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The 1990 Mexican Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on 24 June 1990. It was sixth race of the 1990 Formula One season, the 14th Mexican Grand Prix and the fifth since the Mexico City circuit returned to the Formula One calendar in 1986. It was held over 69 laps of the four kilometre circuit for a race distance of 305 kilometres.

1990 Mexican Grand Prix
Race 6 of 16 in the 1990 Formula One World Championship
Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez.svg
Race details
Date 24 June 1990
Official name XIV Gran Premio de Mexico
Location Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez
Mexico City, Mexico
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 4.421 km (2.747 mi)
Distance 69 laps, 305.049 km (189.549 mi)
Weather Overcast
21 °C (70 °F)[1]
Pole position
Driver McLaren-Honda
Time 1:17.227
Fastest lap
Driver France Alain Prost Ferrari
Time 1:17.958 on lap 58
Podium
First Ferrari
Second Ferrari
Third McLaren-Honda

The race was won by reigning world champion, French driver Alain Prost driving a Ferrari 641. In winning Prost, the 1988 race winner, became only the second multiple-winner in Mexican Grand Prix history, joining British driver Jim Clark who won the race in 1962 (non-championship), 1963 and 1967. It was Prost's second win for the year after winning the Brazilian Grand Prix. Prost won the race by 26 seconds over his British team mate Nigel Mansell. Third was Austrian driver Gerhard Berger driving a McLaren MP4/5B.

Prost's win and Berger's third coupled points leader Ayrton Senna stopping with a puncture late in the race allowed both drivers to close to be eight points behind Senna.

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ReportEdit

QualifyingEdit

There were no changes to the line-up as the F1 show moved to Mexico City. The weather was on and off during the weekend, catching some drivers out, with the Larrousse team having the worst luck on Saturday morning when both of their drivers had massive accidents, but both Aguri Suzuki and Éric Bernard managed to qualify for the race, but all was not as well down at Leyton House, where both Ivan Capelli and Maurício Gugelmin failed to qualify. At the front of the grid there was a bit of a surprise with Gerhard Berger taking pole from Riccardo Patrese, qualifying ace Ayrton Senna, Nigel Mansell, Thierry Boutsen, Jean Alesi, Pierluigi Martini, Nelson Piquet, Satoru Nakajima, and Stefano Modena, with championship contender Alain Prost, not happy with the qualifying set up of his Ferrari so deciding instead to qualify with his race set up, 13th. Roberto Moreno was disqualified for receiving a push start in qualifying.[2]

RaceEdit

Sunshine greeted the drivers on race day and at the start it was Patrese who got away from Senna, Berger, Boutsen, and Piquet. Senna was desperate to get by Patrese and at the start of lap 2 he swept into the lead, bringing Berger with him. The McLaren duo proceeded to rocket off into the distance while further back the action was thick and furious with Prost charging through the field from his poor grid position and with Piquet moving up to third. Berger's run in second place came to an early end when he had to stop for new tyres on lap 13, leaving Piquet in second but under immense pressure from his old rival Nigel Mansell, who was able to pass him soon afterwards. However, it was Prost who was raising eyebrows as he continued his charge through the field, eventually taking second from Mansell with 15 laps to go. Prost proceeded to set off after Senna, who was beginning to slow with tyre problems. The Brazilian had gambled on tyre durability by not making a stop for fresh rubber. On Lap 60, Prost got past Senna with a simple move and three laps later Senna's rear tyre exploded, forcing him to retire from his 100th Grand Prix, his final position (as he had completed over 90% of the race) being the worst of his career at 20th. The real battle ended up being for second place between Mansell and Berger, which culminated in Mansell's now legendary pass around the outside of Berger going into the ultra-fast Peraltada corner. Some called it brave; some called it suicidal but either way Mansell finished second behind Prost with Berger being third from Alessandro Nannini, Boutsen, and Piquet.

ClassificationEdit

Pre QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 14   Olivier Grouillard Osella-Ford 1:25.281
2 29   Éric Bernard Lola-Lamborghini 1:25.456 +0.175
3 33   Roberto Moreno EuroBrun-Judd 1:26.724 +1.443
4 30   Aguri Suzuki Lola-Lamborghini 1:27.511 +2.230
5 18   Yannick Dalmas AGS-Ford 1:27.830 +2.549
6 17   Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford 1:28.499 +3.218
7 31   Bertrand Gachot Coloni-Subaru 1:28.805 +3.524
8 34   Claudio Langes EuroBrun-Judd 1:40.414 +15.133
9 39   Bruno Giacomelli Life 4:07.475 +2:42.194

