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1987 Formula One season

1987 FIA Formula One
World Championship season
Drivers' Champion: Nelson Piquet
Constructors' Champion: Williams-Honda
Jim Clark Trophy Winner: Jonathan Palmer
Colin Chapman Trophy Winner: Tyrrell-Ford
Previous: 1986 Next: 1988
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Nelson Piquet won his third world title, driving for Williams.
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Piquet's team mate, Nigel Mansell was second, twelve points behind.
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Ayrton Senna in the Lotus finished the season ranked third.

The 1987 Formula One season was the 38th season of Formula One motor racing. It featured the 1987 FIA Formula One World Championship for Drivers and Constructors which commenced on 12 April 1987 and ended on 15 November after sixteen races. This championship also encompassed the Jim Clark Trophy and the Colin Chapman Trophy which were contested respectively by drivers and constructors of Formula One cars powered by naturally aspirated engines.

The 1987 World Championship featured a season long duel between the two Williams drivers: Brazilian two-time champion Nelson Piquet and British driver Nigel Mansell. The pair won nine of the season's sixteen races in their Williams FW11Bs, although they had only one win from the first five races. Their mid-season dominance eliminated all competition however. Mansell took six wins compared to the more consistent Piquet with three. The increasingly antagonistic duel came to a premature end at the Japanese Grand Prix when Mansell crashed heavily in practice incurring a back injury that put him out for the two races left in the season.

The battle for third in the championship was also resolved late in the season, with Brazilian driver Ayrton Senna driving a Lotus 99T finished nine points clear of outgoing world champion Frenchman Alain Prost (McLaren MP4/3).

Williams-Honda dominated the Constructors' Championship, claiming 137 points compared to McLaren-TAG on 76 points. Lotus-Honda claimed third in the points resisting a late season charge from Ferrari led by Austrian driver Gerhard Berger who won the final two races of the year in Japan and Australia.

Two new sub-championships were created for the 1987 season. The Jim Clark Trophy for drivers of cars powered by naturally aspirated engines and its parallel championship for constructors, the Colin Chapman Trophy, helped encourage the teams who did not have access to turbocharged engines, while at the same time acknowledging the forthcoming ban on turbos for the 1989 Formula One season. British driver Jonathan Palmer (Tyrrell DG016) won the championship, wrapping it up early in Japan and finishing 21 points ahead of his French teammate Philippe Streiff. As Tyrrell was the only two-car team in the Colin Chapman trophy, they dominated. Philippe Alliot's results in the Larrousse-entered Lola LC87 were sufficient to earn him third place in the Jim Clark Trophy and Lola second in the Colin Chapman Trophy.

1987 saw new rules introduced in an effort to not only make the returning normally aspirated more competitive, but to reduce costs and also slow the cars down with a resultant increase in safety. As part of a two-year plan to phase turbos out of Formula One, the FIA introduced a mandatory pop-off valve to the turbo powered cars which restricted boost to 4.0 bar, thus limiting engine power (one unnamed team manager was heard to remark at the season opener in Brazil that the pop-off valve was "the only crude piece of engineering on a modern Grand Prix car", while another said that the FIA would not get rid of the valves as it would rob them of getting their stickers on the cars for free). However, advances in engine development, aerodynamics, tyres and suspension meant that, despite the turbo limit, the leading teams such as Williams, McLaren and Ferrari regularly recorded faster times than they had in 1986 when turbo boost was unrestricted. The FIA also banned the super soft (and sticky) qualifying tyres in 1987, which eliminated the unpopular practice of having to find a clear lap on tyres which were good for two flying laps at best.

Drivers and constructors

The following drivers and constructors competed in the 1987 season.

Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyres No Driver Rounds
23x15px Marlboro McLaren International McLaren-TAG MP4/3 TAG/Porsche TTE PO1 1.5 V6t G 1 23x15px Alain Prost All
2 23x15px Stefan Johansson All
23x15px Data General Team Tyrrell Tyrrell-Ford DG016 Ford Cosworth DFZ 3.5 V8 G 3 23x15px Jonathan Palmer All
4 23x15px Philippe Streiff All
23x15px Canon Williams Honda Team Williams-Honda FW11B Honda RA167E 1.5 V6t G 5 23x15px Nigel Mansell 1–15
23x15px Riccardo Patrese 16
6 23x15px Nelson Piquet All
23x15px Motor Racing Developments Brabham-BMW BT56 BMW M12/13 1.5 L4t G 7 23x15px Riccardo Patrese 1–15
23x15px Stefano Modena 16
8 23x15px Andrea de Cesaris All
23x15px West Zakspeed Racing Zakspeed 861
871
Zakspeed 1500/4 1.5 L4t G 9 23x15px Martin Brundle All
10 23x15px Christian Danner All
23x15px Camel Team Lotus Honda Lotus-Honda 99T Honda RA166E 1.5 V6t G 11 Template:Country data JPN Satoru Nakajima All
12 23x15px Ayrton Senna All
23x15px Team El Charro AGS AGS-Ford JH22 Ford Cosworth DFZ 3.5 V8 G 14 23x15px Pascal Fabre 1–14
23x15px Roberto Moreno 15–16
23x15px Leyton House March Racing Team March-Ford 87P
871
Ford Cosworth DFZ 3.5 V8 G 16 23x15px Ivan Capelli All
23x15px USF&G Arrows Megatron Arrows-Megatron A10 Megatron M12/13 1.5 L4t G 17 23x15px Derek Warwick All
18 23x15px Eddie Cheever All
23x15px Benetton Formula Ltd Benetton-Ford B187 Ford Cosworth GBA 1.5 V6t G 19 23x15px Teo Fabi All
20 23x15px Thierry Boutsen All
23x15px Osella Squadra Corse Osella-Alfa Romeo FA1I Alfa Romeo 890T 1.5 V8t G 21 23x15px Alex Caffi All
22 23x15px Gabriele Tarquini 2
23x16px Franco Forini 11–13
23x15px Minardi Team SpA Minardi-Motori Moderni M187 Motori Moderni Tipo 615-90 1.5 V6t G 23 23x15px Adrián Campos All
24 23x15px Alessandro Nannini All
23x15px Ligier Loto Ligier-Megatron JS29
JS29B
JS29C
Megatron M12/13 1.5 L4t G 25 23x15px René Arnoux 2–16
26 23x15px Piercarlo Ghinzani 2–16
23x15px Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC Ferrari F1/87 Ferrari 033D 1.5 V6t G 27 23x15px Michele Alboreto All
28 23x15px Gerhard Berger All
23x15px Larrousse Calmels Lola-Ford LC87 Ford Cosworth DFZ 3.5 V8 G 29 23x15px Yannick Dalmas 14–16
30 23x15px Philippe Alliot 2–16
23x15px Enzo Coloni Racing Car System Coloni-Ford FC187 Ford Cosworth DFZ 3.5 V8 G 32 23x15px Nicola Larini 11, 13

Season review

Rd. Grand Prix Date Location Pole Position Fastest Lap Winning Driver Constructor Report
1 23x15px Brazilian Grand Prix 12 April Jacarepaguá 23x15px Nigel Mansell 23x15px Nelson Piquet 23x15px Alain Prost 23x15px McLaren-TAG Report
2 23x15px San Marino Grand Prix 3 May Imola 23x15px Ayrton Senna 23x15px Teo Fabi 23x15px Nigel Mansell 23x15px Williams-Honda Report
3 23x15px Belgian Grand Prix 17 May Spa-Francorchamps 23x15px Nigel Mansell 23x15px Alain Prost 23x15px Alain Prost 23x15px McLaren-TAG Report
4 23x15px Monaco Grand Prix 31 May Monaco 23x15px Nigel Mansell 23x15px Ayrton Senna 23x15px Ayrton Senna 23x15px Lotus-Honda Report
5 23x15px Detroit Grand Prix 21 June Detroit 23x15px Nigel Mansell 23x15px Ayrton Senna 23x15px Ayrton Senna 23x15px Lotus-Honda Report
6 23x15px French Grand Prix 5 July Paul Ricard 23x15px Nigel Mansell 23x15px Nelson Piquet 23x15px Nigel Mansell 23x15px Williams-Honda Report
7 23x15px British Grand Prix 12 July Silverstone 23x15px Nelson Piquet 23x15px Nigel Mansell 23x15px Nigel Mansell 23x15px Williams-Honda Report
8 23x15px German Grand Prix 26 July Hockenheimring 23x15px Nigel Mansell 23x15px Nigel Mansell 23x15px Nelson Piquet 23x15px Williams-Honda Report
9 23x15px Hungarian Grand Prix 9 August Hungaroring 23x15px Nigel Mansell 23x15px Nelson Piquet 23x15px Nelson Piquet 23x15px Williams-Honda Report
10 23x15px Austrian Grand Prix 16 August Österreichring 23x15px Nelson Piquet 23x15px Nigel Mansell 23x15px Nigel Mansell 23x15px Williams-Honda Report
11 23x15px Italian Grand Prix 6 September Monza 23x15px Nelson Piquet 23x15px Ayrton Senna 23x15px Nelson Piquet 23x15px Williams-Honda Report
12 23x15px Portuguese Grand Prix 20 September Estoril 23x15px Gerhard Berger 23x15px Gerhard Berger 23x15px Alain Prost 23x15px McLaren-TAG Report
13 23x15px Spanish Grand Prix 27 September Jerez 23x15px Nelson Piquet 23x15px Gerhard Berger 23x15px Nigel Mansell 23x15px Williams-Honda Report
14 23x15px Mexican Grand Prix 18 October Hermanos Rodríguez 23x15px Nigel Mansell 23x15px Nelson Piquet 23x15px Nigel Mansell 23x15px Williams-Honda Report
15 Template:Country data JPN Japanese Grand Prix 1 November Suzuka 23x15px Gerhard Berger 23x15px Alain Prost 23x15px Gerhard Berger 23x15px Ferrari Report
16 23x15px Australian Grand Prix 15 November Adelaide 23x15px Gerhard Berger 23x15px Gerhard Berger 23x15px Gerhard Berger 23x15px Ferrari Report

