1987 Half-Term Report

Time once again to take stock of the teams after 8 races gone out of 16…

Bel87 Prost

The Woking team started well, with two wins in the first three races for double champion Prost, but have disappointed since Monaco, with just a brace of third places for Prost and second in Germany for Johansson. The Swede seems to be holding his own, but rarely looks a winner in the car.

MON87 Palmer


Ken’s boys are dominating the 3.5l series, but rarely trouble the scorers on the day. Their double points finish in Germany puts them fifth in the table, but that’s only because the big four are hogging pretty much all the points.

FRA87 Leaders

Still the class of the field, with Mansell and Piquet looking confident and relaxed, and the cars both fast and reliable (mostly!). Momentum is with them as they go into the second half of the season on the back of three straight wins.

Brabham 87

The team marked the 25th anniversary of their first ever Grand Prix at Hockenheim, but it’s not been a season to celebrate for the team, for whom de Cesaris’ third place at Spa the only points and sole bright spot so far.

BRZ87 Brundle (getty)


The West German team has points on the board at least, with Brundle’s fifth place in San Marino, but the cars have retired more often than finished so far and matters weren’t helped by Danner’s unjust disqualification at Monaco.



DET87 Senna Lotus-Honda

A bright start for the innovative active-suspension car, which has been especially good on street circuits such as Monaco and Detroit. Fading badly at the speed circuits, Senna has finished a lap down at the last three races and will hope that upcoming twisty and/or bumpy tracks in Hungary, Mexico and Australia will suit it better.

MON87 Fabre

The new team have yet to score in the senior series, but their reliability has seen them finish all races bar one, always last but enough to make them best after the Tyrrells in the 3.5l category.

SMR87 Capelli

Capelli’s excellent point in Monaco caught the eye, but it has been their only finish so far this year. The team have potential but need to improve their reliability.




With their two excellent drivers, the Arrows team are having a reasonable season so far, but chance and bad luck have conspired to keep them off the scoreboard more often than not. They will hope for better luck in the back straight.


BEL87 Fabi

The promise of 1986’s first win has gone largely unfulfilled so far, with neither Fabi nor Boutsen going better than fifth. Some bad luck but more a lack of reliability on the new car and the Ford Turbo engines which can apparently be either fast or finish the race, but not both.

Osella 87
Osella-Alfa Romeo

Yet to finish a race so far – Alex Caffi was classified 12th in his only race, but only because he’d completed 90% distance – and without even the consolation prize of the Colin Chapman and Jim Clark trophies to aim at. One wonders why they still bother.


minardi 87
Minardi-Motori Moderni

Like compatriots Osella, a disheartening season; neither car has yet finished, and Adrian Campos is looking distinctly out of his depth at this level to boot.

Ligier 87

The season started badly with the team missing the opening race with no engines, and hasn’t improved much. A solitary point in Belgium for Arnoux the height of their season so far.

Ferrari 87

A distant fourth in the Constructors’ Championship thanks to a dreadful basic chassis design. John Barnard continues trying to improve it, but you can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. A couple of third places for Alboreto the highlight so far: can they improve at all?

Lola 87
Larrousse-Calmels Lola-Ford

Despite the disadvantage of their 3.5l engine, the Larrousse team have done well in their first season, crowned with a first point in Germany. Alliot seems to have shaken off his “wild man” image and be putting in some sensible, conservative drives to finish whenever the car will allow him


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