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1987 Portuguese Grand Prix

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Date  September 20, 1987
Course length  4.35 km (2.702 mi)
1987 Portuguese Grand Prix
Official name  5 Grande Prémio de Portugal
Location  Autódromo do Estoril, Estoril, Portugal
Course  Permanent Racing Facility
Distance  70 laps, 304.5 km (189.14 mi)

The 1987 Portuguese Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Estoril on September 20, 1987. It was the twelfth round of the 1987 Formula One season. It was the 16th Portuguese Grand Prix and the fourth to be held at Estoril. The race was held over 70 laps of the four kilometre venue for a race distance of 304 kilometres.

The race was won by the reigning world champion, Frenchman Alain Prost driving a McLaren MP4/3. Prost finished 20 seconds ahead of Austrian driver Gerhard Berger driving a Ferrari F1/87. Nelson Piquet finished third driving a Williams FW11B. The win was Prost's 28th grand prix victory, eclipsing Jackie Stewart's all-time record.

The race was marred by a multi-car collision on the opening lap. Piquet and Michele Alboreto (Ferrari F1/87) collided at the start with Derek Warwick (Arrows A10), Satoru Nakajima (Lotus 99T), Martin Brundle (Zakspeed 871), Christian Danner (Zakspeed 871), Philippe Alliot (Lola LC87), René Arnoux (Ligier JS29C) and Adrián Campos (Minardi M186) were all involved in the ensuing accident. Only Danner was unable to restart as the Zakspeed team had only one usable car which went to Brundle.

With Piquet finishing third ahead of both Mansell and Senna, Piquet expanded his championship points lead to 18 points over Senna and 24 over Mansell.

Championship standings after the race

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

    1987 Portuguese Grand Prix Wikipedia

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