1990 Belgian Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 11 of 16 in the 1990 Formula One season
Belgian Grand Prix Spa.png
Date August 26, 1990
Location Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium
Course Permanent racing facility
7.004 km (4.352 mi)
Distance 43 laps, 301.172 km (187.136 mi)
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda
Time 1:50.365
Fastest lap
Driver France Alain Prost Ferrari
Time 1:55.087 on lap 38
Podium
First Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda
Second France Alain Prost Ferrari
Third Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda

The 1990 Belgian Grand Prix was a Formula One race held at Spa-Francorchamps on August 26, 1990. It was the eleventh round of the 1990 Formula One season. The race was the 48th Belgian Grand Prix. It was the 36th to be held at Spa-Francorchamps and the seventh since the circuit was extensively redeveloped in 1979. The race was held over 43 laps of the seven kilometre circuit for a race distance of 301 kilometres.

Brazilian driver Ayrton Senna claimed his fifth race victory for the season in his McLaren MP4/5B taking a four second win over the Ferrari 641 driven the reigning world champion, Frenchman Alain Prost. It was Senna's fourth victory in the Belgian Grand Prix, and his third in succession. Senna's Austrian team mate Gerhard Berger finished third, while further back Maurício Gugelmin scored a rare point for the Leyton House team in his Leyton House CG901.

Three attempts were made to start the race, the first two being red-flagged after collisions. Aguri Suzuki's Lola 90 was eliminated after the first start, Paolo Barilla's Minardi M190 after the second.

Off-track, Nigel Mansell dropped a huge hint that he would not retire from F1 after all. He stated that if he was given a car for 1991 with number 1 status, reliability, a quick engine and worthy of a championship he would consider racing but (as he stated that it seemed unlikely to him) he was still adamant he would retire. He was repeatedly linked with Williams.

Qualifying[edit]

The two McLarens were on the front row, with Senna ahead of Berger. Prost in the Ferrari was third ahead of Boutsen and the second Ferrari of Mansell.

The Onyx team pulled out of the sport before the weekend of the race. This meant that the two Ligier cars no longer needed to pre-qualify.

Classification[edit]

Pre Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 14 France Olivier Grouillard Osella-Ford 1:57.941
2 18 France Yannick Dalmas AGS-Ford 1:58.339 +0.398
3 31 Belgium Bertrand Gachot Coloni-Ford 1:59.130 +1.189
4 17 Italy Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford 1:59.910 +1.969
5 33 Brazil Roberto Moreno EuroBrun-Judd 2:00.270 +2.329
6 34 Italy Claudio Langes EuroBrun-Judd 2:01.405 +3.464
7 39 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Life 2:19.445 +21.504

