Sunday 9th August 1987
Nelson Piquet, the eventual 1987 F1 champion, driving a Williams-Honda FW11B, won the Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring. It was Piquet’s second victory in a row after winning the German Grand Prix. Again like the German Grand Prix it was a race Piquet had won the year before, and again like the German Grand Prix, it was a victory inherited, this time after a wheel nut came off the right front wheel of Nigel Mansell’s Williams on lap 70. Ayrton Senna finished in second position in his Lotus 99T ahead of reigning world champion Alain Prost in his McLaren MP4/3.
Belgian driver Thierry Boutsen (Benetton B187) chased the leaders hard all race to be rewarded with fourth place ahead of the Brabham BT56 of Italian Riccardo Patrese. The final championship point was claimed by Briton Derek Warwick in his Arrows A10. Warwick was sick with influenza and conjunctivitis, claiming the point on such a physically demanding circuit was a noteworthy achievement given the circumstances. Jonathan Palmer, who had said before the race that he hoped the tight Hungaroring would suit the non-turbos, claimed the Jim Clark Trophy points finishing seventh in his Tyrrell DG016 with team mate Philippe Streiff finishing ninth behind the second Arrows of Eddie Cheever. Italian driver Ivan Capelli was tenth in the March 871.
The win allowed Piquet to expand his championship points lead to seven over Senna and 18 over Mansell.