1989 International Formula 3000 Championship

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1989 FIA International Formula 3000 Championship
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The 1989 International Formula 3000 Championship was contested over 10 rounds. Jean Alesi won the title, while also competing in the last half of the Formula One season for Tyrrell.

Season summary[edit]

The season began with Thomas Danielsson winning at Silverstone, after returning from the eye problems that had caused him to miss most of the previous year.

Martin Donnelly then won on the road at Vallelunga, but was disqualified. His Eddie Jordan Racing team had modified the Reynard’s nosecone, but it had not been subjected to the mandatory crash test.[1]

At the Pau Grand Prix, Éric Bernard led the two EJR cars of Jean Alesi and Donnelly after an aborted first start. However, Bernard was caught behind an accident involving Paul Belmondo and stalled his car, allowing Alesi to go through and take the victory. Bernard stormed back though the field, but collided with Mark Blundell while battling for second place. Bernard would win the next race at Jerez. Andrea Chiesa then won a close race on the dusty Enna circuit.

Meanwhile, three F3000 regulars—Alesi, Bernard and Donnelly—all made their Formula One debuts at the French Grand Prix in July. Alesi was particularly impressive for Tyrrell, finishing fourth, and he would continue to drive for them when the F3000 schedule allowed.

The EJR team won the next three races, allowing Alesi to take a commanding lead in the championship. His closest rival Érik Comas won at Le Mans but Alesi’s single point, along with the tiebreaker of most wins, meant that he clinched the title. Alesi then skipped the last round in at Dijon-Prenois to race in the Japanese Grand Prix, allowing Comas to tie his point total with the win.

Drivers and teams[edit]

Team Chassis Engine No. Drivers Rounds
United Kingdom Bromley Motorsport Reynard 89D Ford Cosworth 1 Brazil Marco Greco 6
2 United Kingdom Gary Brabham 1-2, 4
Netherlands Cor Euser 8
France David Velay 10
Republic of Ireland Eddie Jordan Racing Reynard 89D Mugen Honda 3 United Kingdom Martin Donnelly All
4 France Jean Alesi 1-9
Sweden Rickard Rydell 10
Italy First Racing Reynard 89D Judd 5 Switzerland Jean-Denis Délétraz All
6 Italy Marco Apicella All
March 89B 7 Italy Fabrizio Giovanardi All
Italy GA Motorsport March 89B Judd 8 Switzerland Philippe Favre 1-9
Brazil Marco Greco 10
9 France Jacques Goudchaux 1-9
United Kingdom Andrew Gilbert-Scott All
Lola T89/50 Ford Cosworth 21 Belgium Eric van de Poele All
22 Canada Stéphane Proulx All
Italy Lola Motorsport Lola T89/50 Judd 10 Italy Enrico Bertaggia 1
11 Italy Mauro Martini 1
Racetech 3000 Reynard 89D Ford Cosworth 12 France Didier Artzet 1-3
United Kingdom Madgwick International Reynard 89D Ford Cosworth 16 Sweden Thomas Danielsson All
17 United Kingdom Gary Evans All
CoBRa Motorsports Reynard 89D Ford Cosworth 18 United Kingdom Ross Hockenhull 1, 4, 6-7
France Alain Ferté 2-3
19 Portugal Pedro Chaves All
20 France Michel Ferté 5
France Alain Ferté 8-10
United Kingdom Footwork Mooncraft MC041 Mugen Honda 23 Japan Ukyo Katayama 1-4
United Kingdom Damon Hill 5-10
United Kingdom Pacific Racing Reynard 89D Mugen Honda 24 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine All
25 Finland JJ Lehto 1-9
United Kingdom Allan McNish 10
France DAMS Lola T89/50 Mugen Honda 26 France Érik Comas All
33 France Eric Bernard All
United Kingdom Middlebridge Racing Reynard 89D Ford Cosworth 27 United Kingdom Mark Blundell All
28 United Kingdom Phil Andrews All
CDM[disambiguation needed] Reynard 89D Ford Cosworth 29 France Paul Belmondo All
30 France Eric Chéli All
United Kingdom Roni Motorsport Reynard 89D Ford Cosworth 31 Switzerland Andrea Chiesa All
32 Italy Emanuele Naspetti All
Italy Automotive BVM Reynard 89D Judd 38 Italy Massimo Monti 1-3
Italy Franco Scapini 4-9
Italy Alessandro Zanardi 10
Cowman Racing Reynard 89D Judd 39 Italy Enrico Bertaggia 2-4
Italy Domenico Gitto 5-6
United Kingdom Perry McCarthy 7-9
France Apomatox Reynard 89D Ford Cosworth 40 France Dominique Delestre 1-4, 10
41 France Phillipe Gache 3-10
Italy Forti Corse Lola T89/50 Ford Cosworth 42 Italy Claudio Langes All
United Kingdom Leyton House Racing March 89B Judd 43 Italy Mauro Martini 3-5
Ford Cosworth Australia Gary Brabham 6-10

