1990 Formula One season

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1990 FIA Formula One
World Championship season
Drivers' Champion: Ayrton Senna
Constructors' Champion: McLaren-Honda
Previous: 1989 Next: 1991
Ayrton Senna won his second title with McLaren.
Defending champion Alain Prost (pictured in 2008), was runner-up for Scuderia Ferrari.
Nelson Piquet, former triple world champion, finished the season ranked third for Benetton.

The 1990 Formula One season was the 41st season of FIA Formula One motor racing. It featured the 1990 FIA Formula One World Championship which commenced on 11 March 1990 and ended on 4 November after sixteen races. Ayrton Senna was World Champion Driver for the second time, and McLaren won the Constructors' Championship.

Pre-season[edit]

McLaren retained Ayrton Senna, who had won the title in 1988, now partnered by Gerhard Berger. Ferrari signed Alain Prost, Senna's great rival and former team-mate, to partner Nigel Mansell. The other main team, Williams, retained their 1989 pairing of Thierry Boutsen and Riccardo Patrese. Benetton completed the signing of triple world champion Nelson Piquet, on a rumored incentive based contract of $100,000 per point scored following 2 disappointing years at Lotus, meaning he had to score points to actually be paid. His team-mate was Alessandro Nannini who was now entering his third year with the team.

Lotus, having lost Piquet, and experienced Japanese driver Satoru Nakajima to Tyrrell, signed Derek Warwick and young Irish driver Martin Donnelly and the cars would be powered by the V12 Lamborghini engine. Tyrrell retained Jean Alesi for his first full season of Formula 1, whilst Nakajima replaced the retired Jonathan Palmer. Brabham kept Italian Stefano Modena, but Martin Brundle left Formula 1 and returned to Sportscar racing with TWR and was replaced by Gregor Foitek, who lost his seat to David Brabham after just two races. Brabham, the youngest son of Australia's triple World Champion Sir Jack Brabham would make his Formula One debut for the team his father founded in 1962. Arrows boss Jackie Oliver had sold the majority of the team to the Japanese Footwork company while Italians Michele Alboreto and Alex Caffi replaced Warwick (Lotus) and Eddie Cheever who retired from F1 and returned home to America to embark on a successful career in Indy car racing.

During the off-season, German teams Zakspeed and Rial left Formula One. Zakspeed had withdrawn after 5 unsuccessful seasons and returned to sports car racing, while Rial had folded after just two seasons.

New team Life appeared on the grid, powered by their own unconventional W12 engine design and piloted David Brabham's older brother Gary (who left the team after the second round of the season in Brazil), and Bruno Giacomelli, returning to F1 for the first time since the 1983 South African Grand Prix.

At the start of the season, six teams needed to pre-qualify: two-car teams of Larrousse, AGS and EuroBrun along with single-car teams of Osella, Coloni and Life.

Races[edit]

Race One: USA[edit]

The first race of the year was held in Phoenix, USA. Unexpected rain in qualifying led to a grid with Gerhard Berger on pole position with Pierluigi Martini second in the Minardi, Andrea de Cesaris third in the Dallara, Jean Alesi fourth in the Tyrrell, Ayrton Senna down in fifth and Nelson Piquet sixth. Alesi took the lead at the start ahead of Berger, de Cesaris, Senna, Martini and Piquet.

Alesi pulled away and Berger was dropping back. Senna passed de Cesaris and Berger hit a wall on lap 9, forcing him to pit. He charged back but retired with clutch problems. Alesi was 8.2 seconds ahead but Senna started to reel him in. Senna attacked on lap 34 but Alesi defended and kept the lead. Senna did the job properly one lap later and pulled away to win. Behind, Thierry Boutsen passed Piquet to take third with Stefano Modena's Brabham and Satoru Nakajima's Tyrrell getting the final points.

Race Two: Brazil[edit]

In qualifying in Brazil, Senna and Berger were 1–2 with Boutsen and Patrese 3–4 and the Ferraris of Nigel Mansell and Alain Prost behind them. At the start, Senna led Berger, Boutsen, Prost, Patrese and Mansell. Boutsen passed Berger early on but could not keep up with Senna.

At the stops, Boutsen ran into a tyre and had to change his nose cone, dropping back to 11th and some good work from the Ferrari crew got Prost ahead of Berger and Mansell ahead of Patrese. Senna was ahead of Prost, Berger, Mansell, Patrese and Alesi. Senna, 10 seconds ahead hit backmarker Nakajima, forcing him to pit and drop back to third. With just a few laps to go, Patrese retired with a broken oil cooler. Prost duly won from Berger, Senna, Mansell, the recovering Boutsen and Piquet.

Race Three: San Marino[edit]

An almost identical grid to Brazil saw Senna, Berger, Patrese, Boutsen, Mansell and Prost line up after qualifying. At the start, Senna and Berger got away well but Boutsen sliced ahead of Patrese to take third with Mansell and Prost behind. Boutsen passed Berger on lap 2. On the next lap, a stone sliced through Senna's wheelrim, spinning him into a sandtrap and out of the race. Boutsen pulled away from Berger but his engine blew on lap 18.

