1989 Portuguese Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 13 of 16 in the 1989 Formula One season
Circuit Estoril 1984-1993.png
Date September 24, 1989
Official name XXIII Grande Premio de Portugal
Location Autódromo do Estoril
Portugal
Course Permanent racing facility
4.350 km (2.703 mi)
Distance 71 laps, 308.850 km (191.910 mi)
Weather Hot, dry, sunny
Pole position
Driver Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda
Time 1:15.468
Fastest lap
Driver Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari
Time 1:18.986 on lap 49
Podium
First Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari
Second France Alain Prost McLaren-Honda
Third Sweden Stefan Johansson Onyx-Ford

The 1989 Portuguese Grand Prix (formally the XXIII Grande Premio de Portugal) was a Formula One motor race held at the Autódromo do Estoril in Estoril, Portugal on September 24, 1989. The race, contested over 71 laps, was the thirteenth of the 1989 Formula One season. It was won by Gerhard Berger to take his first, and only, victory of the season for Ferrari. Alain Prost finished in second place for McLaren, strengthening his championship chances after his team-mate and rival Ayrton Senna had been involved in a collision with Ferrari driver Nigel Mansell which resulted in them both retiring. Mansell had just been black flagged at the time of incident for reversing back into his pit box after overshooting it during a stop. The podium was completed by Stefan Johansson, who took both his last and Onyx's only podium, and also Onyx's last points.

During the race, Pierluigi Martini managed to lead a lap for the only time in both his and Minardi's time in Formula One. Ten drivers from ten different teams finished in the top ten places in the race, with Jonathan Palmer scoring his last ever point in sixth place. The race was also Alain Prost's 150th Grand Prix start, and Coloni's last, though it attempted races for another two years without a single start.

Report[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Ayrton Senna took his tenth pole position of the season by six tenths of a second from the Ferrari of Gerhard Berger. Alain Prost could only set a lap fast enough for fourth in his McLaren, as Nigel Mansell eclipsed his with a lap just one hundredth of a second faster to start from third in the grid. Pierluigi Martini put in an impressive performance to qualify his Minardi in fifth place, albeit seven tenths slower than Prost. His team-mate, Luis Pérez-Sala, also did well to qualify the car in ninth place. Alex Caffi qualified his Dallara in seventh position and was the sandwiched by the two Williamses of Patrese and Boutsen, with Boutsen ahead. Martin Brundle the top ten in qualifying, followed by his Brabham team-mate Stefano Modena. Eventual podium finisher Stefan Johansson put his Onyx into twelfth on the grid, despite having to pre-qualify and his team-mate failing to do so.

Race[edit]

Berger had a great start and managed to overtake Senna. Mansell was in third followed by Prost, Martini and Patrese. Berger quickly opened a lead while Senna was trying to keep Mansell behind. Then Mansell finally managed to overtake Senna and started to catch Berger. As the two Ferraris caught up with the slower cars and were starting to lap them, Mansell managed to overtake Berger. Positions at lap 24 were: Mansell, Berger, Senna and Prost. Prost was the first of the leaders to pit for new tyres from fourth position. He was quickly followed by Berger on lap 35 and then by Senna. Then came the crucial moment of the race. Mansell came into the pits slightly too fast, locked his tyres and missed his pit box by a few metres. Although his pit crew moved down the pit lane to try to change his tyres where he had stopped, Mansell engaged reverse gear and drove backwards the short distance into the correct spot. After the leaders went to pit for tyres, Pierluigi Martini led a lap in the Minardi, the only time in the F1 history that a Minardi car was at the front leading. Mansell was down in fourth. Berger, Senna and Mansell quickly overtook Martini and Mansell closed on Senna. However as reversing in the pit lane was expressly forbidden, Mansell was black flagged. At the start of lap 48 Mansell tried to overtake Senna, the cars collided and both drivers were out. This damaged Senna's title chances, especially since rival Alain Prost came in second place. The race was won by Berger ahead of Prost and Johansson a surprising third in the Onyx.

Classification[edit]

Pre-qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 36 Sweden Stefan Johansson Onyx-Ford 1:18.623
2 30 France Philippe Alliot Lola-Lamborghini 1:19.164 +0.541
3 31 Brazil Roberto Moreno Coloni-Ford 1:19.780 +1.157
4 29 Italy Michele Alboreto Lola-Lamborghini 1:19.869 +1.246
5 37 Finland JJ Lehto Onyx-Ford 1:20.880 +2.257
6 18 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Ford 1:21.021 +2.398
7 33 Argentina Oscar Larrauri EuroBrun-Judd 1:21.326 +2.703
8 40 Italy Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford 1:21.881 +3.258
9 35 Japan Aguri Suzuki Zakspeed-Yamaha 1:24.116 +5.493
10 34 Germany Bernd Schneider Zakspeed-Yamaha 1:24.732 +6.109
11 32 Italy Enrico Bertaggia Coloni-Ford 1:28.526 +9.903
DSQ 41 France Yannick Dalmas AGS-Ford
DSQ 17 Italy Nicola Larini Osella-Ford

