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The 1987 Italian Grand Prix, otherwise known as the LVIII Gran Premio d'Italia, was the eleventh round of the 1987 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza on the 6 September 1987.[1] The race would see Nelson Piquet claim victory ahead of compatriot Ayrton Senna, after a late mistake from the young pretender handed Piquet the lead.[1]

Before the race it was announced that Honda would be supplying McLaren for 1988, ending their association with Williams a year early.[1] This led to questions over whether the Japanese manufacturer would play fair in the Championship, with Piquet and Senna set to be Honda powered drivers in the future, while Nigel Mansell was not.[1]

Regardless, it was Piquet who emerged on top during qualifying, using Williams' new active-suspension system, a concept introduced by Lotus at the start of the season.[1] His teammate Mansell was next, using a more conventional system, while Senna was beaten by Gerhard Berger in the Ferrari.[1]

Mansell would get a good initial launch off the line at the start of the race, although a missed gear change ultimately allowed Piquet to ease ahead into the Rettifilo.[1] Berger challenged but had to settle for third ahead of Thierry Boutsen, with Senna also slipping behind future teammate Alain Prost in the McLaren-TAG Porsche.[1]

Berger would try to take second from Mansell again at the start of the second lap, only for Mansell to make a late move to defend and cause the two to collide.[1] Boutsen duly shot through to second as the pair scrambled back onto the circuit, with Berger remaining in third while Mansell dropped to fourth.[1]

The order soon stabilised, with Piquet running away out front, while Berger and Mansell squabbled behind Boutsen.[1] Indeed, it would take Mansell until lap seventeen to deal with Berger, before claiming second from Boutsen a lap later to go off and hunt his teammate.[1]

The two Williams would stop at the midway point of the race, leaving Senna in the lead as the Brazilian was hoping to make it to the chequered flag without changing tyres.[1] With eight laps to go it looked as if the ploy had worked, with Piquet unable to make serious progress, until Senna made a mess of lapping Piercarlo Ghinzani and went bouncing across the gravel at the Parabolica.[1]

Piquet duly swept back ahead to reclaim the lead and eventual victory, with Senna unable to seriously challenge after he rejoined.[1] Mansell was a distant third ahead of Berger and Boutsen, while Stefan Johansson completed the points paying positions.[1]

That result left Piquet as the odds-on favourite for the title, heading into the final five races of the season with a fourteen point lead.[1] Senna had remained his closest challenger in second, six ahead of Mansell, while Williams-Honda had all but wrapped up the Constructors' Championship.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Another podium finish for Nelson Piquet last time out in Austria had ensured that the Brazilian racer extended his Championship lead, 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 having moved to within a point of their rivals in Austria.

Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth had continued their domination of the Colin Chapman Trophy in Austria, leaving the Styrian Mountains 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 arriving in Italy. Their closest challenger was Pascal Fabre with the lone AGS-Ford Cosworth, while Ivan Capelli and March-Ford Cosworth had made ground after their maiden JCT win last time out.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 1987 Italian 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
22 Switzerland Franco Forini 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
31 Italy Emanuele Pirro Italy MiddlebRidge-Trussardi Trussardi B186 Megatron M12/13 1.5 L4t G
32 Italy Nicola Larini Italy Enzo Coloni Racing Car System Coloni FC187 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 Italian Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Williams-Honda 1:24.617 1:23.460
2 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Honda 1:24.350 1:23.559 +0.099s
3 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 1:25.211 1:23.933 +0.473s
4 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 1:25.535 1:24.907 +1.447s
5 1 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 1:25.340 1:24.946 +1.486s
6 20 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 1:25.250 1:25.004 +1.544s
7 19 Italy Teo Fabi United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 1:26.894 1:25.020 +1.560s
8 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 1:25.290 1:25.247 +1.787s
9 7 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 1:26.453 1:25.525 +2.065s
10 8 Italy Andrea de Cesaris United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 1:40.285 1:26.802 +3.342s
11 2 Sweden Stefan Johansson United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 1:27.420 1:27.031 +3.571s
12 17 United Kingdom Derek Warwick United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 1:27.543 1:28.083 +4.083s
13 18 United States Eddie Cheever United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 1:29.273 1:28.022 +4.562s
14 11 Japan Satoru Nakajima United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 1:28.463 1:28.160 +4.700s
15 25 France René Arnoux France Ligier-Megatron 1:28.946 +5.486s
16 10 West Germany Christian Danner West Germany Zakspeed 1:30.389 1:29.465 +6.005s
17 9 United Kingdom Martin Brundle West Germany Zakspeed 1:30.144 1:29.725 +6.265s
18 24 Italy Alessandro Nannini Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 1:29.738 1:31.069 +6.278s
19 26 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani France Ligier-Megatron 1:29.898 +6.438s
20 23 Spain Adrián Campos Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 1:31.094 1:30.782 +7.322s
21 21 Italy Alex Caffi Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:32.768 1:31.029 +7.569s
22 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:34.218 1:33.028 +9.568s
23 30 France Philippe Alliot France Lola-Ford Cosworth 1:34.748 1:33.170 +9.710s
24 4 France Philippe Streiff United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:34.760 1:33.264 +9.804s
25 16 Italy Ivan Capelli United Kingdom March-Ford Cosworth 1:34.205 1:33.311 +9.851s
26 22 Switzerland Franco Forini Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:34.467 1:33.816 +10.356s
DNQ 32 Italy Nicola Larini Italy Coloni-Ford Cosworth 1:38.460 1:35.721 +12.261s
DNQ 14 France Pascal Fabre France AGS-Ford Cosworth 1:39.393 1:36.679 +13.219s
WD* 31 Italy Emanuele Pirro Italy Trussardi-Megatron Withdrawn
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.
  • * Pirro's entry was withdrawn after Trussardi's registration as an entrant was rejected.[6]

