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The 1986 French Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Paul Ricard on 6 July 1986. It was the eighth race of the 1986 FIA Formula One World Championship.

1986 French Grand Prix
Race 8 of 16 in the 1986 Formula One World Championship
Paul Ricard 1986.jpg
Race details
Date 6 July 1986
Official name 72e Grand Prix de France[1]
Location Circuit Paul Ricard
Le Castellet, Var, France
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 3.812 km (2.369 mi)
Distance 80 laps, 304.960 km (189.493 mi)
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver Lotus-Renault
Time 1:06.526
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda
Time 1:09.993 on lap 57
Podium
First Williams-Honda
Second McLaren-TAG
Third Williams-Honda

Following Elio de Angelis's fatal testing crash on the full 5.81-kilometre (3.61 mi) circuit two months previously, a decision was made to use the shorter, 3.812-kilometre (2.369 mi) "Club" circuit for this race and for future F1 races (up to and including 1990). This eliminated the high-speed Verrerie bends, where de Angelis had crashed, and reduced the length of the Mistral straight from 1.8 km (1.1 mi) to 1 km (0.62 mi). Nonetheless, the cars still recorded speeds of over 330 km/h (205 mph) on the straight.

The 80-lap race was won by Nigel Mansell, driving a Williams-Honda. It was Mansell's third victory of the season. Alain Prost finished second in a McLaren-TAG, with Nelson Piquet third in the other Williams-Honda. Ayrton Senna took pole position in his Lotus-Renault, but crashed at Signes early in the race after sliding on oil laid by Andrea de Cesaris's failed Minardi.

This race marked Scuderia Ferrari's 400th start in a World Championship event as a team.[2]

Contents

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 12   Ayrton Senna Lotus-Renault 1:06.526 1:06.807
2 5   Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda 1:06.755 1:09.899 +0.229
3 6   Nelson Piquet Williams-Honda 1:06.797 1:07.184 +0.271
4 25   René Arnoux Ligier-Renault 1:07.114 1:07.075 +0.549
5 1   Alain Prost McLaren-TAG 1:07.270 1:07.266 +0.740
6 27   Michele Alboreto Ferrari 1:07.365 1:09.161 +0.839
7 2   Keke Rosberg McLaren-TAG 1:07.545 1:08.175 +1.019
8 20   Gerhard Berger Benetton-BMW 1:07.835 1:07.554 +1.028
9 19   Teo Fabi Benetton-BMW 1:08.703 1:07.818 +1.292
10 28   Stefan Johansson Ferrari 1:07.874 1:08.881 +1.348
11 26   Jacques Laffite Ligier-Renault 1:07.913 1:08.288 +1.387
12 11   Johnny Dumfries Lotus-Renault 1:09.477 1:08.544 +2.018
13 16   Patrick Tambay Lola-Ford 1:09.108 1:08.616 +2.090
14 8   Derek Warwick Brabham-BMW 1:09.471 1:08.905 +2.379
15 3   Martin Brundle Tyrrell-Renault 1:09.044 1:10.293 +2.518
16 7   Riccardo Patrese Brabham-BMW 1:09.624 1:09.436 +2.910
17 4   Philippe Streiff Tyrrell-Renault 1:09.935 1:09.700 +3.174
18 17   Christian Danner Arrows-BMW 1:09.737 1:10.614 +3.211
19 24   Alessandro Nannini Minardi-Motori Moderni 1:09.792 1:10.630 +3.266
20 15   Alan Jones Lola-Ford 1:09.929 1:10.733 +3.403
21 18   Thierry Boutsen Arrows-BMW 1:09.987 1:28.882 +3.461
22 14   Jonathan Palmer Zakspeed 1:10.305 1:10.511 +3.779
23 23   Andrea de Cesaris Minardi-Motori Moderni 1:11.483 1:21.859 +4.957
24 29   Huub Rothengatter Zakspeed 1:12.940 1:12.163 +5.637
25 21   Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:14.496 1:12.443 +5.917
26 22   Allen Berg Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:18.866 1:14.264 +7.738

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5   Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda 80 1:37:19.272 2 9
2 1   Alain Prost McLaren-TAG 80 + 17.128 5 6
3 6   Nelson Piquet Williams-Honda 80 + 37.545 3 4
4 2   Keke Rosberg McLaren-TAG 80 + 48.703 7 3
5 25   René Arnoux Ligier-Renault 79 + 1 Lap 4 2
6 26   Jacques Laffite Ligier-Renault 79 + 1 Lap 11 1
7 7   Riccardo Patrese Brabham-BMW 78 + 2 Laps 16  
8 27   Michele Alboreto Ferrari 78 + 2 Laps 6  
9 8   Derek Warwick Brabham-BMW 77 + 3 Laps 14  
10 3   Martin Brundle Tyrrell-Renault 77 + 3 Laps 15  
11 17   Christian Danner Arrows-BMW 76 + 4 Laps 18  
NC 18   Thierry Boutsen Arrows-BMW 67 + 13 Laps 21  
Ret 16   Patrick Tambay Lola-Ford 64 Brakes 13  
Ret 11   Johnny Dumfries Lotus-Renault 56 Engine 12  
Ret 14   Jonathan Palmer Zakspeed 46 Engine 22  
Ret 4   Philippe Streiff Tyrrell-Renault 43 Fire 17  
Ret 29   Huub Rothengatter Zakspeed 32 Accident 24  
Ret 22   Allen Berg Osella-Alfa Romeo 25 Turbo 26  
Ret 20   Gerhard Berger Benetton-BMW 22 Gearbox 8  
Ret 19   Teo Fabi Benetton-BMW 7 Engine 9  
Ret 28   Stefan Johansson Ferrari 5 Turbo 10  
Ret 12   Ayrton Senna Lotus-Renault 3 Accident 1  
Ret 21   Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Alfa Romeo 3 Accident 25  
Ret 24   Alessandro Nannini Minardi-Motori Moderni 3 Accident 19  
Ret 23   Andrea de Cesaris Minardi-Motori Moderni 3 Turbo 23  
Ret 15   Alan Jones Lola-Ford 2 Accident 20  
Source:[3]

Championship standings after the raceEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Motor Racing Programme Covers: 1986". The Programme Covers Project. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  2. ^ Scuderia Ferrari did not participate in the 1950 French Grand Prix; Peter Whitehead's privateer entry in this race does not count towards the team's participation tally.
  3. ^ "1986 French Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 13 November 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  4. ^ a b "France 1986 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 17 March 2019.


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