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The 1986 Spanish Grand Prix, otherwise officially known as the XXVIII Gran Premio Tio Pepe de España, was the second round of the 1986 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Circuito de Jerez on the 13 April 1986.[1] The race, which was the first Spanish Grand Prix to be held since 1981, would see Ayrton Senna grab victory by just 0.014s from Nigel Mansell.[1]

The Brazilian had been the man to beat in qualifying, with Senna's #12 Lotus-Renault taking pole position.[1] Nelson Piquet, winner in Brazil last time out, would line-up alongside his compatriot, while Mansell claimed third ahead of defending Champion Alain Prost.[1]

The start of the race would see Senna sprint into an early lead, leaving Piquet to fend off the attentions of a fast starting Keke Rosberg.[1] A poor start from Mansell, meanwhile, would leave the Brit behind Prost while, at the back of the field, Jonathan Palmer and Alan Jones took each other out.[1]

The early stages of the race would see the order stabilise out front, with Senna inching clear of Piquet, while Rosberg and Prost had to defend from Mansell.[1] Indeed, the Brit would be on a mission to make amends for his poor getaway, and duly scythed past the two McLaren-TAG Porsches before the end of lap ten.[1]

Indeed, the first half of the race ultimately became about Mansell's march, with the Brit even able to claim the lead from Senna on lap 39.[1] Mansell duly sprinted away to build a four second lead, although with tyre wear becoming an issue Senna was allowed to close back in as the race entered its final stages.[1]

With ten laps to go the Lotus was on the tail of the Williams, with Prost also watching on once Piquet dropped out with an engine issue.[1] Mansell successfully swatted aside Senna's first lunge into the first corner, although a more aggressive dive at the hairpin ultimately saw both Senna and Prost barge ahead of the Williams.[1]

Having lost the lead Mansell opted to pit for fresh tyres, and duly rejoined some twenty seconds behind Prost, but crucially still in third.[1] An impressive series of laps from the Brit followed, with Mansell lapping the Jerez circuit some four seconds faster than Senna ahead, although the Brit would lose almost five seconds to the Brazilian when he passed Prost for second.[1]

Yet, come the start of the final lap Mansell would be just a second and a half behind Senna, with the Williams duly pulling right onto the back of the Lotus at the hairpin.[1] Yet, the twisty nature of the Jerez circuit would prevent Mansell from challenging, and despite his superior grip, and hence acceleration, would ultimately be beaten to the line by Senna by just 0.014s.[1]

That margin was the second closest in F1 history, only beaten by the 0.01s gap that separated Peter Gethin and Ronnie Peterson at the 1971 Italian Grand Prix.[1] Regardless, the result would leave Senna at the top of the Championship standings with fifteen points, while Mansell moved into the top three behind Williams teammate Piquet.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Victory at the opening race of the season had left Nelson Piquet, unsurprisingly, at the head of the Championship, with the Brazilian's win on home soil earning him nine points. Ayrton Senna, meanwhile, had kicked off his bid for a maiden crown with second at the season opener, while Jacques Laffite claimed third. René Arnoux, meanwhile, would start the season with a fourth place finish for the third consecutive season, with Martin Brundle and Gerhard Berger the only other scorers.

It was a more complicated picture in the Constructors Championship after the opening race, with Williams-Honda only holding a two point lead. Indeed, a third and fourth place finish for Ligier-Renault meant that they scored seven points in Brazil, leaving them a point clear of Lotus-Renault in third. Tyrrell-Renault and Benetton-BMW were the only other scorers ahead of the trip to Spain.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 1986 Spanish 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
8 Italy Elio de Angelis 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 THL1 Hart 415T 1.5 L4t G
16 France Patrick Tambay United States Team Haas (USA) Ltd. Lola THL1 Hart 415T 1.5 L4t 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
Source:[2]

