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The 1987 Austrian Grand Prix, otherwise advertised as the XXV Holiday Großer Preis von Österreich, was the tenth round of the 1987 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Österreichring on the 16 August 1987.[1] The race would see Nigel Mansell claim victory ahead of Championship leading teammate Nelson Piquet, as the safety standards of the Österreichring were called into question.[1]

Qualifying would pass without issue, with Piquet claiming pole ahead of Mansell, who was struggling after having a wisdom tooth removed shortly before the race weekend.[1] Gerhard Berger was next ahead of the two Benetton-Ford Cosworths, while title protagonist Ayrton Senna claimed seventh.[1]

Indeed, it was at the start of the race where the Österreichring's future was put into doubt, with Martin Brundle getting spat into the barriers, only for his Zakspeed to bounce straight back onto the circuit.[1] René Arnoux and Adrián Campos duly smacked into one-another trying to avoid the Brit, with the two Tyrrell-Ford Cosworths colliding on the other side of the Zakspeed.[1]

The race was stopped, grid reset, and the start held again, only for a sluggish start from Mansell to cause a huge pile-up behind.[1] This time Riccardo Patrese smacked into Eddie Cheever, causing the American to be hit by Stefan Johansson, who was himself hit by Brundle in the spare Zakspeed.[1] More cars bundled in behind, with the race having to be stopped for a second time.[1]

Incredibly there would only be one driver unable to take the third restart, with Philippe Streiff unable to take the spare Tyrrell.[1] However, there would be half a dozen starters from the pitlane, including Alain Prost when his McLaren-TAG Porsche stalled on the formation lap, and Michele Alboreto.[1]

Senna would stall on the third restart, although with field thinned, and drivers, taking a more cautious approach, the rest of the runners managed to avoid the Lotus-Honda.[1] Out front, meanwhile Piquet would lead from Thierry Boutsen, Berger and a slow starting Mansell, while Senna joined Prost and Alboreto in a charge through the back markers.[1]

Berger and Boutsen would quickly disappear from the fight for the lead with issues, leaving Piquet ahead of Mansell and Teo Fabi at the head of the field.[1] Mansell would subsequently sneak into the lead when Piquet got caught on the wrong side of a backmarker, with the pair able to stop for fresh tyres mid-race and rejoin ahead of Fabi.[1]

By this stages Senna, Alboreto and Prost had made it back into the points, although a collision between the former two while squabbling sent them both tumbling down the order.[1] Senna was ultimately able to scramble back up to fifth, while Alboreto retired with a cracked exhaust.[1]

Out front, meanwhile, Mansell would be able to pull almost a full minute clear of his teammate, securing his fourth win of the season.[1] Piquet, meanwhile, would cruise home in second ahead of Fabi, while a late issue for Prost saw him drop behind both Boutsen and Senna in the closing stages.[1]

The results of the race left Piquet with a nine point lead in the Championship, with Senna remaining in second. Mansell had made ground in third, while Prost ended the weekend some 23 points off the leader in fourth.

BackgroundEdit

A second straight victory last time out in Hungary had left Nelson Piquet with a seven point lead in the Championship, holding 48 points. Ayrton Senna had retained second, while Nigel Mansell and Alain Prost arrived in Austria level on 30 points in third and fourth respectively, but were significantly 18 behind Piquet out front. Stefan Johansson was even further back in fifth, with the rest of the field yet to break into double figures.

Williams-Honda, meanwhile, had claimed their fifth win of the season in Hungary, and hence had a healthy 29 point lead at the head of the Constructors' Championship. McLaren-TAG Porsche were still their nearest challengers, although they had been drawn in by Lotus-Honda, the Ethel effort moving onto 47 points to Anglo-German alliance's 49. Ferrari, meanwhile, were set to finish the season in fourth, while Benetton-Ford Cosworth had drawn level with fifth placed Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth.

Jonathan Palmer had picked up his fifth win in the Jim Clark Trophy in Hungary, leaving him with 57 points and command in the hunt for the cup. Philippe Streiff had remained his nearest threat, sat on 45, while Pascal Fabre was a secure third ahead of Philippe Alliot. Elsewhere, Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth were dominating the Colin Chapman Trophy, with almost triple the points of AGS-Ford Cosworth in second with seven races to go.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 1987 Austrian 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 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell 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 Riccardo Patrese 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 France Pascal Fabre 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
30 France Philippe Alliot France Larrousse & Camels F1 Lola LC87 Ford Cosworth DFZ 3.5 V8 G
Source:[2]