1987 Drivers Championship final standings

Points towards the 1987 FIA Formula One World Championship for Drivers were awarded on a 9-6-4-3-2-1 basis to the top six placed drivers at each round. However only the best eleven round results were counted towards each driver's championship total.

Pos Driver BRA
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SMR
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BEL
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MON
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DET
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FRA
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GBR
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GER
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HUN
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AUT
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ITA
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POR
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ESP
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MEX
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Points[1]
1 23x15px Nelson Piquet 2 DNS Ret 2 2 2 2 1 1 2 1 3 (4) 2 15 Ret 73 (76)
2 23x15px Nigel Mansell 6 1 Ret Ret 5 1 1 Ret 14 1 3 Ret 1 1 DNS 61
3 23x15px Ayrton Senna Ret 2 Ret 1 1 4 3 3 2 5 2 7 5 Ret 2 DSQ 57
4 23x15px Alain Prost 1 Ret 1 9 3 3 Ret 7 3 6 15 1 2 Ret 7 Ret 46
5 23x15px Gerhard Berger 4 Ret Ret 4 4 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 4 2 Ret Ret 1 1 36
6 23x15px Stefan Johansson 3 4 2 Ret 7 8 Ret 2 Ret 7 6 5 3 Ret 3 Ret 30
7 23x15px Michele Alboreto 8 3 Ret 3 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 15 Ret 4 2 17
8 23x15px Thierry Boutsen 5 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 7 Ret 4 4 5 14 16 Ret 5 3 16
9 23x15px Teo Fabi Ret Ret Ret 8 Ret 5 6 Ret Ret 3 7 4 Ret 5 Ret Ret 12
10 23x15px Eddie Cheever Ret Ret 4 Ret 6 Ret Ret Ret 8 Ret Ret 6 8 4 9 Ret 8
11 23x15px Jonathan Palmer 10 Ret Ret 5 11 7 8 5 7 14 14 10 Ret 7 8 4 7
12 Template:Country data JPN Satoru Nakajima 7 6 5 10 Ret NC 4 Ret Ret 13 11 8 9 Ret 6 Ret 7
13 23x15px Riccardo Patrese Ret 9 Ret Ret 9 Ret Ret Ret 5 Ret Ret Ret 13 3 11 9 6
14 23x15px Andrea de Cesaris Ret Ret 3 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 8 4
15 23x15px Philippe Streiff 11 8 9 Ret Ret 6 Ret 4 9 Ret 12 12 7 8 12 Ret 4
16 23x15px Derek Warwick Ret 11 Ret Ret Ret Ret 5 Ret 6 Ret Ret 13 10 Ret 10 Ret 3
17 23x15px Philippe Alliot 10 8 Ret Ret Ret Ret 6 Ret 12 Ret Ret 6 6 Ret Ret 3
18 23x15px Martin Brundle Ret 5 Ret 7 Ret Ret NC NC Ret DSQ Ret Ret 11 Ret Ret Ret 2
19 23x15px Ivan Capelli DNS Ret Ret 6 Ret Ret Ret Ret 10 11 13 9 12 Ret Ret Ret 1
20 23x15px René Arnoux DNS 6 11 10 Ret Ret Ret Ret 10 10 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 1
21 23x15px Roberto Moreno Ret 6 1
23x15px Yannick Dalmas 9 14 5 0*
23x15px Christian Danner 9 7 Ret EX 8 Ret Ret Ret Ret 9 9 Ret Ret Ret Ret 7 0
23x15px Piercarlo Ghinzani Ret 7 12 Ret Ret EX Ret 12 8 8 Ret Ret Ret 13 Ret 0
23x15px Pascal Fabre 12 13 10 13 12 9 9 Ret 13 NC DNQ DNQ Ret DNQ 0
23x15px Alessandro Nannini Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 11 Ret 16 11 Ret Ret Ret Ret 0
23x15px Alex Caffi Ret 12 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret DNQ Ret Ret DNQ 0
23x15px Adrián Campos DSQ Ret Ret DNS Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 14 Ret Ret Ret 0
23x16px Franco Forini Ret Ret DNQ 0
23x15px Stefano Modena Ret 0
23x15px Gabriele Tarquini Ret 0
23x15px Nicola Larini DNQ Ret 0
Pos Driver BRA
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SMR
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BEL
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MON
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DET
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FRA
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GBR
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GER
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HUN
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AUT
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ITA
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POR
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ESP
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MEX
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JPN
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AUS
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Points
Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Light blue Practiced only (PO)
Friday test driver (TD)
(from 2003 onwards)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)

