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1989 British Grand Prix

The 1989 British Grand Prix (formally the XLII Shell British Grand Prix) was a Formula One motor race held at Silverstone on 16 July 1989. It was the eighth race of the 1989 Formula One World Championship.

1989 British Grand Prix
Race 8 of 16 in the 1989 Formula One World Championship
Silverstone Circuit 1989 (without Woodcote chicane).png
Race details
Date 16 July 1989
Official name XLII Shell British Grand Prix
Location Silverstone Circuit
Silverstone, Northamptonshire, England
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 4.778 km (2.969 mi)
Distance 64 laps, 305.904 km (190.080 mi)
Weather Warm, dry, sunny
Pole position
Driver McLaren-Honda
Time 1:09.099
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Ferrari
Time 1:12.017 on lap 57
Podium
First McLaren-Honda
Second Ferrari
Third Benetton-Ford

The 64-lap race was won by Frenchman Alain Prost, driving a McLaren-Honda, after he started from second position. Prost's Brazilian teammate, Ayrton Senna, took pole position and led until he spun off on lap 12. Local driver Nigel Mansell finished second in a Ferrari, with Italian Alessandro Nannini third in a Benetton-Ford.

ReportEdit

McLaren took control of qualifying with Ayrton Senna ahead of Alain Prost. Having announced before the previous race in France that he would be leaving McLaren at the end of the season, Prost now announced that he would be joining Ferrari in 1990.

Derek Warwick returned after missing the French Grand Prix, qualifying 19th. Still in pain from his karting accident, he had a special seat fitted in his Arrows. Maurício Gugelmin qualified sixth, but his March developed a water-related problem moments before the race, forcing him to start from the pit lane.

Prost beat Senna off the line, but the Brazilian was later on the brakes and re-took the lead going into Copse Corner. They were followed by the Ferraris of Nigel Mansell and Gerhard Berger. At the end of lap 4, Berger pulled into the pits with electrical problems, rejoining the race some laps later. On lap 5 the race order was Senna, Prost, Mansell, the Williams pair of Thierry Boutsen and Riccardo Patrese, and Alessandro Nannini in the Benetton.

Senna spun out on lap 12 going into Becketts due to gear selection problems, handing Prost the lead from Mansell. Patrese overtook teammate Boutsen for third, before suffering a huge accident on lap 20 when a burst radiator sprayed water onto his rear wheels, causing him to spin off into the tyre barrier at Club Corner. With Prost and Mansell pulling away, Nelson Piquet moved into third in his Lotus on lap 23, ahead of Boutsen, Philippe Alliot in the Larrousse-Lola and Jean Alesi in the Tyrrell. Boutsen dropped back with a rear puncture while Alesi spun off at Club Corner on lap 29, at which point Prost led Mansell by 3.2 seconds, followed by Piquet, Nannini, Gugelmin and Alliot.

Alliot retired with an engine failure on lap 40. On lap 42, Mansell developed a puncture on his right front tyre, forcing him to pit. Prost was then delayed during his own pit stop for fresh tyres, but retained a healthy lead over Mansell. Gugelmin retired from fifth with a gearbox failure on lap 55, before Nannini passed Piquet for third on lap 56, pulling away in the closing laps.

At the chequered flag, Prost was 19 seconds ahead of Mansell, with Nannini a further 29 seconds back and Piquet the last driver on the lead lap. The Minardis of Pierluigi Martini and Luis Pérez-Sala finished fifth and sixth, scoring three points which prevented the team from being relegated to the pre-qualifying sessions for the second half of 1989 (and kept the Onyx team in these sessions, despite their two points for Stefan Johansson's fifth place at the previous race in France). This was Sala's only point in Formula One.

ClassificationEdit

Pre-qualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 37   Bertrand Gachot Onyx-Ford 1:11.506
2 17   Nicola Larini Osella-Ford 1:11.766 +0.260
3 8   Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd 1:11.809 +0.303
4 7   Martin Brundle Brabham-Judd 1:12.021 +0.515
5 36   Stefan Johansson Onyx-Ford 1:12.248 +0.742
6 21   Alex Caffi Dallara-Ford 1.12.501 +0.995
7 33   Gregor Foitek EuroBrun-Judd 1:13.128 +1.622
8 18   Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Ford 1:13.429 +1.923
9 41   Yannick Dalmas AGS-Ford 1:13.720 +2.214
10 34   Bernd Schneider Zakspeed-Yamaha 1:14.124 +2.618
11 32   Pierre-Henri Raphanel Coloni-Ford 1:14.206 +2.700
12 35   Aguri Suzuki Zakspeed-Yamaha 1:14.266 +2.760
13 39   Volker Weidler Rial-Ford 1:15.096 +3.590

