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The 1987 Detroit Grand Prix, otherwise known officially as the Detroit Grand Prix VI, was the fifth round of the 1987 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged on the 21 June 1987 at the Detroit Street Circuit.[1] The race would see Ayrton Senna claim victory and the Championship lead for Lotus-Honda, as former leader Alain Prost finished third.[1]

Nigel Mansell would claim pole position during qualifying, beating Senna with his Williams-Honda as teammate Nelson Piquet claimed third.[1] Thierry Boutsen was best of the rest in fourth for Benetton-Ford Cosworth, with Championship leader Prost claiming fifth for McLaren-TAG Porsche.[1]

Mansell would take the lead at the start of the race, leaving Senna to squabble for second with Piquet.[1] The rest of the field piled in behind them, resulting in Stefan Johansson breaking his front wing on the back Derek Warwick, while Satoru Nakajima smacked into Ivan Capelli and Adrián Campos.[1]

Senna quickly managed to escape Piquet's attentions, and duly tried to chase Mansell as the Brit broke away at the head of the field.[1] Piquet, meanwhile, would fight hard to keep Eddie Cheever at bay, only to give himself a puncture when the two clashed wheels on lap seven.[1]

Cheever's hopes were to come to an end shortly after, with a lunge from Teo Fabi leaving both the American and the Italian in the pits for repairs.[1] Michele Alboreto therefore shuffled into third ahead of Boutsen and Prost, although Boutsen soon dropped back with a brake issue.[1]

Once Alboreto dropped out with a gearbox failure the order would remain stable until the stops, where Mansell lost a bundle of time due to a sticking wheel nut.[1] That allowed Senna to sneak through into the lead, while Piquet managed to catch up to the back of Prost.[1]

Prost subsequently fell to Piquet in the closing stages, while Mansell's pace deteriorated late on as his legs began cramping.[1] The Brit duly tumbled back behind Piquet, Prost and Gerhard Berger, as Senna swept across the line to claim victory.[1]

That victory left Senna in the lead of the Championship, opening out a two point lead over former leader Prost. McLaren-TAG Porsche, meanwhile, would retain the lead in the Constructors' Championship, five ahead of Williams-Honda, while Lotus-Honda retained third.

BackgroundEdit

Alain Prost had retained the lead in the Championship in Monaco, although Ayrton Senna's maiden triumph in the Principality had seen the Brazilian close to within three points of the Frenchman. Stefan Johansson, meanwhile, had slipped to third ahead of Nelson Piquet, while Nigel Mansell had tumbled to fifth, eight off the lead. Elsewhere, Jonathan Palmer and Ivan Capelli had added their names to board, meaning fifteen drivers had scored across the opening four races.

In the Constructors' Championship it had been a similar story in Monte Carlo, with McLaren-TAG Porsche retaining their lead despite failing to score. Instead, Williams-Honda and Lotus-Honda had closed the gap to the leaders, ending the Monaco weekend nine and thirteen off the lead respectively. Ferrari, meanwhile, had made significant ground in fourth after doubling their tally for the season, while Brabham-BMW completed the top five.

