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1987 FIA Formula 1 Season
Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
Champion Constructor: Williams Honda (GB,4,4)
Putative Constructor: Williams Honda (GB)
Champion Driver: Nelson Piquet (BR,3,3)
Putative Driver: Nelson Piquet (BR)
Putative Constructor Entry Specification: Model FW11B, 1.49-liter, six-cylinder vee, aluminum alloy engine, DOHC, fuel injection, dual turbocharged, five-speed, ventilated carbon disc brakes, carbon composite monocoque chassis, double wishbone active independent suspension, 805 horsepower (Patrick Head, Frank Dernie, Paddy Lowe).

The FIA, seeking to encourage constructors to migrate towards naturally aspirated power units in time for the 1989 season, mandates pop-off valves for all turbocharged units in 1987 to restrict blown pressure to 4.0 bar. The turbocharged entries nonetheless perform at faster speeds than the prior season. The sanctioning body also bans the use of super-soft compound rubber for qualifying purposes. On the business side, as part of the new Concorde Agreement, FOCA president Bernie Ecclestone establishes the Formula 1 Promotions and Administration (FOPA) organization that serves as the negotiating body for all commercial interests related to sport and responsible for the distribution of such to the teams and the FIA. The percentage received by FOPA for its efforts swiftly makes Ecclestone among the wealthiest citizens in Britain. Williams and its FW11B iteration easily snares its second consecutive constructors' crown, yet the six race victories by driver Nigel Mansell in his Williams fails to overcome the season long consistency executed by teammate Nelson Piquet (three victories), who wins his third drivers' title, joining a group of elite drivers. Piquet captures the championship at Suzuka in November after Mansell injures himself in a qualifying shunt and cannot compete in the contest. McLaren pilot Alain Prost ascends as the all-time series career leader with twenty-eight victories with his cross at Estoril in September, supplanting Jackie Stewart. F1 makes its first return to Japan in ten seasons with its run at Suzuka in November.

HeM applies the Putative Model to all racing seasons for two primary purposes: First, to effectively normalize all racing seasons for empirical comparison across the decades, and second, to step clear of series organizers which score season championships primarily out of commercial interest or to attract manufacturer participation. The Putative Model simply scores all seasons in the same fashion as a standard track and field meeting, with the only purpose of tracking what takes place at the finishing stripe If the Putative Champion differs from the nominal Series Champion, please note the (SC) notation below.

Williams Honda180     Piquet104
McLaren TAG Porsche97     Mansell88
Lotus Honda80     Senna A74
Scuderia Ferrari65     Prost60
Benetton Ford30     Berger47
Brabham BMW12     Johansson S37

Noteworthy 1987 Races

1987 XLV Grand Prix de Monaco Monte Carlo1987 1987 XLV Grand Prix de Monaco At Monaco for the Grand Prix (259.5 kilometers) in May, the race comes to a British Lotus 100T Ford under Ayrton Senna (BR) in 1:57:54.1 (average 82.04 mph), under thirty-four seconds ahead of a Williams entry. Senna moves out front on Lap 30 of 78 with a pass of race leader Nigel Mansell in his Williams, daringly passes up a second service for fresher rubber, and motors away for a comfortable victory, the first for Williams in the principality since the 1974 season. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
1987 XL British Grand Prix Silverstone, England1987 1987 XL British Grand Prix At Silverstone for the British Grand Prix (310.5 kilometers) in July, a British Williams FW11B Honda under Nigel Mansell (GB) takes race honors in 1:19:11.8 (average 146.20 mph), under two seconds ahead of a companion Williams driven by Nelson Piquet. Mansell moves out front after passing race leader Piquet with a remarkable move at Stowe with less than three laps remaining as both Williams entries lap the entire field. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
1987 LXIX Grosser Preis von Deutschland Hockenheim, West Germany1987 1987 LXIX Grosser Preis von Deutschland At Hockenheim for the German Grand Prix (300 kilometers) in July, a British Williams FW11B Honda under Nelson Piquet (BR) takes the flag in 1:21:25.1 (average 136.95 mph), under a hundred seconds ahead of a McLaren entry. Piquet moves out front after race leader Prost in his McLaren drops an alternator with less than five laps remaining. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
1987 Grand Prix of Hungary Mogyoród, Hungary1987 1987 Grand Prix of Hungary At the Hungaroring for the Grand Prix (305 kilometers) in August, a British Williams FW11B Honda under Nelson Piquet (BR) notches a victory in 1:59:26.8 (average 95.22 mph), under thirty-eight seconds ahead of a Lotus entry. Piquet moves out front after race leader Nigel Mansell in his Williams loses a wheel nut with less than six laps remaining. Photo Credit: Williams Racing.
1987 V Grande Prémio de Portugal Lisbon, Portugal1987 1987 V Grande Prémio de Portugal At Estoril for the Portuguese Grand Prix (304.5 kilometers) in September, a British McLaren MP4-3 TAG Porsche under Alain Prost (FR) bests the field in 1:37:03.9 (average 116.96 mph), under twenty-one seconds ahead of a Ferrari entry. Prost moves out front after his hard pressure forces race leader Gerhard Berger in his Ferrari to spin off the circuit with less than three laps remaining. Prost ascends as the F1 all-time career leader with twenty-eight victories (Stewart). Photo Credit: LAT Photographic Archive.
1987 XI Gran Premio de MéCiudad México, México1987 1987 XI Gran Premio de MéAt Hermanos Rodríguez for the Mexican Grand Prix (278.5 kilometers) in October, a British Williams FW11B Honda under Nigel Mansell (GB) crosses first in 1:26:24.2 (average 120.18 mph), under twenty-seven seconds ahead of a companion Williams entry. Mansell holds the lead at Lap 31 before a dramatic shunt by Derek Warwick in his Arrows prompts race officials to unfurl the red flag. Race control elects to restart and score the race as an aggregate of the standings before and after the Warwick accident, and despite a strong second leg by Nelson Piquet in his Williams that takes him to the flag, Mansell earns the victory based upon the imposed aggregate solution. Photo Credit: LAT Photographic Archive.