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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 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 and Michele Alboreto tangled, resulting in a severe accident: the Ferrari 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.<ref>Template:Citation/core{{#if:|}}</ref>

The pole position was claimed by Nigel Mansell in the Williams, second was Ayrton Senna for Lotus, and third was the other Williams of Nelson Piquet. The top three were in the same order after the start. On lap 3, Philippe Streiff, still recovering from the huge accident he suffered at the previous race in Belgium, crashed 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 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. Jonathan Palmer finished fifth for his first World Championship points in the Tyrrell (and winning the Jim Clark Trophy for nonturbo drivers), while Ivan Capelli grabbed the last point for March.

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:Country flagicon Ayrton Senna Lotus-Honda 78 1:57:54.085 2 9
2 6 Template:Country flagicon Nelson Piquet Williams-Honda 78 + 33.212 3 6
3 27 Template:Country flagicon Michele Alboreto Ferrari 78 + 1:12.839 5 4
4 28 Template:Country flagicon Gerhard Berger Ferrari 77 + 1 Lap 8 3
5 (1) 3 Template:Country flagicon Jonathan Palmer Tyrrell-Ford 76 + 2 Laps 15 2
6 (2) 16 Template:Country flagicon Ivan Capelli March-Ford 76 + 2 Laps 19 1
7 9 Template:Country flagicon Martin Brundle Zakspeed 76 + 2 Laps 14  
8 19 Template:Country flagicon Teo Fabi Benetton-Ford 76 + 2 Laps 12  
9 1 Template:Country flagicon Alain Prost McLaren-TAG 75 Engine 4  
10 11 Template:Country flagicon Satoru Nakajima Lotus-Honda 75 + 3 Laps 17  
11 25 Template:Country flagicon René Arnoux Ligier-Megatron 74 + 4 Laps 22  
12 26 Template:Country flagicon Piercarlo Ghinzani Ligier-Megatron 74 + 4 Laps 20  
13 (3) 14 Template:Country flagicon Pascal Fabre AGS-Ford 71 + 7 Laps 24  
Ret 18 Template:Country flagicon Eddie Cheever Arrows-Megatron 59 Overheating 6  
Ret 17 Template:Country flagicon Derek Warwick Arrows-Megatron 58 Gearbox 11  
Ret 2 Template:Country flagicon Stefan Johansson McLaren-TAG 57 Engine 7  
Ret 30 Template:Country flagicon Philippe Alliot Larrousse-Ford 42 Engine 18  
Ret 7 Template:Country flagicon Riccardo Patrese Brabham-BMW 41 Electrical 10  
Ret 21 Template:Country flagicon Alex Caffi Osella-Alfa Romeo 39 Electrical 16  
Ret 8 Template:Country flagicon Andrea de Cesaris Brabham-BMW 38 Suspension 21  
Ret 5 Template:Country flagicon Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda 29 Turbo 1  
Ret 24 Template:Country flagicon Alessandro Nannini Minardi-Motori Moderni 21 Electrical 13  
Ret 4 Template:Country flagicon Philippe Streiff Tyrrell-Ford 9 Accident 23  
Ret 20 Template:Country flagicon Thierry Boutsen Benetton-Ford 5 Transmission 9  
DNS 23 Template:Country flagicon Adrián Campos Minardi-Motori Moderni 0 Non Starter 0  
EX 10 Template:Country flagicon Christian Danner Zakspeed   Excluded  

Standings after the race

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

Constructors' Championship standings
Pos Constructor Points
1 Template:Country flagicon McLaren-TAG 31
2 Template:Country flagicon Williams-Honda 24
3 Template:Country flagicon Lotus-Honda 18
4 Template:Country flagicon Ferrari 11
5 Template:Country flagicon Brabham-BMW 4


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