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 1   Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 1:09.124 1:09.099
2 2   Alain Prost McLaren-Honda 1:10.156 1:09.266 +0.167
3 27   Nigel Mansell Ferrari 1:09.488 1:10.279 +0.389
4 28   Gerhard Berger Ferrari 1:09.855 1:10.130 +0.756
5 6   Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 1:09.865 1:09.963 +0.766
6 15   Maurício Gugelmin March-Judd 1:10.336 1:12.665 +1.237
7 5   Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault 1:10.376 1:10.771 +1.277
8 16   Ivan Capelli March-Judd 1:10.650 1:11.544 +1.551
9 19   Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 1:11.034 1:10.798 +1.699
10 11   Nelson Piquet Lotus-Judd 1:11.589 1:10.925 +1.826
11 23   Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 1:11.368 1:11.582 +2.269
12 30   Philippe Alliot Lola-Lamborghini 1:11.541 1:12.408 +2.442
13 29   Éric Bernard Lola-Lamborghini 1:12.193 1:11.687 +2.588
14 8   Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd 1:12.262 1:11.755 +2.656
15 24   Luis Pérez-Sala Minardi-Ford 1:11.955 1:11.826 +2.727
16 12   Satoru Nakajima Lotus-Judd 1:12.326 1:11.960 +2.861
17 17   Nicola Larini Osella-Ford 1:12.061 1:12.395 +2.962
18 3   Jonathan Palmer Tyrrell-Ford 1:12.070 1:12.157 +2.971
19 9   Derek Warwick Arrows-Ford 1:12.295 1:12.208 +3.109
20 7   Martin Brundle Brabham-Judd 1:12.616 1:12.327 +3.228
21 37   Bertrand Gachot Onyx-Ford 1:12.329 1:12.928 +3.230
22 4   Jean Alesi Tyrrell-Ford 1:12.994 1:12.341 +3.242
23 31   Roberto Moreno Coloni-Ford 1:12.680 1:12.412 +3.313
24 26   Olivier Grouillard Ligier-Ford 1:12.853 1:12.605 +3.506
25 22   Andrea de Cesaris Dallara-Ford 1:13.335 1:12.904 +3.805
26 20   Emanuele Pirro Benetton-Ford 1:13.233 1:13.148 +4.049
27 25   René Arnoux Ligier-Ford 1:13.240 1:13.550 +4.141
28 10   Eddie Cheever Arrows-Ford 1:13.655 1:13.386 +4.287
29 40   Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford 1:13.496 1:13.997 +4.397
30 38   Christian Danner Rial-Ford 1:15.387 1:15.394 +6.288

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 2   Alain Prost McLaren-Honda 64 1:19:22.131 2 9
2 27   Nigel Mansell Ferrari 64 + 19.369 3 6
3 19   Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 64 + 48.019 9 4
4 11   Nelson Piquet Lotus-Judd 64 + 1:06.735 10 3
5 23   Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 63 + 1 Lap 11 2
6 24   Luis Pérez-Sala Minardi-Ford 63 + 1 Lap 15 1
7 26   Olivier Grouillard Ligier-Ford 63 + 1 Lap 24  
8 12   Satoru Nakajima Lotus-Judd 63 + 1 Lap 16  
9 9   Derek Warwick Arrows-Ford 62 + 2 Laps 19  
10 5   Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault 62 + 2 Laps 7  
11 20   Emanuele Pirro Benetton-Ford 62 + 2 Laps 26  
12 37   Bertrand Gachot Onyx-Ford 62 + 2 Laps 21  
Ret 15   Maurício Gugelmin March-Judd 54 Gearbox 6  
Ret 7   Martin Brundle Brabham-Judd 49 Engine 20  
Ret 28   Gerhard Berger Ferrari 49 Gear Fire 4  
Ret 29   Éric Bernard Lola-Lamborghini 46 Engine 13  
Ret 30   Philippe Alliot Lola-Lamborghini 39 Engine 12  
Ret 3   Jonathan Palmer Tyrrell-Ford 32 Accident 18  
Ret 8   Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd 31 Engine 14  
Ret 4   Jean Alesi Tyrrell-Ford 28 Spun Off 22  
Ret 17   Nicola Larini Osella-Ford 23 Handling 17  
Ret 6   Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 19 Radiator/Accident 5  
Ret 16   Ivan Capelli March-Judd 15 Transmission 8  
Ret 22   Andrea de Cesaris Dallara-Ford 14 Engine 25  
Ret 1   Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 11 Spun Off/Gearbox 1  
Ret 31   Roberto Moreno Coloni-Ford 2 Gearbox 23  
DNQ 25   René Arnoux Ligier-Ford        
DNQ 10   Eddie Cheever Arrows-Ford        
DNQ 40   Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford        
DNQ 38   Christian Danner Rial-Ford        
DNPQ 36   Stefan Johansson Onyx-Ford        
DNPQ 21   Alex Caffi Dallara-Ford        
DNPQ 33   Gregor Foitek EuroBrun-Judd        
DNPQ 18   Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Ford        
DNPQ 41   Yannick Dalmas AGS-Ford        
DNPQ 34   Bernd Schneider Zakspeed-Yamaha        
DNPQ 32   Pierre-Henri Raphanel Coloni-Ford        
DNPQ 35   Aguri Suzuki Zakspeed-Yamaha        
DNPQ 39   Volker Weidler Rial-Ford        
Source:[1]

Championship standings after the raceEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

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


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