GridEdit

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 1 ______________
Nelson Piquet 2
______________ Nigel Mansell
Row 2 3 ______________
Gerhard Berger 4
______________ Ayrton Senna
Row 3 5 ______________
Alain Prost 6
______________ Thierry Boutsen
Row 4 7 ______________
Teo Fabi 8
______________ Michele Alboreto
Row 5 9 ______________
Riccardo Patrese 10
______________ Andrea de Cesaris
Row 6 11 ______________
Stefan Johansson 12
______________ Derek Warwick
Row 7 13 ______________
Eddie Cheever 14
______________ Satoru Nakajima
Row 8 15 ______________
René Arnoux 16
______________ Christian Danner
Row 9 17 ______________
Martin Brundle 18
______________ Alessandro Nannini
Row 10 19 ______________
Piercarlo Ghinzani 20
______________ Adrián Campos
Row 11 21 ______________
Alex Caffi 22
______________ Jonathan Palmer
Row 12 23 ______________
Philippe Alliot 24
______________ Philippe Streiff
Row 13 25 ______________
Ivan Capelli 26
______________ Franco Forini

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Williams-Honda 50 1:14:47.707 1 9
2 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 50 +1.806s 4 6
3 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Honda 50 +49.036s 2 4
4 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 50 +57.979s 3 3
5 20 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 50 +1:21.319 6 2
6 2 Sweden Stefan Johansson United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 50 +1:28.787 11 1
7 19 Italy Teo Fabi United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 49 +1 Lap 7
8 26 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani France Ligier-Megatron 48 +2 Laps 19
9 10 West Germany Christian Danner West Germany Zakspeed 48 +2 Laps 16
10 25 France René Arnoux France Ligier-Megatron 48 +2 Laps 15
11 11 Japan Satoru Nakajima United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 47 +3 Laps 14
12 (1) 4 France Philippe Streiff United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 47 +3 Laps 24
13 (2) 16 Italy Ivan Capelli United Kingdom March-Ford Cosworth 47 +3 Laps 25
14 (3) 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 47 +3 Laps 22
15 1 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 46 +4 Laps 5
16 24 Italy Alessandro Nannini Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 45 +5 Laps 18
Ret 9 United Kingdom Martin Brundle West Germany Zakspeed 43 Gearbox 17
Ret 30 France Philippe Alliot France Lola-Ford Cosworth 37 Spin 23
Ret 23 Spain Adrián Campos Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 34 Engine 20
Ret 18 United States Eddie Cheever United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 27 Halfshaft 13
Ret 22 Switzerland Franco Forini Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 27 Turbo 26
Ret 21 Italy Alex Caffi Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 16 Suspension 21
Ret 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 13 Turbo 8
Ret 17 United Kingdom Derek Warwick United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 9 Electrical 12
Ret 8 Italy Andrea de Cesaris United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 7 Suspension 10
Ret 7 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 5 Engine 9
DNQ 32 Italy Nicola Larini Italy Coloni-Ford Cosworth
DNQ 14 France Pascal Fabre France AGS-Ford Cosworth
WD 31 Italy Emanuele Pirro Italy Trussardi-Megatron
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.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

A third victory of the season for Nelson Piquet left the Brazilian ace with a comfortable lead in the Championship battle, leaving Italy with a fourteen point advantage. Ayrton Senna had remained his closest challenger, but with Nigel Mansell a major threat to him despite losing a small amount of ground. Indeed, the title was set to be fought for between those three, with Alain Prost leaving Italy some 32 points off of Piquet in fourth.

In the Constructors' Championship Williams-Honda had once again managed to extend their lead by a considerable margin, leaving Italy with 106 points to their name. That left the Anglo-Japanese effort 51 points clear with 75 left to fight for, meaning they could win the title at the next race in Portugal. Indeed, Lotus-Honda, having just overtaken McLaren-TAG Porsche would have to score six points at Estoril to keep the fight alive.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Brazil Nelson Piquet 63
2 Brazil Ayrton Senna 49
3 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell 43
4 France Alain Prost 31
5 Sweden Stefan Johansson 20
6 Austria Gerhard Berger 12
7 Belgium Thierry Boutsen 10 ▲1
8 Italy Michele Alboreto 8 ▼1
9 Italy Teo Fabi 7
10 Japan Satoru Nakajima 6
11 Italy Andrea de Cesaris 4
12 France Philippe Streiff 4
13 United States Eddie Cheever 4
14 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer 4
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 106
2 United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 55 ▲1
3 United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 51 ▼1
4 Italy Ferrari 20
5 United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 17
6 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 8
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

Jonathan Palmer's lead in the Jim Clark Trophy had been reduced in Italy, although the Brit still held an eleven point lead with five races to go. His teammate Philippe Streiff was his nearest, and arguably only, threat, with third placed Pascal Fabre only holding 35 points after eleven races. Likewise, Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth had won the Colin Chapman Trophy with a third of the season to go, moving 84 points clear with just 75 left to fight for.

Jim Clark Trophy
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer 65
2 France Philippe Streiff 54
3 France Pascal Fabre 35
4 France Philippe Alliot 25
5 Italy Ivan Capelli 25
Colin Chapman Trophy
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 119
2 France AGS-Ford Cosworth 35
3 France Lola-Ford Cosworth 25
4 United Kingdom March-Ford Cosworth 25

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

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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
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