1987 San Marino Grand Prix

1987 San Marino Grand Prix

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1987 San Marino Grand Prix

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The 1987 San Marino Grand Prix was a Formula One race held on May 3, 1987 at the Autodromo Dino Ferrari, Imola. It was the second race of the 1987 Formula One season.

Race summary

In Friday practice, championship contender Nelson Piquet was eliminated from the race after an accident at the Tamburello corner. A tyre of his Williams failed, which resulted in a violent impact against the wall. Whilst in his opinion he had only sustained a sore ankle, he was taken to the nearby Bellaria-Igea Marina hospital, and after medical checks he was forbidden to start by FIA Medical Delegate Sid Watkins.

Alarmed by excessive blistering and the suggestion that Piquet's accident may have been caused by a tyre deflation, Goodyear withdrew all the tyres issued to teams. A replacement selection was flown in and despite the lack of Customs officials due to an Italian public holiday, the new rubber was available for all teams to race on by Sunday.

Saturday's qualifying went on smoothly, with Ayrton Senna claiming pole position on his Lotus, with Nigel Mansell, on the second Williams, aside him in the front row. The second row was occupied by Teo Fabi in the Benetton and Alain Prost's McLaren; "home" team Ferrari took the whole third row with Michele Alboreto ahead of Gerhard Berger.<br>The race required two starts as Martin Brundle, Thierry Boutsen and Eddie Cheever stalled on the original grid. Satoru Nakajima started from the pit lane owing to a faulty battery, and René Arnoux...
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