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The 1987 German Grand Prix, otherwise known as the XLIX Mobil Großer Preis von Deutschland, was the eighth round of the 1987 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Hockenheimring on the 26 July 1987.[1] The race would see Nelson Piquet secure his first victory of the campaign at the midway point of the season, as well as the lead in the Championship.[1]

The race followed a series on in-season tests for the teams, which saw Ayrton Senna miraculously escape uninjured from a high-speed tyre failure at the Hockenheimring.[1] The failure, thought to have been caused by the additional stress of running at high speed throughout a lap of the Hockenheimring, resulted in Goodyear bringing a revised tyre compound for the Grand Prix.[1]

Regardless, everyone including Senna would arrive for qualifying without issue, with the Brazilian falling a quarter of a second shy of pole.[1] Indeed, Nigel Mansell was the man to beat in both wet and dry conditions during practice, with Senna second ahead of fellow title rivals Alain Prost and Piquet.[1]

It was Senna who led at the start of the race, however, with the Brazilian sprinting ahead of Mansell, Prost and Piquet into the first corner.[1] Indeed, Mansell would almost slip behind both Prost and Piquet into the opening corner, and would only manage to hold onto second due to the Williams-Honda's superior power.[1]

A lap later and Mansell had also powered past Senna to claim the lead, before blasting away from the Brazilian who appeared to be driving within himself.[1] Both Prost and Piquet would take the Lotus-Honda with ease on laps two and three respectively, leaving Senna to fade away in a lonely fourth.[1]

Prost, meanwhile, would charge onto the back of Mansell, before sweeping past the Brit early on lap seven.[1] He duly led until his stop on lap nineteen, taking fresh tyres, although Mansell would slip back behind the Frenchman when he stopped on lap 23.[1]

Prost used his four lap tyre advantage to build a lead over Mansell, and seemed set to claim victory when the Brit's engine failed two laps later.[1] Yet, Prost's race was to come to an end in the closing stages, with an alternator belt snapping to leave the McLaren-TAG Porsche without any electrical supply.[1]

That promoted Piquet to the lead of the race, with the Brazilian duly cruising home to claim the win ahead of Stefan Johansson.[1] Senna, meanwhile, would finish a distant third, while an attrition heavy race, saw Philippe Streiff, Jonathan Palmer and Philippe Alliot all score points despite using non-turbocharged Ford Cosworth engines.[1]

Victory moved Piquet into the lead of the Championship, opening out a four point lead over Senna. Mansell and Prost, meanwhile, had slipped nine and thirteen points behind respectively, while Williams-Honda extended their lead in the Constructors' Championship.

BackgroundEdit

Ayrton Senna had retained the lead in the Championship with his podium finish at Silverstone, although he now had two, rather than one, driver within a point of him. Indeed, Nigel Mansell and Nelson Piquet were level on 30 points to the Brazilian's 31 arriving in Germany, with Mansell ahead of his teammate courtesy of his three wins. Alain Prost, meanwhile, had lost ground as he dropped to fourth in the UK, although he was still within five points of Senna.

Williams-Honda, meanwhile, had extended their lead in the Constructors' Championship, having scored their second consecutive one-two on home soil. McLaren-TAG Porsche were still their closest challengers, although their failure to score meant that Lotus-Honda were just two behind them in third arriving at the Hockenheimring. Indeed, with 39 points to Lotus' 37, it seemed likely that the Anglo-German squad were in a fight for second, with Williams-Honda out of immediate reach on 60.

Jonathan Palmer had extended his lead in the Jim Clark Trophy on home soil last time out, with his tally of 42 leaving him ten clear of his nearest challenger. That challenger appeared in the form of Pascal Fabre, while Palmer's teammate Philippe Streiff had slipped to third. In the Colin Chapman Trophy, meanwhile, Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth had again extended their lead at Silverstone, leaving the home race 40 clear of AGS-Ford Cosworth.

