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The VII Coca Cola Gran Premio di San Marino, otherwise known as the 1987 San Marino Grand Prix, was the second round of the 1987 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Autodromo Dino Ferrari in Imola, Italy, on the 3 May 1987.[1] The race would see Nigel Mansell sweep to his first victory of the season, after a heavy accident for teammate Nelson Piquet marred Williams-Honda's entire weekend.[1]

The Brazilian's accident came during the opening qualifying session of the weekend, where his Williams-Honda was pitched straight into the wall at Tamburello after a tyre failure.[1] Piquet was quickly extracted from the cockpit and checked over by FIA Medical Delegate Sid Watkins, who subsequently declared that the Brazilian was unfit to continue competing for the rest of the weekend.[1]

Williams took time to analyse the wreckage, but could not conclude whether the tyre had failed on its own, while Goodyear decided to ship a whole new batch of tyres from England to Imola.[1] Regardless, the team opted to continue competing with Mansell, who would claim second on the grid during Saturday's qualifying session as Ayrton Senna swept to pole for Lotus-Honda.[1]

Senna would take the lead from Mansell at the start of the race, while Teo Fabi got the jump on Championship leader Alain Prost for third.[1] The rest of the field made it off the line without issue, although René Arnoux was a late non-starter after a suspension failure.[1]

Senna's lead lasted until the midway point on the second lap, with Mansell barging his way through at Tosa.[1] The Brit duly sprinted clear to leave Senna at the mercy of Prost, who would also sweep past the Lotus-Honda on lap six after dealing with Fabi.[1]

Prost subsequently managed to catch Mansell, although before he could launch an attack his McLaren-TAG Porsche ground to a halt after an alternator failure.[1] That promoted Michele Alboreto into second, the Italian having just passed Senna, while Riccardo Patrese had shuffled through to a comfortable fourth in the Brabham-BMW.[1]

Mansell would stop early for fresh tyres, but still emerged in the lead of the race.[1] Alboreto and Senna, meanwhile, would suffer slow stops to allow Patrese into second, with the Italian looking set for the position until he was told to conserve fuel late in the race.[1]

With that the race was run, with Mansell cruising home to claim victory half a minute clear of Senna and Alboreto, the Brazilian able to jump ahead of the Italian when the Ferrari lost boost pressure.[1] Stefan Johansson, meanwhile, would claim fourth ahead of Martin Brundle and Satoru Nakajima, while Philippe Streiff claimed the honours in the Jim Clark Trophy.[1]

The results of the race meant that Mansell moved to the top of the Championship, one point clear of Prost. Williams-Honda, meanwhile, would draw level with McLaren-TAG Porsche in the Constructors' Championship, and were deemed ahead on count-back.

BackgroundEdit

Victory at the opening round had ensured that Alain Prost opened his title defence in perfect fashion, leaving Brazil with nine points to his name. Nelson Piquet was next ahead of Stefan Johansson, while Gerhard Berger, Thierry Boutsen and Nigel Mansell had also registered points at the opening round.

McLaren-TAG Porsche arrived in Italy in command of the Constructors' Championship, with Prost and Johansson scoring a combined total of thirteen points in Brazil. Williams-Honda were next, having secured seven points at the opening race, while Ferrari and Benetton-Ford Cosworth were the only other scorers.

Elsewhere, Jonathan Palmer had been the inaugural winner in the Jim Clark Trophy in Brazil, earning him nine points and the lead in the cup. His Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth teammate Philippe Streiff was next, meaning their team led the Colin Chapman Trophy after the opening round, while Pascal Fabre and AGS-Ford Cosworth were the only other scorers in Rio.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 1987 San Marino 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 861 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 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Italy Osella Squadra Corse Osella FA1G 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

Friday QualifyingEdit

Saturday QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 1:27.543 1:25.826
2 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Honda 1:26.204 1:25.946 +0.120s
3* 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Williams-Honda 1:25.997 +0.171s
4 1 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 1:29.317 1:26.135 +0.309s
5 19 Italy Teo Fabi United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 1:27.801 1:27.270 +1.444s
6 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 1:28.229 1:27.280 +1.454s
7 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 1:29.653 1:28.074 +2.248s
8 7 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 1:28.447 1:28.421 +2.595s
9 2 Sweden Stefan Johansson United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 1:30.416 1:28.708 +2.882s
10 18 United States Eddie Cheever United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 1:30.379 1:28.848 +3.022s
11 17 United Kingdom Derek Warwick United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 1:28.887 1:29.236 +3.061s
12 20 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 1:28.929 1:28.908 +3.082s
13 11 Japan Satoru Nakajima United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 1:29.579 1:30.545 +3.753s
14 25 France René Arnoux France Ligier-Megatron 1:31.078 1:29.861 +4.035s
15 8 Italy Andrea de Cesaris United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 1:30.627 1:30.382 +4.556s
16 9 United Kingdom Martin Brundle West Germany Zakspeed 1:31.931 1:31.094 +5.268s
17 24 Italy Alessandro Nannini Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 1:31.789 +5.963s
18 23 Spain Adrián Campos Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 1:41.520 1:31.818 +5.992s
19 10 West Germany Christian Danner West Germany Zakspeed 1:32.977 1:31.903 +6.077s
20 26 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani France Ligier-Megatron 1:32.873 1:32.248 +6.422s
21 21 Italy Alex Caffi Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:32.308 1:33.298 +6.482s
22 4 France Philippe Streiff United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:35.001 1:33.155 +7.329s
23 30 France Philippe Alliot France Lola-Ford Cosworth 1:34.458 1:33.846 +8.020s
24 16 Italy Ivan Capelli United Kingdom March-Ford Cosworth 1:37.463 1:33.872 +8.046s
25 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:34.632 1:36.127 +8.806s
26 14 France Pascal Fabre France AGS-Ford Cosworth 1:39.747 1:36.159 +10.333s
27 22 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:43.446 +17.620s
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.
  • * Piquet would not take part in the rest of the race weekend after his accident on Friday.[6]

