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The 1990 Brazilian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Interlagos, São Paulo on 25 March 1990. It was the second race of the 1990 Formula One World Championship. It was also the first Brazilian Grand Prix to be held at Interlagos since 1980, following the renovation and shortening of the circuit and the ascendancy of São Paulo driver Ayrton Senna.

1990 Brazilian Grand Prix
Race 2 of 16 in the 1990 Formula One World Championship
Circuit Interlagos.svg
Race details
Date 25 March 1990
Official name XIX Grande Prêmio do Brasil
Location Autódromo José Carlos Pace
São Paulo, Brazil
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 4.325 km (2.687 mi)
Distance 71 laps, 307.075 km (190.808 mi)
Weather Hot, dry, sunny
Pole position
Driver McLaren-Honda
Time 1:17.277
Fastest lap
Driver Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda
Time 1:19.899 on lap 55
Podium
First Ferrari
Second McLaren-Honda
Third McLaren-Honda

The 71-lap race was won by Alain Prost, driving a Ferrari. Senna took pole position in his McLaren-Honda and led until he collided with Satoru Nakajima in the Tyrrell-Ford, allowing Prost through. Prost duly took his 40th Grand Prix victory, and his sixth and final Brazilian win, with Senna's teammate Gerhard Berger second and Senna himself recovering to third.

Contents

Race summaryEdit

QualifyingEdit

The rebuilt Interlagos circuit which hosted the race for the first time since 1980 had been dramatically altered, the track had been shortened by 3.5 km and lost many fast sweepers and the Retao straight, which allowed Formula One drivers to use full throttle for 20 seconds.

In pre-qualifying, the Life Racing Engines team saw their car splutter to a halt 400 metres after exiting the pits, Gary Brabham claimed the mechanics were on strike and refused to put oil in the car.[citation needed]

Local hero Ayrton Senna took his 43rd career pole position and led from the start. Gianni Morbidelli made it through qualifying for the first time in his Formula One career.

RaceEdit

After qualifying, Williams driver Thierry Boutsen, himself 3rd on the grid, predicted that the Ferraris on the 3rd row of the grid would be the cars to beat, citing their semi-automatic transmission and its paddle shift which allowed both Alain Prost and Nigel Mansell to keep their hands on the wheel around the bumpy turns at the back of the circuit

At the first corner, Jean Alesi, Alessandro Nannini and Andrea de Cesaris tangled, eliminating de Cesaris and requiring the Benetton driver to stop for a new nosecone. On lap 8 Boutsen passed Berger for second place, and Prost took the V12 Ferrari past the McLaren driver on lap 17. Mansell pitted on lap 27 for new tyres and also to inspect a broken rollbar, rejoining in 9th place. Boutsen's pit stop on lap 30 went disastrously wrong. With failing brakes, and a tricky bump in the pitlane, the Williams was unable to stop and crashed into the wheel and tyre equipment stacked outside the garage. This required a new nosecone and when he rejoined, he was down in 11th position.

Prost was piling on the pressure – by lap 35 he had climbed to second within 10 seconds of Senna, and was now ahead of Riccardo Patrese, Berger and Nelson Piquet. When Senna came up to lap former Lotus teammate Satoru Nakajima, there was contact and the McLaren had to pit for a new nosecone. He rejoined and challenged hard, but the reduced downforce levels made the car difficult to drive. On lap 66, Patrese retired with a broken oil cooler.

Prost took his 40th victory, and his first for Ferrari, from Berger and the recovering Senna. Mansell finished an excellent 4th, having driven through the field with a broken rollbar. Boutsen finished a creditable 5th and Piquet claimed the final point in front of his home crowd after passing Alesi – who was suffering severe tyre wear after attempting to run non-stop on his Pirellis – on the last lap.

ClassificationEdit

Pre-qualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 29   Éric Bernard Lola-Lamborghini 1:23.763
2 30   Aguri Suzuki Lola-Lamborghini 1:23.982 +0.219
3 14   Olivier Grouillard Osella-Ford 1:23.987 +0.224
4 18   Yannick Dalmas AGS-Ford 1:24.015 +0.252
5 17   Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford 1:24.265 +0.502
6 33   Roberto Moreno EuroBrun-Judd 1:25.763 +2.000
7 31   Bertrand Gachot Coloni-Subaru 1:34.046 +10.283
8 34   Claudio Langes EuroBrun-Judd 1:39.188 +15.425
9 39   Gary Brabham Life