Soon Mansell passed Patrese and then attacked Berger. Berger closed the door and Mansell spun without hitting anything nor losing a place. He set off after Berger again but retired with engine problems. At the second stops, Nannini got ahead of Prost. Patrese closed in on Berger and passed him on lap 51. Patrese pulled away and won from Berger, Nannini, Prost, Piquet and Alesi.

Race Four: Monaco[edit]

In Monaco, Senna took pole but Prost was second with Alesi third ahead of Patrese, Berger and Boutsen. At the start, Berger collided with Prost, blocking the track and stopping the race. The second was all right and Senna led from Prost, Alesi, Berger, Patrese and Boutsen.

The race settled down and nothing changed until lap 30 when Prost retired with a battery failure. Then Mansell hit the back of Boutsen and was forced to pit and changed his front wing. Patrese's distributor failed on lap 42. Behind, Mansell was charging through the field and passed Boutsen to take fourth. But then he was sidelined with the same problem as Prost. At the front, Senna won from Alesi, Berger, Boutsen, Alex Caffi in the Arrows and Éric Bernard's Larrousse.

Race Five: Canada[edit]

Canada was next and the McLarens were 1–2 in qualifying with Senna ahead of Berger with Prost third, Nannini fourth, Piquet fifth and Boutsen sixth. The track was damp on race day and Berger jumped the start and then hesitated. He got a 1 minute time penalty as well as allowing Senna to lead on the road. Senna led Nannini, Alesi, Prost, Boutsen and Piquet.

The track began to dry and everyone pitted. But when Nannini rejoined, he hit a groundhog and had to pit again for repairs. He spun off on lap 22. Berger took the lead on the road but he needed a minute to stay ahead at the end. He charged and was a second quicker than the others as Boutsen spun off while battling Prost. Senna now led from Prost, Piquet, Mansell, Patrese and Derek Warwick.

Piquet after many laps finally passed Prost who was then attacked by Mansell. Patrese retired putting Berger to fifth (he got ahead of Warwick before). Mansell passed Prost and slowly pulled away. With two laps to go, Berger got past Prost on aggregate but could not get ahead of Mansell. Senna won from Piquet, Mansell, Berger, Prost and Warwick.

Race Six: Mexico[edit]

After Canada came Mexico and Berger qualified on pole position with Patrese beside him and Senna third, Mansell fourth, Boutsen fifth and Alesi sixth. At the start, Patrese and Berger jumped Senna while Piquet got ahead of Boutsen and Mansell. Early on, Senna passed Patrese and Berger followed him through. Patrese was dropping back and Piquet got by him as well. Boutsen was the next to go through but at the same time Berger had a problem with his tyre and was forced to stop and dropped back to 12th. Senna lead from Piquet, Boutsen, Patrese, Mansell and Prost.

Soon, Mansell passed Patrese and got Boutsen four laps later as Prost did the same to Patrese. Prost sneaked ahead of Boutsen as Mansell closed in on Piquet. Mansell got ahead on lap 36 and Prost followed him through six laps later. Piquet soon stopped and dropped behind Nannini, Boutsen (who already stopped) and Berger. Berger passed Boutsen on lap 47 and Nannini four laps later. Prost passed Mansell on lap 55 and they began to close in on Senna. Prost, passed Senna followed by Mansell. Then Mansell spun but at the same time Senna got a puncture that let to him retiring in the pits 4 laps before the end and allowing Berger to get third and close in to Mansell. With a daring move Berger passed Mansell but Mansell charged back and attacked taking back second place. Prost won with Mansell second making it a Ferrari 1–2 ahead of Berger, Nannini, Boutsen and Piquet.

Race Seven: France[edit]

France was next, the fans were wearing red and a Ferrari did take pole. However, it was not their hero Prost but Mansell who was ahead of Berger, Senna, Prost, Nannini and Patrese. At the start, Berger got past Mansell while Prost lost out as well. Berger led with Mansell, Senna, Nannini, Patrese and Prost behind. On lap 2, Senna passed Mansell for second and the order stayed like that until Senna passed Berger whose tyres were destroyed.

Nannini and Piquet pitted early while Berger and Senna went too late. Mansell and Prost's tyres lasted longer and thus they pitted late. Riccardo Patrese went too late and was the big loser. This left the two Leyton Houses (they planned the race without a stop) ahead with a totally shuffled order behind them. Ivan Capelli led Maurício Gugelmin, Prost, Nannini, Mansell and Senna. Prost then caught and passed Gugelmin who then went out with engine trouble.

As Prost closed in on Capelli, Mansell in 8th place could not get by Berger, Piquet and Senna. Capelli defended from Prost on each an every attempt as Mansell went out with engine trouble. Nannini took third but he then had electrical trouble and was forced to retire while Prost passed Capelli with three laps to go. Prost won ahead of Capelli, Senna, Piquet, Berger and Patrese.

Race Eight: Great Britain[edit]

Britain was next and Mansell, roared on by his home fans at the incredibly fast Silverstone circuit, took pole with Senna second, Berger third, Boutsen fourth, Prost fifth and Alesi sixth. At the start Senna outdragged Mansell while Alesi also got bogged back. Senna led from Mansell, Berger, Boutsen, Prost and Patrese. But Mansell then passed Senna on lap 2 and Senna spun on the next lap, dropping down to fifth.

