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France  1990 French Grand Prix
Race details
Race 7 of 16 in the 1990 Formula One season
Date July 8, 1990
Location Paul Ricard
France
Course Permanent racing facility
3.813 km (2.369 mi)
Distance 80 laps, 305.04 km (189.543 mi)
Weather Hot, dry, sunny
Pole position
Driver United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Ferrari
Time 1:04.402
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Ferrari
Time 1:08.012 on lap 64
Podium
First France Alain Prost Ferrari
Second Italy Ivan Capelli Leyton House-Judd
Third Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda

The 1990 French Grand Prix was a Formula One race held at Paul Ricard on July 8, 1990.

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Qualifying

Nigel Mansell took pole position from Gerhard Berger and Ayrton Senna being followed by Alain Prost, Nannini 5th, Patrese 6th, Capelli 7th followed by Boutsen in 8th, Piquet in 9th and Gugelmin 10th.

Race

Berger took the lead at the start followed by Mansell, Senna, Nannini, Patrese, Prost, Boutsen, Piquet and Alesi. Later in the race when the leaders pitted, Capelli took the lead being followed by team mate Gugelmin. Prost overtook Gugelmin on lap 54 and Gugelmin's engine blew on lap 57. Prost overtook Capelli for the lead on lap 77 of 80 and went on to win in front of his home crowd at the last event provisionally at Paul Ricard before the French GP moved to Magny-Cours.

Classification

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 France Alain Prost Ferrari 80 1:33:29.606 4 9
2 16 Italy Ivan Capelli Leyton House-Judd 80 + 8.626 7 6
3 27 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 80 + 11.606 3 4
4 20 Brazil Nelson Piquet Benetton-Ford 80 + 41.207 9 3
5 28 Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 80 + 42.219 2 2
6 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 80 + 1:09.351 6 1
7 30 Japan Aguri Suzuki Larrousse-Lamborghini 79 + 1 Lap 14  
8 29 France Éric Bernard Larrousse-Lamborghini 79 + 1 Lap 11  
9 26 France Philippe Alliot Ligier-Ford 79 + 1 Lap 12  
10 9 Italy Michele Alboreto Arrows-Ford 79 + 1 Lap 18  
11 11 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Lotus-Lamborghini 79 + 1 Lap 16  
12 12 United Kingdom Martin Donnelly Lotus-Lamborghini 79 + 1 Lap 17  
13 8 Italy Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd 78 + 2 Laps 20  
14 25 Italy Nicola Larini Ligier-Ford 78 + 2 Laps 19  
15 7 Australia David Brabham Brabham-Judd 77 + 3 Laps 25  
16 19 Italy Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 75 Electrical 5  
17 18 France Yannick Dalmas AGS-Ford 75 + 5 Laps 26  
18 2 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Ferrari 72 Engine 1  
DSQ 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Dallara-Ford 78 Disqualified 21  
Ret 3 Japan Satoru Nakajima Tyrrell-Ford 63 Gearbox 15  
Ret 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin Leyton House-Judd 58 Engine 10  
Ret 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 40 Electrical 23  
Ret 4 France Jean Alesi Tyrrell-Ford 23 Differential 13  
Ret 10 Italy Alex Caffi Arrows-Ford 22 Suspension 22  
Ret 5 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault 7 Engine 8  
Ret 21 Italy Emanuele Pirro Dallara-Ford 7 Brakes 24  
DNQ 24 Italy Paolo Barilla Minardi-Ford    
DNQ 17 Italy Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford    
DNQ 35 Switzerland Gregor Foitek Onyx-Ford    
DNQ 36 Finland Jyrki Järvilehto Onyx-Ford    
DNPQ 14 France Olivier Grouillard Osella-Ford    
DNPQ 33 Brazil Roberto Moreno Euro Brun-Judd    
DNPQ 34 Italy Claudio Langes Euro Brun-Judd    
DNPQ 31 Belgium Bertrand Gachot Coloni-Subaru    
DNPQ 39 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Life    

Notes

  • 100th Grand Prix Win: Ferrari
  • 50th Grand Prix start: Satoru Nakajima
  • In one of the most remarkable turn arounds in Grand Prix history the Leyton House cars ran first and second for much of the race. Neither car had qualified in Mexico. Gugelmin stopped from 2nd late on whilst Ivan Capelli led until 3 laps from home when his engine encountered problems to finish 2nd.

References

Previous race:
1990 Mexican Grand Prix
FIA Formula One World Championship
1990 season
Next race:
1990 British Grand Prix
Previous race:
1989 French Grand Prix
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1991 French Grand Prix

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