1989 Spanish Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 14 of 16 in the 1989 Formula One season
Circuito de Jerez (1985-1992).svg
Date October 1, 1989
Official name XXXI Gran Premio Tio Pepe de España
Location Circuito Permanente de Jerez
Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
Course Permanent racing facility
4.218 km (2.6209 mi)
Distance 73 laps, 307.918 km (191.328 mi)
Weather Dry, hot, sunny
Pole position
Driver Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda
Time 1:20.291
Fastest lap
Driver Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda
Time 1:25.779 on lap 55
Podium
First Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda
Second Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari
Third France Alain Prost McLaren-Honda

The 1989 Spanish Grand Prix was a Formula One race held at Jerez on October 1, 1989.

After failing to pit after being shown the black flag twice for reversing in the pits during the previous race in Portugal, Ferrari driver Nigel Mansell had been suspended for the race by the sports governing body FISA. Never far from drama, Mansell stated in a pre-practice press conference that he would be forced to consider retirement if FISA honestly believed he would ignore a black flag. The general feeling among those in the paddock and the members of the press was that Mansell was really being punished for 'ruining the championship' after his post black flag crash that took Ayrton Senna out of the race. Ferrari did not replace Mansell in Spain and only entered one car for Gerhard Berger.

Qualifying[edit]

Pre-qualifying was again a lottery. Last start podium finisher Stefan Johansson failed to pre-qualify his Onyx, while new team mate JJ Lehto finished second behind the Osella of Nicola Larini. Third was Larini's team mate Piercarlo Ghinzani, while qualifying specialist Philippe Alliot finished 4th in his Lola-Lamborghini. Missing out were the likes of Johansson, Michele Alboreto and Roberto Moreno.

Ayrton Senna blasted around the 4.218 km (2.6209 mi) Jerez circuit in 1:20.291 to take his pole position record to 40. Gerhard Berger was second in his Ferrari 640, only 0.274 seconds behind the man who would be his 1990 team mate at McLaren. Over a second behind Senna in third was world championship leader Alain Prost in his McLaren, with the surprise of late season qualifying, Pierluigi Martini, fourth in his Minardi, the Pirelli qualifying tyres once again coming to the fore. Martini had been an incredible second fastest after Friday qualifying, only 0.388 slower than Senna.

Philippe Alliot snared a career best fifth place on the grid in his Larrousse, proving that both the Lola chassis and the Lamborghini V12 designed by Mauro Forghieri was starting to come good. It also enhanced Alliot's reputation as a demon qualifier.

Williams-Renault entered two different model cars for their drivers Thierry Boutsen and Riccardo Patrese. Boutsen qualified 21st the new Williams FW13 that had debuted in Portugal, while Patrese reverted to the older model FW12C and ended up sixth on the grid alongside his surprisingly fast former Brabham team mate Nelson Piquet in his Lotus.

René Arnoux (Ligier) and the Rial pair of Pierre-Henri Raphanel and Gregor Foitek all failed to qualify for the race.

Race Summary[edit]

McLarens reigning World Champion Ayrton Senna took the pole, set the fastest race lap and kept the world championship alive with his sixth win of the season. Second with his third podium finish in a row following his second in Italy and his win in the previous race in Portugal was the Ferrari 640 of Gerhard Berger. World Championship leader Alain Prost finished third in his McLaren-Honda in what was his last ever race finish for the team with whom he won the 1985 and 1986 World Drivers' Championships.

Rounding out the points were the 'find of the season' Jean Alesi in his Tyrrell in fourth, the older model Williams-Renault of Patrese in fifth in what would be the FW12C's final race, and giving the Lamborghini V12 its first ever points finish in Formula One was Alliot in what would be the best drive of his Grand Prix career.

Prost's third place gave him a 16 point lead over Senna with only two races to go. If he was to retain his title, the Brazilian would need to win in both Japan and Australia with Prost scoring no more than two more points. If that had turned out to be the case and the pair had ended the season with the same amount of points, Senna would have won the championship on a count back with six wins to Prost's four.

Classification[edit]

Pre Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 17 Italy Nicola Larini Osella-Ford 1:23.566
2 37 Finland JJ Lehto Onyx-Ford 1:23.958 +0.392
3 18 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Ford 1:24.586 +1.020
4 30 France Philippe Alliot Lola-Lamborghini 1:24.610 +1.044
5 40 Italy Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford 1:24.847 +1.281
6 36 Sweden Stefan Johansson Onyx-Ford 1:24.944 +1.378
7 31 Brazil Roberto Moreno Coloni-Ford 1:25.074 +1.508
8 29 Italy Michele Alboreto Lola-Lamborghini 1:25.646 +2.080
9 34 Germany Bernd Schneider Zakspeed-Yamaha 1:25.673 +2.107
10 41 France Yannick Dalmas AGS-Ford 1:26.131 +2.565
11 35 Japan Aguri Suzuki Zakspeed-Yamaha 1:26.609 +3.043
12 33 Argentina Oscar Larrauri EuroBrun-Judd 1:26.803 +3.237
13 32 Italy Enrico Bertaggia Coloni-Ford 1:27.236 +3.670

