1990 British Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 8 of 16 in the 1990 Formula One season
Silverstone 1987.jpg
Date July 15, 1990
Official name XLIII Foster's British Grand Prix
Location Silverstone Circuit
Silverstone, United Kingdom
Course Permanent racing facility
4.778 km (2.969 mi)
Distance 64 laps, 305.904 km (190.080 mi)
Weather Hot, dry, sunny
Pole position
Driver United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Ferrari
Time 1:07.428
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Ferrari
Time 1:11.291 on lap 51
Podium
First France Alain Prost Ferrari
Second Belgium Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault
Third Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda

The 1990 British Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Silverstone on July 15, 1990. It was the eighth round of the 1990 Formula One season. It was the 45th British Grand Prix and the 26th to be held at Silverstone. The race was held over 64 laps of the four kilometre circuit for a race distance of 306 kilometres.

French reigning World Champion Alain Prost won his third race in succession in his Ferrari 641 taking a 40 second win over Belgian driver Thierry Boutsen driving a Williams FW13B. It was Boutsen's best result for the year to date. Brazilian driver Ayrton Senna was third driving a McLaren MP4/5B.

Prost's win put him into the lead of the championship for the first time in 1990, giving him a two-point lead.

Race report[edit]

Local hero Nigel Mansell led until his gearbox began to malfunction. He was overtaken (against team orders, and to Mansell's chagrin) by Alain Prost. After retiring from the race Mansell famously threw his gloves into the crowd and announced he would retire from F1 at the end of the season, a decision he later reversed.

Riccardo Patrese became the first driver ever to start 200 Grands Prix. On the day, he retired and his team-mate Thierry Boutsen reached the podium.

Éric Bernard and Aguri Suzuki both scored the best results of their career up to this point. For Suzuki, it was the first points scoring finish of his career.

Ivan Capelli was the charger in the race. Starting 10th he spun early to avoid the collision between Patrese and Alessandro Nannini dropping him to near last. Then racing with a broken exhaust header he charged hard, eventually passing Gerhard Berger for 3rd and for a time being the fastest driver on the track before retiring on lap 48 with a fuel leak.

Ligier needed a point, at least a Top 8 finish to avoid prequalification, but Nicola Larini in the better of them failed to finish better than 10th. He would have needed to finish ahead of Stefano Modena in the Brabham and Jean Alesi in the Tyrrell.

This would be the last motor race on the original high-speed Silverstone circuit; the day after the race, a construction crew funded by Tom Walkinshaw immediately began work on reprofiling and incorporating the newly designed corners.


Classification[edit]

Pre Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 29 France Éric Bernard Lola-Lamborghini 1:10.254
2 30 Japan Aguri Suzuki Lola-Lamborghini 1:11.128 +0.874
3 17 Italy Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford 1:11.516 +1.262
4 14 France Olivier Grouillard Osella-Ford 1:11.953 +1.699
5 33 Brazil Roberto Moreno EuroBrun-Judd 1:12.554 +2.300
6 18 France Yannick Dalmas AGS-Ford 1:12.653 +2.399
7 34 Italy Claudio Langes EuroBrun-Judd 1:15.059 +4.805
8 31 Belgium Bertrand Gachot Coloni-Subaru 1:19.230 +8.976
9 39 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Life 1:25.947 +15.693

