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The XXXIX Shell Oils British Grand Prix, otherwise known as the 1986 British Grand Prix, was the ninth round of the 1986 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at Brands Hatch in Kent, UK, on the 13 July 1986.[1] The race, which was the last British Grand Prix to be staged anywhere other than Silverstone, would see Nigel Mansell claim victory and the Championship lead.[1]

Qualifying proved to be a Williams-Honda benefit, with Nelson Piquet sweeping to pole ahead of teammate Mansell.[1] Best of the rest would be Lotus-Renault pilot Ayrton Senna, while Championship leader Alain Prost would start from sixth.[1]

Unfortunately the start of the race would prove to be chaotic, with Mansell sprinting into the lead, only for his Williams to stop in the middle of Paddock Hill Bend.[1] The resulting melee caused by the limping Williams would see Thierry Boutsen spin, prompting Stefan Johansson to jink his Ferrari right into the side of Jacques Laffite.[1]

The Frenchman was powerless to prevent his Ligier-Renault from bouncing into the barriers, an accident that broke both of his legs.[1] Jonathan Palmer, a qualified doctor of medicine, stopped his collision damaged Zakspeed to help extract the Frenchman, who needed to be cut from the remains of the Ligier, with the race duly stopped for an hour for clean-up.[1]

With Laffite en-route to hospital via helicopter the race was restarted, with the field reset to grid order and several drivers, including Mansell, in their spare cars.[1] Unsurprisingly the second start was for more tame, with Piquet easing into the lead from pole, while Gerhard Berger leapt ahead of a cautious Mansell.[1]

It was not long, however, before the #5 Williams moved back into second, with the Brit quickly sprinting away to chase Piquet.[1] Behind, Senna was unable to make progress forward as he was being harassed by both McLaren-TAG Porsches, while Michele Alboreto was up to sixth for Ferrari.[1]

Prost's bid for victory was effectively ended by an early stop for fresh tyres, while failures for Berger and Senna saw them drop out completely.[1] Mansell, meanwhile, would have to wait for Piquet to make a mistake before claiming the lead, sneaking through at one third distance when the Brazilian missed a gear.[1]

With that the race was effectively over, with Mansell establishing an eight seconds lead over Piquet before the end of the race.[1] Third eventually went to Prost, who overhauled René Arnoux in the closing stages, while Tyrrell-Renault claimed a double points finish courtesy of Martin Brundle and Philippe Alliot.[1]

That victory would put Mansell into the lead of the Championship, four ahead of former leader Prost. Senna had retained third but was now eleven off the lead, while, in the Constructors' Championship, Williams-Honda had built a sixteen point lead over McLaren-TAG Porsche.

BackgroundEdit

Second place in France had been enough to hand the Championship lead back to Alain Prost at the halfway point in the season, although the race victory for Nigel Mansell had ensured that the Brit was just a point behind. Indeed, even former leader Ayrton Senna had not lost too much ground in France despite slipping to third, remaining just three off the lead, before a huge thirteen point gap to Nelson Piquet. Further back, Keke Rosberg had lost more ground in fifth ahead of Jacques Laffite, while René Arnoux had crept up the table to seventh.