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 1 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 1:15.496 1:15.468
2 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari 1:16.799 1:16.059 +0.591
3 27 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Ferrari 1:17.387 1:16.193 +0.725
4 2 France Alain Prost McLaren-Honda 1:17.336 1:16.204 +0.736
5 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 1:16.938 1:17.161 +1.470
6 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 1:17.281 1:17.852 +1.813
7 21 Italy Alex Caffi Dallara-Ford 1:18.623 1:17.661 +2.193
8 5 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault 1:17.801 1:17.888 +2.333
9 24 Spain Luis Pérez-Sala Minardi-Ford 1:17.844 1:18.305 +2.376
10 7 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Brabham-Judd 1:17.874 1:17.995 +2.406
11 8 Italy Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd 1:18.589 1:18.093 +2.625
12 36 Sweden Stefan Johansson Onyx-Ford 1:19.281 1:18.105 +2.637
13 19 Italy Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 1:18.115 1:18.359 +2.647
14 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin March-Judd 1:18.124 1:18.277 +2.656
15 31 Brazil Roberto Moreno Coloni-Ford 1:18.196 1:20.512 +2.728
16 20 Italy Emanuele Pirro Benetton-Ford 1:18.340 1:18.328 +2.860
17 30 France Philippe Alliot Lola-Lamborghini 1:19.306 1:18.386 +2.918
18 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer Tyrrell-Ford 1:19.172 1:18.404 +2.936
19 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Dallara-Ford 1:18.442 1:18.511 +2.974
20 11 Brazil Nelson Piquet Lotus-Judd 1:18.482 1:18.682 +3.014
21 29 Italy Michele Alboreto Lola-Lamborghini 1:18.563 1:18.846 +3.095
22 9 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Arrows-Ford 1:18.711 1:18.892 +3.243
23 25 France René Arnoux Ligier-Ford 1:18.767 1:19.979 +3.299
24 16 Italy Ivan Capelli March-Judd 1:19.079 1:18.785 +3.317
25 12 Japan Satoru Nakajima Lotus-Judd 1:19.278 1:19.165 +3.697
26 10 United States Eddie Cheever Arrows-Ford 1:19.247 1:20.006 +3.779
27 4 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Tyrrell-Ford 1:19.515 1:19.264 +3.796
28 26 France Olivier Grouillard Ligier-Ford 1:19.605 1:19.436 +3.968
29 39 France Pierre-Henri Raphanel Rial-Ford No Time 1:21.435 +5.967
30 38 Germany Christian Danner Rial-Ford 1:21.678 1:22.423 +6.210

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari 71 1:36:48.546 2 9
2 2 France Alain Prost McLaren-Honda 71 + 32.637 4 6
3 36 Sweden Stefan Johansson Onyx-Ford 71 + 55.325 12 4
4 19 Italy Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 71 + 1:22.369 13 3
5 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 70 + 1 Lap 5 2
6 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer Tyrrell-Ford 70 + 1 Lap 18 1
7 12 Japan Satoru Nakajima Lotus-Judd 70 + 1 Lap 25  
8 7 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Brabham-Judd 70 + 1 Lap 10  
9 30 France Philippe Alliot Lola-Lamborghini 70 + 1 Lap 17  
10 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin March-Judd 69 + 2 Laps 14  
11 29 Italy Michele Alboreto Lola-Lamborghini 69 + 2 Laps 21  
12 24 Spain Luis Pérez-Sala Minardi-Ford 69 + 2 Laps 9  
13 25 France René Arnoux Ligier-Ford 69 + 2 Laps 23  
14 8 Italy Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd 69 + 2 Laps 11  
Ret 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 60 Overheating 6  
Ret 5 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault 60 Overheating 8  
Ret 1 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 48 Collision 1  
DSQ 27 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Ferrari 48 Disqualified 3  
Ret 9 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Arrows-Ford 37 Accident 22  
Ret 11 Brazil Nelson Piquet Lotus-Judd 33 Collision 20  
Ret 21 Italy Alex Caffi Dallara-Ford 33 Collision 7  
Ret 20 Italy Emanuele Pirro Benetton-Ford 29 Suspension 16  
Ret 16 Italy Ivan Capelli March-Judd 25 Engine 24  
Ret 10 United States Eddie Cheever Arrows-Ford 24 Spun Off 26  
Ret 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Dallara-Ford 17 Electrical 19  
Ret 31 Brazil Roberto Moreno Coloni-Ford 11 Electrical 15  
DNQ 4 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Tyrrell-Ford    
DNQ 26 France Olivier Grouillard Ligier-Ford    
DNQ 39 France Pierre-Henri Raphanel Rial-Ford    
DNQ 38 Germany Christian Danner Rial-Ford    
DNPQ 41 France Yannick Dalmas AGS-Ford    
DNPQ 37 Finland JJ Lehto Onyx-Ford    
DNPQ 18 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Ford    
DNPQ 33 Argentina Oscar Larrauri EuroBrun-Judd    
DNPQ 40 Italy Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford    
DNPQ 17 Italy Nicola Larini Osella-Ford    
DNPQ 35 Japan Aguri Suzuki Zakspeed-Yamaha    
DNPQ 34 Germany Bernd Schneider Zakspeed-Yamaha    
DNPQ 32 Italy Enrico Bertaggia Coloni-Ford        

Lap leaders[edit]

Standings after the race[edit]

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

References[edit]


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