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1986 Spanish Grand Prix

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Date  April 13, 1986
Course length  4.218 km (2.62 mi)
1986 Spanish Grand Prix
Official name  Gran Premio Tio Pepe de España
Location  Jerez, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
Course  Permanent racing facility
Distance  72 laps, 303.696 km (188.74 mi)

The 1986 Spanish Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Jerez on April 13, 1986. This was the first Formula One Spanish Grand Prix since the 1981 race was held at Jarama.


This race featured a 3 car battle for the lead over the last half of the race. Ayrton Senna (Lotus-Renault), Nigel Mansell (Williams-Honda) and reigning World Champion Alain Prost (McLaren-TAG) all had opportunities to take the win, with close nose to tail racing around the circuit. Once Mansell pitted for fresh tyres he charged back into the fight making up over 19 seconds in the final 10 laps on his fresh rubber. It was not quite sufficient to take the win, but it was very close with Senna and Mansell taking the chequered flag almost side by side, Senna only 0.014 s in front of Mansell in one of the closest finishes in Formula One history.

In an interview after the race, Mansell said he had no problems with Senna's defensive driving (blocking) at the end of the race when the Williams was clearly the quicker car, saying that Senna was entitled to protect his lead. He then jokingly added that the finish was so close they should give them both 7½ points each.

Lap Leaders

Ayrton Senna 49 (1-39, 63-72), Nigel Mansell 23 (40-62)

Championship standings after the race

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

    1986 Spanish Grand Prix Wikipedia

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