1990 Monaco Grand Prix

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Monaco  1990 Monaco Grand Prix
Race details
Race 4 of 16 in the 1990 Formula One season
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Date May 27, 1990
Official name XLVIII Grand Prix Automobile de Monaco
Location Circuit de Monaco
Monte Carlo, Monaco
Course Temporary street circuit
3.328 km (2.068 mi)
Distance 78 laps, 259.584 km (161.298 mi)
Weather Warm, dry, sunny
Pole position
Driver Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda
Time 1:21.314
Fastest lap
Driver Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda
Time 1:24.468 on lap 59
Podium
First Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda
Second France Jean Alesi Tyrrell-Ford
Third Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda

The 1990 Monaco Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 27 May 1990 at Monaco. It was the fourth round of the 1990 Formula One season and the 48th Monaco Grand Prix. It was held over 78 laps of the three kilometre circuit for a race distance of 259 kilometres.

The race was won by defending race champion Brazilian driver Ayrton Senna who led every lap of the race driving a McLaren MP4/5B. Senna became the first driver in 1990 to win a second race. Like his previous win in the US, Senna's rival for the race was the unexpected form of young French driver Jean Alesi driving a Tyrrell 019. Senna held a one second gap over Alesi at the finish. It was Senna's third win at the Monaco Grand Prix. The only other driver to complete full race distance was Senna's Austrian team mate Gerhard Berger.

Report[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

There had been no changes to the field as the cars arrived for the Jewel in the crown of Formula One and qualifying saw no surprises with Monaco master Ayrton Senna taking pole from arch-rival Alain Prost. Jean Alesi continued to impress in his Tyrrell, qualifying third from Riccardo Patrese. Row three was formed of Gerhard Berger and Thierry Boutsen; Nigel Mansell lined up seventh alongside the Minardi of Pierluigi Martini, while Emanuele Pirro and Nelson Piquet rounded out the top ten. Young Australian driver David Brabham qualified in 25th, to make a race start for the first time in his Formula 1 career.

Race[edit]

At the start there was an overly long delay between the red and green, which caused the drivers to be a little more agitated than usual, resulting in an accident between Prost and Berger at the Mirabeau corner. The track was blocked and the race had to be stopped. At the second start everything went to plan and Senna led from Prost, Alesi, Berger, Patrese, and Boutsen, with Pirro being the first retirement when his engine blew on the opening lap. Eighth-placed Nigel Mansell was the centre of action in the early going and he quickly got past Martini's Minardi and set off after Boutsen, but his overtaking attempt on the Belgian was less successful as he touched Boutsen's Williams at the seafront chicane and had to limp back to the pits for a new front wing. At the front Senna led comfortably, even more so after the lap 30 retirement of Prost with battery problems. There was more action on lap 35 when Piquet spun approaching Loewes Hairpin; the three time champ proceeded to stall the engine and was disqualified when he received a push start from the marshalls. While Senna maintained his lead, there was action further back where Mansell was once again charging through the field. First he cleanly disposed of Derek Warwick and then managed to successfully pass Boutsen for fourth, as Alesi and Berger fought over second place. Unfortunately for Mansell all his work went for nought as his battery failed as well. In the late stages Senna started to slow, which allowed the Alesi/Berger battle to close up on him, but Senna's McLaren would survive to the finish for his third career win at Monaco. Alesi was second, followed by Berger, Boutsen, Alex Caffi, and the only other survivor Éric Bernard, who had taken sixth place in the late stages after he had forced himself past Gregor Foitek's Onyx by pushing him into the wall. In doing so, Bernard earnt the first WDC point of his F1 career. Despite not finishing the race, Foitek was classified seventh; his best Formula One result.

Classification[edit]

Pre Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 29 France Éric Bernard Lola-Lamborghini 1:27.134
2 30 Japan Aguri Suzuki Lola-Lamborghini 1:27.548 +0.414
3 14 France Olivier Grouillard Osella-Ford 1:27.938 +0.804
4 33 Brazil Roberto Moreno EuroBrun-Judd 1:28.295 +1.161
5 17 Italy Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford 1:28.677 +1.543
6 18 France Yannick Dalmas AGS-Ford 1:30.511 +3.377
7 34 Italy Claudio Langes EuroBrun-Judd 1:33.195 +6.061
8 31 Belgium Bertrand Gachot Coloni-Subaru 1:39.295 +12.161
9 39 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Life 1:41.187 +14.053