Entry listEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Honda 1:42.616 2:00.832
2 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 1:42.873 1:01:19.245 +0.257s
3 1 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 1:43.202 +0.586s
4 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Williams-Honda 1:43.705 +1.089s
5 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 1:43.921 2:05.139 +1.305s
6 20 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 1:45.066 2:02.981 +2.450s
7 8 Italy Andrea de Cesaris United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 1:45.411 +2.795s
8 2 Sweden Stefan Johansson United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 1:45.428 +2.812s
9 19 Italy Teo Fabi United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 1:45.497 2:06.857 +2.881s
10 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 1:45.902 2:03.172 +3.286s
11 7 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 1:46.096 +3.480s
12 25 France René Arnoux France Ligier-Megatron 1:46.323 +3.707s
13 17 United Kingdom Derek Warwick United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 1:46.525 +3.909s
14 11 Japan Satoru Nakajima United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 1:46.760 +4.144s
15 18 United States Eddie Cheever United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 1:47.780 2:04.003 +5.164s
16 24 Italy Alessandro Nannini Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 1:47.887 +5.271s
17 26 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani France Ligier-Megatron 1:49.236 2:09.440 +6.620s
18 23 Spain Adrián Campos Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 1:49.668 +7.052s
19 9 United Kingdom Martin Brundle West Germany Zakspeed 1:51.062 2:12.913 +8.446s
20 10 West Germany Christian Danner West Germany Zakspeed 1:51.448 2:11.115 +8.832s
21 30 France Philippe Alliot France Lola-Ford Cosworth 1:52.760 2:11.588 +10.144s
22 4 France Philippe Streiff United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:53.528 2:10.404 +10.912s
23 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:54.491 2:06.769 +11.875s
24 16 Italy Ivan Capelli United Kingdom March-Ford Cosworth 1:54.616 2:09.992 +12.000s
25 14 France Pascal Fabre France AGS-Ford Cosworth 1:54.997 +12.381s
26 21 Italy Alex Caffi Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 6:04.561 2:07.753 +25.137s
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 ______________
Alain Prost 4
______________ Nelson Piquet
Row 3 5 ______________
Michele Alboreto 6
______________ Thierry Boutsen
Row 4 7 ______________
Andrea de Cesaris 8
______________ Stefan Johansson
Row 5 9 ______________
Teo Fabi 10
______________ Gerhard Berger
Row 6 11 ______________
Riccardo Patrese 12
______________ René Arnoux
Row 7 13 ______________
Derek Warwick 14
______________ Satoru Nakajima
Row 8 15 ______________
Eddie Cheever 16
______________ Alessandro Nannini
Row 9 17 ______________
Piercarlo Ghinzani 18
______________ Adrián Campos
Row 10 19 ______________
Martin Brundle 20
______________ Christian Danner
Row 11 21 ______________
Philippe Alliot 22
______________ Philippe Streiff
Row 12 23 ______________
Jonathan Palmer 24
______________ Ivan Capelli*
Row 13 25 ______________
Pascal Fabre 26
______________ Alex Caffi
  • * Capelli would start from the pit lane after an issue on the formation lap.[6]

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Williams-Honda 44 1:21:25.091 4 9
2 2 Sweden Stefan Johansson United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 44 +1:39.591 8 6
3 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 43 +1 Lap 2 4
4 (1) 4 France Philippe Streiff United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 43 +1 Lap 22 3
5 (2) 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 43 +1 Lap 23 2
6 (3) 30 France Philippe Alliot France Lola-Ford Cosworth 42 +2 Laps 21 1
7* 1 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 39 Alternator 3
NC 9 United Kingdom Martin Brundle West Germany Zakspeed 34 +10 Laps 19
Ret 26 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani France Ligier-Megatron 32 Engine 17
Ret 23 Spain Adrián Campos Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 28 Engine 18
Ret 20 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 26 Engine 6
Ret 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Honda 25 Engine 1
Ret 24 Italy Alessandro Nannini Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 25 Engine 16
Ret 17 United Kingdom Derek Warwick United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 23 Turbo 13
Ret 10 West Germany Christian Danner West Germany Zakspeed 21 Halfshaft 20
Ret 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 19 Turbo 10
Ret 19 Italy Teo Fabi United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 18 Engine 9
Ret 21 Italy Alex Caffi Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 17 Engine 26
Ret 8 Italy Andrea de Cesaris United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 12 Engine 7
Ret 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 10 Turbo 5
Ret 14 France Pascal Fabre France AGS-Ford Cosworth 10 Engine 25
Ret 18 United States Eddie Cheever United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 9 Throttle 15
Ret 11 Japan Satoru Nakajima United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 9 Turbo 14
Ret 16 Italy Ivan Capelli United Kingdom March-Ford Cosworth 7 Engine PL
Ret 25 France René Arnoux France Ligier-Megatron 6 Ignition 12
Ret 7 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 5 Ignition 11
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.
  • * Prost was still classified despite retiring as he had completed 90% of the race distance.[6]
  • Brundle was unable to be classified as he failed to complete 90% of the race distance.[6]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Nelson Piquet claimed the lead in the Championship after his first victory of the season, moving four clear of compatriot Ayrton Senna in second. The younger Brazilian ace also had a small lead over his closest pursuer, Nigel Mansell having slipped five behind, while Alain Prost was a further four back on 26. Yet, while the Frenchman was now thirteen off the lead, it seemed as if the Championship fight would remain a four horse race as the season ticked past the halfway point.

