1990 Spanish Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 14 of 16 in the 1990 Formula One season
Circuito de Jerez (1985-1992).svg
Date 30 September 1990
Official name XXXI Gran Premio Tio Pepe de España
Location Circuito Permanente de Jerez
Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
Course Permanent racing facility
4.218 km (2.6209 mi)
Distance 73 laps, 307.918 km (191.328 mi)
Weather Dry, hot, sunny
Pole position
Driver Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda
Time 1:18.387
Fastest lap
Driver Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault
Time 1:24.513 on lap 53
Podium
First France Alain Prost Ferrari
Second United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Ferrari
Third Italy Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford

The 1990 Spanish Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 30 September 1990 at Jerez. It was the 31st Spanish Grand Prix and the fifth and last time the Grand Prix was held at the Jerez circuit before moving to a new larger facility near Barcelona in Catalunya, though it was not the last time Formula One raced here; F1 returned twice in the 1990s for a race titled the European Grand Prix.

Ferrari drivers dominated the race with reigning world champion Alain Prost leading his teammate Nigel Mansell home by 22 seconds for a 1-2 finish. British Team Lotus driver Martin Donnelly had a horrific crash during Friday practice at the very fast Turn 14; the seat of his Lotus 102 broke free and was flung clear of the wreck. Donnelly received serious injuries that took months of recovery, bringing an end to his Formula One career, although he later returned to racing. Team Lotus decided not to retire from the race, and Derek Warwick was close to the point-scoring positions when he became the race's final retirement on lap 63 with a broken gearbox in the other Lotus 102.

The race also turned out to be the last race of Alessandro Nannini's Formula One career. Nannini claimed the final podium position of the race in his Benetton B190, the ninth podium of his career, finishing ahead of the Williams pair of Thierry Boutsen and Riccardo Patrese. One week after the race, his right arm was severed in a helicopter accident. Nannini recovered and returned to racing as a touring car driver.

At the start of the race, Gerhard Berger, desperate to move up from his fifth place on the grid, gave Jean Alesi no room, resulting in Alesi moving to the outside, where he was hit and put out of the race by Riccardo Patrese.

The Larrousse-Lola of Aguri Suzuki claimed the final championship point of the race, continuing an encouraging season for the French team. It was an encouraging race for another French team, Yannick Dalmas and Gabriele Tarquini both qualified in AGS JH25s in a first for the team, but AGS never again got two cars onto a Formula One grid. Dalmas finished in ninth position, the highlight of the season for the small French team. The ninth placed finish saved the team from pre-qualifying for the first half of 1991 as they became the 13th best placed team that year. (They were originally 14th, but the withdrawal of Onyx who themselves were 13th meant they moved up a place). As a consequence, Scuderia Italia dropped into pre-qualifying, as they failed to finish higher than tenth all season.

McLaren driver Ayrton Senna's lap 53 retirement with a failed radiator reduced his lead in the world championship over Prost to nine points with just the Japanese and Australian Grands Prix remaining in the season.

Classification[edit]

Pre Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 18 France Yannick Dalmas AGS-Ford 1:22.470
2 17 Italy Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford 1:22.592 +0.122
3 14 France Olivier Grouillard Osella-Ford 1:22.708 +0.238
4 31 Belgium Bertrand Gachot Coloni-Ford 1:24.603 +2.133
5 33 Brazil Roberto Moreno EuroBrun-Judd 1:24.621 +2.151
6 34 Italy Claudio Langes EuroBrun-Judd 1:25.736 +3.266
7 39 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Life 1:42.699 +20.229

