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The 1987 Australian Grand Prix, otherwise known officially as the LII Foster's Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, was the sixteenth and final round of the 1987 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Adelaide Street Circuit in South Australia on the 15 November 1987.[2] The race would see Gerhard Berger sweep to victory and his only career Grand Chelem, fending off a race long challenge from Ayrton Senna before the Brazilian was disqualified.[2]

With no titles to be fought for in Australia there was a sense of "end of term" around the paddock, although there would be one noticeable absentee.[2] Indeed, Nigel Mansell would miss the season finale due to the injuries he sustained in Japan, forcing Williams-Honda to do a deal with Brabham-BMW to use Riccardo Patrese one race early.[2]

Regardless, it was Berger who emerged on pole position after qualifying, beating out-going Champion Alain Prost.[2] New World Champion Nelson Piquet, meanwhile, would start the race from third ahead of Senna, while Thierry Boutsen and Michele Alboreto shared the third row ahead of Patrese.[2]

It was Piquet who made the best start off the grid, slipping between Berger and Prost to claim the lead into the first chicane.[2] Berger duly shot off after the Brazilian ahead of Prost, while Alessandro Nannini was sent skating into the barriers at the back of the field.

Berger would send his Ferrari skating back past Piquet's Williams before the end of the opening lap, before sprinting clear early on.[2] Piquet, meanwhile, was left to fight with Prost, Alboreto and Senna, with their four way fight lasting until the stops.[2]

Piquet was the first to stop from the quartet, although his advantage on fresh tyres was ruined by a brake issue a few laps later.[2] That left Prost, Alboreto and Senna in a truel, although that soon became a duel between the latter two when Prost also disappeared with a brake problem.

Senna emerged ahead in the closing stages, and duly made a second stop for fresh tyres in a bid to catch Berger out front.[2] Yet, Berger would collect fastest lap en-route to a surprisingly dominant victory and Grand Chelem without the Brazilian seriously challenging, while Alboreto finished third.

After the race, however, it was found that Senna's brake ducts were outside of the regulations, resulting in the Brazilian getting disqualified. Alboreto was hence classified in second ahead of Boutsen, ahead of Jim Clark Trophy competitors Jonathan Palmer, Yannick Dalmas and Roberto Moreno.

Senna's disqualification meant that Mansell officially ended the year in second in the Championship, behind teammate Piquet. Williams-Honda, meanwhile, ended the season 61 points clear in the Constructors' Championship, with McLaren-TAG Porsche in second ahead of Lotus-Honda.

BackgroundEdit

With Nigel Mansell out injured Nelson Piquet had effectively won his third World Championship crown before the race in Japan, although it was only after the chequered flag fell that his title had been officially confirmed. Mansell was hence left to fight for second, although with the injuries sustained in his practice accident the Brit would not compete in Australia. That hence allowed Ayrton Senna to potentially nip into the runner-up spot at the season finale, although he would have to finish second or higher to do so.

Williams-Honda had had a rare non-score in Japan, although that was of little concern given that they had already won the Constructors' Championship. McLaren-TAG Porsche, meanwhile, had almost secured second, but would need to score at least two points in Australia to prevent Lotus-Honda sneaking ahead. Elsewhere, Ferrari had effectively claimed fourth ahead of Benetton-Ford Cosworth, while Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth and Lola-Ford Cosworth were both in the top ten ahead of the finale.

