1989 Canadian Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 6 of 16 in the 1989 Formula One season
Gilles Villeneuve Circuit Montreal (88-93).svg
Date June 18, 1989
Official name XXVII Grand Prix Molson du Canada
Location Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
Montreal, Canada
Course Partial street circuit
Course length 4.3902 km (2.728 mi)
Distance 69 laps, 302.91 km (188.21 mi)
Weather Cool, cloudy, intermittent rain - heavy at times
Pole position
Driver McLaren-Honda
Time 1:20.973
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer Tyrrell-Ford
Time 1:31.925 on lap 11
Podium
First Williams-Renault
Second Williams-Renault
Third Dallara-Ford

The 1989 Canadian Grand Prix was a Formula One race held at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 18, 1989.

It was the first Formula One victory for Belgian driver Thierry Boutsen – who won three Formula One races overall, all during his two-year stint with Williams-Renault – and was the first win for the Williams-Renault partnership, which lasted until the end of the 1997 season and went on to win four Drivers' and five Constructors' World Championships in that time.

McLaren's Alain Prost scored his first pole position since the 1988 Portuguese Grand Prix, halting team mate Ayrton Senna's run of 8 straight poles since that race.

Classification[edit]

Pre Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 8 Italy Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd 1:23.398
2 17 Italy Nicola Larini Osella-Ford 1:24.550 +1.152
3 36 Sweden Stefan Johansson Onyx-Ford 1:24.764 +1.366
4 21 Italy Alex Caffi Dallara-Ford 1:24.778 +1.380
5 7 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Brabham-Judd 1:25.275 +1.877
6 37 Belgium Bertrand Gachot Onyx-Ford 1.25.952 +2.554
7 33 Switzerland Gregor Foitek Euro Brun-Judd 1:26.365 +2.967
8 18 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Ford 1:26.807 +3.409
9 34 Germany Bernd Schneider Zakspeed-Yamaha 1:27.073 +3.675
10 41 Germany Joachim Winkelhock AGS-Ford 1:28.545 +5.147
11 39 Germany Volker Weidler Rial-Ford 1:31.455 +8.057
12 35 Japan Aguri Suzuki Zakspeed-Yamaha 1:53.327 +29.929
13 32 France Pierre-Henri Raphanel Coloni-Ford 1:59.693 +36.295

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 2 France Alain Prost McLaren-Honda 1:20.973 1:22.269
2 1 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 1:21.049 1:21.269 +0.076
3 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 1:21.783 1:23.738 +0.810
4 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari 1:21.946 1:22.305 +0.973
5 27 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Ferrari 1:22.165 1:22.751 +1.192
6 5 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault 1:22.311 1:24.004 +1.338
7 8 Italy Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd 1:22.612 1:23.599 +1.639
8 21 Italy Alex Caffi Dallara-Ford 1:22.901 1:24.957 +1.928
9 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Dallara-Ford 1:23.050 1:24.444 +2.077
10 30 France Philippe Alliot Lola-Lamborghini 1:23.059 +2.086
11 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 1:23.252 1:25.195 +2.279
12 9 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Arrows-Ford 1:23.348 1:23.833 +2.375
13 19 Italy Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 1:23.542 1:24.279 +2.569
14 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer Tyrrell-Ford 1:23.665 1:23.876 +2.692
15 17 Italy Nicola Larini Osella-Ford 1:23.799 1:25.289 +2.826
16 10 United States Eddie Cheever Arrows-Ford 1:23.828 1:24.693 +2.855
17 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin March-Judd 1:23.863 1:24.734 +2.890
18 36 Sweden Stefan Johansson Onyx-Ford 1:23.974 1:24.918 +3.001
19 11 Brazil Nelson Piquet Lotus-Judd 1:24.029 1:25.825 +3.056
20 4 Italy Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford 1:24.296 1:25.412 +3.323
21 16 Italy Ivan Capelli March-Judd 1:24.406 1:25.094 +3.433
22 25 France René Arnoux Ligier-Ford 1:24.558 1:25.394 +3.585
23 38 Germany Christian Danner Rial-Ford 1:25.298 1:24.727 +3.754
24 24 Spain Luis Pérez-Sala Minardi-Ford 1:24.786 1:25.570 +3.813
25 40 Italy Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford 1:24.793 1:25.246 +3.820
26 31 Brazil Roberto Moreno Coloni-Ford 47:24.470 1:25.037 +4.064
27 12 Japan Satoru Nakajima Lotus-Judd 1:25.051 1:26.358 +4.078
28 29 France Yannick Dalmas Lola-Lamborghini 1:25.317 1:25.161 +4.188
29 20 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Benetton-Ford 1:25.335 1:25.282 +4.309
30 26 France Olivier Grouillard Ligier-Ford 1:25.382 1:25.289 +4.316