Soon Prost passed Boutsen for third as Mansell began to have troubles with his gearbox. Berger passed him to lead but then Mansell's car seemed to improve again. He repassed Berger but Prost was right behind them by now. Soon Prost sneaked by Berger and chased off after Mansell who had gearbox issues again. Prost got ahead of Mansell on lap 44 and pulled away.

However, Berger was unable to catch Mansell as he in turn had handling issues. Behind them Piquet, who had tyre trouble (he did not stop) spun, giving fifth to Senna. Mansell then suddenly slowed down on lap 55 as his gearbox troubles became serious, ending hopes of a Ferrari 1–2. Berger took second but he went out with throttle failure five laps later. In between, Bernard had passed Piquet as well. Prost won again from Boutsen, Senna, Bernard, Piquet and Aguri Suzuki.

Thus, at the halfway stage, Prost led with 41 points with Senna second with 39, Berger third with 25, Piquet fourth with 18, Boutsen fifth with 17, Alesi and Mansell sharing sixth with 13 with Patrese eighth with 10. In the constructors, McLaren with 64 points led Ferrari who were second with 54, Williams who were third with 27 and Benetton who were fourth with 25.

Race Nine: Germany[edit]

At the start of second half of the season, there was minor shake-up in pre-qualifying. Lola escaped due to their points, while two Ligiers needed pre-qualifying.

McLaren's were 1–2 in qualifying, Senna ahead of Berger. Ferrari were 3–4 with Prost ahead of Mansell and Williams were 5–6 to complete the "Noah's Ark" (two-by-two) formation, Patrese ahead of Boutsen. At the start, Berger took off better than Senna but Senna just stayed ahead with Berger second, Prost third, Mansell fourth with Patrese fifth and Piquet sixth.

There were no changes until lap 11 when Piquet tried to pass Patrese and went through an escape road, allowing Nannini to get ahead. Three laps later Mansell went through the grass at Ostkurve without losing a place but damaging his car. It proved crucial as he retired two laps later, the damage being too much. Meanwhile, Nannini passed Patrese as the top three stopped for tyres, the Williamses and Benettons planning to go without a stop. Piquet retired with engine trouble.

Thus, Nannini led Senna, Patrese, Piquet, Berger and Prost. Patrese's tyres were too badly damaged and he was forced to pit. Prost then passed Boutsen for fourth with Patrese following him two laps later. On lap 34, Senna passed Nannini for the lead and pulled away. Senna won from Nannini, Berger, Prost, Patrese and Boutsen.

Race Ten: Hungary[edit]

Hungary was next and the Williamses qualified ahead of the McLarens, Boutsen taking pole ahead of Patrese, Berger, Senna, Mansell and Alesi. At the start, Boutsen kept the lead but it was Berger went away best and passed Patrese while Senna was worst and lost out to both Mansell and Alesi. Thus, it was Boutsen, Berger, Patrese, Mansell, Alesi and Senna.

It stayed like that on lap 21 when Senna passed Alesi for fifth but he was forced to pit on the next lap with a slow puncture. Nannini soon passed Alesi to take fifth. The leaders stopped and Berger was the big loser with Nannini and Senna the big gainers, rising directly behind the Williams men. The order was: Boutsen, Patrese, Nannini, Senna, Mansell and Berger. Boutsen then pulled away while Patrese held up the others until Nannini streamed by with Senna following him.

Patrese then pitted and dropped behind Piquet as Berger passed Mansell only for Mansell to get back at him. Senna tried to pass Nannini on lap 64 and tipped Nannini into a spin and retirement. Berger tried to do the same thing on Mansell on lap 72 at the same corner with the same result – a collision but with both cars out. Boutsen won ahead of Senna, Piquet, Patrese, Warwick and Bernard.

Race Eleven: Belgium[edit]

Monteverdi team had pulled out of F1, meaning that two Ligiers escaped from pre-qualifying again. In Belgium, McLaren were 1–2 with Senna on pole ahead of Berger, Prost, Boutsen, Mansell and Patrese. At the first start, Piquet pushed Mansell off the road and soon Nakajima and Modena collided as well, resulting in start No.2.

Once again, Senna took the lead while Boutsen sliced into second and Prost dropped back to fifth. However, Paolo Barilla smashed into a wall in his Minardi, blocking the track as well as bringing out the red flags.

Start No.3 was clean and Senna took the lead ahead of Berger, Prost, Boutsen, Patrese and Nannini. On lap 11, Mansell was into the pits with handling problems. He went out but retired eight laps later as the problems became serious. On lap 14, Prost sliced ahead of Berger who then pitted for tyres. Senna and Prost, separated by 2 seconds stopped at the same time but then Nannini who was planning to go without stopping came in between them. Then both Patrese and Boutsen went out with gearbox troubles. Prost passed Nannini and Berger tried the same but this time Nannini came back at him to keep the place. On lap 41, Nannini went wide and Berger sailed through to take third. Senna duly won from Prost, Berger, Nannini, Piquet and Gugelmin.

