1990 Brazilian Grand Prix

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Brazil  1990 Brazilian Grand Prix
Race details
Race 2 of 16 in the 1990 Formula One season
Interlagos 1990.jpg
Date March 25, 1990
Official name XIX Grande Prêmio do Brasil
Location Autódromo José Carlos Pace
São Paulo, Brazil
Course Permanent racing facility
4.325 km (2.687 mi)
Distance 71 laps, 307.075 km (190.807 mi)
Weather Hot, dry, sunny
Pole position
Driver Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda
Time 1:17.277
Fastest lap
Driver Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda
Time 1:19.899 on lap 55
Podium
First France Alain Prost Ferrari
Second Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda
Third Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda

The 1990 Brazilian Grand Prix was a Formula One race held on March 25, 1990 at Interlagos. It was the 19th Brazilian Grand Prix and the ninth to be held at Interlagos. The São Paulo circuit had not held the Grand Prix since 1980 and the circuit was extensively renovated with the circuit itself almost halved in length. The race was contested over 71 laps of the four kilometre circuit (as opposed to 40 for the races on the original circuit), for a race distance of 307 kilometres.

The race was won for the sixth time by the reigning world champion Alain Prost driving a Ferrari 641. The win extended Prost's record for most wins of the Brazilian Grand Prix. Prost's winning margin was 13 seconds over Austrian driver Gerhard Berger driving a McLaren MP4/5B. Berger's Brazilian team mate Ayrton Senna was third.

Race summary[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

The rebuilt Interlagos circuit which hosted the race for the first time since 1980 had been dramatically altered, the track had been shortened by 3.5 km and lost many fast sweepers and the Retao straight, which allowed Formula One drivers to use full throttle for 20 seconds.

In pre-qualifying, the Life Racing Engines team saw their car splutter to a halt 400 metres after exiting the pits, Gary Brabham claimed the mechanics were on strike and refused to put oil in the car.[citation needed]

Local hero Ayrton Senna took his 43rd career pole position and led from the start. Gianni Morbidelli made it through qualifying for the first time in his Formula One career.

Race[edit]

At the first corner, Jean Alesi, Alessandro Nannini and Andrea de Cesaris tangled, eliminating de Cesaris and requiring the Benetton driver to stop for a new nosecone. On lap 8 Thierry Boutsen passed Gerhard Berger for second place, and Alain Prost took the Ferrari past the McLaren driver on lap 17. Nigel Mansell pitted on lap 27 for new tyres and also to inspect a broken rollbar. He rejoined in 9th place. Boutsen's pit stop on lap 30 went disastrously wrong. With failing brakes, and a tricky bump in the pitlane, the Williams was unable to stop and crashed into the wheel and tyre equipment stacked in the garage. This required a new nosecone and when he rejoined, he was down in 11th position.

Prost was piling on the pressure – by lap 35 he had climbed to second within 10 seconds of Senna, and was now ahead of Riccardo Patrese, Berger and Nelson Piquet. When Senna came up to lap backmarker Satoru Nakajima, there was contact and the McLaren had to pit for a new nosecone. He rejoined and challenged hard, but the reduced downforce levels made the car difficult to drive. On lap 66, Patrese retired with a broken oil cooler.

Prost took his 40th victory, and his first for Ferrari, from Berger and the recovering Senna. Mansell finished an excellent 4th, having driven through the field with a broken rollbar. Boutsen finished a creditable 5th and Piquet claimed the final point in front of his home crowd after passing Jean Alesi – who was suffering severe tyre wear after attempting to run non-stop – on the last lap.

Classification[edit]

Pre Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 29 France Éric Bernard Lola-Lamborghini 1:23.763
2 30 Japan Aguri Suzuki Lola-Lamborghini 1:23.982 +0.219
3 14 France Olivier Grouillard Osella-Ford 1:23.987 +0.224
4 18 France Yannick Dalmas AGS-Ford 1:24.015 +0.252
5 17 Italy Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford 1:24.265 +0.502
6 33 Brazil Roberto Moreno EuroBrun-Judd 1:25.763 +2.000
7 31 Belgium Bertrand Gachot Coloni-Subaru 1:34.046 +10.283
8 34 Italy Claudio Langes EuroBrun-Judd 1:39.188 +15.425
9 39 Australia Gary Brabham Life