Philippe Streiff had continued to hold the lead in the Jim Clark Trophy after the Monaco Grand Prix, although his teammate Jonathan Palmer was just three points behind. Behind, Pascal Fabre had made ground in third ahead of Philippe Alliot, while Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth arrived in the US with the lead in the Colin Chapman Trophy.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 1987 Detroit 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 Detroit Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Honda 1:42.223 1:39.264
2 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 1:42.985 1:40.607 +1.343s
3 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Williams-Honda 1:43.152 1:40.942 +1.678s
4 20 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 1:44.686 1:42.050 +2.786s
5 1 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 1:46.042 1:42.357 +3.093s
6 18 United States Eddie Cheever United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 1:45.296 1:42.361 +3.097s
7 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 1:45.437 1:42.684 +3.420s
8 19 Italy Teo Fabi United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 1:47.064 1:42.918 +3.654s
9 7 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 1:46.932 1:43.479 +4.215s
10 17 United Kingdom Derek Warwick United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 1:45.234 1.43.541 +4.277s
11 2 Sweden Stefan Johansson United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 1:46.623 1:43.797 +4.533s
12 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 1:45.054 1:43.816 +4.552s
13 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:47.010 1:44.350 +5.086s
14 4 France Philippe Streiff United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:47.963 1:45.037 +5.773s
15 9 United Kingdom Martin Brundle West Germany Zakspeed 1:48.932 1:45.291 +6.027s
16 10 West Germany Christian Danner West Germany Zakspeed 1:48.867 1:45.740 +6.476s
17 8 Italy Andrea de Cesaris United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 1:47.670 1:46.046 +6.782s
18 24 Italy Alessandro Nannini Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 1:46.449 1:46.083 +6.819s
19 21 Italy Alex Caffi Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:55.787 1:46.124 +6.860s
20 30 France Philippe Alliot United Kingdom Lola-Ford Cosworth 1:47.470 1:46.194 +6.930s
21 25 France René Arnoux France Ligier-Megatron 1:48.338 1:46.211 +6.947s
22 16 Italy Ivan Capelli United Kingdom March-Ford Cosworth 1:49.969 1:46.269 +7.005s
23 26 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani France Ligier-Megatron 1:48.661 1:47.471 +8.207s
24 11 Japan Satoru Nakajima United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 1:51.355 1:48.801 +9.537s
25 23 Spain Adrián Campos Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 1:50.495 3:26.319 +11.231s
26 14 France Pascal Fabre France AGS-Ford Cosworth 1:57.475 1:53.644 +14.380s
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 ______________
Nigel Mansell 2
______________ Ayrton Senna
Row 2 3 ______________
Nelson Piquet 4
______________ Thierry Boutsen
Row 3 5 ______________
Alain Prost 6
______________ Eddie Cheever
Row 4 7 ______________
Michele Alboreto 8
______________ Teo Fabi
Row 5 9 ______________
Riccardo Patrese 10
______________ Derek Warwick
Row 6 11 ______________
Stefan Johansson 12
______________ Gerhard Berger
Row 7 13 ______________
Jonathan Palmer 14
______________ Philippe Streiff
Row 8 15 ______________
Martin Brundle 16
______________ Christian Danner
Row 9 17 ______________
Andrea de Cesaris 18
______________ Alessandro Nannini
Row 10 19 ______________
Alex Caffi 20
______________ Philippe Alliot
Row 11 21 ______________
René Arnoux 22
______________ Ivan Capelli
Row 12 23 ______________
Piercarlo Ghinzani 24
______________ Satoru Nakajima
Row 13 25 ______________
Adrián Campos 26
______________ Pascal Fabre

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 63 1:50:16.358 2 9
2 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Williams-Honda 63 + 33.819 3 6
3 1 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-TAG 63 + 45.327 5 4
4 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 63 + 1:02.601 12 3
5 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Honda 62 + 1 Lap 1 2
6 18 United States Eddie Cheever United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 60 + 3 Laps 6 1
7 2 Sweden Stefan Johansson United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 60 + 3 Laps 11
8 10 West Germany Christian Danner West Germany Zakspeed 60 + 3 Laps 16
9 7 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 60 + 3 Laps 9
10 25 France René Arnoux France Ligier-Megatron 60 + 3 Laps 21
11 (1) 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 60 + 3 Laps 13
12 (2) 14 France Pascal Fabre France AGS-Ford Cosworth 58 + 5 Laps 26
Ret 20 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 52 Brakes 4
NC* 26 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani France Ligier-Megatron 51 +12 Laps 23
Ret 4 France Philippe Streiff United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 44 Wheel 14
Ret 30 France Philippe Alliot United Kingdom Lola-Ford Cosworth 38 Accident 20
Ret 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 25 Gearbox 7
Ret 24 Italy Alessandro Nannini Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 22 Gearbox 18
Ret 9 United Kingdom Martin Brundle West Germany Zakspeed 16 Turbo 15
Ret 17 United Kingdom Derek Warwick United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 12 Accident 10
Ret 16 Italy Ivan Capelli United Kingdom March-Ford Cosworth 9 Electrical 22
Ret 19 Italy Teo Fabi United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 6 Accident 8
Ret 21 Italy Alex Caffi Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 3 Transmission 19
Ret 8 Italy Andrea de Cesaris United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 2 Gearbox 17
Ret 23 Spain Adrián Campos Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 1 Damage 25
Ret 11 Japan Satoru Nakajima United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 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.
  • * Ghinzani was still classified despite retiring as he had completed 90% of the race distance.[6]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Victory in Detroit ensured that Ayrton Senna left the US in the lead of the Championship, albeit with a slim, two point lead. Alain Prost, former leader, would drop to second as he looked for a third straight crown, while Nelson Piquet climbed above Stefan Johansson for third. Behind, Nigel Mansell retained fifth ahead of Gerhard Berger, with no new names added to the scorers' list.

