Mexican Grand Prix – 1987

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Senna put forth great effort, but he couldn’t do better than seventh position on the grid. He had the right engine, but not the right car.

As the great driver he always was, what the car lacked, Senna made up for it with his skill.

He decided to drive his car to its limit, losing some stability. He wound up spinning out of control and hit the wall at lap 54. He was taken to the circuit hospital, examined and discharged after two hours of observation.

But this accident wasn’t the only one for Ayrton Senna in that race in Mexico. The Grand Prix was interrupted on the 31st of 63 laps, with the right to another start off, because of the spinning out and confusion caused by Spanish driver Adrian Campos (Minardi).

Before Campos, six cars had already collided, including Alain Prost, whose McLaren was rammed during the start off.

Nigel Mansell (Williams), who escaped uninjured from the various accidents, won the race.

Senna put forth great effort, but he couldn’t do better than seventh position on the grid. He had the right engine, but not the right car.

As the great driver he always was, what the car lacked, Senna made up for it with his skill.

He decided to drive his car to its limit, losing some stability. He wound up spinning out of control and hit the wall at lap 54. He was taken to the circuit hospital, examined and discharged after two hours of observation.

But this accident wasn’t the only one for Ayrton Senna in that race in Mexico. The Grand Prix was interrupted on the 31st of 63 laps, with the right to another start off, because of the spinning out and confusion caused by Spanish driver Adrian Campos (Minardi).

Before Campos, six cars had already collided, including Alain Prost, whose McLaren was rammed during the start off.

Nigel Mansell (Williams), who escaped uninjured from the various accidents, won the race.

Race Summary

  • 1 N. Mansell
  • 2 G. Berger
  • 3 N. Piquet
  • 4 T. Boutsen
  • 5 A. Prost
  • 6 T. Fabi
  • 7 Ayrton Senna
  • 8 R. Patrese
  • 9 M. Alboreto
  • 10 A. de Cesaris
  • 11 D. Warwick
  • 12 E. Cheever
  • 13 M. Brundle
  • 14 A. Nannini
  • 15 S. Johansson
  • 16 S. Nakajima
  • 17 C. Danner
  • 18 R. Arnoux
  • 19 A. Campos
  • 20 I. Capelli
  • 21 P. Ghinzani
  • 22 J. Palmer
  • 23 Y. Dalmas
  • 24 P. Alliot
  • 25 P. Streiff
  • 26 A.Caffi
Turns 63
Time Ensolarado
Fastest lap N. Piquet - 1´19´´132
Podium 1º N. Mansell 2º N. Piquet 3º R. Patrese
Cars 26
Leaving 17

Senna in race

Starting position 7
Final position Abandonou (54ª volta)
Best lap 1’20’’586
Points added to the Championship -
Championship position after the race 3
What did he say after the race
“I had problems with the clutch and when I needed to change gears on the corner, the rear wheels locked and I spun out.”