With five more races to go, Senna now had 63 points, 13 points ahead of Prost with 50. Berger was third with 33, Boutsen fourth with 27, Piquet fifth with 24, Nannini sixth with 16, Patrese seventh with 15 with Alesi eighth with 13. In the constructors, McLaren led with 96 with Ferrari second with 63, Williams third with 42 and Benetton fourth with 40.

Race Twelve: Italy[edit]

After Belgium came Italy and Senna took pole again with Prost second, Berger third, Mansell fourth, Alesi fifth and Boutsen sixth. At the start, Berger raced past Prost while Alesi jumped by both the Ferraris. But Warwick crashed at the Parabolica, bringing out the red flags. In the restart, Berger got past Prost and Alesi got by Mansell immediately. Alesi then passed Prost into the second corner and so we had Senna leading Berger, Alesi, Prost, Mansell and Boutsen.

On lap 5, Alesi spun off and retired. Nothing changed until lap 18 when Boutsen retired with a suspension failure and Berger's tyres began to fade. Prost then passed Berger and the stops did not change anything. The top three then began to battle for the lead but none was able to close in on the other while Mansell continued to drop back, fighting a faulty throttle return spring. Senna won from Prost, Berger, Mansell, Patrese and Nakajima.

Race Thirteen: Portugal[edit]

Portugal was next and the Ferraris took 1–2 in qualifying with Mansell ahead of Prost, Senna, Berger, Patrese and Piquet. At the start, Mansell's snaky start almost took Prost out and the McLarens blasted by them with Piquet getting by Prost as well. The order was: Senna, Berger, Mansell, Piquet, Prost and Boutsen.

On lap 13, Prost took Piquet for fourth and later Mansell went to the grass, allowing Prost to take third. Mansell and Berger pitted soon as Prost passed Senna at the same time to lead. These two soon pitted as well with a shuffled order: Senna, Mansell, Berger, Prost, Nannini and Piquet. The Ferraris started to close in on the McLarens in front of them by now. Behind them, Piquet passed Nannini to take fifth.

On lap 50, Mansell was close to Senna and passed him to lead. He pulled away fast but then hit Phillipe Alliot while lapping him, pushing the Ligier into a wall while Mansell got away with no damage. Prost then passed Berger on lap 59. Two laps later, Suzuki and Caffi collided and with the latter stuck in the cockpit on a zone with the wall next to the track, the race was stopped. Thus Mansell won from Senna, Prost, Berger, Piquet and Nannini.

Race Fourteen: Spain[edit]

Now in Spain and Senna took his 50th career pole position ahead of Prost, Mansell, Alesi, Berger and Patrese. At the start, Senna took off into the lead but behind them Patrese hit Alesi, spinning him into the gravel trap and into retirement. Lap 1 and Senna led Prost, Mansell, Berger, Boutsen and Patrese.

Berger was holding up a train of four cars behind him, none of them able to pass on the twisty Jerez circuit. At the stops, Mansell got ahead of Prost but waved Prost through to help his championship hopes just as Senna was coming out of the pits. He split the two Ferraris. The order was Piquet (he and Nannini were planning to go without stopping), Prost, Senna, Mansell, Nannini and Boutsen.

Prost started to attack Piquet who succumbed to the pressure and went wide, dropping down to fourth. Then, Mansell attacked and passed Senna to make it a 1–2 for Ferrari as Piquet retired with battery problems. Senna pitted for tyres but retired when his radiator failed soon after. Three laps later, Berger attacked Boutsen for fourth and two collided, Berger spinning out. Prost won with Mansell making it a Ferrari 1–2 ahead of Nannini, Boutsen, Patrese and Suzuki.

With two races to go, Senna had 78 points to Prost's 69 and with both having 11 results in the points, it was clear that they would have to drop points. However, Senna would have had to drop two third places unlike Prost who would only have to drop a fourth and a fifth (if they both finish in the top 3). Berger was third with 40, Mansell was fourth with 31, Boutsen was fifth with 30, Piquet was sixth with 26, Nannini seventh with 21 and Patrese eighth with 19. In the constructors, McLaren led with 118 points with Ferrari second with 100. Williams was third with 49 and Benetton was fourth with 47.

Race Fifteen: Japan[edit]

Before the Japanese Grand Prix, Nannini was involved in a helicopter crash and sustained career-ending injuries (though he would later return to touring car racing). He was replaced by Roberto Moreno for the rest of the season. Moreno had been free since EuroBrun had withdrawn from Formula One, along with Life. As a result, pre-qualifying was not needed.

In qualifying, Senna took pole ahead of Prost, Mansell, Berger, Boutsen and Piquet. However, Senna was unhappy at the pole being located on the dirty side of the track and thus the second place being on the racing line which should give the second-placed driver the advantage into the first corner. He went to FISA president Jean Marie Balestre to change the side on which pole was located, but was refused. After this, he decided that he would go for any gap into the first corner if Prost had the advantage. At the start, Prost did have the advantage and Senna went for the gap. Prost did not know it and drove the normal racing line. Senna's left front touched Prost's rear wing, spinning both of them into the gravel trap. The world championship was sealed.

Although Senna led by 9 points and there were 9 points for a win, if Prost won the last race he would have had to drop his fifth place in Canada which meant that he would be two points behind Senna even if Senna retired. Senna was the new world champion. Back to the race now and Berger was leading Mansell, Piquet, Moreno, Boutsen and Patrese. At the start of the second lap, Berger spun off into retirement after hitting debris from the Senna-Prost collision. This left Mansell who was under pressure by the Benettons leading.

