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The 1987 Mexican Grand Prix, otherwise known as the XI Gran Premio de Mexico, was the fourteenth round of the 1987 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez on the 18 October 1987.[2] The race would be won in rather confusing circumstances by Nigel Mansell, after a heavy accident for Derek Warwick mid-race effectively split the race into two heats.[2]

Mansell started the weekend in a position of strength, claiming a twelfth pole position of the season for Williams-Honda.[2] Gerhard Berger was his closest challenger during qualifying, claiming second, while Mansell's Championship leading teammate Nelson Piquet sat in third, with a chance of claiming the title in Mexico.[2]

A poor getaway for Mansell would see the Brit drop to fifth at the start, with Berger streaking into the lead ahead of Thierry Boutsen.[2] Piquet and Alain Prost also got ahead of the #5 Williams-Honda, although those two subsequently removed themselves from the lead pack when they tangled at the first corner.[2]

Boutsen duly moved into the lead early on the second lap, although both himself and Berger would have enough pace to ease ahead of Mansell.[2] That was, until Boutsen's bid for victory was crippled by a misfire, while Berger's race was curtailed by an engine failure.[2]

Mansell was thus left with a fair lead over Ayrton Senna and Riccardo Patrese, while Piquet had recovered from his first corner tangle to claim fourth.[2] However, as the race ticked towards half-distance red flags blossomed around the circuit, with a cloud of dust and debris erupting at the Parabolica.[2]

The source of the cloud was Warwick's Arrows-Megatron, which had suffered a suspension failure mid-corner and duly flung itself into the barriers.[2] Warwick would miraculously escape without major injury, although with bits of his destroyed car left in the middle of the circuit, the race had to be stopped.[2]

It was decided to restart the race from a standing start, meaning the race would effectively become a battle of two heats, with the final order resolved on aggregate times.[2] At the restart it was Piquet who jumped into the lead, with Mansell tucking in right behind to prevent the Brazilian from escaping.[2]

Indeed, the two Williams-Hondas spent the rest of the race virtually nose-to-tail, meaning Mansell ultimately claimed victory despite trailing Piquet at the chequered flag.[2] Senna was set for second but spun out of the race late on, meaning Patrese was promoted onto the podium.[2]

BackgroundEdit

Fourth place for Nelson Piquet in Spain had meant that his lead at the top of the Championship had remained at eighteen points, although the Brazilian had reached his limit of eleven race scores. That meant that he would only be able to improve his tally with three better results than he had achieved previously, effectively reducing the number of points he could score. Behind, his nearest challenger was Nigel Mansell, who could still claim a full 27 points from the three remaining races, with the Brit a point ahead of Ayrton Senna upon arrival in Mexico.

The Constructors' Championship, meanwhile, was all over as Williams-Honda had left Spain with 122 points and the Championship crown. Indeed, their closest challengers McLaren-TAG Porsche were some 50 points behind, and with only 45 available at the remaining races there was no chance of them catching the Anglo-Japanese squad. Instead, McLaren-TAG were set to duel with Lotus-Honda to claim second, although that battle may well have been settled as the former had opened out a fifteen point advantage at the end of the European season.

With three races to go it seemed as if the inaugural Jim Clark Trophy would be fought for through to the end of the season, with Philippe Streiff having moved within seven points of his teammate last time out. Indeed, Jonathan Palmer had retained his lead in the JCT in Spain in-spite of the fact that he had failed to score, with those two set to duel for the crown. Their employers Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth, meanwhile, had once again eased ahead in the Colin Chapman Trophy, with March-Ford Cosworth emerging in second ahead of AGS-Ford Cosworth.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 1987 Mexican 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
29 France Yannick Dalmas France Larrousse & Camels F1 Lola LC87 Ford Cosworth DFZ 3.5 V8 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
Source:[3]

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Friday QualifyingEdit

Saturday QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Honda 1:20.696 1:18.383
2 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 1:19.992 1:18.426 +0.043s
3 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Williams-Honda 1:20.701 1:18.463 +0.080s
4 20 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 1:20.766 1:18.691 +0.308s
5 1 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 1:20.572 1:18.742 +0.359s
6 19 Italy Teo Fabi United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 1:22.666 1:18.992 +0.609s
7 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 1:21.361 1:19.089 +0.706s
8 7 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 1:21.720 1:19.889 +1.506s
9 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 1:21.290 1:19.967 +1.584s
10 8 Italy Andrea de Cesaris United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 1:22.930 1:20.141 +1.758s
11 17 United Kingdom Derek Warwick United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 1:23.347 1:21.664 +3.281s
12 18 United States Eddie Cheever United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 1:24.445 1:21.705 +3.322s
13 9 United Kingdom Martin Brundle West Germany Zakspeed 1:25.184 1:21.711 +3.328s
14 24 Italy Alessandro Nannini Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 1:26.055 1:22.035 +3.652s
15 2 Sweden Stefan Johansson United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 1:22.185 1:22.382 +3.802s
16 11 Japan Satoru Nakajima United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 1:23.750 1:22.214 +3.831s
17 10 West Germany Christian Danner West Germany Zakspeed 1:23.992 1:22.593 +4.210s
18 25 France René Arnoux France Ligier-Megatron 1:24.299 1:23.053 +4.670s
19 23 Spain Adrián Campos Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 1:27.798 1:23.955 +5.572s
20 16 Italy Ivan Capelli United Kingdom March-Ford Cosworth 1:27.161 1:24.404 +6.021s
21 26 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani France Ligier-Megatron 1:27.059 1:24.553 +6.170s
22 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:27.306 1:24.723 +6.340s
23 29 France Yannick Dalmas France Lola-Ford Cosworth 1:28.156 1:24.745 +6.362s
24 30 France Philippe Alliot France Lola-Ford Cosworth 1:27.184 1:25.096 +6.713s
25 4 France Philippe Streiff United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:27.011 1:26.305 +7.922s
26 21 Italy Alex Caffi Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:27.670 1:30.010 +9.287s
DNQ 14 France Pascal Fabre France AGS-Ford Cosworth 1:30.285 1:28.655 +10.272s
WD* 31 Italy Emanuele Pirro Italy Trussardi-Megatron Withdrawn
Source:[4][5][6]
  • 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.

