Patrick Head and Frank Dernie of Williams F1 had developed an active suspension system on their new FW11b car for the 1987 F1 season. In combination with the strong Honda RA167E 1.5 litre V6 turbo engine Williams had a powerful overall package for their drivers Nigel Mansell and Nelson Piquet against McLaren, Lotus and Ferrari. Despite only 3 victories compared to 6 of his team mate Nelson Piquet was leading in the Championship ahead of Mansell when they arrived at Suzuka for the Japanese Grand Prix which was to bring the final decision.
Williams had decided to renounce the active suspension for the final two overseas races as they feared espionage on the long transit. Nigel Mansell seemed to have trouble with that change and crashed the car during practice suffering injuries that did not allow him to take part in the race. With the strongest competitor out of action Nelson Piquet enjoyed his 3rd World Championship title although his engine blew a few laps before the chequered flag. At the same time Canon Williams Honda won the constructors title with a clear lead.
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