The 1989 Formula One season was the 40th season of the FIA Formula One World Championship. It began on March 26 at the Brazilian Grand Prix and ended on November 5 at the Australian Grand Prix.

Alain Prost (McLaren-Honda) won the Drivers' Championship at the controversial Japanese Grand Prix, which was noted for an incident which Prost and his team-mate Ayrton Senna collided at low speed in the final chicane.

McLaren dominated another season this year, but could only manage to win 10 races.

Teams and Drivers[edit | edit source]

Entry list[edit | edit source]

Constructor Chassis Tyre No. Driver Rounds Test/Reserve Drivers
Team Engine
McLaren-Honda MP4/5 G 1 Brazil Ayrton Senna All
United Kingdom Honda Marlboro McLaren Honda RA109A 3.5 V10 2 France Alain Prost All
Tyrrell-Ford 017B
018
G 3 United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer All
United Kingdom Tyrrell Racing Organisation Ford Cosworth DFR 3.5 V8 4 Italy Michele Alboreto 1–6
4 France Jean Alesi 7–10, 12, 14–16
4 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert 11, 13
Williams-Renault FW12C
FW13
G 5 Belgium Thierry Boutsen All
United Kingdom Canon Williams Team Renault RS1 3.5 V10 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese All
Brabham-Judd BT58 G 7 United Kingdom Martin Brundle All
United Kingdom Motor Racing Developments Judd EV 3.5 V8 8 Italy Stefano Modena All
Arrows-Ford A11 G 9 United Kingdom Derek Warwick 1–6, 8–16
United Kingdom Arrows Grand Prix International Ford Cosworth DFR 3.5 V8 9 United Kingdom Martin Donnelly 7
10 United States Eddie Cheever All
Lotus-Judd 101 G 11 Brazil Nelson Piquet All
United Kingdom Camel Team Lotus Judd CV 3.5 V8 12 Japan Satoru Nakajima All
March-Judd 881
CG891
G 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin All
United Kingdom Leyton House March Racing Team Judd CV 3.5 V8
Judd EV 3.5 V8
16 Italy Ivan Capelli All
Osella-Ford FA1M89 P 17 Italy Nicola Larini All
Italy Osella Squadra Corse Ford Cosworth DFR 3.5 V8 18 Italy Piercarlo Ghinzani All
Benetton-Ford B188
B189
G 19 Italy Alessandro Nannini All
United Kingdom Benetton Formula Ltd Ford Cosworth DFR 3.5 V8
Ford HBA4 3.5 V8
20 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert 1–6
20 Italy Emanuele Pirro 7–16
Dallara-Ford Cosworth F189 P 21 Italy Alex Caffi All
Italy BMS Scuderia Italia Ford Cosworth DFR 3.5 V8 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris All
Minardi-Ford M188B
M189
P 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini 1–14, 16
Italy Minardi Team SpA Ford Cosworth DFR 3.5 V8 23 Italy Paolo Barilla 15
24 Spain Luis Pérez-Sala All
Ligier-Ford JS33 G 25 France René Arnoux All
France Ligier Loto Ford Cosworth DFR 3.5 V8 26 France Olivier Grouillard All
Ferrari 640 G 27 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell 1–13, 15–16
Italy Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC Ferrari 035/5 3.5 V12 28 Austria Gerhard Berger 1–2, 4–16
Lola-Lamborghini LC88B
LC89
G 29 France Yannick Dalmas 1–6
France Equipe Larrousse Lamborghini 3512 3.5 V12 29 France Éric Bernard 7–8
29 Italy Michele Alboreto 9–16
30 France Philippe Alliot All
Coloni-Ford Cosworth FC188B
C3
P 31 Brazil Roberto Moreno 1–14
Italy Coloni SpA Ford Cosworth DFR 3.5 V8 32 France Pierre-Henri Raphanel 1–10
32 Italy Enrico Bertaggia 11–16
EuroBrun-Judd ER188B
ER189
P 33 Switzerland Gregor Foitek 1–11
Italy EuroBrun Racing Judd CV 3.5 V8 33 Argentina Oscar Larrauri 12–16
Zakspeed-Yamaha 891 P 34 Germany Bernd Schneider All
Germany West Zakspeed Racing Yamaha OX88 3.5 V8 35 Japan Aguri Suzuki All
Onyx-Ford Cosworth ORE-1 G 36 Sweden Stefan Johansson All
United Kingdom Moneytron Onyx Formula One Ford Cosworth DFR 3.5 V8 37 Belgium Bertrand Gachot 1–12
37 Finland JJ Lehto 13–16
Rial-Ford Cosworth ARC2 G 38 United Kingdom Christian Danner 1–13
Germany Rial Racing Ford Cosworth DFZ 3.5 V8 38 Switzerland Gregor Foitek 14
38 Belgium Bertrand Gachot 15–16
39 Germany Volker Weidler 1–10
39 France Pierre-Henri Raphanel 11–16
AGS-Cosworth JH23B
JH24
G 40 Italy Gabriele Tarquini 2-16
France Automobiles Gonfaronnaises Sportives Ford Cosworth DFR 3.5 V8 41 Germany Joachim Winkelhock 1–7
41 France Yannick Dalmas 8–16