Drivers did not finish the Grand Prix, but were classified as they completed over 90% of the race distance.

Jim Clark Trophy (for drivers of cars equipped with naturally aspirated engines)

Pos Driver BRA
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SMR
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BEL
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MON
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DET
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FRA
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GBR
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GER
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HUN
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AUT
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ITA
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POR
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ESP
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MEX
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JPN
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AUS
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Points
1 23x15px Jonathan Palmer 1 Ret Ret 1 1 2 1 2 1 3 3 2 Ret 2 1 1 95
2 23x15px Philippe Streiff 2 1 2 Ret Ret 1 Ret 1 2 Ret 1 3 2 3 2 Ret 74
3 23x15px Philippe Alliot 2 1 Ret Ret Ret Ret 3 Ret 2 Ret Ret 1 1 Ret Ret 43
4 23x15px Ivan Capelli DNS Ret Ret 2 Ret Ret Ret Ret 3 1 2 1 3 Ret Ret Ret 38
5 23x15px Pascal Fabre 3 3 3 3 2 3 2 Ret 4 NC DNQ DNQ Ret DNQ 35
6 23x15px Roberto Moreno Ret 3 4
23x15px Yannick Dalmas 4 3 2 0*
23x15px Nicola Larini DNQ Ret 0
Pos Driver BRA
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SMR
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BEL
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MON
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DET
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FRA
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GBR
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GER
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HUN
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AUT
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ITA
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POR
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ESP
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MEX
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AUS
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Points

* Ineligible for points.

1987 Constructors Championship final standings

Points towards the 1987 FIA Formula One World Championship for Constructors were awarded on a 9-6-4-3-2-1 basis for the top six placed cars at each round. All results were counted (not just best eleven rounds).

