1989 San Marino Grand Prix

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Italy  1989 San Marino Grand Prix
Race details
Race 2 of 16 in the 1989 Formula One season
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Date April 23, 1989
Official name IX Gran Premio di San Marino
Location Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Course Permanent racing facility
5.040 km (3.132 mi)
Distance 58 laps, 292.32 km (181.638 mi)
Weather Warm, dry, sunny
Pole position
Driver Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda
Time 1:26.010
Fastest lap
Driver France Alain Prost McLaren-Honda
Time 1:26.795 on lap 45
Podium
First Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda
Second France Alain Prost McLaren-Honda
Third Italy Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford

The 1989 San Marino Grand Prix was a Formula One race held at Imola on April 23, 1989. It was the second race of the 1989 Formula One season.

Race summary[edit]

The only change to the entry list for the San Marino Grand Prix was the arrival of Gabriele Tarquini in the second car of the small AGS team, which had only run one car in Brazil after Philippe Streiff had suffered career ending injuries in pre-season testing. A record 39 cars were entered for the Grand Prix,[citation needed] although only 26 began the race.

At the start Ayrton Senna got away well but behind him Alain Prost found himself just ahead of Nigel Mansell's Ferrari but the Englishman could not find his way around Prost's McLaren. Mansell fell off a little after that and found himself battling with Riccardo Patrese while on the second lap Ivan Capelli had a nasty accident in his March. On lap four, fifth placed Gerhard Berger's Ferrari speared off the track at the fast Tamburello corner due to a mechanical failure. Berger hit the wall at an estimated 180 mph and when his car came to a rest it immediately burst into flames. Three fire marshalls (Bruno Miniati, Paolo Verdi and Gabriele Violi) arrived on foot sixteen seconds after impact and the fire was put out ten seconds later. The race was red-flagged and Berger escaped with broken ribs and second degree burns.

The race was restarted after half an hour and run a further 55 laps on aggregate timing. This time Prost got away much better and got past Senna while behind them Mansell made a poor start and fell behind Patrese and Alessandro Nannini. On the run-down to Tosa Senna got alongside Prost into Villeneuve and out-braked him into the Tosa Hairpin. The McLarens proceeded to pull away from the competition while behind them there was more drama as Stefano Modena put his Brabham into the wall rather violently, the Italian was unhurt.

As the McLarens pulled away Mansell, Patrese, and Nannini were busy fighting over third place. It was settled in the space of three laps as Patrese retired with a timing belt failure and Mansell followed shortly afterwards with a gearbox problem. This left Nannini in third while up front Senna cruised home to victory from Prost who, in his pursuit of Senna, had suffered a spin on Lap 42 at Variante Bassa. Nannini led home Thierry Boutsen, Derek Warwick in the Arrows and Jonathan Palmer in the Tyrrell. Olivier Grouillard was disqualified because Ligier illegally repaired his car on the grid before the second start. Thierry Boutsen and Alex Caffi were initially disqualified after a protest from Ligier because they had changed tyres in the pitlane before the second start, but were reinstated following an appeal.

The Alain Prost/Ayrton Senna war began to build up speed after the Frenchman said that McLaren had a pre race agreement that whoever led into the first turn should stay there, which was ironically suggested by Senna.[1] In Prost's view, Senna had broken this agreement by passing him partway round the first lap after the restart.

Classification[edit]

Pre qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 8 Italy Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd 1:27.350
2 7 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Brabham-Judd 1:28.197 +0.747
3 21 Italy Alex Caffi Dallara-Ford 1:29.346 +1.996
4 17 Italy Nicola Larini Osella-Ford 1:29.787 +2.437
5 37 Belgium Bertrand Gachot Onyx-Ford 1:30.384 +3.034
6 33 Switzerland Gregor Foitek EuroBrun-Judd 1.30.620 +3.270
7 18 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Ford 1:30.631 +3.281
8 36 Sweden Stefan Johansson Onyx-Ford 1:30.647 +3.297
9 41 Germany Joachim Winkelhock AGS-Ford 1:32.071 +4.721
10 32 France Pierre-Henri Raphanel Coloni-Ford 1:32.267 +4.917
11 35 Japan Aguri Suzuki Zakspeed-Yamaha 1:32.287 +4.937
12 34 Germany Bernd Schneider Zakspeed-Yamaha 1:32.855 +5.485
13 39 Germany Volker Weidler Rial-Ford 1:36.480 +9.130

