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1987 Australian Grand Prix

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Australia  1987 Australian Grand Prix
Race details
Race 16 of 16 in the 1987 FIA Formula One World Championship
Adelaide (long route).svg
Date 15 November 1987
Official name LII Foster's Australian Grand Prix
Location Adelaide Street Circuit
Adelaide, South Australia
Course Temporary street circuit
Course length 3.780 km (2.362 mi)
Distance 82 laps, 309.960 km (193.684 mi)
Weather Sunny
Pole position
Driver Ferrari
Time 1:17.267
Fastest lap
Driver Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari
Time 1:20.416 on lap 72
First Ferrari
Second Ferrari
Third Benetton-Ford

The 1987 Australian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Adelaide on 15 November 1987. The race, contested over 82 laps, was the sixteenth and final race of the 1987 Formula One season and was won by Gerhard Berger, who started from pole position and led every lap in his Ferrari. Ayrton Senna finished second in his Lotus-Honda but was subsequently disqualified, thus promoting Berger's team-mate Michele Alboreto to second and the Benetton-Ford of Thierry Boutsen to third.

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Ferrari's Gerhard Berger started from pole position despite being ill during qualifying. Nigel Mansell was still recovering from his accident in the previous race in Japan and so Riccardo Patrese, who had already signed for Williams to partner Mansell in 1988, was given permission by Brabham owner Bernie Ecclestone to stand in for the Englishman in this race; he was replaced at Brabham by Formula 3000 champion Stefano Modena, making his Formula One debut.

At the green light, it was Nelson Piquet, in his last race for Williams before moving to Lotus in 1988, who got away best of all, darting past Berger to take the lead into the first chicane. Alessandro Nannini in the Minardi was out immediately after crashing into the wall. A confident Berger, fresh from his victory in the previous race in Japan, re-passed Piquet going into turn three. The Austrian then went on to lead until the chequered flag to claim his third Grand Prix victory. Behind Berger developed a sparkling battle between Piquet, Alain Prost (McLaren), Michele Alboreto (Ferrari) and Ayrton Senna (Lotus). Piquet pitted for new tyres and later retired leaving the other trio to fight over second position. Senna eventually made a break from Alboreto and Prost who were being held up by back markers, with the Larrousse of Philippe Alliot in particular proving difficult to pass.

Prost suffered brake failure on lap 53, spinning off into the wall at Stag Turn and subsequently retiring. He had earlier jumped over a chicane when behind Alliot. Senna made a late charge in an attempt to catch Berger, but the Austrian had enough in hand to respond despite having what appeared to be a dragging under-tray. Senna finished second but was later disqualified when post race scrutineering revealed oversized brake ducts on his Lotus. Alboreto was promoted up to second to make it a Ferrari 1-2, the first since Alboreto and Stefan Johansson finished 1-2 in the 1985 Canadian Grand Prix. Third across the line was the Benetton of Thierry Boutsen. Of the races seven finishers (the Brabham of Andrea de Cesaris and the Williams of Patrese were classified as finishers despite not running at the end), Alboreto was the only driver to not be lapped by Berger.

The first non-turbo car to finish was the Tyrrell of Jonathan Palmer in 4th place. Frenchman Yannick Dalmas finished 5th in his Larrouse, with triple Australian Grand Prix winner Roberto Moreno (1981, 1983 and 1984) scoring a point in his Formula One debut with AGS by finishing 6th. The last car to cross the finish line was the Zakspeed of Christian Danner in 7th place, 3 laps down on Berger.


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari 82 1:52:56.144 1 9
2 27 Italy Michele Alboreto Ferrari 82 + 1:07.884 6 6
3 20 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Benetton-Ford 81 + 1 Lap 5 4
4 (1) 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer Tyrrell-Ford 80 + 2 Laps 19 3
5 (2) 29 France Yannick Dalmas Lola-Ford 79 + 3 Laps 21 0*
6 (3) 14 Brazil Roberto Moreno AGS-Ford 79 + 3 Laps 25 1
7 10 Germany Christian Danner Zakspeed 79 + 3 Laps 24  
8 8 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Brabham-BMW 78 Spun Off 10  
9 5 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Honda 76 Oil Leak 7  
DSQ 12 Brazil Ayrton Senna Lotus-Honda 82 Disqualified[1] 4  
Ret 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet Williams-Honda 58 Brakes 3  
Ret 16 Italy Ivan Capelli March-Ford 58 Spun Off 23  
Ret 1 France Alain Prost McLaren-TAG 53 Brakes 2  
Ret 18 United States Eddie Cheever Arrows-Megatron 53 Overheating 11  
Ret 2 Sweden Stefan Johansson McLaren-TAG 48 Brakes 8  
Ret 19 Italy Teo Fabi Benetton-Ford 46 Brakes 9  
Ret 23 Spain Adrián Campos Minardi-Motori Moderni 46 Transmission 26  
Ret 30 France Philippe Alliot Lola-Ford 45 Electrical 17  
Ret 25 France René Arnoux Ligier-Megatron 41 Ignition 20  
Ret 7 Italy Stefano Modena Brabham-BMW 31 Physical 15  
Ret 26 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Ligier-Megatron 26 Ignition 22  
Ret 11 Japan Satoru Nakajima Lotus-Honda 22 Hydraulics[1] 14  
Ret 17 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Arrows-Megatron 19 Transmission 12  
Ret 9 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Zakspeed 18 Engine 16  
Ret 4 France Philippe Streiff Tyrrell-Ford 6 Spun Off 18  
Ret 24 Italy Alessandro Nannini Minardi-Motori Moderni 0 Accident 13  
DNQ 21 Italy Alex Caffi Osella-Alfa Romeo  

* Dalmas did not receive points towards the Drivers' Championship or the Jim Clark Trophy, as he was driving Larrousse-Lola's second car and the team had officially entered only one car for the entire championship.

Lap leaders


Championship standings after the race

  • Bold text indicates the World Champions.
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for all four sets of standings.


  1. ^ a b According to Anthony, Pritchard (March 2006). Lotus: The Competition Cars. Haynes Publishing. p. 246. ISBN 1-84425-006-7. , Senna finished second, but oversize brake ducts noticed at post-race scrutineering.
  2. ^ "1987 Australian Grand Prix". Archived from the original on 10 December 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015. 
  3. ^ 1987 Australian Grand Prix @ StatsF1

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