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1986 Belgian Grand Prix

The 1986 Belgian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on 25 May 1986. It was the fifth race of the 1986 FIA Formula One World Championship. The race was the 44th Belgian Grand Prix and the 32nd to be held at Spa-Francorchamps. It was held over 43 laps of the 7-kilometre (4.35 mi) circuit for a total race distance of 301 kilometres (187 mi).

1986 Belgian Grand Prix
Race 5 of 16 in the 1986 Formula One World Championship
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Race details
Date 25 May 1986
Location Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 7.004 km (4.352 mi)
Distance 43 laps, 301.172 km (187.136 mi)
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver Williams-Honda
Time 1:54.331
Fastest lap
Driver France Alain Prost McLaren-TAG
Time 1:59.282 on lap 31
Podium
First Williams-Honda
Second Lotus-Renault
Third Ferrari

The race was won by British driver Nigel Mansell, driving a Williams-Honda. It was Mansell's first victory of the season. Brazilian driver Ayrton Senna finished second in a Lotus-Renault, with Sweden's Stefan Johansson third in a Ferrari. Senna's result allowed him to take the lead of the Drivers' Championship from Frenchman Alain Prost, who could only manage sixth in his McLaren-TAG.

QualifyingEdit

Brabham entered only one BT55, the car of Riccardo Patrese. Elio de Angelis had been killed in a testing accident at Circuit Paul Ricard just over a week before the race. Williams-Honda driver Nelson Piquet took pole late in the qualifying session using the team's spare car. Piquet's engine blew up in his race car during qualifying forcing him into the spare.[1] Austrian Gerhard Berger scored his first front row start and the first for the BMW powered Benetton after being fastest in Friday qualifying. His Friday time of 1:54.468 was half a second faster than his Saturday time but still good enough for the front row.[1] World Champion Alain Prost was third in his McLaren-TAG with the Lotus-Renault of Ayrton Senna completing the second row. Nigel Mansell qualified fifth in his Williams-Honda with Teo Fabi completing the top 6 in his Benetton-BMW.

RaceEdit

Piquet won the start and led the field into the La Source hairpin but behind him was chaos. Senna had made a good start from the 2nd row and when Berger's car twitched under brakes Senna went to the outside and then turned hard into the right hand corner. In doing so he squeezed out Berger who in turn squeezed out Prost while avoiding Senna. Prost, who had gone inside when the Benetton twitched, hit the inside barrier damaging the nose of his car with the right front wing drooping on the ground. He then drove over Berger's wheel launching the rear of his McLaren into the air. Other drivers were forced to take avoiding action with Berger's teammate Fabi having to stop to avoid hitting his teammates damaged car while Prost's teammate Keke Rosberg had to do a complete 180 degree turn the wrong way to avoid the Benettons. However, the only car that retired from the crash was the Lola-Ford of Patrick Tambay who went inside the stopped Fabi but hit his right rear with his left front wheel and damaged the left front suspension putting him out on the spot. Through it all Senna emerged unscathed in 2nd place followed by Mansell and the two Ferraris of Stefan Johansson and Michele Alboreto.

Both Berger and Prost pitted at the end of lap 1 with Berger in for a long stop for repairs and Prost for a new nose cone, his rear suspension survived intact despite its unscheduled first corner flight. Mansell disposed of Senna on lap 2, but spun on lap 5,[2] falling back to 4th place. Piquet led until suffering turbo failure on lap 16 leaving Mansell in front from Senna. Prost emerged last on the road and only a few hundred metres in front of the leading Williams. On his way to being the last car on the lead lap and finishing in sixth place he set a new lap record of 1:59.282 on lap 31.

Nigel Mansell scored his first win of 1986 and the third win of his career. Senna, the cause of the first corner crash finished 20 seconds behind in second with Stefan Johansson finishing third after passing team leader Alboreto only two laps from home. Jacques Laffite finished fifth in his Ligier-Renault with Prost gaining a vital World Championship point for finishing sixth. Swiss driver Marc Surer finished ninth in his Arrows A8. It would be the last Grand Prix of Surer's career as he would be seriously injured testing a Ford RS200 rally car a week later. Post race Mansell dedicated his win to his friend and former team mate Elio de Angelis who died just ten days prior to Spa in a testing accident at Paul Ricard.