In the Constructors Championship it was Williams-Honda who had ended the first half of the season on top, having concluded the French Grand Prix with a five point lead. McLaren-TAG Porsche were their closest challengers, sat on 56 points, while Lotus-Renault were beginning to fall out of the fight in third, arriving in the UK twenty behind McLaren. Indeed, the effort from Ethel were being punished for only having one consistent point scoring driver, with Johnny Dumfries yet to threaten the points at all in 1986.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 1986 British 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 TTE PO1 1.5 V6t G
2 Finland Keke Rosberg United Kingdom Marlboro McLaren International McLaren MP4/2C TAG 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 FA1H Alfa Romeo 890T 1.5 V8t P
23 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Italy Minardi Team SpA Minardi M185B Motori Moderni 615-90 1.5 V6t P
24 Italy Alessandro Nannini Italy Minardi Team SpA 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 Jacques Laffite 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 British Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Williams-Honda 1:07.690 1:06.961
2 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Honda 1:08.818 1:07.399 +0.438s
3 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 1:09.042 1:07.524 +0.563s
4 20 Austria Gerhard Berger United Kingdom Benetton-BMW 1:09.916 1:08.196 +1.235s
5 2 Finland Keke Rosberg United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 1:09.479 1:08.477 +1.516s
6 1 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 1:09.779 1:09.334 +2.373s
7 19 Italy Teo Fabi United Kingdom Benetton-BMW 1:11.819 1:09.409 +2.448s
8 25 France René Arnoux France Ligier-Renault 1:09.971 1:09.543 +2.582s
9 8 United Kingdom Derek Warwick United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 1:12.403 1:10.209 +3.248s
10 11 United Kingdom Johnny Dumfries United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 1:10.304 1:10.583 +3.343s
11 3 United Kingdom Martin Brundle United Kingdom Tyrrell-Renault 1:11.432 1:10.334 +3.373s
12 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 1:11.662 1:10.338 +3.377s
13 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 1:12.333 1:10.941 +3.980s
14 15 Australia Alan Jones United States Lola-Ford Cosworth 1:12.060 1:11.121 +4.160s
15 7 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 1:12.513 1:11.267 +4.306s
16 4 France Philippe Streiff United Kingdom Tyrrell-Renault 1:11.682 1:11.450 +4.489s
17 16 France Patrick Tambay United States Lola-Ford Cosworth 1:13.376 1:11.458 +4.497s
18 28 Sweden Stefan Johansson Italy Ferrari 1:11.500 1:11.568 +4.539s
19 26 France Jacques Laffite France Ligier-Renault 1:12.715 1:12.281 +5.320s
20 24 Italy Alessandro Nannini Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 1:12.848 1:13.496 +5.887s
21 23 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 1:14.366 1:12.980 +6.019s
22 14 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer West Germany Zakspeed 1:14.678 1:13.009 +6.048s
23 17 West Germany Christian Danner United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 1:13.261 1:13.421 +6.300s
24 21 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:16.440 1:16.134 +9.173s
25 29 Netherlands Huub Rothengatter West Germany Zakspeed 1:16.854 +9.917s
26 22 Canada Allen Berg Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:18.319 +11.738s
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
Nigel Mansell ______________
Row 2 ______________ 3
4 Ayrton Senna
Gerhard Berger ______________
Row 3 ______________ 5
6 Keke Rosberg
Alain Prost ______________
Row 4 ______________ 7
8 Teo Fabi
René Arnoux ______________
Row 5 ______________ 9
10 Derek Warwick
Johnny Dumfries ______________
Row 6 ______________ 11
12 Martin Brundle
Michele Alboreto ______________
Row 7 ______________ 13
14 Thierry Boutsen
Alan Jones ______________
Row 8 ______________ 15
16 Riccardo Patrese
Philippe Streiff ______________
Row 9 ______________ 17
18 Patrick Tambay
Stefan Johansson ______________
Row 10 ______________ 19
20 Jacques Laffite
Alessandro Nannini* ______________
Row 11 ______________ 21
22 Andrea de Cesaris
Jonathan Palmer ______________
Row 12 ______________ 23
24 Christian Danner
Piercarlo Ghinzani ______________
Row 13 ______________ 25
26 Huub Rothengatter
Allen Berg ______________
  • * Nannini would take both the start and the restart from the pit lane.[6]

