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The XXIX Gran Premio Tio Pepe de España, otherwise known as the 1987 Spanish Grand Prix, was the thirteenth round of the 1987 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Circuito de Jerez on the 27 September 1987.[1] The race would see Nigel Mansell claim victory for Williams-Honda, who duly collected their second straight Constructors' Championship with three races to spare.[1]

Indeed, Mansell and the entire Williams-Honda squad were on top during qualifying, although the Brit would be beaten to pole by Championship leading teammate Nelson Piquet.[1] The anti-Williams challenge was led by the two Ferraris of Gerhard Berger and Michele Alboreto, sharing the second row, while Ayrton Senna claimed fifth.[1]

The start of the race would see Mansell and Piquet squabble for the lead, with the Brazilian initially emerging ahead.[1] The rest of the field would be led by a fast starting Senna, jumping the two Ferraris, while Thierry Boutsen gave chase in sixth.[1]

Mansell subsequently claimed the lead at the end of the opening lap, and duly eased away from his teammate during the early stages.[1] They would both, however, managed to pull away from Senna, who was left at the head of a long train of cars through until the stops for fresh tyres.[1]

Indeed, there would be no significant changes to the top end of the field before the pit window opened, and when Mansell charged in and out of the pitlane without dropping behind Senna it seemed as if that would be that.[1] However, a slow stop for Piquet would leave him stuck in the Senna train, with Alain Prost filtering into third between the two Brazilians.[1]

Prost would challenge his future teammate for second soon after, although a mistimed lunge would leave the Frenchman spinning down the order to sixth.[1] Senna, meanwhile, was gambling on not making a stop, and so he slipped further and further away from Mansell, while the queue behind him simply grew and grew.[1]

Inevitably the Brazilian's tyres faded badly in the closing stages, allowing Piquet, Boutsen and Prost to flash through with ease.[1] A mistake from Piquet, and a sympathy off from Boutsen then allowed Prost to sneak into second, while Stefan Johansson moved to third as those two scrambled back onto the circuit.[1]

With that the race was run, with Mansell cruising home to claim his fifth win of the season.[1] Prost and Johansson claimed second and third for McLaren-TAG Porsche, while Piquet, Senna and Philippe Alliot collected the remaining points.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Into the Championship and Nelson Piquet had 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, had left 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 in Estoril, arriving in Spain with 62 points. Indeed, the Anglo-Japanese squad held a 48 point lead over their rivals with four races to go, and would land in Jerez with a second 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.

Jonathan Palmer had extended his lead in the Jim Clark Trophy last time out in Portugal, moving thirteen ahead of Philippe Streiff in the hunt for the cup. The Frenchman arrived in Spain as 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 in Portugal, March-Ford Cosworth having overtaken Lola-Ford Cosworth, while Champions Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth had once again extended their lead.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 1987 Spanish 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 Spanish Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Williams-Honda 1:23.621 1:22.461
2 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Honda 1:23.081 +0.620s
3 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 1:23.164 1:25.250 +0.703s
4 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 1:24.192 1:24.832 +1.731s
5 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 1:25.162 1:24.320 +1.859s
6 19 Italy Teo Fabi United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 1:25.263 1:24.523 +2.062s
7 1 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 1:24.596 1:24.905 +2.135s
8 20 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 1:26.372 1:25.295 +2.834s
9 7 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 1:26.639 1:25.335 +2.874s
10 8 Italy Andrea de Cesaris United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 1:31.981 1:25.811 +3.350s
11 2 Sweden Stefan Johansson United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 1:26.147 1:26.147 +3.686s
12 17 United Kingdom Derek Warwick United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 1:26.728 1:26.882 +4.267s
13 18 United States Eddie Cheever United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 1:27.062 1:27.970 +4.601s
14 25 France René Arnoux France Ligier-Megatron 1:28.241 1:28.362 +5.780s
15 4 France Philippe Streiff United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:28.970 1:28.330 +5.869s
16 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:28.353 1:28.426 +5.892s
17 30 France Philippe Alliot France Lola-Ford Cosworth 1:29.147 1:28.361 +5.900s
18 11 Japan Satoru Nakajima United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 1:28.776 1:28.367 +5.906s
19 16 Italy Ivan Capelli United Kingdom March-Ford Cosworth 1:28.477 1:28.694 +6.016s
20 9 United Kingdom Martin Brundle West Germany Zakspeed 1:28.876 1:28.597 +6.136s
21 24 Italy Alessandro Nannini Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 1:28.823 1:28.602 +6.141s
22 10 West Germany Christian Danner West Germany Zakspeed 1:30.325 1:28.667 +6.206s
23 26 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani France Ligier-Megatron 1:29.663 1:29.066 +6.605s
24 23 Spain Adrián Campos Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 1:29.538 1:30.204 +7.077s
25 14 France Pascal Fabre France AGS-Ford Cosworth 1:42.490 1:30.694 +8.233s
26 32 Italy Nicola Larini Italy Coloni-Ford Cosworth 1:31.319 1:30.982 +8.521s
DNQ 21 Italy Alex Caffi Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:31.284 1:31.069 +8.608s
DNQ 22 Switzerland Franco Forini Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:34.723 1:35.572 +12.262s
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.

