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Race details[1]
Race 13 of 16 in the 1990 Formula One season
Estoril track map.svg
Date September 23, 1990
Official name XIX Grande Premio de Portugal
Location Autódromo do Estoril in Estoril, Portugal
Course Permanent racing facility
4.360 km (2.725 mi)
Distance 61 laps, 365.96 km (166.225 mi)
Pole position
Driver United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Ferrari
Time 1:13.557
Fastest lap
Driver Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault
Time 1:18.306 on lap 56
First United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Ferrari
Second Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda
Third France Alain Prost Ferrari

The 1990 Portuguese Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 23 September 1990 at Autódromo do Estoril. Nigel Mansell took his only victory of the season, and his last for Scuderia Ferrari.

Tyrrell's Satoru Nakajima qualified 20th but withdrew due to influenza after crashing in the Sunday morning warm-up session. The grid was adjusted accordingly, although only 25 drivers started as no non-qualifier was reinstated.

At the start with both Ferraris on the front row (Nigel Mansell on pole, Alain Prost 2nd), Mansell's start was so poor that he almost took his own teammate Prost out of the race, and it also allowed the McLarens of Ayrton Senna and Gerhard Berger to slip past Mansell and Prost to make it a McLaren 1-2 with Senna leading into the first corner.

On lap 52, back marker Philippe Alliot attempted to re-pass race leader Nigel Mansell by diving inches in front of Mansell into the inside of "Curva 3" corner. However, the right front wheel of his Ligier hit the left center of Mansell's Ferrari and Alliot crashed into the track barrier. Mansell came out unscathed from this incident.

The race was scheduled for 71 laps but was stopped prematurely following an accident involving Alex Caffi and Aguri Suzuki.

Ferrari announced that Jean Alesi would partner Alain Prost for 1991. Alesi was reported to have already signed a contract with Williams, but changed his mind when Ferrari showed an interest, feeling that this would give him more chance of winning a championship. For this race the Life team abandoned use of their own in house W12 engine in favour of Judd V8 engines. Their engine cover then failed to fit properly as a result.


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 2 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Ferrari 61 1:22:11.014 1 9
2 27 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 61 +2.808 3 6
3 1 France Alain Prost Ferrari 61 +4.189 2 4
4 28 Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 61 +5.896 4 3
5 20 Brazil Nelson Piquet Benetton-Ford 61 +57.418 6 2
6 19 Italy Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 61 +58.249 9 1
7 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 60 +1 Lap 5
8 4 France Jean Alesi Tyrrell-Ford 60 +1 Lap 8
9 9 Italy Michele Alboreto Arrows-Ford 60 +1 Lap 19
10 25 Italy Nicola Larini Ligier-Ford 59 +2 Laps 22
11 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 59 +2 Laps 16
12 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin Leyton House-Judd 59 +2 Laps 14
13 10 Italy Alex Caffi Arrows-Ford 58 Accident 17
14 30 Japan Aguri Suzuki Larrousse-Lamborghini 58 Accident 11
15 21 Italy Emanuele Pirro Dallara-Ford 58 +3 Laps 13
Ret 26 France Philippe Alliot Ligier-Ford 52 Accident 20
Ret 7 Australia David Brabham Brabham-Judd 52 Gearbox 25
Ret 16 Italy Ivan Capelli Leyton House-Judd 51 Engine 12
Ret 5 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault 30 Engine 7
Ret 29 France Éric Bernard Larrousse-Lamborghini 24 Gearbox 10
Ret 8 Italy Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd 21 Gearbox 23
Ret 12 United Kingdom Martin Donnelly Lotus-Lamborghini 14 Alternator 15
Ret 11 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Lotus-Lamborghini 5 Throttle 21
Ret 18 France Yannick Dalmas AGS-Ford 3 Halfshaft 24
Ret 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Dallara-Ford 0 Spun Off 18
DNS 3 Japan Satoru Nakajima Tyrrell-Ford Driver Sick
DNQ 14 France Olivier Grouillard Osella-Ford
DNQ 24 Italy Paolo Barilla Minardi-Ford
DNQ 17 Italy Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford
DNQ 31 Belgium Bertrand Gachot Coloni-Ford
DNPQ 33 Brazil Roberto Moreno Euro Brun-Judd
DNPQ 34 Italy Claudio Langes Euro Brun-Judd
DNPQ 39 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Life-Judd



  1. ^ Henry, Alan (1990). AUTOCOURSE 1990-91. Hazleton Publishing. p. 217. ISBN 0-905138-74-0.  
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