Portuguese GP 1986

SEPTEMBER 21, 1986

Portuguese GP, 1986

The field was as it had been at Monza except that Allen Berg was back in the second Osella after the car had been driven by Alex Caffi in Italy. Pirelli announced that it was withdrawing from Grand Prix racing at the end of the year and Renault said that it too had decided not to continue supplying F1 engines for the 1987 season. Ferrari had also announced that it had signed up Gerhard Berger to replace Stefan Johansson.

Qualifying resulted in another pole position for Ayrton Senna's Lotus-Renault while Nigel Mansell was second fastest in his Williams-Honda with Alain Prost third for McLaren and Berger fourth in his Benetton. Then came Teo Fabi (Benetton), Nelson Piquet (Williams-Honda), Keke Rosberg (McLaren), Stefan Johansson (Ferrari), Riccardo Patrese (Brabham) and Rene Arnoux (Ligier).

At the start Mansell went into the lead and he remained there for the rest of the afternoon to win an impressive victory. Senna followed him and only dropped from second when he stopped for tires in the mid-race. On the last lap, however, he started to run out of fuel and dropped from second to fourth, promoting Prost to second and Piquet to third. The two Ferraris of Johansson and Michele Alboreto picked up fifth and sixth.

Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda  70 1h37m21.900s  
Alain Prost McLaren-TAG Porsche  70 1h37m40.672s  
Nelson Piquet Williams-Honda  70 1h38m.11.174s  
4r 12 Ayrton Senna Lotus-Renault  69 Out Of Fuel 
27 Michele Alboreto Ferrari  69  13 
28 Stefan Johansson Ferrari  69  
25 Rene Arnoux Ligier-Renault  69  10 
19 Teo Fabi Benetton-BMW  68  
11 Johnny Dumfries Lotus-Renault  68  15 
10 18 Thierry Boutsen Arrows-BMW  67  21 
11 17 Christian Danner Arrows-BMW  67  22 
12 14 Jonathan Palmer Zakspeed  67  20 
13 22 Allen Berg Osella-Alfa Romeo  63  27 
Riccardo Patrese Brabham-BMW  62 Engine 
nc 16 Patrick Tambay Lola-Hart  62  14 
24 Alessandro Nannini Minardi-Motori Moderni  60 Gearbox 18 
20 Gerhard Berger Benetton-BMW  44 Accident 
23 Andrea de Cesaris Minardi-Motori Moderni  43 Accident 16 
Keke Rosberg McLaren-TAG Porsche  41 Engine 
Derek Warwick Brabham-BMW  41 Electrics 12 
26 Philippe Alliot Ligier-Renault  39 Engine 11 
Philippe Streiff Tyrrell-Renault  28 Engine 23 
Martin Brundle Tyrrell-Renault  18 Engine 19 
15 Alan Jones Lola-Hart  10 Brakes/spin 17 
29 Huub Rothengatter Zakspeed  Crown Wheel & Pinion 26 
21 Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Alfa Romeo  Electrics 24 
31 Ivan Capelli AGS-Motori Moderni  Gearbox 25