1990 Portuguese Grand Prix

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Race details[1]
Race 13 of 16 in the 1990 Formula One season
Circuit Estoril 1984-1993.png
Date September 23, 1990
Official name XIX Grande Premio de Portugal
Location Autódromo do Estoril in Estoril, Portugal
Course Permanent racing facility
4.360 km (2.725 mi)
Distance 61 laps, 265.96 km (166.225 mi)
Pole position
Driver United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Ferrari
Time 1:13.557
Fastest lap
Driver Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault
Time 1:18.306 on lap 56
Podium
First United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Ferrari
Second Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda
Third France Alain Prost Ferrari

The 1990 Portuguese Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 23 September 1990 at Autódromo do Estoril. It was the thirteenth round of the 1990 Formula One season. The race was the 19th Portuguese Grand Prix and the seventh to be held at Estoril. It was held over 61 laps, of a scheduled 71 laps, of the four kilometre circuit for a race distance of 266 kilometres. The race was declared early after an accident involving Italian driver Alex Caffi in an Arrows A11B and Japanese driver Aguri Suzuki in a Lola LC90.

British driver Nigel Mansell took his only victory of the season in his Ferrari 641, and his last for Scuderia Ferrari. He finished over two seconds ahead of Brazilian driver and series points leader Ayrton Senna driving a McLaren MP4/5B. Mansell's team mate French driver Alain Prost kept his fading championship hopes alive with a third placed finish. The gap though was now 18 points. A win for Senna at any of the three remaining races would secure his second world championship.

Race report[edit]

Tyrrell Racing's Satoru Nakajima qualified 20th but withdrew due to influenza after crashing in the Sunday morning warm-up session. The grid was adjusted accordingly, although only 25 drivers started as no non-qualifier was reinstated.

At the start with both Ferraris on the front row (Nigel Mansell on pole, Alain Prost second), Mansell got too much wheelspin at start that he slid across the track towards Prost, who had to avoid being shunted into the pitwall. All of this allowed the McLarens of Ayrton Senna and Gerhard Berger to slip past Mansell and Prost to make it a McLaren 1–2 with Senna leading into the first corner. After all the mid race tyre stops, it was Senna, leading from Mansell, Berger and Prost. A few laps later Mansell had caught Senna and passed him into turn one (Senna letting him through, compared to the year before, when they collided).

On lap 52, race leader Nigel Mansell was attempting to lap the Ligier JS33B of Philippe Alliot when the Frenchman stuck to the racing line by driving inches in front of Mansell into the inside of "Curva 2" corner. However, the right rear wheel of his car hit the left front of Mansell's Ferrari and Alliot was sent spinning into the Armco barrier. Mansell came out unscathed from this incident.

Ferrari announced that Jean Alesi would partner Alain Prost for 1991. Alesi was reported to have already signed a contract with Williams, but changed his mind when Ferrari showed an interest, feeling that this would give him more chance of winning a championship.[citation needed] For this race Life Racing Engines abandoned use of their own in house W12 engine in favour of Judd V8 engines. The engine cover of the Life L190 then failed to fit properly as a result.

Classification[edit]

Pre Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 14 France Olivier Grouillard Osella-Ford 1:19.384
2 18 France Yannick Dalmas AGS-Ford 1:19.885 +0.501
3 31 Belgium Bertrand Gachot Coloni-Ford 1:20.000 +0.616
4 17 Italy Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford 1:20.942 +1.558
5 33 Brazil Roberto Moreno EuroBrun-Judd 1:21.188 +1.804
6 34 Italy Claudio Langes EuroBrun-Judd 1:23.447 +4.063
7 39 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Life

