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San Marino  1990 San Marino Grand Prix
Race details
Race 3 of 16 in the 1990 Formula One season
Imola 1981.jpg
Date May 13, 1990
Official name X Gran Premio di San Marino
Location Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari
Imola, Italy
Course Permanent racing facility
5.040 km (3.132 mi)
Distance 61 laps, 307.440 km (191.033 mi)
Weather Warm, dry, sunny
Pole position
Driver Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda
Time 1:23.220
Fastest lap
Driver Italy Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford
Time 1:27.156 on lap 60
Podium
First Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault
Second Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda
Third Italy Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford

The 1990 San Marino Grand Prix was a Formula One race held on 13 May 1990 at Imola.

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Pre race

In the run-up to the first European round of the world championship there were a few changes to the grid. Brabham fired accident-prone Swiss driver Gregor Foitek and replaced him David Brabham, son of team founder Jack. Foitek moved over to the troubled Onyx team to replace Stefan Johansson, who was unhappy at the way the team was being run. David's brother Gary Brabham had come to his senses and quit the hopeless Life team, he was replaced by Italian veteran Bruno Giacomelli who had not raced since 1983; he would predictably fail to pre-qualify. Meanwhile Emanuele Pirro returned to the Dallara team, having been out of action with hepatitis.

Practice and qualifying

In practice Alessandro Nannini had a rather large accident in his brand new Benetton, but it was nothing compared to the mammoth shunt Pierluigi Martini had, the Italian would miss the rest of the weekend with a cracked heel. Qualifying saw the first three rows being a team by team affair with Ayrton Senna on pole, being joined by team-mate Gerhard Berger on the front row. The second row was all Williams with Riccardo Patrese leading Thierry Boutsen. Row three was formed by the Ferraris; Nigel Mansell ahead of Alain Prost. The top ten was completed by Jean Alesi, Nelson Piquet, Nannini, and Derek Warwick.

Race

The start of the race was eventful with Senna and Berger getting away well. Behind them there was mayhem with Mansell making a mistake causing Ivan Capelli to spin and crash, and Satoru Nakajima colliding with him. At Tosa Martin Donnelly spun, narrowly avoiding hitting anyone. Meanwhile Boutsen got past Berger but was unable to close on Senna. The order remained the same until lap 3 when Senna pulled off with a broken wheel rim, a rare McLaren mechanical problem. This allowed Boutsen to take the lead, but with Berger hot on his heels. Further back Alesi collided with Piquet while passing him, Piquet spun but continued. Boutsen led until his engine blew up on lap 17, which left Berger ahead of a charging Patrese, who was under serious pressure from Mansell, who passed him going into Tosa, much to the delight of the Italian fans. Mansell continued to charge, despite being hit by Andrea de Cesaris while trying to lap him and challenged Berger for the lead. On the run up to Villeneuve, Mansell tried to go around the outside, but Berger closed the door, causing Mansell to spin dramatically. The Englishman avoided hitting anything and ended up pointing in the right direction, he continued in second place. However, dirt and debris had entered Mansell's engine, causing it to overheat and blow-up a few laps later. Mansell's demise left Berger ahead of Patrese, who went through into the lead on lap 51. Nannini and Prost battled over third place, with Nannini winning out. Patrese duly won his first race in seven years, leading home Berger, Nannini, Prost, Piquet, and Alesi.

Classification

Pre Qualifying

Pos No Driver Constructor Time
1 29 France Éric Bernard Larrousse-Lamborghini 1:26.475
2 30 Japan Aguri Suzuki Larrousse-Lamborghini 1:27.344
3 14 France Olivier Grouillard Osella-Ford 1:28.155
4 33 Brazil Roberto Moreno Euro Brun-Judd 1:28.178
5 31 Belgium Bertrand Gachot Coloni-Subaru 1:33.554
6 34 Italy Claudio Langes Euro Brun-Judd 1:34.272
7 39 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Life 7:16.212
8 17 Italy Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford No Time
9 18 France Yannick Dalmas AGS-Ford No Time

