The 1986 Belgian Grand Prix, otherwise officially known as the XLIV Grote Prijs van België, was the fifth round of the 1986 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on the 25 May 1986. The race would see Nigel Mansell sweep to victory for Williams-Honda, having jumped his biggest rivals during the pitstops.
Unfortunately the build-up to the race would be marred by the death of Elio de Angelis, who was killed while testing for Brabham-BMW at the Circuit Paul Ricard. The result of the accident, in which de Angelis was trapped in a burning car due to a lack of marshals before a long wait for a helicopter, saw the FIA introduce new safety requirements for testing. It also meant that Brabham would only run one car for Riccardo Patrese in Belgium.
Qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix would see Nelson Piquet grab pole for Williams-Honda, while Gerhard Berger caused a stir by putting the new Benetton-BMW onto the front row. Alain Prost was next ahead of Ayrton Senna, while Nigel Mansell shared the third row with the second Benetton of Teo Fabi.
Unfortunately for Berger his hopes of a maiden victory evaporated at the start, with the Austrian racer getting whacked by Prost in the first corner. The field behind was sent scattering around the accident, with Patrick Tambay receiving terminal damage in the middle of the chaos.
Out front, meanwhile, Piquet would establish a small lead at the head of the field, with Senna, who had been fighting with Prost and Berger into La Source, running in second. Mansell was next ahead of a fast starting Stefan Johansson, while Johnny Dumfries benefited massively from the first corner collision to claim fifth ahead of Jacques Laffite.
Mansell would push hard to escape with teammate Piquet at the head of the field, and duly passed Senna's second placed Lotus-Renault. Unfortunately a spin a few moments later would dump him back behind both the Brazilian and Johansson in the Ferrari, while Dumfries' strong run was ended by a spin, putting Michele Alboreto into fifth.
Piquet would lead until the end of lap seventeen, with a turbo failure ending his race in a familiar cloud of white smoke. Senna inherited the lead from Johansson and a charging Mansell with the stops approaching, while Prost appeared in the lower reaches of the top ten after his early collision.
The stops ultimately dictated the outcome of the race, for a quick turn around by Williams would put Mansell into the lead ahead of Senna. Johansson, meanwhile, would lose out to teammate Alboreto during their stops, while Prost used his fresh rubber to make a late charge for the points during the second half of the race.
Indeed, barring Prost's late charge and a battle between the Ferraris there would be no further changes to the order, with Mansell easing twenty seconds clear of Senna at the chequered flag. Johansson would claim third after his long battle with teammate Alboreto, while Laffite and Prost collected the remaining points.
The results of the Belgian Grand Prix meant that Senna moved back to the top of the Championship hunt, with Prost dropping two behind in second.
Victory in Monte Carlo had propelled Alain Prost to the head of the Championship, leaving the Frenchman three points ahead of Ayrton Senna, the former leader. Nelson Piquet had slipped to third in Monaco having failed to score, while Keke Rosberg had moved into fourth after finishing second. Nigel Mansell was next, having dropped to fifth, with no other drivers having added their names to the scoreboard.
In the Constructors Championship it was McLaren-TAG Porsche who had emerged at the head of the field in Monaco, courtesy of their first one-two of the campaign. The Anglo-German alliance had overhauled former leaders Williams-Honda in Monte Carlo, establishing a nine point lead, while Lotus-Renault had slipped further back in third. Ligier-Renault, meanwhile, had overtaken Benetton-BMW to claim fourth, with eight constructors on the board.
The full entry list for the 1986 Belgian Grand Prix is outlined below:
The full qualifying results for the 1986 Belgian Grand Prix are outlined below:
|3||1||Alain Prost||McLaren-TAG Porsche||1:55.039||1:54.501||+0.170s|
|8||2||Keke Rosberg||McLaren-TAG Porsche||1:56.534||1:55.662||+1.331s|
|10||16||Patrick Tambay||Lola-Ford Cosworth||1:58.574||1:56.309||+1.978s|
|16||15||Alan Jones||Lola-Ford Cosworth||1:59.180||1:57.815||+3.484s|
|19||23||Andrea de Cesaris||Minardi-Motori Moderni||2:00.984||1:59.960||+5.629s|
|22||24||Alessandro Nannini||Minardi-Motori Moderni||2:01.528||2:01.354||+7.023s|
|24||21||Piercarlo Ghinzani||Osella-Alfa Romeo||2:05.092||3:38.767||+10.761s|
|25||22||Christian Danner||Osella-Alfa Romeo||2:09.465T||2:06.219T||+11.888s|
- 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.
|20||Andrea de Cesaris|
- * Patrese and Danner both started from the pit lane.
The full results for the 1986 Belgian Grand Prix are outlined below:
- T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
- * Jones was still classified despite retiring as he had completed 90% of the race distance.
- Ferrari featured in their 400th Grand Prix as an engine supplier.
- 250th entry for an Arrows chassis.
- 25th entry for a Minardi chassis.
- Gerhard Berger entered his 25th Grand Prix.
- Third career victory for Nigel Mansell.
- Williams secured their 24th win as a constructor.
Ayrton Senna moved to the top of the Championship as a result of the Belgian Grand Prix, moving two clear of former leader Alain Prost. A five point gap then followed before Nigel Mansell appeared in third, while Nelson Piquet had lost further ground in fourth. Keke Rosberg was next, the last man in double figures, while Michele Alboreto was up in the top ten with his first points of the season.
In the Constructors' Championship, meanwhile, it would be a tighter affair, with McLaren-TAG Porsche ending the weekend just a point ahead of Williams-Honda. Indeed, it seemed as if those two were equally matched in 1986, although Lotus-Renault were also potential title contenders, just nine off the lead after the first third of the season. Ligier-Renault, meanwhile, were a fairway back in fourth ahead of the Ferrari, with the Italian squad moving back ahead of Benetton-BMW.
Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.
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- ↑ 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 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 'Belgian GP, 1986', grandprix.com, (Inside F1 Inc., 2015), http://www.grandprix.com/gpe/rr425.html, (Accessed 28/03/2019)
- ↑ 'Belgium 1986: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1986/belgique/engages.aspx, (Accessed 28/03/2019)
- ↑ 'Grand Prix de Belgique 1986 - QUALIFYING 1', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/1986/races/502/belgium/qualifying-1.html, (Accessed 28/03/2019)
- ↑ 'Grand Prix de Belgique 1986 - QUALIFYING 2', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/1986/races/502/belgium/qualifying-2.html, (Accessed 28/03/2019)
- ↑ 'Belgium 1986: Qualifications', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1986/belgique/qualification.aspx, (Accessed 28/03/2019)
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 'Belgium 1986: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1986/belgique/classement.aspx, (Accessed 28/03/2019)
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 '5. Belgium 1986', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1986/belgique.aspx, (Accessed 28/03/2019)
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 '1986 Belgian GP', chicanef1.com, (Chicane F1, 2014), http://www.chicanef1.com/racetit.pl?year=1986&gp=Belgian%20GP&r=1, (Accessed 28/03/2019)
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