1990 Mexican Grand Prix

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Mexico  1990 Mexican Grand Prix
Race details
Race 6 of 16 in the 1990 Formula One season
Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez.svg
Date June 24, 1990
Official name XIV Gran Premio de Mexico
Location Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez
Mexico City, Mexico
Course Permanent racing facility
4.421 km (2.747 mi)
Distance 69 laps, 305.049 km (189.549 mi)
Weather Overcast
21 °C (70 °F)[1]
Pole position
Driver Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda
Time 1:17.227
Fastest lap
Driver France Alain Prost Ferrari
Time 1:17.958 on lap 58
Podium
First France Alain Prost Ferrari
Second United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Ferrari
Third Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda

The 1990 Mexican Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on June 24, 1990. It was sixth race of the 1990 Formula One season, the 14th Mexican Grand Prix and the fifth since the Mexico City circuit returned to the Formula One calendar in 1986. It was held over 69 laps of the four kilometre circuit for a race distance of 305 kilometres.

The race was won by reigning world champion, French driver Alain Prost driving a Ferrari 641. In winning Prost became only the second multiple-winner in Mexican Grand Prix history, joining British driver Jim Clark. It was Prost's second win for the year after winning the Brazilian Grand Prix. Prost won the race by 26 seconds over his British team mate Nigel Mansell. Third was Austrian driver Gerhard Berger driving a McLaren MP4/5B.

Prost's win and Berger's third coupled points leader Ayrton Senna stopping with a puncture late in the race allowed both drivers to close to be eight points behind Senna.

Report[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

There were no changes to the line-up as the F1 show moved to Mexico City. The weather was on and off during the weekend, catching some drivers out, with the Larrousse team having the worst luck on Saturday morning when both of their drivers contrived to have massive accidents, but luckily both Aguri Suzuki and Éric Bernard managed to qualify for the race, but all was not as well down at Leyton House, where both Ivan Capelli and Maurício Gugelmin failed to qualify. At the front of the grid there was a bit of a surprise with Gerhard Berger taking pole from Riccardo Patrese, qualifying ace Ayrton Senna, Nigel Mansell, Thierry Boutsen, Jean Alesi, Pierluigi Martini, Nelson Piquet, Satoru Nakajima, and Stefano Modena, with championship contender Alain Prost a disappointing 13th. Roberto Moreno was disqualified for receiving a push start in qualifying[2]

Race[edit]

Sunshine greeted the drivers on race day and at the start it was Patrese who got away from Senna, Berger, Boutsen, and Piquet. Senna was desperate to get by Patrese and at the start of lap 2 he swept into the lead, bringing Berger with him. The McLaren duo proceeded to rocket off into the distance while further back the action was thick and furious with Prost charging through the field from his poor grid position and with Piquet moving up to third. Berger's run in second place came to an early end when he had to stop for new tyres on lap 13, leaving Piquet in second but under immense pressure from his old rival Nigel Mansell, who swept past him shortly after. The story of the day was still Prost as he continued his charge through the field, eventually taking second from Mansell with 15 laps to go. Prost proceeded to set off after Senna, who was slowing with tyre problems, the Brazilian had gambled on not making a stop for fresh rubber. On Lap 60 Prost swept past Senna and three laps later Senna's rear tyre exploded, taking him out of the race, which was the 100th Grand Prix he had started. The real battle ended up being for second place between Mansell and Berger. It culminated in Mansell's legendary pass around the outside of Berger going into the ultra-fast Peraltada corner. Some called it brave, some called it suicidal, either way Mansell finished second behind Prost with Berger being third from Alessandro Nannini, Boutsen, and Piquet.

Classification[edit]

Pre Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 14 France Olivier Grouillard Osella-Ford 1:25.281
2 29 France Éric Bernard Lola-Lamborghini 1:25.456 +0.175
3 33 Brazil Roberto Moreno EuroBrun-Judd 1:26.724 +1.443
4 30 Japan Aguri Suzuki Lola-Lamborghini 1:27.511 +2.230
5 18 France Yannick Dalmas AGS-Ford 1:27.830 +2.549
6 17 Italy Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford 1:28.499 +3.218
7 31 Belgium Bertrand Gachot Coloni-Subaru 1:28.805 +3.524
8 34 Italy Claudio Langes EuroBrun-Judd 1:40.414 +15.133
9 39 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Life 4:07.475 +2:42.194

