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The 1989 Belgian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Spa-Francorchamps on 27 August 1989. It was the eleventh race of the 1989 Formula One World Championship.

1989 Belgian Grand Prix
Race 11 of 16 in the 1989 Formula One World Championship
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Race details
Date 27 August 1989
Official name XLVII Grand Prix de Belgique
Location Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
Spa, Belgium
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 6.940 km (4.3123 mi)
Distance 44 laps, 305.360 km (189.741 mi)
Weather Wet, cloudy, cool
Pole position
Driver McLaren-Honda
Time 1:50.867
Fastest lap
Driver France Alain Prost McLaren-Honda
Time 2:11.571 on lap 44
Podium
First McLaren-Honda
Second McLaren-Honda
Third Ferrari

The 44-lap race was won from pole position by Brazilian driver Ayrton Senna, driving a McLaren-Honda. Senna finished just ahead of French teammate Alain Prost, with Englishman Nigel Mansell third in a Ferrari. The win, Senna's fifth of the season, moved him to within 11 points of Prost in the Drivers' Championship.

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QualifyingEdit

Ayrton Senna took his eighth pole position of the season by nearly six-tenths of a second from McLaren teammate Alain Prost, with almost a further second back to Gerhard Berger in the Ferrari in third. The two Williams were fourth and fifth with Thierry Boutsen, in his home race, ahead of Riccardo Patrese, followed by Nigel Mansell in the second Ferrari. Alessandro Nannini was seventh in the Benetton, over two seconds behind Mansell, and the top ten was completed by Stefano Modena in the Brabham, Maurício Gugelmin in the March and Derek Warwick in the Arrows.

The major talking point, however, was the failure of both Nelson Piquet and Satoru Nakajima to qualify, the first time in the Lotus team's history that neither of its cars had qualified.

All the times were determined in the second qualifying session, after the first had taken place in wet conditions.

RaceEdit

The race was delayed for some time due to the wet conditions. At the start, Senna led the way from Prost and Berger. Mansell managed to pass both Williams on the grass on the run to La Source hairpin to claim fourth position by the first corner. Johnny Herbert retired when he spun off on lap 4 in his first race for Tyrrell. René Arnoux then retired in the pit lane on lap 5 after a collision with the Lola of Philippe Alliot at La Source. Early on, Berger pressured Prost but was unable find a way through. Senna comfortably led from start to finish in conditions similar to those in which he won his first Belgian Grand Prix in 1985. Behind him, Berger made his tenth consecutive retirement of the season when he spun out on lap 10, leaving Prost to fend off a charging Mansell who, in his efforts to pass the McLaren, made a number of unorthodox moves at the exit of La Source in an attempt to gain a better run at the McLaren through Eau Rouge and on to the long uphill straight. Senna eased up in the last few laps to allow Prost and Mansell to finish within two seconds of him. Boutsen finished fourth in his 100th race. Johnny Herbert, in his first race for Tyrrell (replacing Jean Alesi who was busy competing in the F3000 championship), said during the BBC commentary that in order to see the car in front it was necessary to press the helmet visor against the lens of the rear-facing visibility light from the car in front.

ClassificationEdit

Pre-QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 36   Stefan Johansson Onyx-Ford 1:56.279
2 29   Michele Alboreto Lola-Lamborghini 1:57.509 +1.230
3 37   Bertrand Gachot Onyx-Ford 1:57.720 +1.441
4 30   Philippe Alliot Lola-Lamborghini 1:57.748 +1.469
5 17   Nicola Larini Osella-Ford 1:58.065 +1.786
6 18   Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Ford 1:58.209 +1.930
7 31   Roberto Moreno Coloni-Ford 1:58.650 +2.371
8 40   Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford 1:59.432 +3.153
9 34   Bernd Schneider Zakspeed-Yamaha 2:00.713 +4.434
10 35   Aguri Suzuki Zakspeed-Yamaha 2:00.757 +4.478
11 41   Yannick Dalmas AGS-Ford 2:02.205 +5.926
12 33   Gregor Foitek EuroBrun-Judd 2:02.767 +6.488
13 32   Enrico Bertaggia Coloni-Ford 2:21.709 +25.430

