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The 1987 Mexican Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on October 18, 1987. It was the fourteenth round of the 1987 Formula One season. It was the 11th Mexican Grand Prix and the second since the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez was renovated and returned to the World Championship calendar.

1987 Mexican Grand Prix
Race 14 of 16 in the 1987 Formula One World Championship
Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez.svg
Race details
Date October 18, 1987
Official name Gran Premio de Mexico
Location Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico
Course Permanent circuit
Course length 4.421 km (2.747 mi)
Distance 63 laps, 278.523 km (173.066 mi)
Weather Sunny and hot
Pole position
Driver Williams-Honda
Time 1:18.383
Fastest lap
Driver Brazil Nelson Piquet Williams-Honda
Time 1:19.132 on lap 57
Podium
First Williams-Honda
Second Williams-Honda
Third Brabham-BMW

The race was held over a total of 63 laps of the four kilometre circuit for a race distance of 279 kilometres. The race was unintentionally divided into two heats after British driver Derek Warwick crashed his Arrows A10 heavily exiting the high-speed Peraltada corner on lap 31 after a rear suspension failure; the Arrows car's rear suspension was weakened by Satoru Nakajima crashing his Lotus-Honda straight into the back of Warwick's car at the end of the main straight earlier in the race. The results of the first 30 laps were combined with the results of the second race of 33 laps to create a combined result.

The race was won by British driver Nigel Mansell driving a Williams FW11B. Mansell's combined time over the 63 laps was 26 seconds faster than his Brazilian teammate and eventual 1987 World Champion, Nelson Piquet. Piquet actually took the chequered flag first at the end of the second heat, but Mansell's lead over Piquet at the time of Warwick's accident was substantially larger. Piquet had been delayed after a collision with Alain Prost (McLaren MP4/3) in the early running.

It was Mansell's sixth and last Grand Prix victory for the 1987 season. Riccardo Patrese finished third driving a Brabham BT56. It was Patrese's best result since finishing third in the 1984 Italian Grand Prix. It was just the second podium of the year for Brabham. Brabham would only score one more podium before it would fold in 1992.

Attrition bit heavily into the race with just fifteen cars taking the second race start. Nine survived to the finish. Naturally aspirated Jim Clark Trophy cars climbed into the points with Philippe Alliot (Lola LC87) taking his third top six result for the year.

Mansell's victory allowed him to close to within twelve points of his championship leading teammate. With just two races left, only the Williams drivers had enough points to win the championship.

Contents

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 5   Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda 1:20.696 1:18.383
2 28   Gerhard Berger Ferrari 1:19.992 1:18.426 +0.043
3 6   Nelson Piquet Williams-Honda 1:20.701 1:18.463 +0.080
4 20   Thierry Boutsen Benetton-Ford 1:20.766 1:18.691 +0.308
5 1   Alain Prost McLaren-TAG 1:20.572 1:18.742 +0.359
6 19   Teo Fabi Benetton-Ford 1:22.666 1:18.992 +0.609
7 12   Ayrton Senna Lotus-Honda 1:21.361 1:19.089 +0.706
8 7   Riccardo Patrese Brabham-BMW 1:21.720 1:19.889 +1.506
9 27   Michele Alboreto Ferrari 1:21.290 1:19.967 +1.584
10 8   Andrea de Cesaris Brabham-BMW 1:22.930 1:20.141 +1.758
11 17   Derek Warwick Arrows-Megatron 1:23.347 1:21.664 +3.281
12 18   Eddie Cheever Arrows-Megatron 1:24.445 1:21.705 +3.322
13 9   Martin Brundle Zakspeed 1:25.184 1:21.711 +3.328
14 24   Alessandro Nannini Minardi-Motori Moderni 1:26.055 1:22.035 +3.652
15 2   Stefan Johansson McLaren-TAG 1:22.185 1:22.382 +3.802
16 11   Satoru Nakajima Lotus-Honda 1:23.750 1:22.214 +3.831
17 10   Christian Danner Zakspeed 1:23.992 1:22.593 +4.210
18 25   René Arnoux Ligier-Megatron 1:24.299 1:23.053 +4.670
19 23   Adrián Campos Minardi-Motori Moderni 1:27.798 1:23.955 +5.572
20 16   Ivan Capelli March-Ford 1:27.161 1:24.404 +6.021
21 26   Piercarlo Ghinzani Ligier-Megatron 1:27.059 1:24.553 +6.170
22 3   Jonathan Palmer Tyrrell-Ford 1:27.306 1:24.723 +6.340
23 29   Yannick Dalmas Lola-Ford 1:28.156 1:24.745 +6.362
24 30   Philippe Alliot Lola-Ford 1:27.184 1:25.096 +6.713
25 4   Philippe Streiff Tyrrell-Ford 1:27.011 1:26.305 +7.922
26 21   Alex Caffi Osella-Alfa Romeo 1:27.670 1:30.010 +9.287
27 14   Pascal Fabre AGS-Ford 1:30.285 1:28.655 +10.272
Source:[1][2][3]

