San Marino GP 1987
MAY 3, 1987
San Marino GP, 1987
After the season-opening race in Brazil there was a three-week gap during which March finished building the first 871 chassis for Capelli. Osella expanded to two cars with the second being run by a youngster called Gabriele Tarquini, while Brundle had the first of Zakspeed's new 871 chassis. Ligier was back in action with Megatron-engined cars for Rene Arnoux and Piercarlo Ghinzani. In addition there was another new team in the form of Gerard Larrousse's Lola-Cosworth team which had employed Philippe Alliot.
In qualifying Nelson Piquet had a huge accident at Tamburello corner when he suffered a tire failure and was forbidden from racing by F1 doctor Sid Watkins. Goodyear decided that in the interests of safety it would fly in new tires overnight for Saturday qualifying. On Saturday afternoon Ayrton Senna took pole position in his Lotus-Honda with Nigel Mansell second quickest in his Williams-Honda. The second row featured Teo Fabi (Benetton-Ford) and Alain Prost (McLaren-TAG) with the Ferraris of Michele Alboreto and Gerhard Berger together on the third row. The top 10 was completed by Stefan Johansson (McLaren), Riccardo Patrese (Brabham-BMW) and the two Arrows-Megatrons of Derek Warwick and Eddie Cheever.
Senna led from the start but on the second lap at Tosa, Mansell swept into the lead and began to pull away. On lap 6 Prost found a way ahead of Senna and then clawed his way up behind Mansell and stayed there. Prost's race ended, however, on lap 15 when the McLaren suffered an alternator failure. By then Alboreto had got ahead of Senna and so was in second place with Senna third and Patrese fourth. Mansell stopped earlier than planned for new tires but was still ahead when everyone reemerged from their first stops. Patrese had moved to second with Alboreto and Senna chasing. In the closing laps Patrese dropped back because he had used too much fuel and so Alboreto was second until he lost boost pressure and Senna went ahead again.
Mansell took the flag just under half a minute ahead of Senna with Alboreto third. Johansson was fourth, Martin Brundle fifth (scoring Zakspeed's first points) and Satoru Nakajima picking up sixth in his Lotus-Honda.
|4||2||Stefan Johansson||McLaren-TAG Porsche||59||1h32m24.664s||8|
|11r||17||Derek Warwick||Arrows-Megatron||55||Out Of Fuel||10|
|12r||21||Alex Caffi||Osella-Alfa Romeo||54||Out Of Fuel||19|
|r||18||Eddie Cheever||Arrows-Megatron||48||Engine Overheating||9|
|r||8||Andrea de Cesaris||Brabham-BMW||39||Spin||13|
|r||23||Adrian Campos||Minardi-Motori Moderni||30||Gearbox||16|
|r||22||Gabriele Tarquini||Osella-Alfa Romeo||26||Gearbox||25|
|r||24||Alessandro Nannini||Minardi-Motori Moderni||25||Engine||15|
|r||16||Ivan Capelli||March-Cosworth||18||Distributor Rotor Arm||22|
|r||1||Alain Prost||McLaren-TAG Porsche||14||Alternator Belt||3|