GridEdit

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

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Honda 59 1:31:24.076 2 9
2 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 59 +27.545s 1 6
3 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 59 +39.144s 6 4
4 2 Sweden Stefan Johansson United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 59 +1:00.588 8 3
5 9 United Kingdom Martin Brundle West Germany Zakspeed 57 +2 Laps 15 2
6* 11 Japan Satoru Nakajima United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 57 Out of fuel PL 1
7 10 West Germany Christian Danner West Germany Zakspeed 57 +2 Laps 18
8 (1) 4 France Philippe Streiff United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 57 +2 Laps 21
9 7 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 57 +2 Laps 7
10 (2) 30 France Philippe Alliot France Lola-Ford Cosworth 56 +3 Laps 22
11* 17 United Kingdom Derek Warwick United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 55 Out of fuel 10
12* 21 Italy Alex Caffi Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 54 Out of fuel 20
13 (3) 14 France Pascal Fabre France AGS-Ford Cosworth 53 +6 Laps 25
Ret 19 Italy Teo Fabi United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 51 Turbo 4
Ret 20 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 48 Engine 11
Ret 18 United States Eddie Cheever United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 48 Clutch 9
Ret 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 48 Clutch 24
Ret 8 Italy Andrea de Cesaris United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 39 Spin 13
Ret 23 Spain Adrián Campos Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 30 Gearbox 16
Ret 22 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 26 Gearbox 26
Ret 24 Italy Alessandro Nannini Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 25 Turbo 16
Ret 16 Italy Ivan Capelli United Kingdom March-Ford Cosworth 18 Engine 23
Ret 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 16 Electrical 5
Ret 1 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 14 Battery 3
Ret 26 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani France Ligier-Megatron 7 Handling 19
DNS 25 France René Arnoux France Ligier-Megatron
DNS 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Williams-Honda
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.
  • * Nakajima, Warwick and Caffi were all still classified despite retiring as they had completed 90% of the race distance.[6]
  • Arnoux was unable to start the race after a suspension failure.[6]
  • Piquet was unable to start the race after an accident during qualifying.[6]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Victory would propel Nigel Mansell to the top of the Championship in San Marino, the Brit having claimed ten points across the opening two rounds. That left him a point clear of Alain Prost in second, winner in Brazil, while Stefan Johansson had retained third after his second straight points finish. Behind, Ayrton Senna leapt into the top five ahead of Nelson Piquet, with ten drivers already on the score board.

In the Constructors' Championship it was now Williams-Honda who led the field, moving ahead of McLaren-TAG Porsche on the count-back rule. Likewise, Lotus-Honda had moved ahead of Ferrari to claim third, level on seven but ahead on count-back, while Benetton-Ford Cosworth dropped to fifth ahead of Zakspeed.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell 10 ▲5
2 France Alain Prost 9 ▼1
3 Sweden Stefan Johansson 7
4 Brazil Ayrton Senna 6 ▲9
5 Brazil Nelson Piquet 6 ▼3
6 Italy Michele Alboreto 4 ▲2
7 Austria Gerhard Berger 3 ▼3
8 Belgium Thierry Boutsen 2 ▼3
9 United Kingdom Martin Brundle 2 ▲4
10 Japan Satoru Nakajima 1 ▼1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Williams-Honda 16 ▲1
2 United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 16 ▼1
3 United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 7 ▲2
4 Italy Ferrari 7 ▼1
5 United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 2 ▼1
6 West Germany Zakspeed 2

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

Jim Clark/Colin Chapman TrophyEdit

Philippe Streiff moved to the top of the Jim Clark Trophy standings in San Marino, opening a six point lead over teammate Jonathan Palmer. Pascal Fabre, meanwhile, would hang onto third ahead of Philippe Alliot, while Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth maintained their lead in the Colin Chapman Trophy.

Jim Clark Trophy
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 France Philippe Streiff 15 ▲1
2 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer 9 ▼1
3 France Pascal Fabre 8
4 France Philippe Alliot 6
Colin Chapman Trophy
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 24
2 France AGS-Ford Cosworth 8
3 France Lola-Ford Cosworth 6

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
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
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