The season culminated in a points battle between the Williams duo of Nelson Piquet and Nigel Mansell versus McLaren's Alain Prost at the final race, the 1986 Australian Grand Prix. Mansell's tire blew in spectacular fashion and Piquet, traveling near Mansell at the time of the tire disintegration, was brought in for an unscheduled pit stop soon afterward by Williams to check for any damage done by the debris. Prost won the championship.
Drivers and constructors
1986 Constructors Championship final standings
1986 Drivers Championship final standings
Drivers' Championship points were awarded on a 9-6-4-3-2-1 basis to the top six finishers in each round. 
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