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Friday QualifyingEdit

Saturday QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 1:21.605 1:21.924
2 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Williams-Honda 1:23.097 1:22.431 +0.826s
3 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Honda 1:23.024 1:22.576 +0.971s
4 1 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 1:23.702 1:22.886 +1.281s
5 2 Finland Keke Rosberg United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 1:23.948 1:23.004 +1.399s
6 25 France René Arnoux France Ligier-Renault 1:24.566 1:24.274 +2.669s
7 20 Austria Gerhard Berger United Kingdom Benetton-BMW 1:24.501 1:25.235 +2.896s
8 26 France Jacques Laffite France Ligier-Renault 1:24.817 1:25.863 +3.212s
9 19 Italy Teo Fabi United Kingdom Benetton-BMW 1:25.052 1:26.196 +3.447s
10 11 United Kingdom Johnny Dumfries United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 1:29.093 1:25.107 +3.502s
11 28 Sweden Stefan Johansson Italy Ferrari 1:25.466 1:25.655 +3.861s
12 3 United Kingdom Martin Brundle United Kingdom Tyrrell-Renault 1:25.831 1:41.631 +4.226s
13 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 1:26.554 1:26.094 +4.489s
14 7 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 1:26.231 1:29.911 +4.626s
15 8 Italy Elio de Angelis United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 1:27.300 1:26.550 +4.945s
16 14 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer West Germany Zakspeed 1:27.600 1:26.918 +5.313s
17 15 Australia Alan Jones United States Lola-Hart 1:28.645 1:26.946 +5.341s
18 16 France Patrick Tambay United States Lola-Hart 1:27.045 1:26.992 +5.387s
19 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 1:28.812 1:27.169 +5.564s
20 4 France Philippe Streiff United Kingdom Tyrrell-Renault 1:27.637 1:28.086 +6.032s
21 21 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:28.894 1:28.423 +6.818s
22 17 Switzerland Marc Surer United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 1:28.803 1:28.443 +6.838s
23 22 West Germany Christian Danner Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:29.046 +7.441s
24 23 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 1:29.195 17:53.811 +7.590s
25 24 Italy Alessandro Nannini Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 1:30.062 +8.997s
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 Ayrton Senna
Nelson Piquet ______________
Row 2 ______________ 3
4 Nigel Mansell
Alain Prost ______________
Row 3 ______________ 5
6 Keke Rosberg
René Arnoux ______________
Row 4 ______________ 7
8 Gerhard Berger
Jacques Laffite ______________
Row 5 ______________ 9
10 Teo Fabi
Johnny Dumfries ______________
Row 6 ______________ 11
12 Stefan Johansson
Martin Brundle ______________
Row 7 ______________ 13
14 Michele Alboreto
Riccardo Patrese ______________
Row 8 ______________ 15
16 Elio de Angelis
Jonathan Palmer ______________
Row 9 ______________ 17
18 Alan Jones
Patrick Tambay ______________
Row 10 ______________ 19
20 Thierry Boutsen
Philippe Streiff ______________
Row 11 ______________ 21
22 Piercarlo Ghinzani
Marc Surer ______________
Row 12 ______________ 23
24 Christian Danner
Andrea de Cesaris ______________
Row 13 ______________ 25
26 Alessandro Nannini*
______________
  • * Nannini would be unable to star the race after a driveshaft failure.[6]

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 72 1:48:47.735 1 9
2 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Honda 72 +0.014s 3 6
3 1 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 72 +21.552s 4 4
4 2 Finland Keke Rosberg United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 71 +1 Lap 4 3
5 19 Italy Teo Fabi United Kingdom Benetton-BMW 71 +1 Lap 9 2
6 20 Austria Gerhard Berger United Kingdom Benetton-BMW 71 +1 Lap 7 1
7 18 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 68 +4 Laps 19
8 16 France Patrick Tambay United States Lola-Hart 66 +6 Laps 18
Ret 11 United Kingdom Johnny Dumfries United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 52 Gearbox 10
Ret 3 United Kingdom Martin Brundle United Kingdom Tyrrell-Renault 41 Engine 12
Ret 26 France Jacques Laffite France Ligier-Renault 40 Halfshaft 8
Ret 17 Switzerland Marc Surer United Kingdom Arrows-BMW 39 Fuel system 22
Ret 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Williams-Honda 39 Engine 2
Ret 8 Italy Elio de Angelis United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 29 Gearbox 15
Ret 25 France René Arnoux France Ligier-Renault 29 Half shaft 6
Ret 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 22 Wheel bearing 13
Ret 4 France Philippe Streiff United Kingdom Tyrrell-Renault 22 Engine 20
Ret 22 West Germany Christian Danner Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 14 Engine 23
Ret 28 Sweden Stefan Johansson Italy Ferrari 11 Brakes 11
Ret 21 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 10 Engine 21
Ret 7 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 8 Gearbox 14
Ret 23 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 1 Differential 24
Ret 14 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer West Germany Zakspeed 0 Collision 16
Ret 15 Australia Alan Jones United States Lola-Hart 0 Collision 17
DNS* 24 Italy Alessandro Nannini Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni
Source:[6]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Nannini was unable to start the race after a differential failure.[6]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Victory, combined with his second place in Brazil, would leave Ayrton Senna at the top of the Championship hunt leaving Spain, the Brazilian ace moving onto fifteen points. Nelson Piquet, winner in Brazil, would drop to second, while Nigel Mansell leapt into third with his second in Jerez. Elsewhere, Jacques Laffite and Alain Prost were level on four points to complete the early top five, with ten drivers in total on the score board.

It was a more confused picture in the Constructors Championship, for Lotus-Renault and Williams-Honda were level on fifteen points at the end of the weekend. Ultimately, it was the team from Ethel, Norfolk, that were deemed ahead, courtesy of Johnny Dumfries' ninth place in Brazil. Behind, defending Champions McLaren-TAG Porsche had moved into fourth, level with Ligier-Renault, while Benetton-BMW and Tyrrell-Renault rounded out the scorers list.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Brazil Ayrton Senna 15 ▲1
2 Brazil Nelson Piquet 9 ▼1
3 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell 6 ▲8
4 France Jacques Laffite 4 ▼1
5 France Alain Prost 4 ▲6
6 France René Arnoux 3 ▼2
7 Finland Keke Rosberg 3 ▲4
8 Italy Teo Fabi 2 ▲2
9 United Kingdom Martin Brundle 2 ▼4
10 Austria Gerhard Berger 2 ▼4
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 15 ▲2
2 United Kingdom Williams-Honda 15 ▼1
3 France Ligier-Renault 7 ▼1
4 United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 7 ▲3
5 United Kingdom Benetton-BMW 4
6 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Renault 2 ▼2

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

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  2. 'Spain 1986: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1986/espagne/engages.aspx, (Accessed 27/03/2019)
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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 Spain Spanish Grand Prix
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