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San Marino  1989 San Marino Grand Prix
Race details
Race 2 of 16 in the 1989 Formula One season
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Date April 23, 1989
Official name IX Gran Premio di San Marino
Location Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari
Imola, Italy
Course Permanent racing facility
5.040 km (3.132 mi)
Distance 58 laps, 292.32 km (181.638 mi)
Weather Warm, dry, sunny
Pole position
Driver Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda
Time 1:26.010
Fastest lap
Driver France Alain Prost McLaren-Honda
Time 1:26.795 on lap 45
Podium
First Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda
Second France Alain Prost McLaren-Honda
Third Italy Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford

The 1989 San Marino Grand Prix was a Formula One race held at Imola on April 23, 1989.

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Race Summary

The only change to the entry list for the San Marino Grand Prix was the arrival of Gabriele Tarquini in the second car minnows AGS, who had only run one car in Brazil after Philippe Streiff had suffered career ending injuries in pre-season testing.

At the start Senna got away well but behind him Prost found himself with a mirror full of Nigel Mansell's Ferrari but the Englishman could not find his way around Prost's McLaren. Mansell fell off a little after that and found himself battling with Riccardo Patrese while on the second lap Ivan Capelli had a nasty accident in his March. On lap four a moment of even greater heart-stopping fear took place as fifth placed Gerhard Berger's Ferrari speared off the track at the lightning-quick Tamburello corner due to a mechanical failure. Berger hit the wall at an estimated 180 mph and when his car came to a rest it immediately burst into flames. The marshalls arrived an amazing sixteen seconds after impact and the fire was put out ten seconds later. The race was unsurprisingly red-flagged and Berger was extremely lucky to only escape with broken ribs and second degree burns; it could have been much worse.

The race restarted after half an hour and this time Prost got away much better and got past Senna while behind them Mansell made a poor start and fell behind Patrese and Naninni. On the run-down to Tosa Senna was in no mood to sit behind his teammate and made a daring move to get alongside Prost into Villeneuve and out-braked him into the Tosa Hairpin, disregarding a prior team arrangement where the driver leading into turn one would not be overtaken, adding further to their looming rivalry. The McLarens proceeded to pull away from the competition while behind them there was more drama as Stefano Modena put his Brabham into the wall rather violently, the Italian was unhurt.

As the McLarens pulled away in their own world Mansell, Patrese, and Nannini were busy fighting over third place. It was settled in the space of three laps as Patrese retired with a timing belt failure and Mansell followed shortly thereafter with a gearbox problem. This left Nannini all by his lonesome in third while up front Senna cruised home to victory from Prost, who had time to spin along the way. Nannini led home Boutsen, Warwick in the Arrows, and Dr. Jonathan Palmer in the Tyrrell. After the race Boutsen was disqualified for changing a puncture during the red-flag period but after a protest from the WIlliams team he was later reinstated.

Classification

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Pre Qualifying

Pos No Driver Constructor Time
1 8 Italy Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd 1:27.350
2 7 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Brabham-Judd 1:28.197
3 21 Italy Alex Caffi Dallara-Ford 1:29.346
4 17 Italy Nicola Larini Osella-Ford 1:29.787
5 37 Belgium Bertrand Gachot Onyx-Ford 1:30.384
6 33 Switzerland Gregor Foitek Euro Brun-Judd 1.30.620
7 18 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Ford 1:30.631
8 36 Sweden Stefan Johansson Onyx-Ford 1:30.647
9 41 Germany Joachim Winkelhock AGS-Ford 1:32.071
10 32 France Pierre-Henri Raphanel Coloni-Ford 1:32.267
11 35 Japan Aguri Suzuki Zakspeed-Yamaha 1:32.287
12 34 Germany Bernd Schneider Zakspeed-Yamaha 1:32.855
13 39 Germany Volker Weidler Rial-Ford 1:36.480

