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1989 Mexican Grand Prix

The 1989 Mexican Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico City on 28 May 1989. The race, contested over 69 laps, was the fourth race of the 1989 Formula One season and was won from pole position by Ayrton Senna, driving a McLaren-Honda, with Riccardo Patrese second in a Williams-Renault and Michele Alboreto third in a Tyrrell-Ford.

1989 Mexican Grand Prix
Race 4 of 16 in the 1989 Formula One World Championship
Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez.svg
Race details
Date 28 May 1989
Official name XIII Gran Premio de México
Location Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez
Magdalena Mixhuca, Mexico City
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 4.421 km (2.747 mi)
Distance 69 laps, 305.049 km (189.549 mi)
Weather Hot, dry, partly sunny 25°C/79°F, 40% Humidity, wind NW-10mph
Pole position
Driver McLaren-Honda
Time 1:17.876
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Ferrari
Time 1:20.420 on lap 41
Podium
First McLaren-Honda
Second Williams-Renault
Third Tyrrell-Ford

Contents

QualifyingEdit

Pre-qualifying was again dominated by the Brabhams of Martin Brundle and Stefano Modena, with Alex Caffi third in his Dallara and Stefan Johansson fourth in his Onyx.

In qualifying proper, World Champion Ayrton Senna scored his 33rd career pole position, equalling the long-standing record held by Jim Clark. Senna's pole time in his McLaren-Honda was 0.408 slower than his pole time in 1988 in the turbocharged McLaren MP4/4. His McLaren teammate Alain Prost was second fastest with the Ferrari 640 of Nigel Mansell third. Mansell's teammate Gerhard Berger, returning to action in Mexico after his crash at San Marino, was 6th, the Ferraris split by the March-Judd of Ivan Capelli and the Williams-Renault of Riccardo Patrese. Surprisingly, Capelli's teammate Maurício Gugelmin failed to qualify. Berger, still suffering the effects of his crash, admitted that if not for Ferrari's innovative semi-automatic transmission (which meant he did not have to change gears as with a normal stick shift), he would not have been able to race.

The back row of the grid was arguably the best credentialed and most experienced in Grand Prix history, consisting of seven-time winner René Arnoux in the Ligier-Ford and triple World Champion Nelson Piquet in the Lotus-Judd.

RaceEdit

Senna chose medium compound Goodyear "B" tyres for the race while Prost went for the softer C-compound tyres in the hopes of gaining a speed advantage. Despite the pole being on the dirty side of the track in Mexico, Senna made a better start and was able to lead into the first turn from Mansell, Prost, Berger, Patrese and the Tyrrell-Ford of Michele Alboreto. However, it all meant nothing as Modena spun his Brabham into the Peraltada on the first lap and was tapped by the Ligier of Olivier Grouillard and finished against the tyre wall. Despite the car not being in a dangerous position, the red flag was shown and the race had to be restarted.

Senna won the restart and led Prost, a fast starting Berger, Mansell and the Williams pair of Patrese and Thierry Boutsen. Prost, with his softer tyres giving him better grip, soon moved onto the back of his teammate's car. However, Mexico would be where Prost started questioning the power of his Honda V10 compared to the ones used by Senna. For a number of laps Prost, clearly faster through the final Peraltada curve coming onto the main straight, could not make an impression on Senna despite being in his aerodynamic tow on the 1.2 km long main straight. Indeed, the #1 McLaren was seen to pull away from the #2 car on the straight. Running close to his teammate eventually had a detrimental effect on Prost's tyres and he was soon into the pits for a change of rubber. The McLaren team then mistakenly gave the Frenchman another set of C tyres rather than the B's he had come in for. Prost was soon back in for another tyre change and went back into the race only seconds in front of Senna who now had nearly a lap lead over his closest championship rival. Despite being on far fresher tyres than his teammate, Prost still lost ground to Senna and was eventually lapped when the Brazilian swept past on the main straight, fueling Prost's claims that his engines were down on power compared to Senna's. McLaren team boss Ron Dennis later publicly apologised to Prost for the foul up in his pit stop.

Both Ferraris ran well until Berger's race ended on lap 16 with transmission failure while Mansell's gearbox lasted until lap 43. This left the Williams of Patrese in second place with Alboreto a surprising third. This was how the top three finished with Alessandro Nannini fourth in his Benetton B188. The Benetton team had hoped to have their new B189 available in Mexico, but ongoing problems with the new Ford HB engine meant the team had to continue using their 1988 car and engines. Prost, having unlapped himself, finished 5th to be the last car on the lead lap, while Italian Gabriele Tarquini scored the final point for 6th in his AGS-Ford, his only point in Formula One.[1]

ClassificationEdit

Pre-QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 7   Martin Brundle Brabham-Judd 1:21.770
2 8   Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd 1:22.211 +0.441
3 21   Alex Caffi Dallara-Ford 1:22.876 +1.106
4 36   Stefan Johansson Onyx-Ford 1:23.288 +1.518
5 37   Bertrand Gachot Onyx-Ford 1:23.752 +1.982
6 33   Gregor Foitek EuroBrun-Judd 1.24.351 +2.581
7 17   Nicola Larini Osella-Ford 1:24.392 +2.622
8 39   Volker Weidler Rial-Ford 1:24.966 +3.196
9 34   Bernd Schneider Zakspeed-Yamaha 1:25.418 +3.648
10 35   Aguri Suzuki Zakspeed-Yamaha 1:25.658 +3.888
11 18   Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Ford 1:26.065 +4.295
12 41   Joachim Winkelhock AGS-Ford 1:26.754 +4.984
13 32   Pierre-Henri Raphanel Coloni-Ford 1:34.357 +12.587

