1991

Formula One Legends: World Championship 1991

The 1991 Formula One season was the 42nd season of FIA Formula One motor racing. It featured the 1991 FIA Formula One World Championship, which commenced on March 10, 1991 and ended on November 3 after sixteen races.

McLaren retained their successful 1990 lineup of Senna and Gerhard Berger. Williams re-signed their former driver Nigel Mansell on the promise that he would be the top driver in the team after several years as number two to Nelson Piquet at Williams and then Alain Prost at Ferrari. He was partnered by Riccardo Patrese, retained from 1990.

Ferrari kept Alain Prost as lead driver and replaced the departed Mansell with Jean Alesi, a young driver who had impressed at Tyrrell.
Benetton began the season with two experienced Brazilian drivers: Roberto Moreno and triple world champion Nelson Piquet. During the season, Moreno was replaced by German rookie Michael Schumacher.

Former greats Lotus had had a torrid 1990 with a severe accident for Martin Donnelly, loss of title sponsorship from Camel and a management buyout. The new cars, white and British Racing Green after decades of yellow or black, were piloted by rookie drivers Mika Häkkinen and Julian Bailey, though Bailey was eventually replaced by Johnny Herbert.

Originally, the team had appointed Donnelly as ‘number one driver’ (partnering Häkkinen and Bailey) as Martin was expected to come back racing by April 1991

Ferrari failed to cope with the McLaren during Formula 1 season of 1991. But that did not mean that McLaren had had an easy year.

The strong Nigel Mansell Williams shared the wins with Ayrton Senna. Although the Brazilian has not had trouble taking the tricampeonato world since finished the year with 24 points ahead of British rider.

Disappointed with fifth place, Alain Prost left the tracks at the end of the season. But looking into his eyes, the french driver is stilling willing to drive, hard.  Meanwhile, Benetton testing a duo formed by Brazilian drivers Nelson Piquet and Roberto Moreno. However, the attempt did not please as expected and Moreno was replaced by a young unknown named German driver Michael Schumacher.

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

Pos. Drivers Points
1. br Ayrton Senna           McLaren 96
2. uk Nigel Mansell           Williams 72
3. it Ricardo Patrese       Williams 53
4. at Gerhard Berger         McLaren 43
5. fr Alain Prost                 Ferrari 34
6. fr Jean Alesi                   Ferrari 21
7. it Stefano Modena          Tyrrell 10
8. it Andrea de Cesaris      Jordan 9
9. br Roberto Moreno          Minardi 8
10. it Pierluigi Martin           iMinardi 6

Constructors Championship final standings

McLaren / Honda 139
Williams / Renault 125
Ferrari 55.5
Benetton / Ford 38.5
Jordan / Ford 13
Tyrrell / Honda 12
Minardi / Ferrari 6
Dallara / Judd 5
Lotus / Judd 3
Brabham / Yamaha 3

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