Austrian GP 1986

Austrian GP, 1986

A week after Formula 1's first visit to Hungary, the teams were in action again in Austria and it was a surprise to see the two Benetton-BMWs on the front row with Teo Fabi two-tenths faster than Gerhard Berger. Keke Rosberg was third quickest in his McLaren-TAG but the good performance from BMW was highlighted by Riccardo Patrese's fourth place for Brabham. Alain Prost was fifth in his McLaren and then came the regular front-runners and World Championship contenders Nigel Mansell and Nelson Piquet in their Williams-Hondas and Ayrton Senna in his Lotus-Renault. The top 10 was completed by Michele Alboreto's Ferrari and Derek Warwick's Brabham. Brabham had problems in the warm-up and so Warwick had to hand over his car to Patrese and was not able to take the start.

At the start Berger took the lead from Fabi, Prost, Mansell, Piquet, Rosberg and Senna. The Benettons were highly competitive and pulled quickly away from the field while Senna soon disappeared with electrical trouble. On lap 17 Fabi went into the lead only to have his engine fail and so Berger went ahead again. Prost stopped for new tires and so Mansell moved to second. This became the lead a few minutes later when Berger pitted with an electrical problem. Mansell pitted and so Prost went into the lead while Piquet disappeared with an engine problem. Almost immediately Mansell too went out with a broken driveshaft. This left Prost by himself at the front with the two Ferraris running second and third, with Alboreto ahead of Stefan Johansson. The two Haas Lolas were fourth and fifth with Alan Jones ahead of Patrick Tambay while the final point went to Christian Danner's Arrows.

Alain Prost McLaren-TAG Porsche  52 1h21m22.531s  
27 Michele Alboreto Ferrari  51  
28 Stefan Johansson Ferrari  50  14 
15 Alan Jones Lola-Hart  50  16 
16 Patrick Tambay Lola-Hart  50  13 
17 Christian Danner Arrows-BMW  49  22 
20 Gerhard Berger Benetton-BMW  49  
29 Huub Rothengatter Zakspeed  48  24 
9r Keke Rosberg McLaren-TAG Porsche  47 Electrics 
10 25 Rene Arnoux Ligier-Renault  47  12 
11 21 Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Alfa Romeo  46  25 
Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda  32 Cv Joint 
Nelson Piquet Williams-Honda  29 Engine Overheating 
18 Thierry Boutsen Arrows-BMW  25 Turbo 18 
19 Teo Fabi Benetton-BMW  17 Engine 
26 Philippe Alliot Ligier-Renault  16 Engine 11 
24 Alessandro Nannini Minardi-Motori Moderni  13 Rear Suspension/spin 19 
23 Andrea de Cesaris Minardi-Motori Moderni  13 Drive Shaft 23 
12 Ayrton Senna Lotus-Renault  13 Misfire 
Martin Brundle Tyrrell-Renault  12 Turbo 17 
Philippe Streiff Tyrrell-Renault  10 Engine 20 
11 Johnny Dumfries Lotus-Renault  Spark Plug 15 
14 Jonathan Palmer Zakspeed  Engine 21 
22 Allen Berg Osella-Alfa Romeo  Electrics 26 
Riccardo Patrese Brabham-BMW  Engine 
ns Derek Warwick Brabham-BMW   Car Raced By Patrese 10