Changes from last season[edit | edit source]

Team changes[edit | edit source]

Driver changes[edit | edit source]

Mid-season Changes[edit | edit source]

Driver changes[edit | edit source]

Driver Standings[edit | edit source]

Driver Placings
Pos Driver Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Great Britain.png Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Portugal.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Japan.svg Flag of Australia.svg Pts
1st Prost 2nd 2nd 2nd 5th 1st Ret 1st 1st 2nd 4th 2nd 1st 2nd 3rd Ret Ret 76 (81)
2nd Senna 11th 1st 1st 1st Ret 7th Ret Ret 1st 2nd 1st Ret Ret 1st DSQ Ret 60
3rd Patrese Ret Ret 15th 2nd 2nd 2nd 3rd Ret 4th Ret Ret 4th Ret 5th 2nd 3rd 40
4th Mansell 1st Ret Ret Ret Ret DSQ 2nd 2nd 3rd 1st 3rd Ret DSQ BAN Ret Ret 38
5th Boutsen Ret 4th 10th Ret 6th 1st Ret 10th Ret 3rd 4th 3rd Ret Ret 3rd 1st 37
6th Nannini 6th 3rd 8th 4th Ret DSQ Ret 3rd Ret Ret 5th Ret 4th Ret 1st 2nd 32
7th Berger Ret Ret INJ Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 2nd 1st 2nd Ret Ret 21
8th Piquet Ret Ret Ret 11th Ret 4th 8th 4th 5th 6th DNQ Ret Ret 8th 4th Ret 12
9th Alesi 4th Ret 10th 9th 5th 4th Ret Ret 8
10th Warwick 5th 5th Ret Ret Ret Ret INJ 9th 6th 10th 6th Ret Ret 9th 6th Ret 7
11th Cheever Ret 9th 7th 7th 3rd Ret 7th DNQ 12th 5th Ret DNQ Ret Ret 8th Ret 6
12th Johansson DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ Ret Ret DSQ 5th DNPQ Ret Ret 8th DNPQ 3rd DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ 6
13th Alboreto 10th DNQ 5th 3rd Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 11th DNPQ DNQ DNPQ 6
14th Herbert 4th 11th 14th 15th 5th DNQ Ret DNQ 5
15th Martini Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 5th 9th Ret 9th 7th 5th Ret 6th 5
16th Gugelmin 3rd Ret Ret DNQ Ret Ret NC Ret Ret Ret 7th Ret 10th Ret 7th 7th 4
17th de Cesaris 13th 10th 13th Ret 8th 3rd DNQ Ret 7th Ret 11th Ret Ret 7th 10th Ret 4
18th Modena Ret Ret 3rd 10th Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 11th Ret DNQ 14th Ret Ret 8th 4
19th Caffi DNPQ 7th 4th 13th Ret 6th Ret DNPQ Ret 7th Ret 11th Ret Ret 9th Ret 4
20th Brundle Ret Ret 6th 9th Ret DNPQ DNPQ Ret 8th 12th Ret 6th 8th Ret 5th Ret 4
21st Nakajima 8th NC DNQ Ret Ret DNQ Ret 8th Ret Ret DNQ 10th 7th Ret Ret 4th 3
22nd Danner 14th DNQ DNQ 12th 4th 8th DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 3
23rd Pirro 9th 11th Ret 8th 10th Ret Ret Ret Ret 5th 2
24th Arnoux DNQ DNQ 12th 14th DNQ 5th Ret DNQ 11th DNQ Ret 9th 13th DNQ DNQ Ret 2
25th Palmer 7th 6th 9th Ret 9th Ret 10th Ret Ret 13th 14th Ret 6th 10th Ret DNQ 2
26th Grouillard 9th DSQ Ret 8th DNQ DNQ 6th 7th Ret DNQ 13th Ret DNQ Ret Ret Ret 1
27th Tarquini 8th Ret 6th 7th Ret Ret DNQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ 1
28th Pérez-Sala Ret Ret Ret DNQ Ret Ret DNQ 6th DNQ Ret 15th 8th 12th Ret Ret DNQ 1
29th Alliot 12th Ret Ret NC Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret DNPQ 16th Ret 9th 6th Ret Ret 1
NC Capelli Ret Ret 11th Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 12th Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 0
NC Bernard 11th Ret 0
NC Gachot DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ 13th 12th DNQ Ret Ret Ret DNQ DNQ 0
NC Larini DSQ 12th DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ Ret DNPQ Ret DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ Ret DNPQ Ret Ret Ret 0
NC Donnelly 12th 0
NC Moreno DNQ DNQ Ret DNQ DNQ Ret DNQ Ret DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ Ret DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ 0
NC Lehto DNPQ Ret DNPQ Ret 0
NC Ghinzani DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ Ret DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ Ret DNPQ Ret 0
NC Schneider Ret DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ Ret DNPQ 0
NC Raphanel DNPQ DNPQ Ret DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
NC Dalmas DNQ Ret DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ 0
NC Barila Ret 0
NC Weidler DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DSQ DNQ 0
NC Foitek DNQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNQ 0
NC Suzuki DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ 0
NC Winkelhock DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ 0
NC Bertaggia DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ 0
NC Larrauri DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ 0

