1987 German Grand Prix

Race Winner
Country
Germany
Circuit
Round
8
Laps
44
Pole
Fastest Lap
Mansell , 1m 45.716s
1987 Season
Past Results

My small pocket dictionary says attrition is the “act of rubbing away, to wear down”, and no more suitable word could describe what the German Grand Prix at Hockenheimring did to the Formula One entry.

We knew it was going to be fast, and we knew it was going to be hard on engines, but nobody anticipated that of the twenty-one turbocharged l½-litre cars which started, only two would be healthy at the finish, and two more were lucky to finish. If ever there was a “rubbing away” of a full Grand Prix entry, this was it. Even the non-turbo charged 3½-litre entry suffered, two of the five cars falling by the wayside with engine-related problems.

Had the race gone on for one more lap, the second-placed man Stefan Johansson would have been out, as his McLaren crossed the finishing line on three wheels; even the third-placed man, Ayrton Senna, had a marginal finish as his Lotus suspension had stopped being “active” and had become embarrassingly “passive”. The car was sitting down on its support springs, and his lap times were down from 1min 49sec to 2min 05sec.

Race Results

Qualifying

Circuit - Hockenheim

Country

Germany

Location

Hockenheim, Baden-Wurttemberg

Type

Permanent road course

Length

4.227 (Miles)

Record

Riccardo Patrese (Williams FW14-Renault), 1m43.569, 146.928 mph, F1, 1991

First Race

1949 Hockenheim F2

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