Mansell had pulled off a stunning charge from the back to catch up to and hassle Piquet but he couldn’t find a way past the sister Williams, settling instead for fifth and two Championship points that he hoped would be crucial for the Australian GP finale. The ever-wily Prost cemented second to move closer to Mansell in the points standings.
On an historic day for both Berger and Benetton, maiden F1 victories came the way of both the Austrian and the British team. It would also mark the final win for the BMW turbocharged engine.
Two weeks later, the Championship would be decided on the streets of Adelaide in a truly dramatic fashion – and it would again involve both Williams drivers, tyre wear and the wily Alain Prost…
1986 Mexican Grand Prix
1. Gerhard Berger (AUT) – Benetton B186-BMW, 68 laps
2. Alain Prost (F) – McLaren MP4/2C-TAG, +25.438s
3. Ayrton Senna (BR) – Lotus 98T-Renault, +52.513s
4. Nelson Piquet (BR) – Williams FW11-Honda, 67 laps
5. Nigel Mansell (GB) – Williams FW11-Honda, 67 laps
6. Philippe Alliot (F) – Ligier JS27-Renault, 67 laps
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