Formula One Legends: World Championship 1990

Posted: December 9, 2012 in Formula One, Racing, Sport
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The 1990 Formula One season was the 41st season of FIA Formula One motor racing. It featured the 1990 FIA Formula One World Championship which commenced on March 11, 1990 and ended on November 4 after sixteen races

McLaren retained Ayrton Senna, who had won the title in 1988, now partnered by Gerhard Berger. Ferrari signed Alain Prost, Senna’s great rival and former team-mate, to partner Nigel Mansell. The other main team, Williams, retained their 1989 pairing of Thierry Boutsen and Riccardo Patrese. Benetton completed the signing of triple world champion Nelson Piquet, on a rumored incentive based contract of $100,000 per point scored following 2 disappointing years at Lotus, meaning he had to score points to actually be paid. His team-mate was Alessandro Nannini who was now entering his third year with the team.

Lotus, having lost Piquet, and experienced Japanese driver Satoru Nakajima to Tyrrell, signed Derek Warwick and young Irish driver Martin Donnelly and the cars would be powered by the V12 Lamborghini engine. Tyrrell retained Jean Alesi for his first full season of Formula 1, whilst Nakajima replaced the retired Jonathan Palmer. Brabham kept Italian Stefano Modena, but Martin Brundle left Formula 1 and returned to Sportscar racing with TWR and was replaced by Gregor Foitek, who lost his seat to David Brabham after just two races. Arrows boss Jackie Oliver had sold the majority of the team to the Japanese Footwork company while Italians Michele Alboreto and Alex Caffi replaced Warwick and Eddie Cheever.

During the off-season, Zakspeed had withdrawn from Formula One and returned to sports car racing while Rial had folded after two unsuccessful seasons in F1.

New team Life appeared on the grid, powered by their own unconventional W12 engine design and piloted by Gary Brabham, son of triple World Champion Sir Jack Brabham, and Bruno Giacomelli, returning to F1 for the first time since the 1983 South African Grand Prix.

At the start of the season, six teams needed to pre-qualify: two-car teams of Larrousse, AGS and EuroBrun along with single-car teams of Osella, Coloni and Life. (info from wikipedia)

Grand Prix Date Winning Driver Team Laps Time
United States 11/03/1990 Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 72 1:52’32.829
Brazil 25/03/1990 Alain Prost Ferrari 71 1:37’21.258
San Marino 13/05/1990 Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 61 1:30’55.478
Monaco 27/05/1990 Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 78 1:52’46.982
Canada 10/06/1990 Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 70 1:42’56.400
Mexico 24/06/1990 Alain Prost Ferrari 69 1:32’35.783
France 08/07/1990 Alain Prost Ferrari 80 1:33’29.606
Great Britain 15/07/1990 Alain Prost Ferrari 64 1:18’30.999
Germany 29/07/1990 Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 45 1:20’47.164
Hungary 12/08/1990 Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault 77 1:49’30.597
Belgium 26/08/1990 Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 44 1:26’31.997
Italy 09/09/1990 Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 53 1:17’57.878
Portugal 23/09/1990 Nigel Mansell Ferrari 61 1:22’11.014
Spain 30/09/1990 Alain Prost Ferrari 73 1:48’01.461
Japan 21/10/1990 Nelson Piquet Benetton-Ford 53 1:34’36.824
Australia 04/11/1990 Nelson Piquet Benetton-Ford 81 1:49’44.570

Drivers Championship final standings

Drivers Points
1 Ayrton Senna 78
2 Alain Prost 71
3 Nelson Piquet 43
4 Gerhard Berger 43
5 Nigel Mansell 37
6 Thierry Boutsen 34
7 Riccardo Patrese 23
8 Alessandro Nannini 21
9 Jean Alesi 13
10 Ivan Capelli 6

Constructors Championship final standings

Pos Equipe Motor Pts
1 McLaren Honda 108 (121)
2 Ferrari Ferrari 107 (110)
3 Benetton Ford Cosworth 65 (71)
4 Williams Renault 54 (57)
5 Tyrrell Ford Cosworth 16
6 Lola Lamborghini 11
7 Leyton House Judd 7
8 Lotus Lamborghini 3
9 Arrows Ford Cosworth 2
10 Brabham Judd 2


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