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The 1986 French Grand Prix, otherwise known as the 72e Grand Prix de France, was the eighth round of the 1986 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Circuit Paul Ricard on the 6 July 1986.[1] The race, which marked the halfway point in the 1986 campaign, would see Nigel Mansell claim victory as Alain Prost moved to the top of the Championship.[1]

The switch to the shorter circuit at Paul Ricard had been enforced after Elio de Angelis' fatal accident at the circuit a month earlier.[1] Indeed, the new circuit completely cut off the Esses where the Italian had flown off the circuit in the Brabham-BMW, and greatly reduced the length of the Mistral straight.[1]

It was Championship leader, and de Angelis' former teammate Ayrton Senna who claimed pole position during qualifying, the Brazilian lapping the shortened circuit in 1:06.526.[1] Nigel Mansell would, as ever, claim second for Williams-Honda ahead of his teammate Nelson Piquet, while Prost would start from fifth behind René Arnoux.[1]

The start of the race would see Mansell sprint ahead of Senna, while Arnoux, Gerhard Berger, Prost and Johnny Dumfries all getting the jump on Piquet.[1] The Brazilian was hence left to fend off Keke Rosberg as tried to hang onto seventh, while Michele Alboreto was left stranded on the grid after stalling.[1]

The early stages would see Mansell establish a small lead at the head of the field, while Senna spectacularly crashed out of contention when he hit an oil slick left by Andrea de Cesaris.[1] That put Arnoux up into second ahead of Berger, although the Austrian racer was coming under constant attack from the two McLaren-TAG Porsches as the early laps ticked away.[1]

Ultimately Berger's resistance would be broken before the end of lap ten, before the Austrian ultimately removed himself from the proceedings by slamming into the back of Christian Danner.[1] Prost and Rosberg, meanwhile, would be left to attack Arnoux for second, and would duly complete their respective moves on the Ligier-Renault before the end of the eighteenth lap.[1]

Mansell would pit from the lead a few laps later, the Brit opting for a two stop strategy rather than the McLarens' one.[1] As such Mansell would drop behind both Prost and Rosberg mid-race, although after his second stop the Brit would be able to retake the lead with ease with fresher rubber.[1]

Indeed, barring a late move by Piquet on Rosberg the race would effectively be over by the end of lap 58.[1] Mansell therefore claimed victory at a canter from Prost and Piquet, while Rosberg was frustrated to slip to fourth in the closing stages as his tyres faded badly.[1] The remaining points would go to the two Ligiers, with Arnoux ahead of Jacques Laffite.[1]

The results of the race meant that Prost re-took the lead in the Championship at the halfway mark, a point ahead of Mansell in second while Senna dropped three behind in third. In the Constructors Championship, meanwhile, it was Williams-Honda who ended the afternoon on top, five ahead of McLaren-TAG Porsche.

BackgroundEdit

Victory in Detroit had propelled Ayrton Senna back into the lead of the Championship, with the Brazilian having opened out a three point lead over Alain Prost. Furthermore, with Nigel Mansell just four points further back in third, it seemed as if it would be a three way fight for the Championship, with all three drivers holding two wins across the first seven races. Behind, Nelson Piquet was ten points off his third placed teammate, with Keke Rosberg even further back in fifth.

It was a similar picture the Constructors Championship at the start of the French Grand Prix weekend, with Williams-Honda and McLaren-TAG Porsche having ended the Detroit weekend just a point apart. It was the Anglo-Japanese combination, rather than the Anglo-German alliance that led, before an eleven point gap back to third placed Lotus-Renault. Indeed, the Ethel based squad were also in the hunt for the crown, provided that second driver Johnny Dumfries became a regular scorer, having left Ligier-Renault in an increasingly distant fourth.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 1986 French 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 FA1H 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 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 French Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 1:06.526 1:06.807
2 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Honda 1:06.755 1:09.819 +0.229s
3 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Williams-Honda 1:06.797 1:07.184 +0.271s
4 25 France René Arnoux France Ligier-Renault 1:07.114 1:07.075 +0.549s
5 1 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-TAG 1:07.545 1:07.266 +0.740s
6 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 1:07.365 1:09.161 +0.839s
7 2 Finland Keke Rosberg United Kingdom McLaren-TAG 1:07.365 1:09.161 +1.019s
8 20 Austria Gerhard Berger United Kingdom Benetton-BMW 1:07.835 1:07.554 +1.028s
9 19 Italy Teo Fabi United Kingdom Benetton-BMW 1:08.703 1:07.818 +1.348s
10 28 Sweden Stefan Johansson Italy Ferrari 1:07.874 1:08.881 +1.348s
11 26 France Jacques Laffite France Ligier-Renault 1:07.913 1:08.288 +1.387s
12 11 United Kingdom Johnny Dumfries United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 1:09.477 1:08.544 +2.018s
13 16 France Patrick Tambay United States Lola-Ford Cosworth 1:09.108 1:08.616 +2.090s
14 8 United Kingdom Derek Warwick United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 1:09.471 1:08.905 +2.379s
15 3 United Kingdom Martin Brundle United Kingdom Tyrrell-Renault 1:09.044 1:10.293 +2.518s
16 7 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 1:09.624 1:09.436 +2.910s
17 4 France Philippe Streiff United Kingdom Tyrrell-Renault 1:09.935 1:09.700 +3.174s
18 17 West Germany Christian Danner United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 1:09.737 1:10.614 +3.211s
19 24 Italy Alessandro Nannini Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 1:09.792 1:10.630 +3.266s
20 15 Australia Alan Jones United States Lola-Ford Cosworth 1:09.929 1:10.733 +3.403s
21 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 1:09.987 1:28.882 +3.461s
22 14 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer West Germany Zakspeed 1:10.305 1:10.511 +3.779s
23 23 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 1:11.483 1:21.859 +4.957s
24 29 Netherlands Huub Rothengatter West Germany Zakspeed 1:12.940 1:12.163 +5.637s
25 21 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:14.496 1:12.443 +5.917s
26 22 Canada Allen Berg Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:18.866 1:14.264 +7.738s
Source:[3][4][5]
  • Bold indicates a driver's best/qualifying time.
  • T Indicates a driver using their test/spare cars to set their best time in this session.