Constructor Standings[edit | edit source]

Team Placings
Pos Team Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Great Britain.png Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Portugal.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Japan.svg Flag of Australia.svg Pts
1st McLaren Senna 11th 1st 1st 1st Ret 7th Ret Ret 1st 2nd 1st Ret Ret 1st DSQ Ret 141
Prost 2nd 2nd 2nd 5th 1st Ret 1st 1st 2nd 4th 2nd 1st 2nd 3rd Ret Ret
2nd Williams Boutsen Ret 4th 10th Ret 6th 1st Ret 10th Ret 3rd 4th 3rd Ret Ret 3rd 1st 65
Patrese Ret Ret 15th 2nd 2nd 2nd 3rd Ret 4th Ret Ret 4th Ret 5th 2nd 3rd
3rd Ferrari Mansell 1st Ret Ret Ret Ret DSQ 2nd 2nd 3rd 1st 3rd Ret DSQ BAN Ret Ret 59
Berger Ret Ret INJ Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 2nd 1st 2nd Ret Ret
4th Benetton Nannini 6th 3rd 8th 4th Ret DSQ Ret 3rd Ret Ret 5th Ret 4th Ret 1st 2nd 39
Herbert 4th 11th 14th 15th 5th DNQ
Pirro 9th 11th Ret 8th 10th Ret Ret Ret Ret 5th
5th Tyrrell Palmer 7th 6th 9th Ret 9th Ret 10th Ret Ret 13th 14th Ret 6th 10th Ret DNQ 16
Alboreto 10th DNQ 5th 3rd Ret Ret
Alesi 4th Ret 10th 9th 5th 4th Ret Ret
Herbert Ret DNQ
6th Lotus Piquet Ret Ret Ret 11th Ret 4th 8th 4th 5th 6th DNQ Ret Ret 8th 4th Ret 15
Nakajima 8th NC DNQ Ret Ret DNQ Ret 8th Ret Ret DNQ 10th 7th Ret Ret 4th
7th Arrows Warwick 5th 5th Ret Ret Ret Ret INJ 9th 6th 10th 6th Ret Ret 9th 6th Ret 13
Donnelly 12th
Cheever Ret 9th 7th 7th 3rd Ret 7th DNQ 12th 5th Ret DNQ Ret Ret 8th Ret
8th Dallara Caffi DNPQ 7th 4th 13th Ret 6th Ret DNPQ Ret 7th Ret 11th Ret Ret 9th Ret 8
de Cesaris 13th 10th 13th Ret 8th 3rd DNQ Ret 7th Ret 11th Ret Ret 7th 10th Ret
9th Brabham Brundle Ret Ret 6th 9th Ret DNPQ DNPQ Ret 8th 12th Ret 6th 8th Ret 5th Ret 8
Modena Ret Ret 3rd 10th Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 11th Ret DNQ 14th Ret Ret 8th
10th Onyx Johansson DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ Ret Ret DSQ 5th DNPQ Ret Ret 8th DNPQ 3rd DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ 6
Gachot DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ 13th 12th DNQ Ret Ret Ret
Lehto DNPQ Ret DNPQ Ret
11th Minardi Martini Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 5th 9th Ret 9th 7th 5th Ret 6th 6
Barila Ret
Pérez-Sala Ret Ret Ret DNQ Ret Ret DNQ 6th DNQ Ret 15th 8th 12th Ret Ret DNQ
12th March Gugelmin 3rd Ret Ret DNQ Ret Ret NC Ret Ret Ret 7th Ret 10th Ret 7th 7th 4
Capelli Ret Ret 11th Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 12th Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret
13th Rial Danner 14th DNQ DNQ 12th 4th 8th DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 3
Foitek DNQ
Gachot DNQ DNQ
Weidler DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DSQ DNQ
Raphanel DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ
14th Ligier Arnoux DNQ DNQ 12th 14th DNQ 5th Ret DNQ 11th DNQ Ret 9th 13th DNQ DNQ Ret 2
Grouillard 9th DSQ Ret 8th DNQ DNQ 6th 7th Ret DNQ 13th Ret DNQ Ret Ret Ret
15th AGS Tarquini 8th Ret 6th 7th Ret Ret DNQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ 1
Winkelhock DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ
Dalmas DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ
= Lola Dalmas DNQ Ret DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 1
Bernard 11th Ret
Alboreto Ret Ret Ret Ret 11th DNPQ DNQ DNPQ
Alliot 12th Ret Ret NC Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret DNPQ 16th Ret 9th 6th Ret Ret
NC Osella Larini DSQ 12th DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ Ret DNPQ Ret DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ Ret DNPQ Ret Ret Ret 0
Ghinzani DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ Ret DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ Ret DNPQ Ret
NC Coloni Moreno DNQ DNQ Ret DNQ DNQ Ret DNQ Ret DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ Ret DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ 0
Raphanel DNPQ DNPQ Ret DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ
Bertaggia DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ
NC Zakspeed Schneider Ret DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ Ret DNPQ 0
Suzuki DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ
NC EuroBrun Foitek DNQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ 0
Larrauri DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ