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 1   Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 1:19.112 1:17.876
2 2   Alain Prost McLaren-Honda 1:20.401 1:18.773 +0.897
3 27   Nigel Mansell Ferrari 1:21.170 1:19.137 +1.261
4 16   Ivan Capelli March-Judd 1:24.720 1:19.337 +1.461
5 6   Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 1:21.763 1:19.656 +1.780
6 28   Gerhard Berger Ferrari 1:21.564 1:19.835 +1.959
7 4   Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford 1:22.150 1:20.066 +2.190
8 5   Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault 1:21.456 1:20.234 +2.358
9 8   Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd 1:22.640 1:20.505 +2.629
10 9   Derek Warwick Arrows-Ford 1:23.245 1:20.601 +2.725
11 26   Olivier Grouillard Ligier-Ford 1:23.053 1:20.859 +2.983
12 22   Andrea de Cesaris Dallara-Ford 1:23.066 1:20.873 +2.997
13 19   Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 1:21.791 1:20.888 +3.012
14 3   Jonathan Palmer Tyrrell-Ford 1:21.561 1:20.888 +3.012
15 12   Satoru Nakajima Lotus-Judd 1:22.438 1:20.943 +3.067
16 30   Philippe Alliot Lola-Lamborghini 1:22.014 1:21.031 +3.155
17 40   Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford 1:23.004 1:21.031 +3.155
18 20   Johnny Herbert Benetton-Ford 1:22.553 1:21.105 +3.229
19 21   Alex Caffi Dallara-Ford 1:22.705 1:21.139 +3.263
20 7   Martin Brundle Brabham-Judd 1:23.375 1:21.217 +3.341
21 36   Stefan Johansson Onyx-Ford 1:23.746 1:21.358 +3.482
22 23   Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 1:24.181 1:21.471 +3.595
23 38   Christian Danner Rial-Ford 1:22.931 1:21.696 +3.820
24 10   Eddie Cheever Arrows-Ford 1:23.427 1:21.716 +3.840
25 25   René Arnoux Ligier-Ford 1:24.890 1:21.830 +3.954
26 11   Nelson Piquet Lotus-Judd 1:23.090 1:21.831 +3.955
27 24   Luis Pérez-Sala Minardi-Ford 1:26.567 1:21.935 +4.059
28 15   Maurício Gugelmin March-Judd 1:22.712 1:22.081 +4.205
29 29   Yannick Dalmas Lola-Lamborghini 1:25.651 9:27.789 +7.775
30 31   Roberto Moreno Coloni-Ford no time 3:34.095 +2:16.219

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1   Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 69 1:35:21.431 1 9
2 6   Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 69 + 15.560 5 6
3 4   Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford 69 + 31.254 7 4
4 19   Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 69 + 45.495 13 3
5 2   Alain Prost McLaren-Honda 69 + 56.113 2 2
6 40   Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford 68 + 1 Lap 17 1
7 10   Eddie Cheever Arrows-Ford 68 + 1 Lap 24  
8 26   Olivier Grouillard Ligier-Ford 68 + 1 Lap 11  
9 7   Martin Brundle Brabham-Judd 68 + 1 Lap 20  
10 8   Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd 68 + 1 Lap 9  
11 11   Nelson Piquet Lotus-Judd 68 + 1 Lap 26  
12 38   Christian Danner Rial-Ford 67 + 2 Laps 23  
13 21   Alex Caffi Dallara-Ford 67 + 2 Laps 19  
14 25   René Arnoux Ligier-Ford 66 + 3 Laps 25  
15 20   Johnny Herbert Benetton-Ford 66 + 3 Laps 18  
Ret 23   Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 53 Engine 22  
Ret 27   Nigel Mansell Ferrari 43 Gearbox 3  
Ret 9   Derek Warwick Arrows-Ford 35 Electrical 10  
Ret 12   Satoru Nakajima Lotus-Judd 35 Spun Off 15  
NC 30   Philippe Alliot Lola-Lamborghini 28 + 41 Laps 16  
Ret 22   Andrea de Cesaris Dallara-Ford 20 Suspension 12  
Ret 28   Gerhard Berger Ferrari 16 Gearbox 6  
Ret 36   Stefan Johansson Onyx-Ford 16 Transmission 21  
Ret 5   Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault 15 Electrical 8  
Ret 3   Jonathan Palmer Tyrrell-Ford 9 Throttle Linkage 14  
Ret 16   Ivan Capelli March-Judd 1 Transmission 4  
DNQ 24   Luis Pérez-Sala Minardi-Ford        
DNQ 15   Maurício Gugelmin March-Judd        
DNQ 29   Yannick Dalmas Lola-Lamborghini        
DNQ 31   Roberto Moreno Coloni-Ford        
DNPQ 37   Bertrand Gachot Onyx-Ford        
DNPQ 33   Gregor Foitek EuroBrun-Judd        
DNPQ 17   Nicola Larini Osella-Ford        
DNPQ 39   Volker Weidler Rial-Ford        
DNPQ 34   Bernd Schneider Zakspeed-Yamaha        
DNPQ 35   Aguri Suzuki Zakspeed-Yamaha        
DNPQ 18   Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Ford        
DNPQ 41   Joachim Winkelhock AGS-Ford        
DNPQ 32   Pierre-Henri Raphanel Coloni-Ford        
Source:[2]

Championship standings after the raceEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Roebuck, Nigel; Henry, Alan (1989). Naismith, Barry, ed. "Round 4:Mexico Making It Look Easy". Grand Prix. Glen Waverly, Victoria: Garry Sparke & Associates. 5: 54. ISBN 0-908081-99-5.
  2. ^ "1989 Mexican Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 18 January 2015. Retrieved 23 December 2015.


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