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 2 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Ferrari 1:08.336 1:07.428
2 27 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 1:08.071 1:09.055 +0.643
3 28 Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 1:08.246 1:08.674 +0.818
4 5 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault 1:09.102 1:08.291 +0.863
5 1 France Alain Prost Ferrari 1:09.110 1:08.336 +0.908
6 4 France Jean Alesi Tyrrell-Ford 1:09.147 1:08.370 +0.942
7 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 1:08.677 1:08.864 +1.249
8 29 France Éric Bernard Lola-Lamborghini 1:09.560 1:09.003 +1.575
9 30 Japan Aguri Suzuki Lola-Lamborghini 1:09.243 1:09.865 +1.815
10 16 Italy Ivan Capelli Leyton House-Judd 1:10.691 1:09.308 +1.880
11 20 Brazil Nelson Piquet Benetton-Ford 1:09.684 1:09.407 +1.979
12 3 Japan Satoru Nakajima Tyrrell-Ford 1:09.937 1:09.608 +2.180
13 19 Italy Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 1:09.782 1:09.641 +2.213
14 12 United Kingdom Martin Donnelly Lotus-Lamborghini 1:10.786 1:09.741 +2.313
15 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin Leyton House-Judd 1:11.167 1:10.044 +2.616
16 11 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Lotus-Lamborghini 1:10.552 1:10.092 +2.664
17 10 Italy Alex Caffi Arrows-Ford 1:10.480 1:10:110 +2.682
18 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 1:10.568 1:10.303 +2.875
19 21 Italy Emanuele Pirro Dallara-Ford 1:11.413 1:10.847 +3.419
20 8 Italy Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd 1:11.070 1:11.600 +3.642
21 25 Italy Nicola Larini Ligier-Ford 1:11.942 1:11.180 +3.752
22 26 France Philippe Alliot Ligier-Ford 1:12.483 1:11.215 +3.787
23 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Dallara-Ford 1:11.705 1:11.234 +3.806
24 24 Italy Paolo Barilla Minardi-Ford 1:11.498 1:11.387 +3.959
25 9 Italy Michele Alboreto Arrows-Ford 1:11.562 1:12.644 +4.134
26 17 Italy Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford 1:12.506 1:11.681 +4.253
27 14 France Olivier Grouillard Osella-Ford 1:12.179 1:11.710 +4.282
28 7 Australia David Brabham Brabham-Judd 1:11.741 1:13.016 +4.313
29 36 Finland JJ Lehto Onyx-Ford 1:12.712 1:12.631 +5.203
30 35 Switzerland Gregor Foitek Onyx-Ford 1:13.413 1:13.271 +5.843

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 France Alain Prost Ferrari 64 1:18:30.999 5 9
2 5 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault 64 + 39.092 4 6
3 27 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 64 + 43.088 2 4
4 29 France Éric Bernard Lola-Lamborghini 64 + 1:15.302 8 3
5 20 Brazil Nelson Piquet Benetton-Ford 64 + 1:24.003 11 2
6 30 Japan Aguri Suzuki Lola-Lamborghini 63 + 1 Lap 9 1
7 10 Italy Alex Caffi Arrows-Ford 63 + 1 Lap 17  
8 4 France Jean Alesi Tyrrell-Ford 63 + 1 Lap 6  
9 8 Italy Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd 62 + 2 Laps 20  
10 25 Italy Nicola Larini Ligier-Ford 62 + 2 Laps 21  
11 21 Italy Emanuele Pirro Dallara-Ford 62 + 2 Laps 19  
12 24 Italy Paolo Barilla Minardi-Ford 62 + 2 Laps 24  
13 26 France Philippe Alliot Ligier-Ford 61 + 3 Laps 22  
14 28 Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 60 Throttle 3  
Ret 2 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Ferrari 55 Gearbox 1  
Ret 16 Italy Ivan Capelli Leyton House-Judd 48 Fuel Leak 10  
Ret 12 United Kingdom Martin Donnelly Lotus-Lamborghini 48 Engine 14  
Ret 11 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Lotus-Lamborghini 46 Engine 16  
Ret 17 Italy Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford 41 Engine 26  
Ret 9 Italy Michele Alboreto Arrows-Ford 37 Engine 25  
Ret 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 26 Chassis 7  
Ret 3 Japan Satoru Nakajima Tyrrell-Ford 20 Electrical 12  
Ret 19 Italy Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 15 Collision 13  
Ret 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Dallara-Ford 12 Fuel System 23  
Ret 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 3 Alternator 18  
DNS 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin Leyton House-Judd 0 Fuel Pump 15  
DNQ 14 France Olivier Grouillard Osella-Ford    
DNQ 7 Australia David Brabham Brabham-Judd    
DNQ 36 Finland JJ Lehto Onyx-Ford    
DNQ 35 Switzerland Gregor Foitek Onyx-Ford    
DNPQ 33 Brazil Roberto Moreno EuroBrun-Judd    
DNPQ 18 France Yannick Dalmas AGS-Ford    
DNPQ 34 Italy Claudio Langes EuroBrun-Judd    
DNPQ 31 Belgium Bertrand Gachot Coloni-Subaru    
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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