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The 1987 Monaco Grand Prix, otherwise officially known as the 45e Grand Prix Automobile de Monaco, was the fourth round of the 1987 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged on the 31 May 1987 at the Circuit de Monaco.[1] The race would be dominated by Honda engined cars, as Ayrton Senna claimed victory for Lotus-Honda ahead of Nelson Piquet of Williams-Honda.[1]

Furthermore, it was the #5 Williams-Honda of Nigel Mansell that claimed pole position during qualifying, ahead of Senna's Lotus and the sister car of Piquet.[1] Championship leader Alain Prost the best non-Honda engined car in fourth ahead of Michele Alboreto, with the Italian racer managing to overcome a huge accident late on Saturday caused by Christian Danner.[1]

Raceday proved fairly controversial, with the FIA allowing all 26 entries to start the race, in spite of the limited space around the Principality.[1] However, the field was reduced to 24 shortly before the start, with Danner excluded from the weekend entirely after his Alboreto collision, while Adrián Campos crashed during the warm-up.[1]

Regardless, Mansell would duly ace the start to claim an early lead, preventing any lunge from Senna into Sainte Devote by placing his car in the middle of the circuit.[1] Senna was hence left to fend off Piquet into the first corner, while Alboreto got the jump on Prost in the spare Ferrari.[1]

The order soon stabilised out front, with no changes to the top six coming until the thirtieth lap, while fears of a mass pile-up at the back quickly abated.[1] Indeed, it was only when Mansell suffered a gradual turbo failure that any action of note happened, with the Brit retiring to hand Senna the lead.[1]

Senna duly powered away from Piquet for the rest of the race, managing to stop a few laps later for fresh tyres without losing the lead.[1] Behind, Piquet would remain stuck in second for the rest of the race, while Eddie Cheever managed to sneak ahead of Prost after the Frenchman tried a move on Alboreto for third.[1]

With that the race was effectively run, with Senna cruising home half a minute clear of Piquet to claim an impressive victory.[1] Alboreto, meanwhile, would nurse his Ferrari to third ahead of teammate Gerhard Berger, with Cheever and Prost retiring with engine issues, while Jim Clark Trophy contestants Jonathan Palmer and Ivan Capelli collected the remaining points.[1]

The results of the race meant that Prost retained his lead in the Championship, although Senna's victory had left the Brazilian three shy of the Frenchman in second. McLaren-TAG Porsche, meanwhile, would hold onto their advantage in the Constructors' Championship, although both Williams-Honda and Lotus-Honda had made ground.

BackgroundEdit

Victory in Belgium had not only doubled Alain Prost's points tally for the season but also put him back at the head of the Championship, moving onto eighteen points. His teammate Stefan Johansson was also into double figures having moved into second, while Nigel Mansell had dropped to third after his retirement. The two Brazilians Nelson Piquet and Ayrton Senna completed the top five, with thirteen drivers on the score sheet.

McLaren-TAG Porsche's first one-two of the season in Spa had meant that the Anglo-German alliance was back in charge of the Constructors' Championship, with 31 points to their name. Williams-Honda had hence dropped back to second, with a little over half the number of points of their rivals, while Lotus-Honda completed the top three. Ferrari, meanwhile, had lost ground in fourth, as Brabham-BMW, Arrows-Megatron and Ligier-Megatron added their names to the score board.

In the Jim Clark Trophy, Philippe Streiff had extended his lead as a result of the Belgian Grand Prix, opening his advantage to six points. Philippe Alliot was next after his first victory in the class in Spa, while Jonathan Palmer had slipped behind Pascal Fabre after his accident. In the Colin Chapman Trophy, meanwhile, Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth had continued to surge ahead, ending the Belgian weekend with double the points of Lola-Ford Cosworth in second.

Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 1987 Monaco 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

Thursday QualifyingEdit

Saturday QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Honda 1:24.514 1:23.039
2 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 1:25.255 1:23.711 +0.672s
3 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Williams-Honda 1:25.917 1:24.755 +1.716s
4 1 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 1:25.574 1:25.083 +2.044s
5 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 1:27.017 1:26.102 +3.063s
6 18 United States Eddie Cheever United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 1:27.716 1:26.175 +3.136s
7 2 Sweden Stefan Johansson United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 1:27.701 1:26.317 +3.278s
8 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 1:29.281 1:26.323 +3.284s
9 20 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 1:27.082 1:26.630 +3.591s
10 7 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 1:26.957 1:26.763 +3.724s
11 17 United Kingdom Derek Warwick United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 1:27.685 1:27.294 +4.255s
12 19 Italy Teo Fabi United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 1:28.517 1:27.622 +4.583s
13 24 Italy Alessandro Nannini Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 1:28.517 1:27.731 +4.692s
14 9 United Kingdom Martin Brundle West Germany Zakspeed 1:29.801 1:27.894 +4.855s
15 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:30.307 1:28.088 +5.049s
16 21 Italy Alex Caffi Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:36.267 1:28.233 +5.194s
17 11 Japan Satoru Nakajima United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 1:30.606 1:28.890 +5.851s
18 30 France Philippe Alliot France Lola-Ford Cosworth 1:29.114 1:29.459 +6.075s
19 16 Italy Ivan Capelli United Kingdom March-Ford Cosworth 1:31.589 1:29.147 +6.108s
20 26 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani France Ligier-Megatron 1:31.098 1:29.258 +6.219s
21 8 Italy Andrea de Cesaris United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 1:32.643 1:29.827 +6.788s
22 25 France René Arnoux France Ligier-Megatron 1:31.270 1:30.000 +6.961s
23 4 France Philippe Streiff United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:30.765 1:30.143 +7.104s
24 23 Spain Adrián Campos Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 1:30.805
25 14 France Pascal Fabre France AGS-Ford Cosworth 1:35.179 1:31.667 +8.628s
EXC* 10 West Germany Christian Danner West Germany Zakspeed Excluded
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.
  • * Danner was excluded from the results of qualifying and the race after his collision with Alboreto for dangerous driving.[6]

