The Australian Grand Prix proved Ayrton Senna’s theory about his Lotus’ engine:
“The Renault engine is powerful for one lap, however, weak in meeting the demands of a Grand Prix race.”
During qualifying sessions, the Brazilian driver managed third position for the starting grid. Not bad considering he had little expectation for the final race of the season.
And when race time came, the Renault engine was a disappointment again, failing on the 43rd lap.
The focus of attention remained on Alain Prost and his victory, due to Nigel Mansell’s retirement on lap 63, becoming world champion once again, raining on the Williams parade, which was hoping to win the drivers’ and constructors’ titles.
Senna finished the 1986 championship in fourth place, with 55 points, behind champions Alain Prost (McLaren), Nigel Mansell and Nelson Piquet (Williams). He said goodbye to Renault engines. In 1987, Honda came to equip his Lotus, which had also changed color, from black to yellow.
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final position (retired on lap 43)
position in championship following the race
championship points accumulated