1989 Monaco Grand Prix

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Monaco  1989 Monaco Grand Prix
Race details
Race 3 of 16 in the 1989 Formula One season
Montecarlo 1986.jpg
Date May 7, 1989
Official name XLVII Grand Prix Automobile de Monaco
Location Circuit de Monaco
Monte Carlo
Course Temporary street circuit
3.328 km (2.068 mi)
Distance 77 laps, 256.256 km (159.230 mi)
Weather Warm, dry, sunny
Pole position
Driver Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda
Time 1:22.308
Fastest lap
Driver France Alain Prost McLaren-Honda
Time 1:25.501 on lap 59
Podium
First Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda
Second France Alain Prost McLaren-Honda
Third Italy Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd

The 1989 Monaco Grand Prix was a Formula One race held at Monaco on May 7, 1989. It was the third race of the 1989 Formula One season.

Race summary[edit]

The field was one fewer in Monaco as Ferrari had decided not to run a second car to replace Gerhard Berger, who was injured in an accident at Imola. Elsewhere Tyrrell had new cars that looked promising. Ayrton Senna was on pole by a full second over teammate Alain Prost with Thierry Boutsen sharing row two with the surprisingly competitive Brabham of Martin Brundle. Nigel Mansell was fifth followed by Derek Warwick, Riccardo Patrese, Stefano Modena, Alex Caffi, and Andrea de Cesaris. The Coloni team got both its cars into a race for the only time, allowing driver Pierre-Henri Raphanel to make his Grand Prix debut.

What made the qualifying laps of Brundle, Modena and Caffi all the more impressive was that each driver had to go through pre-qualifying to get there. And Brundle had only just scraped through pre-qualifying by 0.021 seconds. It was at this race that many in the paddock started noticing that the Pirelli qualifying tyres were superior to Goodyear's (the Brabhams and Caffi's Dallara ran on Pirelli rubber).

At the start Senna got away brilliantly and Prost could do nothing but slot into second on the tight circuit where pole position counts more than at any other circuit. The McLarens proceeded to pull away from the field as usual while behind them Williams were in all sorts of trouble, as both Boutsen and Patrese had to stop for new rear wings. Nigel Mansell went out on lap 20 with more gearbox issues for Ferrari and one of the talking points of the race came on lap 33 when de Cesaris attempted to pass Nelson Piquet at Loews Hairpin. The predictable accident occurred and some choice words were exchanged between the two drivers (while still in their respective cars) and a huge traffic jam was caused. Brundle was looking good until he had to stop for a new battery and dropped back to seventh.

Senna continued to dominate the race while Prost, having been slowed by the Piquet-de Cesaris incident (he lost over 20 seconds to Senna in one lap having to wait for clear road to get moving again), could not recover and finished second behind his team mate. He was also held up for many laps trying to lap the Ligier of former Renault team mate René Arnoux who ignored both his mirrors and the blue flags prompting BBC commentator James Hunt to describe Arnoux's explanation of why he was so slow as "Bullshit" on live television. It was Senna's second win at Monaco and he did it the hard way, his McLaren losing first and second gear later in the race and disguising it to his best so Prost wouldn't react and push for the lead. Modena benefited from Brundle's stop and finished third, scoring his first points in Formula One and Brabham's last ever podium finish. Alex Caffi, Michele Alboreto, and Brundle, who was promoted to sixth on the final lap as a result of the retirement of Ivan Capelli, completed the point scoring positions. Caffi achieved both his and Dallara's first points.

Classification[edit]

Pre Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 8 Italy Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd 1:26.957
2 21 Italy Alex Caffi Dallara-Ford 1:27.098 +0.141
3 32 France Pierre-Henri Raphanel Coloni-Ford 1:27.590 +0.633
4 7 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Brabham-Judd 1:27.774 +0.817
5 18 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Ford 1:27.795 +0.838
6 36 Sweden Stefan Johansson Onyx-Ford 1.27.821 +0.864
7 17 Italy Nicola Larini Osella-Ford 1:28.555 +1.598
8 34 Germany Bernd Schneider Zakspeed-Yamaha 1:28.610 +1.653
9 37 Belgium Bertrand Gachot Onyx-Ford 1:28.897 +1.940
10 33 Switzerland Gregor Foitek EuroBrun-Judd 1:29.423 +2.466
11 39 Germany Volker Weidler Rial-Ford 1:29.498 +2.541
12 35 Japan Aguri Suzuki Zakspeed-Yamaha 1:30.528 +2.571
13 41 Germany Joachim Winkelhock AGS-Ford 1:32.274 +4.317