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 27 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 1:18.900 1:18.387
2 1 France Alain Prost Ferrari 1:20.026 1:18.824 +0.437
3 2 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Ferrari 1:21.005 1:19.106 +0.719
4 4 France Jean Alesi Tyrrell-Ford 1:19.923 1:19.604 +1.217
5 28 Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 1:19.643 1:19.618 +1.231
6 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 1:20.562 1:19.647 +1.260
7 5 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault 1:20.721 1:19.689 +1.302
8 20 Brazil Nelson Piquet Benetton-Ford 1:21.111 1:19.700 +1.313
9 19 Italy Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 1:21.383 1:20.367 +1.980
10 11 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Lotus-Lamborghini 1:22.111 1:20.610 +2.223
11 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 1:22.255 1:21.060 +2.673
12 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin Leyton House-Judd 1:23.019 1:21.167 +2.780
13 26 France Philippe Alliot Ligier-Ford 1:23.783 1:21.170 +2.783
14 3 Japan Satoru Nakajima Tyrrell-Ford 1:22.690 1:21.215 +2.828
15 30 Japan Aguri Suzuki Lola-Lamborghini 1:21.740 1:21.244 +2.857
16 21 Italy Emanuele Pirro Dallara-Ford 1:23.485 1:21.277 +2.890
17 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Dallara-Ford 1:22.953 1:21:467 +3.080
18 29 France Éric Bernard Lola-Lamborghini 1:22.403 1:21.551 +3.164
19 16 Italy Ivan Capelli Leyton House-Judd 1:23.866 1:21.916 +3.529
20 25 Italy Nicola Larini Ligier-Ford 1:23.290 1:21.996 +3.609
21 14 France Olivier Grouillard Osella-Ford 1:24.784 1:22.288 +3.901
22 17 Italy Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford 1:23.260 1:22.466 +4.079
23 12 United Kingdom Martin Donnelly Lotus-Lamborghini 1:22.659 +4.272
24 18 France Yannick Dalmas AGS-Ford 1:23.249 1:22.716 +4.329
25 8 Italy Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd 1:23.641 1:23.133 +4.746
26 9 Italy Michele Alboreto Arrows-Ford 1:24.043 1:23.161 +4.774
27 7 Australia David Brabham Brabham-Judd 1:25.899 1:23.163 +4.776
28 24 Italy Paolo Barilla Minardi-Ford 1:25.093 1:23.274 +4.887
29 10 Germany Bernd Schneider Arrows-Ford 1:24.675 1:23.924 +5.537
30 31 Belgium Bertrand Gachot Coloni-Ford 1:26.593 1:25.114 +6.727

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 France Alain Prost Ferrari 73 1:48:01.461 2 9
2 2 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Ferrari 73 +22.064 3 6
3 19 Italy Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 73 +34.874 9 4
4 5 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault 73 +43.296 7 3
5 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 73 +57.530 6 2
6 30 Japan Aguri Suzuki Lola-Lamborghini 73 +1:03.728 15 1
7 25 Italy Nicola Larini Ligier-Ford 72 +1 Lap 20
8 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin Leyton House-Judd 72 +1 Lap 12
9 18 France Yannick Dalmas AGS-Ford 72 +1 Lap 23
10 9 Italy Michele Alboreto Arrows-Ford 71 +2 Laps 25
Ret 11 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Lotus-Lamborghini 63 Gearbox 10
Ret 16 Italy Ivan Capelli Leyton House-Judd 59 Physical 19
Ret 28 Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 56 Collision 5
Ret 27 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 53 Radiator 1
Ret 20 Brazil Nelson Piquet Benetton-Ford 47 Battery 8
Ret 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Dallara-Ford 47 Engine 17
Ret 14 France Olivier Grouillard Osella-Ford 45 Wheel Bearing 21
Ret 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 41 Spun Off 11
Ret 26 France Philippe Alliot Ligier-Ford 22 Spun Off 13
Ret 29 France Éric Bernard Lola-Lamborghini 20 Gearbox 18
Ret 3 Japan Satoru Nakajima Tyrrell-Ford 13 Spun Off 14
Ret 17 Italy Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford 5 Engine 22
Ret 8 Italy Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd 5 Collision 24
Ret 4 France Jean Alesi Tyrrell-Ford 0 Spun Off 4
Ret 21 Italy Emanuele Pirro Dallara-Ford 0 Throttle 16
DNS 12 United Kingdom Martin Donnelly Lotus-Lamborghini Injured
DNQ 7 Australia David Brabham Brabham-Judd
DNQ 24 Italy Paolo Barilla Minardi-Ford
DNQ 10 Germany Bernd Schneider Arrows-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

Notes[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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