1990 International Formula 3000 season

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1990 FIA International Formula 3000 season
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The 1990 International Formula 3000 season was the sixth season of Formula 3000 in Europe. Érik Comas won the eleven-round championship.

Season summary[edit]

The season began on a damp Donington Park track. On the second lap, Allan McNish and Emanuele Naspetti collided on the straight before the Esses. McNish’s car went over the concrete wall, and its engine broke away and killed a spectator. Meanwhile the race continued uninterrupted and several drivers, including polesitter Andrea Montermini, spun off in the damp conditions. McNish’s DAMS Lola teammate Érik Comas took the victory.

At the next round at Silverstone, Damon Hill overtook the two DAMS cars at the start, but suffered the same rear tire failure that had earlier claimed his teammate Gary Brabham. McNish took an emotional win just one week after his Donington crash.

The third round at Pau had to be restarted twice after accidents caused traffic jams on the narrow streets. Marco Apicella took a commanding lead, but slid off into a tire barrier, leaving Eric van de Poele to take the win. Érik Comas won the next round at Jerez, with Apicella coming second. Comas won at Monza as well, this time pursued by Eddie Irvine.

At Enna, a dusty track surface was exacerbated by the rubber “marbles” that resulted from the wearing tires. Many of the favorites spun out of the race, and Gianni Morbidelli won despite a spin of his own. Eddie Irvine managed to come in fourth with a broken front wing, having been off the track at least three times. Irvine won from Apicella at Hockenheim after polesitter Hill had spun off early.

Allan McNish won on a drying Brands Hatch track as the series returned to England. Van de Poele took his second win of the year at the Birmingham Superprix, a race in which Fabrizio Barbazza walked away from a spectacular accident. On the Bugatti Circuit at Le Mans, championship leader Comas led away. He was challenged by Philippe Gache, who put in a surprising drive in a year-old Lola before retiring. Comas won the race and clinched the title. With the championship decided, the final round at Dijon-Prenois was cancelled. Van de Poele won in the wet at Nogaro to take second in the championship.

Teams and drivers[edit]

Team Chassis Engine Car # Driver Race weekends
United Kingdom Eddie Jordan Racing Reynard Mugen Honda 1 Italy Emanuele Naspetti 1-3, 5-10
Italy Vincenzo Sospiri 4, 11
2 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine All
3 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen All
Italy First Racing Reynard Mugen Honda 4 Italy Fabrizio Giovanardi All
5 Italy Marco Apicella All
6 Switzerland Jean-Denis Délétraz 1-5
Brazil Marco Greco 10-11
United Kingdom GA Motorsport Reynard Ford Cosworth 8 Belgium Eric van de Poele All
9 Mexico Giovanni Aloi 1-4
Germany Otto Rensing 5
Brazil Marco Greco 6-8
Italy Vittorio Zoboli 10-11
44 Belgium Thierry Delubac 10-11
United Kingdom Paul Stewart Racing Lola Mugen Honda 10 Canada John Jones All
11 Switzerland Andrea Chiesa All
United Kingdom Leyton House Racing Leyton House Ford Cosworth 12 United Kingdom Andrew Gilbert-Scott 1-7
United Kingdom Paul Warwick 8-11
13 Switzerland Philippe Favre 8-11
France Galaxy Racing Lola Ford Cosworth 14 Belgium Thierry Delubac 1-5
15 France Franck Fréon 1-5
France Philippe Gache 10-11
United Kingdom Madgwick International Reynard Mugen Honda 16 Italy Andrea Montermini All
17 France Jean-Marc Gounon All
Ford Cosworth 43 Portugal Pedro Chaves 8-11
United Kingdom CoBRa Motorsports Reynard Mugen Honda 18 Germany Michael Bartels All
19 United Kingdom Richard Dean 1-5
Italy Giovanna Amati 6-10
Switzerland Alain Menu 11
United Kingdom Pacific Racing Lola Mugen Honda 24 Canada Stéphane Proulx All
25 Brazil Marco Greco 1-2
Canada Claude Bourbonnais 10-11
France DAMS Lola Mugen Honda 26 France Érik Comas All
33 United Kingdom Allan McNish All
United Kingdom Middlebridge Racing Lola Ford Cosworth 27 Australia Gary Brabham 2-11
28 United Kingdom Damon Hill All
United Kingdom Roni Motorsport Reynard Ford Cosworth 31 Italy Antonio Tamburini All
32 Italy Giovanna Amati 1-5
United Kingdom Becsport Lola Mugen Honda 32 Italy Paolo Delle Piane 6-11
34 Italy Giovanni Bonnano 1-4
Italy Domenico Gitto 6-11
United Kingdom Superpower Reynard Mugen Honda 35 United Kingdom Phil Andrews All
36 France Paul Belmondo All
Italy Crypton Engineering Leyton House Ford Cosworth 37 Italy Fabrizio Barbazza All
Austria RSM Marko Lola Ford Cosworth 39 Austria Karl Wendlinger 1-2, 4-9, 11
Germany Ellen Lohr 10
France Apomatox Reynard Ford Cosworth 40 France Philippe Gache 1-7
United Kingdom Andrew Gilbert-Scott 8-11
41 France Didier Artzet 1-7, 9
France Franck Fréon 10-11
Italy Forti Corse Lola Ford Cosworth 42 Italy Gianni Morbidelli All