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 1   Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 2:11.171 1:50.867
2 2   Alain Prost McLaren-Honda 2:12.721 1:51.463 +0.596
3 28   Gerhard Berger Ferrari 2:11.102 1:52.391 +1.524
4 5   Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault 2:13.030 1:52.786 +1.919
5 6   Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 2:12.581 1:52.875 +2.008
6 27   Nigel Mansell Ferrari 2:12.042 1:52.898 +2.031
7 19   Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 2:14.117 1:55.075 +4.208
8 8   Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd 2:19.161 1:55.642 +4.775
9 15   Maurício Gugelmin March-Judd 2:16.401 1:55.729 +4.862
10 9   Derek Warwick Arrows-Ford 2:13.005 1:55.864 +4.997
11 30   Philippe Alliot Lola-Lamborghini 2:14.357 1:55.890 +5.023
12 21   Alex Caffi Dallara-Ford 2:17.604 1:55.892 +5.025
13 20   Emanuele Pirro Benetton-Ford 2:15.068 1:55.902 +5.035
14 23   Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 2:15.515 1:56.115 +5.248
15 36   Stefan Johansson Onyx-Ford 2:17.329 1:56.129 +5.262
16 4   Johnny Herbert Tyrrell-Ford 2:17.714 1:56.248 +5.381
17 25   René Arnoux Ligier-Ford 2:14.344 1:56.251 +5.384
18 22   Andrea de Cesaris Dallara-Ford 2:17.512 1:56.257 +5.390
19 16   Ivan Capelli March-Judd 2:15.863 1:56.291 +5.424
20 7   Martin Brundle Brabham-Judd 2:18.663 1:56.327 +5.460
21 3   Jonathan Palmer Tyrrell-Ford 2:18.405 1:56.600 +5.733
22 29   Michele Alboreto Lola-Lamborghini 2:17.240 1:56.616 +5.749
23 37   Bertrand Gachot Onyx-Ford 2:18.151 1:56.716 +5.849
24 10   Eddie Cheever Arrows-Ford 2:14.641 1:56.748 +5.881
25 24   Luis Pérez-Sala Minardi-Ford 2:18.907 1:56.957 +6.090
26 26   Olivier Grouillard Ligier-Ford 2:18.175 1:57.027 +6.160
27 12   Satoru Nakajima Lotus-Judd 2:13.677 1:57.251 +6.384
28 11   Nelson Piquet Lotus-Judd 2:14.358 1:57.771 +6.904
29 38   Christian Danner Rial-Ford 2:20.503 2:00.247 +9.380
30 39   Pierre-Henri Raphanel Rial-Ford 2:21.180 2:02.937 +12.070

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1   Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 44 1:40:54.196 1 9
2 2   Alain Prost McLaren-Honda 44 + 1.304 2 6
3 27   Nigel Mansell Ferrari 44 + 1.824 6 4
4 5   Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault 44 + 54.408 4 3
5 19   Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 44 + 1:08.805 7 2
6 9   Derek Warwick Arrows-Ford 44 + 1:18.316 10 1
7 15   Maurício Gugelmin March-Judd 43 + 1 Lap 9  
8 36   Stefan Johansson Onyx-Ford 43 + 1 Lap 15  
9 23   Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 43 + 1 Lap 14  
10 20   Emanuele Pirro Benetton-Ford 43 + 1 Lap 13  
11 22   Andrea de Cesaris Dallara-Ford 43 + 1 Lap 18  
12 16   Ivan Capelli March-Judd 43 + 1 Lap 19  
13 26   Olivier Grouillard Ligier-Ford 43 + 1 Lap 26  
14 3   Jonathan Palmer Tyrrell-Ford 42 + 2 Laps 21  
15 24   Luis Pérez-Sala Minardi-Ford 41 + 3 Laps 25  
16 30   Philippe Alliot Lola-Lamborghini 39 Engine 11  
Ret 10   Eddie Cheever Arrows-Ford 38 Wheel 24  
Ret 37   Bertrand Gachot Onyx-Ford 21 Spun Off 23  
Ret 6   Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 20 Collision 5  
Ret 29   Michele Alboreto Lola-Lamborghini 19 Collision 22  
Ret 21   Alex Caffi Dallara-Ford 13 Spun Off 12  
Ret 7   Martin Brundle Brabham-Judd 12 Brakes 20  
Ret 28   Gerhard Berger Ferrari 9 Spun Off 3  
Ret 8   Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd 9 Handling 8  
Ret 25   René Arnoux Ligier-Ford 4 Collision Damage 17  
Ret 4   Johnny Herbert Tyrrell-Ford 3 Spun Off 16  
DNQ 12   Satoru Nakajima Lotus-Judd        
DNQ 11   Nelson Piquet Lotus-Judd        
DNQ 38   Christian Danner Rial-Ford        
DNQ 39   Pierre-Henri Raphanel Rial-Ford        
DNPQ 17   Nicola Larini Osella-Ford        
DNPQ 18   Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Ford        
DNPQ 31   Roberto Moreno Coloni-Ford        
DNPQ 40   Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford        
DNPQ 34   Bernd Schneider Zakspeed-Yamaha        
DNPQ 35   Aguri Suzuki Zakspeed-Yamaha        
DNPQ 41   Yannick Dalmas AGS-Ford        
DNPQ 33   Gregor Foitek EuroBrun-Judd        
DNPQ 32   Enrico Bertaggia Coloni-Ford        
Source:[1]

Championship standings after the raceEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1989 Belgian Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 18 January 2015. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Belgium 1989 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 13 March 2019.


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