A sixth class victory in the Jim Clark Trophy last time out in Japan had been enough to see Jonathan Palmer become the inaugural Champion with a race to spare, moving twelve clear of second placed Philippe Streiff. Indeed, the Frenchman was left in second ahead of the trip to Australia, with Philippe Alliot a very distant third. Likewise, Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth had once again extended their huge lead in the Colin Chapman Trophy, arriving in Adelaide with 160 points to their name.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 1987 Australian Grand Prix is outlined below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
1 France Alain Prost United Kingdom Marlboro McLaren International McLaren MP4/3 TAG Porsche TTE PO1 1.5 V6t G
2 Sweden Stefan Johansson United Kingdom Marlboro McLaren International McLaren MP4/3 TAG Porsche TTE PO1 1.5 V6t G
3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer United Kingdom Data General Team Tyrrell Tyrrell DG016 Ford Cosworth DFZ 3.5 V8 G
4 France Philippe Streiff United Kingdom Data General Team Tyrrell Tyrrell DG016 Ford Cosworth DFZ 3.5 V8 G
5 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Canon Williams Honda Team Williams FW11B Honda RA167E 1.5 V6t G
6 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Canon Williams Honda Team Williams FW11B Honda RA167E 1.5 V6t G
7 Italy Stefano Modena United Kingdom Motor Racing Developments Ltd. Brabham BT56 BMW M12/13 1.5 L4t G
8 Italy Andrea de Cesaris United Kingdom Motor Racing Developments Ltd. Brabham BT56 BMW M12/13 1.5 L4t G
9 United Kingdom Martin Brundle West Germany West Zakspeed Racing Zakspeed 871 Zakspeed 1500/4 1.5 L4t G
10 West Germany Christian Danner West Germany West Zakspeed Racing Zakspeed 871 Zakspeed 1500/4 1.5 L4t G
11 Japan Satoru Nakajima United Kingdom Camel Team Lotus Honda Lotus 99T Honda RA166E 1.5 V6t G
12 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Camel Team Lotus Honda Lotus 99T Honda RA166E 1.5 V6t G
14 Brazil Roberto Moreno France Team El Charro AGS AGS JH22 Ford Cosworth DFZ 3.5 V8 G
16 Italy Ivan Capelli United Kingdom Leyton House March Racing Team March 871 Ford Cosworth DFZ 3.5 V8 G
17 United Kingdom Derek Warwick United Kingdom USF&G Arrows Megatron Arrows A10 Megatron M12/13 1.5 L4t G
18 United States Eddie Cheever United Kingdom USF&G Arrows Megatron Arrows A10 Megatron M12/13 1.5 L4t G
19 Italy Teo Fabi United Kingdom Benetton Formula Ltd. Benetton B187 Ford Cosworth GBA 1.5 V6t G
20 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Benetton Formula Ltd. Benetton B187 Ford Cosworth GBA 1.5 V6t G
21 Italy Alex Caffi Italy Osella Squadra Corse Osella FA1I Alfa Romeo 890T 1.5 L4t G
23 Spain Adrián Campos Italy Minardi F1 Team Minardi M187 Motori Moderni 615-90 1.5 V6t G
24 Italy Alessandro Nannini Italy Minardi F1 Team Minardi M187 Motori Moderni 615-90 1.5 V6t G
25 France René Arnoux France Ligier Loto Ligier JS29C Megatron M12/13 1.5 L4t G
26 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani France Ligier Loto Ligier JS29C Megatron M12/13 1.5 L4t G
27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC Ferrari F186 Ferrari 033D 1.5 V6t G
28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC Ferrari F187 Ferrari 033D 1.5 V6t G
29 France Yannick Dalmas France Larrousse & Camels F1 Lola LC87 Ford Cosworth DFZ 3.5 V8 G
30 France Philippe Alliot France Larrousse & Camels F1 Lola LC87 Ford Cosworth DFZ 3.5 V8 G
31 Japan Aguri Suzuki Italy MiddlebRidge-Trussardi Trussardi B186 Megatron M12/13 1.5 L4t G
Source:[3]

