1990 Monaco Grand Prix

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Template:Infobox Grand Prix race report The 1990 Monaco Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 27 May 1990 at Monaco. It was the fourth round of the 1990 Formula One season and the 48th Monaco Grand Prix. It was held over 78 laps of the three kilometre circuit for a race distance of 259 kilometres.

The race was won by defending race champion Brazilian driver Ayrton Senna who led every lap of the race driving a McLaren MP4/5B. Senna became the first driver in 1990 to win a second race. Like his previous win in the US, Senna's rival for the race was the unexpected form of young French driver Jean Alesi driving a Tyrrell 019. Senna held a one second gap over Alesi at the finish. It was Senna's third win at the Monaco Grand Prix. The only other driver to complete full race distance was Senna's Austrian team mate Gerhard Berger.

Report

Qualifying

There had been no changes to the field as the cars arrived for the Jewel in the crown of Formula One and qualifying saw no surprises with Monaco master Ayrton Senna taking pole from arch-rival Alain Prost. Jean Alesi continued to impress in his Tyrrell, qualifying third from Riccardo Patrese. Row three was formed of Gerhard Berger and Thierry Boutsen; Nigel Mansell lined up seventh alongside the Minardi of Pierluigi Martini, while Emanuele Pirro and Nelson Piquet rounded out the top ten. Young Australian driver David Brabham qualified in 25th, to make a race start for the first time in his Formula 1 career.

Race

At the start there was an overly long delay between the red and green, which caused the drivers to be a little more agitated than usual Template:Citation needed and it resulted in an accident between Prost and Berger at the Mirabeau corner. The track was blocked and the race had to be stopped. At the second start everything went to plan and Senna led from Prost, Alesi, Berger, Patrese, and Boutsen, with Pirro being the first retirement when his engine blew on the opening lap. Eighth-placed Nigel Mansell was the centre of action in the early going and he quickly got past Martini's Minardi and set off after Boutsen, but his overtaking attempt on the Belgian was less successful as he touched Boutsen's Williams at the seafront chicane and had to limp back to the pits for a new front wing. At the front Senna led comfortably, even more so after the lap 30 retirement of Prost with battery problems. There was more action on lap 35 when Piquet spun approaching Loewes Hairpin; the three time champ proceeded to stall the engine and was disqualified when he received a push start from the marshalls. While Senna maintained his lead, there was action further back where Mansell was once again charging through the field. First he cleanly disposed of Derek Warwick and then managed to successfully pass Boutsen for fourth, as Alesi and Berger fought over second place. Unfortunately for Mansell all his work went for nought as his battery failed as well. In the late stages Senna started to slow, which allowed the Alesi/Berger battle to close up on him, but Senna's McLaren would survive to the finish for his third career win at Monaco. Alesi was second, followed by Berger, Boutsen, Alex Caffi, and the only other survivor Éric Bernard, who had taken sixth place in the late stages after he had forced himself past Gregor Foitek's Onyx by pushing him into the wall. In doing so, Bernard earnt the first WDC point of his F1 career. Despite not finishing the race, Foitek was classified seventh; his best Formula One result.

Classification

Pre Qualifying

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 29 Template:Flagicon Éric Bernard Lola-Lamborghini 1:27.134
2 30 Template:Flagicon Aguri Suzuki Lola-Lamborghini 1:27.548 +0.414
3 14 Template:Flagicon Olivier Grouillard Osella-Ford 1:27.938 +0.804
4 33 Template:Flagicon Roberto Moreno EuroBrun-Judd 1:28.295 +1.161
5 17 Template:Flagicon Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford 1:28.677 +1.543
6 18 Template:Flagicon Yannick Dalmas AGS-Ford 1:30.511 +3.377
7 34 Template:Flagicon Claudio Langes EuroBrun-Judd 1:33.195 +6.061
8 31 Template:Flagicon Bertrand Gachot Coloni-Subaru 1:39.295 +12.161
9 39 Template:Flagicon Bruno Giacomelli Life 1:41.187 +14.053