GridEdit

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

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Honda 72 1:49:12.692 2 9
2 1 France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 72 +22.225s 7 6
3 2 Sweden Stefan Johansson United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 72 +30.818s 11 4
4 6 Brazil Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Honda 72 +31.450s 1 3
5 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 72 +1:13.507 5 2
6 (1) 30 France Philippe Alliot France Lola-Ford Cosworth 71 +1 Lap 17 1
7 (2) 4 France Philippe Streiff United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 71 +1 Lap 15
8* 18 United States Eddie Cheever United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 70 Out of fuel 13
9 11 Japan Satoru Nakajima United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 70 +2 Laps 18
10 17 United Kingdom Derek Warwick United Kingdom Arrows-Megatron 70 +2 Laps 12
11 9 United Kingdom Martin Brundle West Germany Zakspeed 70 +2 Laps 20
12 (3) 16 Italy Ivan Capelli United Kingdom March-Ford Cosworth 70 +2 Laps 19
13 7 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 68 +4 Laps 9
14 23 Spain Adrián Campos Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 68 +4 Laps 24
15* 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari 67 Engine 4
16* 20 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 66 Accident 8
Ret 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 62 Engine 3
Ret 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 55 Collision 16
Ret 25 France René Arnoux France Ligier-Megatron 55 Collision 14
Ret 10 West Germany Christian Danner West Germany Zakspeed 50 Transmission 22
Ret 24 Italy Alessandro Nannini Italy Minardi-Motori Moderni 45 Turbo 21
Ret 19 Italy Teo Fabi United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 40 Brakes 6
Ret 8 Italy Andrea de Cesaris United Kingdom Brabham-BMW 26 Gearbox 10
Ret 26 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani France Ligier-Megatron 24 Ignition 23
Ret 14 France Pascal Fabre France AGS-Ford Cosworth 10 Clutch 25
Ret 32 Italy Nicola Larini Italy Coloni-Ford Cosworth 8 Suspension 26
DNQ 21 Italy Alex Caffi Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo
22 Switzerland Franco Forini Italy Osella-Alfa Romeo
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.
  • * Cheever, Alboreto and Boutsen were all still classified despite retiring as they had completed 90% of the race distance.[6]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Fourth place for Nelson Piquet meant that his lead at the top of the Championship had remained at eighteen points with three races to go, 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 remaining races, with the Brit a point ahead of Ayrton Senna.

In the Constructors' Championship, meanwhile, it was all over, with Williams-Honda leaving Spain on 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.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Brazil Nelson Piquet 70
2 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell 52 ▲1
3 Brazil Ayrton Senna 51 ▼1
4 France Alain Prost 46
5 Sweden Stefan Johansson 26
6 Austria Gerhard Berger 18
7 Italy Teo Fabi 10
8 Belgium Thierry Boutsen 10
9 Italy Michele Alboreto 8
10 Japan Satoru Nakajima 6
11 United States Eddie Cheever 5
12 Italy Andrea de Cesaris 4
13 France Philippe Streiff 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 2
19 France René Arnoux 1
20 Italy Ivan Capelli 1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Williams-Honda 122
2 United Kingdom McLaren-TAG Porsche 72
3 United Kingdom Lotus-Honda 57
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 2
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

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 moving within seven points of his teammate. 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.

Jim Clark Trophy
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer 71
2 France Philippe Streiff 64
3 Italy Ivan Capelli 38 ▲1
4 France Pascal Fabre 35 ▼1
5 France Philippe Alliot 34
Colin Chapman Trophy
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 135
2 United Kingdom March-Ford Cosworth 38 ▲1
3 France AGS-Ford Cosworth 35 ▼1
4 France Lola-Ford Cosworth 34

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 'Spanish GP, 1987', grandprix.com, (Inside F1 Inc., 2015), http://www.grandprix.com/gpe/rr449.html, (Accessed 05/04/2019)
  2. 'Spain 1987: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1987/espagne/engages.aspx, (Accessed 05/04/2019)
  3. '1987 Tio Pepe Spanish Grand Prix - QUALIFYING 1', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/1987/races/523/spain/qualifying-1.html, (Accessed 05/04/2019)
  4. '1987 Tio Pepe Spanish Grand Prix - QUALIFYING 2', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/1987/races/523/spain/qualifying-2.html, (Accessed 05/04/2019)
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  6. 6.0 6.1 'Spain 1987: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1987/espagne/classement.aspx, (Accessed 01/04/2019)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 7.8 '13. Spain 1987', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1987/espagne.aspx, (Accessed 05/05/2019)
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 '1987 Spanish GP', chicanef1.com, (Chicane F1, 2015), http://www.chicanef1.com/racetit.pl?year=1987&gp=Spanish%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
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