Whereas the 1984 Austrian Grand Prix took two makes an attempt the beginning the race, the 1987 version of the race on the identical Osterreichring trumped it with three begins. A crash by Martin Brundle’s Zakspeed prompted a multi-car pile-up on the unique begin and introduced out the crimson flag.
The restart, nevertheless, was arguably even worse. Nigel Mansell obtained off the road slowly in his Williams, which suffered clutch issues, and triggered mayhem behind him. As many as twelve vehicles have been concerned within the ensuing melee, together with the likes of Riccardo Patrese, Eddie Cheever, Stefan Johansson and Ivan Capelli.
Groups got an opportunity to restore the injury or put together spare vehicles for a 3rd begin, which ran two hours late. Philippe Streiff was lacking as Tyrrell had run out of chassis. A number of different drivers began from the pitlane. Brundle, who was concerned in each pile-ups, was rushed out with improvised bodywork on his Zakspeed and was finally disqualified for it. Mansell, who was fortunate to not be collected on the second begin, ended up profitable the race by almost a minute over Williams teammate Piquet.