1990 French Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 7 of 16 in the 1990 Formula One season
Paul Ricard 1986.jpg
Date July 8, 1990
Location Paul Ricard
France
Course Permanent racing facility
3.813 km (2.369 mi)
Distance 80 laps, 305.04 km (189.543 mi)
Weather Hot, dry, sunny
Pole position
Driver United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Ferrari
Time 1:04.402
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Ferrari
Time 1:08.012 on lap 64
Podium
First France Alain Prost Ferrari
Second Italy Ivan Capelli Leyton House-Judd
Third Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda

The 1990 French Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Paul Ricard on July 8, 1990. It was the seventh race of the 1990 Formula One season. It was the 68th French Grand Prix and the 14th and last to be held at Paul Ricard. It was held over 80 laps of the four kilometre circuit for a race distance of 305 kilometres.

The race almost saw one of the most remarkable upsets in Formula One history with the Leyton House Racing team of Italian driver Ivan Capelli and Brazilian driver Mauricio Gugelmin running first and second for an extended period of the race in their Leyton House CG901s. French driver Alain Prost claimed the lead late in the race to take the win in his Ferrari 641 by eight seconds over Capelli. Brazilian driver Ayrton Senna finished third in his McLaren MP4/5B.

The win, Prost's third for the season, closed the gap to championship points leader Senna to just three points.[1]

Report[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Nigel Mansell took pole position from Gerhard Berger and Ayrton Senna being followed by Alain Prost, Alessandro Nannini fifth, Riccardo Patrese sixth, Ivan Capelli seventh followed by Thierry Boutsen in eighth, Nelson Piquet in ninth and Mauricio Gugelmin tenth.

Race[edit]

In one of the most remarkable turn arounds in Grand Prix history the Leyton House cars of Ivan Capelli and Maurício Gugelmin ran first and second for almost two-thirds of the race. Neither car had qualified for the previous race in Mexico, but on the smooth surface of Paul Ricard with its 1.1 km long Mistral Straight the team were able to exploit their highly efficient aerodynamic package, as well as being the only team to attempt to race without stopping for fresh tyres. Gugelmin stopped while third late in the race on whilst Capelli led until three laps from home when his engine encountered problems and dropped to second.

Berger took the lead at the start followed by pole sitter Mansell, Senna, Nannini, Patrese, Prost, Boutsen, Piquet and Jean Alesi. Later in the race when the leaders pitted, Capelli took the lead being followed by team mate Gugelmin. Prost overtook Gugelmin on lap 54 and Gugelmin's engine blew on lap 57. Prost overtook Capelli for the lead on lap 77 of 80 and went on to win in front of his home crowd at the last French Grand Prix held at Paul Ricard before the race was moved to Magny-Cours in 1991.

Prost's win was the 42nd of his career, his 3rd French Grand Prix in succession, his 4th French GP overall (and his 4th at Ricard), and the 100th Grand Prix victory for Ferrari. It would also prove to be the 3rd and last podium finish for Ivan Capelli and the only podium finish for the Leyton House Racing team.

Classification[edit]

Pre Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 29 France Éric Bernard Lola-Lamborghini 1:05.165
2 30 Japan Aguri Suzuki Lola-Lamborghini 1:06.505 +1.340
3 17 Italy Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford 1:07.232 +2.067
4 18 France Yannick Dalmas AGS-Ford 1:08.151 +2.986
5 14 France Olivier Grouillard Osella-Ford 1:08.219 +3.054
6 33 Brazil Roberto Moreno EuroBrun-Judd 1:09.885 +4.720
7 34 Italy Claudio Langes EuroBrun-Judd 1:10.368 +5.203
8 31 Belgium Bertrand Gachot Coloni-Subaru 4:02.465 +2:57.300
9 39 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Life

