1989 British Grand Prix

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
United Kingdom  1989 British Grand Prix
Race details
Race 8 of 16 in the 1989 Formula One season
Silverstone 1987.jpg
Date 16 July 1989
Official name XLII Shell British Grand Prix
Location Silverstone Circuit
Silverstone, Northamptonshire
Course Permanent racing facility
4.778 km (2.969 mi)
Distance 64 laps, 305.904 km (190.080 mi)
Weather Warm, dry, sunny
Pole position
Driver Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda
Time 1:09.099
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Ferrari
Time 1:12.017 on lap 57
Podium
First France Alain Prost McLaren-Honda
Second United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Ferrari
Third Italy Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford

The 1989 British Grand Prix (formally the XLII Shell British Grand Prix) was a Formula One race held at Silverstone on 16 July 1989. It was the eighth race of the 1989 Formula One season.

Report[edit]

McLaren went into the race with a new oil system and transverse gearbox which was feared to be unreliable. Nevertheless, the Woking team took control of qualifying with Senna ahead of Prost. Prost announced before the race he would be leaving McLaren at the end of the season. Gugelmin's March developed a water related problem moments before the race and therefore had to start the race from the pitlane. Derek Warwick started the race with a special seat despite a karting accident which resulted in back pain. Nelson Piquet was looking good having qualified well and been 7th fastest in the warm-up. Prost managed to gain the better start at the green light but Senna was later on the brakes and re-took the lead going into Copse Corner. For the first few laps it was very close between Senna, Prost, Mansell and Berger. But then Berger pulled into the pits at the end of lap 4 with electrical problems. The Austrian rejoined the race some laps later. On lap 5 the race order was Senna, Prost, Mansell, Boutsen, Patrese and Nannini. The leading trio were breaking clear of the rest with Mansell encouraging the British crowd by making the fastest lap on lap 6, 1.6 behind the leader and on lap 7 and 10 too. Piquet and Capelli both forced their way past Martini into P7 and P8 and closed on Nannini. The Ferrari looked quicker through the fast sweeping corners of Silverstone.Ayrton Senna spun out of the lead on lap 12 going into Becketts due to gear selection problems, allowing his team-mate Alain Prost to take the lead ahead of the Ferrari of Nigel Mansell. Patrese being hounded by Nannini and Piquet out-braked Boutsen going under the bridge before Woodcote to take third position. However, on lap 19 Patrese had a huge accident at Club Corner, the Williams swapping ends and skidding over the gravel into the tyre barrier on the outside. As the leading duo began lapping the midfielders,Prost began to extend his lead, helped by the power of the Honda engine. On lap 22, the race order was Prost 2.5 seconds ahead of Mansell, Boutsen a further 32 seconds behind, half a second ahead of Piquet (Nannini had pitted for new tyres) who was 25 seconds ahead of Alliot who was 1 second of Jean Alesi in his second ever Grand Prix. Piquet having his best race of the year, then outbraked Boutsen under the bridge just as Patrese had to claim third position on lap 23. On lap 29 Prost lead Mansell by 3.2 seconds, Piquet was 42 seconds behind the leader, Nannini 62 seconds behind Prost, Gugelmin who started at the back 64 seconds behind and in 6th position was Alliot one lap down. Alesi retired having spun at the exit of Club Corner. Prost had built up a cushion of between 7-9 seconds before, on lap 42, Mansell's Ferrari developed a puncture on the front right tyre, causing the car to drag on the surface with smoke and sparks. Mansell crawled back to the pits from Hangar Straight and made a pitstop which took 11 seconds, 54 seconds behind Prost and still in second position. Prost then made what seemed a precautionary pitstop for tyres but a problem with fitting the right rear meant it was 25 seconds before he was released off the jacks. His lead over Mansell has been reduced to 12 seconds. On lap 56 Nannini passed Piquet to claim the final podium position.

Minardi needed to score at least 3 points to avoid "relegation" to the pre-qualifying sessions (or a 5th with the other car better than the best Onyx and at least 12th, without Larini in the Osella or the Larrousse Team scoring more points), and they actually achieved that with the two drivers, Pierluigi Martini and Luis Pérez-Sala finishing 5th and 6th with Larini and both Larrousses retiring, although Sala finished less than a second ahead of the Ligier of Frenchman Olivier Grouillard. Sala scored his first Formula One points. This meant that Onyx was not able to "promote" themselves out of pre-qualifying, despite scoring a 5th place with Stefan Johansson at Paul Ricard.

Classification[edit]

Pre Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 37 Belgium Bertrand Gachot Onyx-Ford 1:11.506
2 17 Italy Nicola Larini Osella-Ford 1:11.766 +0.260
3 8 Italy Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd 1:11.809 +0.303
4 7 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Brabham-Judd 1:12.021 +0.515
5 36 Sweden Stefan Johansson Onyx-Ford 1:12.248 +0.742
6 21 Italy Alex Caffi Dallara-Ford 1.12.501 +0.995
7 33 Switzerland Gregor Foitek EuroBrun-Judd 1:13.128 +1.622
8 18 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Ford 1:13.429 +1.923
9 41 France Yannick Dalmas AGS-Ford 1:13.720 +2.214
10 34 Germany Bernd Schneider Zakspeed-Yamaha 1:14.124 +2.618
11 32 France Pierre-Henri Raphanel Coloni-Ford 1:14.206 +2.700
12 35 Japan Aguri Suzuki Zakspeed-Yamaha 1:14.266 +2.760
13 39 Germany Volker Weidler Rial-Ford 1:15.096 +3.590