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 1 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 1:42.939 1:26.010
2 2 France Alain Prost McLaren-Honda 1:44.538 1:26.235 +0.225
3 27 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Ferrari 1:49.665 1:27.652 +1.642
4 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 1:47.486 1:27.920 +1.910
5 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari 1:42.781 1:28.089 +2.079
6 5 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault 1:49.451 1:28.308 +2.298
7 19 Italy Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 1:45.536 1:28.854 +2.844
8 11 Brazil Nelson Piquet Lotus-Judd 1:48.124 1:29.057 +3.047
9 21 Italy Alex Caffi Dallara-Ford 1:48.868 1:29.069 +3.059
10 26 France Olivier Grouillard Ligier-Ford 1:47.371 1:29.104 +3.094
11 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 1:47.321 1:29.152 +3.142
12 9 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Arrows-Ford 1:47.859 1:29.281 +3.271
13 16 Italy Ivan Capelli March-Judd 1:48.178 1:29.385 +3.375
14 17 Italy Nicola Larini Osella-Ford 1:47.577 1:29.485 +3.475
15 24 Spain Luis Pérez-Sala Minardi-Ford 1:46.800 1:29.503 +3.493
16 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Dallara-Ford 1:53.681 1:29.669 +3.659
17 8 Italy Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd 1:48.415 1:29.761 +3.751
18 40 Italy Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford 1:48.795 1:29.913 +3.903
19 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin March-Judd 1:52.119 1:30.163 +4.153
20 30 France Philippe Alliot Lola-Lamborghini 2:00.293 1:30.168 +4.158
21 10 United States Eddie Cheever Arrows-Ford 1:45.375 1:30.233 +4.223
22 7 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Brabham-Judd 1:46.279 1:30.271 +4.261
23 20 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Benetton-Ford 2:05.126 1:30.347 +4.337
24 12 Japan Satoru Nakajima Lotus-Judd 1:46.483 1:30.697 +4.687
25 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer Tyrrell-Ford 1:51.229 1:30.928 +4.918
26 29 France Yannick Dalmas Lola-Lamborghini 1:58.083 1:31.137 +5.127
27 4 Italy Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford 1:51.329 1:31.206 +5.196
28 25 France René Arnoux Ligier-Ford 1:48.091 1:31.268 +5.258
29 38 Germany Christian Danner Rial-Ford 1:47.967 1:31.341 +5.331
30 31 Brazil Roberto Moreno Coloni-Ford 1:50.947 1:31.775 +5.765

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 58 1:26:51.245 1 9
2 2 France Alain Prost McLaren-Honda 58 + 40.225 2 6
3 19 Italy Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 57 + 1 Lap 7 4
4 5 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault 57 + 1 Lap 6 3
5 9 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Arrows-Ford 57 + 1 Lap 12 2
6 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer Tyrrell-Ford 57 + 1 Lap 25 1
7 21 Italy Alex Caffi Dallara-Ford 57 + 1 Lap 9  
8 40 Italy Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford 57 + 1 Lap 18  
9 10 United States Eddie Cheever Arrows-Ford 56 + 2 Laps 21  
10 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Dallara-Ford 56 + 2 Laps 16  
11 20 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Benetton-Ford 56 + 2 Laps 23  
12 17 Italy Nicola Larini Osella-Ford 52 Spun Off 14  
Ret 7 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Brabham-Judd 51 Fuel System 22  
NC 12 Japan Satoru Nakajima Lotus-Judd 46 Not Classified 24  
Ret 24 Spain Luis Pérez-Sala Minardi-Ford 43 Spun Off 15  
Ret 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin March-Judd 39 Transmission 19  
Ret 11 Brazil Nelson Piquet Lotus-Judd 29 Engine 8  
Ret 27 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Ferrari 23 Gearbox 3  
Ret 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 21 Engine 4  
Ret 8 Italy Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd 19 Spun Off 17  
Ret 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 6 Gearbox 11  
DSQ 26 France Olivier Grouillard Ligier-Ford 4 Disqualified 10  
Ret 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari 3 Accident 5  
Ret 16 Italy Ivan Capelli March-Judd 1 Spun Off 13  
Ret 30 France Philippe Alliot Lola-Lamborghini 0 Electrical 20  
Ret 29 France Yannick Dalmas Lola-Lamborghini 0 Electrical 26  
DNQ 4 Italy Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford    
DNQ 25 France René Arnoux Ligier-Ford    
DNQ 38 Germany Christian Danner Rial-Ford    
DNQ 31 Brazil Roberto Moreno Coloni-Ford    
DNPQ 37 Belgium Bertrand Gachot Onyx-Ford    
DNPQ 33 Switzerland Gregor Foitek EuroBrun-Judd    
DNPQ 18 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Ford    
DNPQ 36 Sweden Stefan Johansson Onyx-Ford    
DNPQ 41 Germany Joachim Winkelhock AGS-Ford    
DNPQ 32 France Pierre-Henri Raphanel Coloni-Ford    
DNPQ 35 Japan Aguri Suzuki Zakspeed-Yamaha    
DNPQ 34 Germany Bernd Schneider Zakspeed-Yamaha    
DNPQ 39 Germany Volker Weidler Rial-Ford    

Trivia[edit]

  • This race was the first victory for a V10 engine in Formula One.

Standings after the race[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rubython, Tom: The Life of Senna


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