GridEdit

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

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Honda 63 1:26:24.207 1 9
2 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Williams-Honda 63 +26.176s 3 6
3 7 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 63 +1:26.879 8 4
4 18 United States Eddie Cheever United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 63 +1:41.352 12 3
5 19 Italy Teo Fabi United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 61 +2 Laps 6 2
6 (1) 30 France Philippe Alliot France Lola-Ford Cosworth 60 +3 Laps 24 1
7 (2) 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 60 +3 Laps 22
8 (3) 4 France Philippe Streiff United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 60 +3 Laps 25
9 (4) 29 France Yannick Dalmas France Lola-Ford Cosworth 59 +4 Laps 23
Ret 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 54 Clutch 7
Ret 16 Italy Ivan Capelli United Kingdom March-Ford Cosworth 51 Water leak 20
Ret 21 Italy Alex Caffi Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 50 Engine 26
Ret 26 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani France Ligier-Megatron 43 Water leak 21
Ret 23 Spain Adrián Campos Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 32 Transmission 19
Ret 25 France René Arnoux France Ligier-Megatron 29 Overheating 18
Ret 17 United Kingdom Derek Warwick United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 26 Accident 11
Ret 8 Italy Andrea de Cesaris United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 22 Accident 10
Ret 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 20 Turbo 2
Ret 20 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 15 Electrical 4
Ret 24 Italy Alessandro Nannini Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 13 Turbo 14
Ret 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 12 Engine 9
Ret 9 United Kingdom Martin Brundle West Germany Zakspeed 3 Turbo 13
Ret 2 Sweden Stefan Johansson United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 1 Collision 15
Ret 11 Japan Satoru Nakajima United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 1 Collision 16
Ret 10 West Germany Christian Danner West Germany Zakspeed 1 Collision 17
Ret 1 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 0 Collision 5
DNQ 14 France Pascal Fabre France AGS-Ford Cosworth
WD 31 Italy Emanuele Pirro Italy Trussardi-Megatron
Source:[7]
  • 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

Victory for Nigel Mansell meant that the Brit still had a slim hope of taking the title, closing to within twelve points of teammate Nelson Piquet. Yet, while Piquet was now only able to score eight points at the final two rounds, while Mansell could claim eighteen, the Brazilian could still win the title if Mansell failed to finish on the podium in Japan. Behind, Ayrton Senna was out of the fight in third, and was instead in a fight with Alain Prost to finish there.

Williams-Honda had already won the Constructors' Championship in Spain, meaning all of the attention was on the fight for second. Yet, there had been no movement in that fight either, as both McLaren-TAG Porsche and Lotus-Honda had failed to score at all in Mexico. That meant that the Anglo-German alliance could secure the runner-up spot in Japan, as long as Lotus-Honda finished behind them.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Brazil Nelson Piquet 73 (76)
2 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell 61
3 Brazil Ayrton Senna 51
4 France Alain Prost 46
5 Sweden Stefan Johansson 26
6 Austria Gerhard Berger 18
7 Italy Teo Fabi 12
8 Belgium Thierry Boutsen 10
9 Italy Michele Alboreto 8
10 United States Eddie Cheever 8 ▲1
11 Italy Riccardo Patrese 6 ▲6
12 Japan Satoru Nakajima 6 ▼2
13 Italy Andrea de Cesaris 4 ▼1
14 France Philippe Streiff 4 ▼1
15 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer 4 ▼1
16 United Kingdom Derek Warwick 3 ▼1
17 France Philippe Alliot 3 ▲1
18 United Kingdom Martin Brundle 2 ▼2
19 France René Arnoux 1
20 Italy Ivan Capelli 1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Williams-Honda 137
2 United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 72
3 United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 57
4 Italy Ferrari 26
5 United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 22
6 United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 11 ▲1
7 United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 10 ▲1
8 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 8 ▼2
9 France Lola-Ford Cosworth 3 ▲1
10 West Germany Zakspeed 2 ▼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 continued to lead the Jim Clark Trophy with two races to go, and could win the title in Japan if he finished ahead of Philippe Streiff. Indeed, the Frenchman was the only man capable of defeating his teammate, and would have to claim at least one point, regardless of Palmer's result, to keep the fight alive. Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth, meanwhile, had long since won the Colin Chapman Trophy, as Lola-Ford Cosworth climbed into second in Mexico.

Jim Clark Trophy
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer 77
2 France Philippe Streiff 68
3 France Philippe Alliot 43 ▲2
4 Italy Ivan Capelli 38 ▼1
5 France Pascal Fabre 35 ▼1
Colin Chapman Trophy
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 145
2 France Lola-Ford Cosworth 43 ▲2
3 United Kingdom March-Ford Cosworth 38 ▼1
4 France AGS-Ford Cosworth 35 ▼1

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

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  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 'Mexican GP, 1987', grandprix.com, (Inside F1 Inc., 2015), http://www.grandprix.com/gpe/rr450.html, (Accessed 06/04/2019)
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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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