Mansell then began to pull away from Piquet and Moreno as Suzuki passed Warwick for sixth. Mansell pitted with a 15 second lead on lap 27 for tyres but his driveshaft snapped as he went out of his garage. He retired giving the Constructors title to McLaren as they were 18 points ahead and a 1–2 can get only 15 points. The Benettons and Suzuki did not stop but Patrese and Boutsen did with Patrese getting ahead at the stops but both rejoined behind Suzuki. Then Nakajima passed Warwick to take sixth as Warwick then retired with gearbox trouble. Piquet won with Moreno making it a Benetton 1–2. Suzuki was third, Patrese fourth, Boutsen fifth and Nakajima sixth.

Race Sixteen: Australia[edit]

The last race of the year was in Australia and the McLarens took 1–2 in qualifying ahead of the Ferraris, Senna ahead of Berger, Mansell, Prost, Alesi and Patrese. At the start, Senna took off into the lead with Berger defending from the Ferraris and Piquet getting by Alesi and Patrese. The order was: Senna, Berger, Mansell, Prost, Piquet and Alesi.

On lap 2, Berger missed a gear selection allowing Mansell to get ahead. While defending from Prost, he held up Prost allowing Piquet to get ahead of him. Piquet soon passed Berger for third and the order settled down. Senna and Mansell continued to pull away from the rest, none of them able to keep up. Soon Patrese got past Alesi with Boutsen following suit.

Then, on lap 43, Mansell went up an escape road, giving Senna a good lead. Mansell was caught and passed by Piquet and pitted for tyres soon after. At the stops, Boutsen got ahead of Patrese. Berger then ran wide entering the Brabham straight, allowing Prost to take third. Mansell passed Berger on lap 57 and soon passed Prost on his new tyres. Senna had a gearbox glitch on lap 62 and went straight on into the wall and retired. Mansell closed in on Piquet, breaking the lap record 3 times towards the finish, taking 2 seconds a lap out of his lead. Piquet made an error with 4 laps to go, allowing Mansell to close right up. Mansell attacked on the last lap with a desperate passing attempt at the end of the straight, was too far behind to make the pass. Thus, Piquet won from Mansell, Prost, Berger, Boutsen and Patrese.

At the end of the season, Senna was world champion with 78 points with Prost second with 71 (he got 73 but had to drop 2 points), Piquet third with 43 (he got 44 but had to drop 1 point), Berger fourth with 43 (he was behind Piquet because Piquet had more wins), Mansell fifth with 37, Boutsen sixth with 34, Patrese seventh with 23 and Nannini eighth with 21. In the constructors, McLaren were champions with 121 points with Ferrari second with 110, Benetton third with 71 and Williams fourth with 55.

Drivers and constructors[edit]

The following teams and drivers competed in the 1990 FIA Formula One World Championship.

Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre No Driver Rounds
Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 641 Ferrari 036 3.5 V12
Ferrari 037 3.5 V12
G 1 France Alain Prost All
2 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell All
United Kingdom Tyrrell Racing Organisation Tyrrell-Ford 018
019
Ford Cosworth DFR 3.5 V8 P 3 Japan Satoru Nakajima All
4 France Jean Alesi All
United Kingdom Canon Williams Team Williams-Renault FW13B Renault RS2 3.5 V10 G 5 Belgium Thierry Boutsen All
6 Italy Riccardo Patrese All
United Kingdom Motor Racing Developments Brabham-Judd BT58
BT59
Judd EV 3.5 V8 P 7 Switzerland Gregor Foitek 1–2
Australia David Brabham 3–16
8 Italy Stefano Modena All
United Kingdom Footwork Arrows Racing Arrows-Ford A11
A11B
Ford Cosworth DFR 3.5 V8 G 9 Italy Michele Alboreto All
10 Germany Bernd Schneider 1, 14
Italy Alex Caffi 2–13, 15–16
United Kingdom Camel Team Lotus Lotus-Lamborghini 102 Lamborghini 3512 3.5 V12 G 11 United Kingdom Derek Warwick All
12 United Kingdom Martin Donnelly 1–14
United Kingdom Johnny Herbert 15–16
Italy Osella Squadra Corse Osella-Ford FA1M89
FA1ME
Ford Cosworth DFR 3.5 V8 P 14 France Olivier Grouillard All
United Kingdom Leyton House Racing Leyton House-Judd CG901 Judd EV 3.5 V8 G 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin All
16 Italy Ivan Capelli All
France Automobiles Gonfaronnaises Sportives AGS-Ford JH24
JH25
Ford Cosworth DFR 3.5 V8 G 17 Italy Gabriele Tarquini All
18 France Yannick Dalmas All
United Kingdom Benetton Formula Ltd Benetton-Ford B189B
B190
Ford HBA4 3.5 V8 G 19 Italy Alessandro Nannini 1–14
Brazil Roberto Moreno 15–16
20 Brazil Nelson Piquet All
Italy BMS Scuderia Italia Dallara-Ford F190 Ford Cosworth DFR 3.5 V8 P 21 Italy Gianni Morbidelli 1–2
Italy Emanuele Pirro 3–16
22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris All
Italy SCM Minardi Team Minardi-Ford M189
M190
Ford Cosworth DFR 3.5 V8 P 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini All
24 Italy Paolo Barilla 1–14
Italy Gianni Morbidelli 15–16
France Equipe Ligier Gitanes Ligier-Ford JS33B Ford Cosworth DFR 3.5 V8 G 25 Italy Nicola Larini All
26 France Philippe Alliot All
United Kingdom Honda Marlboro McLaren McLaren-Honda MP4/5B Honda RA109E 3.5 V10 G 27 Brazil Ayrton Senna All
28 Austria Gerhard Berger All
France ESPO Larrousse F1 Lola-Lamborghini LC89B
LC90
Lamborghini 3512 3.5 V12 G 29 France Éric Bernard All
30 Japan Aguri Suzuki All
Italy Subaru Coloni Racing Coloni-Subaru C3B Subaru 1235 3.5 F12 G 31 Belgium Bertrand Gachot 1-8
Coloni-Ford C3C Ford Cosworth DFR 3.5 V8 9-16
Italy EuroBrun Racing EuroBrun-Judd ER189B Judd CV 3.5 V8 P 33 Brazil Roberto Moreno 1–14
34 Italy Claudio Langes 1–14
United Kingdom Monteverdi Onyx Formula One Onyx-Ford ORE-1
ORE-1B
Ford Cosworth DFR 3.5 V8 G 35 Sweden Stefan Johansson 1–2
Switzerland Gregor Foitek 3–10
36 Finland JJ Lehto 1–10
Italy Life Racing Engines Life F190 Life F35 3.5 W12 G 39 Australia Gary Brabham 1–2
Italy Bruno Giacomelli 3–12
Life-Judd Judd CV 3.5 V8 13–14