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 27 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 1:17.769 1:17.277
2 28 Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 1:17.888 1:18.504 +0.611
3 5 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault 1:18.375 1:18.150 +0.873
4 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 1:18.465 1:18.288 +1.011
5 2 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Ferrari 1:18.509 1:19.475 +1.232
6 1 France Alain Prost Ferrari 1:18.631 1:18.884 +1.354
7 4 France Jean Alesi Tyrrell-Ford 1:19.230 1:18.923 +1.646
8 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 1:19.039 1:19.688 +1.762
9 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Dallara-Ford 1:19.125 1:19.964 +1.848
10 26 France Philippe Alliot Ligier-Ford 1:19.309 +2.032
11 29 France Éric Bernard Lola-Lamborghini 1:19.406 1:21.024 +2.129
12 8 Italy Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd 1:19.425 1:20.126 +2.148
13 20 Brazil Nelson Piquet Benetton-Ford 1:19.629 1:20.317 +2.352
14 12 United Kingdom Martin Donnelly Lotus-Lamborghini 1:20.032 +2.755
15 19 Italy Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 1:20.055 1:20.317 +2.778
16 21 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Dallara-Ford 1:20.164 1:20.229 +2.887
17 24 Italy Paolo Barilla Minardi-Ford 1:20.282 1:21.121 +3.005
18 30 Japan Aguri Suzuki Lola-Lamborghini 1:20.557 1:21.086 +3.280
19 3 Japan Satoru Nakajima Tyrrell-Ford 1:20.568 1:21.086 +3.291
20 25 Italy Nicola Larini Ligier-Ford 1:20.650 1:20.794 +3.373
21 14 France Olivier Grouillard Osella-Ford 1:21.292 1:20.884 +3.607
22 7 Switzerland Gregor Foitek Brabham-Judd 1:20.965 1:20.902 +3.625
23 9 Italy Michele Alboreto Arrows-Ford 1:20.920 1:21.002 +3.643
24 11 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Lotus-Lamborghini 1:21.244 1:20.998 +3.721
25 10 Italy Alex Caffi Arrows-Ford 1:21.065 1:22.057 +3.788
26 18 France Yannick Dalmas AGS-Ford 1:22.426 1:21.087 +3.810
27 35 Sweden Stefan Johansson Onyx-Ford 1:21.241 1:22.184 +3.964
28 36 Finland JJ Lehto Onyx-Ford 1:21.323 1:21.417 +4.046
29 16 Italy Ivan Capelli Leyton House-Judd 1:21.383 1:21.422 +4.106
30 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin Leyton House-Judd 1:21.616 1:22.862 +4.339

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 France Alain Prost Ferrari 71 1:37:21.258 6 9
2 28 Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 71 +13.564 2 6
3 27 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 71 +37.722 1 4
4 2 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Ferrari 71 +47.266 5 3
5 5 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault 70 +1 Lap 3 2
6 20 Brazil Nelson Piquet Benetton-Ford 70 +1 Lap 13 1
7 4 France Jean Alesi Tyrrell-Ford 70 +1 Lap 7
8 3 Japan Satoru Nakajima Tyrrell-Ford 70 +1 Lap 19
9 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 69 +2 laps 8
10 19 Italy Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 68 Puncture 15
11 25 Italy Nicola Larini Ligier-Ford 68 +3 Laps 20
12 26 France Philippe Alliot Ligier-Ford 68 +3 Laps 10
13 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 65 Oil Pressure 4
14 21 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Dallara-Ford 64 +7 Laps 16
Ret 10 Italy Alex Caffi Arrows-Ford 49 Clutch 25
Ret 12 United Kingdom Martin Donnelly Lotus-Lamborghini 43 Spun Off 14
Ret 8 Italy Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd 39 Spun Off 12
Ret 24 Italy Paolo Barilla Minardi-Ford 38 Engine 17
Ret 18 France Yannick Dalmas AGS-Ford 28 Suspension 26
Ret 11 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Lotus-Lamborghini 25 Electrical 24
Ret 30 Japan Aguri Suzuki Lola-Lamborghini 24 Suspension 18
Ret 9 Italy Michele Alboreto Arrows-Ford 24 Suspension 23
Ret 7 Switzerland Gregor Foitek Brabham-Judd 14 Transmission 22
Ret 29 France Éric Bernard Lola-Lamborghini 13 Gearbox 11
Ret 14 France Olivier Grouillard Osella-Ford 8 Collision 21
Ret 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Dallara-Ford 0 Collision 9
DNQ 35 Sweden Stefan Johansson Onyx-Ford
DNQ 36 Finland JJ Lehto Onyx-Ford
DNQ 16 Italy Ivan Capelli Leyton House-Judd
DNQ 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin Leyton House-Judd
DNPQ 17 Italy Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford
DNPQ 33 Brazil Roberto Moreno EuroBrun-Judd
DNPQ 31 Belgium Bertrand Gachot Coloni-Subaru
DNPQ 34 Italy Claudio Langes EuroBrun-Judd
DNPQ 39 Australia Gary Brabham 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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