In the Constructors' Championship it had been a relatively neutral day, although the gaps at the top of the title hunt had come down. Indeed, while McLaren-TAG Porsche had retained their lead, their advantage over Williams-Honda had been reduced to five points, while Lotus-Honda had closed to within seven of the Anglo-German alliance. Behind, Ferrari were an increasingly distant but solid fourth, while Arrows-Megatron moved level with Brabham-BMW in fifth.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Brazil Ayrton Senna 24 ▲1
2 France Alain Prost 22 ▼1
3 Brazil Nelson Piquet 18 ▲1
4 Sweden Stefan Johansson 13 ▼1
5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell 12
6 Austria Gerhard Berger 9 ▲1
7 Italy Michele Alboreto 8 ▼1
8 Italy Andrea de Cesaris 4
9 United States Eddie Cheever 4
10 Japan Satoru Nakajima 3
11 United Kingdom Martin Brundle 2
12 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer 2
13 Belgium Thierry Boutsen 2
14 France René Arnoux 1
15 Italy Ivan Capelli 1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 35
2 United Kingdom Williams-Honda 30
3 United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 27
4 Italy Ferrari 17
5 United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 4
6 United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 4
7 West Germany Zakspeed 2
8 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 2
9 United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 2
10 France Ligier-Megatron 1
11 United Kingdom March-Ford Cosworth 1

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

Jim Clark/Colin Chapman TrophyEdit

Jonathan Palmer returned to the top of the Jim Clark Trophy in Detroit, opening out a five point gap to Pascal Fabre. The Frenchman himself had overhauled Palmer's teammate Philippe Streiff in Detroit, leaving a point clear of his compatriot, before a six point gap back to Philippe Alliot. Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth, meanwhile, continued to dominate the Colin Chapman Trophy, largely due to the fact that they were the only effort fielding two cars.

Jim Clark Trophy
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer 27 ▲1
2 France Pascal Fabre 22 ▲1
3 France Philippe Streiff 21 ▼2
4 France Philippe Alliot 15
5 Italy Ivan Capelli 6
Colin Chapman Trophy
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 48
2 France AGS-Ford Cosworth 22
3 France Lola-Ford Cosworth 15
4 United Kingdom March-Ford Cosworth 6

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

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  2. 'Detroit 1987: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1987/etats-unis/engages.aspx, (Accessed 02/04/2019)
  3. '1987 USA Grand Prix - QUALIFYING 1', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/1987/races/515/detroit/qualifying-1.html, (Accessed 02/04/2019)
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  6. 6.0 6.1 'USA 1987: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1987/etats-unis/classement.aspx, (Accessed 02/04/2019)
  7. '1987 Detroit GP', chicanef1.com, (Chicane F1, 2015), http://www.chicanef1.com/racetit.pl?year=1987&gp=Detroit%20GP&r=1, (Accessed 02/04/2019)
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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

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