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The 1987 Portuguese Grand Prix, otherwise known as the XVI Grande Prémio de Portugal, was the twelfth race of the 1987 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Autódromo do Estoril on the 20 September 1987.[2] The race would see Alain Prost claim a record 28th race victory at the wheel of a McLaren-TAG Porsche, after the race was marred by a huge accident at the start.[2]

There would be something of a shock in qualifying, for Gerhard Berger and Ferrari brought an end to Honda's season long domination of pole position.[2] Indeed, the Austrian racer edged out Williams-Honda's Nigel Mansell by a third of a second at the head of the field, with Championship leader Nelson Piquet starting from fourth behind Prost.[2]

Mansell would get the jump on Berger at the start of the race, although it was a collision between their teammate's Piquet and Michele Alboreto that drew everyone's attention.[2] Indeed, their pair had jinked right into one-another while trying to jump ahead of Prost, resulting in the two coming together and blocking the circuit.[2]

The result would be a series of collisions among the field behind, with the circuit ultimately ending up completely blocked.[2] Fortunately, there would only be a couple of completely crippled cars, and with drivers able to access spares the field was almost up to full strength when the race was restarted.[2]

Indeed, everyone bar Christian Danner would take the restart, with Mansell again scrambling off the line ahead of Berger.[2] The rest of the field got away cleanly enough behind, with the Austrian racer duly sneaking back ahead of the Brit before the end of the opening tour.[2]

The race quickly settled down, with Berger leading from Mansell, Senna and Piquet, with the top four soon pulling clear.[2] Indeed, the only changes to the order early on came when Piquet took third away from Senna, while Mansell tumbled down the order when his engine picked up a terminal misfire.[2]

Senna would also drop out with an electrical failure, allowing Alboreto to sweep onto the back of Piquet to battle for second.[2] The pair would subsequently squabble until they hit the pits for fresh tyres, where Alboreto would suffer a transmission failure when trying to launch out of his pitbox.[2]

Prost, meanwhile, would get the jump on Piquet to claim second, and duly spent the second half of the race hunting down Berger out front.[2] The Frenchman's ominous charge would see Berger put under intense pressure during the closing stages, before Berger finally made a mistake with three laps to go to hand Prost the lead.[2]

With that Prost stormed away from the Austrian to claim his 28th career win, moving him one clear of Jackie Stewart on the all-time winner's list.[2] Berger was a heartbroken second ahead of Piquet, who had extended his Championship lead, while Teo Fabi, Stefan Johansson and Eddie Cheever collected the remaining points.[2]

BackgroundEdit

A third victory of the season for Nelson Piquet in Monza had left the Brazilian ace with a comfortable lead in the Championship battle, arriving in Portugal 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, meanwhile, Williams-Honda had once again managed to extend their lead by a considerable margin, and hence left 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 in Portugal. Indeed, Lotus-Honda, having just overtaken McLaren-TAG Porsche would have to score at least six points at Estoril just to keep the fight alive.

Jonathan Palmer's lead in the Jim Clark Trophy had been reduced last time out 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 already won the Colin Chapman Trophy with a third of the season to go, having left Italy 84 points clear with just 75 left to fight for.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 1987 Portuguese 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
Source:[3]