Williams-Honda, meanwhile, had once again extended their lead, with Piquet's triumph meaning they had won half the season's races so far. McLaren-TAG Porsche were still their closest challengers, albeit some 24 points behind, while Lotus-Honda had lost ground in third, ending the weekend on 41. Elsewhere, Ferrari were a distant fourth, Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth were a surprise fifth, while Lola-Ford Cosworth had moved ahead of the well funded Ligier-Megatron team.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Brazil Nelson Piquet 39 ▲2
2 Brazil Ayrton Senna 35 ▼1
3 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell 30 ▼1
4 France Alain Prost 26
5 Sweden Stefan Johansson 19
6 Austria Gerhard Berger 9
7 Italy Michele Alboreto 8
8 Japan Satoru Nakajima 6
9 Italy Andrea de Cesaris 4
10 France Philippe Streiff 4 ▲6
11 United States Eddie Cheever 4 ▼1
12 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer 4 ▲1
13 Italy Teo Fabi 3 ▼1
14 United Kingdom Martin Brundle 2 ▼2
15 Belgium Thierry Boutsen 2 ▼1
16 United Kingdom Derek Warwick 1 ▼1
17 France Philippe Alliot 1 ▲4
18 France René Arnoux 1 ▼1
19 Italy Ivan Capelli 1 ▼1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Williams-Honda 69
2 United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 45
3 United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 41
4 Italy Ferrari 17
5 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 8 ▲3
6 United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 6 ▼1
7 United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 5 ▼1
8 United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 4 ▼1
9 West Germany Zakspeed 2
10 France Lola-Ford Cosworth 1 ▲2
11 France Ligier-Megatron 1 ▼1
12 United Kingdom March-Ford Cosworth 1 ▼1

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

Jim Clark/Colin Chapman TrophyEdit

Another second place for Jonathan Palmer ensured that he held his lead in the Jim Clark Trophy as the season reach the halfway point, holding 48 points. His teammate Philippe Streiff, meanwhile, had climbed back into second, nine off the Brit, while Fabre slipped to third having failed to score. In the Colin Chapman Trophy, meanwhile, it was still advantage Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth, as another one-two left them on 87 points.

Jim Clark Trophy
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer 48
2 France Philippe Streiff 39 ▲1
3 France Pascal Fabre 32 ▼2
4 France Philippe Alliot 19
5 Italy Ivan Capelli 6
Colin Chapman Trophy
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 87
2 France AGS-Ford Cosworth 32
3 France Lola-Ford Cosworth 19
4 United Kingdom March-Ford Cosworth 6

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 'German GP, 1987', grandprix.com, (Inside F1 Inc., 2015), http://www.grandprix.com/gpe/rr444.html, (Accessed 03/04/2019)
  2. 'Germany 1987: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1987/allemagne/engages.aspx, (Accessed 03/04/2019)
  3. 'Mobil German Grand Prix - QUALIFYING 1', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/1987/races/518/germany/qualifying-1.html, (Accessed 03/04/2019)
  4. 'Mobil German Grand Prix - QUALIFYING 2', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/1987/races/518/germany/qualifying-2.html, (Accessed 03/04/2019)
  5. 'Germany 1987: Qualifications', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1987/allemagne/qualification.aspx, (Accessed 03/04/2019)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 'Germany 1987: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1987/allemagne/classement.aspx, (Accessed 03/04/2019)
  7. 7.0 7.1 '1987 German GP', chicanef1.com, (Chicane F1, 2015), http://www.chicanef1.com/racetit.pl?year=1987&gp=German%20GP&r=1, (Accessed 03/04/2019)
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 '8. Germany 1987', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1987/allemagne.aspx, (Accessed 03/04/2019)
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
V T E Germany German Grand Prix
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