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The 1987 Australian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Adelaide on 15 November 1987. It was the sixteenth and final race of the 1987 Formula One World Championship.

1987 Australian Grand Prix
Race 16 of 16 in the 1987 Formula One World Championship
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Race details
Date 15 November 1987
Official name LII Foster's Australian Grand Prix
Location Adelaide Street Circuit
Adelaide, South Australia
Course Temporary street circuit
Course length 3.780 km (2.362 mi)
Distance 82 laps, 309.960 km (193.684 mi)
Weather Sunny
Pole position
Driver Ferrari
Time 1:17.267
Fastest lap
Driver Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari
Time 1:20.416 on lap 72
Podium
First Ferrari
Second Ferrari
Third Benetton-Ford

The 82-lap race was won by Austrian driver Gerhard Berger, who started from pole position and led every lap in his Ferrari. Brazilian Ayrton Senna finished second in his Lotus-Honda but was subsequently disqualified, thus promoting Berger's Italian teammate Michele Alboreto to second and the Benetton-Ford of Belgian Thierry Boutsen to third.

Contents

RaceEdit

Ferrari's Gerhard Berger started from pole position despite being ill during qualifying. Nigel Mansell was still recovering from his accident in the previous race in Japan and so Riccardo Patrese, who had already signed for Williams to partner Mansell in 1988, was given permission by Brabham owner Bernie Ecclestone to stand in for the Englishman in this race; he was replaced at Brabham by Formula 3000 champion Stefano Modena, making his Formula One debut.

At the green light, it was Nelson Piquet, in his last race for Williams before moving to Lotus in 1988, who got away best of all, darting past Berger to take the lead into the first chicane. Alessandro Nannini in the Minardi was out immediately after crashing into the wall. A confident Berger, fresh from his victory in the previous race in Japan, re-passed Piquet going into turn three. The Austrian then went on to lead until the chequered flag to claim his third Grand Prix victory. Behind Berger developed a sparkling battle between Piquet, Alain Prost (McLaren), Michele Alboreto (Ferrari) and Ayrton Senna (Lotus). Piquet pitted for new tyres and later retired leaving the other trio to fight over second position. Senna eventually made a break from Alboreto and Prost who were being held up by back markers, with the Larrousse of Philippe Alliot in particular proving difficult to pass.

Prost suffered brake failure on lap 53, spinning off into the wall at Stag Turn and subsequently retiring. He had earlier jumped over a chicane when behind Alliot. Senna made a late charge in an attempt to catch Berger, but the Austrian had enough in hand to respond despite having what appeared to be a dragging under-tray. Senna finished second but was later disqualified when post race scrutineering revealed oversized brake ducts on his Lotus. Alboreto was promoted up to second to make it a Ferrari 1-2, the first since Alboreto and Stefan Johansson finished 1-2 in the 1985 Canadian Grand Prix. Third across the line was the Benetton of Thierry Boutsen. Of the races seven finishers (the Brabham of Andrea de Cesaris and the Williams of Patrese were classified as finishers despite not running at the end), Alboreto was the only driver to not be lapped by Berger.

The first non-turbo car to finish was the Tyrrell of Jonathan Palmer in 4th place. Frenchman Yannick Dalmas finished 5th in his Larrouse, with triple Australian Grand Prix winner Roberto Moreno (1981, 1983 and 1984) scoring a point in his Formula One debut with AGS by finishing 6th. The last car to cross the finish line was the Zakspeed of Christian Danner in 7th place, 3 laps down on Berger.