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 27 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 1:21.797 1:21.314
2 1 France Alain Prost Ferrari 1:23.449 1:21.776 +0.462
3 4 France Jean Alesi Tyrrell-Ford 1:23.372 1:21.801 +0.487
4 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 1:24.179 1:22.026 +0.712
5 28 Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 1:23.001 1:22.682 +1.368
6 5 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault 1:23.936 1:22.691 +1.377
7 2 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Ferrari 1:24.433 1:22.733 +1.419
8 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 1:24.012 1:23.149 +1.835
9 21 Italy Emanuele Pirro Dallara-Ford 1:24.766 1:23.494 +2.180
10 20 Brazil Nelson Piquet Benetton-Ford 1:25.273 1:23.566 +2.252
11 12 United Kingdom Martin Donnelly Lotus-Lamborghini 1:24.724 1:23.600 +2.286
12 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Dallara-Ford 1:25.849 1:23.613 +2.299
13 11 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Lotus-Lamborghini 1:24.070 1:23.656 +2.342
14 8 Italy Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd 1:25.485 1:23.920 +2.606
15 30 Japan Aguri Suzuki Lola-Lamborghini 1:27.193 1:24.023 +2.709
16 19 Italy Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 1:25.926 1:24.139 +2.825
17 25 Italy Nicola Larini Ligier-Ford 1:24.206 1:24.270 +2.892
18 26 France Philippe Alliot Ligier-Ford 1:25.387 1:24.294 +2.980
19 24 Italy Paolo Barilla Minardi-Ford 1:26.352 1:24.334 +3.020
20 35 Switzerland Gregor Foitek Onyx-Ford 1:26.183 1:24.367 +3.053
21 3 Japan Satoru Nakajima Tyrrell-Ford 1:25.679 1:24.371 +3.057
22 10 Italy Alex Caffi Arrows-Ford 1:26.520 1:25.000 +3.686
23 16 Italy Ivan Capelli Leyton House-Judd 1:26.969 1:25.020 +3.706
24 29 France Éric Bernard Lola-Lamborghini 1:25.398 1:25.541 +4.084
25 7 Australia David Brabham Brabham-Judd 1:28.339 1:25.420 +4.106
26 36 Finland JJ Lehto Onyx-Ford 1:27.923 1:25.508 +4.194
27 9 Italy Michele Alboreto Arrows-Ford 1:27.282 1:25.622 +4.308
28 14 France Olivier Grouillard Osella-Ford 1:25.785 1:26.781 +4.471
29 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin Leyton House-Judd 1:26.943 1:26.192 +4.878
30 33 Brazil Roberto Moreno EuroBrun-Judd 1:26.604 1:27.265 +5.290

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 27 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 78 1:52:46.982 1 9
2 4 France Jean Alesi Tyrrell-Ford 78 +1.087 3 6
3 28 Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 78 +2.073 5 4
4 5 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault 77 +1 Lap 6 3
5 10 Italy Alex Caffi Arrows-Ford 76 +2 Laps 22 2
6 29 France Éric Bernard Lola-Lamborghini 76 +2 Laps 24 1
7 35 Switzerland Gregor Foitek Onyx-Ford 72 Collision 20
Ret 11 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Lotus-Lamborghini 66 Spun Off 13
Ret 2 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Ferrari 63 Battery 7
Ret 24 Italy Paolo Barilla Minardi-Ford 52 Gearbox 19
Ret 36 Finland JJ Lehto Onyx-Ford 52 Gearbox 26
Ret 26 France Philippe Alliot Ligier-Ford 47 Gearbox 18
Ret 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 41 Distributor 4
Ret 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Dallara-Ford 38 Engine 12
Ret 3 Japan Satoru Nakajima Tyrrell-Ford 36 Spun Off 21
Ret 1 France Alain Prost Ferrari 30 Battery 2
Ret 19 Italy Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 20 Gearbox 16
Ret 7 Australia David Brabham Brabham-Judd 16 Transmission 25
Ret 16 Italy Ivan Capelli Leyton House-Judd 13 Brakes 23
Ret 25 Italy Nicola Larini Ligier-Ford 12 Differential 17
Ret 30 Japan Aguri Suzuki Lola-Lamborghini 11 Steering 15
Ret 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 7 Electrical 8
Ret 12 United Kingdom Martin Donnelly Lotus-Lamborghini 6 Gearbox 11
Ret 8 Italy Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd 3 Transmission 14
Ret 21 Italy Emanuele Pirro Dallara-Ford 0 Engine 9
DSQ 20 Brazil Nelson Piquet Benetton-Ford 34 Push Start 10
DNQ 9 Italy Michele Alboreto Arrows-Ford
DNQ 14 France Olivier Grouillard Osella-Ford
DNQ 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin Leyton House-Judd
DNQ 33 Brazil Roberto Moreno EuroBrun-Judd
DNPQ 17 Italy Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford
DNPQ 18 France Yannick Dalmas AGS-Ford
DNPQ 34 Italy Claudio Langes EuroBrun-Judd
DNPQ 31 Belgium Bertrand Gachot Coloni-Subaru
DNPQ 39 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Life

Lap leaders[edit]

Standings after the race[edit]

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

References[edit]


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1990 San Marino Grand Prix
FIA Formula One World Championship
1990 season
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1990 Canadian Grand Prix
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1989 Monaco Grand Prix
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1991 Monaco Grand Prix

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