1990 Portuguese Grand Prix
|Race 13 of 16 in the 1990 FIA Formula One World Championship|
|Date||23 September 1990|
|Official name||XIX Grande Premio de Portugal|
|Location||Autódromo do Estoril
|Course||Permanent racing facility|
|Course length||4.350 km (2.703 mi)|
|Distance||61 laps, 265.35 km (164.88 mi)|
|Scheduled distance||71 laps, 308.85 km (191.91 mi)|
|Time||1:18.306 on lap 56|
The 1990 Portuguese Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 23 September 1990 at Autódromo do Estoril. It was the thirteenth race of the 1990 FIA Formula One World Championship. The race was the 19th Portuguese Grand Prix and the seventh to be held at Estoril. It was scheduled to be held over 71 laps of the 4.35-kilometre (2.70 mi) circuit but was stopped after 61 laps, a race distance of 265.35 kilometres (164.88 mi), after an accident involving the Arrows of Alex Caffi and the Lola of Aguri Suzuki.
Nigel Mansell took pole position in his Ferrari and was leading when the race was stopped, thus taking his only victory of the season and his last for the Ferrari team. Mansell finished 2.8 seconds ahead of Drivers' Championship leader Ayrton Senna in the McLaren-Honda, who in turn finished 1.3 seconds ahead of rival Alain Prost in the other Ferrari. Senna thus extended his lead over Prost to 18 points with three races remaining.
Tyrrell'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 (Mansell on pole, Alain Prost second), Mansell got too much wheelspin and 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 who emerged as the race leader, followed by Mansell, Berger, and Prost. A few laps later Mansell had caught Senna and passed him into turn one (Senna letting him through, unlike 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, and eventually won the race which was stopped early due to an accident between Suzuki and Caffi.
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 a better chance of winning a championship. For this race, the Life team abandoned the use of their own in-house W12 engine in favour of Judd V8 engines. The engine cover of the Life F190 then failed to fit properly as a result.
|12||16||Ivan Capelli||Leyton House-Judd||1:18.242||1:16.284||+2.727|
|14||15||Maurício Gugelmin||Leyton House-Judd||1:17.569||1:16.296||+2.739|
|18||22||Andrea de Cesaris||Dallara-Ford||1:17.252||1:17.066||+3.509|
Championship standings after the race
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
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