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 28   Gerhard Berger Ferrari 1:17.267 1:18.142
2 1   Alain Prost McLaren-TAG 1:18.200 1:17.967 +0.700
3 6   Nelson Piquet Williams-Honda 1:18.017 1:18.176 +0.750
4 12   Ayrton Senna Lotus-Honda 1:18.508 1:18.488 +1.221
5 20   Thierry Boutsen Benetton-Ford 1:18.943 1:18.523 +1.256
6 27   Michele Alboreto Ferrari 1:18.578 1:19.612 +1.311
7 5   Riccardo Patrese Williams-Honda 1:19.507 1:18.813 +1.546
8 2   Stefan Johansson McLaren-TAG 1:19.761 1:18.826 +1.559
9 19   Teo Fabi Benetton-Ford 1:19.461 1:20.301 +2.194
10 8   Andrea de Cesaris Brabham-BMW 1:19.768 1:19.590 +2.323
11 18   Eddie Cheever Arrows-Megatron 1:20.187 1:21.592 +2.920
12 17   Derek Warwick Arrows-Megatron 1:20.638 1:20.837 +3.371
13 24   Alessandro Nannini Minardi-Motori Moderni 1:20.701 1:21.523 +3.434
14 11   Satoru Nakajima Lotus-Honda 1:21.708 1:20.891 +3.624
15 7   Stefano Modena Brabham-BMW 1:21.887 1:21.014 +3.747
16 9   Martin Brundle Zakspeed 1:22.224 1:21.483 +4.216
17 30   Philippe Alliot Lola-Ford 1:21.888 1:22.846 +4.621
18 4   Philippe Streiff Tyrrell-Ford 1:21.971 1:22.434 +4.704
19 3   Jonathan Palmer Tyrrell-Ford 1:22.315 1:22.087 +4.820
20 25   René Arnoux Ligier-Megatron 1:24.833 1:22.303 +5.036
21 29   Yannick Dalmas Lola-Ford 1:25.021 1:22.650 +5.383
22 26   Piercarlo Ghinzani Ligier-Megatron 1:22.689 1:24.652 +5.422
23 16   Ivan Capelli March-Ford 1:22.698 1:22.704 +5.437
24 10   Christian Danner Zakspeed 1:23.046 1:22.736 +5.469
25 14   Roberto Moreno AGS-Ford 1:23.659 1:24.149 +6.392
26 23   Adrián Campos Minardi-Motori Moderni 1:25.760 1:24.121 +6.859
27 21   Alex Caffi Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:25.872 1:27.331 +8.585
Source:[1][2][3]

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 28   Gerhard Berger Ferrari 82 1:52:56.144 1 9
2 27   Michele Alboreto Ferrari 82 + 1:07.884 6 6
3 20   Thierry Boutsen Benetton-Ford 81 + 1 Lap 5 4
4 (1) 3   Jonathan Palmer Tyrrell-Ford 80 + 2 Laps 19 3
5 (2) 29   Yannick Dalmas Lola-Ford 79 + 3 Laps 21 0*
6 (3) 14   Roberto Moreno AGS-Ford 79 + 3 Laps 25 1
7 10   Christian Danner Zakspeed 79 + 3 Laps 24  
8 8   Andrea de Cesaris Brabham-BMW 78 Spun Off 10  
9 5   Riccardo Patrese Williams-Honda 76 Oil Leak 7  
DSQ 12   Ayrton Senna Lotus-Honda 82 Illegal brake ducts[4] 4  
Ret 6   Nelson Piquet Williams-Honda 58 Brakes 3  
Ret 16   Ivan Capelli March-Ford 58 Spun Off 23  
Ret 1   Alain Prost McLaren-TAG 53 Brakes 2  
Ret 18   Eddie Cheever Arrows-Megatron 53 Overheating 11  
Ret 2   Stefan Johansson McLaren-TAG 48 Brakes 8  
Ret 19   Teo Fabi Benetton-Ford 46 Brakes 9  
Ret 23   Adrián Campos Minardi-Motori Moderni 46 Transmission 26  
Ret 30   Philippe Alliot Lola-Ford 45 Electrical 17  
Ret 25   René Arnoux Ligier-Megatron 41 Ignition 20  
Ret 7   Stefano Modena Brabham-BMW 31 Physical 15  
Ret 26   Piercarlo Ghinzani Ligier-Megatron 26 Ignition 22  
Ret 11   Satoru Nakajima Lotus-Honda 22 Hydraulics[4] 14  
Ret 17   Derek Warwick Arrows-Megatron 19 Transmission 12  
Ret 9   Martin Brundle Zakspeed 18 Engine 16  
Ret 4   Philippe Streiff Tyrrell-Ford 6 Spun Off 18  
Ret 24   Alessandro Nannini Minardi-Motori Moderni 0 Accident 13  
DNQ 21   Alex Caffi Osella-Alfa Romeo  
Source:[5]

* Dalmas did not receive points towards the Drivers' Championship or the Jim Clark Trophy, as he was driving Larrousse-Lola's second car and the team had officially entered only one car for the entire championship.

Lap leadersEdit

NotesEdit

Championship standings after the raceEdit

  • Bold text indicates the World Champions.
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for all four sets of standings.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Foster's Australian Grand Prix - QUALIFYING 1". formula1.com. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Foster's Australian Grand Prix - QUALIFYING 2". formula1.com. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Foster's Australian Grand Prix - OVERALL QUALIFYING". formula1.com. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  4. ^ a b According to Anthony, Pritchard (March 2006). Lotus: The Competition Cars. Haynes Publishing. p. 246. ISBN 1-84425-006-7., Senna finished second, but oversize brake ducts noticed at post-race scrutineering.
  5. ^ "1987 Australian Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 10 December 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  6. ^ 1987 Australian Grand Prix @ StatsF1
  7. ^ a b "Australia 1987 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 6 March 2019.


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