Calendar[edit]

Round Circuit Date Laps Distance Time Speed Pole Position Fastest Lap Winner
1 United Kingdom Silverstone Circuit 9 April 41 4.778=196.308 km 0'55:31.92 211.73 km/h Switzerland Philippe Favre Switzerland Philippe Favre1 Sweden Thomas Danielsson
2 Italy ACI Vallelunga Circuit 30 April 64 3.2=204.80 km 1'13:08.797 167.991 km/h United Kingdom Martin Donnelly Italy Marco Apicella Italy Fabrizio Giovanardi2
3 France Pau Grand Prix 15 May 72 2.76=198.72 km 1'28:51.90 134.173 km/h Italy Marco Apicella France Éric Bernard
Italy Marco Apicella
France Jean Alesi
4 Spain Circuito de Jerez 4 June 48 4.218=202.464 km 1'18:28.48 154.80 km/h France Éric Bernard France Éric Bernard France Éric Bernard
5 Italy Autodromo di Pergusa 23 July 39 4.95=193.050 km 0'58:54.5 196.626 km/h France Jean Alesi United Kingdom Martin Donnelly Switzerland Andrea Chiesa
6 United Kingdom Brands Hatch 20 August 48 4.19=201.12 km 1'02:03.76 194.15 km/h France Érik Comas France Éric Bernard United Kingdom Martin Donnelly
7 United Kingdom Birmingham 28 August 51 3.975=202.725 km 1'11:48.98 169.36 km/h France Jean Alesi France Jean Alesi France Jean Alesi
8 Belgium Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps 16 September 28 6.94=194.30 km 1'02:40.93 186.005 km/h France Érik Comas France Érik Comas France Jean Alesi
9 France Bugatti Circuit 24 September 46 4.267=196.0 km 1'12:31.43 168.59 km/h France Éric Bernard France Érik Comas France Érik Comas
10 France Dijon-Prenois 22 October 54 3.8=205.2 km 1'05:07.20 189.066 km/h France Éric Bernard France Érik Comas France Érik Comas

Notes

1 JJ Lehto set the fastest race lap, but was disqualified after the race for having an illegal rev-limiter.[2]
2 Martin Donnelly won on the road, but was disqualified for using a nosecone that had not been subjected to the mandatory crash test.

Final points standings[edit]

Driver[edit]

For every race points were awarded: 9 points to the winner, 6 for runner-up, 4 for third place, 3 for fourth place, 2 for fifth place and 1 for sixth place.

Jean Alesi won the championship by virtue of having three wins to Érik Comas' two. He skipped the last race of the season with the championship already won.

Place Name Country Team Chassis Engine United Kingdom Italy France Spain Italy United Kingdom United Kingdom Belgium France France Total Points
1 Jean Alesi  France Jordan Racing Reynard Mugen Honda 3 - 9 2 - 6 9 9 1 - 39
2 Érik Comas  France DAMS Lola Mugen Honda 2 3 - 6 - 4 - 6 9 9 39
3 Éric Bernard  France DAMS Lola Mugen Honda - - - 9 - 3 3 - 4 6 25
4 Marco Apicella  Italy First Racing Reynard Judd - - 6 4 3 - 6 4 - - 23
5 Eric van de Poele  Belgium Players/GA Motorsports/Colt Racing Lola Ford Cosworth 1 4 - 3 - - - 3 6 2 19
6 Andrea Chiesa   Switzerland Roni Motorsport Reynard Ford Cosworth - 6 - - 9 - - - - - 15
7 Thomas Danielsson  Sweden Madgwick International Reynard Ford Cosworth 9 - 4 - - - - 1 - - 14
8 Martin Donnelly  United Kingdom Jordan Racing Reynard Mugen Honda - - - - - 9 4 - - - 13
9 Eddie Irvine  United Kingdom Pacific Racing Reynard Mugen Honda - - - - 4 - 1 - 3 3 11
10 Fabrizio Giovanardi  Italy First Racing March Judd - 9 - - - - - - - - 9
11 Mark Blundell  United Kingdom Middlebridge Reynard Ford Cosworth 4 - 1 - - - 2 - - 1 8
12 Claudio Langes  Italy Forti Corse Lola Ford Cosworth - - - - 6 1 - - - - 7
13 Philippe Favre   Switzerland GA Motorsports Lola Ford Cosworth 6 - - - - - - - - - 6
JJ Lehto  Finland Pacific Racing Reynard Mugen Honda - - 3 1 - - - 2 - - 6
15 Andrew Gilbert-Scott  United Kingdom GA Motorsports Lola Ford Cosworth - - - - - - - - - 4 4
16 Alain Ferté  France CoBRa Motorsports Reynard Ford Cosworth - 1 2 - - - - - - - 3
17 Emanuele Naspetti  Italy Roni Motorsport Reynard Ford Cosworth - 2 - - - - - - - - 2
Gary Evans  United Kingdom Madgwick International Reynard Ford Cosworth - - - - 2 - - - - - 2
Gary Brabham  Australia Leyton House Racing March Judd - - - - - 2 - - - - 2
Stéphane Proulx  Canada Players/GA Motorsports/Colt Racing Lola Ford Cosworth - - - - - - - - 2 - 2