Season review[edit]

Round Grand Prix Date Location Pole Position Fastest Lap Winning Driver Winning Constructor Report
1 United States United States Grand Prix 11 March Phoenix Austria Gerhard Berger Austria Gerhard Berger Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom McLaren-Honda Report
2 Brazil Brazilian Grand Prix 25 March Interlagos Brazil Ayrton Senna Austria Gerhard Berger France Alain Prost Italy Ferrari Report
3 Italy San Marino Grand Prix 13 May Imola Brazil Ayrton Senna Italy Alessandro Nannini Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Williams-Renault Report
4 Monaco Monaco Grand Prix 27 May Monaco Brazil Ayrton Senna Brazil Ayrton Senna Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom McLaren-Honda Report
5 Canada Canadian Grand Prix 10 June Circuit Gilles Villeneuve Brazil Ayrton Senna Austria Gerhard Berger Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom McLaren-Honda Report
6 Mexico Mexican Grand Prix 24 June Hermanos Rodríguez Austria Gerhard Berger France Alain Prost France Alain Prost Italy Ferrari Report
7 France French Grand Prix 8 July Paul Ricard United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Nigel Mansell France Alain Prost Italy Ferrari Report
8 United Kingdom British Grand Prix 15 July Silverstone United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Nigel Mansell France Alain Prost Italy Ferrari Report
9 Germany German Grand Prix 29 July Hockenheimring Brazil Ayrton Senna Belgium Thierry Boutsen Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom McLaren-Honda Report
10 Hungary Hungarian Grand Prix 12 August Hungaroring Belgium Thierry Boutsen Italy Riccardo Patrese Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Williams-Renault Report
11 Belgium Belgian Grand Prix 26 August Spa-Francorchamps Brazil Ayrton Senna France Alain Prost Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom McLaren-Honda Report
12 Italy Italian Grand Prix 9 September Monza Brazil Ayrton Senna Brazil Ayrton Senna Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom McLaren-Honda Report
13 Portugal Portuguese Grand Prix 23 September Estoril United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Italy Ferrari Report
14 Spain Spanish Grand Prix 30 September Jerez Brazil Ayrton Senna Italy Riccardo Patrese France Alain Prost Italy Ferrari Report
15 Japan Japanese Grand Prix 21 October Suzuka Brazil Ayrton Senna Italy Riccardo Patrese Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Report
16 Australia Australian Grand Prix 4 November Adelaide Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Report

1990 Drivers' Championship final standings[edit]

Points towards the 1990 FIA Formula One World Championship for Drivers were awarded on a 9–6–4–3–2–1 basis for the first six places at each round. Only the best eleven round results were retained, any other points being discarded.

