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The 1989 Monaco Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at the Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo on 7 May 1989. It was the third race of the 1989 Formula One World Championship. The 77-lap race was won from pole position by Ayrton Senna, driving a McLaren-Honda, with teammate Alain Prost second and Stefano Modena third in a Brabham-Judd.

1989 Monaco Grand Prix
Race 3 of 16 in the 1989 Formula One World Championship
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Race details
Date 7 May 1989
Official name XLVII Grand Prix Automobile de Monaco
Location Circuit de Monaco
Monte Carlo
Course Temporary street circuit
Course length 3.328 km (2.068 mi)
Distance 77 laps, 256.256 km (159.230 mi)
Weather Warm, dry, sunny
Pole position
Driver McLaren-Honda
Time 1:22.308
Fastest lap
Driver France Alain Prost McLaren-Honda
Time 1:25.501 on lap 59
Podium
First McLaren-Honda
Second McLaren-Honda
Third Brabham-Judd

Contents

Race summaryEdit

The field was one fewer in Monaco as Ferrari had decided not to run a second car to replace Gerhard Berger, who was injured in an accident at Imola. Elsewhere Tyrrell had new cars that looked promising. Ayrton Senna was on pole by a full second over teammate Alain Prost with Thierry Boutsen sharing row two with the surprisingly competitive Brabham of Martin Brundle. Nigel Mansell was fifth followed by Derek Warwick, Riccardo Patrese, Stefano Modena, Alex Caffi, and Andrea de Cesaris. The Coloni team got both its cars into a race for the only time, allowing driver Pierre-Henri Raphanel to make his Grand Prix debut.

What made the qualifying laps of Brundle, Modena and Caffi all the more impressive was that each driver had to go through pre-qualifying to get there. And Brundle had only just scraped through pre-qualifying by 0.021 seconds. It was at this race that many in the paddock started noticing that the Pirelli qualifying tyres were superior to Goodyear's (the Brabhams and Caffi's Dallara ran on Pirelli rubber).

At the start Senna got away brilliantly and Prost could do nothing but slot into second on the tight circuit where pole position counts more than at any other circuit. The McLarens proceeded to pull away from the field as usual while behind them Williams were in all sorts of trouble, as both Boutsen and Patrese had to stop for new rear wings. Nigel Mansell went out on lap 20 with more gearbox issues for Ferrari and one of the talking points of the race came on lap 33 when de Cesaris attempted to pass Nelson Piquet at Loews Hairpin. The predictable accident occurred and some choice words were exchanged between the two drivers (while still in their respective cars) and a huge traffic jam was caused. Brundle was looking good until he had to stop for a new battery and dropped back to seventh.

Senna continued to dominate the race while Prost, having been slowed by the Piquet-de Cesaris incident (he lost over 20 seconds to Senna in one lap having to wait for clear road to get moving again), could not recover and finished second behind his team mate. He was also held up for many laps trying to lap the Ligier of former Renault team mate René Arnoux who ignored both his mirrors and the blue flags prompting BBC commentator James Hunt to describe Arnoux's explanation of why he was so slow as "Bullshit" on live television. It was Senna's second win at Monaco and he did it the hard way, his McLaren losing first and second gear later in the race and disguising it to his best so Prost wouldn't react and push for the lead. Modena benefited from Brundle's stop and finished third, scoring his first points in Formula One and Brabham's last ever podium finish. Alex Caffi, Michele Alboreto, and Brundle, who was promoted to sixth on the final lap as a result of the retirement of Ivan Capelli, completed the point scoring positions. Caffi achieved both his and Dallara's first points.

ClassificationEdit

Pre-qualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 8   Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd 1:26.957
2 21   Alex Caffi Dallara-Ford 1:27.098 +0.141
3 32   Pierre-Henri Raphanel Coloni-Ford 1:27.590 +0.633
4 7   Martin Brundle Brabham-Judd 1:27.774 +0.817
5 18   Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Ford 1:27.795 +0.838
6 36   Stefan Johansson Onyx-Ford 1.27.821 +0.864
7 17   Nicola Larini Osella-Ford 1:28.555 +1.598
8 34   Bernd Schneider Zakspeed-Yamaha 1:28.610 +1.653
9 37   Bertrand Gachot Onyx-Ford 1:28.897 +1.940
10 33   Gregor Foitek EuroBrun-Judd 1:29.423 +2.466
11 39   Volker Weidler Rial-Ford 1:29.498 +2.541
12 35   Aguri Suzuki Zakspeed-Yamaha 1:30.528 +2.571
13 41   Joachim Winkelhock AGS-Ford 1:32.274 +4.317