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 1 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 1:09.124 1:09.099
2 2 France Alain Prost McLaren-Honda 1:10.156 1:09.266 +0.167
3 27 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Ferrari 1:09.488 1:10.279 +0.389
4 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari 1:09.855 1:10.130 +0.756
5 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 1:09.865 1:09.963 +0.766
6 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin March-Judd 1:10.336 1:12.665 +1.237
7 5 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault 1:10.376 1:10.771 +1.277
8 16 Italy Ivan Capelli March-Judd 1:10.650 1:11.544 +1.551
9 19 Italy Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 1:11.034 1:10.798 +1.699
10 11 Brazil Nelson Piquet Lotus-Judd 1:11.589 1:10.925 +1.826
11 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 1:11.368 1:11.582 +2.269
12 30 France Philippe Alliot Lola-Lamborghini 1:11.541 1:12.408 +2.442
13 29 France Éric Bernard Lola-Lamborghini 1:12.193 1:11.687 +2.588
14 8 Italy Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd 1:12.262 1:11.755 +2.656
15 24 Spain Luis Pérez-Sala Minardi-Ford 1:11.955 1:11.826 +2.727
16 12 Japan Satoru Nakajima Lotus-Judd 1:12.326 1:11.960 +2.861
17 17 Italy Nicola Larini Osella-Ford 1:12.061 1:12.395 +2.962
18 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer Tyrrell-Ford 1:12.070 1:12.157 +2.971
19 9 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Arrows-Ford 1:12.295 1:12.208 +3.109
20 7 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Brabham-Judd 1:12.616 1:12.327 +3.228
21 37 Belgium Bertrand Gachot Onyx-Ford 1:12.329 1:12.928 +3.230
22 4 France Jean Alesi Tyrrell-Ford 1:12.994 1:12.341 +3.242
23 31 Brazil Roberto Moreno Coloni-Ford 1:12.680 1:12.412 +3.313
24 26 France Olivier Grouillard Ligier-Ford 1:12.853 1:12.605 +3.506
25 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Dallara-Ford 1:13.335 1:12.904 +3.805
26 20 Italy Emanuele Pirro Benetton-Ford 1:13.233 1:13.148 +4.049
27 25 France René Arnoux Ligier-Ford 1:13.240 1:13.550 +4.141
28 10 United States Eddie Cheever Arrows-Ford 1:13.655 1:13.386 +4.287
29 40 Italy Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford 1:13.496 1:13.997 +4.397
30 38 Germany Christian Danner Rial-Ford 1:15.387 1:15.394 +6.288

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 2 France Alain Prost McLaren-Honda 64 1:19:22.131 2 9
2 27 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Ferrari 64 + 19.369 3 6
3 19 Italy Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 64 + 48.019 9 4
4 11 Brazil Nelson Piquet Lotus-Judd 64 + 1:06.735 10 3
5 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 63 + 1 Lap 11 2
6 24 Spain Luis Pérez-Sala Minardi-Ford 63 + 1 Lap 15 1
7 26 France Olivier Grouillard Ligier-Ford 63 + 1 Lap 24  
8 12 Japan Satoru Nakajima Lotus-Judd 63 + 1 Lap 16  
9 9 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Arrows-Ford 62 + 2 Laps 19  
10 5 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault 62 + 2 Laps 7  
11 20 Italy Emanuele Pirro Benetton-Ford 62 + 2 Laps 26  
12 37 Belgium Bertrand Gachot Onyx-Ford 62 + 2 Laps 21  
Ret 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin March-Judd 54 Gearbox 6  
Ret 7 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Brabham-Judd 49 Engine 20  
Ret 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari 49 Gear Fire 4  
Ret 29 France Éric Bernard Lola-Lamborghini 46 Engine 13  
Ret 30 France Philippe Alliot Lola-Lamborghini 39 Engine 12  
Ret 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer Tyrrell-Ford 32 Accident 18  
Ret 8 Italy Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd 31 Engine 14  
Ret 4 France Jean Alesi Tyrrell-Ford 28 Spun Off 22  
Ret 17 Italy Nicola Larini Osella-Ford 23 Handling 17  
Ret 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 19 Radiator/Accident 5  
Ret 16 Italy Ivan Capelli March-Judd 15 Transmission 8  
Ret 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Dallara-Ford 14 Engine 25  
Ret 1 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 11 Spun Off 1  
Ret 31 Brazil Roberto Moreno Coloni-Ford 2 Gearbox 23  
DNQ 25 France René Arnoux Ligier-Ford        
DNQ 10 United States Eddie Cheever Arrows-Ford        
DNQ 40 Italy Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford        
DNQ 38 Germany Christian Danner Rial-Ford        
DNPQ 36 Sweden Stefan Johansson Onyx-Ford        
DNPQ 21 Italy Alex Caffi Dallara-Ford        
DNPQ 33 Switzerland Gregor Foitek EuroBrun-Judd        
DNPQ 18 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Ford        
DNPQ 41 France Yannick Dalmas AGS-Ford        
DNPQ 34 Germany Bernd Schneider Zakspeed-Yamaha        
DNPQ 32 France Pierre-Henri Raphanel Coloni-Ford        
DNPQ 35 Japan Aguri Suzuki Zakspeed-Yamaha        
DNPQ 39 Germany Volker Weidler Rial-Ford        

Standings after the race[edit]

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

References[edit]


Previous race:
1989 French Grand Prix
FIA Formula One World Championship
1989 season
Next race:
1989 German Grand Prix
Previous race:
1988 British Grand Prix
British Grand Prix Next race:
1990 British Grand Prix