1990 British Grand Prix
|Race 8 of 16 in the 1990 Formula One season|
|Date||July 15, 1990|
|Official name||XLIII Foster's British Grand Prix|
Silverstone, United Kingdom
|Course||Permanent racing facility|
|Course length||4.778 km (2.969 mi)|
|Distance||64 laps, 305.904 km (190.080 mi)|
|Weather||Hot, dry, sunny|
|Time||1:11.291 on lap 51|
The 1990 British Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Silverstone on July 15, 1990. It was the eighth round of the 1990 Formula One season. It was the 45th British Grand Prix and the 26th to be held at Silverstone. The race was held over 64 laps of the four kilometre circuit for a race distance of 306 kilometres.
French reigning World Champion Alain Prost won his third race in succession in his Ferrari 641 taking a 40-second win over Belgian driver Thierry Boutsen driving a Williams FW13B. It was Boutsen's best result for the year to date. Brazilian driver Ayrton Senna was third driving a McLaren MP4/5B.
Prost's win put him into the lead of the championship for the first time in 1990, giving him a two-point lead.
Local hero Nigel Mansell led until his gearbox began to malfunction. He was overtaken (against team orders, and to Mansell's chagrin) by Alain Prost. After retiring from the race Mansell famously threw his gloves into the crowd and announced he would retire from F1 at the end of the season, a decision he later reversed.
Ivan Capelli was the charger in the race. Starting 10th he spun early to avoid the collision between Patrese and Alessandro Nannini dropping him to near last. Then racing with a broken exhaust header he charged hard, eventually passing Gerhard Berger for 3rd and for a time being the fastest driver on the track before retiring on lap 48 with a fuel leak.
Ligier needed a point, at least a Top 8 finish to avoid prequalification, but Nicola Larini in the better of them failed to finish better than 10th. He would have needed to finish ahead of Stefano Modena in the Brabham and Jean Alesi in the Tyrrell.
This would be the last motor race on the original high-speed Silverstone circuit; the day after the race, a construction crew funded by Tom Walkinshaw immediately began work on reprofiling and incorporating the newly designed corners.
|10||16||Ivan Capelli||Leyton House-Judd||1:10.691||1:09.308||+1.880|
|15||15||Maurício Gugelmin||Leyton House-Judd||1:11.167||1:10.044||+2.616|
|23||22||Andrea de Cesaris||Dallara-Ford||1:11.705||1:11.234||+3.806|
Championship standings after the race
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
1990 French Grand Prix
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1990 German Grand Prix
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|British Grand Prix||Next race:
1991 British Grand Prix