Complete overview[edit]

first column of every race 10 = grid position
second column of every race 10 = race result

R = retired, NS = did not start, NQ = did not qualify, DIS = disqualified (placing before disqualification displayed alongside in parentheses)

Place Name Country Team Chassis Engine United Kingdom Italy France Spain Italy United Kingdom United Kingdom Belgium France France
1 Jean Alesi  France Jordan Racing Reynard Mugen Honda 7 4 18 R 3 1 6 5 1 R 3 2 1 1 2 1 3 6 - -
2 Érik Comas  France DAMS Lola Mugen Honda 11 5 6 4 30 NQ 2 2 19 R 1 3 7 R 1 2 2 1 2 1
3 Éric Bernard  France DAMS Lola Mugen Honda 2 R 11 R 2 R 1 1 6 R 2 4 5 4 3 R 1 3 1 2
4 Marco Apicella  Italy First Racing March Judd 13 8
Reynard Judd 2 R 1 2 5 3 5 4 12 R 2 2 8 3 8 R 9 R
5 Eric van de Poele  Belgium Players/GA Motorsports/Colt Racing Lola Ford Cosworth 14 6 15 3 12 R 8 4 24 R 23 R 8 14 5 4 7 2 10 5
6 Andrea Chiesa   Switzerland Roni Motorsport Reynard Ford Cosworth 16 11 9 2 18 R 11 R 4 1 11 R 4 13 18 17 14 R 6 R
7 Thomas Danielsson  Sweden Madgwick International Reynard Ford Cosworth 3 1 4 R 7 3 17 12 23 R 10 R 15 R 19 6 11 13 16 11
8 Martin Donnelly  United Kingdom Jordan Racing Reynard Mugen Honda 4 R 1 DIS(1) 4 R 4 R 2 R 4 1 3 3 20 R 4 7 3 17
9 Eddie Irvine  United Kingdom Pacific Racing Reynard Mugen Honda 5 NS 24 R 19 R 3 R 3 3 5 R 9 6 12 9 5 4 7 4
10 Fabrizio Giovanardi  Italy First Racing March Judd 28 NQ 7 1
Reynard Judd 6 R 21 14 12 R 29 NQ 21 NS 26 13 28 NQ 20 12
11 Mark Blundell  United Kingdom Middlebridge Reynard Ford Cosworth 6 3 3 R 8 6 29 NQ 14 R 6 R 17 5 9 NS 12 R 5 6
12 Claudio Langes  Italy Forti Corse Lola Ford Cosworth 22 12 17 R 13 R 10 7 7 2 20 6 12 9 25 15 16 9 14 7
13 Philippe Favre   Switzerland GA Motorsports Lola Ford Cosworth 1 2 14 R 5 7 9 R 9 R 7 7 16 R 24 12 - - - -
JJ Lehto  Finland Pacific Racing Reynard Mugen Honda 8 DIS(3) 5 R 10 4 16 6 8 R 8 R 23 R 4 5 10 R - -
15 Andrew Gilbert-Scott  United Kingdom GA Motorsports Lola Ford Cosworth - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 4 3
16 Alain Ferté  France CoBRa Motorsports Reynard Ford Cosworth - - 10 6 21 5 - - - - - - - - 6 R 9 R 26 13
17 Emanuele Naspetti  Italy Roni Motorsport Reynard Ford Cosworth 25 16 8 5 23 NQ 7 R 25 R 14 9 6 R 10 R 13 10 8 10
Gary Evans  United Kingdom Madgwick International Reynard Ford Cosworth 10 R 25 11 20 R 24 17 10 5 21 R 18 R 13 16 27 NQ 29 NQ
Gary Brabham  Australia Bromley Motorsport Reynard Ford Cosworth 19 R 22 8 - - 19 13 - -
Leyton House Racing March Judd 18 5 28 NQ 23 11 25 R 25 R
Stéphane Proulx  Canada Players/GA Motorsports/Colt Racing Lola Ford Cosworth 9 R 16 9 11 R 12 10 15 R 13 R 20 R 7 8 6 5 11 R
- Phil Andrews  United Kingdom Middlebridge Reynard Ford Cosworth 15 7 20 R 25 NQ 14 11 17 R 9 10 11 7 16 R 17 12 19 R
- Perry McCarthy  United Kingdom Cowman Racing Lola Ford Cosworth - - - - - - - - - - - - 29 NQ 11 7 26 15 - -