Calendar[edit]

Race No Race [1] Track Country Date Laps Distance Time Speed Winner Pole Position Fastest Lap
1 Donington 200 Gold Cup Donington Park  United Kingdom 22 April 1990 50 4.023=201.150 km 1'12:15.34 167.03 km/h Érik Comas Andrea Montermini Stéphane Proulx
2 International Trophy Silverstone  United Kingdom 19 May 1990 41 4.778=196.308 km 0'54:23.20 214.59 km/h Allan McNish Allan McNish Allan McNish
3 Grand Prix de Pau Pau  France 4 June 1990 69 2.76=190.44 km 1'24:18.72 135.532 km/h Eric van de Poele Érik Comas Marco Apicella
4 Jerez F3000 Jerez  Spain 17 June 1990 48 4.2179=202.459 km 1'18:07.02 155.49 km/h Érik Comas Érik Comas Érik Comas
5 Monza F3000 Monza  Italy 24 June 1990 34 5.8=197.2 km 0'55:19.12 213.75 km/h Érik Comas Damon Hill Damon Hill
6 Grand Premio del Mediterraneo Pergusa-Enna  Italy 22 July 1990 36 4.95=178.200 km 0'55:27.219 192.80 km/h Gianni Morbidelli Damon Hill Damon Hill
7 Hockenheim F3000 Hockenheim  West Germany 28 July 1990 29 6.797=197.113 km 0'58:14.604 202.95 km/h Eddie Irvine Damon Hill Marco Apicella
8 Brands Hatch F3000 Brands Hatch  United Kingdom 19 August 1990 48 4.1846=200.861 km 1'09:09.68 174.23 km/h Allan McNish Eddie Irvine Michael Bartels
9 Halfords Birmingham Superprix Birmingham  United Kingdom 27 August 1990 51 3.975=202.725 km 1'11:47.02 169.45 km/h Eric van de Poele Marco Apicella Marco Apicella
10 Le Mans F3000 Le Mans  France 23 September 1990 45 4.426=199.170 km 1'11:41.65 166.85 km/h Érik Comas Érik Comas Philippe Gache
11 Grand Prix de Nogaro Nogaro  France 7 October 1990 55 3.625=199.375 km 1'20:27.81 148.670 km/h Eric van de Poele Gianni Morbidelli Érik Comas
Dijon F3000 Dijon  France 21 October 1990 cancelled, championship decided

Final points standings[edit]

Driver[edit]

In each championship round, 9 points were awarded to the winning driver, 6 to the runner up, 4 for third place, 3 for fourth place, 2 for fifth place and 1 for sixth place. No additional points were awarded.

