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The 1987 French Grand Prix, otherwise known as the 73e Grand Prix de France, was the sixth race of the 1987 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged on the shortened Circuit Paul Ricard on the 5 July 1987.[1] The race would see Nigel Mansell sweep to victory for Williams-Honda, after a race long battle with teammate Nelson Piquet at the head of the field.[1]

It had been advantage Mansell during qualifying, with the Brit claiming pole position as Piquet claimed fourth.[1] They were split by Alain Prost in the McLaren-TAG Porsche and Championship leader Ayrton Senna, with Thierry Boutsen best of the rest in the first of the Benetton-Ford Cosworths.[1]

Mansell would make a strong start to sprint away from Prost into the first corner, while Piquet got the jump on Senna to claim third.[1] The rest of the field were led by Boutsen and his teammate Teo Fabi, the latter scrapping with Michele Alboreto.[1]

Piquet would power past Prost on the run to Signes on the opening tour, before joining Mansell in a quick sprint away from the rest of the field.[1] That left Prost to lead the rest of the field, while a clumsy accident between Stefan Johansson and Andrea de Cesaris left debris at the first corner.[1]

That debris looked to prove crucial a few laps later, with Mansell running over the debris to damage his car.[1] Piquet, meanwhile, would make a rare mistake sliding wide to gift second back to Prost, and was powerless to re-pass the McLaren as his tyres faded.[1]

Yet, Piquet would have an excellent first stop for tyres, jumping both Prost and Mansell to claim the lead.[1] Mansell would also drop behind Prost, Williams taking time to look for damage after his debris strike, although it was not long before the Brit charged past Prost to claim second.[1]

Mansell duly cruised onto the back of Piquet but, try as he might, he could not find a way past the Brazilian to reclaim the lead.[1] That was, until Piquet suddenly slid wide for the second time in the race, gifting the lead to Mansell shortly before they stopped for their third set of tyres.[1]

This time it was Piquet who had the slow stop, stalling as he tried to leave the pits and hence lost ten second.[1] That would effectively end the fight for victory, with Mansell able to cruise to the chequered flag, while Piquet tried in vain to catch his teammate.[1] Prost, meanwhile, would finish third ahead of Senna, while Fabi secured fifth ahead of Philippe Streiff.[1]

Victory propelled Mansell back into the title hunt, moving to within six points of Championship leader Senna. Prost, meanwhile, would move a point behind the leading Brazilian, while Piquet retained third, three of his compatriot out front.

BackgroundEdit

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

In the Constructors' Championship it had been a relatively neutral day in Motor City, 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.

Jonathan Palmer had 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 ahead of his compatriot, before a six point gap back to Philippe Alliot. Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth, meanwhile, had continued to dominate the Colin Chapman Trophy, largely due to the fact that they were the only effort fielding two cars.

Entry listEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Honda 1:06.454 1:06.705
2 1 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 1:06.877 1:07.843 +0.423s
3 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 1:07.303 1:07.024 +0.570s
4 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Williams-Honda 1:07.270 1:07.140 +0.686s
5 20 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 1:08.077 1:08.176 +1.623s
6 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 1:08.198 1:08.335 +1.744s
7 19 Italy Teo Fabi United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 1:08.293 1:11.815 +1.839s
8 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 1:08.390 1:08.916 +1.936s
9 2 Sweden Stefan Johansson United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 1:08.577 1:09.095 +2.123s
10 17 United Kingdom Derek Warwick United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 1:09.256 1:08.800 +2.346s
11 8 Italy Andrea de Cesaris United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 1:09.499 1:08.949 +2.495s
12 7 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 1:09.458 1:08.993 +2.539s
13 25 France René Arnoux France Ligier-Megatron 1:09.430 1:09.970 +2.976s
14 18 United States Eddie Cheever United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 1:09.828 1:09.869 +3.374s
15 24 Italy Alessandro Nannini Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 1:10.388 1:09.868 +3.414s
16 11 Japan Satoru Nakajima United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 1:12.268 1:10.652 +4.198s
17 26 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani France Ligier-Megatron 1:10.798 1:10.900 +4.344s
18 9 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer West Germany Zakspeed 1:11.451 1:11.170 +4.716s
19 10 West Germany Christian Danner West Germany Zakspeed 1:11.456 1:11.389 +4.935s
20 21 Italy Alex Caffi Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:12.167 1:12.555 +5.713s
21 23 Spain Adrián Campos Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 1:13.145 1:12.551 +6.097s
22 16 Italy Ivan Capelli United Kingdom March-Ford Cosworth 1:13.204 1:12.654 +6.200s
23 30 France Philippe Alliot France Lola-Ford Cosworth 1:13.026 1:14.422 +6.572s
24 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:13.443 1:13.474 +6.989s
25 4 France Philippe Streiff United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:13.533 1:13.525 +7.071s
26 14 France Pascal Fabre France AGS-Ford Cosworth 1:14.699 1:14.787 +8.245s
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
Alain Prost ______________
Row 2 ______________ 3
4 Ayrton Senna
Nelson Piquet ______________
Row 3 ______________ 5
6 Thierry Boutsen
Gerhard Berger ______________
Row 4 ______________ 7
8 Teo Fabi
Michele Alboreto ______________
Row 5 ______________ 9
10 Stefan Johansson
Derek Warwick ______________
Row 6 ______________ 11
12 Andrea de Cesaris
Riccardo Patrese ______________
Row 7 ______________ 13
14 René Arnoux
Eddie Cheever ______________
Row 8 ______________ 15
16 Alessandro Nannini
Satoru Nakajima ______________
Row 9 ______________ 17
18 Piercarlo Ghinzani
Martin Brundle ______________
Row 10 ______________ 19
20 Christian Danner
Alex Caffi ______________
Row 11 ______________ 21
22 Adrián Campos
Ivan Capelli ______________
Row 12 ______________ 23
24 Philippe Alliot
Jonathan Palmer ______________
Row 13 ______________ 25
26 Philippe Streiff
Pascal Fabre ______________

