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The 1987 Belgian Grand Prix, otherwise officially known as the XLV Grand Prix de Belgique, was the third round of the 1987 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on the 17 May 1987.[1] The race would see Alain Prost match the record for career wins, held by Jackie Stewart, as he swept to victory ahead of McLaren-TAG Porsche teammate Stefan Johansson.[1]

Nelson Piquet would return to the action in Belgium, and duly battled with Williams-Honda teammate Nigel Mansell for pole during qualifying.[1] Ultimately it was the Brit who emerged ahead, with the pair some 1.5 seconds clear of Ayrton Senna in third.[1]

The start of the race would see Mansell jump into the lead from pole, while Piquet slipped behind Senna on the run out of La Source.[1] The rest of the field would be led by Michele Alboreto in the first of the Ferraris, while Prost would start the opening tour from fifth.[1]

However, the race would never really get a chance to develop before it was brought to a halt, caused by a huge accident at Raidillon.[1] Indeed, Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth pilot Philippe Streiff would lose control at high speed, resulting in his car demolishing itself in the barriers.[1] Teammate Jonathan Palmer was next on the scene, and duly smashed into the remains of Strieff's car to destroy his Tyrrell as well.[1]

Fortunately both Streiff and Palmer escaped unhurt, although the race had to be stopped to clear the circuit.[1] After a short clear-up, in-which Streiff jumped in the spare Tyrrell, the race was restarted from the grid in the order in which the field had ended the opening lap, with Senna getting the jump on Mansell as a result.[1]

Mansell was in no mood to simply let the Brazilian run away on the restart lap, although his ambitious lunge around the outside of Campus only succeeded in putting both into a spin.[1] Senna was out on the spot, beached on the grass and gravel, while Mansell scrambled back onto the circuit, albeit well down the order.[1]

Piquet therefore led the opening stages from Alboreto and Prost, although an engine failure for the Brazilian on lap twelve left him on the sidelines.[1] Prost hence claimed the lead, Alboreto having also disappeared with a CV joint failure, while Thierry Boutsen and Stefan Johansson moved into the podium spots.[1]

Johansson duly moved to second with a move on Boutsen just before the stops, which saw little change to the order.[1] Indeed, it was only when Boutsen's pace collapsed later in the race that any changes occurred, with Andrea de Cesaris ultimately finishing in third behind Prost and Johansson.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Victory in San Marino last time out had propelled Nigel Mansell to the top of the Championship, the Brit having claimed ten points across the opening two rounds. That left him a point clear of Alain Prost in second, winner in Brazil, while Stefan Johansson had retained third after his second straight points finish in Imola. Behind, Ayrton Senna had leapt into the top five ahead of Nelson Piquet, with ten drivers already on the score board.

In the Constructors' Championship it was Williams-Honda who led the field arriving in Spa, having moved ahead of McLaren-TAG Porsche on the count-back rule. Likewise, Lotus-Honda had moved ahead of Ferrari to claim third in Imola, level on seven but ahead on count-back, while Benetton-Ford Cosworth had dropped to fifth ahead of Zakspeed.