GridEdit

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 ______________ 1
2 Ayrton Senna
Nigel Mansell ______________
Row 2 ______________ 3
4 Nelson Piquet
René Arnoux ______________
Row 3 ______________ 5
6 Alain Prost
Michele Alboreto ______________
Row 4 ______________ 7
8 Keke Rosberg
Gerhard Berger ______________
Row 5 ______________ 9
10 Teo Fabi
Stefan Johansson ______________
Row 6 ______________ 11
12 Jacques Laffite
Johnny Dumfries ______________
Row 7 ______________ 13
14 Patrick Tambay
Derek Warwick ______________
Row 8 ______________ 15
16 Martin Brundle
Riccardo Patrese ______________
Row 9 ______________ 17
18 Philippe Streiff
Christian Danner ______________
Row 10 ______________ 19
20 Alessandro Nannini
Alan Jones ______________
Row 11 ______________ 21
22 Thierry Boutsen
Jonathan Palmer ______________
Row 12 ______________ 23
24 Andrea de Cesaris
Huub Rothengatter ______________
Row 13 ______________ 25
26 Piercarlo Ghinzani
Allen Berg ______________

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Honda 80 1:37:19.272 2 9
2 1 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 80 +17.128s 5 6
3 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Williams-Honda 80 +37.545s 3 4
4 2 Finland Keke Rosberg United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 80 +48.703s 7 3
5 25 France René Arnoux France Ligier-Renault 79 +1 Lap 4 2
6 26 France Jacques Laffite France Ligier-Renault 79 +1 Lap 11 1
7 7 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 78 +2 Laps 16
8 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 78 +2 Laps 6
9 8 United Kingdom Derek Warwick United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 77 +3 Laps 14
10 3 United Kingdom Martin Brundle United Kingdom Tyrrell-Renault 77 +3 Laps 15
11 17 West Germany Christian Danner United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 76 +4 Laps 18
NC* 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 67 +13 Laps 21
Ret 16 France Patrick Tambay United States Lola-Ford Cosworth 64 Brakes 13
Ret 11 United Kingdom Johnny Dumfries United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 56 Engine 12
Ret 14 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer West Germany Zakspeed 46 Engine 22
Ret 4 France Philippe Streiff United Kingdom Tyrrell-Renault 43 Fire 17
Ret 29 Netherlands Huub Rothengatter West Germany Zakspeed 32 Accident 24
Ret 22 Canada Allen Berg Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 25 Turbo 26
Ret 20 Austria Gerhard Berger United Kingdom Benetton-BMW 22 Gearbox 8
Ret 19 Italy Teo Fabi United Kingdom Benetton-BMW 7 Engine 9
Ret 28 Sweden Stefan Johansson Italy Ferrari 5 Turbo 10
Ret 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 3 Accident 1
Ret 21 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 3 Accident 25
Ret 24 Italy Alessandro Nannini Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 3 Accident 19
Ret 23 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 3 Turbo 23
Ret 15 Australia Alan Jones United States Lola-Ford Cosworth 2 Accident 20
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

Second place in France was enough to hand the Championship lead back to Alain Prost at the halfway point in the season, although victory for Nigel Mansell ensured that he was just a point behind. Indeed, even former leader Ayrton Senna had not lost too much ground in-spite of 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 crept up the table to seventh.

In the Constructors Championship it was Williams-Honda who ended the first half of the season on top, ending the French Grand Prix with a five point lead. McLaren-TAG Porsche were still their closest challengers, sat on 56 points, while Lotus-Renault were beginning to fall out of the fight in third, ending the day 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.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 France Alain Prost 39 ▲1
2 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell 38 ▲1
3 Brazil Ayrton Senna 36 ▼2
4 Brazil Nelson Piquet 23
5 Finland Keke Rosberg 17
6 France Jacques Laffite 14
7 France René Arnoux 8 ▲3
8 Sweden Stefan Johansson 7 ▼1
9 Austria Gerhard Berger 6 ▼1
10 Italy Michele Alboreto 6 ▼1
11 Italy Teo Fabi 2
12 United Kingdom Martin Brundle 2
13 Italy Riccardo Patrese 2
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Williams-Honda 61
2 United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 56
3 United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 36
4 France Ligier-Renault 22
5 Italy Ferrari 13
6 United Kingdom Benetton-BMW 8
7 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Renault 2
8 United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 2

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

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  3. 'Grand Prix de France 1986 - QUALIFYING 1', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/1986/races/505/france/qualifying-1.html, (Accessed 29/03/2019)
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  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 '1986 French GP', chicanef1.com, (Chicane F1, 2014), http://www.chicanef1.com/racetit.pl?year=1986&gp=French%20GP&r=1, (Accessed 29/03/2019)
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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
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