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 2 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Ferrari 1:14.861 1:13.557
2 1 France Alain Prost Ferrari 1:14.536 1:13.595 +0.038
3 27 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 1:14.246 1:13.601 +0.044
4 28 Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 1:14.552 1:14.292 +0.735
5 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 1:15.539 1:14.723 +1.166
6 20 Brazil Nelson Piquet Benetton-Ford 1:15.542 1:14.728 +1.171
7 5 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault 1:15.646 1:14.934 +1.377
8 4 France Jean Alesi Tyrrell-Ford 1:16.092 1:15.112 +1.555
9 19 Italy Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 1:16.123 1:15.411 +1.854
10 29 France Éric Bernard Lola-Lamborghini 1:16.477 1:15.673 +2.116
11 30 Japan Aguri Suzuki Lola-Lamborghini 1:17.189 1:16.012 +2.455
12 16 Italy Ivan Capelli Leyton House-Judd 1:18.242 1:16.284 +2.727
13 21 Italy Emanuele Pirro Dallara-Ford 1:17.653 1:16.290 +2.733
14 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin Leyton House-Judd 1:17.569 1:16.296 +2.739
15 12 United Kingdom Martin Donnelly Lotus-Lamborghini 1:17.414 1:16.762 +3.205
16 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 1:17.045 1:16.795 +3.238
17 10 Italy Alex Caffi Arrows-Ford 1:18.725 1:16:946 +3.389
18 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Dallara-Ford 1:17.252 1:17.066 +3.509
19 9 Italy Michele Alboreto Arrows-Ford 1:18.630 1:17.081 +3.524
20 3 Japan Satoru Nakajima Tyrrell-Ford 1:17.097 +3.540
21 26 France Philippe Alliot Ligier-Ford 1:17.330 1:17.120 +3.563
22 11 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Lotus-Lamborghini 1:17.904 1:17.259 +3.702
23 25 Italy Nicola Larini Ligier-Ford 1:18.958 1:17.269 +3.712
24 8 Italy Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd 1:17.962 1:17.341 +3.784
25 18 France Yannick Dalmas AGS-Ford 1:18.581 1:17.621 +4.064
26 7 Australia David Brabham Brabham-Judd 1:18.967 1:17.715 +4.158
27 14 France Olivier Grouillard Osella-Ford 1:18.512 1:17.775 +4.218
28 24 Italy Paolo Barilla Minardi-Ford 1:18.669 1:18.280 +4.723
29 17 Italy Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford 1:20.226 1:18.815 +5.258
30 31 Belgium Bertrand Gachot Coloni-Ford 1:20.662 1:20.516 +6.959

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 2 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Ferrari 61 1:22:11.014 1 9
2 27 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 61 +2.808 3 6
3 1 France Alain Prost Ferrari 61 +4.189 2 4
4 28 Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 61 +5.896 4 3
5 20 Brazil Nelson Piquet Benetton-Ford 61 +57.418 6 2
6 19 Italy Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 61 +58.249 9 1
7 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 60 +1 Lap 5
8 4 France Jean Alesi Tyrrell-Ford 60 +1 Lap 8
9 9 Italy Michele Alboreto Arrows-Ford 60 +1 Lap 19
10 25 Italy Nicola Larini Ligier-Ford 59 +2 Laps 22
11 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 59 +2 Laps 16
12 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin Leyton House-Judd 59 +2 Laps 14
13 10 Italy Alex Caffi Arrows-Ford 58 Collision 17
14 30 Japan Aguri Suzuki Lola-Lamborghini 58 Collision 11
15 21 Italy Emanuele Pirro Dallara-Ford 58 +3 Laps 13
Ret 26 France Philippe Alliot Ligier-Ford 52 Accident 20
Ret 7 Australia David Brabham Brabham-Judd 52 Gearbox 25
Ret 16 Italy Ivan Capelli Leyton House-Judd 51 Engine 12
Ret 5 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault 30 Engine 7
Ret 29 France Éric Bernard Lola-Lamborghini 24 Gearbox 10
Ret 8 Italy Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd 21 Gearbox 23
Ret 12 United Kingdom Martin Donnelly Lotus-Lamborghini 14 Alternator 15
Ret 11 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Lotus-Lamborghini 5 Throttle 21
Ret 18 France Yannick Dalmas AGS-Ford 3 Halfshaft 24
Ret 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Dallara-Ford 0 Spun Off 18
DNS 3 Japan Satoru Nakajima Tyrrell-Ford illness
DNQ 14 France Olivier Grouillard Osella-Ford
DNQ 24 Italy Paolo Barilla Minardi-Ford
DNQ 17 Italy Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford
DNQ 31 Belgium Bertrand Gachot Coloni-Ford
DNPQ 33 Brazil Roberto Moreno EuroBrun-Judd
DNPQ 34 Italy Claudio Langes EuroBrun-Judd
DNPQ 39 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Life-Judd

Lap leaders[edit]

Standings after the race[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Henry, Alan (1990). AUTOCOURSE 1990–91. Hazleton Publishing. p. 217. ISBN 0-905138-74-0. 


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