1987 Monaco Grand Prix
|45e Grand Prix de Monaco – F1|
|Location||Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco|
|Weather||Sunny and warm|
|Pole Driver||Nigel Mansell|
|Fast Driver||Ayrton Senna|
|First Driver||Ayrton Senna|
|Second Driver||Nelson Piquet|
|Third Driver||Michele Alboreto|
Traditionally the number of competitors permitted for this Grand Prix was lower than all other circuits, due to the tight twisty nature of the track. Originally 16, it was later increased to 20; in 1987 it was increased to a full grid of 26. According to FISA this was to bring it into line with other Grands Prix but there were cynical views that this was done in order to reduce the number of nonqualifiers to appease the team sponsors. There was widespread concern about the results of overcrowding on the track and the speed different of various cars.
During the practice session, Christian Danner and Michele Alboreto tangled, resulting in a severe accident: the Ferrari was thrown in the air but fortunately landed back on the track. FISA took the decision to disqualify Danner from the weekend, the first such event in the history of the Formula 1 World Championship. There were widespread objections throughout the paddock, particularly as there were several other practice accidents and it was felt that Danner had no more to blame than any other driver involved in these accidents
The pole position was claimed by Nigel Mansell in the Williams, second was Ayrton Senna on Lotus, and third was the other Williams of Nelson Piquet. Mansell got the lead at the start clearly from Senna and Nelson Piquet. On lap 3, Philippe Streiff, still recovering from the huge accident he suffered at the previous race in Belgium, crashed again heavily. Mansell's lead built up until lap 30, when he retired with a loss of turbo boost. This gave first place to Senna, who dominated the rest of the race, making a pit stop for tyre change without losing the lead, and sett fastest lap on the process.
Following the retirement of Derek Warwick and Eddie Cheever after fine drives with gearbox and engine failure respectively, Jonathan Palmer was promoted to 5th in his nonturbo Tyrrell. Alain Prost retired from 3rd place with an engine failure with just 2 laps to go.
Piquet came home second from Alboreto in third and Gerhard Berger in fourth. Palmer finished fifth scoring his first World Championship points, and Ivan Capelli grabbed the last point for March.
Senna's victory was notable in that it was the first for a car with active suspensions.
|2||6||Nelson Piquet||Williams-Honda||78||+ 33.212||3||6|
|3||27||Michele Alboreto||Ferrari||78||+ 1:12.839||5||4|
|4||28||Gerhard Berger||Ferrari||77||+ 1 Lap||8||3|
|5 (1)||3||Jonathan Palmer||Tyrrell-Ford||76||+ 2 Laps||15||2|
|6 (2)||16||Ivan Capelli||March-Ford||76||+ 2 Laps||19||1|
|7||9||Martin Brundle||Zakspeed||76||+ 2 Laps||14|
|8||19||Teo Fabi||Benetton-Ford||76||+ 2 Laps||12|
|10||11||Satoru Nakajima||Lotus-Honda||75||+ 3 Laps||17|
|11||25||René Arnoux||Ligier-Megatron||74||+ 4 Laps||22|
|12||26||Piercarlo Ghinzani||Ligier-Megatron||74||+ 4 Laps||20|
|13 (3)||14||Pascal Fabre||AGS-Ford||71||+ 7 Laps||24|
|Ret||21||Alex Caffi||Osella-Alfa Romeo||39||Electrical||16|
|Ret||8||Andrea de Cesaris||Brabham-BMW||38||Suspension||21|
|Ret||24||Alessandro Nannini||Minardi-Motori Moderni||21||Electrical||13|
|DNS||23||Adrián Campos||Minardi-Motori Moderni||0||Non Starter||0|
- Christian Danner excluded from the event after causing an accident during Thursday practice.
- Fastest Lap: Ayrton Senna 1'27.685
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