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 1 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 1:24.126 1:22.308
2 2 France Alain Prost McLaren-Honda 1:24.671 1:23.456 +1.148
3 5 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault 1:25.540 1:24.332 +2.024
4 7 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Brabham-Judd 1:26.970 1:24.580 +2.272
5 27 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Ferrari 1:25.363 1:24.735 +2.427
6 9 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Arrows-Ford 1:26.606 1:24.791 +2.483
7 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 1:27.138 1:25.021 +2.713
8 8 Italy Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd 1:27.598 1:25.086 +2.778
9 21 Italy Alex Caffi Dallara-Ford 1:27.894 1:25.481 +3.173
10 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Dallara-Ford 1:26.617 1:25.515 +3.207
11 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 1:28.469 1:26.288 +3.980
12 4 Italy Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford No Time 1:26.388 +4.080
13 40 Italy Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford 1:26.603 1:26.422 +4.114
14 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin March-Judd 1:28.917 1:26.522 +4.214
15 19 Italy Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 1:28.608 1:26.599 +4.291
16 26 France Olivier Grouillard Ligier-Ford 1:27.040 1:26.792 +4.484
17 30 France Philippe Alliot Lola-Lamborghini 1:26.975 1:26.857 +4.549
18 32 France Pierre-Henri Raphanel Coloni-Ford 1:30.264 1:27.011 +4.703
19 11 Brazil Nelson Piquet Lotus-Judd 1:29.047 1:27.046 +4.738
20 10 United States Eddie Cheever Arrows-Ford 1:28.461 1:27.117 +4.809
21 25 France René Arnoux Ligier-Ford 1:30.003 1:27.182 +4.874
22 16 Italy Ivan Capelli March-Judd 1:29.800 1:27.302 +4.994
23 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer Tyrrell-Ford 1:29.151 1:27.452 +5.144
24 20 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Benetton-Ford 1:29.661 1:27.706 +5.398
25 31 Brazil Roberto Moreno Coloni-Ford 1:30.209 1:27.721 +5.413
26 24 Spain Luis Pérez-Sala Minardi-Ford 1:28.886 1:27.786 +5.478
27 38 Germany Christian Danner Rial-Ford 1:28.737 1:27.910 +5.602
28 29 France Yannick Dalmas Lola-Lamborghini 1:29.794 1:27.946 +5.638
29 12 Japan Satoru Nakajima Lotus-Judd 1:28.568 1:28.419 +6.111

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 77 1:53:33.251 1 9
2 2 France Alain Prost McLaren-Honda 77 + 52.529 2 6
3 8 Italy Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd 76 + 1 Lap 8 4
4 21 Italy Alex Caffi Dallara-Ford 75 + 2 Laps 9 3
5 4 Italy Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford 75 + 2 Laps 12 2
6 7 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Brabham-Judd 75 + 2 Laps 4 1
7 10 United States Eddie Cheever Arrows-Ford 75 + 2 Laps 20  
8 19 Italy Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 74 + 3 Laps 15  
9 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer Tyrrell-Ford 74 + 3 Laps 23  
10 5 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault 74 + 3 Laps 3  
11 16 Italy Ivan Capelli March-Judd 73 + 4 Laps 22  
12 25 France René Arnoux Ligier-Ford 73 + 4 Laps 21  
13 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Dallara-Ford 73 + 4 Laps 10  
14 20 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Benetton-Ford 73 + 4 Laps 24  
15 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 73 + 4 Laps 7  
Ret 24 Spain Luis Pérez-Sala Minardi-Ford 48 Overheating 26  
Ret 40 Italy Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford 46 Electrical 13  
Ret 31 Brazil Roberto Moreno Coloni-Ford 44 Gearbox 25  
Ret 30 France Philippe Alliot Lola-Lamborghini 38 Engine 17  
Ret 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin March-Judd 36 Engine 14  
Ret 11 Brazil Nelson Piquet Lotus-Judd 32 Collision 19  
Ret 27 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Ferrari 30 Gearbox 5  
Ret 32 France Pierre-Henri Raphanel Coloni-Ford 19 Gearbox 18  
Ret 26 France Olivier Grouillard Ligier-Ford 4 Gearbox 16  
Ret 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 3 Clutch 11  
Ret 9 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Arrows-Ford 2 Electrical 6  
DNQ 38 Germany Christian Danner Rial-Ford    
DNQ 29 France Yannick Dalmas Lola-Lamborghini    
DNQ 12 Japan Satoru Nakajima Lotus-Judd    
DNPQ 18 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Ford    
DNPQ 36 Sweden Stefan Johansson Onyx-Ford    
DNPQ 17 Italy Nicola Larini Osella-Ford    
DNPQ 34 Germany Bernd Schneider Zakspeed-Yamaha    
DNPQ 37 Belgium Bertrand Gachot Onyx-Ford    
DNPQ 33 Switzerland Gregor Foitek EuroBrun-Judd    
DNPQ 39 Germany Volker Weidler Rial-Ford    
DNPQ 35 Japan Aguri Suzuki Zakspeed-Yamaha    
DNPQ 41 Germany Joachim Winkelhock AGS-Ford    

Standings after the race[edit]

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

References[edit]


Previous race:
1989 San Marino Grand Prix
FIA Formula One World Championship
1989 season
Next race:
1989 Mexican Grand Prix
Previous race:
1988 Monaco Grand Prix
Monaco Grand Prix Next race:
1990 Monaco Grand Prix

Coordinates: 43°44′4.74″N 7°25′16.8″E / 43.7346500°N 7.421333°E / 43.7346500; 7.421333