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 2 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Ferrari 1:04.402 1:04.871
2 28 Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 1:05.350 1:04.512 +0.110
3 27 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 1:04.549 1:08.886 +0.147
4 1 France Alain Prost Ferrari 1:04.792 1:04.781 +0.379
5 19 Italy Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 1:05.670 1:05.009 +0.607
6 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 1:05.059 1:05.394 +0.657
7 16 Italy Ivan Capelli Leyton House-Judd 1:06.384 1:05.369 +0.967
8 5 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault 1:05.446 1:06.394 +1.044
9 20 Brazil Nelson Piquet Benetton-Ford 1:05.640 1:05.744 +1.238
10 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin Leyton House-Judd 1:05.818 1:06.446 +1.416
11 29 France Éric Bernard Lola-Lamborghini 1:05.910 1:05.852 +1.450
12 26 France Philippe Alliot Ligier-Ford 1:05.980 1:06.866 +1.578
13 4 France Jean Alesi Tyrrell-Ford 1:06.084 1:06.200 +1.682
14 30 Japan Aguri Suzuki Lola-Lamborghini 1:06.100 1:06.158 +1.598
15 3 Japan Satoru Nakajima Tyrrell-Ford 1:06.999 1:06.563 +2.161
16 11 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Lotus-Lamborghini 1:06.624 1:07.031 +2.222
17 12 United Kingdom Martin Donnelly Lotus-Lamborghini 1:06.647 1:07:248 +2.245
18 9 Italy Michele Alboreto Arrows-Ford 1:06.847 1:07.239 +2.445
19 25 Italy Nicola Larini Ligier-Ford 1:07.224 1:06.856 +2.444
20 8 Italy Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd 1:06.937 1:06.943 +2.535
21 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Dallara-Ford 1:09.727 1:07.137 +2.735
22 10 Italy Alex Caffi Arrows-Ford 1:07.496 1:07.207 +2.805
23 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 1:07.315 1:07.333 +2.913
24 21 Italy Emanuele Pirro Dallara-Ford 1:07.687 1:07.692 +3.285
25 7 Australia David Brabham Brabham-Judd 1:07.733 1:08.532 +3.331
26 18 France Yannick Dalmas AGS-Ford 1:08.630 1:07.926 +3.524
27 24 Italy Paolo Barilla Minardi-Ford 1:08.008 1:08.592 +3.606
28 17 Italy Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford 1:09.176 1:08.147 +3.745
29 35 Switzerland Gregor Foitek Onyx-Ford 1:08.794 1:08.232 +3.830
30 36 Finland JJ Lehto Onyx-Ford 1:08.954 1:08.487 +4.085

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 France Alain Prost Ferrari 80 1:33:29.606 4 9
2 16 Italy Ivan Capelli Leyton House-Judd 80 + 8.626 7 6
3 27 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 80 + 11.606 3 4
4 20 Brazil Nelson Piquet Benetton-Ford 80 + 41.207 9 3
5 28 Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 80 + 42.219 2 2
6 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 80 + 1:09.351 6 1
7 30 Japan Aguri Suzuki Lola-Lamborghini 79 + 1 Lap 14  
8 29 France Éric Bernard Lola-Lamborghini 79 + 1 Lap 11  
9 26 France Philippe Alliot Ligier-Ford 79 + 1 Lap 12  
10 9 Italy Michele Alboreto Arrows-Ford 79 + 1 Lap 18  
11 11 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Lotus-Lamborghini 79 + 1 Lap 16  
12 12 United Kingdom Martin Donnelly Lotus-Lamborghini 79 + 1 Lap 17  
13 8 Italy Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd 78 + 2 Laps 20  
14 25 Italy Nicola Larini Ligier-Ford 78 + 2 Laps 19  
15 7 Australia David Brabham Brabham-Judd 77 + 3 Laps 25  
16 19 Italy Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 75 Electrical 5  
17 18 France Yannick Dalmas AGS-Ford 75 + 5 Laps 26  
18 2 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Ferrari 72 Engine 1  
DSQ 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Dallara-Ford 78 Disqualified 21  
Ret 3 Japan Satoru Nakajima Tyrrell-Ford 63 Gearbox 15  
Ret 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin Leyton House-Judd 58 Engine 10  
Ret 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 40 Electrical 23  
Ret 4 France Jean Alesi Tyrrell-Ford 23 Differential 13  
Ret 10 Italy Alex Caffi Arrows-Ford 22 Suspension 22  
Ret 5 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault 7 Engine 8  
Ret 21 Italy Emanuele Pirro Dallara-Ford 7 Brakes 24  
DNQ 24 Italy Paolo Barilla Minardi-Ford    
DNQ 17 Italy Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford    
DNQ 35 Switzerland Gregor Foitek Onyx-Ford    
DNQ 36 Finland JJ Lehto Onyx-Ford    
DNPQ 14 France Olivier Grouillard Osella-Ford    
DNPQ 33 Brazil Roberto Moreno EuroBrun-Judd    
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]

  1. ^ "Murray's Memories: 1990 French GP - Leyton House v Ferrari". BBC Sport. 23 October 2013. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 


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