Place [2] Name [2] Country Team Chassis Engine United Kingdom United Kingdom France Spain Italy Italy Germany United Kingdom United Kingdom France France Total Points [2]
1 Érik Comas  France DAMS Lola Mugen Honda 9 6 - 9 9 - 3 - - 9 6 51
2 Eric van de Poele  Belgium GA Motorsports Reynard Ford Cosworth 1 2 9 - - - - - 9 - 9 30
3 Eddie Irvine  United Kingdom Jordan Racing Reynard Mugen Honda - 1 - - 6 3 9 4 - 4 - 27
4 Allan McNish  United Kingdom DAMS Lola Mugen Honda - 9 1 - 1 6 - 9 - - - 26
5 Gianni Morbidelli  Italy Forti Corse Lola Ford Cosworth - - 4 - 3 9 - - - - 4 20
6 Marco Apicella  Italy First Racing Reynard Mugen Honda - 4 - 6 2 - 6 - - - 2 20
7 Andrea Chiesa   Switzerland Paul Stewart Racing Lola Mugen Honda 6 - - 2 - - - 2 6 2 - 18
8 Andrea Montermini  Italy Madgwick International Reynard Mugen Honda - 3 - 4 - - - - - 6 - 13
9 Jean-Marc Gounon  France Madgwick International Reynard Mugen Honda - - - - - - 4 1 3 3 - 11
10 Fabrizio Giovanardi  Italy First Racing Reynard Mugen Honda - - 6 1 - 1 - - 2 - - 10
11 Gary Brabham  Australia Middlebridge Lola Ford Cosworth - - - - 4 4 - - - - - 8
12 John Jones  Canada Paul Stewart Racing Lola Mugen Honda 4 - 3 - - - - - - - - 7
13 Damon Hill  United Kingdom Middlebridge Lola Ford Cosworth - - - - - - - 6 - - - 6
14 Antonio Tamburini  Italy Roni Motorsport Reynard Ford Cosworth 3 - - - - - - - - - 3 6
15 Didier Artzet  France Apomatox Reynard Ford Cosworth - - - - - - - - 4 - - 4
16 Fabrizio Barbazza  Italy Crypton Engineering Leyton House Ford Cosworth - - - 3 - - - - - - - 3
Pedro Chaves  Portugal Madgwick International Reynard Ford Cosworth - - - - - - - 3 - - - 3
18 Heinz-Harald Frentzen  West Germany Jordan Racing Reynard Mugen Honda - - - - - 2 1 - - - - 3
19 Richard Dean  United Kingdom CoBRa Motorsports Reynard Mugen Honda 2 - - - - - - - - - - 2
Franck Fréon  France Galaxy Racing Lola Ford Cosworth - - 2 - - - - - - - - 2
Karl Wendlinger  Austria RSM Marko Lola Ford Cosworth - - - - - - 2 - - - - 2
22 Emanuele Naspetti  Italy Jordan Racing Reynard Mugen Honda - - - - - - - - 1 - - 1
Paul Belmondo  France Superpower Reynard Mugen Honda - - - - - - - - - 1 - 1
Michael Bartels  West Germany CoBRa Motorsports Reynard Mugen Honda - - - - - - - - - - 1 1

Complete Overview[edit]

first column of every race 10 = grid position
second column of every race 10 = race result

R6=retired, but classified R=retired NS=did not start NQ=did not qualify DIS(3)=disqualified after finishing in third position