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 27 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 1:52.278 1:50.365
2 28 Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 1:51.211 1:50.948 +0.583
3 1 France Alain Prost Ferrari 1:51.841 1:51.043 +0.678
4 5 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault 1:54.024 1:51.902 +1.537
5 2 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Ferrari 1:52.601 1:52.267 +1.902
6 19 Italy Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 1:55.800 1:52.648 +2.283
7 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 1:54.260 1:52.703 +2.338
8 20 Brazil Nelson Piquet Benetton-Ford 1:53.689 1:52.853 +2.488
9 4 France Jean Alesi Tyrrell-Ford 1:54.116 1:52.885 +2.520
10 3 Japan Satoru Nakajima Tyrrell-Ford 1:55.798 1:53.468 +3.103
11 30 Japan Aguri Suzuki Lola-Lamborghini 1:55.294 1:53.523 +3.158
12 16 Italy Ivan Capelli Leyton House-Judd 1:55.012 1:53.783 +3.418
13 8 Italy Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd 1:57.014 1:53.916 +3.551
14 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin Leyton House-Judd 1:54.497 1:54.120 +3.755
15 29 France Éric Bernard Lola-Lamborghini 1:56.213 1:54.251 +3.886
16 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 1:56.074 1:54.312 +3.947
17 21 Italy Emanuele Pirro Dallara-Ford 1:56.239 1:54:595 +4.230
18 11 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Lotus-Lamborghini 1:56.246 1:55.068 +4.703
19 10 Italy Alex Caffi Arrows-Ford 1:56.562 1:55.199 +4.834
20 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Dallara-Ford 1:56.923 1:55.261 +4.896
21 25 Italy Nicola Larini Ligier-Ford 1:57.471 1:55.278 +4.913
22 12 United Kingdom Martin Donnelly Lotus-Lamborghini 1:56.666 1:55.304 +4.939
23 14 France Olivier Grouillard Osella-Ford 1:57.770 1:55.334 +4.969
24 7 Australia David Brabham Brabham-Judd 1:58.034 1:55.668 +5.303
25 24 Italy Paolo Barilla Minardi-Ford 1:57.221 1:55.859 +5.494
26 9 Italy Michele Alboreto Arrows-Ford 1:57.255 1:56.055 +5.690
27 26 France Philippe Alliot Ligier-Ford 1:56.118 +5.753
28 17 Italy Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford 1:58.293 1:57.566 +7.201
29 18 France Yannick Dalmas AGS-Ford 1:58.995 1:57.704 +7.339
30 31 Belgium Bertrand Gachot Coloni-Ford 1:58.520 +8.155

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 27 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 44 1:26:31.997 1 9
2 1 France Alain Prost Ferrari 44 + 3.550 3 6
3 28 Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 44 + 28.462 2 4
4 19 Italy Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 44 + 49.337 6 3
5 20 Brazil Nelson Piquet Benetton-Ford 44 + 1:29.650 8 2
6 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin Leyton House-Judd 44 + 1:48.851 14 1
7 16 Italy Ivan Capelli Leyton House-Judd 43 + 1 Lap 12  
8 4 France Jean Alesi Tyrrell-Ford 43 + 1 Lap 9  
9 29 France Éric Bernard Lola-Lamborghini 43 + 1 Lap 15  
10 10 Italy Alex Caffi Arrows-Ford 43 + 1 Lap 19  
11 11 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Lotus-Lamborghini 43 + 1 Lap 18  
12 12 United Kingdom Martin Donnelly Lotus-Lamborghini 43 + 1 Lap 22  
13 9 Italy Michele Alboreto Arrows-Ford 43 + 1 Lap 26  
14 25 Italy Nicola Larini Ligier-Ford 42 + 2 Laps 21  
15 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 42 + 2 Laps 16  
16 14 France Olivier Grouillard Osella-Ford 42 + 2 Laps 23  
17 8 Italy Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd 39 Engine 13  
Ret 7 Australia David Brabham Brabham-Judd 36 Electrical 24  
Ret 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Dallara-Ford 27 Engine 20  
Ret 5 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault 21 Transmission 4  
Ret 2 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Ferrari 19 Handling 5  
Ret 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 18 Gearbox 7  
Ret 21 Italy Emanuele Pirro Dallara-Ford 5 Water Leak 17  
Ret 3 Japan Satoru Nakajima Tyrrell-Ford 4 Engine 10  
Ret 30 Japan Aguri Suzuki Lola-Lamborghini 0 Accident 11  
Ret 24 Italy Paolo Barilla Minardi-Ford 0 Accident 25  
DNQ 26 France Philippe Alliot Ligier-Ford    
DNQ 17 Italy Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford    
DNQ 18 France Yannick Dalmas AGS-Ford    
DNQ 31 Belgium Bertrand Gachot Coloni-Ford    
DNPQ 33 Brazil Roberto Moreno EuroBrun-Judd    
DNPQ 34 Italy Claudio Langes EuroBrun-Judd    
DNPQ 39 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Life

Standings after the race[edit]

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

References[edit]


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