1987 Belgian Grand Prix was a Formula One race
held on May 17, 1987 at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Francorchamps.
It was the 3rd
race of the 1987 Formula One
Qualifying runs saw the two Williams
taking the front row, with Nigel
on the pole, nearly 1.5 seconds faster than Nelson Piquet
took the third place in his Lotus
ahead of the two Ferraris
of Gerhard Berger
and Michele Alboreto
The race required two starts. On the first start Mansell took the
lead ahead of Senna, Piquet and Alboreto. On the back of the grid
and Andrea de Cesaris
tangled, whilst Thierry Boutsen
hit Berger's spinning
Ferrari. A more serious accident befell Philippe Streiff
who crashed heavily at the
before the wreckage was
hit by teammate Jonathan Palmer
both were unhurt but their Tyrrell
were reduced to scrap.
On the second start, Senna led Mansell away, but during lap 1 the
Briton tried to overtake the Brazilian. The two controversially
tangled, leading to the retirement of the Lotus. Mansell rejoined
the race at the back, until the damage sustained in the collision
finally forced him to retire. On lap 17. Mansell subsequently
visited the Lotus garage where harsh words were exchanged and
punches were thrown.
Berger retired on lap 3 with a broken piston whilst on lap 10
second place Michele Alboreto
wheel bearing broke and Nelson Piquet
retired with a broken turbo pipe, handing the lead to Alain Prost
and Stefan Johansson
pitsops changed little in the situation, and he maintained this to
win easily by 25 seconds, despite concerns with his fuel
consumption due to a faulty gauge.
Prost's 27th win, equalling Jackie
Stewart's record with team-mate Johansson making it a McLaren 1-2.
Andrea de Cesaris
to finish 3rd for Brabham
despite having to
push his car over the line with Eddie
, Satoru Nakajima
Arnoux taking the remaining points.
Numbers in brackets refer to positions of normally-aspirated
competing for the
Jim Clark Trophy
- 27th victory for Prost, record equalizer.
- This was the first race that a race officially had 26 cars on
the grid until 1995 Monaco Grand
- Unless otherwise indicated, all race results are taken