Qualifying

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2
1 1 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 1:42.939 1:26.010
2 2 France Alain Prost McLaren-Honda 1:44.538 1:26.235
3 27 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Ferrari 1:49.665 1:27.652
4 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 1:47.486 1:27.920
5 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari 1:42.781 1:28.089
6 5 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault 1:49.451 1:28.308
7 19 Italy Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 1:45.536 1:28.854
8 11 Brazil Nelson Piquet Lotus-Judd 1:48.124 1:29.057
9 21 Italy Alex Caffi Dallara-Ford 1:48.868 1:29.069
10 26 France Olivier Grouillard Ligier-Ford 1:47.371 1:29.104
11 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 1:47.321 1:29.152
12 9 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Arrows-Ford 1:47.859 1:29.281
13 16 Italy Ivan Capelli March-Judd 1:48.178 1:29.385
14 17 Italy Nicola Larini Osella-Ford 1:47.577 1:29.485
15 24 Spain Luis Perez-Sala Minardi-Ford 1:46.800 1:29.503
16 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Dallara-Ford 1:53.681 1:29.669
17 8 Italy Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd 1:48.415 1:29.761
18 40 Italy Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford 1:48.795 1:29.913
19 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin March-Judd 1:52.119 1:30.163
20 30 France Philippe Alliot Larrousse-Lamborghini 2:00.293 1:30.168
21 10 United States Eddie Cheever Arrows-Ford 1:45.375 1:30.233
22 7 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Brabham-Judd 1:46.279 1:30.271
23 20 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Benetton-Ford 2:05.126 1:30.347
24 12 Japan Satoru Nakajima Lotus-Judd 1:46.483 1:30.697
25 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer Tyrrell-Ford 1:51.229 1:30.928
26 29 France Yannick Dalmas Larrousse-Lamborghini 1:58.083 1:31.137
27 4 Italy Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford 1:51.329 1:31.206
28 25 France René Arnoux Ligier-Ford 1:48.091 1:31.268
29 38 Germany Christian Danner Rial-Ford 1:47.967 1:31.341
30 31 Brazil Roberto Moreno Coloni-Ford 1:50.947 1:31.775

Race

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 58 1:26:51.245 1 9
2 2 France Alain Prost McLaren-Honda 58 + 40.225 2 6
3 19 Italy Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 57 + 1 Lap 7 4
4 5 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault 57 + 1 Lap 6 3
5 9 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Arrows-Ford 57 + 1 Lap 12 2
6 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer Tyrrell-Ford 57 + 1 Lap 25 1
7 21 Italy Alex Caffi Dallara-Ford 57 + 1 Lap 9  
8 40 Italy Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford 57 + 1 Lap 18  
9 10 United States Eddie Cheever Arrows-Ford 56 + 2 Laps 21  
10 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Dallara-Ford 56 + 2 Laps 16  
11 20 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Benetton-Ford 56 + 2 Laps 23  
12 17 Italy Nicola Larini Osella-Ford 52 Spun Off 14  
Ret 7 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Brabham-Judd 51 Fuel System 22  
NC 12 Japan Satoru Nakajima Lotus-Judd 46 Not Classified 24  
Ret 24 Spain Luis Perez-Sala Minardi-Ford 43 Spun Off 15  
Ret 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin March-Judd 39 Transmission 19  
Ret 11 Brazil Nelson Piquet Lotus-Judd 29 Engine 8  
Ret 27 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Ferrari 23 Gearbox 3  
Ret 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 21 Engine 4  
Ret 8 Italy Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd 19 Spun Off 17  
Ret 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 6 Gearbox 11  
DSQ 26 France Olivier Grouillard Ligier-Ford 4 Disqualified 10  
Ret 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari 3 Accident 5  
Ret 16 Italy Ivan Capelli March-Judd 1 Spun Off 13  
Ret 30 France Philippe Alliot Larrousse-Lamborghini 0 Electrical 20  
Ret 29 France Yannick Dalmas Larrousse-Lamborghini 0 Electrical 26  
DNQ 4 Italy Michele Alboreto Tyrrell-Ford    
DNQ 25 France René Arnoux Ligier-Ford    
DNQ 38 Germany Christian Danner Rial-Ford    
DNQ 31 Brazil Roberto Moreno Coloni-Ford    
DNPQ 37 Belgium Bertrand Gachot Onyx-Ford    
DNPQ 33 Switzerland Gregor Foitek Euro Brun-Judd    
DNPQ 18 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Ford    
DNPQ 36 Sweden Stefan Johansson Onyx-Ford    
DNPQ 41 Germany Joachim Winkelhock AGS-Ford    
DNPQ 32 France Pierre-Henri Raphanel Coloni-Ford    
DNPQ 35 Japan Aguri Suzuki Zakspeed-Yamaha    
DNPQ 34 Germany Bernd Schneider Zakspeed-Yamaha    
DNPQ 39 Germany Volker Weidler Rial-Ford    

Notes

  • The race was stopped after three laps due to Gerhard Berger's accident and run a further 55 laps on aggregate timing.
  • Olivier Grouillard was disqualified because Ligier illegally repaired his car on the grid before the second start. Thierry Boutsen and Alex Caffi were initially disqualified after a protest from Ligier because they had changed tyres in the pitlane before the second start, but were reinstated following an appeal.
  • The Alain Prost/Ayrton Senna war began to build up speed, Senna passed Prost despite the Frenchman claiming that McLaren had a pre race agreement not to overtake and that who ever got to turn 1 ahead should stay there.
  • This race is notable as the most satiated Formula 1 entry list ever, with a record 39 cars entering the Grand Prix (though only 26 began the actual race).

References

Previous race:
1989 Brazilian Grand Prix
FIA Formula One World Championship
1989 season
Next race:
1989 Monaco Grand Prix
Previous race:
1988 San Marino Grand Prix
San Marino Grand Prix Next race:
1990 San Marino Grand Prix

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