Place Name Country Team Chassis Engine United Kingdom United Kingdom France Spain Italy Italy Germany United Kingdom United Kingdom France France
1 Érik Comas  France DAMS Lola Mugen Honda 2 1 2 2 1 R 1 1 3 1 8 R 7 4 14 R 5 R 1 1 2 2
2 Eric van de Poele  Belgium GA Motorsports Reynard Ford Cosworth 4 6 17 5 5 1 3 9 14 9 21 R 10 R 9 R 4 1 12 10 6 1
3 Eddie Irvine  United Kingdom Jordan Racing Reynard Mugen Honda 15 R 8 6 15 R 14 NS 6 2 4 4 3 1 1 3 7 R 4 3 14 R
4 Allan McNish  United Kingdom DAMS Lola Mugen Honda 5 R 1 1 6 R6 5 16 10 6 10 2 4 R 3 1 22 R 2 R 7 8
5 Gianni Morbidelli  Italy Forti Corse Lola Ford Cosworth 14 8 26 R 17 3 11 R 2 4 6 1 8 R 7 R 24 R 7 7 1 3
6 Marco Apicella  Italy First Racing Reynard Mugen Honda 3 13 6 3 3 R 2 2 7 5 2 R 2 2 5 DIS(3) 1 R 5 R 11 5
7 Andrea Chiesa   Switzerland Paul Stewart Racing Lola Mugen Honda 6 2 5 R 16 R 8 5 8 7 14 R 12 R 10 5 3 2 11 5 4 R
8 Andrea Montermini  Italy Madgwick International Reynard Mugen Honda 1 R 9 4 19 R 4 3 4 R 13 R 11 R 13 R 20 9 8 2 25 R
9 Jean-Marc Gounon  France Madgwick International Reynard Mugen Honda 9 R 23 13 24 NQ 23 R 26 R 3 DIS(7) 6 3 17 6 11 4 14 4 24 R
10 Fabrizio Giovanardi  Italy First Racing Reynard Mugen Honda 16 R 10 R 2 2 13 6 21 10 15 6 13 7 19 R 18 5 18 R 10 R
11 Gary Brabham  Australia Middlebridge Lola Ford Cosworth - - 12 R 28 NQ 24 12 9 3 20 3 25 R14 8 8 27 NQ 13 8 23 11
12 John Jones  Canada Paul Stewart Racing Lola Mugen Honda 7 3 20 11 9 4 20 R 11 R 19 R 28 NQ 29 NQ 25 11 22 9 29 NQ
13 Damon Hill  United Kingdom Middlebridge Lola Ford Cosworth 28 NQ 3 R 13 R 9 7 1 11 1 R 1 R 2 2 17 R 10 R 3 10
14 Antonio Tamburini  Italy Roni Motorsport Reynard Ford Cosworth 11 4 7 9 4 R 15 13 5 8 5 8 29 NQ 16 R 13 R 20 16 8 4
15 Didier Artzet  France Apomatox Reynard Ford Cosworth 29 NQ 21 R 8 R 18 11 12 R 16 R 14 8 - - 8 3 - - - -
16 Fabrizio Barbazza  Italy Crypton Engineering Leyton House Ford Cosworth 13 R 14 R 14 R 16 4 22 R 9 R 19 9 25 R 14 R 17 R 18 18
Pedro Chaves  Portugal Madgwick International Reynard Ford Cosworth - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 12 4 12 R 34 NQ 21 14
18 Heinz-Harald Frentzen  West Germany Jordan Racing Reynard Mugen Honda 8 R 16 R 10 R 17 17 19 R 12 5 15 6 24 7 6 R 15 R 27 NQ
19 Richard Dean  United Kingdom CoBRa Motorsports Reynard Mugen Honda 18 5 11 7 20 R 10 R 23 R - - - - - - - - - - - -
Franck Fréon  France Galaxy Racing Lola Ford Cosworth 30 NQ 29 NQ 12 R5 28 NQ 31 NQ - - - - - - - -
Apomatox Reynard Ford Cosworth 25 14 19 16
Karl Wendlinger  Austria RSM Marko Lola Ford Cosworth 32 NQ 19 14 - - 30 NQ 15 R 17 R 20 5 27 NQ 21 10 - - 16 9
22 Emanuele Naspetti  Italy Jordan Racing Reynard Mugen Honda 17 R 13 10 22 R - - 13 R 7 R 5 R 18 R 16 6 30 NQ - -
Paul Belmondo  France Superpower Reynard Mugen Honda 23 R 32 NQ 31 NQ 25 R 24 R 28 NQ 17 11 23 R 9 R 9 6 12 R
Michael Bartels  West Germany CoBRa Motorsports Reynard Mugen Honda 12 11 22 R 7 R 26 R 16 R 18 7 9 R 20 11 10 R 24 13 13 6
