligier-Renault 16 Engine 11
Ret 24 Italy Alessandro Nannini Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 13 Suspension 19
Ret 23 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 13 Clutch 23
Ret 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 13 Engine 8
Ret 3 United Kingdom Martin Brundle United Kingdom Tyrrell-Renault 12 Turbo 17
Ret 4 France Philippe Streiff United Kingdom Tyrrell-Renault 10 Egine 20
Ret 11 United Kingdom Johnny Dumfries United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 9 Engine 15
Ret 14 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer West Germany Zakspeed 8 Engine 21
Ret 22 Canada Allen Berg Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 6 Electrical 26
Ret 7T Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 2 Engine 4
DNS 8 United Kingdom Derek Warwick United Kingdom Brabham-BMW
Source:[6]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Rosberg was still classified despite retiring as he had completed 90% of the race distance.[6]
  • Warwick was unable to start the race as Patrese used his car.[6]

Milestones

Standings

Nigel Mansell would hold onto his Championship lead in Austria in spite of the fact that he failed score, although his advantage had been drastically cut. Indeed, Alain Prost's victory ensured that the defending Champion leapt back into second ahead of Nelson Piquet and Ayrton Senna, and was just two points behind the Brit. Piquet and Senna, meanwhile, had not lost any ground in third and fourth, meaning just eight points covered the top four.

In contrast there had been little change atop the Constructors Championship, with Williams-Honda still holding a healthy 30 point lead. Indeed, McLaren-TAG Porsche had only managed to chip nine points out of their advantage after Prost's win, with four races left to try and overhaul the Anglo-Japanese squad's 102 point tally. Behind, Lotus-Renault had lost ground in third, while Ferrari had almost doubled their points in one afternoon, moving within two of fourth placed Ligier-Renault.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell 55
2 France Alain Prost 53 ▲2
3 Brazil Ayrton Senna 48 ▼1
4 Brazil Nelson Piquet 47 ▼1
5 Finland Keke Rosberg 19
6 France Jacques Laffite 14
7 Sweden Stefan Johansson 14 ▲1
8 France René Arnoux 14 ▼1
9 Italy Michele Alboreto 12 ▲1
10 Austria Gerhard Berger 6 ▼1
11 United Kingdom Martin Brundle 5
12 Australia Alan Jones 3 ▲11
13 United Kingdom Johnny Dumfries 2 ▼1
14 France Patrick Tambay 2 ▲4
15 Italy Teo Fabi 2 ▼2
16 Italy Riccardo Patrese 2 ▼2
17 France Philippe Streiff 1 ▼2
18 West Germany Christian Danner 1 ▲7
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Williams-Honda 102
2 United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 72
3 United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 50
4 France Ligier-Renault 28
5 Italy Ferrari 26
6 United Kingdom Benetton-BMW 8
7 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Renault 6
8 United States Lola-Ford Cosworth 5 ▲2
9 United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 2 ▼1
10 United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 1 ▼1

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

References

Images and Videos:

References:

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 'Austrian GP, 1986', grandprix.com, (Inside F1 Inc., 2015), http://www.grandprix.com/gpe/rr432.html, (Accessed 30/03/2019)
  2. 'Austria 1986: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1986/autriche/engages.aspx, (Accessed 29/03/2019)
  3. '24. Grosser Preis Von Oesterreich 1986 - QUALIFYING 1', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/1986/races/509/austria/qualifying-1.html, (Accessed 30/03/2019)
  4. '24. Grosser Preis Von Oesterreich 1986 - QUALIFYING 2', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/1986/races/509/austria/qualifying-2.html, (Accessed 30/03/2019)
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  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 'Austria 1986: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1986/autriche/classement.aspx, (Accessed 30/03/2019)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 '12. Austria 1986', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1986/autriche.aspx, (Accessed 30/03/2019)
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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 Austria Austrian Grand Prix
Circuits Zeltweg Airfield (1963–1964), Red Bull Ring (1970–1987, 1997-2003, 2014-present)
Circuit Red Bull Ring
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Non-Championship Race 1963
Red Bull Ring was previously called Österreichring and A1-Ring.
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