Qualifying

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2
1 27 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 1:24.079 1:23.220
2 28 Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 1:24.027 1:23.781
3 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 1:24.486 1:24.444
4 5 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault 1:25.832 1:25.039
5 2 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Ferrari 1:25.539 1:25.095
6 1 France Alain Prost Ferrari 1:26.080 1:25.179
7 4 France Jean Alesi Tyrrell-Ford 1:26.138 1:25.230
8 20 Brazil Nelson Piquet Benetton-Ford 1:26.316 1:25.761
9 19 Italy Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 1:26.889 1:26.042
10 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 1:26.466 No Time
11 11 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Lotus-Lamborghini 1:28.055 1:26.682
12 12 United Kingdom Martin Donnelly Lotus-Lamborghini 1:27.151 1:26.714
13 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin Leyton House-Judd 1:29.339 1:26.836
14 29 France Éric Bernard Larrousse-Lamborghini 1:26.988 1:26.838
15 8 Italy Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd 1:28.763 1:27.008
16 30 Japan Aguri Suzuki Larrousse-Lamborghini 1:27.211 1:27.068
17 26 France Philippe Alliot Ligier-Ford 1:27.533 1:27.214
18 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Dallara-Ford 1:27.570 1:27.217
19 16 Italy Ivan Capelli Leyton House-Judd 1:29.904 1:27.521
20 3 Japan Satoru Nakajima Tyrrell-Ford 1:27.746 1:27.532
21 25 Italy Nicola Larini Ligier-Ford 1:27.642 1:27.564
22 21 Italy Emanuele Pirro Dallara-Ford 1:27.849 1:27.613
23 14 France Olivier Grouillard Osella-Ford 1:28.590 1:28.009
24 35 Switzerland Gregor Foitek Onyx-Ford 1:28.111 1:28.435
25 33 Brazil Roberto Moreno Euro Brun-Judd 1:28.603 1:31.653
26 36 Finland Jyrki Järvilehto Onyx-Ford 1:28.625 Invalid
27 24 Italy Paolo Barilla Minardi-Ford 1:29.566 1:28.667
28 10 Italy Alex Caffi Arrows-Ford 1:29.242 1:28.699
29 9 Italy Michele Alboreto Arrows-Ford 1:29.615 1:28.797
30 7 Australia David Brabham Brabham-Judd 1:31.282 1:28.927

Race

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 61 1:30:55.478 3 9
2 28 Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 61 +5.117 2 6
3 19 Italy Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 61 +6.240 9 4
4 1 France Alain Prost Ferrari 61 +6.843 6 3
5 20 Brazil Nelson Piquet Benetton-Ford 61 +53.112 8 2
6 4 France Jean Alesi Tyrrell-Ford 60 +1 Lap 7 1
7 11 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Lotus-Lamborghini 60 +1 Lap 10
8 12 United Kingdom Martin Donnelly Lotus-Lamborghini 60 +1 Lap 11
9 26 France Philippe Alliot Ligier-Ford 60 +1 Lap 16
10 25 Italy Nicola Larini Ligier-Ford 59 +2 Laps 20
11 24 Italy Paolo Barilla Minardi-Ford 59 +2 Laps 26
12 36 Finland Jyrki Järvilehto Onyx-Ford 59 +2 Laps 25
13 29 France Éric Bernard Larrousse-Lamborghini 56 Clutch 13
Ret 14 France Olivier Grouillard Osella-Ford 52 Wheel 22
Ret 2 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Ferrari 38 Engine 5
Ret 35 Switzerland Gregor Foitek Onyx-Ford 35 Engine 23
Ret 8 Italy Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd 31 Brakes 14
Ret 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Dallara-Ford 29 Wheel 17
Ret 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin Leyton House-Judd 24 Electrical 12
Ret 5 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault 17 Engine 4
Ret 30 Japan Aguri Suzuki Larrousse-Lamborghini 17 Clutch 15
Ret 27 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 3 Wheel 1
Ret 21 Italy Emanuele Pirro Dallara-Ford 2 Spun Off 21
Ret 16 Italy Ivan Capelli Leyton House-Judd 0 Collision 18
Ret 3 Japan Satoru Nakajima Tyrrell-Ford 0 Collision 19
Ret 33 Brazil Roberto Moreno Euro Brun-Judd 0 Throttle 24
DNS 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford Accident
DNQ 10 Italy Alex Caffi Arrows-Ford
DNQ 9 Italy Michele Alboreto Arrows-Ford
DNQ 7 Australia David Brabham Brabham-Judd
DNPQ 31 Belgium Bertrand Gachot Coloni-Subaru
DNPQ 34 Italy Claudio Langes Euro Brun-Judd
DNPQ 39 Italy Bruno Giacomelli Life
DNPQ 17 Italy Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford
DNPQ 18 France Yannick Dalmas AGS-Ford

Notes

  • Lap Leaders: Ayrton Senna 3 laps (1-3); Thierry Boutsen 14 laps (4-17); Gerhard Berger 33 laps (18-50); Riccardo Patrese 11 laps (51-61)
  • Emanuele Pirro stated from the back of the grid due to his car not starting for the parade lap.
  • Riccardo Patrese won the race 98 races after winning his previous one: a record that still stands.
  • Pierluigi Martini would have qualified tenth but was injured during Friday's practice and did not take part in the race.
  • Gabriele Tarquini did not set a pre-qualifying time when his car lost fuel pressure on his first lap. His teammate Yannick Dalmas withdrew due to a wrist injury suffered the previous week during test.
  • Bruno Giacomelli replaced Gary Brabham in the Life.
  • Gary's brother David signed with the Brabham team replacing Gregor Foitek who joined Onyx in place of Stefan Johansson.
  • The Tyrrell 019– designed by Harvey Postlethwaite– was the first in F1 to sport a "high-nose" design with downward-extending supports for the front wing.

References

Previous race:
1990 Brazilian Grand Prix
FIA Formula One World Championship
1990 season
Next race:
1990 Monaco Grand Prix
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1989 San Marino Grand Prix
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1991 San Marino Grand Prix

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