Portuguese GP 1987
SEPTEMBER 20, 1987
Portuguese GP, 1987
The Coloni team ddi not reappear in Portugal but Osella continued to run a second car for Franco Forini. Ferrari's progress throughout the summer months was confirmed with Gerhard Berger taking pole position ahead of Nigel Mansell's Williams-Honda, Alain Prost's McLaren and Nelson Piquet's Williams. Ayrton Senna was fifth in his Lotus-Honda and the top 10 was completed by Michele Alboreto in the second Ferrari, Riccardo Patrese's Brabham, Stefan Johansson's McLaren and the two Benetton-Fords of Thierry Boutsen and Teo Fabi.
At the start Mansell took the lead from Berger but behind them Alboreto collided with Piquet. Derek Warwick spun his Arrows to avoid them and then Satoru Nakajima (Lotus) collided with Martin Brundle (Zakspeed) and the rest of the field piled into the wrecks. The result was that Adrian Campos (Minardi), Christian Danner (Zakspeed), Rene Arnoux (Ligier), Philippe Alliot (Larrousse Lola) and Eddie Cheever (Arrows) were also involved.
There was a red flag.
At the restart everyone was able to start apart from Danner and Mansell went into the lead again. At the end of the first lap, however, Berger took the lead and with Senna fighting off Piquet for third place the race began to settle down. It took Piquet until the eleventh lap to overtake Senna. Mansell pressured Berger early on but then dropped away as his engine began to misfire and on lap 14 stopped on the circuit. Senna slowed and went into the pits with an electronic problem while Alboreto closed up on Piquet and began to make life difficult for the Brazilian. He eventually got ahead but Piquet soon retaliated. The mid-race pitstops elevated Prost to second place ahead of Piquet and Fabi, while Alboreto disappeared with a transmission failure. The order remained unchanged until the closing laps as Prost gradually closed on Berger and put the Austrian under pressure. On lap 68 of 70 Berger crumbled under the pressure and spun. Prost was in the lead and duly won his 28th victory, to beat Jackie Stewart's long-established record of 27 Grand Prix victories.
A disappointed Berger was second with Piquet third, Fabi fourth, Johansson fifth and Cheever sixth.
|1||1||Alain Prost||McLaren-TAG Porsche||70||1h37m03.906s||3|
|4r||19||Teo Fabi||Benetton-Cosworth||69||Out Of Fuel||10|
|5||2||Stefan Johansson||McLaren-TAG Porsche||69||8|
|11r||24||Alessandro Nannini||Minardi-Motori Moderni||66||Out Of Fuel||14|
|r||8||Andrea de Cesaris||Brabham-BMW||54||Injector Pipe||13|
|r||27||Michele Alboreto||Ferrari||38||Gear Linkage||6|
|r||22||Franco Forini||Osella-Alfa Romeo||32||Rear Wheel Bearing||26|
|r||30||Philippe Alliot||Lola-Cosworth||31||Fuel Pump||19|
|r||21||Alex Caffi||Osella-Alfa Romeo||27||Turbo||25|
|r||23||Adrian Campos||Minardi-Motori Moderni||24||Intercooler||20|