1987 Monaco Grand Prix

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45e Grand Prix de Monaco – F1
Country 22px-Flag of Monaco.png
Grand Prix 22px-Flag of Monaco.png
Date May 31
Year 1987
Race No 4
Season No 16
Location Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco
Course Street circuit
Course mi 2.068
Course km 3.328
Distance laps 78
Distance mi 161.298
Distance km 259.584
Weather Sunny and warm
Pole Driver Nigel Mansell
Pole Team Williams-Honda
Pole Time 1:23.039
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Fast Driver Ayrton Senna
Fast Team Lotus-Honda
Fast Time 1:27.685
Fast Lap 72
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First Driver Ayrton Senna
First Team Lotus-Honda
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Second Driver Nelson Piquet
Second Team Williams-Honda
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Third Driver Michele Alboreto
Third Team Ferrari
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The 1987 Monaco Grand Prix was a Formula One race held on May 31, 1987 at the Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo. It was the 4th race of the 1987 Formula One season.

Race summary

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.


Numbers in brackets refer to positions of normally-aspirated entrants competing for the Jim Clark Trophy.

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 12 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Ayrton Senna Lotus-Honda 78 1:57:54.085 2 9
2 6 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Nelson Piquet Williams-Honda 78 + 33.212 3 6
3 27 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Michele Alboreto Ferrari 78 + 1:12.839 5 4
4 28 22px-Flag of Austria.png Gerhard Berger Ferrari 77 + 1 Lap 8 3
5 (1) 3 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jonathan Palmer Tyrrell-Ford 76 + 2 Laps 15 2
6 (2) 16 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Ivan Capelli March-Ford 76 + 2 Laps 19 1
7 9 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Martin Brundle Zakspeed 76 + 2 Laps 14  
8 19 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Teo Fabi Benetton-Ford 76 + 2 Laps 12  
9 1 22px-Flag of France.png Alain Prost McLaren-TAG 75 Engine 4  
10 11 22px-Flag of Japan.png Satoru Nakajima Lotus-Honda 75 + 3 Laps 17  
11 25 22px-Flag of France.png René Arnoux Ligier-Megatron 74 + 4 Laps 22  
12 26 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Piercarlo Ghinzani Ligier-Megatron 74 + 4 Laps 20  
13 (3) 14 22px-Flag of France.png Pascal Fabre AGS-Ford 71 + 7 Laps 24  
Ret 18 22px-Flag of the United States.png Eddie Cheever Arrows-Megatron 59 Overheating 6  
Ret 17 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Derek Warwick Arrows-Megatron 58 Gearbox 11  
Ret 2 22px-Flag of Sweden.png Stefan Johansson McLaren-TAG 57 Engine 7  
Ret 30 22px-Flag of France.png Philippe Alliot Larrousse-Ford 42 Engine 18  
Ret 7 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Riccardo Patrese Brabham-BMW 41 Electrical 10  
Ret 21 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Alex Caffi Osella-Alfa Romeo 39 Electrical 16  
Ret 8 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Andrea de Cesaris Brabham-BMW 38 Suspension 21  
Ret 5 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda 29 Turbo 1  
Ret 24 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Alessandro Nannini Minardi-Motori Moderni 21 Electrical 13  
Ret 4 22px-Flag of France.png Philippe Streiff Tyrrell-Ford 9 Accident 23  
Ret 20 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Thierry Boutsen Benetton-Ford 5 Transmission 9  
DSQ 10 22px-Flag of Germany.png Christian Danner Zakspeed   Excluded  
DNS 23 22px-Flag of Spain.png 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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