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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.[1] The race would see Nigel Mansell sweep to victory for Williams-Honda, having jumped his biggest rivals during the pitstops.[1]

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.[1] 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.[1] It also meant that Brabham would only run one car for Riccardo Patrese in Belgium.[1]

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.[1] Alain Prost was next ahead of Ayrton Senna, while Nigel Mansell shared the third row with the second Benetton of Teo Fabi.[1]

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.[1] The field behind was sent scattering around the accident, with Patrick Tambay receiving terminal damage in the middle of the chaos.[1]

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.[1] 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.[1]

Mansell would push hard to escape with teammate Piquet at the head of the field, and duly passed Senna's second placed Lotus-Renault.[1] 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.[1]

Piquet would lead until the end of lap seventeen, with a turbo failure ending his race in a familiar cloud of white smoke.[1] 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.[1]

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.[1] 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.[1]

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.[1] Johansson would claim third after his long battle with teammate Alboreto, while Laffite and Prost collected the remaining points.[1]

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.[1]

BackgroundEdit

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.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 1986 Belgian 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 014 Renault EF15 1.5 V6t G
4 France Philippe Streiff United Kingdom Data General Team Tyrrell Tyrrell 014 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 1.5 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 TEC 1.5 V6t G
16 France Patrick Tambay United States Team Haas (USA) Ltd. Lola THL2 Ford Cosworth TEC 1.5 V6t G
17 Switzerland Marc Surer United Kingdom Barclay Nordica Arrows BMW Arrows A8 BMW M12/13 1.5 L4t G
18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Barclay Nordica Arrows BMW Arrows A8 BMW M12/13 1.5 L4t G
19 Italy Teo Fabi United Kingdom Benetton Formula Ltd. Benetton B186 BMW M12/13 1.5 L4t P
20 Austria Gerhard Berger United Kingdom Benetton Formula Ltd. Benetton B186 BMW M12/13 1.5 L4t P
21 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Italy Osella Squadra Corse Osella FA1F Alfa Romeo 890T 1.5 L4t P
22 West Germany Christian Danner Italy Osella Squadra Corse Osella FA1G Alfa Romeo 890T 1.5 L4t P
23 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Italy Minardi F1 Team Minardi M185B 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 EF4B 1.5 V6t P
26 France Jacques Laffite France Equipe Ligier Ligier JS27 Renault EF15 1.5 V6t P
27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC Ferrari F186 Ferrari 032 1.5 V6t G
28 Sweden Stefan Johansson Italy Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC Ferrari F186 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 Belgian Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Williams-Honda 1:54.637 1:54.331
2 20 Austria Gerhard Berger United Kingdom Benetton-BMW 1:54.468 1:54.939 +0.137s
3 1 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 1:55.039 1:54.501 +0.170s
4 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 1:55.776 1:54.576 +0.245s
5 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Honda 1:55.345 1:54.582 +0.251s
6 19 Italy Teo Fabi United Kingdom Benetton-BMW 1:57.440 1:54.765 +0.434s
7 25 France René Arnoux France Ligier-Renault 1:57.269 1:55.576 +1.245s
8 2 Finland Keke Rosberg United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 1:56.534 1:55.662 +1.331s
9 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 1:56.294 1:56.242 +1.911s
10 16 France Patrick Tambay United States Lola-Ford Cosworth 1:58.574 1:56.309 +1.978s
11 28 Sweden Stefan Johansson Italy Ferrari 1:57.697 1:56.496 +2.156s
12 3 United Kingdom Martin Brundle United Kingdom Tyrrell-Renault 1:57.797 1:56.537 +2.206s
13 11 United Kingdom Johnny Dumfries United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 1:58.619 1:57.462 +3.131s
14 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 1:57.918 1:57.612 +3.281s
15 7 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 2:00.357 1:57.612 +3.281s
16 15 Australia Alan Jones United States Lola-Ford Cosworth 1:59.180 1:57.815 +3.484s
17 26 France Jacques Laffite France Ligier-Renault 1:58.238 2:27.817 +3.907s
18 4 France Philippe Streiff United Kingdom Tyrrell-Renault 1:59.347 1:58.603 +4.272s
19 23 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 2:00.984 1:59.960 +5.629s
20 14 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer West Germany Zakspeed 2:02.307 2:00.148 +5.817s
21 17 Switzerland Marc Surer United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 2:01.320 2:01.415 +6.989s
22 24 Italy Alessandro Nannini Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 2:01.528 2:01.354 +7.023s
23 29 Netherlands Huub Rothengatter West Germany Zakspeed 2:06.006 2:03.842 +9.511s
24 21 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 2:05.092 3:38.767 +10.761s
25 22 West Germany Christian Danner Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 2:09.465T 2:06.219T +11.888s
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
2 Nelson Piquet
Gerhard Berger ______________
Row 2 ______________ 3
4 Alain Prost
Ayrton Senna ______________
Row 3 ______________ 5
6 Nigel Mansell
Teo Fabi ______________
Row 4 ______________ 7
8 René Arnoux
Keke Rosberg ______________
Row 5 ______________ 9
10 Michele Alboreto
Patrick Tambay ______________
Row 6 ______________ 11
12 Stefan Johansson
Martin Brundle ______________
Row 7 ______________ 13
14 Johnny Dumfries
Thierry Boutsen ______________
Row 8 ______________ 15
16 Riccardo Patrese*
Alan Jones ______________
Row 9 ______________ 17
18 Jacques Laffite
Philippe Streiff ______________
Row 10 ______________ 19
20 Andrea de Cesaris
Jonathan Palmer ______________
Row 11 ______________ 21
22 Marc Surer
Alessandro Nannini ______________
Row 12 ______________ 23
24 Huub Rothengatter
Piercarlo Ghinzani ______________
Row 13 ______________ 25
26 Christian Danner*
______________
  • * Patrese and Danner both started from the pit lane.[6]