Qualifying

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 27 Template:Flagicon Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 1:21.797 1:21.314
2 1 Template:Flagicon Alain Prost Ferrari 1:23.449 1:21.776 +0.462
3 4 Template:Flagicon Jean Alesi Tyrrell-Ford 1:23.372 1:21.801 +0.487
4 6 Template:Flagicon Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 1:24.179 1:22.026 +0.712
5 28 Template:Flagicon Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 1:23.001 1:22.682 +1.368
6 5 Template:Flagicon Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault 1:23.936 1:22.691 +1.377
7 2 Template:Flagicon Nigel Mansell Ferrari 1:24.433 1:22.733 +1.419
8 23 Template:Flagicon Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 1:24.012 1:23.149 +1.835
9 21 Template:Flagicon Emanuele Pirro Dallara-Ford 1:24.766 1:23.494 +2.180
10 20 Template:Flagicon Nelson Piquet Benetton-Ford 1:25.273 1:23.566 +2.252
11 12 Template:Flagicon Martin Donnelly Lotus-Lamborghini 1:24.724 1:23.600 +2.286
12 22 Template:Flagicon Andrea de Cesaris Dallara-Ford 1:25.849 1:23.613 +2.299
13 11 Template:Flagicon Derek Warwick Lotus-Lamborghini 1:24.070 1:23.656 +2.342
14 8 Template:Flagicon Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd 1:25.485 1:23.920 +2.606
15 30 Template:Flagicon Aguri Suzuki Lola-Lamborghini 1:27.193 1:24.023 +2.709
16 19 Template:Flagicon Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 1:25.926 1:24.139 +2.825
17 25 Template:Flagicon Nicola Larini Ligier-Ford 1:24.206 1:24.270 +2.892
18 26 Template:Flagicon Philippe Alliot Ligier-Ford 1:25.387 1:24.294 +2.980
19 24 Template:Flagicon Paolo Barilla Minardi-Ford 1:26.352 1:24.334 +3.020
20 35 Template:Flagicon Gregor Foitek Onyx-Ford 1:26.183 1:24.367 +3.053
21 3 Template:Flagicon Satoru Nakajima Tyrrell-Ford 1:25.679 1:24.371 +3.057
22 10 Template:Flagicon Alex Caffi Arrows-Ford 1:26.520 1:25.000 +3.686
23 16 Template:Flagicon Ivan Capelli Leyton House-Judd 1:26.969 1:25.020 +3.706
24 29 Template:Flagicon Éric Bernard Lola-Lamborghini 1:25.398 1:25.541 +4.084
25 7 Template:Flagicon David Brabham Brabham-Judd 1:28.339 1:25.420 +4.106
26 36 Template:Flagicon JJ Lehto Onyx-Ford 1:27.923 1:25.508 +4.194
27 9 Template:Flagicon Michele Alboreto Arrows-Ford 1:27.282 1:25.622 +4.308
28 14 Template:Flagicon Olivier Grouillard Osella-Ford 1:25.785 1:26.781 +4.471
29 15 Template:Flagicon Maurício Gugelmin Leyton House-Judd 1:26.943 1:26.192 +4.878
30 33 Template:Flagicon Roberto Moreno EuroBrun-Judd 1:26.604 1:27.265 +5.290

Race

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 27 Template:Flagicon Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 78 1:52:46.982 1 9
2 4 Template:Flagicon Jean Alesi Tyrrell-Ford 78 +1.087 3 6
3 28 Template:Flagicon Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 78 +2.073 5 4
4 5 Template:Flagicon Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault 77 +1 Lap 6 3
5 10 Template:Flagicon Alex Caffi Arrows-Ford 76 +2 Laps 22 2
6 29 Template:Flagicon Éric Bernard Lola-Lamborghini 76 +2 Laps 24 1
7 35 Template:Flagicon Gregor Foitek Onyx-Ford 72 Collision 20
Ret 11 Template:Flagicon Derek Warwick Lotus-Lamborghini 66 Spun Off 13
Ret 2 Template:Flagicon Nigel Mansell Ferrari 63 Battery 7
Ret 24 Template:Flagicon Paolo Barilla Minardi-Ford 52 Gearbox 19
Ret 36 Template:Flagicon JJ Lehto Onyx-Ford 52 Gearbox 26
Ret 26 Template:Flagicon Philippe Alliot Ligier-Ford 47 Gearbox 18
Ret 6 Template:Flagicon Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 41 Distributor 4
Ret 22 Template:Flagicon Andrea de Cesaris Dallara-Ford 38 Engine 12
Ret 3 Template:Flagicon Satoru Nakajima Tyrrell-Ford 36 Spun Off 21
Ret 1 Template:Flagicon Alain Prost Ferrari 30 Battery 2
Ret 19 Template:Flagicon Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 20 Gearbox 16
Ret 7 Template:Flagicon David Brabham Brabham-Judd 16 Transmission 25
Ret 16 Template:Flagicon Ivan Capelli Leyton House-Judd 13 Brakes 23
Ret 25 Template:Flagicon Nicola Larini Ligier-Ford 12 Differential 17
Ret 30 Template:Flagicon Aguri Suzuki Lola-Lamborghini 11 Steering 15
Ret 23 Template:Flagicon Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 7 Electrical 8
Ret 12 Template:Flagicon Martin Donnelly Lotus-Lamborghini 6 Gearbox 11
Ret 8 Template:Flagicon Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd 3 Transmission 14
Ret 21 Template:Flagicon Emanuele Pirro Dallara-Ford 0 Engine 9
DSQ 20 Template:Flagicon Nelson Piquet Benetton-Ford 34 Push Start 10
DNQ 9 Template:Flagicon Michele Alboreto Arrows-Ford
DNQ 14 Template:Flagicon Olivier Grouillard Osella-Ford
DNQ 15 Template:Flagicon Maurício Gugelmin Leyton House-Judd
DNQ 33 Template:Flagicon Roberto Moreno EuroBrun-Judd
DNPQ 17 Template:Flagicon Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford
DNPQ 18 Template:Flagicon Yannick Dalmas AGS-Ford
DNPQ 34 Template:Flagicon Claudio Langes EuroBrun-Judd
DNPQ 31 Template:Flagicon Bertrand Gachot Coloni-Subaru
DNPQ 39 Template:Flagicon Bruno Giacomelli Life

Lap leaders

  • Lap Leaders: Ayrton Senna 78 laps (1–78)

Standings after the race

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Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
1 Template:Flagicon Ayrton Senna 22
2 Template:Flagicon Gerhard Berger 16
3 Template:Flagicon Jean Alesi 13
4 Template:Flagicon Alain Prost 12
5 Template:Flagicon Riccardo Patrese 9

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Constructors' Championship standings
Pos Constructor Points
1 Template:Flagicon McLaren-Honda 38
2 Template:Flagicon Williams-Renault 18
3 Template:Flagicon Ferrari 15
4 Template:Flagicon Tyrrell-Ford 14
5 Template:Flagicon Benetton-Ford 10

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  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

References

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