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 27   Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 1:17.769 1:17.277
2 28   Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 1:17.888 1:18.504 +0.611
3 5   Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault 1:18.375 1:18.150 +0.873
4 6   Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 1:18.465 1:18.288 +1.011
5 2   Nigel Mansell Ferrari 1:18.509 1:19.475 +1.232
6 1   Alain Prost Ferrari 1:18.631 1:18.884 +1.354
7 4   Jean Alesi Tyrrell-Ford 1:19.230 1:18.923 +1.646
8 23   Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 1:19.039 1:19.688 +1.762
9 22   Andrea de Cesaris Dallara-Ford 1:19.125 1:19.964 +1.848
10 26   Philippe Alliot Ligier-Ford 1:19.309 +2.032
11 29   Éric Bernard Lola-Lamborghini 1:19.406 1:21.024 +2.129
12 8   Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd 1:19.425 1:20.126 +2.148
13 20   Nelson Piquet Benetton-Ford 1:19.629 1:20.317 +2.352
14 12   Martin Donnelly Lotus-Lamborghini 1:20.032 +2.755
15 19   Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 1:20.055 1:20.317 +2.778
16 21   Gianni Morbidelli Dallara-Ford 1:20.164 1:20.229 +2.887
17 24   Paolo Barilla Minardi-Ford 1:20.282 1:21.121 +3.005
18 30   Aguri Suzuki Lola-Lamborghini 1:20.557 1:21.086 +3.280
19 3   Satoru Nakajima Tyrrell-Ford 1:20.568 1:21.086 +3.291
20 25   Nicola Larini Ligier-Ford 1:20.650 1:20.794 +3.373
21 14   Olivier Grouillard Osella-Ford 1:21.292 1:20.884 +3.607
22 7   Gregor Foitek Brabham-Judd 1:20.965 1:20.902 +3.625
23 9   Michele Alboreto Arrows-Ford 1:20.920 1:21.002 +3.643
24 11   Derek Warwick Lotus-Lamborghini 1:21.244 1:20.998 +3.721
25 10   Alex Caffi Arrows-Ford 1:21.065 1:22.057 +3.788
26 18   Yannick Dalmas AGS-Ford 1:22.426 1:21.087 +3.810
27 35   Stefan Johansson Onyx-Ford 1:21.241 1:22.184 +3.964
28 36   JJ Lehto Onyx-Ford 1:21.323 1:21.417 +4.046
29 16   Ivan Capelli Leyton House-Judd 1:21.383 1:21.422 +4.106
30 15   Maurício Gugelmin Leyton House-Judd 1:21.616 1:22.862 +4.339

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1   Alain Prost Ferrari 71 1:37:21.258 6 9
2 28   Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 71 +13.564 2 6
3 27   Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 71 +37.722 1 4
4 2   Nigel Mansell Ferrari 71 +47.266 5 3
5 5   Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault 70 +1 Lap 3 2
6 20   Nelson Piquet Benetton-Ford 70 +1 Lap 13 1
7 4   Jean Alesi Tyrrell-Ford 70 +1 Lap 7
8 3   Satoru Nakajima Tyrrell-Ford 70 +1 Lap 19
9 23   Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 69 +2 laps 8
10 19   Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 68 Puncture 15
11 25   Nicola Larini Ligier-Ford 68 +3 Laps 20
12 26   Philippe Alliot Ligier-Ford 68 +3 Laps 10
13 6   Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 65 Oil Pressure 4
14 21   Gianni Morbidelli Dallara-Ford 64 +7 Laps 16
Ret 10   Alex Caffi Arrows-Ford 49 Clutch 25
Ret 12   Martin Donnelly Lotus-Lamborghini 43 Spun Off 14
Ret 8   Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd 39 Spun Off 12
Ret 24   Paolo Barilla Minardi-Ford 38 Engine 17
Ret 18   Yannick Dalmas AGS-Ford 28 Suspension 26
Ret 11   Derek Warwick Lotus-Lamborghini 25 Electrical 24
Ret 30   Aguri Suzuki Lola-Lamborghini 24 Suspension 18
Ret 9   Michele Alboreto Arrows-Ford 24 Suspension 23
Ret 7   Gregor Foitek Brabham-Judd 14 Transmission 22
Ret 29   Éric Bernard Lola-Lamborghini 13 Gearbox 11
Ret 14   Olivier Grouillard Osella-Ford 8 Collision 21
Ret 22   Andrea de Cesaris Dallara-Ford 0 Collision 9
DNQ 35   Stefan Johansson Onyx-Ford
DNQ 36   JJ Lehto Onyx-Ford
DNQ 16   Ivan Capelli Leyton House-Judd
DNQ 15   Maurício Gugelmin Leyton House-Judd
DNPQ 17   Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford
DNPQ 33   Roberto Moreno EuroBrun-Judd
DNPQ 31   Bertrand Gachot Coloni-Subaru
DNPQ 34   Claudio Langes EuroBrun-Judd
DNPQ 39   Gary Brabham Life
Source:[1]

Championship standings after the raceEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1990 Brazilian Grand Prix". formula1.com. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Brazil 1990 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 13 March 2019.


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