RaceEdit

Numbers in brackets refer to positions of normally aspirated entrants competing for the Jim Clark Trophy.

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5   Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda 63 1:26:24.207 1 9
2 6   Nelson Piquet Williams-Honda 63 + 26.176 3 6
3 7   Riccardo Patrese Brabham-BMW 63 + 1:26.879 8 4
4 18   Eddie Cheever Arrows-Megatron 63 + 1:41.352 12 3
5 19   Teo Fabi Benetton-Ford 61 + 2 Laps 6 2
6 (1) 30   Philippe Alliot Lola-Ford 60 + 3 Laps 24 1
7 (2) 3   Jonathan Palmer Tyrrell-Ford 60 + 3 Laps 22  
8 (3) 4   Philippe Streiff Tyrrell-Ford 60 + 3 Laps 25  
9 (4) 29   Yannick Dalmas Lola-Ford 59 + 4 Laps 23  
Ret 12   Ayrton Senna Lotus-Honda 54 Clutch 7  
Ret 16   Ivan Capelli March-Ford 51 Water Leak 20  
Ret 21   Alex Caffi Osella-Alfa Romeo 50 Engine 26  
Ret 26   Piercarlo Ghinzani Ligier-Megatron 43 Water Leak 21  
Ret 23   Adrián Campos Minardi-Motori Moderni 32 Transmission 19  
Ret 25   René Arnoux Ligier-Megatron 29 Overheating 18  
Ret 17   Derek Warwick Arrows-Megatron 26 Accident 11  
Ret 8   Andrea de Cesaris Brabham-BMW 22 Accident 10  
Ret 28   Gerhard Berger Ferrari 20 Turbo 2  
Ret 20   Thierry Boutsen Benetton-Ford 15 Electrical 4  
Ret 24   Alessandro Nannini Minardi-Motori Moderni 13 Turbo 14  
Ret 27   Michele Alboreto Ferrari 12 Engine 9  
Ret 9   Martin Brundle Zakspeed 3 Turbo 13  
Ret 2   Stefan Johansson McLaren-TAG 1 Collision 15  
Ret 11   Satoru Nakajima Lotus-Honda 1 Collision 16  
Ret 10   Christian Danner Zakspeed 1 Collision 17  
Ret 1   Alain Prost McLaren-TAG 0 Collision 5  
DNQ 14   Pascal Fabre AGS-Ford
Source:[4]

Championship standings after the raceEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1987 Mexican Grand Prix - QUALIFYING 1". formula1.com. Retrieved 11 May 2018.
  2. ^ "1987 Mexican Grand Prix - QUALIFYING 2". formula1.com. Retrieved 11 May 2018.
  3. ^ "1987 Mexican Grand Prix - OVERALL QUALIFYING". formula1.com. Retrieved 11 May 2018.
  4. ^ "1987 Mexican Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 3 November 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Mexico 1987 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 19 March 2019.


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