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 1 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 1:21.855 1:20.291
2 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari 1:22.276 1:20.565 +0.274
3 2 France Alain Prost McLaren-Honda 1:23.113 1:21.368 +1.077
4 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 1:22.243 1:21.479 +1.188
5 30 France Philippe Alliot Lola-Lamborghini 1:23.597 1:21.708 +1.417
6 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 1:24.033 1:21.777 +1.486
7 11 Brazil Nelson Piquet Lotus-Judd 1:23.235 1:21.922 +1.631
8 7 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Brabham-Judd 1:23.761 1:22.133 +1.842
9 4 France Jean Alesi Tyrrell-Ford 1:24.615 1:22.363 +2.072
10 20 Italy Emanuele Pirro Benetton-Ford 1:24.647 1:22.567 +2.276
11 17 Italy Nicola Larini Osella-Ford 1:23.538 1:22.620 +2.329
12 8 Italy Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd 1:23.679 1:22.826 +2.535
13 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer Tyrrell-Ford 1:23.494 1:23.052 +2.761
14 19 Italy Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 1:24.233 1:23.105 +2.814
15 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Dallara-Ford 1:24.900 1:23.186 +2.895
16 9 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Arrows-Ford 1:24.161 1:23.222 +2.931
17 37 Finland JJ Lehto Onyx-Ford 1:24.322 1:23.243 +2.952
18 12 Japan Satoru Nakajima Lotus-Judd 1:23.309 +3.018
19 16 Italy Ivan Capelli March-Judd 1:23.401 +3.110
20 24 Spain Luis Pérez-Sala Minardi-Ford 1:23.908 1:23.443 +3.152
21 5 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault 1:24.839 1:23.657 +3.366
22 10 United States Eddie Cheever Arrows-Ford 1:24.222 1:23.729 +3.438
23 21 Italy Alex Caffi Dallara-Ford 1:24.658 1:23.763 +3.472
24 26 France Olivier Grouillard Ligier-Ford 1:24.991 1:23.931 +3.640
25 18 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Ford 1:26.147 1:24.003 +3.712
26 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin March-Judd 1:28.311 1:24.707 +4.416
27 25 France René Arnoux Ligier-Ford 1:26.767 1:25.190 +4.899
28 39 France Pierre-Henri Raphanel Rial-Ford 1:28.311 1:25.443 +5.152
29 38 Switzerland Gregor Foitek Rial-Ford 1:29.226 +8.935

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 73 1:47:48.264 1 9
2 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari 73 + 27.051 2 6
3 2 France Alain Prost McLaren-Honda 73 + 53.788 3 4
4 4 France Jean Alesi Tyrrell-Ford 72 + 1 Lap 9 3
5 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 72 + 1 Lap 6 2
6 30 France Philippe Alliot Lola-Lamborghini 72 + 1 Lap 5 1
7 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Dallara-Ford 72 + 1 Lap 15  
8 11 Brazil Nelson Piquet Lotus-Judd 71 + 2 Laps 7  
9 9 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Arrows-Ford 71 + 2 Laps 16  
10 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer Tyrrell-Ford 71 + 2 Laps 13  
Ret 10 United States Eddie Cheever Arrows-Ford 61 Engine 22  
Ret 20 Italy Emanuele Pirro Benetton-Ford 59 Spun Off 10  
Ret 21 Italy Alex Caffi Dallara-Ford 55 Engine 23  
Ret 7 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Brabham-Judd 51 Spun Off 8  
Ret 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin March-Judd 47 Collision 26  
Ret 24 Spain Luis Pérez-Sala Minardi-Ford 47 Spun Off 20  
Ret 5 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault 40 Fuel Pump 21  
Ret 26 France Olivier Grouillard Ligier-Ford 34 Engine 24  
Ret 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 27 Spun Off 4  
Ret 16 Italy Ivan Capelli March-Judd 23 Transmission 19  
Ret 37 Finland JJ Lehto Onyx-Ford 20 Gearbox 17  
Ret 18 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Ford 17 Gearbox 25  
Ret 19 Italy Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 14 Spun Off 14  
Ret 8 Italy Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd 11 Electrical 12  
Ret 17 Italy Nicola Larini Osella-Ford 6 Suspension 11  
Ret 12 Japan Satoru Nakajima Lotus-Judd 0 Collision 18  
DNQ 25 France René Arnoux Ligier-Ford        
DNQ 39 France Pierre-Henri Raphanel Rial-Ford        
DNQ 38 Switzerland Gregor Foitek Rial-Ford        
DNPQ 40 Italy Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford        
DNPQ 36 Sweden Stefan Johansson Onyx-Ford        
DNPQ 31 Brazil Roberto Moreno Coloni-Ford        
DNPQ 29 Italy Michele Alboreto Lola-Lamborghini        
DNPQ 35 Japan Aguri Suzuki Zakspeed-Yamaha        
DNPQ 41 France Yannick Dalmas AGS-Ford        
DNPQ 34 Germany Bernd Schneider Zakspeed-Yamaha        
DNPQ 33 Argentina Oscar Larrauri EuroBrun-Judd        
DNPQ 32 Italy Enrico Bertaggia Coloni-Ford        

Notes[edit]

  • First Grand Prix start: J.J. Lehto
  • Gregor Foitek replaced Christian Danner at Rial but quit the team after the race when he suffered a heavy accident in qualifying caused by the rear wing falling off the car.

Standings after the race[edit]

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

References[edit]


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1989 Portuguese Grand Prix
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1989 Japanese Grand Prix
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1988 Spanish Grand Prix
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