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V T E 1989 Formula One Season
Teams McLaren • Tyrrell • Williams • Brabham • Arrows • Lotus • March • Osella • Benetton • Dallara • Minardi • Ligier • Ferrari • Lola • Coloni • EuroBrun • Zakspeed • Onyx • Rial • AGS
Engines Ferrari • Ford • Honda • Judd • Lamborghini • Renault • Yamaha
Drivers Senna • 2 Prost • 3 Palmer • 4 Alboreto • 4 Alesi • 4 Herbert • 5 Boutsen • 6 Patrese • 7 Brundle • 8 Modena • 9 Warwick • 9 Donnelly • 10 Cheever • 11 Piquet • 12 Nakajima • 15 Gugelmin • 16 Capelli • 17 Larini • 18 Ghinzani • 19 Nannini • 20 Herbert • 20 Pirro • 21 Caffi • 22 De Cesaris • 23 Martini • 23 Barilla • 24 Pérez-Sala • 25 Arnoux • 26 Grouillard • 27 Mansell • 28 Berger • 29 Dalmas • 29 Bernard • 29 Alboreto • 30 Alliot • 31 Moreno • 32 Raphanel • 32 Bertaggia • 33 Foitek • 33 Larrauri • 34 Schneider • 35 Suzuki • 36 Johansson • 37 Gachot • 37 Lehto • 38 Danner • 38 Foitek • 38 Gachot • 39 Weidler • 39 Raphanel • 40 Streiff • 40 Tarquini • 41 Winkelhock • 41 Dalmas
Other Drivers Dumfries • Giacomelli
Cars McLaren MP4/5 • Williams FW12C • Williams FW13 • Ferrari 640 • Benetton B188 • Benetton B189 • Tyrrell 017B • Tyrrell 018 • Lotus 101 • Arrows A11 • Dallara F189 • Brabham BT58 • Onyx ORE-1 • Minardi M188B • Minardi M189 • March 881 • March CG891 • Rial ARC2 • Ligier JS33 • AGS JH23B • AGS JH24 • Lola LC88B • Lola LC89 • Osella FA1M89 • Coloni FC188B • Coloni C3 • Zakspeed 891 • EuroBrun ER188B • EuroBrun ER189
Tyres Goodyear • Pirelli
Races Brazil • San Marino • Monaco • Mexico • United States • Canada • France • Britain • Germany • Hungary • Belgium • Italy • Portugal • Spain • Japan • Australia
See also 1988 Formula One Season • 1990 Formula One Season • Category
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