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 28 Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 1:17.227 1:17.850
2 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 1:18.215 1:17.498 +0.271
3 27 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 1:18.417 1:17.670 +0.443
4 2 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Ferrari 1:17.938 1:17.732 +0.505
5 5 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault 1:19.062 1:17.883 +0.656
6 4 France Jean Alesi Tyrrell-Ford 1:18.727 1:18.282 +1.055
7 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 1:18.526 1:18.590 +1.299
8 20 Brazil Nelson Piquet Benetton-Ford 1:19.022 1:18.561 +1.334
9 3 Japan Satoru Nakajima Tyrrell-Ford 1:19.551 1:18.575 +1.348
10 8 Italy Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd 1:18.592 1:19.817 +1.365
11 11 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Lotus-Lamborghini 1:19.557 1:18.951 +1.724
12 12 United Kingdom Martin Donnelly Lotus-Lamborghini 1:19.769 1:18.994 +1.767
13 1 France Alain Prost Ferrari 1:19.378 1:19.026 +1.799
14 19 Italy Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 1:19.909 1:19.227 +2.000
15 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Dallara-Ford 1:21.635 1:19.865 +2.638
16 24 Italy Paolo Barilla Minardi-Ford 1:19.897 1:21.242 +2.670
17 9 Italy Michele Alboreto Arrows-Ford 1:21.212 1:19:941 +2.714
18 21 Italy Emanuele Pirro Dallara-Ford 1:21.067 1:20.044 +2.817
19 30 Japan Aguri Suzuki Lola-Lamborghini 1:21.077 1:20.268 +3.041
20 14 France Olivier Grouillard Osella-Ford 1:20.274 1:21.167 +3.047
21 7 Australia David Brabham Brabham-Judd 1:20.447 1:20.636 +3.220
22 26 France Philippe Alliot Ligier-Ford 1:21.451 1:20.657 +3.430
23 35 Switzerland Gregor Foitek Onyx-Ford 1:21.012 1:21.400 +3.785
24 25 Italy Nicola Larini Ligier-Ford 1:21.584 1:21.116 +3.889
25 29 France Éric Bernard Lola-Lamborghini 1:21.273 1:21.677 +4.046
26 36 Finland JJ Lehto Onyx-Ford 1:21.519 1:21.687 +4.292
27 16 Italy Ivan Capelli Leyton House-Judd 1:23.639 1:21.544 +4.317
28 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin Leyton House-Judd 1:22.612 1:21.665 +4.438
29 10 Italy Alex Caffi Arrows-Ford 1:22.278 1:22.154 +4.927
30 33 Brazil Roberto Moreno EuroBrun-Judd 1:21.142 +3.915

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 France Alain Prost Ferrari 69 1:32:35.783 13 9
2 2 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Ferrari 69 + 25.351 4 6
3 28 Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 69 + 25.530 1 4
4 19 Italy Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 69 + 41.099 14 3
5 5 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault 69 + 46.669 5 2
6 20 Brazil Nelson Piquet Benetton-Ford 69 + 46.943 8 1
7 4 France Jean Alesi Tyrrell-Ford 69 + 49.077 6  
8 12 United Kingdom Martin Donnelly Lotus-Lamborghini 69 + 1:06.142 12  
9 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 69 + 1:09.918 2  
10 11 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Lotus-Lamborghini 68 + 1 Lap 11  
11 8 Italy Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd 68 + 1 Lap 10  
12 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 68 + 1 Lap 7  
13 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Dallara-Ford 68 + 1 Lap 15  
14 24 Italy Paolo Barilla Minardi-Ford 67 + 2 Laps 16  
15 35 Switzerland Gregor Foitek Onyx-Ford 67 + 2 Laps 23  
16 25 Italy Nicola Larini Ligier-Ford 67 + 2 Laps 24  
17 9 Italy Michele Alboreto Arrows-Ford 66 + 3 Laps 17  
18 26 France Philippe Alliot Ligier-Ford 66 + 3 Laps 22  
19 14 France Olivier Grouillard Osella-Ford 65 + 4 Laps 20  
20 27 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 63 Tyre 3  
Ret 36 Finland JJ Lehto Onyx-Ford 26 Engine 26  
Ret 29 France Éric Bernard Lola-Lamborghini 12 Brakes 25  
Ret 30 Japan Aguri Suzuki Lola-Lamborghini 11 Collision 19  
Ret 3 Japan Satoru Nakajima Tyrrell-Ford 11 Collision 9  
Ret 7 Australia David Brabham Brabham-Judd 11 Electrical 21  
Ret 21 Italy Emanuele Pirro Dallara-Ford 10 Engine 18  
DSQ 33 Brazil Roberto Moreno EuroBrun-Judd Push start    
DNQ 16 Italy Ivan Capelli Leyton House-Judd        
DNQ 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin Leyton House-Judd        
DNQ 10 Italy Alex Caffi Arrows-Ford        
DNPQ 18 France Yannick Dalmas AGS-Ford        
DNPQ 17 Italy Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford        
DNPQ 31 Belgium Bertrand Gachot Coloni-Subaru        
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]

  1. ^ "History | Weather Underground". Wunderground.com. Retrieved 2013-10-26. 
  2. ^ "EuroBrun – Profile". Archived from the original on 2009-05-30. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 


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