Formula 1 1986 British Grand Prix

data

1986-07-13
9
Brands Hatch
Nigel Mansell
Nelson Piquet

The 1986 British Grand Prix was won by Nigel Mansell of Williams.
Despite being on pole position in United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Nelson Piquet could not convert this into a win.

The race in United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland was round 9 of 16 of the 1986 season.

 

results

# driver constructor laps time points
1 75 1:30:38.471 9
2 75 +5.574 6
3 74 +1 Lap 4
4 73 +2 Laps 3
5 72 +3 Laps 2
6 72 +3 Laps 1
7 72 +3 Laps 0
8 72 +3 Laps 0
9 69 +6 Laps 0
62 Not classified 0
60 Gearbox 0
51 Turbo 0
50 Steering 0
45 Fuel system 0
39 Engine 0
27 Gearbox 0
24 Engine 0
23 Electrical 0
22 Throttle 0
22 Electrical 0
20 Engine 0
7 Gearbox 0
0 Collision 0
0 Collision 0
0 Collision 0
0 Collision 0

grid

# driver constructor time
1 Nelson Piquet Williams
2 Nigel Mansell Williams
3 Ayrton Senna Team Lotus
4 Gerhard Berger Benetton
5 Keke Rosberg McLaren
6 Alain Prost McLaren
7 Teo Fabi Benetton
8 René Arnoux Ligier
9 Derek Warwick Brabham
10 Johnny Dumfries Team Lotus
11 Martin Brundle Tyrrell
12 Michele Alboreto Ferrari
13 Thierry Boutsen Arrows
14 Alan Jones Lola
15 Riccardo Patrese Brabham
16 Philippe Streiff Tyrrell
17 Patrick Tambay Lola
18 Stefan Johansson Ferrari
19 Jacques Laffite Ligier
20 Alessandro Nannini Minardi
21 Andrea de Cesaris Minardi
22 Jonathan Palmer Zakspeed
23 Christian Danner Arrows
24 Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella
25 Huub Rothengatter Zakspeed
26 Allen Berg Osella

1986 British Grand Prix

The 1986 British Grand Prix (formally the XXXIX Shell Oils British Grand Prix) was a Formula One motor race held at Brands Hatch on 13 July 1986. It was the ninth race of the 1986 Formula One season. It was the last Formula One race held at Brands Hatch, from 1987 onwards all British Grand Prix would be held at Silverstone.

Jacques Laffite broke both legs during a multi-car pile-up at the start, leading to his retirement from Grand Prix racing. Despite the crash happening just past the pits, the first doctor on the scene happened to be British driver Jonathan Palmer, who has started the race in 22nd place on the grid. A qualified GP before taking up motor racing in 1978, Palmer stopped his Zakspeed just past Laffite's crashed Ligier-Renault, jumped out and raced to assist the injured Frenchman. The race had been Laffite's record equalling start for most Formula One career starts. It was also the second British Grand Prix in succession at Brands Hatch that had seen the end of a drivers' career due to leg injuries suffered in a crash after Johnny Cecotto's career had ended during practice for the 1984 British Grand Prix when he smashed both of his ankles. All agreed though that the circuit itself was not to blame for either crash, and both Cecotto and Laffite went on to successful careers in international Touring car racing once they recovered from their injuries.

The pile-up included a significant number of cars which blocked the track entirely. The race was stopped without any drivers completing a single lap and was restarted over an hour later as Laffite had been airlifted to Sidcup Hospital and the race could not be restarted without the medical helicopter in attendance. This was fortunate for Nigel Mansell whose Williams-Honda had a driveshaft failure at the first start, but was allowed to restart as there had not been a lap completed. Lucky also for Mansell was that the spare Williams was Piquet's for the weekend and the team had time to change the settings on the car to suit the Englishman.

Mansell went on to win against a depleted grid in the team's spare car, which had been set up for team mate Nelson Piquet as it was his for the weekend. Mansell defeated Piquet in a straight fight, leading the Brazilian home by 5.574 seconds, much to the delight of the 110,000+ crowd in attendance. Reigning World Champion Alain Prost finished 3rd in his McLaren-TAG, one lap down on the Williams pair.

The race was the first time in 1986 since his car crash in France that had left him a paraplegic before the start of the season that Frank Williams had appeared in the Williams pits. It was also the first Williams 1–2 result of the season.

The international motorsports governing body at the time, FISA, had instituted a policy of long-term contracts with circuits. Brands Hatch was perceived as a poorer facility, and it did have very little run-off and room to expand, something Silverstone as a former World War II airfield had in acres. Silverstone and the BRDC had signed a seven-year contract with Formula 1 and FISA at some point in 1986, to run from 1987 to 1993.


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