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault 69 2:01:24.073 6 9
2 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 69 + 30.007 3 6
3 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Dallara-Ford 69 + 1:36.649 9 4
4 11 Brazil Nelson Piquet Lotus-Judd 69 + 1:41.484 19 3
5 25 France René Arnoux Ligier-Ford 68 + 1 Lap 22 2
6 21 Italy Alex Caffi Dallara-Ford 67 + 2 Laps 8 1
7 1 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 66 Engine 2  
8 38 Germany Christian Danner Rial-Ford 66 + 3 Laps 23  
Ret 31 Brazil Roberto Moreno Coloni-Ford 57 Differential 26  
Ret 9 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Arrows-Ford 40 Engine 12  
Ret 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer Tyrrell-Ford 35 Spun Off 14  
Ret 17 Italy Nicola Larini Osella-Ford 33 Electrical 15  
Ret 16 Italy Ivan Capelli March-Judd 28 Spun Off 21  
Ret 30 France Philippe Alliot Lola-Lamborghini 26 Spun Off 10  
DSQ 36 Sweden Stefan Johansson Onyx-Ford 13 Disqualified 18  
Ret 24 Spain Luis Pérez-Sala Minardi-Ford 11 Spun Off 24  
Ret 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin March-Judd 11 Electrical 17  
Ret 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari 6 Gearbox 4  
Ret 40 Italy Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford 6 Spun Off 25  
Ret 10 United States Eddie Cheever Arrows-Ford 3 Spun Off 16  
Ret 2 France Alain Prost McLaren-Honda 2 Suspension 1  
DSQ 27 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Ferrari 0 Disqualified 5  
Ret 8 Italy Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd 0 Accident 7  
Ret 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 0 Accident 11  
DSQ 19 Italy Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 0 Disqualified 13  
Ret 4 Italy Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford 0 Electrical 20  
DNQ 12 Japan Satoru Nakajima Lotus-Judd        
DNQ 29 France Yannick Dalmas Lola-Lamborghini        
DNQ 20 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Benetton-Ford        
DNQ 26 France Olivier Grouillard Ligier-Ford        
DNPQ 7 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Brabham-Judd        
DNPQ 37 Belgium Bertrand Gachot Onyx-Ford        
DNPQ 33 Switzerland Gregor Foitek Euro Brun-Judd        
DNPQ 18 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Ford        
DNPQ 34 Germany Bernd Schneider Zakspeed-Yamaha        
DNPQ 41 Germany Joachim Winkelhock AGS-Ford        
DNPQ 39 Germany Volker Weidler Rial-Ford        
DNPQ 35 Japan Aguri Suzuki Zakspeed-Yamaha        
DNPQ 32 France Pierre-Henri Raphanel Coloni-Ford        

Notes[edit]

  • Lap leaders: Alain Prost 1 (1), Ayrton Senna 30 (2-3, 39-66), Riccardo Patrese 31 (4-34), Derek Warwick 4 (35-38), Thierry Boutsen 3 (67-69)
  • Nigel Mansell and Alessandro Nannini were disqualified after starting from the pitlane before the race began. Both drivers had gone into the pits to change to slicks after the warm-up lap and when they got to the end of pit lane found no lights or officials stopping them from returning to the track (no lights is generally a sign the race had started). Despite the problem being caused by the race stewards not having the end of pit lane lights turned on, and pit lane officials not doing their job properly by stopping them from exiting the pits as the race had not started, Mansell and Nannini were still disqualified.
  • Stefan Johansson was black-flagged because an air-line became attached to his car during a pit stop. He ignored the flag to stop at the end of the pit lane and returned to the track, and was disqualified as a result.
  • Triple World Champion Nelson Piquet scored his first points of the season which were enough to keep Lotus out of pre-qualifying after Britain (where he would again finish 4th). He had also scored his first points of 1984 when he won in Canada, though unlike 1984 he wasn't the defending World Champion.
  • First win: Renault V10 engine. It was also the first win by a Renault powered car since Ayrton Senna won the 1986 Detroit Grand Prix in a turbocharged Lotus 98T and Renault's first win with a naturally aspirated engine
  • Only fastest lap: Jonathan Palmer
  • First podium: Scuderia Italia / Dallara
  • Last podium: Andrea de Cesaris
  • Last points: René Arnoux
  • Last laps led: Derek Warwick
  • First disqualification - Nigel Mansell
  • Last disqualification - Stefan Johansson, Alessandro Nannini
  • After Brabham had generally dominated pre-qualifying before Canada, Martin Brundle suffered problems in the session and failed to get into the main field for the race.
  • Other than his two disqualifications in 1985 and 1986, or himself pulling out of a race in protest against the conditions (which would happen in the final race of 1989 in Australia), this would be the shortest race of Alain Prost's career with McLaren, lasting only until the start of the second lap before suspension failure when approaching the pits turn saw him pull into the pits and retire. It would also stand as the second shortest race of his F1 career after the infamous 1990 Japanese Grand Prix.
  • This was the only Grand Prix where both Dallara cars finished in the points
  • This was the first time since the BMW powered Benetton B186 of Gerhard Berger won the 1986 Mexican Grand Prix (39 races) that a win was not taken by a car using a Honda, Ferrari or TAG-Porsche engine.
  • This was also the first time since Keke Rosberg won the 1985 Australian Grand Prix that a driver other than Senna, Prost, Piquet, Mansell or Berger won a Grand Prix.

Standings after the race[edit]

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

References[edit]


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1989 United States Grand Prix
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1988 Canadian Grand Prix
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