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5T United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Honda 75 1:30:38.471 2 9
2 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Williams-Honda 75 +5.574s 1 6
3 1 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 74 +1 Lap 6 4
4 25 France René Arnoux France Ligier-Renault 73 +2 Laps 8 3
5 3 United Kingdom Martin Brundle United Kingdom Tyrrell-Renault 72 +3 Laps 11 2
6 4 France Philippe Streiff United Kingdom Tyrrell-Renault 72 +3 Laps 16 1
7 11 United Kingdom Johnny Dumfries United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 72 +3 Laps 10
8 8 United Kingdom Derek Warwick United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 72 +3 Laps 9
9 14T United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer West Germany Zakspeed 69 +6 Laps 22
NC* 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 62 +13 Laps 13
Ret 16 France Patrick Tambay United States Lola-Ford Cosworth 60 Gearbox 17
Ret 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 51 Turbo 12
Ret 24 Italy Alessandro Nannini Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 50 Steering PL
Ret 19 Italy Teo Fabi United Kingdom Benetton-BMW 45 Fuel system 7
Ret 7 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 39 Engine 15
Ret 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 27 Gearbox 3
Ret 29 Netherlands Huub Rothengatter West Germany Zakspeed 24 Engine 25
Ret 23T Italy Andrea de Cesaris Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 23 Electrical 21
Ret 20 Austria Gerhard Berger United Kingdom Benetton-BMW 22 Electrical 4
Ret 15 Australia Alan Jones United States Lola-Ford Cosworth 22 Throttle 14
Ret 28T Sweden Stefan Johansson Italy Ferrari 20 Engine 18
Ret 2 Finland Keke Rosberg United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 7 Gearbox 5
Ret 26 France Jacques Laffite France Ligier-Renault 0 Collision 19
Ret 17 West Germany Christian Danner United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 0 Collision 23
Ret 21 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 0 Collision 24
Ret 22 Canada Allen Berg Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 0 Collision 26
Source:[6]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Boutsen was unable to be classified as he failed to complete 90% of the race distance.[6]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Victory on home soil propelled Nigel Mansell to the top of the Championship fight, with the Brit leaving Brands Hatch with a four point lead. Alain Prost, former leader, had slipped to second, ending the weekend on 43, while the third man in the truel, Ayrton Senna had slipped eleven points behind after failing to score again. Indeed, the Brazilian's miserable recent form had allowed Nelson Piquet to draw him in, although the #6 Williams pilot was still seven off the back of his compatriot.

In the Constructors Championship it had been a very productive day for Williams-Honda, with the Anglo-Japanese squad ending the afternoon on 76 points. They hence moved sixteen clear of closest challengers McLaren-TAG Porsche, before a huge 24 point gap back to Lotus-Renault in third. Indeed, with seven races to go it seemed as if Lotus were out of the fight, and were instead being caught, albeit slowly, by Ligier-Renault in fourth.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell 47 ▲1
2 France Alain Prost 43 ▼1
3 Brazil Ayrton Senna 36
4 Brazil Nelson Piquet 29
5 Finland Keke Rosberg 17
6 France Jacques Laffite 14
7 France René Arnoux 11
8 Sweden Stefan Johansson 7
9 Austria Gerhard Berger 6
10 Italy Michele Alboreto 6
11 United Kingdom Martin Brundle 4 ▲1
12 Italy Teo Fabi 2 ▼1
13 Italy Riccardo Patrese 2
14 France Philippe Streiff 1 ▲1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Williams-Honda 76
2 United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 60
3 United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 36
4 France Ligier-Renault 25
5 Italy Ferrari 13
6 United Kingdom Benetton-BMW 8
7 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Renault 5
8 United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 2

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

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  2. 'Britain 1986: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1986/grande-bretagne/engages.aspx, (Accessed 29/03/2019)
  3. 'British Grand Prix - QUALIFYING 1', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/1986/races/506/great-britain/qualifying-1.html, (Accessed 29/03/2019)
  4. 'British Grand Prix - QUALIFYING 2', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/1986/races/506/great-britain/qualifying-1.html, (Accessed 29/03/2019)
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  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 7.8 '9. Britain 1986', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1986/grande-bretagne.aspx, (Accessed 29/03/2019)
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 '1986 British GP', chicanef1.com, (Chicane F1, 2015), http://www.chicanef1.com/racetit.pl?year=1986&gp=British%20GP&r=1, (Accessed 29/03/2019)
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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