Pos Constructor Car
no.
BRA
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SMR
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BEL
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MON
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DET
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FRA
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GBR
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GER
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HUN
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AUT
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ITA
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POR
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ESP
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MEX
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JPN
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AUS
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Pts
1 23x15px Williams-Honda 5 6 1 Ret Ret 5 1 1 Ret 14 1 3 Ret 1 1 DNS 9 137
6 2 DNS Ret 2 2 2 2 1 1 2 1 3 4 2 15 Ret
2 23x15px McLaren-TAG 1 1 Ret 1 9 3 3 Ret 7 3 6 14 1 2 Ret 7 Ret 76
2 3 4 2 Ret 7 8 Ret 2 Ret 7 6 5 3 Ret 3 Ret
3 23x15px Lotus-Honda 11 7 6 5 10 Ret NC 4 Ret Ret 13 11 8 9 Ret 6 Ret 64
12 Ret 2 Ret 1 1 4 3 3 2 5 2 7 5 Ret 2 DSQ
4 23x15px Ferrari 27 8 3 Ret 3 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 15 Ret 4 2 53
28 4 Ret Ret 4 4 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 4 2 Ret Ret 1 1
5 23x15px Benetton-Ford 19 Ret Ret Ret 8 Ret 5 6 Ret Ret 3 7 4 Ret 5 Ret Ret 28
20 5 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 7 Ret 4 4 5 14 16 Ret 5 3
6 23x15px Tyrrell-Ford 3 10 Ret Ret 5 11 7 8 5 7 14 14 10 Ret 7 8 4 11
4 11 8 9 Ret Ret 6 Ret 4 9 Ret 12 12 7 8 12 Ret
7 23x15px Arrows-Megatron 17 Ret 11 Ret Ret Ret Ret 5 Ret 6 Ret Ret 13 10 Ret 10 Ret 11
18 Ret Ret 4 Ret 6 Ret Ret Ret 8 Ret Ret 6 8 4 9 Ret
8 23x15px Brabham-BMW 7 Ret 9 Ret Ret 9 Ret Ret Ret 5 Ret Ret Ret 13 3 11 Ret 10
8 Ret Ret 3 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 8
9 23x15px Lola-Ford 29 9 14 5 3
30 10 8 Ret Ret Ret Ret 6 Ret 12 Ret Ret 6 6 Ret Ret
10 23x15px Zakspeed 9 Ret 5 Ret 7 Ret Ret NC NC Ret DSQ Ret Ret 11 Ret Ret Ret 2
10 9 7 Ret EX 8 Ret Ret Ret Ret 9 9 DNS Ret Ret Ret 7
11 23x15px Ligier-Megatron 25 DNS 6 11 10 Ret Ret Ret Ret 10 10 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 1
26 Ret 7 12 Ret Ret EX Ret 12 8 8 Ret Ret Ret 13 Ret
12 23x15px AGS-Ford 14 12 13 10 13 12 9 9 Ret 13 NC DNQ DNQ Ret DNQ Ret 6 1
13 23x15px March-Ford 16 DNS Ret Ret 6 Ret Ret Ret Ret 10 11 13 9 12 Ret Ret Ret 1
23x15px Minardi-Motori Moderni 23 DSQ Ret Ret DNS Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 14 Ret Ret Ret 0
24 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 11 Ret 16 11 Ret Ret Ret Ret
23x15px Osella-Alfa Romeo 21 Ret 12 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret DNQ Ret Ret DNQ 0
22 Ret Ret Ret DNQ
23x15px Coloni-Ford 32 DNQ Ret 0
Pos Constructor Car
no.
BRA
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SMR
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BEL
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MON
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DET
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FRA
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GBR
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GER
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HUN
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AUT
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ITA
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POR
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ESP
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MEX
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JPN
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AUS
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Pts
Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Light blue Practiced only (PO)
Friday test driver (TD)
(from 2003 onwards)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)

Dalmas' Lola was ineligible for constructors points, as the team had entered only one car for the championship.

Colin Chapman Trophy (for constructors of cars equipped with naturally aspirated engines)

Pos Constructor Car
no.
BRA
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SMR
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BEL
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MON
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DET
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FRA
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GBR
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GER
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HUN
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AUT
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ITA
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POR
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ESP
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MEX
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JPN
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AUS
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Pts
1 23x15px Tyrrell-Ford 3 1 Ret Ret 1 1 2 1 2 1 3 3 2 Ret 2 1 1 169
4 2 1 2 Ret Ret 1 Ret 1 2 Ret 1 3 2 3 2 Ret
2 23x15px Lola-Ford 29 4 3 2 43
30 2 1 Ret Ret Ret Ret 3 Ret 2 Ret Ret 1 1 Ret Ret
3 23x15px AGS-Ford 14 3 3 3 3 2 3 2 Ret 4 NC DNQ DNQ Ret DNQ Ret 3 41
4 23x15px March-Ford 16 DNS Ret Ret 2 Ret Ret Ret Ret 3 1 2 1 3 Ret Ret Ret 38
23x15px Coloni-Ford 32 DNQ Ret 0
Pos Constructor Car
no.
BRA
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SMR
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BEL
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MON
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DET
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FRA
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GBR
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GER
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HUN
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AUT
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ITA
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POR
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ESP
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MEX
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JPN
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AUS
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Pts

Notes

  1. ^ Only the best 11 results counted towards the Drivers' Championship. Numbers without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.

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