- Didier Artzet  France Racetech 3000 Reynard Ford Cosworth 23 R 12 7 17 R - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
- Philippe Gache  France Apomatox Reynard Ford Cosworth - - - - 14 R 15 8 29 NQ 16 R 10 8 15 R 18 8 17 R
- Ross Hockenhull  United Kingdom CoBRa Motorsports Reynard Ford Cosworth 21 R - - - - - - - - 17 8 24 11 - - - - - -
- Allan McNish  United Kingdom Pacific Racing Reynard Ford Cosworth - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 13 8
- Jacques Goudchaux  France GA Motorsports Lola Ford Cosworth 20 10 21 10 26 NQ 13 9 27 NQ 28 NQ 19 R 29 NQ 22 14 - -
- Jean-Denis Délétraz   Switzerland First Racing March Judd 26 14 19 R 16 R 25 15
Reynard Judd 18 R 15 R 13 12 27 NQ 15 R 12 9
- Mauro Martini  Italy Lola Motorsport March Judd 12 9 - -
Leyton House Racing March Judd 28 NQ 23 16 16 R - - - - - - - - - -
- Paul Belmondo  France CDM Reynard Ford Cosworth 18 13 13 R 22 R 20 R 22 R 19 12 14 R 14 10 19 R 24 18
- Franco Scapini  Italy Automotive BVM Reynard Judd - - - - - - 27 NQ 21 R 30 NQ 26 10 30 NQ 29 NQ - -
- Éric Chéli  France CDM Reynard Ford Cosworth 17 NS 26 12 9 R 28 NQ 11 R 27 NQ 22 NS 22 R 21 11 27 NQ
- Pedro Chaves  Portugal CoBRa Motorsports Reynard Ford Cosworth 24 15 28 NQ 29 NQ 22 R 26 R 22 11 25 R 28 NQ 23 17 28 NQ
- Damon Hill  United Kingdom Footwork Mooncraft Mugen Honda - - - - - - - - 20 R 24 R 27 NS 17 14 24 16 21 15
- David Velay  France Bromley Motorsport Reynard Ford Cosworth - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 22 14
- Alessandro Zanardi  Italy Automotive BVM Reynard Judd - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 23 16
- Ukyo Katayama  Japan Footwork Mooncraft Mugen Honda 29 NQ 23 R 24 NQ 26 18 - - - - - - - - - - - -
- Enrico Bertaggia  Italy Lola Motorsport March Judd 30 NQ
Cowman Racing Lola Ford Cosworth 30 NQ 31 NQ 18 19 - - - - - - - - - - - -
- Marco Greco  Brazil Bromley Motorsport Reynard Ford Cosworth - - - - - - - - - - 25 R - - - -
GA Motorsports Lola Ford Cosworth 20 R 18 R
- Massimo Monti  Italy Automotive BVM Reynard Judd 27 NQ 27 NQ 15 R - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
- Domenico Gitto  Italy Cowman Racing Lola Ford Cosworth - - - - - - - - 28 NQ 26 R - - - - - - - -
- Michel Ferté  France CoBRa Motorsports Reynard Ford Cosworth - - - - - - - - 13 R - - - - - - - - - -
- Cor Euser  Netherlands Bromley Motorsport Reynard Ford Cosworth - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 21 R - - - -
- Rickard Rydell  Sweden Jordan Racing Reynard Mugen Honda - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 15 R
- Dominique Delestre  France Apomatox Reynard Ford Cosworth 31 NQ 29 NQ 27 NQ - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

References[edit]

  1. ^ Who? – Martin Donnelly. 8w, retrieved 7 July 2011.
  2. ^ F3000 1985-89, retrieved 7 July 2011