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Friday QualifyingEdit

Saturday QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Williams-Honda 1:23.357 1:49.991
2 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Honda 1:23.459 1:33.779 +0.102s
3 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 1:24.213 1:38.388 +0.856s
4 20 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 1:24.348 1:48.124 +0.991s
5 19 Italy Teo Fabi United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 1:25.054 +1.697s
6 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 1:25.077 1:45.518 +1.720s
7 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 1:25.492 1:39.647 +2.135s
8 7 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 1:25.766 1:53.119 +2.409s
9 1 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 1:26.710 1:43.132 +2.813s
10 8 Italy Andrea de Cesaris United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 1:27.672 +4.315s
11 17 United Kingdom Derek Warwick United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 1:27.762 +4.405s
12 18 United States Eddie Cheever United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 1:28.370 1:37.908 +5.013s
13 11 Japan Satoru Nakajima United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 1:28.786 1:43.002 +5.429s
14 2 Sweden Stefan Johansson United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 1:29.003 1:41.711 +5.646s
15 24 Italy Alessandro Nannini Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 1:29.435 1:49.566 +6.078s
16 25 France René Arnoux France Ligier-Megatron 1:29.733 +6.376s
17 9 United Kingdom Martin Brundle West Germany Zakspeed 1:29.893 1:42.383 +6.536s
18 26 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani France Ligier-Megatron 1:30.682 +7.325s
19 23 Spain Adrián Campos Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 1:30.797 1:47.128 +7.440s
20 10 West Germany Christian Danner West Germany Zakspeed 1:31.015 1:48.880 +7.658s
21 21 Italy Alex Caffi Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:32.313 1:50.273 +8.956s
22 30 France Philippe Alliot France Lola-Ford Cosworth 1:33.741 1:48.595 +10.384s
23 16 Italy Ivan Capelli United Kingdom March-Ford Cosworth 1:34.199 1:54.807 +10.842s
24 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:34.619 1:49.308 +11.262s
25 4 France Philippe Streiff United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:35.338 1:51.624 +11.981s
26 14 France Pascal Fabre France AGS-Ford Cosworth 1:40.633 1:57.236 +17.276s
Source:[3][4][5]
  • 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.

GridEdit

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 1 ______________
Nelson Piquet 2
______________ Nigel Mansell
Row 2 3 ______________
Gerhard Berger 4
______________ Thierry Boutsen
Row 3 5 ______________
Teo Fabi 6
______________ Michele Alboreto*
Row 4 7 ______________
Ayrton Senna 8
______________ Riccardo Patrese
Row 5 9 ______________
Alain Prost* 10
______________ Andrea de Cesaris
Row 6 11 ______________
Derek Warwick 12
______________ Eddie Cheever*
Row 7 13 ______________
Satoru Nakajima 14
______________ Stefan Johansson
Row 8 15 ______________
Alessandro Nannini 16
______________ René Arnoux
Row 9 17 ______________
Martin Brundle* 18
______________ Piercarlo Ghinzani
Row 10 19 ______________
Adrián Campos 20
______________ Christian Danner*
Row 11 21 ______________
Alex Caffi 22
______________ Philippe Alliot
Row 12 23 ______________
Ivan Capelli 24
______________ Jonathan Palmer
Row 13 25 ______________
Philippe Streiff 26
______________ Pascal Fabre*
  • * Alboreto, Prost, Cheever, Brundle, Danner and Fabre would all restart the race from the pitlane.[6]
  • Caffi and Streiff were unable to take the third restart due to damage.[6]

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Honda 52 1:18:44.898 2 9
2 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Williams-Honda 52 +55.704s 1 6
3 19 Italy Teo Fabi United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 51 +1 Lap 5 4
4 20 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 51 +1 Lap 4 3
5 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 50 +2 Laps 7 2
6 1 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 50 +2 Laps 9 1
7 2 Sweden Stefan Johansson United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 50 +2 Laps 14
8 26 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani France Ligier-Megatron 50 +2 Laps 18
9 10 West Germany Christian Danner West Germany Zakspeed 49 +3 Laps 20
10 25 France René Arnoux France Ligier-Megatron 49 +3 Laps 16
11 (1) 16 Italy Ivan Capelli United Kingdom March-Ford Cosworth 49 +3 Laps 23
12 (2) 30 France Philippe Alliot France Lola-Ford Cosworth 49 +3 Laps 22
13 11 Japan Satoru Nakajima United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 49 +3 Laps 13
14 (3) 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 47 +5 Laps 24
DSQ* 9 United Kingdom Martin Brundle West Germany Zakspeed 48 Disqualified 17
NC 14 France Pascal Fabre France AGS-Ford Cosworth 45 +7 Laps 26
Ret 7 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 43 Engine 8
Ret 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 42 Turbo 6
Ret 8 Italy Andrea de Cesaris United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 35 Engine 10
Ret 17 United Kingdom Derek Warwick United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 35 Engine 11
Ret 18 United States Eddie Cheever United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 31 Tyre 12
Ret 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 5 Turbo 3
Ret 23 Spain Adrián Campos Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 3 Electrical 19
Ret 24 Italy Alessandro Nannini Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 1 Engine 15
Ret 21 Italy Alex Caffi Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 0 Electrical 21
Ret 4 France Philippe Streiff United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 0 Collision 25
Source:[6]
  • 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.
  • * Brundle was disqualified for using non-homologated bodywork.[6]
  • Fabre was unable to be classified as he failed to complete 90% of the race distance.[6]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Another podium finish for Nelson Piquet ensured that the Brazilian racer extended his Championship lead, leaving Austria eleven ahead of his nearest challenger Ayrton Senna. The younger Brazilian had also lost ground to Piquet's teammate Nigel Mansell, now four behind in third, while Alain Prost seemed to be out of the fight entirely, having slipped 23 points off the lead. Behind him was Stefan Johansson in fifth, with those five the only drivers in double figures for the season.

