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1989 San Marino Grand Prix

The 1989 San Marino Grand Prix (formally the IX Gran Premio Kronenbourg di San Marino) was a Formula One motor race held at the Imola circuit on 23 April 1989. It was the second race of the 1989 Formula One season. The race was overshadowed by Gerhard Berger's massive accident at Tamburello corner. The race was stopped for one hour and restarted. The race won by Ayrton Senna who started from pole position.

1989 San Marino Grand Prix
Race 2 of 16 in the 1989 Formula One World Championship
Circuit Imola 1992.png
Race details
Date 23 April 1989
Official name IX Gran Premio Kronenbourg di San Marino
Location Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 5.040 km (3.132 mi)
Distance 58 laps, 292.32 km (181.638 mi)
Scheduled distance 61 laps, 307.440 km (191.052 mi)
Weather Warm, dry, sunny
Pole position
Driver McLaren-Honda
Time 1:26.010
Fastest lap
Driver France Alain Prost McLaren-Honda
Time 1:26.795 on lap 45
Podium
First McLaren-Honda
Second McLaren-Honda
Third Benetton-Ford

Contents

QualifyingEdit

After their defeat in Brazil, McLaren spent 8 days testing at Imola prior to the San Marino Grand Prix. According to Ayrton Senna, they tested everything on the McLaren MP4/5, aerodynamics, suspension, brakes, fuel consumption, the lot. And it worked for Senna and Alain Prost locked out the front row and were over 1.5 seconds faster than the Ferrari of Nigel Mansell. Riccardo Patrese showed his and Williams' revival with 4th on the grid followed by Gerhard Berger (Ferrari) with Thierry Boutsen rounding out the top 6.

At Tyrrell, Michele Alboreto, only 12 months earlier the darling of the Tifosi, failed to qualify for a race for the first time since the 1981 German Grand Prix in the new Tyrrell 018 (of which only one example was available), though team mate Jonathan Palmer did manage to sneak onto the grid in 25th in the older model 017, however would race the 018.

Race summaryEdit

The only change to the entry list for the San Marino Grand Prix was the arrival of Gabriele Tarquini in the second car of the small AGS team, which had only run one car in Brazil after Philippe Streiff had suffered career ending injuries in pre-season testing. A record 39 cars were entered for the Grand Prix,[citation needed] although only 26 were allowed to start the race.

At the start Ayrton Senna got away well but behind him Alain Prost found himself just ahead of Nigel Mansell's Ferrari but the Englishman could not find his way around Prost's McLaren. Mansell fell off a little after that and found himself battling with Riccardo Patrese while on the second lap Ivan Capelli had a nasty accident in his March. On lap four, fifth-placed Gerhard Berger's Ferrari speared off the track at the fast Tamburello corner due to a mechanical failure. Berger hit the wall at an estimated 180 mph and when his car came to a rest it immediately burst into flames. Three fire marshalls (Bruno Miniati, Paolo Verdi and Gabriele Violi) arrived on foot sixteen seconds after impact and the fire was put out ten seconds later. The race was red-flagged and Berger escaped with broken ribs and second-degree burns.

The race was restarted after half an hour and run a further 55 laps on aggregate timing. This time Prost got away much better and got past Senna while behind them Mansell made a poor start and fell behind Patrese and Alessandro Nannini. On the run-down to the Tosa hairpin Senna got alongside Prost into Villeneuve and out-braked him into Tosa. The McLarens proceeded to pull away from the competition while behind them there was more drama as Stefano Modena put his Brabham into the wall rather violently, escaping unhurt.

As the McLarens pulled away Mansell, Patrese, and Nannini were busy fighting over third place. It was settled in the space of three laps as Patrese retired with a timing belt failure and Mansell followed shortly afterwards with a gearbox problem. This left Nannini in third while up front Senna cruised home to victory from Prost who, in his pursuit of Senna, had suffered a spin on lap 42 at Variante Bassa. Nannini led home Thierry Boutsen, Derek Warwick in the Arrows and Jonathan Palmer in the Tyrrell. Olivier Grouillard was disqualified because Ligier illegally repaired his car on the grid before the second start. Thierry Boutsen and Alex Caffi were initially disqualified after a protest from Ligier because they had changed tyres in the pitlane before the second start, but were reinstated following an appeal.

The Prost/Senna war began to build up speed after the Frenchman said that McLaren had a pre-race agreement that whoever led into the first turn should stay there, which was ironically suggested by Senna.[1] In Prost's view, Senna had broken this agreement by passing him partway round the first lap after the restart.

ClassificationEdit

Pre-qualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 8   Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd 1:27.350
2 7   Martin Brundle Brabham-Judd 1:28.197 +0.747
3 21   Alex Caffi Dallara-Ford 1:29.346 +1.996
4 17   Nicola Larini Osella-Ford 1:29.787 +2.437
5 37   Bertrand Gachot Onyx-Ford 1:30.384 +3.034
6 33   Gregor Foitek EuroBrun-Judd 1.30.620 +3.270
7 18   Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Ford 1:30.631 +3.281
8 36   Stefan Johansson Onyx-Ford 1:30.647 +3.297
9 41   Joachim Winkelhock AGS-Ford 1:32.071 +4.721
10 32   Pierre-Henri Raphanel Coloni-Ford 1:32.267 +4.917
11 35   Aguri Suzuki Zakspeed-Yamaha 1:32.287 +4.937
12 34   Bernd Schneider Zakspeed-Yamaha 1:32.855 +5.485
13 39   Volker Weidler Rial-Ford 1:36.480 +9.130