GridEdit

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 ______________ 1
2 Nigel Mansell
Ayrton Senna ______________
Row 2 ______________ 3
4 Nelson Piquet
Alain Prost ______________
Row 3 ______________ 5
6 Michele Alboreto
Eddie Cheever ______________
Row 4 ______________ 7
8 Stefan Johansson
Gerhard Berger ______________
Row 5 ______________ 9
10 Thierry Boutsen
Riccardo Patrese ______________
Row 6 ______________ 11
12 Derek Warwick
Teo Fabi ______________
Row 7 ______________ 13
14 Alessandro Nannini
Martin Brundle ______________
Row 8 ______________ 15
16 Jonathan Palmer
Alex Caffi ______________
Row 9 ______________ 17
18 Satoru Nakajima
Philippe Alliot ______________
Row 10 ______________ 19
20 Ivan Capelli
Piercarlo Ghinzani ______________
Row 11 ______________ 21
22 Andrea de Cesaris
René Arnoux ______________
Row 12 ______________ 23
24 Philippe Streiff
Adrián Campos* ______________
Row 13 ______________ 25
26 Pascal Fabre
______________
  • * Campos was unable to start the race after an accident during qualifying.[6]

ResultsEdit

RaceEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 78 1:57:54.085 2 9
2 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Williams-Honda 78 + 33.212 3 6
3 27T Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 78 + 1:12.839 5 4
4 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 77 + 1 Lap 8 3
5 (1) 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 76 + 2 Laps 15 2
6 (2) 16 Italy Ivan Capelli United Kingdom March-Ford Cosworth 76 + 2 Laps 19 1
7 9 United Kingdom Martin Brundle West Germany Zakspeed 76 + 2 Laps 14
8 19 Italy Teo Fabi United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 76 + 2 Laps 12
9 1 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 75 Engine 4
10 11 Japan Satoru Nakajima United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 75 + 3 Laps 17
11 25 France René Arnoux France Ligier-Megatron 74 + 4 Laps 22
12 26 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani France Ligier-Megatron 74 + 4 Laps 20
13 (3) 14 France Pascal Fabre France AGS-Ford Cosworth 71 + 7 Laps 24
Ret 18 United States Eddie Cheever United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 59 Overheating 6
Ret 17 United Kingdom Derek Warwick United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 58 Gearbox 11
Ret 2 Sweden Stefan Johansson United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 57 Engine 7
Ret 30 France Philippe Alliot France Lola-Ford Cosworth 42 Engine 18
Ret 7 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 41 Electrical 10
Ret 21 Italy Alex Caffi Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 39 Electrical 16
Ret 8 Italy Andrea de Cesaris United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 38 Suspension 21
Ret 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Honda 29 Turbocharger 1
Ret 24 Italy Alessandro Nannini Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 21 Electrical 13
Ret 4 France Philippe Streiff United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 9 Accident 23
Ret 20 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 5 Transmission 9
DNS 23 Spain Adrián Campos Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni
EXC 10 West Germany Christian Danner West Germany Zakspeed
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]
  • Campos was unable to start due to an accident during qualifying.[6]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

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

In the Constructors' Championship it had been a similar story, 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 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.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 France Alain Prost 18
2 Brazil Ayrton Senna 15 ▲2
3 Sweden Stefan Johansson 13 ▼1
4 Brazil Nelson Piquet 12 ▲1
5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell 10 ▼2
6 Italy Michele Alboreto 8
7 Austria Gerhard Berger 6 ▲1
8 Italy Andrea de Cesaris 4 ▼1
9 United States Eddie Cheever 3
10 Japan Satoru Nakajima 3
11 United Kingdom Martin Brundle 2 ▲1
12 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer 2 ▲7
13 Belgium Thierry Boutsen 2 ▼2
14 France René Arnoux 1 ▼1
15 Italy Ivan Capelli 1 ▲7
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 31
2 United Kingdom Williams-Honda 22
3 United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 18
4 Italy Ferrari 14
5 United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 4
6 United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 3
7 West Germany Zakspeed 2
8 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 2 ▲2
9 United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 2 ▼1
10 France Ligier-Megatron 1 ▼1
11 United Kingdom March-Ford Cosworth 1 ▲1

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

Jim Clark/Colin Chapman TrophyEdit

Philippe Streiff 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 continued to hold authority in the Colin Chapman Trophy.

Jim Clark Trophy
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 France Philippe Streiff 21
2 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer 18 ▲2
3 France Pascal Fabre 16
4 France Philippe Alliot 15 ▼2
5 Italy Ivan Capelli 6
Colin Chapman Trophy
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 39
2 France AGS-Ford Cosworth 16 ▲1
3 France Lola-Ford Cosworth 15 ▼1
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. 'Monaco 1987: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1987/monaco/engages.aspx, (Accessed 02/04/2019)
  3. 'Monaco Grand Prix - QUALIFYING 1', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/1987/races/514/monaco/qualifying-1.html, (Accessed 02/04/2019)
  4. 'Monaco Grand Prix - QUALIFYING 2', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/1987/races/514/monaco/qualifying-2.html, (Accessed 02/04/2019)
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  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 'Monaco 1987: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1987/monaco/classement.aspx, (Accessed 02/04/2019)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 '4. Monaco 1987', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1987/monaco.aspx, (Accessed 02/04/2019)
  8. '1987 Monaco GP', chicanef1.com, (Chicane F1, 2014), http://www.chicanef1.com/racetit.pl?year=1987&gp=Monaco%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
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