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Honda 80 1:37:03.839 1 9
2 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Williams-Honda 80 +7.711s 4 6
3 1 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 80 +55.255s 2 4
4 12 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 79 +1 Lap 3 3
5 19 Italy Teo Fabi United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 77 +3 Laps 7 2
6 (1) 4 France Philippe Streiff United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 76 +4 Laps 25 1
7 (2) 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 76 +4 Laps 24
8 2 Sweden Stefan Johansson United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 74 +6 Laps 9
9 (3) 14 France Pascal Fabre France AGS-Ford Cosworth 74 +6 Laps 26
Ret 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 71 Suspension 6
NC* 11 Japan Satoru Nakajima United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 71 +9 Laps 16
Ret 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 64 Engine 8
Ret 17 United Kingdom Derek Warwick United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 62 Turbo 10
Ret 30 France Philippe Alliot France Lola-Ford Cosworth 57 Gearbox 23
Ret 16 Italy Ivan Capelli United Kingdom March-Ford Cosworth 52 Engine 22
Ret 23 Spain Adrián Campos Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 52 Turbo 21
Ret 25 France René Arnoux France Ligier-Megatron 33 Exhaust 13
Ret 20 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 31 Engine 5
Ret 10 West Germany Christian Danner West Germany Zakspeed 26 Overheating 19
Ret 26 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani France Ligier-Megatron 24 Engine 17
Ret 24 Italy Alessandro Nannini Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 23 Turbo 15
Ret 7 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 19 Differential 12
Ret 9 United Kingdom Martin Brundle West Germany Zakspeed 18 Wheel 18
Ret 21 Italy Alex Caffi Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 11 Engine 20
Ret 8 Italy Andrea de Cesaris United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 2 Turbo 11
Ret 18 United States Eddie Cheever United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 0 Electrical 14
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.
  • * Nakajima was unable to be classified as he failed to complete 90% of the race distance.[6]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Ayrton Senna retained the lead in the Championship hunt, although he ended the French Grand Prix just a point ahead of second placed Alain Prost. Nelson Piquet was next, just two further back, while Nigel Mansell's victory shot him back into contention, six off the leader. Stefan Johansson, meanwhile, appeared to have already fallen out of the fight, although he held onto his top five status ahead of Gerhard Berger.

In the Constructors' Championship it was advantage Williams-Honda after the battle of Le Castellet, leaving France six ahead of former leaders McLaren-TAG Porsche. The Anglo-German squad had done enough to remain in the fight, however, with Lotus-Honda losing ground in third. Ferrari had also lost ground in their lonely fourth place position, while Benetton-Ford Cosworth had joined Arrows-Megatron and Brabham-BMW on four points in fifth.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Brazil Ayrton Senna 27
2 France Alain Prost 26
3 Brazil Nelson Piquet 24
4 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell 21 ▲1
5 Sweden Stefan Johansson 13 ▼1
6 Austria Gerhard Berger 9
7 Italy Michele Alboreto 8
8 Italy Andrea de Cesaris 4
9 United States Eddie Cheever 4
10 Japan Satoru Nakajima 3
11 United Kingdom Martin Brundle 2
12 Italy Teo Fabi 2 ▲6
13 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer 2 ▼1
14 Belgium Thierry Boutsen 2 ▼1
15 France Philippe Streiff 1 ▲3
16 France René Arnoux 1 ▼2
17 Italy Ivan Capelli 1 ▼2
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Williams-Honda 45 ▲1
2 United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 39 ▼1
3 United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 30
4 Italy Ferrari 17
5 United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 4
6 United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 4
7 United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 4 ▲2
8 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 3
9 West Germany Zakspeed 2 ▼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

Philippe Streiff moved back within three points of teammate Jonathan Palmer at the head of the Jim Clark Trophy chase, and hence moved back ahead of compatriot Pascal Fabre. Philippe Alliot and Ivan Capelli were the only other scorers in the Cup, while Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth continued to dominate the Colin Chapman Trophy after another one-two.

Jim Clark Trophy
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer 33
2 France Philippe Streiff 30 ▲1
3 France Pascal Fabre 26 ▼1
4 France Philippe Alliot 15
5 Italy Ivan Capelli 6
Colin Chapman Trophy
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 63
2 France AGS-Ford Cosworth 26
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. 'France 1987: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1987/france/engages.aspx, (Accessed 02/04/2019)
  3. 'French Grand Prix - QUALIFYING 1', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/1987/races/516/france/qualifying-1.html, (Accessed 02/04/2019)
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  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 '6. France 1987', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1987/france.aspx, (Accessed 02/04/2019)
  8. 8.0 8.1 '1987 French GP', chicanef1.com, (Chicane F1, 2014), http://www.chicanef1.com/racetit.pl?year=1987&gp=French%20GP&r=1, (Accessed 02/04/2019)
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
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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