1989 Brazilian Grand Prix

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Brazil  1989 Brazilian Grand Prix
Race details
Race 1 of 16 in the 1989 Formula One season
Circuit Jacarepagua.png
Date March 26, 1989
Official name XVIII Grande Prêmio do Brasil
Location Autódromo Internacional Nelson Piquet
Jacarepaguá, Rio de Janeiro
Course Permanent racing facility
5.031 km (3.126 mi)
Distance 61 laps, 306.981 km (190.692 mi)
Weather Very hot, dry, sunny
Pole position
Driver Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda
Time 1:25.302
Fastest lap
Driver Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault
Time 1:32.507 on lap 47
Podium
First United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Ferrari
Second France Alain Prost McLaren-Honda
Third Brazil Maurício Gugelmin March-Judd

The 1989 Brazilian Grand Prix was a Formula One race held at Jacarepaguá, Rio de Janeiro on March 26, 1989. It was the first race of the 1989 Formula One season.

Report[edit]

The FIRST team withdrew before the beginning of the season, as the car had failed a mandatory FIA pre-season crash test.

Philippe Streiff continued as AGS's lead driver for the 1989 season, but was paralysed in a pre-GP testing crash at the circuit which ended his racing career.

Ayrton Senna took pole position in qualifying ahead of Riccardo Patrese, making a record-breaking 177th appearance at a Grand Prix, and Gerhard Berger in the new Ferrari 640, which featured the first semi-automatic gearbox in Formula One. On his debut for Ferrari, Berger's teammate Nigel Mansell qualified sixth. After the race Mansell joked that he was so convinced of his new car's unreliability that he had booked an early flight home.[1]

Johnny Herbert and Olivier Grouillard both qualified for their first Formula One races.

At the start, Nicola Larini was disqualified for an illegal start. Mansell became the first man since Mario Andretti in 1971 to win on his Formula One debut for Ferrari, a feat that was not matched until Kimi Räikkönen won for Ferrari at the 2007 Australian Grand Prix. It was also the first race ever to be won by a car with a semi-automatic gearbox. Mansell cut his hands on the trophy following the race.[2] He was joined on the podium by McLaren's Alain Prost and March's Maurício Gugelmin, making his first appearance on the podium. Johnny Herbert finished fourth and scored points for Benetton on his debut. Herbert, still recovering from his horrifying Formula 3000 crash at Brands Hatch six months earlier, finished 4th on debut and only 1.123 seconds behind Gugelmin and 7.748 seconds in front of team mate Alessandro Nannini who finished 6th.

Arrows driver Eddie Cheever collapsed after exiting his car following the collision involving the Zakspeed of Bernd Schneider that ended his race. Arrows actually had to modify Cheevers car after he failed the FIA safety check where a driver had 5 seconds to be able to exit their car. The new Ross Brawn designed Arrows A11 was a tight fit for the tall American and he had trouble fitting into the car before practice. Schneider, who's car carried the new Yamaha V8 engine, only got into the race after Philippe Streiff's crash and the FIA had allowed 5 pre-qualifiers to enter the main field instead of 4. Schneider would not qualify for another race until the season's penultimate round in Japan some 7 months later. His new team mate Aguri Suzuki would fail to qualify for all 16 rounds of the 1989 season.

This was the last Formula One race at Jacarepaguá. From 1990, the Brazilian Grand Prix would be held at a shortened Interlagos in São Paulo, the home town of Ayrton Senna.

Classification[edit]

Pre Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 7 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Brabham-Judd 1:27.764
2 8 Italy Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd 1:28.147 +0.383
3 33 Switzerland Gregor Foitek EuroBrun-Judd 1:29.604 +1.840
4 17 Italy Nicola Larini Osella-Ford 1:29.679 +1.915
5 34 West Germany Bernd Schneider Zakspeed-Yamaha 1:30.417 +2.653
6 21 Italy Alex Caffi Dallara-Ford 1:30.747 +2.983
7 18 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Ford 1:31.150 +3.386
8 39 West Germany Volker Weidler Rial-Ford 1:31.964 +4.200
9 32 France Pierre-Henri Raphanel Coloni-Ford 1:32.019 +4.255
10 41 West Germany Joachim Winkelhock AGS-Ford 1:32.982 +5.218
11 35 Japan Aguri Suzuki Zakspeed-Yamaha 1:33.079 +5.315
12 36 Sweden Stefan Johansson Onyx-Ford 1:35.232 +7.468
13 37 Belgium Bertrand Gachot Onyx-Ford 1:37.932 +10.168

* Due to the absence of the AGS from the grid, FISA allowed the fastest 5 pre-qualifiers to move into qualifying proper.

