French Grand Prix – 1986


Coming off a great victory in the US and good performances in all qualifying sessions, it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that Ayrton Senna was in very good place, becoming one of the favorites for any race in which he participated. In France, things were not different.

The weekend got off to a good start at the French Grand Prix: he got pole position – the sixth that year and the 13th of his career.

The set up for the car was perfect. Saving on gas was enough to bring the Lotus safely to the finish line. And, of course, a little bit of luck helped as well.

Nigel Mansell (Williams), second on the starting grid, recognized that Ayrton Senna was in great form and that it would be a huge challenge to defeat him:

“I’ll win if I start off in front of Lotus.”

The British driver started well and passed Ayrton Senna, who was still trying to deal with the Williams drivers in front of him.

But soon, on the third lap, Senna was betrayed. One of his front wheels locked and he had to retire, opening the door for a victory from the Englishmen Nigel Mansell.

Resumo da Corrida

  • 1 Ayrton Senna
  • 2 N. Mansell
  • 3 N. Piquet
  • 4 R. Arnoux
  • 5 A. Prost
  • 6 M. Alboreto
  • 7 K. Rosberg
  • 8 G. Berger
  • 9 T. Fabi
  • 10 S. Johansson
  • 11 J. Laffite
  • 12 J. Drumfries
  • 13 P. Tambay
  • 14 D. Warwick
  • 15 M. Brundle
  • 16 R. Patrese
  • 17 P. Streiff
  • 18 C. Danner
  • 19 A. Nannini
  • 20 A. Jones
  • 21 T. Boutsen
  • 22 J. Palmer
  • 23 A. de Cesaris
  • 24 H. Rothengatter
  • 25 P. Ghinzani
  • 26 A. Berg
Voltas 80
Tempo Nublado
Volta mais rápida N. Mansell - 1´09´´993
Podium 1º N. Mansell 2º A. Prost 3º N. Piquet
Carros 26
Abandonos 15

Senna na corrida

Posição de largada 1
Posição final Abandonou (3ª volta)
Melhor volta 1’12’’882
Pontos somados para o Campeonato -
Posição no Campeonato após a prova 3
O que disse após a prova
“There was oil on the track and I was taken by surprise, swerving to avoid it. I simply lost control of the car. I went off course slowly, but when I passed the gravel, I kept sliding further and further.”