1990 German Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 9 of 16 in the 1990 Formula One season
Hockenheimring 1990-1991.jpg
Date July 29, 1990
Official name Grosser Mobil 1 Preis von Deutschland
Location Hockenheimring
near Heidelberg, West Germany
Course Permanent racing facility
6.802 km (4.2265 mi)
Distance 45 laps, 306.090 km (190.195 mi)
Weather Hot, dry, sunny
Pole position
Driver Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda
Time 1:40.198
Fastest lap
Driver Belgium Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault
Time 1:45.602 on lap 31
Podium
First Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda
Second Italy Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford
Third Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda

The 1990 German Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Hockenheimring on July 29, 1990. It was the ninth round of the 1990 Formula One season. The race was the 52nd German Grand Prix and the 14th to be held at the Hockenheimring. It was the 39th and last Formula One Grand Prix to be held in West Germany prior to its re-unification with East Germany. The race was held over 45 laps of the seven kilometre circuit for a race distance of 306 kilometres.

The race was won by 1988 World Champion, Brazilian driver Ayrton Senna driving a McLaren MP4/5B. He took a six second victory over Italian driver Alessandro Nannini driving a Benetton B190 who was just two seconds in front of Senna's Austrian teammate Gerhard Berger.

Senna's win put him back into the championship points lead, four ahead of Ferrari driver Alain Prost.

Race report[edit]

The circuit's fast nature resulted in several engine failures, although the four big teams of the era took all six points-paying positions.

Before the race, the Coloni team ended their involvement with the uncompetitive Subaru engine. Bertrand Gachot's modified Coloni FC189C arrived at the circuit with a customer Cosworth V8 and would remain so until season's end. Unlike Gachot, both Onyx Grand Prix team mates JJ Lehto and Gregor Foitek both got their renamed Monteverdi ORE-2's into the race, the last time either car would qualify for a race prior to the team's dissolution in August.

Philippe Alliot was disqualified because marshals helped his Ligier JS33B rejoin the race after being blocked by the spinning Dallara 190 of Emanuele Pirro. Fastest lap of the race was set by Thierry Boutsen in his Williams FW13B, his first such achievement.

Classification[edit]

Pre Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 26 France Philippe Alliot Ligier-Ford 1:45.513
2 25 Italy Nicola Larini Ligier-Ford 1:46.186 +0.673
3 14 France Olivier Grouillard Osella-Ford 1:46.828 +1.315
4 18 France Yannick Dalmas AGS-Ford 1:47.125 +1.612
5 17 Italy Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford 1:48.127 +2.614
6 33 Brazil Roberto Moreno EuroBrun-Judd 1:48.983 +3.470
7 31 Belgium Bertrand Gachot Coloni-Ford 1:50.460 +4.947
8 34 Italy Claudio Langes EuroBrun-Judd 1:50.897 +5.384
9 39 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Life 2:10.786 +25.273

