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1987

Machine: Lotus 99T / Tyre: GOOD YEAR / Car No.12

Lotus got the HONDA engine of Senna's heart desire. Honda fully entried to Formula-One at the second stage and supplied their eingine to Williams last season, and from 1987s' season Japanese major engine manufacturer also started to provide the powerful turbo weapon and Satoru Nakajima to Lotus. It was historical event that Ayrton Senna met Honda at that time, then on the history of Japanese motor sports it was also coming new age that Nakajima joined to the prestige of mortor race as the first Japanese full-entried driver.
But the Lotus chassis still couldn't make the best use of Honda engine due to the active suspension which was new technology but didn't work well and in progress. Besides, Lotus actually had a trouble with management finance, so secret negotiation between Honda and McLaren was on-going underground.
Ayrton sit the 7 pole-position in 1985 and 8 times in 1986, however, he only got one in 1987 in spite of the powerful engine. Nevertheless, his distinguished skill helped to win the Monaco GP and upcoming Detroit GP in a row. As a result, Nelson Pique Williams driver got the title of world championship, Nigel Mansell at the same team as Pique in 2nd place, and Senna in 3rd place, Alain Prost finished 4th place that season.
He shouldn't be happy with this result because he made every effort to title. McLaren which was one of the top ranked team announced about the drivers' line-up at Italy GP as the jointed number-one system both Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna.

Rd.DateGPMachineEngineQualifyFinalNotes
14/12BrazilLotus 99THonda V6T4REngine trouble
25/3San Marino12
35/17Belgium3RAccident
45/31Monaco21
56/21Detroit21
67/5France34
77/12UK33
87/26Germany23
98/9Hungary62
108/16Austria75
119/6Italy42
129/20Portugal57
139/27Spain55
1410/18Mexico7RCourse off
1511/1Japan72
1611/15Australia4DisqualifiedBreach of regulations

World Championship Classification:3rd with 57 points
Number of races lead:7
Number of laps lead: 108 laps(10.70%)
Number of kilometers lead: 278
Points per race, average: 3.563
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