Elsewhere, Philippe Streiff had moved to the top of the Jim Clark Trophy standings in San Marino, opening a six point lead over teammate Jonathan Palmer. Pascal Fabre, meanwhile, had held onto third ahead of Philippe Alliot, while Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth had maintained their lead in the Colin Chapman Trophy.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 1987 Belgian 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 JS29B Megatron M12/13 1.5 L4t G
26 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani France Ligier Loto Ligier JS29B 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 Belgian Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Honda 2:06.965 1:52.026
2 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Williams-Honda 2:08.143 1:53.416 +1.390s
3 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 2:08.450 1:53.426 +1.400s
4 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 2:06.216 1:53.451 +1.425s
5 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 2:07.459 1:53.511 +1.485s
6 1 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 2:11.203 1:54.186 +2.160s
7 20 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 2:08.752 1:54.300 +2.274s
8 7 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 2:12.914 1:55.064 +3.038s
9 19 Italy Teo Fabi United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 2:12.358 1:55.339 +3.313s
10 2 Sweden Stefan Johansson United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 2:12.063 1:55.781 +3.755s
11 18 United States Eddie Cheever United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 2:15.321 1:55.899 +3.873s
12 17 United Kingdom Derek Warwick United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 2:10.946 1:56.359 +4.333s
13 8 Italy Andrea de Cesaris United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 2:13.871 1:57.101 +5.075s
14 24 Italy Alessandro Nannini Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 2:09.650 1:58.132 +6.106s
15 11 Japan Satoru Nakajima United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 2:11.441 1:58.649 +6.623s
16 25 France René Arnoux France Ligier-Megatron 2:15.012 1:59.117 +7.091s
17 26 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani France Ligier-Megatron 2:15.339 1:59.291 +7.265s
18 9 United Kingdom Martin Brundle West Germany Zakspeed 2:14.432 2:00.433 +8.407s
19 23 Spain Adrián Campos Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 2:14.945 2:00.763 +8.737s
20 10 West Germany Christian Danner West Germany Zakspeed 2:20.610 2:01.072 +9.046s
21 16 Italy Ivan Capelli United Kingdom March-Ford Cosworth 2:13.355 2:02.036 +10.010s
22 30 France Philippe Alliot France Lola-Ford Cosworth 2:13.082 2:02.347 +10.321s
23 4 France Philippe Streiff United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 2:18.900 2:03.098 +11.072s
24 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 2:14.931 2:04.677 +12.651s
25 14 France Pascal Fabre France AGS-Ford Cosworth 2:26.498 2:07.361 +15.335s
26 21 Italy Alex Caffi Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 2:16.268 2:12.086 +20.060s
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
2 Nigel Mansell
Nelson Piquet ______________
Row 2 ______________ 3
4 Ayrton Senna
Gerhard Berger ______________
Row 3 ______________ 5
6 Michele Alboreto
Alain Prost ______________
Row 4 ______________ 7
8 Thierry Boutsen
Riccardo Patrese ______________
Row 5 ______________ 9
10 Teo Fabi
Stefan Johansson ______________
Row 6 ______________ 11
12 Eddie Cheever
Derek Warwick ______________
Row 7 ______________ 13
14 Andrea de Cesaris
Alessandro Nannini ______________
Row 8 ______________ 15
16 Satoru Nakajima
René Arnoux ______________
Row 9 ______________ 17
18 Piercarlo Ghinzani
Martin Brundle ______________
Row 10 ______________ 19
20 Adrián Campos
Christian Danner ______________
Row 11 ______________ 21
22 Ivan Capelli
Philippe Alliot ______________
Row 12 ______________ 23
24 Philippe Streiff
Jonathan Palmer ______________
Row 13 ______________ 25
26 Pascal Fabre
Alex Caffi ______________

