1989 International Formula 3000 season

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1989 FIA International Formula 3000 season
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The 1989 International Formula 3000 season was contested over 10 rounds. Jean Alesi won the title, while also competing in the last half of the Formula One season for Tyrrell.

Season summary[edit]

The season began with Thomas Danielsson winning at Silverstone, after returning from the eye problems that had caused him to miss most of the previous year.

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.[1]

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.

Calendar[edit]

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
Marco Apicella
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

Notes:

  • Race 1: JJ Lehto set fastest race lap, but he was disqualified after the race for having an illegal rev-limiter.[2]
  • 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[edit]

Driver[edit]

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.

Place Name Country Team Chassis Engine United Kingdom Italy France Spain Italy United Kingdom United Kingdom Belgium France France Total Points
1 Jean Alesi  France Jordan Racing Reynard Mugen Honda 3 - 9 2 - 6 9 9 1 - 39
2 Érik Comas  France DAMS Lola Mugen Honda 2 3 - 6 - 4 - 6 9 9 39
3 Éric Bernard  France DAMS Lola Mugen Honda - - - 9 - 3 3 - 4 6 25
4 Marco Apicella  Italy First Racing Reynard Judd - - 6 4 3 - 6 4 - - 23
5 Eric van de Poele  Belgium Players/GA Motorsports/Colt Racing Lola Ford Cosworth 1 4 - 3 - - - 3 6 2 19
6 Andrea Chiesa   Switzerland Roni Motorsport Reynard Ford Cosworth - 6 - - 9 - - - - - 15
7 Thomas Danielsson  Sweden Madgwick International Reynard Ford Cosworth 9 - 4 - - - - 1 - - 14
8 Martin Donnelly  United Kingdom Jordan Racing Reynard Mugen Honda - - - - - 9 4 - - - 13
9 Eddie Irvine  United Kingdom Pacific Racing Reynard Mugen Honda - - - - 4 - 1 - 3 3 11
10 Fabrizio Giovanardi  Italy First Racing March Judd - 9 - - - - - - - - 9
11 Mark Blundell  United Kingdom Middlebridge Reynard Ford Cosworth 4 - 1 - - - 2 - - 1 8
12 Claudio Langes  Italy Forti Corse Lola Ford Cosworth - - - - 6 1 - - - - 7
13 Philippe Favre   Switzerland GA Motorsports Lola Ford Cosworth 6 - - - - - - - - - 6
JJ Lehto  Finland Pacific Racing Reynard Mugen Honda - - 3 1 - - - 2 - - 6
15 Andrew Gilbert-Scott  United Kingdom GA Motorsports Lola Ford Cosworth - - - - - - - - - 4 4
16 Alain Ferté  France CoBRa Motorsports Reynard Ford Cosworth - 1 2 - - - - - - - 3
17 Emanuele Naspetti  Italy Roni Motorsport Reynard Ford Cosworth - 2 - - - - - - - - 2
Gary Evans  United Kingdom Madgwick International Reynard Ford Cosworth - - - - 2 - - - - - 2
Gary Brabham  Australia Leyton House Racing March Judd - - - - - 2 - - - - 2
Stéphane Proulx  Canada Players/GA Motorsports/Colt Racing Lola Ford Cosworth - - - - - - - - 2 - 2

Note:

Jean Alesi won the championship due to the tiebreaker of more wins. He skipped the last race with the title already clinched.

Complete Overview[edit]