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Team Q1 Time Q2 Time Gap
1 1 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 1:26.205 1:25.302
2 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 1:26.172 7:12.732 +0.870
3 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari 1:26.271 1:26.394 +0.969
4 5 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault 1:27.367 1:26.459 +1.157
5 2 France Alain Prost McLaren-Honda 1:27.095 1:26.620 +1.318
6 27 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Ferrari 1:27.249 1:26.772 +1.470
7 16 Italy Ivan Capelli March-Judd 1:27.525 1:27.035 +1.733
8 9 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Arrows-Ford 1:27.937 1:27.408 +2.106
9 11 Brazil Nelson Piquet Lotus-Judd 1:28.423 1:27.437 +2.135
10 20 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Benetton-Ford 1:27.626 1:27.754 +2.324
11 19 Italy Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 1:28.394 1:27.865 +2.563
12 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin March-Judd 1:27.956 1:28.581 +2.654
13 7 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Brabham-Judd 1:29.138 1:28.274 +2.972
14 8 Italy Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd 1:28.621 1:28.942 +3.319
15 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Dallara-Ford 1:29.005 1:29.206 +3.703
16 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 1:30.077 1:29.435 +4.133
17 38 Germany Christian Danner Rial-Ford 1:30.460 1:29.455 +4.153
18 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer Tyrrell-Ford 1:30.443 1:29.573 +4.271
19 17 Italy Nicola Larini Osella-Ford 1:31.341 1:30.146 +4.844
20 4 Italy Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford 1:32.260 1:30.255 +4.953
21 12 Japan Satoru Nakajima Lotus-Judd 1:30.942 1:30.375 +5.073
22 26 France Olivier Grouillard Ligier-Ford 1:30.410 1:30.666 +5.108
23 24 Spain Luis Pérez-Sala Minardi-Ford 1:30.702 1:30.643 +5.341
24 10 United States Eddie Cheever Arrows-Ford 1:30.657 1:31.068 +5.355
25 34 Germany Bernd Schneider Zakspeed-Yamaha 1:32.346 1:30.861 +5.559
26 30 France Philippe Alliot Lola-Lamborghini 1:31.872 1:31.009 +5.707
27 29 France Yannick Dalmas Lola-Lamborghini 1:32.411 1:31.260 +5.958
28 25 France René Arnoux Ligier-Ford 1:34.232 1:31.376 +6.074
29 33 Switzerland Gregor Foitek EuroBrun-Judd 1:31.791 1:53.570 +6.489
30 31 Brazil Roberto Moreno Coloni-Ford 1:32.561 1:34.894 +7.259

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 27 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Ferrari 61 1:38:58.744 6 9
2 2 France Alain Prost McLaren-Honda 61 + 7.809 5 6
3 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin March-Judd 61 + 9.370 12 4
4 20 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Benetton-Ford 61 + 10.493 10 3
5 9 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Arrows-Ford 61 + 17.866 8 2
6 19 Italy Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 61 + 18.241 11 1
7 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer Tyrrell-Ford 60 + 1 Lap 18  
8 12 Japan Satoru Nakajima Lotus-Judd 60 + 1 Lap 21  
9 26 France Olivier Grouillard Ligier-Ford 60 + 1 Lap 22  
10 4 Italy Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford 59 + 2 Laps 20  
11 1 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 59 + 2 Laps 1  
12 30 France Philippe Alliot Lola-Lamborghini 58 + 3 Laps 26  
13 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Dallara-Ford 57 + 4 Laps 15  
14 38 Germany Christian Danner Rial-Ford 56 Gearbox 17  
Ret 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 51 Alternator 2  
Ret 10 United States Eddie Cheever Arrows-Ford 37 Collision 24  
Ret 34 Germany Bernd Schneider Zakspeed-Yamaha 36 Collision 25  
Ret 7 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Brabham-Judd 27 Halfshaft 13  
Ret 16 Italy Ivan Capelli March-Judd 22 Suspension 7  
Ret 11 Brazil Nelson Piquet Lotus-Judd 10 Fuel system 9  
DSQ 17 Italy Nicola Larini Osella-Ford 10 Disqualified 19  
Ret 8 Italy Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd 9 Half Shaft 14  
Ret 5 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault 3 Engine 4  
Ret 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 2 Chassis 16  
Ret 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari 0 Collision 3  
Ret 24 Spain Luis Pérez-Sala Minardi-Ford 0 Collision 23  
DNQ 29 France Yannick Dalmas Lola-Lamborghini    
DNQ 25 France René Arnoux Ligier-Ford    
DNQ 33 Switzerland Gregor Foitek EuroBrun-Judd    
DNQ 31 Brazil Roberto Moreno Coloni-Ford    
DNPQ 21 Italy Alex Caffi Dallara-Ford    
DNPQ 18 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Ford    
DNPQ 39 Germany Volker Weidler Rial-Ford    
DNPQ 32 France Pierre-Henri Raphanel Coloni-Ford    
DNPQ 41 Germany Joachim Winkelhock AGS-Ford    
DNPQ 35 Japan Aguri Suzuki Zakspeed-Yamaha    
DNPQ 36 Sweden Stefan Johansson Onyx-Ford    
DNPQ 37 Belgium Bertrand Gachot Onyx-Ford    
DNA 40 France Philippe Streiff AGS-Ford   Injured on a pre-GP testing  
DNA 42 Italy Gabriele Tarquini First-Judd   Withdrawn  

Standings after the race[edit]

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Benson, Andrew (7 October 2009). "Pick your classic Brazilian Grand Prix". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Do you remember when Mansell cut his hands on the podium?". F1 Racing (141) (Derwent Howard). December 2008. p. 39. 
  • Unless otherwise indicated, all race results are taken from "The Official Formula 1 website". Archived from the original on 3 July 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-04. 
  • Pre-Qualifying results from FIA Yearbook 1989


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