- Andrew Gilbert-Scott  United Kingdom Leyton House Racing Leyton House Ford Cosworth 19 R 25 12 25 NQ 12 10 17 R 25 R 23 13
Apomatox Reynard Ford Cosworth 15 10 2 7 16 11 17 13
- Stéphane Proulx  Canada Pacific Racing Lola Mugen Honda 10 12 4 R 11 R 19 R 20 R 11 R 21 10 6 R 15 R 6 R 5 7
- Jean-Denis Délétraz   Switzerland First Racing Reynard Ford Cosworth 21 7 31 NQ 18 R 27 NQ 25 R - - - - - - - - - - - -
- Giovanni Bonnano  Italy Becsport Lola Mugen Honda 22 10 15 8 29 NQ 7 R - - - - - - 21 9 28 NQ - - - -
- Paul Warwick  United Kingdom Leyton House Racing Leyton House Ford Cosworth - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 22 R 19 8 21 NS 22 15
- Vincenzo Sospiri  Italy Jordan Racing Reynard Mugen Honda - - - - - - 21 8 - - - - - - - - - - - - 28 NQ
- Philippe Gache  France Apomatox Reynard Ford Cosworth 20 9 27 NQ 21 R 6 14 18 R 23 R 18 R - - - -
Galaxy Racing Lola Ford Cosworth 3 R 9 R
- Phil Andrews  United Kingdom Superpower Reynard Mugen Honda 25 14 18 R 30 NQ 29 NQ 28 NQ 24 R 16 12 4 R 23 R 26 12 20 19
- Philippe Favre   Switzerland Leyton House Racing Leyton House Ford Cosworth - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 11 12 26 NS 23 15 30 NQ
- Alain Menu   Switzerland CoBRa Motorsports Reynard Mugen Honda - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 15 12
- Giovanni Aloi  Mexico GA Motorsports Reynard Ford Cosworth 24 R 24 15 26 NQ 22 15 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
- Giovanna Amati  Italy Roni Motorsport Reynard Ford Cosworth 26 R 33 NQ 27 NQ 31 NQ 30 NQ
CoBRa Motorsports Reynard Mugen Honda 27 NQ 26 15 30 NQ 29 NQ 33 NQ - -
- Thierry Delubac  France Galaxy Racing Lola Ford Cosworth 31 NQ 30 NQ 23 NQ 32 NQ 29 NQ - - - - - - - -
GA Motorsports Reynard Ford Cosworth 19 17 26 17
- Paolo Delle Piane  Italy Roni Motorsport Reynard Ford Cosworth - - - - - - - - - - 29 NQ 24 R 26 R 30 NQ 27 NQ 31 NQ
- Domenico Gitto  Italy Becsport Lola Mugen Honda - - - - - - - - - - 26 R 22 R - - - - - - - -
- Marco Greco  Brazil Pacific Racing Lola Mugen Honda 27 NQ 28 NQ - - - - - -
GA Motorsports Reynard Ford Cosworth 22 R 27 NQ 28 NQ - -
First Racing Reynard Ford Cosworth 28 NQ 32 NQ
- Claude Bourbonnais  Canada Pacific Racing Lola Mugen Honda - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 29 NQ 34 NQ
- Vittorio Zoboli  Italy GA Motorsport Reynard Ford Cosworth - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 32 NQ 33 NQ
- Otto Rensing  West Germany Becsport Reynard Ford Cosworth - - - - - - - - 27 NQ - - - - - - - - - - - -
- Ellen Lohr  West Germany RSM Marko Lola Ford Cosworth - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 31 NQ - -

References[edit]

  1. ^ Peter Higham, The Guinness Guide to International Motor Racing, 1995, pages 241-242
  2. ^ a b c 1991 FIA Yearbook, Red section, page 71

External links[edit]