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1990 Spanish Grand Prix

The 1990 Spanish Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Jerez on 30 September 1990. It was the fourteenth race of the 1990 FIA Formula One World Championship, and the fifth and last Spanish Grand Prix to be held at Jerez (though the circuit would host the European Grand Prix in 1994 and 1997).

1990 Spanish Grand Prix
Race 14 of 16 in the 1990 Formula One World Championship
Circuito de Jerez (1985-1992).svg
Race details
Date 30 September 1990
Official name XXXI Gran Premio Tio Pepe de España
Location Circuito Permanente de Jerez
Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 4.218 km (2.6209 mi)
Distance 73 laps, 307.918 km (191.328 mi)
Weather Dry, hot, sunny
Pole position
Driver McLaren-Honda
Time 1:18.387
Fastest lap
Driver Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault
Time 1:24.513 on lap 53
Podium
First Ferrari
Second Ferrari
Third Benetton-Ford

The 73-lap race was won by Alain Prost, driving a Ferrari, with teammate Nigel Mansell second and Alessandro Nannini third in a Benetton-Ford. Prost's Drivers' Championship rival, Ayrton Senna, took the 50th pole position of his career in his McLaren-Honda, but retired with a failed radiator, allowing Prost to close to within nine points of him in the championship with two races remaining.

The event was marred by a serious incident during Friday practice, when Martin Donnelly crashed his Lotus at the high-speed Turn 14. Donnelly was thrown from the wreckage, suffering serious injuries that ended his Formula One career. This also turned out to be the last F1 race for Nannini, who severed his right arm in a helicopter crash the following week (though he would return to racing as a touring car driver), as well as the last race for the back-marking EuroBrun and Life teams.

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On the start Patrese collided with Jean Alesi, and sending the Frenchman into a heavy spin at turn 1 into the gravel trap and then retired as a result. As it was Senna who lead the early stages before lap 27 as Nelson Piquet then took the lead for two laps as a result of not pitting before Prost then took the lead on lap 29, Piquet who pitted after 40 laps would eventually retire with battery problems after 48 laps, Ayrton Senna would also retire with the result of a punctured radiator on lap 54 forcing the Brazilian into retirement, as did Gerhard Berger after colliding would Thierry Boutsen on Lap 57. From there the Ferrari drivers eventually dominated the race with reigning world champion Alain Prost leading his teammate Nigel Mansell home by 22 seconds for a 1-2 finish. British Team Lotus driver Martin Donnelly had a horrific crash during Friday practice at the very fast Turn 14; the seat of his Lotus 102 broke free and was flung clear of the wreck. Donnelly received serious injuries that took months of recovery, bringing an end to his Formula One career, although he later returned to racing. Team Lotus decided not to retire from the race, and Derek Warwick was close to the point-scoring positions when he became the race's final retirement on lap 63 with a broken gearbox in the other Lotus 102.

The race also turned out to be the last race of Alessandro Nannini's Formula One career. Nannini claimed the final podium position of the race in his Benetton B190, the ninth podium of his career, finishing ahead of the Williams pair of Thierry Boutsen and Riccardo Patrese. One week after the race, his right arm was severed in a helicopter accident. Nannini recovered and returned to racing as a touring car driver.

At the start of the race, Gerhard Berger, desperate to move up from his fifth place on the grid, gave Jean Alesi no room, resulting in Alesi moving to the outside, where he was hit and put out of the race by Riccardo Patrese.

The Larrousse-Lola of Aguri Suzuki claimed the final championship point of the race, continuing an encouraging season for the French team. It was an encouraging race for another French team, Yannick Dalmas and Gabriele Tarquini both qualified in AGS JH25s in a first for the team, but AGS never again got two cars onto a Formula One grid. Dalmas finished in ninth position, the highlight of the season for the small French team. The ninth-placed finish saved the team from pre-qualifying for the first half of 1991 as it moved them up to a crucial 13th place in the Constructors Championship. As a consequence, Scuderia Italia dropped into pre-qualifying, as they failed to finish higher than 10th all season.

McLaren driver Ayrton Senna's lap 53 retirement with a failed radiator reduced his lead in the world championship over Prost to nine points with just the Japanese and Australian Grands Prix remaining in the season.