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 27 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 1:40.198 1:46.843
2 28 Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 1:40.434 1:46.628 +0.236
3 1 France Alain Prost Ferrari 1:41.732 1:42.590 +1.532
4 2 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Ferrari 1:42.313 1:42.057 +1.859
5 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 1:43.736 1:42.195 +1.997
6 5 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault 1:43.620 1:42.380 +2.182
7 20 Brazil Nelson Piquet Benetton-Ford 1:42.926 1:42.872 +2.674
8 4 France Jean Alesi Tyrrell-Ford 1:43.255 1:44.652 +3.057
9 19 Italy Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 1:43.594 1:44.559 +3.396
10 16 Italy Ivan Capelli Leyton House-Judd 1:45.025 1:44.349 +4.151
11 30 Japan Aguri Suzuki Lola-Lamborghini 1:45.382 1:44.363 +4.165
12 29 France Éric Bernard Lola-Lamborghini 1:44.998 1:44.496 +4.298
13 3 Japan Satoru Nakajima Tyrrell-Ford 1:44.873 1:44.650 +4.452
14 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin Leyton House-Judd 1:45.193 +4.995
15 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 1:45.736 1:45.237 +5.039
16 11 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Lotus-Lamborghini 1:45.364 1:45.244 +5.046
17 8 Italy Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd 1:45.547 1:47:269 +5.349
18 10 Italy Alex Caffi Arrows-Ford 1:46.201 1:45.604 +5.406
19 9 Italy Michele Alboreto Arrows-Ford 1:45.871 1:45.755 +5.557
20 12 United Kingdom Martin Donnelly Lotus-Lamborghini 1:47.723 1:45.790 +5.592
21 7 Australia David Brabham Brabham-Judd 1:46.110 1:46.518 +5.912
22 25 Italy Nicola Larini Ligier-Ford 1:47.068 1:46.187 +5.989
23 21 Italy Emanuele Pirro Dallara-Ford 1:46.904 1:46.506 +6.308
24 26 France Philippe Alliot Ligier-Ford 1:46.596 1:57.287 +6.398
25 36 Finland JJ Lehto Onyx-Ford 1:48.856 1:46.867 +6.669
26 35 Switzerland Gregor Foitek Onyx-Ford 1:47.209 1:47.726 +7.011
27 14 France Olivier Grouillard Osella-Ford 1:47.429 1:48.172 +7.231
28 24 Italy Paolo Barilla Minardi-Ford 1:47.747 1:47.958 +7.549
29 18 France Yannick Dalmas AGS-Ford 1:47.789 1:47.874 +7.591
30 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Dallara-Ford 1:48.118 1:48.032 +7.834

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 27 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 45 1:20:47.164 1 9
2 19 Italy Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 45 + 6.520 9 6
3 28 Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 45 + 8.553 2 4
4 1 France Alain Prost Ferrari 45 + 45.270 3 3
5 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 45 + 48.028 5 2
6 5 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault 45 + 1:21.491 6 1
7 16 Italy Ivan Capelli Leyton House-Judd 44 + 1 Lap 10  
8 11 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Lotus-Lamborghini 44 + 1 Lap 16  
9 10 Italy Alex Caffi Arrows-Ford 44 + 1 Lap 18  
10 25 Italy Nicola Larini Ligier-Ford 43 + 2 Laps 22  
11 4 France Jean Alesi Tyrrell-Ford 40 Transmission 8  
NC 36 Finland JJ Lehto Onyx-Ford 39 Not Classified 25  
Ret 29 France Éric Bernard Lola-Lamborghini 35 Fuel Pump 12  
Ret 30 Japan Aguri Suzuki Lola-Lamborghini 33 Clutch 11  
Ret 3 Japan Satoru Nakajima Tyrrell-Ford 24 Engine 13  
Ret 20 Brazil Nelson Piquet Benetton-Ford 23 Engine 7  
Ret 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 20 Engine 15  
Ret 35 Switzerland Gregor Foitek Onyx-Ford 19 Spun Off 26  
Ret 2 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Ferrari 15 Broken Wing 4  
Ret 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin Leyton House-Judd 12 Engine 14  
Ret 7 Australia David Brabham Brabham-Judd 12 Engine 21  
Ret 9 Italy Michele Alboreto Arrows-Ford 10 Engine 19  
Ret 12 United Kingdom Martin Donnelly Lotus-Lamborghini 1 Clutch 20  
Ret 8 Italy Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd 0 Clutch 17  
Ret 21 Italy Emanuele Pirro Dallara-Ford 0 Collision 23  
DSQ 26 France Philippe Alliot Ligier-Ford 0 Disqualified 24  
DNQ 14 France Olivier Grouillard Osella-Ford    
DNQ 24 Italy Paolo Barilla Minardi-Ford    
DNQ 18 France Yannick Dalmas AGS-Ford    
DNQ 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Dallara-Ford    
DNPQ 17 Italy Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford    
DNPQ 33 Brazil Roberto Moreno EuroBrun-Judd    
DNPQ 31 Belgium Bertrand Gachot Coloni-Ford    
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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