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 43 1:27:03.217 6 9
2 2 Sweden Stefan Johansson United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 43 +24.764s 10 6
3* 8 Italy Andrea de Cesaris United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 42 Out of fuel 13 4
4 18 United States Eddie Cheever United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 42 +1 Lap 11 3
5 11 Japan Satoru Nakajima United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 42 +1 Lap 15 2
6 25 France René Arnoux France Ligier-Megatron 41 +2 Laps 16 1
7* 26 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani France Ligier-Megatron 40 Out of fuel 17
8 (1) 30 France Philippe Alliot France Lola-Ford Cosworth 40 +3 Laps 22
9 (2) 4T France Philippe Streiff United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 39 +4 Laps 23
10 (3)* 14 France Pascal Fabre France AGS-Ford Cosworth 38 Ignition 25
Ret 19 Italy Teo Fabi United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 34 Engine 9
Ret 9 Brazil Martin Brundle West Germany Zakspeed 19 Overheating 18
Ret 20 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 18 Wheel bearing 7
Ret 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Honda 17 Accident 1
Ret 16 Italy Ivan Capelli United Kingdom March-Ford Cosworth 14 Engine 21
Ret 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Williams-Honda 11 Exhaust 2
Ret 21 Italy Alex Caffi Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 11 Fuel leak 26
Ret 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 9 Transmission 5
Ret 10 West Germany Christian Danner West Germany Zakspeed 9 Brakes 20
Ret 17 United Kingdom Derek Warwick United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 8 Radiator 12
Ret 7 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 5 Clutch 8
Ret 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 2 Engine 4
Ret 24 Italy Alessandro Nannini Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 1 Turbo 14
Ret 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 0 Collision 3
Ret 23 Spain Adrián Campos Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 0 Clutch 19
Ret 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 0 Collision 24
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.
  • * de Cesaris, Ghinzani and Fabre were all still classified despite retiring as they had completed 90% of the race distance.[6]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Victory not only doubled Alain Prost's points tally for the season but also put him back at the head of the Championship, moving onto eighteen points. His teammate Stefan Johansson was also into double figures having moved into second, while Nigel Mansell dropped to third after his retirement. The two Brazilians Nelson Piquet and Ayrton Senna completed the top five, with thirteen drivers on the score sheet.

McLaren-TAG Porsche's first one-two of the season meant that the Anglo-German alliance was back in charge of the Constructors' Championship, leaving Spa with 31 points to their name. Williams-Honda hence dropped back to second, with a little over half the number of points of their rivals, while Lotus-Honda completed the top three. Ferrari, meanwhile, had lost ground in fourth, as Brabham-BMW, Arrows-Megatron and Ligier-Megatron added their names to the score board.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 France Alain Prost 18 ▲1
2 Sweden Stefan Johansson 13 ▲1
3 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell 10 ▼2
4 Brazil Ayrton Senna 6
5 Brazil Nelson Piquet 6
6 Italy Michele Alboreto 4
7 Italy Andrea de Cesaris 4 ▲13
8 Austria Gerhard Berger 3 ▼1
9 United States Eddie Cheever 3 ▲11
10 Japan Satoru Nakajima 3
11 Belgium Thierry Boutsen 2 ▼3
12 United Kingdom Martin Brundle 2 ▼3
13 France René Arnoux 1 ▲7
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 31 ▲1
2 United Kingdom Williams-Honda 16 ▼1
3 United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 9
4 Italy Ferrari 7
5 United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 4 ▲3
6 United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 3 ▲3
7 West Germany Zakspeed 2 ▼1
8 United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 2 ▼3
9 France Ligier-Megatron 1 ▲4

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

Jim Clark/Colin Chapman TrophyEdit

Philippe Streiff extended his lead in the Jim Clark Trophy as a result of the Belgian Grand Prix, opening his advantage to six points. Philippe Alliot was next after his first victory in the class, while Jonathan Palmer slipped behind Pascal Fabre after his accident. In the Colin Chapman Trophy, meanwhile, Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth continued to surge ahead, ending the weekend with double the points of Lola-Ford Cosworth in second.

Jim Clark Trophy
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 France Philippe Streiff 21
2 France Philippe Alliot 15 ▲2
3 France Pascal Fabre 12
4 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer 9 ▼2
Colin Chapman Trophy
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 30
2 France Lola-Ford Cosworth 15 ▲1
3 France AGS-Ford Cosworth 12 ▼1

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

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  2. 'San Marino 1987: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1987/saint-marin/engages.aspx, (Accessed 01/04/2019)
  3. 'Brazilian Grand Prix 1985 - QUALIFYING 1', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/1985/races/482/brazil/qualifying-1.html, (Accessed 01/04/2019)
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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
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See also 1986 Formula One Season • 1988 Formula One Season • Category
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