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

Place Name Country Team Chassis Engine United Kingdom Italy France Spain Italy United Kingdom United Kingdom Belgium France France
1 Jean Alesi  France Jordan Racing Reynard Mugen Honda 7 4 18 R 3 1 6 5 1 R 3 2 1 1 2 1 3 6 - -
2 Érik Comas  France DAMS Lola Mugen Honda 11 5 6 4 30 NQ 2 2 19 R 1 3 7 R 1 2 2 1 2 1
3 Éric Bernard  France DAMS Lola Mugen Honda 2 R 11 R 2 R 1 1 6 R 2 4 5 4 3 R 1 3 1 2
4 Marco Apicella  Italy First Racing March Judd 13 8
First Racing Reynard Judd 2 R 1 2 5 3 5 4 12 R 2 2 8 3 8 R 9 R
5 Eric van de Poele  Belgium Players/GA Motorsports/Colt Racing Lola Ford Cosworth 14 6 15 3 12 R 8 4 24 R 23 R 8 14 5 4 7 2 10 5
6 Andrea Chiesa   Switzerland Roni Motorsport Reynard Ford Cosworth 16 11 9 2 18 R 11 R 4 1 11 R 4 13 18 17 14 R 6 R
7 Thomas Danielsson  Sweden Madgwick International Reynard Ford Cosworth 3 1 4 R 7 3 17 12 23 R 10 R 15 R 19 6 11 13 16 11
8 Martin Donnelly  United Kingdom Jordan Racing Reynard Mugen Honda 4 R 1 DIS(1) 4 R 4 R 2 R 4 1 3 3 20 R 4 7 3 17
9 Eddie Irvine  United Kingdom Pacific Racing Reynard Mugen Honda 5 NS 24 R 19 R 3 R 3 3 5 R 9 6 12 9 5 4 7 4
10 Fabrizio Giovanardi  Italy First Racing March Judd 28 NQ 7 1
First Racing Reynard Judd 6 R 21 14 12 R 29 NQ 21 NS 26 13 28 NQ 20 12
11 Mark Blundell  United Kingdom Middlebridge Reynard Ford Cosworth 6 3 3 R 8 6 29 NQ 14 R 6 R 17 5 9 NS 12 R 5 6
12 Claudio Langes  Italy Forti Corse Lola Ford Cosworth 22 12 17 R 13 R 10 7 7 2 20 6 12 9 25 15 16 9 14 7
13 Philippe Favre   Switzerland GA Motorsports Lola Ford Cosworth 1 2 14 R 5 7 9 R 9 R 7 7 16 R 24 12 - - - -
JJ Lehto  Finland Pacific Racing Reynard Mugen Honda 8 DIS(3) 5 R 10 4 16 6 8 R 8 R 23 R 4 5 10 R - -
15 Andrew Gilbert-Scott  United Kingdom GA Motorsports Lola Ford Cosworth - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 4 3
16 Alain Ferté  France CoBRa Motorsports Reynard Ford Cosworth - - 10 6 21 5 - - - - - - - - 6 R 9 R 26 13
17 Emanuele Naspetti  Italy Roni Motorsport Reynard Ford Cosworth 25 16 8 5 23 NQ 7 R 25 R 14 9 6 R 10 R 13 10 8 10
Gary Evans  United Kingdom Madgwick International Reynard Ford Cosworth 10 R 25 11 20 R 24 17 10 5 21 R 18 R 13 16 27 NQ 29 NQ
Gary Brabham  Australia Bromley Motorsport Reynard Ford Cosworth 19 R 22 8 - - 19 13 - -
Leyton House Racing March Judd 18 5 28 NQ 23 11 25 R 25 R
Stéphane Proulx  Canada Players/GA Motorsports/Colt Racing Lola Ford Cosworth 9 R 16 9 11 R 12 10 15 R 13 R 20 R 7 8 6 5 11 R
- Phil Andrews  United Kingdom Middlebridge Reynard Ford Cosworth 15 7 20 R 25 NQ 14 11 17 R 9 10 11 7 16 R 17 12 19 R
- Perry McCarthy  United Kingdom Cowman Racing Lola Ford Cosworth - - - - - - - - - - - - 29 NQ 11 7 26 15 - -
- Didier Artzet  France Racetech 3000 Reynard Ford Cosworth 23 R 12 7 17 R - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
- Philippe Gache  France Apomatox Reynard Ford Cosworth - - - - 14 R 15 8 29 NQ 16 R 10 8 15 R 18 8 17 R
- Ross Hockenhull  United Kingdom CoBRa Motorsports Reynard Ford Cosworth 21 R - - - - - - - - 17 8 24 11 - - - - - -
- Allan McNish  United Kingdom Pacific Racing Reynard Ford Cosworth - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 13 8
- Jacques Goudchaux  France GA Motorsports Lola Ford Cosworth 20 10 21 10 26 NQ 13 9 27 NQ 28 NQ 19 R 29 NQ 22 14 - -
- Jean-Denis Délétraz   Switzerland First Racing March Judd 26 14 19 R 16 R 25 15
First Racing Reynard Judd 18 R 15 R 13 12 27 NQ 15 R 12 9
- Mauro Martini  Italy Lola Motorsport March Judd 12 9 - -
Leyton House Racing March Judd 28 NQ 23 16 16 R - - - - - - - - - -
- Paul Belmondo  France CDM Reynard Ford Cosworth 18 13 13 R 22 R 20 R 22 R 19 12 14 R 14 10 19 R 24 18
- Franco Scapini  Italy Automotive BVM Reynard Judd - - - - - - 27 NQ 21 R 30 NQ 26 10 30 NQ 29 NQ - -
- Éric Chéli  France CDM Reynard Ford Cosworth 17 NS 26 12 9 R 28 NQ 11 R 27 NQ 22 NS 22 R 21 11 27 NQ
- Pedro Chaves  Portugal CoBRa Motorsports Reynard Ford Cosworth 24 15 28 NQ 29 NQ 22 R 26 R 22 11 25 R 28 NQ 23 17 28 NQ
- Damon Hill  United Kingdom Footwork Mooncraft Mugen Honda - - - - - - - - 20 R 24 R 27 NS 17 14 24 16 21 15
- David Velay  France Bromley Motorsport Reynard Ford Cosworth - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 22 14
- Alessandro Zanardi  Italy Automotive BVM Reynard Judd - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 23 16
- Ukyo Katayama  Japan Footwork Mooncraft Mugen Honda 29 NQ 23 R 24 NQ 26 18 - - - - - - - - - - - -
- Enrico Bertaggia  Italy Lola Motorsport March Judd 30 NQ
Cowman Racing Lola Ford Cosworth 30 NQ 31 NQ 18 19 - - - - - - - - - - - -
- Marco Greco  Brazil Bromley Motorsport Reynard Ford Cosworth - - - - - - - - - - 25 R - - - -
GA Motorsports Lola Ford Cosworth 20 R 18 R
- Massimo Monti  Italy Automotive BVM Reynard Judd 27 NQ 27 NQ 15 R - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
- Domenico Gitto  Italy Cowman Racing Lola Ford Cosworth - - - - - - - - 28 NQ 26 R - - - - - - - -
- Michel Ferté  France CoBRa Motorsports Reynard Ford Cosworth - - - - - - - - 13 R - - - - - - - - - -
- Cor Euser  Netherlands Bromley Motorsport Reynard Ford Cosworth - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 21 R - - - -
- Rickard Rydell  Sweden Jordan Racing Reynard Mugen Honda - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 15 R
- Dominique Delestre  France Apomatox Reynard Ford Cosworth 31 NQ 29 NQ 27 NQ - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

References[edit]

  1. ^ Who? – Martin Donnelly. 8w, retrieved 7 July 2011.
  2. ^ F3000 1985-89, retrieved 7 July 2011