GP Germany 1986 at the Hockenheimring

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GP Germany 1986 at the Hockenheimring
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P ole: Keke Rosberg (McLaren-TAG Porsche) 1.42.013 min

1. Nelson Piquet (Williams-Honda) 1: 22.08.263 h
2. Ayrton Senna (Lotus-Renault) + 15.437 s
3. Nigel Mansell (Williams-Honda) + 44.580 s

After a year break, Formula 1 returned to the Motodrom in 1986. In 1985 the new Nürburgring won the bid for the German GP. The Hockenheim weekend starts with a bang. Keke Rosberg declares his retirement at the end of the season. As if to send one last signal, the Finn puts his McLaren-Porsche on pole position. His neighbor is team-mate Alain Prost.

But the impression is wrong. The real rulers in the field are the Williams-Honda with Nelson Piquet and Nigel Mansell, classified in fifth and sixth. Under racing conditions, the Honda V6 Turbo is the most economical and at the same time the most powerful engine in the field. The limit is 195 liters for a racing distance.

Senna and Berger take the lead

To the surprise of the 80,000 visitors, the second row takes the lead when the lights go out. Ayrton Senna takes command in the Lotus Renault from Gerhard Berger in the Benetton BMW. The two outsiders don't stay in front for long. After ten rounds, Piquet sets the tone. Thereupon a long-distance duel develops between Piquet and Rosberg. The lead changes depending on who is picking up a fresh set of tires from the pits.

Alain Prost remains in wait, while Nigel Mansell has nothing to do with what is happening at the front. The economy run begins from the 30th round. Those involved only drive while looking at the fuel gauge. Piquet, who, unlike the McLaren drivers, changes tires twice, has the greatest reserves. Prost is not an opponent for him. But Rosberg stayed in the lead for another eight laps until the Brazilian also caught the second McLaren.

Drama up to the last lap in Hockenheim

When the enema already seems to be firmly cemented, the action starts to move again. Ayrton Senna stalked the McLaren out of nowhere. In the penultimate lap he passed Prost.

In the last round it gets dramatic. Rosberg rolls out in the east curve without fuel. While Piquet and Senna are waved off, Prost comes into the Motodrom in serpentine lines. 200His McLaren stops meters before the finish line. Prost jumps out of the cockpit and pushes his red and white vehicle against all the rules until he sees the futility of what he is doing and gives up with a helpless gesture. He is still classified in sixth.

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