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 28   Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 1:17.227 1:17.850
2 6   Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 1:18.215 1:17.498 +0.271
3 27   Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 1:18.417 1:17.670 +0.443
4 2   Nigel Mansell Ferrari 1:17.938 1:17.732 +0.505
5 5   Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault 1:19.062 1:17.883 +0.656
6 4   Jean Alesi Tyrrell-Ford 1:18.727 1:18.282 +1.055
7 23   Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 1:18.526 1:18.590 +1.299
8 20   Nelson Piquet Benetton-Ford 1:19.022 1:18.561 +1.334
9 3   Satoru Nakajima Tyrrell-Ford 1:19.551 1:18.575 +1.348
10 8   Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd 1:18.592 1:19.817 +1.365
11 11   Derek Warwick Lotus-Lamborghini 1:19.557 1:18.951 +1.724
12 12   Martin Donnelly Lotus-Lamborghini 1:19.769 1:18.994 +1.767
13 1   Alain Prost Ferrari 1:19.378 1:19.026 +1.799
14 19   Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 1:19.909 1:19.227 +2.000
15 22   Andrea de Cesaris Dallara-Ford 1:21.635 1:19.865 +2.638
16 24   Paolo Barilla Minardi-Ford 1:19.897 1:21.242 +2.670
17 9   Michele Alboreto Arrows-Ford 1:21.212 1:19:941 +2.714
18 21   Emanuele Pirro Dallara-Ford 1:21.067 1:20.044 +2.817
19 30   Aguri Suzuki Lola-Lamborghini 1:21.077 1:20.268 +3.041
20 14   Olivier Grouillard Osella-Ford 1:20.274 1:21.167 +3.047
21 7   David Brabham Brabham-Judd 1:20.447 1:20.636 +3.220
22 26   Philippe Alliot Ligier-Ford 1:21.451 1:20.657 +3.430
23 35   Gregor Foitek Onyx-Ford 1:21.012 1:21.400 +3.785
24 25   Nicola Larini Ligier-Ford 1:21.584 1:21.116 +3.889
25 29   Éric Bernard Lola-Lamborghini 1:21.273 1:21.677 +4.046
26 36   JJ Lehto Onyx-Ford 1:21.519 1:21.687 +4.292
27 16   Ivan Capelli Leyton House-Judd 1:23.639 1:21.544 +4.317
28 15   Maurício Gugelmin Leyton House-Judd 1:22.612 1:21.665 +4.438
29 10   Alex Caffi Arrows-Ford 1:22.278 1:22.154 +4.927
DSQ 33   Roberto Moreno EuroBrun-Judd 1:21.142 +3.915

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1   Alain Prost Ferrari 69 1:32:35.783 13 9
2 2   Nigel Mansell Ferrari 69 + 25.351 4 6
3 28   Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 69 + 25.530 1 4
4 19   Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 69 + 41.099 14 3
5 5   Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault 69 + 46.669 5 2
6 20   Nelson Piquet Benetton-Ford 69 + 46.943 8 1
7 4   Jean Alesi Tyrrell-Ford 69 + 49.077 6  
8 12   Martin Donnelly Lotus-Lamborghini 69 + 1:06.142 12  
9 6   Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 69 + 1:09.918 2  
10 11   Derek Warwick Lotus-Lamborghini 68 + 1 Lap 11  
11 8   Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd 68 + 1 Lap 10  
12 23   Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 68 + 1 Lap 7  
13 22   Andrea de Cesaris Dallara-Ford 68 + 1 Lap 15  
14 24   Paolo Barilla Minardi-Ford 67 + 2 Laps 16  
15 35   Gregor Foitek Onyx-Ford 67 + 2 Laps 23  
16 25   Nicola Larini Ligier-Ford 67 + 2 Laps 24  
17 9   Michele Alboreto Arrows-Ford 66 + 3 Laps 17  
18 26   Philippe Alliot Ligier-Ford 66 + 3 Laps 22  
19 14   Olivier Grouillard Osella-Ford 65 + 4 Laps 20  
20 27   Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 63 Tyre 3  
Ret 36   JJ Lehto Onyx-Ford 26 Engine 26  
Ret 29   Éric Bernard Lola-Lamborghini 12 Brakes 25  
Ret 30   Aguri Suzuki Lola-Lamborghini 11 Collision 19  
Ret 3   Satoru Nakajima Tyrrell-Ford 11 Collision 9  
Ret 7   David Brabham Brabham-Judd 11 Electrical 21  
Ret 21   Emanuele Pirro Dallara-Ford 10 Engine 18  
DSQ 33   Roberto Moreno EuroBrun-Judd Push start    
DNQ 16   Ivan Capelli Leyton House-Judd        
DNQ 15   Maurício Gugelmin Leyton House-Judd        
DNQ 10   Alex Caffi Arrows-Ford        
DNPQ 18   Yannick Dalmas AGS-Ford        
DNPQ 17   Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford        
DNPQ 31   Bertrand Gachot Coloni-Subaru        
DNPQ 34   Claudio Langes EuroBrun-Judd        
DNPQ 39   Bruno Giacomelli Life        
Source:[3]

Championship standings after the raceEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "History | Weather Underground". Wunderground.com. Retrieved 2013-10-26. 
  2. ^ "EuroBrun – Profile". Archived from the original on 2009-05-30. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  3. ^ "1990 Mexican Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 21 December 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015. 


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