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 1   Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 1:42.939 1:26.010
2 2   Alain Prost McLaren-Honda 1:44.538 1:26.235 +0.225
3 27   Nigel Mansell Ferrari 1:49.665 1:27.652 +1.642
4 6   Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 1:47.486 1:27.920 +1.910
5 28   Gerhard Berger Ferrari 1:42.781 1:28.089 +2.079
6 5   Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault 1:49.451 1:28.308 +2.298
7 19   Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 1:45.536 1:28.854 +2.844
8 11   Nelson Piquet Lotus-Judd 1:48.124 1:29.057 +3.047
9 21   Alex Caffi Dallara-Ford 1:48.868 1:29.069 +3.059
10 26   Olivier Grouillard Ligier-Ford 1:47.371 1:29.104 +3.094
11 23   Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 1:47.321 1:29.152 +3.142
12 9   Derek Warwick Arrows-Ford 1:47.859 1:29.281 +3.271
13 16   Ivan Capelli March-Judd 1:48.178 1:29.385 +3.375
14 17   Nicola Larini Osella-Ford 1:47.577 1:29.485 +3.475
15 24   Luis Pérez-Sala Minardi-Ford 1:46.800 1:29.503 +3.493
16 22   Andrea de Cesaris Dallara-Ford 1:53.681 1:29.669 +3.659
17 8   Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd 1:48.415 1:29.761 +3.751
18 40   Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford 1:48.795 1:29.913 +3.903
19 15   Maurício Gugelmin March-Judd 1:52.119 1:30.163 +4.153
20 30   Philippe Alliot Lola-Lamborghini 2:00.293 1:30.168 +4.158
21 10   Eddie Cheever Arrows-Ford 1:45.375 1:30.233 +4.223
22 7   Martin Brundle Brabham-Judd 1:46.279 1:30.271 +4.261
23 20   Johnny Herbert Benetton-Ford 2:05.126 1:30.347 +4.337
24 12   Satoru Nakajima Lotus-Judd 1:46.483 1:30.697 +4.687
25 3   Jonathan Palmer Tyrrell-Ford 1:51.229 1:30.928 +4.918
26 29   Yannick Dalmas Lola-Lamborghini 1:58.083 1:31.137 +5.127
27 4   Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford 1:51.329 1:31.206 +5.196
28 25   René Arnoux Ligier-Ford 1:48.091 1:31.268 +5.258
29 38   Christian Danner Rial-Ford 1:47.967 1:31.341 +5.331
30 31   Roberto Moreno Coloni-Ford 1:50.947 1:31.775 +5.765

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1   Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 58 1:26:51.245 1 9
2 2   Alain Prost McLaren-Honda 58 + 40.225 2 6
3 19   Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 57 + 1 Lap 7 4
4 5   Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault 57 + 1 Lap 6 3
5 9   Derek Warwick Arrows-Ford 57 + 1 Lap 12 2
6 3   Jonathan Palmer Tyrrell-Ford 57 + 1 Lap 25 1
7 21   Alex Caffi Dallara-Ford 57 + 1 Lap 9  
8 40   Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford 57 + 1 Lap 18  
9 10   Eddie Cheever Arrows-Ford 56 + 2 Laps 21  
10 22   Andrea de Cesaris Dallara-Ford 56 + 2 Laps 16  
11 20   Johnny Herbert Benetton-Ford 56 + 2 Laps 23  
12 17   Nicola Larini Osella-Ford 52 Spun Off 14  
Ret 7   Martin Brundle Brabham-Judd 51 Fuel System 22  
NC 12   Satoru Nakajima Lotus-Judd 46 Not Classified 24  
Ret 24   Luis Pérez-Sala Minardi-Ford 43 Spun Off 15  
Ret 15   Maurício Gugelmin March-Judd 39 Transmission 19  
Ret 11   Nelson Piquet Lotus-Judd 29 Engine 8  
Ret 27   Nigel Mansell Ferrari 23 Gearbox 3  
Ret 6   Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 21 Engine 4  
Ret 8   Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd 19 Spun Off 17  
Ret 23   Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 6 Gearbox 11  
DSQ 26   Olivier Grouillard Ligier-Ford 4 Disqualified 10  
Ret 28   Gerhard Berger Ferrari 3 Accident in first race 5  
Ret 16   Ivan Capelli March-Judd 1 Spun Off 13  
Ret 30   Philippe Alliot Lola-Lamborghini 0 Electrical 20  
Ret 29   Yannick Dalmas Lola-Lamborghini 0 Electrical 26  
DNQ 4   Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford    
DNQ 25   René Arnoux Ligier-Ford    
DNQ 38   Christian Danner Rial-Ford    
DNQ 31   Roberto Moreno Coloni-Ford    
DNPQ 37   Bertrand Gachot Onyx-Ford    
DNPQ 33   Gregor Foitek EuroBrun-Judd    
DNPQ 18   Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Ford    
DNPQ 36   Stefan Johansson Onyx-Ford    
DNPQ 41   Joachim Winkelhock AGS-Ford    
DNPQ 32   Pierre-Henri Raphanel Coloni-Ford    
DNPQ 35   Aguri Suzuki Zakspeed-Yamaha    
DNPQ 34   Bernd Schneider Zakspeed-Yamaha    
DNPQ 39   Volker Weidler Rial-Ford    
Source:[2]

Championship standings after the raceEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Rubython, Tom: The Life of Senna
  2. ^ "1989 San Marino Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 18 January 2015. Retrieved 23 December 2015. 


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