Formula 1 1987 Detroit Grand Prix

data

1987-06-21
5
Detroit Street Circuit
Ayrton Senna
Nigel Mansell

The 1987 Detroit Grand Prix was won by Ayrton Senna of Team Lotus.
Despite being on pole position in United States of America, Nigel Mansell could not convert this into a win.

The race in United States of America was round 5 of 16 of the 1987 season.

 

results

# driver constructor laps time points
1 63 1:50:16.358 9
2 63 +33.819 6
3 63 +45.327 4
4 63 +1:02.601 3
5 62 +1 Lap 2
6 60 +3 Laps 1
7 60 +3 Laps 0
8 60 +3 Laps 0
9 60 +3 Laps 0
10 60 +3 Laps 0
11 60 +3 Laps 0
12 58 +5 Laps 0
52 Brakes 0
51 Clutch 0
44 Wheel 0
38 Accident 0
25 Gearbox 0
22 Gearbox 0
16 Turbo 0
12 Accident 0
9 Electrical 0
6 Accident 0
3 Transmission 0
2 Gearbox 0
1 Accident 0
0 Accident 0

grid

# driver constructor time
1 Nigel Mansell Williams
2 Ayrton Senna Team Lotus
3 Nelson Piquet Williams
4 Thierry Boutsen Benetton
5 Alain Prost McLaren
6 Eddie Cheever Arrows
7 Michele Alboreto Ferrari
8 Teo Fabi Benetton
9 Riccardo Patrese Brabham
10 Derek Warwick Arrows
11 Stefan Johansson McLaren
12 Gerhard Berger Ferrari
13 Jonathan Palmer Tyrrell
14 Philippe Streiff Tyrrell
15 Martin Brundle Zakspeed
16 Christian Danner Zakspeed
17 Andrea de Cesaris Brabham
18 Alessandro Nannini Minardi
19 Alex Caffi Osella
20 Philippe Alliot Larrousse
21 René Arnoux Ligier
22 Ivan Capelli March
23 Piercarlo Ghinzani Ligier
24 Satoru Nakajima Team Lotus
25 Adrián Campos Minardi
26 Pascal Fabre AGS

1987 Detroit Grand Prix

The 1987 Detroit Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on June 21, 1987, in Detroit, Michigan. It was the sixth Detroit Grand Prix. It was held over 63 laps of the four kilometre circuit for a race distance of 253 kilometres.

The race was won by Ayrton Senna in the Lotus 99T with its computer-controlled active suspension. It was the second win in succession for Senna after his victory at Monaco. The Lotus rode the bumpy street circuit far better than the competition allowing Senna to take care of his tyres and cruise to a 33-second victory over the Williams FW11B of Nelson Piquet with reigning world champion Alain Prost finishing third in his McLaren MP4/3.

Pole sitter Nigel Mansell, the only driver ever to lap the 4.023 km (2.5 mi) Detroit circuit in under 1:40 during qualifying, led the race until his stop for tyres, but soon after began to fall away with cramp in his right leg making it hard to push the brake pedal. He later said that he had almost retired due to the pain but managed to finish in 5th place, one lap down on Senna.

Prost tried to convince McLaren via the radio that his tyres were OK and he did not need to stop, but he gave in to orders and pitted for fresh tyres. It was there that Goodyear technicians discovered Prost was correct and he had not needed to stop, though this did not alter the call for Piquet to stop as Prost had a reputation of being easier on his tyres than most.

Senna's back-to-back victories gave him a two-point lead in the championship over Prost, but it would be a brief surge. Senna would not win again this year. It would also be the last win in the very long history of Team Lotus which began with their first win in the 1961 United States Grand Prix. The next occasion on which a car bearing the Lotus name would win a Grand Prix was the 2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, won by Kimi Räikkönen driving for the Lotus F1 team.


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