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Honda 43 1:27:57.925 5 9
2 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 43 +19.827s 4 6
3 28 Sweden Stefan Johansson Italy Ferrari 43 +23.592s 11 4
4 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 43 +29.634s 9 3
5 26 France Jacques Laffite France Ligier-Renault 43 +1:10.690 17 2
6 1 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 43 +2:17.772 3 1
7 19 Italy Teo Fabi United Kingdom Benetton-BMW 42 +1 Lap 6
8 7 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 42 +1 Lap 15
9 17 Switzerland Marc Surer United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 41 +2 Laps 21
10 20 Austria Gerhard Berger United Kingdom Benetton-BMW 41 +2 Laps 2
11* 15 Australia Alan Jones United States Lola-Ford Cosworth 40 Out of fuel 16
12 4 France Philippe Streiff United Kingdom Tyrrell-Renault 40 +3 Laps 18
13 14 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer West Germany Zakspeed 37 +6 Laps 20
Ret 23 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 35 Out of fuel 19
Ret 29 Netherlands Huub Rothengatter West Germany Zakspeed 25 Electrical 23
Ret 3 United Kingdom Martin Brundle United Kingdom Tyrrell-Renault 25 Gearbox 12
Ret 24 Italy Alessandro Nannini Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 24 Gearbox 22
Ret 25 France René Arnoux France Ligier-Renault 23 Engine 7
Ret 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Williams-Honda 16 Turbo 1
Ret 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 7 Electrical 14
Ret 11 United Kingdom Johnny Dumfries United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 7 Spin 13
Ret 2 Finland Keke Rosberg United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 6 Engine 8
Ret 21 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 3 Engine 24
Ret 22 West Germany Christian Danner Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 2 Engine 25
Ret 16 France Patrick Tambay United States Lola-Ford Cosworth 0 Accident 10
Source:[6]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Jones was still classified despite retiring as he had completed 90% of the race distance.[6]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

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.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Brazil Ayrton Senna 25 ▲1
2 France Alain Prost 23 ▼1
3 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell 18 ▲2
4 Brazil Nelson Piquet 15 ▼1
5 Finland Keke Rosberg 11 ▼1
6 Sweden Stefan Johansson 7 ▲3
7 France Jacques Laffite 7
8 Austria Gerhard Berger 6 ▼2
9 France René Arnoux 5 ▼1
10 Italy Michele Alboreto 3 ▲8
11 Italy Teo Fabi 2 ▼1
12 United Kingdom Martin Brundle 2 ▼1
13 Italy Riccardo Patrese 1 ▼1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 34
2 United Kingdom Williams-Honda 33
3 United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 25
4 France Ligier-Renault 12
5 Italy Ferrari 10 ▲1
6 United Kingdom Benetton-BMW 8 ▼1
7 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Renault 2
8 United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 1

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

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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
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