Italian GP 1986
SEPTEMBER 7, 1986
Italian GP, 1986
The big news at Monza was that McLaren designer John Barnard was leaving to join the Ferrari team. The new AGS was in the paddock for the first time with Ivan Capelli driving the Motori Moderni-engined chassis (which was, in fact, an old Renault Sport one with AGS bodywork). This had previously been tested by Didier Pironi. Michele Alboreto was in difficulties having crashed a motorcycle and damaged his shoulder. The Osella team had replaced Allen Berg with local rising star Alex Caffi but otherwise the field was as normal.
Qualifying resulted in the Teo Fabi taking pole in his Benetton with Alain Prost second for McLaren ahead of Nigel Mansell's Williams-Honda, Gerhard Berger's Benetton, Ayrton Senna's Lotus and the second Williams-Honda of Nelson Piquet. The top 10 was completed by Derek Warwick (Brabham-BMW), Keke Rosberg (McLaren), Alboreto and Riccardo Patrese (Brabham).
Before the start Fabi and Prost both had trouble and while Fabi had to start from the back of the grid, Prost went to his spare car in the pitlane. As a result the front row was gone and this enabled Berger to take the lead from Mansell on the run down to the first corner. Senna suffered an immediate transmission failure and retired.
The result of all of this was that Berger led Mansell, Piquet, a fast-starting Rene Arnoux (Ligier), Rosberg and Alboreto. In the early laps Alboreto moved ahead of Arnoux and the front four then began to pull away from the rest of the field. At the end of the seventh lap Mansell went into the lead and he was followed through by Piquet and Alboreto as Berger backed off to conserve fuel. In the meantime Prost and Fabi were charging up through the field, Prost getting to sixth by lap 18. The McLaren was then black-flagged for an illegal switch of cars. It mattered little because his TAG engine blew soon afterwards.
During the tires stops Alboreto spun and glanced a barrier and had to stop for repairs. This dropped the Ferrari out of the battle for the lead. Piquet now charged up to Mansell and took the lead, pulling away to win a dominant victory and moved himself back to second in the World Championship. Mansell's second place meant that he was still five points ahead. Johansson finished third with Rosberg fourth, Berger fifth and Alan Jones sixth in the Haas Lola.
|4||2||Keke Rosberg||McLaren-TAG Porsche||51||1h18m36.698||8|
|11||22||Alex Caffi||Osella-Alfa Romeo||45||27|
|r||23||Andrea de Cesaris||Minardi-Motori Moderni||33||Engine||21|
|r||31||Ivan Capelli||AGS-Motori Moderni||31||Puncture||25|
|r/dq||1||Alain Prost||McLaren-TAG Porsche||27||Engine||2|
|r||24||Alessandro Nannini||Minardi-Motori Moderni||15||Alternator Belt||19|
|r||21||Piercarlo Ghinzani||Osella-Alfa Romeo||12||Rear Suspension/spin||26|