From the Motor Sport Archive
Gerhard Berger sustained his winning momentum to reel off his second victory in a fortnight when the Grand Prix circus arrived in Adelaide for the Australian Grand Prix, the final round of the sixteen race 1987 World Championship series.
Despite the fact that the 28-year-old Austrian was feeling distinctly below par all weekend with a raging sore throat and ear-ache, once strapped into the cockpit of his Ferrari F187 he produced an absolutely flawless performance, qualifying on pole position and leading every lap of the way.
It is funny how things run true to a pattern in Formula One. Often you find that, once the World Championship is settled, the top team's level of achievement fades noticeably and an outsider often begins to demonstrate unexpected form.
That is exactly what has happened this season with Williams and Ferrari, although it has to be said that the signs of a Maranello revival were there from the Hungarian Grand Prix where Berger got his Ferrari onto the front row alongside Mansell. Once Piquet's World Championship was assured by Mansell's practice crash in Japan, there were no more Williams race finishes at either Suzuka or Adelaide.
It is all too easy to put that down to some sort of almost unconscious easing of effort, but if that was the case it was more with the Honda part of the equation than the Williams element. Piquet and Riccardo Patrese (Mansell's stand-in at Adelaide) suffered major engine failures in Japan and Australia respectively, the first such failures since Piquet's retirement in the third race of the season at Spa.
Out on the circuit, the Adelaide qualifying battle was waged between Berger and outgoing World Champion Alain Prost. In the Friday session Berger posted a 1 min 17.267 sec lap, and in the significantly hotter conditions which prevailed the following day, he only went out for a few laps shortly before the end of the session, just as a defensive precaution in the event of anybody getting threateningly close.
|1||Gerhard Berger||Scuderia Ferrari||Ferrari F187 (Goodyear)||
1h 52m 56.144s
|2 ↑ 4||Michele Alboreto||Scuderia Ferrari||Ferrari F187 (Goodyear)||
1h 54m 4.028s
|3 ↑ 2||Thierry Boutsen||Benetton Formula||Benetton B187-Ford (Goodyear)||4|
|4 ↑ 15||Jonathan Palmer||Data General Team Tyrrell||Tyrrell 016-Ford (Goodyear)||3|
|5 ↑ 16||Yannick Dalmas||Larrousse Calmels||Lola LC87-Ford (Goodyear)||0|
|6 ↑ 19||Roberto Moreno||Team El Charro AGS||AGS JH22-Ford (Goodyear)||1|
|7 ↑ 17||Christian Danner||West Zakspeed Racing||Zakspeed 871 (Goodyear)||0|
|8 ↑ 2||Andrea de Cesaris||Motor Racing Developments||Brabham BT56-BMW (Goodyear)||0|
|9 ↓ 2||Riccardo Patrese||Canon Williams Honda Team||Williams FW11B-Honda (Goodyear)||0|
|R||Ivan Capelli||Leyton House March Racing Team||March 871-Ford (Goodyear)||0|
|R||Nelson Piquet||Canon Williams Honda Team||Williams FW11B-Honda (Goodyear)||0|
|R||Alain Prost||Marlboro McLaren International||McLaren MP4/3-TAG Porsche (Goodyear)||0|
|R||Eddie Cheever||USF&G Arrows Megatron||Arrows A10-Megatron BMW (Goodyear)||0|
|R||Stefan Johansson||Marlboro McLaren International||McLaren MP4/3-TAG Porsche (Goodyear)||0|
|R||Teo Fabi||Benetton Formula||Benetton B187-Ford (Goodyear)||0|
|R||Adrian Campos||Minardi Team||Minardi M187-Motori Moderni (Goodyear)||0|
|R||Philippe Alliot||Larrousse Calmels||Lola LC87-Ford (Goodyear)||0|
|R||Rene Arnoux||Ligier LOTO||Ligier JS29C-Megatron BMW (Goodyear)||0|
|R||Stefano Modena||Motor Racing Developments||Brabham BT56-BMW (Goodyear)||0|
|R||Piercarlo Ghinzani||Ligier LOTO||Ligier JS29C-Megatron BMW (Goodyear)||0|
|R||Satoru Nakajima||Camel Team Lotus Honda||Lotus 99T-Honda (Goodyear)||0|
|R||Derek Warwick||USF&G Arrows Megatron||Arrows A10-Megatron BMW (Goodyear)||0|
|R||Martin Brundle||West Zakspeed Racing||Zakspeed 871 (Goodyear)||0|
|R||Philippe Streiff||Data General Team Tyrrell||Tyrrell 016-Ford (Goodyear)||0|
|R||Alessandro Nannini||Minardi Team||Minardi M187-Motori Moderni (Goodyear)||0|
|DSQ||Ayrton Senna||Camel Team Lotus Honda||Lotus 99T-Honda (Goodyear)||
1h 53m 30.989s
|DNQ||Alex Caffi||Osella Squadra Corse||Osella FA1I-Alfa Romeo (Goodyear)||0|
|1||Gerhard Berger||Scuderia Ferrari||
|2||Alain Prost||Marlboro McLaren International||
|3||Nelson Piquet||Canon Williams Honda Team||
|4||Ayrton Senna||Camel Team Lotus Honda||
|5||Thierry Boutsen||Benetton Formula||
|6||Michele Alboreto||Scuderia Ferrari||
|7||Riccardo Patrese||Canon Williams Honda Team||
|8||Stefan Johansson||Marlboro McLaren International||
|9||Teo Fabi||Benetton Formula||
|10||Andrea de Cesaris||Motor Racing Developments||
|11||Eddie Cheever||USF&G Arrows Megatron||
|12||Derek Warwick||USF&G Arrows Megatron||
|13||Alessandro Nannini||Minardi Team||
|14||Satoru Nakajima||Camel Team Lotus Honda||
|15||Stefano Modena||Motor Racing Developments||
|16||Martin Brundle||West Zakspeed Racing||
|17||Philippe Alliot||Larrousse Calmels||
|18||Philippe Streiff||Data General Team Tyrrell||
|19||Jonathan Palmer||Data General Team Tyrrell||
|20||Rene Arnoux||Ligier LOTO||
|21||Yannick Dalmas||Larrousse Calmels||
|22||Piercarlo Ghinzani||Ligier LOTO||
|23||Ivan Capelli||Leyton House March Racing Team||
|24||Christian Danner||West Zakspeed Racing||
|25||Roberto Moreno||Team El Charro AGS||
|26||Adrian Campos||Minardi Team||
|27||Alex Caffi||Osella Squadra Corse||
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