Pos Driver USA
United States
BRA
Brazil
SMR
San Marino
MON
Monaco
CAN
Canada
MEX
Mexico
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
HUN
Hungary
BEL
Belgium
ITA
Italy
POR
Portugal
ESP
Spain
JPN
Japan
AUS
Australia
Points[1]
1 Brazil Ayrton Senna 1 3 Ret 1 1 20 3 3 1 2 1 1 2 Ret Ret Ret 78
2 France Alain Prost Ret 1 4 Ret (5) 1 1 1 4 Ret 2 2 3 1 Ret 3 71 (73)
3 Brazil Nelson Piquet 4 (6) 5 DSQ 2 6 4 5 Ret 3 5 7 5 Ret 1 1 43 (44)
4 Austria Gerhard Berger Ret 2 2 3 4 3 5 14 3 16 3 3 4 Ret Ret 4 43
5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Ret 4 Ret Ret 3 2 18 Ret Ret 17 Ret 4 1 2 Ret 2 37
6 Belgium Thierry Boutsen 3 5 Ret 4 Ret 5 Ret 2 6 1 Ret Ret Ret 4 5 5 34
7 Italy Riccardo Patrese 9 13 1 Ret Ret 9 6 Ret 5 4 Ret 5 7 5 4 6 23
8 Italy Alessandro Nannini 11 10 3 Ret Ret 4 16 Ret 2 Ret 4 8 6 3 21
9 France Jean Alesi 2 7 6 2 Ret 7 Ret 8 11 Ret 8 Ret 8 Ret DNS 8 13
10 Italy Ivan Capelli Ret DNQ Ret Ret 10 DNQ 2 Ret 7 Ret 7 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 6
11 Brazil Roberto Moreno 13 DNPQ Ret DNQ DNQ DSQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ 2 7 6
12 Japan Aguri Suzuki Ret Ret Ret Ret 12 Ret 7 6 Ret Ret Ret Ret 14 6 3 Ret 6
13 France Éric Bernard 8 Ret 13 6 9 Ret 8 4 Ret 6 9 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 5
14 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Ret Ret 7 Ret 6 10 11 Ret 8 5 11 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 3
15 Japan Satoru Nakajima 6 8 Ret Ret 11 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 6 DNS Ret 6 Ret 3
16 Italy Alex Caffi Ret DNQ 5 8 DNQ Ret 7 9 9 10 9 13 9 DNQ 2
17 Italy Stefano Modena 5 Ret Ret Ret 7 11 13 9 Ret Ret 17 Ret Ret Ret Ret 12 2
18 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin 14 DNQ Ret DNQ DNQ DNQ Ret DNS Ret 8 6 Ret 12 8 Ret Ret 1
Italy Nicola Larini Ret 11 10 Ret Ret 16 14 10 10 11 14 11 10 7 7 10 0
United Kingdom Martin Donnelly Ret Ret 8 Ret Ret 8 12 Ret Ret 7 12 Ret Ret DNS 0
Italy Pierluigi Martini 7 9 DNS Ret Ret 12 Ret Ret Ret Ret 15 Ret 11 Ret 8 9 0
Switzerland Gregor Foitek Ret Ret Ret 7 Ret 15 DNQ DNQ Ret DNQ 0
France Philippe Alliot DSQ 12 9 Ret Ret 18 9 13 DSQ 14 DNQ 13 Ret Ret 10 11 0
Italy Michele Alboreto 10 Ret DNQ DNQ Ret 17 10 Ret Ret 12 13 12 9 10 Ret DNQ 0
France Yannick Dalmas DNPQ Ret DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ 17 DNPQ DNQ DNQ DNQ NC Ret 9 DNQ DNQ 0
Italy Emanuele Pirro Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 11 Ret 10 Ret Ret 15 Ret Ret Ret 0
Italy Andrea de Cesaris Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 13 DSQ Ret DNQ Ret Ret 10 Ret Ret Ret Ret 0
Italy Paolo Barilla Ret Ret 11 Ret DNQ 14 DNQ 12 DNQ 15 Ret DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
Finland JJ Lehto DNQ DNQ 12 Ret Ret Ret DNQ DNQ NC DNQ 0
Germany Bernd Schneider 12 DNQ 0
France Olivier Grouillard Ret Ret Ret DNQ 13 19 DNPQ DNQ DNQ DNPQ 16 Ret DNQ Ret DNQ 13 0
Italy Gabriele Tarquini DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNQ Ret DNPQ 13 DNQ DNQ DNQ Ret DNQ Ret 0
Italy Gianni Morbidelli DNQ 14 Ret Ret 0
Australia David Brabham DNQ Ret DNQ Ret 15 DNQ Ret DNQ Ret DNQ Ret DNQ Ret Ret 0
United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Ret Ret 0
Belgium Bertrand Gachot DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
Sweden Stefan Johansson DNQ DNQ 0
Italy Claudio Langes DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ 0
Italy Bruno Giacomelli DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ 0
Australia Gary Brabham DNPQ DNPQ 0
Pos Driver USA
United States
BRA
Brazil
SMR
San Marino
MON
Monaco
CAN
Canada
MEX
Mexico
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
HUN
Hungary
BEL
Belgium
ITA
Italy
POR
Portugal
ESP
Spain
JPN
Japan
AUS
Australia
Points
Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Light blue Practiced only (PO)
Friday test driver (TD)
(from 2003 onwards)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)

Drivers did not finish the Grand Prix, but were classified as they completed over 90% of the race distance.

1990 Constructors' Championship final standings[edit]

McLaren won the 1990 Formula One World Championship for Constructors
Ferrari placed second in the 1990 Formula One World Championship for Constructors
Benetton placed third in the 1990 Formula One World Championship for Constructors

Points towards the 1990 FIA Formula One World Championship for Constructors were awarded on a 9–6–4–3–2–1 basis for the first six places at each round.