PracticeEdit

QualifyingEdit

Friday QualifyingEdit

Saturday QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

The full qualifying results for the 1987 Australian Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 1:17.267 1:18.142
2 1 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 1:18.200 1:17.967 +0.700s
3 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Williams-Honda 1:18.017 1:18.176 +0.750s
4 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 1:18.508 1:18.488 +1.221s
5 20 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 1:18.943 1:18.523 +1.256s
6 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 1:18.578 1:19.612 +1.311s
7 5 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Williams-Honda 1:19.507 1:18.813 +1.546s
8 2 Sweden Stefan Johansson United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 1:19.761 1:18.826 +1.559s
9 19 Italy Teo Fabi United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 1:19.461 1:20.301 +2.194s
10 8 Italy Andrea de Cesaris United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 1:19.768 1:19.590 +2.323s
11 18 United States Eddie Cheever United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 1:20.187 1:21.592 +2.920s
12 17 United Kingdom Derek Warwick United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 1:20.638 1:20.837 +3.371s
13 24 Italy Alessandro Nannini Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 1:20.701 1:21.523 +3.434s
14 11 Japan Satoru Nakajima United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 1:21.708 1:20.891 +3.624s
15 7 Italy Stefano Modena United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 1:21.887 1:21.014 +3.747s
16 9 United Kingdom Martin Brundle West Germany Zakspeed 1:22.224 1:21.483 +4.216s
17 30 France Philippe Alliot France Lola-Ford Cosworth 1:21.888 1:22.846 +4.621s
18 4 France Philippe Streiff United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:21.971 1:22.434 +4.704s
19 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:22.315 1:22.087 +4.820s
20 25 France René Arnoux France Ligier-Megatron 1:24.833 1:22.303 +5.036s
21 29 France Yannick Dalmas France Lola-Ford Cosworth 1:25.021 1:22.650 +5.383s
22 26 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani France Ligier-Megatron 1:22.689 1:24.652 +5.422s
23 16 Italy Ivan Capelli United Kingdom March-Ford Cosworth 1:22.698 1:22.704 +5.437s
24 10 West Germany Christian Danner West Germany Zakspeed 1:23.046 1:22.736 +5.469s
25 14 Brazil Roberto Moreno France AGS-Ford Cosworth 1:23.659 1:24.149 +6.392s
26 23 Spain Adrián Campos Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 1:25.760 1:24.121 +6.859s
DNQ 21 Italy Alex Caffi Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:25.872 1:27.331 +8.585s
WD* 31 Japan Aguri Suzuki Italy Trussardi-Megatron Withdrawn
Source:[4][5][6]
  • A white background indicates an entrant in the Jim Clark Trophy.
  • 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.
  • * Suzuki's entry was withdrawn after Trussardi's registration as an entrant was rejected.

GridEdit

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 1 ______________
Gerhard Berger 2
______________ Alain Prost
Row 2 3 ______________
Nelson Piquet 4
______________ Ayrton Senna
Row 3 5 ______________
Thierry Boutsen 6
______________ Michele Alboreto
Row 4 7 ______________
Riccardo Patrese 8
______________ Stefan Johansson
Row 5 9 ______________
Teo Fabi 10
______________ Andrea de Cesaris
Row 6 11 ______________
Eddie Cheever 12
______________ Derek Warwick
Row 7 13 ______________
Alessandro Nannini 14
______________ Satoru Nakajima
Row 8 15 ______________
Stefano Modena 16
______________ Martin Brundle
Row 9 17 ______________
Philippe Alliot 18
______________ Philippe Streiff
Row 10 19 ______________
Jonathan Palmer 20
______________ René Arnoux
Row 11 21 ______________
Yannick Dalmas 22
______________ Piercarlo Ghinzani
Row 12 23 ______________
Ivan Capelli 24
______________ Christian Danner
Row 13 25 ______________
Roberto Moreno 26
______________ Adrián Campos