ClassificationEdit

Pre-QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 18   Yannick Dalmas AGS-Ford 1:22.470
2 17   Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford 1:22.592 +0.122
3 14   Olivier Grouillard Osella-Ford 1:22.708 +0.238
4 31   Bertrand Gachot Coloni-Ford 1:24.603 +2.133
5 33   Roberto Moreno EuroBrun-Judd 1:24.621 +2.151
6 34   Claudio Langes EuroBrun-Judd 1:25.736 +3.266
7 39   Bruno Giacomelli Life-Judd 1:42.699 +20.229

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 27   Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 1:18.900 1:18.387
2 1   Alain Prost Ferrari 1:20.026 1:18.824 +0.437
3 2   Nigel Mansell Ferrari 1:21.005 1:19.106 +0.719
4 4   Jean Alesi Tyrrell-Ford 1:19.923 1:19.604 +1.217
5 28   Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 1:19.643 1:19.618 +1.231
6 6   Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 1:20.562 1:19.647 +1.260
7 5   Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault 1:20.721 1:19.689 +1.302
8 20   Nelson Piquet Benetton-Ford 1:21.111 1:19.700 +1.313
9 19   Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 1:21.383 1:20.367 +1.980
10 11   Derek Warwick Lotus-Lamborghini 1:22.111 1:20.610 +2.223
11 23   Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 1:22.255 1:21.060 +2.673
12 15   Maurício Gugelmin Leyton House-Judd 1:23.019 1:21.167 +2.780
13 26   Philippe Alliot Ligier-Ford 1:23.783 1:21.170 +2.783
14 3   Satoru Nakajima Tyrrell-Ford 1:22.690 1:21.215 +2.828
15 30   Aguri Suzuki Lola-Lamborghini 1:21.740 1:21.244 +2.857
16 21   Emanuele Pirro Dallara-Ford 1:23.485 1:21.277 +2.890
17 22   Andrea de Cesaris Dallara-Ford 1:22.953 1:21:467 +3.080
18 29   Éric Bernard Lola-Lamborghini 1:22.403 1:21.551 +3.164
19 16   Ivan Capelli Leyton House-Judd 1:23.866 1:21.916 +3.529
20 25   Nicola Larini Ligier-Ford 1:23.290 1:21.996 +3.609
21 14   Olivier Grouillard Osella-Ford 1:24.784 1:22.288 +3.901
22 17   Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford 1:23.260 1:22.466 +4.079
23 12   Martin Donnelly Lotus-Lamborghini 1:22.659 +4.272
24 18   Yannick Dalmas AGS-Ford 1:23.249 1:22.716 +4.329
25 8   Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd 1:23.641 1:23.133 +4.746
26 9   Michele Alboreto Arrows-Ford 1:24.043 1:23.161 +4.774
27 7   David Brabham Brabham-Judd 1:25.899 1:23.163 +4.776
28 24   Paolo Barilla Minardi-Ford 1:25.093 1:23.274 +4.887
29 10   Bernd Schneider Arrows-Ford 1:24.675 1:23.924 +5.537
30 31   Bertrand Gachot Coloni-Ford 1:26.593 1:25.114 +6.727

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1   Alain Prost Ferrari 73 1:48:01.461 2 9
2 2   Nigel Mansell Ferrari 73 + 22.064 3 6
3 19   Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 73 + 34.874 9 4
4 5   Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault 73 + 43.296 7 3
5 6   Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 73 + 57.530 6 2
6 30   Aguri Suzuki Lola-Lamborghini 73 + 1:03.728 15 1
7 25   Nicola Larini Ligier-Ford 72 + 1 Lap 20
8 15   Maurício Gugelmin Leyton House-Judd 72 + 1 Lap 12
9 18   Yannick Dalmas AGS-Ford 72 + 1 Lap 23
10 9   Michele Alboreto Arrows-Ford 71 + 2 Laps 25
Ret 11   Derek Warwick Lotus-Lamborghini 63 Gearbox 10
Ret 16   Ivan Capelli Leyton House-Judd 59 Physical 19
Ret 28   Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 56 Collision 5
Ret 27   Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 53 Radiator 1
Ret 20   Nelson Piquet Benetton-Ford 47 Battery 8
Ret 22   Andrea de Cesaris Dallara-Ford 47 Engine 17
Ret 14   Olivier Grouillard Osella-Ford 45 Wheel Bearing 21
Ret 23   Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 41 Spun Off 11
Ret 26   Philippe Alliot Ligier-Ford 22 Spun Off 13
Ret 29   Éric Bernard Lola-Lamborghini 20 Gearbox 18
Ret 3   Satoru Nakajima Tyrrell-Ford 13 Spun Off 14
Ret 17   Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford 5 Engine 22
Ret 8   Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd 5 Collision 24
Ret 4   Jean Alesi Tyrrell-Ford 0 Spun Off 4
Ret 21   Emanuele Pirro Dallara-Ford 0 Throttle 16
DNS 12   Martin Donnelly Lotus-Lamborghini Driver Injured
DNQ 7   David Brabham Brabham-Judd
DNQ 24   Paolo Barilla Minardi-Ford
DNQ 10   Bernd Schneider Arrows-Ford
DNQ 31   Bertrand Gachot Coloni-Ford
DNPQ 33   Roberto Moreno EuroBrun-Judd
DNPQ 34   Claudio Langes EuroBrun-Judd
DNPQ 39   Bruno Giacomelli Life-Judd
Source:[1]

Championship standings after the raceEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1990 Spanish Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 21 December 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015.


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