Pos Constructor Car
no.
USA
United States
BRA
Brazil
SMR
San Marino
MON
Monaco
CAN
Canada
MEX
Mexico
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
HUN
Hungary
BEL
Belgium
ITA
Italy
POR
Portugal
ESP
Spain
JPN
Japan
AUS
Australia
Pts
1 United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 27 1 3 Ret 1 1 20 3 3 1 2 1 1 2 Ret Ret Ret 121
28 Ret 2 2 3 4 3 5 14 3 16 3 3 4 Ret Ret 4
2 Italy Ferrari 1 Ret 1 4 Ret 5 1 1 1 4 Ret 2 2 3 1 Ret 3 110
2 Ret 4 Ret Ret 3 2 18 Ret Ret 17 Ret 4 1 2 Ret 2
3 United Kingdom Benetton-Ford 19 11 11 3 Ret Ret 4 16 Ret 2 Ret 4 8 6 3 2 7 71
20 4 6 5 DSQ 2 6 4 5 Ret 3 5 7 5 Ret 1 1
4 United Kingdom Williams-Renault 5 3 5 Ret 4 Ret 5 Ret 2 6 1 Ret Ret Ret 4 5 5 57
6 9 13 1 Ret Ret 9 6 Ret 5 4 Ret 5 7 5 4 6
5 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 3 6 8 Ret Ret 11 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 6 DNS Ret 6 Ret 16
4 2 7 6 2 Ret 7 Ret 8 11 Ret 8 Ret 8 Ret DNS 8
6 France Lola-Lamborghini[2] 29 8 Ret 13 6 9 Ret 8 4 Ret 6 9 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 11
30 Ret Ret Ret Ret 12 Ret 7 6 Ret Ret Ret Ret 14 6 3 Ret
7 United Kingdom Leyton House-Judd 15 14 DNQ Ret DNQ DNQ DNQ Ret DNS Ret 8 6 Ret 12 8 Ret Ret 7
16 Ret DNQ Ret Ret 10 DNQ 2 Ret 7 Ret 7 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret
8 United Kingdom Lotus-Lamborghini 11 Ret Ret 7 Ret 6 10 11 Ret 8 5 11 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 3
12 Ret Ret 8 Ret Ret 8 12 Ret Ret 7 12 Ret Ret DNS Ret Ret
9 United Kingdom Brabham-Judd 7 Ret Ret DNQ Ret DNQ Ret 15 DNQ Ret DNQ Ret DNQ Ret DNQ Ret Ret 2
8 5 Ret Ret Ret 7 11 13 9 Ret Ret 17 Ret Ret Ret Ret 12
= United Kingdom Arrows-Ford 9 10 Ret DNQ DNQ Ret 17 10 Ret Ret 12 13 12 9 10 Ret DNQ 2
10 12 Ret DNQ 5 8 DNQ Ret 7 9 9 10 9 13 DNQ 9 DNQ
France Ligier-Ford 25 Ret 11 10 Ret Ret 16 14 10 10 11 14 11 10 7 7 10 0
26 DSQ 12 9 Ret Ret 18 9 13 DSQ 14 DNQ 13 Ret Ret 10 11
Italy Minardi-Ford 23 7 9 DNS Ret Ret 12 Ret Ret Ret Ret 15 Ret 11 Ret 8 9 0
24 Ret Ret 11 Ret DNQ 14 DNQ 12 DNQ 15 Ret DNQ DNQ DNQ Ret Ret
United Kingdom Onyx-Ford 35 DNQ DNQ Ret 7 Ret 15 DNQ DNQ Ret DNQ 0
36 DNQ DNQ 12 Ret Ret Ret DNQ DNQ NC DNQ
France AGS-Ford 17 DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNQ Ret DNPQ 13 DNQ DNQ DNQ Ret DNQ Ret 0
18 DNPQ Ret DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ 17 DNPQ DNQ DNQ DNQ Ret Ret 9 DNQ DNQ
Italy Dallara-Ford 21 DNQ 14 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 11 Ret 10 Ret Ret 15 Ret Ret Ret 0
22 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 13 DSQ Ret DNQ Ret Ret 10 Ret Ret Ret Ret
Italy Osella-Ford 14 Ret Ret Ret DNQ 13 19 DNPQ DNQ DNQ DNPQ 16 Ret DNQ Ret DNQ 13 0
Italy Euro Brun-Judd 33 13 DNPQ Ret DNQ DNQ DSQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ 0
34 DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ
Italy Coloni-Ford 31 DNPQ DNPQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
Italy Life 39 DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ 0
Italy Coloni-Subaru 31 DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ 0
Italy Life-Judd 39 DNPQ DNPQ 0
Pos Constructor Car
no.
USA
United States
BRA
Brazil
SMR
San Marino
MON
Monaco
CAN
Canada
MEX
Mexico
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
HUN
Hungary
BEL
Belgium
ITA
Italy
POR
Portugal
ESP
Spain
JPN
Japan
AUS
Australia
Pts

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Only the best 11 results counted towards the Drivers' Championship. Numbers without parentheses are Championship points; numbers in parentheses are total points scored.
  2. ^ Official results published in 1991 FIA Yearbook credit sixth place to "Larrousse" rather than "Lola"

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