1987 Monaco Grand Prix

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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 fourth race of the 1987 Formula One season. It was the 45th Monaco Grand Prix. The course car was the newly introduced Chrysler TC by Maserati.

The race was won by Brazilian driver Ayrton Senna driving a Lotus 99T, the first of his six wins at the famous street circuit and the fifth Grand Prix victory of his career. Senna won by 33 second over fellow Brazilian Nelson Piquet driving a Williams FW11B with Italian Michele Alboreto scoring the first podium of the year for Ferrari in his Ferrari F1/87 in third place.

The win improved Senna's championship position to second, three points behind McLaren driver Alain Prost.

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 non-qualifiers to appease the team sponsors. There was widespread concern about the results of overcrowding on the track and the speed difference of various cars.

During the practice session, Christian Danner (Zakspeed 871) and Michele Alboreto tangled, resulting in a severe accident: the Ferrari F1/87 was thrown in the air and caught fire, 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 FW11B, second was Ayrton Senna in his Lotus 99T, and third was the other Williams of Nelson Piquet. The top three were in the same order after the start. On lap three, Philippe Streiff, still recovering from the huge accident he suffered at the previous race in Belgium, crashed his Tyrrell DG016 heavily again. 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 set the fastest lap of the race.

Arrows drivers Derek Warwick and Eddie Cheever were both competitive, but retired with gearbox and engine failure respectively. Alain Prost retired his McLaren MP4/3 from third place with an engine failure with just two laps to go. Piquet came home second from Alboreto in third and Gerhard Berger in fourth. Jonathan Palmer finished fifth for his first World Championship points in the Tyrrell DG016 (and winning the Jim Clark Trophy for drivers of normally aspirated cars), while Ivan Capelli grabbed the last point in his March 871.

Senna's victory was notable in that it was the first for a car with active suspension.


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

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 12 Template:Flagicon Ayrton Senna Lotus-Honda 78 1:57:54.085 2 9
2 6 Template:Flagicon Nelson Piquet Williams-Honda 78 + 33.212 3 6
3 27 Template:Flagicon Michele Alboreto Ferrari 78 + 1:12.839 5 4
4 28 Template:Flagicon Gerhard Berger Ferrari 77 + 1 Lap 8 3
5 (1) 3 Template:Flagicon Jonathan Palmer Tyrrell-Ford 76 + 2 Laps 15 2
6 (2) 16 Template:Flagicon Ivan Capelli March-Ford 76 + 2 Laps 19 1
7 9 Template:Flagicon Martin Brundle Zakspeed 76 + 2 Laps 14  
8 19 Template:Flagicon Teo Fabi Benetton-Ford 76 + 2 Laps 12  
9 1 Template:Flagicon Alain Prost McLaren-TAG 75 Engine 4  
10 11 Template:Flagicon Satoru Nakajima Lotus-Honda 75 + 3 Laps 17  
11 25 Template:Flagicon René Arnoux Ligier-Megatron 74 + 4 Laps 22  
12 26 Template:Flagicon Piercarlo Ghinzani Ligier-Megatron 74 + 4 Laps 20  
13 (3) 14 Template:Flagicon Pascal Fabre AGS-Ford 71 + 7 Laps 24  
Ret 18 Template:Flagicon Eddie Cheever Arrows-Megatron 59 Overheating 6  
Ret 17 Template:Flagicon Derek Warwick Arrows-Megatron 58 Gearbox 11  
Ret 2 Template:Flagicon Stefan Johansson McLaren-TAG 57 Engine 7  
Ret 30 Template:Flagicon Philippe Alliot Lola-Ford 42 Engine 18  
Ret 7 Template:Flagicon Riccardo Patrese Brabham-BMW 41 Electrical 10  
Ret 21 Template:Flagicon Alex Caffi Osella-Alfa Romeo 39 Electrical 16  
Ret 8 Template:Flagicon Andrea de Cesaris Brabham-BMW 38 Suspension 21  
Ret 5 Template:Flagicon Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda 29 Exhaust 1  
Ret 24 Template:Flagicon Alessandro Nannini Minardi-Motori Moderni 21 Electrical 13  
Ret 4 Template:Flagicon Philippe Streiff Tyrrell-Ford 9 Accident 23  
Ret 20 Template:Flagicon Thierry Boutsen Benetton-Ford 5 Transmission 9  
DNS 23 Template:Flagicon Adrián Campos Minardi-Motori Moderni 0 Non Starter 0  
EX 10 Template:Flagicon Christian Danner Zakspeed   Excluded  

Standings after the race

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Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
1 Template:Flagicon Alain Prost 18
2 Template:Flagicon Ayrton Senna 15
3 Template:Flagicon Stefan Johansson 13
4 Template:Flagicon Nelson Piquet 12
5 Template:Flagicon Nigel Mansell 10


Constructors' Championship standings
Pos Constructor Points
1 Template:Flagicon McLaren-TAG 31
2 Template:Flagicon Williams-Honda 22
3 Template:Flagicon Lotus-Honda 18
4 Template:Flagicon Ferrari 14
5 Template:Flagicon Brabham-BMW 4

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Jim Clark Trophy standings
Pos Driver Points
1 Template:Flagicon Philippe Streiff 21
2 Template:Flagicon Jonathan Palmer 18
3 Template:Flagicon Pascal Fabre 16
4 Template:Flagicon Philippe Alliot 15
5 Template:Flagicon Ivan Capelli 6


Colin Chapman trophy standings
Pos Constructor Points
1 Template:Flagicon Tyrrell-Ford 39
2 Template:Flagicon AGS-Ford 16
3 Template:Flagicon Lola-Ford 15
4 Template:Flagicon March-Ford 6


  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for all four sets of standings.



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