Grand Prix Gold: Canadian GP 1986

Grand Prix Gold: Canadian GP 1986

Domination of a race weekend was not something that had previously occurred in the 1986 season. But Nigel Mansell put that right in Canada, the Williams driver a cut above the rest at Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

Hey, this boy is getting serious about the world championship. At Jerez he nearly won and at Spa he perhaps inherited the victory when his team-mate retired. But at Montreal, from Friday morning on, he dominated, putting pole position beyond Ayrton Senna's reach and the race beyond realistic challenge. This time the gang of five took the first five places, and Nigel Mansell wiped them out.

It was, of course, an 'economy' race, as everyone expected. In an attempt to forestall embarrassment, the organisers shortened it so that the 'safety' limit on fuel would not look the foolish red herring we have seen so often in the past, but Mansell's average speed was nevertheless a new record. Alain Prost, Nelson Piquet, Keke Rosberg and Senna followed him in and Rene Arnoux completed the top six, but none presented a serious challenge.

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