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Friday QualifyingEdit

Saturday QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 1:18.448 1:17.620
2 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Honda 1:17.951 1:18.235 +0.331s
3 1 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 1:18.404 1:17.994 +0.374s
4 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Williams-Honda 1:18.164 +0.544s
5 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 1:18.382 1:18.354 +0.734s
6 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 1:20.069 1:18.540 +0.920s
7 7 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 1:21.506 1:19.965 +2.345s
8 2 Sweden Stefan Johansson United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 1:20.134 1:20.227 +2.514s
9 20 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 1:20.305 1:20.558 +2.685s
10 19 Italy Teo Fabi United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 1:20.483 1:20.548 +2.863s
11 18 United States Eddie Cheever United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 1:21.324 1:21.207 +3.587s
12 17 United Kingdom Derek Warwick United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 1:21.397 1:21.587 +3.777s
13 8 Italy Andrea de Cesaris United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 1:22.060 1:21.725 +4.105s
14 24 Italy Alessandro Nannini Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 1:21.784 1:22.128 +4.164s
15 11 Japan Satoru Nakajima United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 1:22.222 +4.602s
16 10 West Germany Christian Danner West Germany Zakspeed 1:22.424 1:22.358 +4.738s
17 9 United Kingdom Martin Brundle West Germany Zakspeed 1:22.400 1:22.794 +4.780s
18 25 France René Arnoux France Ligier-Megatron 1:23.637 1:23.237 +5.617s
19 30 France Philippe Alliot France Lola-Ford Cosworth 1:24.181 1:23.580 +5.960s
20 23 Spain Adrián Campos Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 1:24.822 1:23.591 +5.971s
21 4 France Philippe Streiff United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:23.810 1:24.436 +6.190s
22 16 Italy Ivan Capelli United Kingdom March-Ford Cosworth 1:24.533 1:23.905 +6.285s
23 26 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani France Ligier-Megatron 1:24.105 1:24.979 +6.485s
24 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:24.392 1:24.217 +6.597s
25 21 Italy Alex Caffi Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:24.792 1:25.232 +7.172s
26 22 Switzerland Franco Forini Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:27.219 1:26.635 +9.015s
DNQ 14 France Pascal Fabre France AGS-Ford Cosworth 1:28.756 1:26.946 +9.326s
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 Gerhard Berger
Nigel Mansell ______________
Row 2 ______________ 3
4 Alain Prost
Nelson Piquet ______________
Row 3 ______________ 5
6 Ayrton Senna
Michele Alboreto ______________
Row 4 ______________ 7
8 Riccardo Patrese
Stefan Johansson ______________
Row 5 ______________ 9
10 Thierry Boutsen
Teo Fabi ______________
Row 6 ______________ 11
12 Eddie Cheever
Derek Warwick ______________
Row 7 ______________ 13
14 Andrea de Cesaris
Alessandro Nannini ______________
Row 8 ______________ 15
16 Satoru Nakajima
Christian Danner* ______________
Row 9 ______________ 17
18 Martin Brundle
René Arnoux ______________
Row 10 ______________ 19
20 Philippe Alliot
Adrián Campos ______________
Row 11 ______________ 21
22 Philippe Streiff
Ivan Capelli ______________
Row 12 ______________ 23
24 Piercarlo Ghinzani
Jonathan Palmer ______________
Row 13 ______________ 25
26 Alex Caffi
Franco Forini ______________
  • * Danner was unable to take the restart due to damage.[7]
  • Campos and Palmer would start the race from the pitlane.[7]

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 70 1:37:03.906 3 9
2 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 70 +20.493s 1 6
3 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Williams-Honda 70 +1:03.295 4 4
4* 19 Italy Teo Fabi United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 69 Out of fuel 10 3
5 2 Sweden Stefan Johansson United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 69 +1 Lap 8 2
6 18 United States Eddie Cheever United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 68 +2 Laps 11 1
7 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 68 +2 Laps 5
8 11 Japan Satoru Nakajima United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 68 +2 Laps 15
9 (1) 16 Italy Ivan Capelli United Kingdom March-Ford Cosworth 67 +3 Laps 22
10 (2) 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 67 +3 Laps 24
11* 24 Italy Alessandro Nannini Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 66 Out of fuel 14
12 (3) 4 France Philippe Streiff United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 66 +4 Laps 21
13 17 United Kingdom Derek Warwick United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 66 +4 Laps 12
14 20 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 64 +6 Laps 9
Ret 8 Italy Andrea de Cesaris United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 54 Injection 13
Ret 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 38 Gearbox 6
Ret 9T United Kingdom Martin Brundle West Germany Zakspeed 35 Transmission 17
Ret 22 Switzerland Franco Forini Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 32 Suspension 26
Ret 30 France Philippe Alliot France Lola-Ford Cosworth 31 Engine 19
Ret 25 France René Arnoux France Ligier-Megatron 29 Radiator 18
Ret 21 Italy Alex Caffi Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 27 Turbo 25
Ret 26 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani France Ligier-Megatron 24 Ignition 23
Ret 23 Spain Adrián Campos Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 24 Accident 20
Ret 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Honda 13 Electrical 2
Ret 7 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 13 Engine 7
Ret 10 West Germany Christian Danner West Germany Zakspeed 0 Accident 16
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.
  • * Fabi and Nannini were still classified despite retiring as they had completed 90% of the race distance.[7]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Nelson Piquet opened out an eighteen point lead with four races to go in Portugal, although the Brazilian was set to lose potential points for the rest of the season due to the dropped scores rule. Indeed, that gave main rival Ayrton Senna hope for the final four races of the season, with the veteran racer only able to score seventeen more points, while Senna could claim a maximum 32. Nigel Mansell, meanwhile, would leave Portugal 24 behind his title leading teammate, but could claim all 36 remaining points.

