1989 International Formula 3000 season
|1989 FIA International Formula 3000 season|
Martin Donnelly then won on the road at Vallelunga, but was disqualified. His Eddie Jordan Racing team had modified the Reynard’s nosecone, but it had not been subjected to the mandatory crash test.
At the Pau Grand Prix, Éric Bernard led the two EJR cars of Jean Alesi and Donnelly after an aborted first start. However, Bernard was caught behind an accident involving Paul Belmondo and stalled his car, allowing Alesi to go through and take the victory. Bernard stormed back though the field, but collided with Mark Blundell while battling for second place. Bernard would win the next race at Jerez. Andrea Chiesa then won a close race on the dusty Enna circuit.
Meanwhile, three F3000 regulars—Alesi, Bernard and Donnelly—all made their Formula One debuts at the French Grand Prix in July. Alesi was particularly impressive for Tyrrell, finishing fourth, and he would continue to drive for them when the F3000 schedule allowed.
The EJR team won the next three races, allowing Alesi to take a commanding lead in the championship. His closest rival Érik Comas won at Le Mans but Alesi’s single point, along with the tiebreaker of most wins, meant that he clinched the title. Alesi then skipped the last round in at Dijon-Prenois to race in the Japanese Grand Prix, allowing Comas to tie his point total with the win.
|Race No||Track||Country||Date||Laps||Distance||Time||Speed||Winner||Pole Position||Fastest Lap|
|1||Silverstone||United Kingdom||9 April 1989||41||4.778=196.308 km||0'55:31.92||211.73 km/h||Thomas Danielsson||Philippe Favre||Philippe Favre|
|2||Vallelunga||Italy||30 April 1989||64||3.2=204.80 km||1'13:08.797||167.991 km/h||Fabrizio Giovanardi||Martin Donnelly||Marco Apicella|
|3||Pau||France||15 May 1989||72||2.76=198.72 km||1'28:51.90||134.173 km/h||Jean Alesi||Marco Apicella||Éric Bernard
|4||Jerez||Spain||4 June 1989||48||4.218=202.464 km||1'18:28.48||154.80 km/h||Éric Bernard||Éric Bernard||Éric Bernard|
|5||Pergusa-Enna||Italy||23 July 1989||39||4.95=193.050 km||0'58:54.5||196.626 km/h||Andrea Chiesa||Jean Alesi||Martin Donnelly|
|6||Brands Hatch||United Kingdom||20 August 1989||48||4.19=201.12 km||1'02:03.76||194.15 km/h||Martin Donnelly||Érik Comas||Éric Bernard|
|7||Birmingham||United Kingdom||28 August 1989||51||3.975=202.725 km||1'11:48.98||169.36 km/h||Jean Alesi||Jean Alesi||Jean Alesi|
|8||Spa-Francorchamps||Belgium||16 September 1989||28||6.94=194.30 km||1'02:40.93||186.005 km/h||Jean Alesi||Érik Comas||Érik Comas|
|9||Le Mans||France||24 September 1989||46||4.267=196.0 km||1'12:31.43||168.59 km/h||Érik Comas||Éric Bernard||Érik Comas|
|10||Dijon||France||22 October 1989||54||3.8=205.2 km||1'05:07.20||189.066 km/h||Érik Comas||Éric Bernard||Érik Comas|
- Race 1: JJ Lehto set fastest race lap, but he was disqualified after the race for having an illegal rev-limiter.
- Race 2: Martin Donnelly won on the road, but he was disqualified for using a nosecone that had not been subjected to the mandatory crash test.
Final points standings
For every race points were awarded: 9 points to the winner, 6 for runner-up, 4 for third place, 3 for fourth place, 2 for fifth place and 1 for sixth place. No additional points were awarded.
Jean Alesi won the championship due to the tiebreaker of more wins. He skipped the last race with the title already clinched.
|first column of every race||10||= grid position|
|second column of every race||10||= race result|
R=retired NS=did not start NQ=did not qualify DIS(1)=disqualified after finishing as winner