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

The full results for the 1987 Australian Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 82 1:52:56.144 1 9
2 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 82 +1:07.884 6 6
3 20 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 81 +1 Lap 5 4
4 (1) 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 80 +2 Laps 19 3
5 (2)* 29 France Yannick Dalmas France Lola-Ford Cosworth 79 +3 Laps 21
6 (3) 14 Brazil Roberto Moreno France AGS-Ford Cosworth 79 +3 Laps 25 1
7 10 West Germany Christian Danner West Germany Zakspeed 79 +3 Laps 24
8 8 Italy Andrea de Cesaris United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 78 Spin 10
9 5 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Williams-Honda 76 Oil leak 7
DSQ 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 82 Disqualified 4
Ret 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Williams-Honda 58 Brakes 3
Ret 16 Italy Ivan Capelli United Kingdom March-Ford Cosworth 58 Spin 23
Ret 1 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 53 Brakes 2
Ret 18 United States Eddie Cheever United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 53 Overheating 11
Ret 2 Sweden Stefan Johansson United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 48 Brakes 8
Ret 19 Italy Teo Fabi United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 46 Brakes 9
Ret 23 Spain Adrián Campos Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 46 Transmission 26
Ret 30 France Philippe Alliot France Lola-Ford Cosworth 45 Electrical 17
Ret 25 France René Arnoux France Ligier-Megatron 41 Ignition 20
Ret 7 Italy Stefano Modena United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 31 Exhaustion 15
Ret 26 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani France Ligier-Megatron 26 Ignition 22
Ret 11 Japan Satoru Nakajima United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 22 Hydraulics 14
Ret 17 United Kingdom Derek Warwick United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 19 Transmission 12
Ret 9 United Kingdom Martin Brundle West Germany Zakspeed 18 Engine 16
Ret 4 France Philippe Streiff United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 6 Spin 18
Ret 24 Italy Alessandro Nannini Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 0 Accident 13
DNQ 21 Italy Alex Caffi Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo
WD 31 Italy Emanuele Pirro Italy Trussardi-Megatron
Source:[7]
  • A white background indicates an entrant in the Jim Clark Trophy with numbers in brackets indicating their finishing position in that class.
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Dalmas was not awarded points as Lola-Ford Cosworth had only registered one car as a Championship entry.[7]
  • de Cesaris and Patrese were still classified despite retiring as they had completed 90% of the race distance.[7]
  • Senna was disqualified for using oversized brake ducts.[7]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

With that the 1987 World Championship tour was over, with Nelson Piquet officially claiming his third World title by twelve points. Nigel Mansell was classified in second come the end of the season, four ahead of Ayrton Senna, while Alain Prost was a distant fourth. The end-of-season victory for Gerhard Berger, meanwhile, had put the Austrian into the top five, ahead of Stefan Johansson.

Williams-Honda officially ended the 1987 Constructors' Championship with 137 points to their name, leaving them 61 points clear at the head of the field. McLaren-TAG Porsche ended their relationship in second, twelve ahead of Lotus-Honda, while Ferrari ended the season in fourth, 84 points off the Champions. Benetton-Ford Cosworth ended sophomore year in fifth, while the non-turbo charged Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth squad claimed sixth ahead of Arrows-Megatron and Brabham-BMW.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Brazil Nelson Piquet 73 (76)
2 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell 61
3 Brazil Ayrton Senna 57
4 France Alain Prost 46
5 Austria Gerhard Berger 36 ▲1
6 Sweden Stefan Johansson 30 ▼1
7 Italy Michele Alboreto 17 ▲2
8 Belgium Thierry Boutsen 16
9 Italy Teo Fabi 12 ▼2
10 United States Eddie Cheever 8
11 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer 7 ▲4
12 Japan Satoru Nakajima 7 ▼1
13 Italy Riccardo Patrese 6 ▼1
14 Italy Andrea de Cesaris 4 ▼1
15 France Philippe Streiff 4 ▼1
16 United Kingdom Derek Warwick 3
17 France Philippe Alliot 3
18 United Kingdom Martin Brundle 2
19 Italy Ivan Capelli 1
20 France René Arnoux 1
21 Brazil Roberto Moreno 1 ▲ 6
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Williams-Honda 137
2 United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 76
3 United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 64
4 Italy Ferrari 53
5 United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 28
6 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 11 ▲2
7 United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 11 ▼1
8 United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 10 ▼1
9 France Lola-Ford Cosworth 3
10 West Germany Zakspeed 2
11 France Ligier-Megatron 1
12 France AGS-Ford Cosworth 1 ▲1
13 United Kingdom March-Ford Cosworth 1 ▼1