In the Constructors' Championship, meanwhile, McLaren-TAG Porsche had done enough to prevent Williams-Honda from taking the crown, leaving Portugal with 62 points. Indeed, the Anglo-Japanese squad held a 48 point lead over their rivals with four races to go, and would head into the Spanish Grand Prix with a shot at claiming the title. Lotus-Honda had also remained in the chase for the Championship, although they were some 55 points off the lead with just 60 left to fight for.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Brazil Nelson Piquet 67
2 Brazil Ayrton Senna 49
3 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell 43
4 France Alain Prost 40
5 Sweden Stefan Johansson 22
6 Austria Gerhard Berger 18
7 Italy Teo Fabi 10 ▲2
8 Belgium Thierry Boutsen 10 ▼1
9 Italy Michele Alboreto 8 ▼1
10 Japan Satoru Nakajima 6
11 United States Eddie Cheever 5 ▲2
12 Italy Andrea de Cesaris 4 ▼1
13 France Philippe Streiff 4 ▼1
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 110
2 United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 62 ▲1
3 United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 55 ▼1
4 Italy Ferrari 26
5 United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 20
6 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 8
7 United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 8
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 had extended his lead in the Jim Clark Trophy, moving thirteen ahead of Philippe Streiff in the hunt for the cup. The Frenchman was now the only driver mathematically capable of beating Palmer with four races to go, with dropped scores not applied to the JCT. In the Colin Chapman Trophy, meanwhile, there had been a change at the bottom of the field, March-Ford Cosworth having overtaken Lola-Ford Cosworth, while Champions Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth had once again extended their lead.

Jim Clark Trophy
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer 71
2 France Philippe Streiff 58
3 France Pascal Fabre 35
4 Italy Ivan Capelli 34 ▲1
5 France Philippe Alliot 25 ▼1
Colin Chapman Trophy
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 129
2 France AGS-Ford Cosworth 35
3 United Kingdom March-Ford Cosworth 34 ▲1
4 France Lola-Ford Cosworth 25 ▼1

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 '12. Portugal 1987', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1987/portugal.aspx, (Accessed 05/04/2019)
  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 2.16 2.17 'Portuguese GP, 1987', grandprix.com, (Inside F1 Inc., 2015), http://www.grandprix.com/gpe/rr448.html, (Accessed 05/04/2019)
  3. 'Italy 1987: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1987/italie/engages.aspx, (Accessed 04/04/2019)
  4. '1987 Portuguese Grand Prix - QUALIFYING 1', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/1987/races/522/portugal/qualifying-1.html, (Accessed 05/04/2019)
  5. '1987 Portuguese Grand Prix - QUALIFYING 2', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/1987/races/522/portugal/qualifying-2.html, (Accessed 05/04/2019)
  6. 'Portugal 1987: Qualifications', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1987/portugal/qualification.aspx, (Accessed 05/04/2019)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 'Portugal 1987: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1987/portugal/classement.aspx, (Accessed 05/04/2019)
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 '1987 Portuguese GP', chicanef1.com, (Chicane F1, 2015), http://www.chicanef1.com/racetit.pl?year=1987&gp=Portuguese%20GP&r=1, (Accessed 05/04/2019)
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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