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 6   Nelson Piquet Williams-Honda 1:54.637 1:54.331
2 20   Gerhard Berger Benetton-BMW 1:54.468 1:54.939 +0.137
3 1   Alain Prost McLaren-TAG 1:55.039 1:54.501 +0.170
4 12   Ayrton Senna Lotus-Renault 1:55.776 1:54.576 +0.245
5 5   Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda 1:55.345 1:54.582 +0.251
6 19   Teo Fabi Benetton-BMW 1:57.440 1:54.765 +0.434
7 25   René Arnoux Ligier-Renault 1:57.269 1:55.576 +1.245
8 2   Keke Rosberg McLaren-TAG 1:56.534 1:55.662 +1.331
9 27   Michele Alboreto Ferrari 1:56.294 1:56.242 +1.911
10 16   Patrick Tambay Lola-Ford 1:58.574 1:56.309 +1.978
11 28   Stefan Johansson Ferrari 1:57.697 1:56.496 +2.165
12 3   Martin Brundle Tyrrell-Renault 1:57.797 1:56.537 +2.206
13 11   Johnny Dumfries Lotus-Renault 1:58.619 1:57.462 +3.131
14 18   Thierry Boutsen Arrows-BMW 1:57.918 1:57.612 +3.281
15 7   Riccardo Patrese Brabham-BMW 2:00.357 1:57.612 +3.281
16 15   Alan Jones Lola-Ford 1:59.180 1:57.815 +3.484
17 26   Jacques Laffite Ligier-Renault 1:58.238 2:27.817 +3.907
18 4   Philippe Streiff Tyrrell-Renault 1:59.347 1:58.603 +4.272
19 23   Andrea de Cesaris Minardi-Motori Moderni 2:00.984 1:59.960 +5.629
20 14   Jonathan Palmer Zakspeed 2:02.307 2:00.148 +5.817
21 17   Marc Surer Arrows-BMW 2:01.320 2:01.415 +4.661
22 24   Alessandro Nannini Minardi-Motori Moderni 2:01.528 2:01.354 +7.023
23 29   Huub Rothengatter Zakspeed 2:06.006 2:03.842 +9.511
24 21   Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Alfa Romeo 2:05.092 3:38.767 +10.761
25 22   Christian Danner Osella-Alfa Romeo 2:09.465 2:06.219 +11.888

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5   Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda 43 1:27:57.925 5 9
2 12   Ayrton Senna Lotus-Renault 43 + 19.827 4 6
3 28   Stefan Johansson Ferrari 43 + 23.592 11 4
4 27   Michele Alboreto Ferrari 43 + 29.634 9 3
5 26   Jacques Laffite Ligier-Renault 43 + 1:10.690 17 2
6 1   Alain Prost McLaren-TAG 43 + 2:17.772 3 1
7 19   Teo Fabi Benetton-BMW 42 + 1 Lap 6  
8 7   Riccardo Patrese Brabham-BMW 42 + 1 Lap 15  
9 17   Marc Surer Arrows-BMW 41 + 2 Laps 21  
10 20   Gerhard Berger Benetton-BMW 41 + 2 Laps 2  
11 15   Alan Jones Lola-Ford 40 Out of Fuel 16  
12 4   Philippe Streiff Tyrrell-Renault 40 + 3 Laps 18  
13 14   Jonathan Palmer Zakspeed 37 + 6 Laps 20  
Ret 23   Andrea de Cesaris Minardi-Motori Moderni 35 Out of Fuel 19  
Ret 29   Huub Rothengatter Zakspeed 25 Electrical 23  
Ret 3   Martin Brundle Tyrrell-Renault 25 Gearbox 12  
Ret 24   Alessandro Nannini Minardi-Motori Moderni 24 Gearbox 22  
Ret 25   René Arnoux Ligier-Renault 23 Engine 7  
Ret 6   Nelson Piquet Williams-Honda 16 Turbo 1  
Ret 18   Thierry Boutsen Arrows-BMW 7 Electrical 14  
Ret 11   Johnny Dumfries Lotus-Renault 7 Spun Off 13  
Ret 2   Keke Rosberg McLaren-TAG 6 Engine 8  
Ret 21   Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Alfa Romeo 3 Engine 24  
Ret 22   Christian Danner Osella-Alfa Romeo 2 Engine 25  
Ret 16   Patrick Tambay Lola-Ford 0 Accident 10  
Source:[3]

Lap leadersEdit

Nelson Piquet 16 (1–16), Ayrton Senna 5 (17–21), Stefan Johansson 2 (22–23), Nigel Mansell 20 (24–43).

Championship standings after the raceEdit

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Piquet Gains Pole Spot For Belgian Grand Prix". The New York Times. May 25, 1986.
  2. ^ GDH1981 (21 April 2007). "Formula 1 1986 Mansell Spin". Retrieved 13 July 2016 – via YouTube.
  3. ^ "1986 Belgian Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 13 November 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Belgium 1986 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 13 March 2019.


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