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 1   Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 1:24.126 1:22.308
2 2   Alain Prost McLaren-Honda 1:24.671 1:23.456 +1.148
3 5   Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault 1:25.540 1:24.332 +2.024
4 7   Martin Brundle Brabham-Judd 1:26.970 1:24.580 +2.272
5 27   Nigel Mansell Ferrari 1:25.363 1:24.735 +2.427
6 9   Derek Warwick Arrows-Ford 1:26.606 1:24.791 +2.483
7 6   Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 1:27.138 1:25.021 +2.713
8 8   Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd 1:27.598 1:25.086 +2.778
9 21   Alex Caffi Dallara-Ford 1:27.894 1:25.481 +3.173
10 22   Andrea de Cesaris Dallara-Ford 1:26.617 1:25.515 +3.207
11 23   Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 1:28.469 1:26.288 +3.980
12 4   Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford No Time 1:26.388 +4.080
13 40   Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford 1:26.603 1:26.422 +4.114
14 15   Maurício Gugelmin March-Judd 1:28.917 1:26.522 +4.214
15 19   Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 1:28.608 1:26.599 +4.291
16 26   Olivier Grouillard Ligier-Ford 1:27.040 1:26.792 +4.484
17 30   Philippe Alliot Lola-Lamborghini 1:26.975 1:26.857 +4.549
18 32   Pierre-Henri Raphanel Coloni-Ford 1:30.264 1:27.011 +4.703
19 11   Nelson Piquet Lotus-Judd 1:29.047 1:27.046 +4.738
20 10   Eddie Cheever Arrows-Ford 1:28.461 1:27.117 +4.809
21 25   René Arnoux Ligier-Ford 1:30.003 1:27.182 +4.874
22 16   Ivan Capelli March-Judd 1:29.800 1:27.302 +4.994
23 3   Jonathan Palmer Tyrrell-Ford 1:29.151 1:27.452 +5.144
24 20   Johnny Herbert Benetton-Ford 1:29.661 1:27.706 +5.398
25 31   Roberto Moreno Coloni-Ford 1:30.209 1:27.721 +5.413
26 24   Luis Pérez-Sala Minardi-Ford 1:28.886 1:27.786 +5.478
27 38   Christian Danner Rial-Ford 1:28.737 1:27.910 +5.602
28 29   Yannick Dalmas Lola-Lamborghini 1:29.794 1:27.946 +5.638
29 12   Satoru Nakajima Lotus-Judd 1:28.568 1:28.419 +6.111

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1   Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 77 1:53:33.251 1 9
2 2   Alain Prost McLaren-Honda 77 + 52.529 2 6
3 8   Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd 76 + 1 Lap 8 4
4 21   Alex Caffi Dallara-Ford 75 + 2 Laps 9 3
5 4   Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford 75 + 2 Laps 12 2
6 7   Martin Brundle Brabham-Judd 75 + 2 Laps 4 1
7 10   Eddie Cheever Arrows-Ford 75 + 2 Laps 20  
8 19   Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 74 + 3 Laps 15  
9 3   Jonathan Palmer Tyrrell-Ford 74 + 3 Laps 23  
10 5   Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault 74 + 3 Laps 3  
11 16   Ivan Capelli March-Judd 73 Engine 22  
12 25   René Arnoux Ligier-Ford 73 + 4 Laps 21  
13 22   Andrea de Cesaris Dallara-Ford 73 + 4 Laps 10  
14 20   Johnny Herbert Benetton-Ford 73 + 4 Laps 24  
15 6   Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 73 + 4 Laps 7  
Ret 24   Luis Pérez-Sala Minardi-Ford 48 Overheating 26  
Ret 40   Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford 46 Electrical 13  
Ret 31   Roberto Moreno Coloni-Ford 44 Gearbox 25  
Ret 30   Philippe Alliot Lola-Lamborghini 38 Engine 17  
Ret 15   Maurício Gugelmin March-Judd 36 Engine 14  
Ret 11   Nelson Piquet Lotus-Judd 32 Collision 19  
Ret 27   Nigel Mansell Ferrari 30 Gearbox 5  
Ret 32   Pierre-Henri Raphanel Coloni-Ford 19 Gearbox 18  
Ret 26   Olivier Grouillard Ligier-Ford 4 Gearbox 16  
Ret 23   Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 3 Clutch 11  
Ret 9   Derek Warwick Arrows-Ford 2 Electrical 6  
DNQ 38   Christian Danner Rial-Ford    
DNQ 29   Yannick Dalmas Lola-Lamborghini    
DNQ 12   Satoru Nakajima Lotus-Judd    
DNPQ 18   Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Ford    
DNPQ 36   Stefan Johansson Onyx-Ford    
DNPQ 17   Nicola Larini Osella-Ford    
DNPQ 34   Bernd Schneider Zakspeed-Yamaha    
DNPQ 37   Bertrand Gachot Onyx-Ford    
DNPQ 33   Gregor Foitek EuroBrun-Judd    
DNPQ 39   Volker Weidler Rial-Ford    
DNPQ 35   Aguri Suzuki Zakspeed-Yamaha    
DNPQ 41   Joachim Winkelhock AGS-Ford    
Source:[1]

Championship standings after the raceEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1989 Monaco Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 18 January 2015. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Monaco 1989 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 19 March 2019.


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