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

Jim Clark/Colin Chapman TrophyEdit

Jonathan Palmer and Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth rounded out the first, and ultimately only campaign for the Jim Clark and Colin Chapman Trophies with victory, adding to their Championship winning tallies. Indeed, Palmer ended the season on 95 points, 21 ahead of teammate Philippe Streiff in second. Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth, meanwhile, ended the season with 169 CCT points to their name, almost four times the number of second placed Lola-Ford Cosworth.

Jim Clark Trophy
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer 95
2 France Philippe Streiff 74
3 France Philippe Alliot 43
4 Italy Ivan Capelli 38
5 France Pascal Fabre 35
6 Brazil Roberto Moreno 4
Colin Chapman Trophy
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 169
2 France Lola-Ford Cosworth 43
3 France AGS-Ford Cosworth 39 ▲1
4 United Kingdom March-Ford Cosworth 38 ▼1

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 '16. Australia 1987', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1987/australie.aspx, (Accessed 07/04/2019)
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 'Australian GP, 1987', grandprix.com, (Inside F1 Inc., 2015), http://www.grandprix.com/gpe/rr452.html, (Accessed 26/03/2019)
  3. 'Australia 1987: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1987/australie.aspx, (Accessed 07/04/2019)
  4. 'Foster's Australian Grand Prix - QUALIFYING 1', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/1987/races/526/australia/qualifying-1.html, (Accessed 07/04/2019)
  5. 'Foster's Australian Grand Prix - QUALIFYING 2', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/1987/races/526/australia/qualifying-2.html, (Accessed 07/04/2019)
  6. 'Australia 1987: Qualifications', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1987/australie/qualification.aspx, (Accessed 07/04/2019)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 'Australia 1987: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1987/australie/classement.aspx, (Accessed 07/04/2019)
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 '1987 Australian GP', chicanef1.com, (Chicane F1, 2015), http://www.chicanef1.com/racetit.pl?year=1987&gp=Australian%20GP&r=1, (Accessed 07/04/2019)
V T E 1987 Formula One Season
Teams McLaren • Tyrrell • Williams • Brabham • Zakspeed • Lotus • AGS • March • Arrows • Benetton • Osella • Minardi • Ligier • Ferrari • Lola • Coloni
Engines Alfa Romeo • BMW • Ferrari • Ford • Honda • Megatron • Motori Moderni • TAG • Zakspeed
Drivers Prost • 2 Johansson • 3 Palmer • 4 Streiff • 5 Mansell • 5 Patrese • 6 Piquet • 7 Patrese • 7 Modena • 8 De Cesaris • 9 Brundle • 10 Danner • 11 Nakajima • 12 Senna • 14 Fabre • 14 Moreno • 16 Capelli • 17 Warwick • 18 Cheever • 19 Fabi • 20 Boutsen • 21 Caffi • 22 Tarquini • 22 Forini • 23 Campos • 24 Nannini • 25 Arnoux • 26 Ghinzani • 27 Alboreto • 28 Berger • 29 Dalmas • 30 Alliot • 32 Larini
Other Drivers Dumfries • Hoshino • Schlesser
Cars Williams FW11B • McLaren MP4/3 • Lotus 99T • Ferrari F1/87 • Benetton B187 • Tyrrell DG016 • Arrows A10 • Brabham BT56 • Lola LC87 • Zakspeed 861 • Zakspeed 871 • Ligier JS29 • AGS JH22 • March 87P • March 871 • Minardi M187 • Osella FA1I • Coloni FC187
Tyres Goodyear
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See also 1986 Formula One Season • 1988 Formula One Season • Category
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