DOTR: Alessandro Nannini. Fighting drive in the Arrows only stopped by unfortunate failure.
ROTR: Lapped cars. Andrea De Cesaris and Piercarlo Ghinzani ruined an entertaining battle for the lead with their failure to move out of the way.
Qualifying saw Alessandro Nannini take pole position in his Arrows, ahead of the Williams duo of Prost and Mansell. The other Arrows of Rosberg was 4th, with Brabham looking relatively strong on a track where they were expected to struggle. There wasn't many surprises elsewhere, aside from the poor performance of McLaren, Senna and Warwick only lining up on the 7th row on the grid, and at the back, Satoru Nakajima and Luis-Perez Sala failing to qualify, the Spaniard having not yet started a race in his AGS this year. At the start Nannini kept his lead, and what ensued was a several-car train behind him that lasted for over half of the race. Elsewhere, Derek Warwick was collected in the midfield chaos on the first lap, which knocked off his front wing and required a pit, which dropped him down to last place, with a lot of work to do. Early on Jonathan Palmer was out, his transmission not being up to the job. The award for the first error of the race, a few laps later, went to Ivan Capelli, who spun his Zakspeed on the approach to Mirabeau, then stalled it. Even though the German team have allegedly brought an upgraded engine to this race, this might be the wrong way to demonstrate it. Later on, we saw Christian Danner have a suspension failure in his Benetton, and subsequently crash out and give his team yet another repair bill. Then, after both Lolas had failures, Rene Arnoux clumsily overtook Gerhard Berger for 8th, though he almost ended both of their afternoons. Then, the backmarker chaos started. Nannini came up to lap Andrea De Cesaris, and the Minardi driver caused chaos. Due to his general ineptitude in dealing with being lapped, he split up the pack, and in the process destroyed the battle for the lead. The pitstop phase followed, and De Cesaris was finally lapped, although this was something of a false dawn, as one incompetent Italian backmarker lead directly onto another, as Piercarlo Ghinzani in his Osella came to be lapped. He managed to be even worse than De Cesaris, and managed to send Michele Alboreto straight into the wall at Massenet, causing his Ferrari to be completely written off in the process. As punishment Ghinzani had a puncture a few laps later, but then the field had to deal with another challenge. Monte Carlo's brutal attrition had begun to set in, and it would take several frontrunners as victim. The Brabhams of Boutsen and Johansson were first to go, all the more disappointing considering they were comfortably in the points at the time. Then, even more cruelly, Alessandro Nannini had his transmission fail on him whilst he was leading, with his rapidly blistering Pirelli tyres making the performance more impressive. Towards the end, Rene Arnoux and Derek Warwick tangled at the back of the field, both having to make pitstops (in Warwick's case, two) to rectify issues with the car. Then, with only 6 laps to go, Nigel Mansell's car gave up, with the final result being his Williams teammate Alain Prost winning the race, and Ayrton Senna finishing 2nd. Gerhard Berger finished 3rd and set the fastest lap, and Lotus netted their first points finish since Brazil, with Nelson Piquet leading Elio De Angelis home in 4th and 5th. Keke Rosberg gave Arrows minor consolation by finishing 6th, with Philippe Alliot looking like a podium contender, but faded in the final laps to end up 7th. Mike Thackwell got his first finish in 8th, with Alain Ferte giving AGS their first ever finish with 9th. Mansell was classified 10th, whilst Riccardo Patrese finished 11th for Zakspeed.Damage Report
Christian Danner - Benetton B186/3 - £190,000
All previously standing damage remains.
Upgrades are allowed to be made, in the same format and with the same areas as before.