In the Constructors' Championship, meanwhile, it was Williams-Honda's title to lose after the Austrian Grand Prix, with the Anglo-Japanese squad ending the weekend on 93 points. McLaren-TAG Porsche were still their closest challengers, although with 43 points splitting the two, there was little chance of the Anglo-German squad claiming the crown. Indeed, they were now locked into a fight for second during the final third of the season, with Lotus-Honda moving to within a point of their rivals.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Brazil Nelson Piquet 54
2 Brazil Ayrton Senna 43
3 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell 39
4 France Alain Prost 31
5 Sweden Stefan Johansson 19
6 Austria Gerhard Berger 9
7 Italy Michele Alboreto 8
8 Belgium Thierry Boutsen 8 ▲1
9 Italy Teo Fabi 7 ▲5
10 Japan Satoru Nakajima 6 ▼2
11 Italy Andrea de Cesaris 4 ▼1
12 France Philippe Streiff 4 ▼1
13 United States Eddie Cheever 4 ▼1
14 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer 4 ▼1
15 United Kingdom Derek Warwick 3
16 United Kingdom Martin Brundle 2
17 Italy Riccardo Patrese 2
18 France Philippe Alliot 1
19 France René Arnoux 1
20 Italy Ivan Capelli 1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Williams-Honda 93
2 United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 50
3 United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 49
4 Italy Ferrari 17
5 United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 15 ▲1
6 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 8 ▼1
7 United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 7
8 United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 6
9 West Germany Zakspeed 2
10 France Lola-Ford Cosworth 1
11 France Ligier-Megatron 1
12 United Kingdom March-Ford Cosworth 1

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

Jim Clark/Colin Chapman TrophyEdit

Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth continued their domination of the Colin Chapman Trophy, leaving Hungary with a huge 61 point lead. Their lead driver Jonathan Palmer likewise held a position of power in the Jim Clark Trophy, although his lead was only sixteen over his teammate Philippe Streiff. Their closest challenger was Pascal Fabre with the lone AGS-Ford Cosworth, while Ivan Capelli and March-Ford Cosworth made ground after their maiden JCT win.

Jim Clark Trophy
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer 61
2 France Philippe Streiff 45
3 France Pascal Fabre 35
4 France Philippe Alliot 25
5 Italy Ivan Capelli 19
Colin Chapman Trophy
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 106
2 France AGS-Ford Cosworth 35
3 France Lola-Ford Cosworth 25
4 United Kingdom March-Ford Cosworth 19

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

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  2. 'Austria 1987: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1987/autriche/engages.aspx, (Accessed 04/04/2019)
  3. 'Austrian Grand Prix - QUALIFYING 1', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/1987/races/520/austria/qualifying-1.html, (Accessed 04/04/2019)
  4. 'Austrian Grand Prix - QUALIFYING 2', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/1987/races/520/austria/qualifying-2.html, (Accessed 01/04/2019)
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  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 7.8 '10. Austria 1987', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1987/autriche.aspx, (Accessed 04/04/2019)
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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
Races Brazil • San Marino • Belgium • Monaco • Detroit • France • Britain • Germany • Hungary • Austria • Italy • Portugal • Spain • Mexico • Japan • Australia
See also 1986 Formula One Season • 1988 Formula One Season • Category
V T E Austria Austrian Grand Prix
Circuits Zeltweg Airfield (1963–1964), Red Bull Ring (1970–1987, 1997-2003, 2014-present)
Circuit Red Bull Ring
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