German GP 1986
JULY 27, 1986
German GP, 1986
Jacques Laffite's accident at Brands Hatch meant that Ligier needed a new driver and Philippe Alliot was hired to replace him. Team Lotus announced that it would be using Honda engines in 1987 with Ayrton Senna being joined by Satoru Nakajima. Arrows had the new A9 chassis for the first time while Keke Rosberg announced that he would be retiring from F1 at the end of the season and then took pole position for McLaren, ahead of his team mate Alain Prost, the team having benefited from the arrival of new turbochargers. Ayrton Senna was third with Gerhard Berger fourth for Benetton with Nelson Piquet and Nigel Mansell next in their Williams-Hondas. The top 10 was completed by Riccardo Patrese (Brabham-BMW), Rene Arnoux (Ligier-Renault), Teo Fabi (Benetton) and Michele Alboreto's Ferrari.
At the start Senna took the lead as the two McLaren-TAGs were slightly slower off the line. This enabled Berger to grab second from Rosberg and Piquet to get ahead of Prost. Further back Alliot made a good start but then knocked Stefan Johansson into a spin, collecting Fabi's Benetton as it went. Johansson and Alliot both pitted at the end of the lap.
Rosberg soon took the lead from Senna and Berger was overtaken by Piquet and it was not long before Piquet was ahead of Senna as well. Berger pitted on lap five with an engine problem. While this was going on Piquet closed on Rosberg and took the lead on lap six. Prost was ahead of Senna with Arnoux fifth and Mansell sixth, complaining of poor handling. Things were so bad that Nigel was overtaken by Alboreto and only regained sixth when the Ferrari went out with transmission failure on lap seven.
Piquet decided to go for two stops and so pitted early leaving the McLarens running 1-2 ahead of Senna but when they pitted Piquet went ahead again and although he dropped behind them again when he stopped again he was able to overtake both by the finish. On the penultimate lap both McLarens ran out of fuel and so Senna took second place with Mansell third, Arnoux fourth and Rosberg and Prost being classified fifth and sixth.
|5r||2||Keke Rosberg||McLaren-TAG Porsche||43||Out Of Fuel||1|
|6r||1||Alain Prost||McLaren-TAG Porsche||43||Out Of Fuel||2|
|11r||28||Stefan Johansson||Ferrari||41||Rear Wing||11|
|12||22||Allen Berg||Osella-Alfa Romeo||40||26|
|r||7||Riccardo Patrese||Brabham-BMW||22||Spark Plug||7|
|r||23||Andrea de Cesaris||Minardi-Motori Moderni||20||Gearbox||23|
|r||24||Alessandro Nannini||Minardi-Motori Moderni||19||Engine Overheating||22|
|r||11||Johnny Dumfries||Lotus-Renault||17||Radiator Leak||12|
|r||21||Piercarlo Ghinzani||Osella-Alfa Romeo||10||Clutch||25|