Australian GP 1986
OCTOBER 26, 1986
Australian GP, 1986
The most dramatic and exciting race of the 1980s, the 1986 race in Adelaide saw the showdown of a three-way fight for the World Championship between Nigel Mansell, Alain Prost and Nelson Piquet. Mansell had 70 points, seven more than Piquet but they were split by Prost with 64. Prost's McLaren-TAG was no match for the Williams-Hondas - which had lapped the Frenchman at several races - although Alain had collected points all year while the Williams pair fought one another.
Mansell was on pole ahead of Piquet and Ayrton Senna (Lotus-Renault). Prost was fourth followed by Rene Arnoux (Ligier), Gerhard Berger (Benetton), Keke Rosberg (McLaren), Philippe Alliot (Ligier), Michele Alboreto's Ferrari and Philippe Streiff's Tyrrell.
Mansell took pole from Piquet but at the second corner Senna forced his way into the lead. Piquet and Rosberg followed him past Mansell and on that first lap Piquet overtook Senna to take the lead. On the next lap Senna dropped behind Rosberg and on lap 4 behind Mansell. Two laps later Prost was also ahead of Senna.
On lap 7 Rosberg overtook Piquet and began to build a lead while a little later Prost got ahead of Mansell and chased after Piquet. On lap 23 Nelson spun. Prost's hopes seemed to evaporate a few laps later when he had a puncture and had to pit. He was back in fourth again.
Piquet charged back from his spin, passing Mansell for second place on lap 44 but Prost closed on his two Williams driver and with 25 laps to go all three were running together.
On lap 63 the battle became one for the lead, when Rosberg suffered a right rear tire failure. Mansell was on course for the title when two laps later his left rear tire exploded at 180mph. Nigel managed to avoid hitting anything by his championship hopes were over. Williams had no choice but to call Piquet to the pits and so Prost went into the lead. Piquet closed the gap from 15secs to four but Prost won the race and the World Championship after a breathtakingly exciting race.
|1||1||Alain Prost||McLaren-TAG Porsche||82||1h54m20.388s||4|
|5r||4||Philippe Streiff||Tyrrell-Renault||80||Out Of Fuel||10|
|r||5||Nigel Mansell||Williams-Honda||63||Tire Burst/accident||1|
|r||2||Keke Rosberg||McLaren-TAG Porsche||62||Tire Burst||7|
|nc||22||Allen Berg||Osella-Alfa Romeo||61||26|
|r||18||Thierry Boutsen||Arrows-BMW||50||Throttle Spring||22|
|r||23||Andrea de Cesaris||Minardi-Motori Moderni||40||Fire Extinguisher||11|
|r||29||Huub Rothengatter||Zakspeed||29||Rear Suspension||23|
|r||24||Alessandro Nannini||Minardi-Motori Moderni||10||Accident||18|
|r||21||Piercarlo Ghinzani||Osella-Alfa Romeo||2||Crown Wheel And Pinion||25|
|r||27||Michele Alboreto||Ferrari||0||Accident/rear Suspension||9|