The 1990 Canadian Grand Prix, otherwise known as the XXVIII Grand Prix Molson du Canada, was the fifth race of the 1990 FIA Formula One World Championship staged at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on the 10 June 1990. The race, which was the twelfth to be held at the Montreal based circuit, would see Ayrton Senna claim his third win of the season, as a groundhog ruined the day of one particular driver.
It proved to be another McLaren-Honda pole position in Canada, with Senna sweeping to top spot ahead of teammate Gerhard Berger. Alain Prost was best of the rest for Ferrari ahead of the two Benetton-Ford Cosworths, while Thierry Boutsen completed the top six.
Rain before the race ensured that the start would be a treacherous one, with Berger slithering into the lead, only to immediately slow having jumped the lights. The Austrian hence got away in second behind teammate Senna, before duly getting slapped with a one minute time penalty.
Behind the two McLarens would come Alessandro Nannini, having jumped Prost off the line, while a brave move from Jean Alesi saw the Frenchman leap up into fourth from eighth on the grid. Those two would constantly harass Berger as the early laps ticked away, with the circuit rapidly drying as they squabbled.
Berger was the first to stop for dry tyres, with Senna following him in a lap later but rejoining behind the Austrian. Nannini would therefore briefly lead before he made his stop, only to rejoin and hit a groundhog that required the Italian to make a second stop for damage and a spot of taxidermy.
With Berger now in the lead of the race the Austrian tried his hardest to build a one minute lead, with his jump-start penalty to be applied after the race. Senna was therefore told to ease his pace in order to allow Berger to try and build a sizeable gap, with the Brazilian himself a very secure second.
Elsewhere Alesi was out of contention after hitting the back of Andrea de Cesaris, while Prost and Boutsen were fighting hard for third among themselves, until Boutsen smashed into Nicola Larini. Nannini, meanwhile, would charge back up the order after his groundhog collision, only to fall off the circuit at the hairpin and call it a day. A few laps later and Nannini's decision was made a fairly trivial one, for Alesi went shooting off the circuit and smashed into the abandoned Benetton.
With the race was run, with Berger unable to build a big enough lead at the head of the field. He therefore dropped to fourth when his penalty was applied, leaving Senna the victor ahead of Nelson Piquet and Nigel Mansell, Prost having slipped back down the order to fifth late on.
Ayrton Senna extended his Championship lead after his second win of the season, easing six clear at the head of the field. His teammate Gerhard Berger appeared as his closest challenger, while Jean Alesi had secured third after another impressive afternoon's work. Alain Prost was next, slipping down from second after retiring mid-race, while Riccardo Patrese completed the top five, level with his teammate Thierry Boutsen.
In the Constructors Championship it had been another positive afternoon for McLaren-Honda, for they doubled their advantage at the head of the pack to twenty points. Williams-Renault were their closest competitors on eighteen points, while Ferrari had retained third, having failed to score in the Principality. Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth were next ahead of Benetton-Ford Cosworth, while Arrows-Ford Cosworth and Lola-Lamborghini made it eight constructors on the score sheet after four races.
The full entry list for the 1990 Canadian Grand Prix is outlined below:
The full pre-qualifying results for the 1990 Canadian Grand Prix are outlined below:
|2||14||Olivier Grouillard||Osella-Ford Cosworth||1:28.589||+0.321s|
|DNPQ||17||Gabriele Tarquini||AGS-Ford Cosworth||1:29.855||+1.587s|
|DNPQ||18||Yannick Dalmas||AGS-Ford Cosworth||1:30.460||+2.192s|
The full qualifying results for the 1990 Canadian Grand Prix are outlined below:
|4||19||Alessandro Nannini||Benetton-Ford Cosworth||1:21.302||1:30.575||+0.903s|
|5||20||Nelson Piquet||Benetton-Ford Cosworth||1:21.568||1:27.124||+1.169s|
|8||4||Jean Alesi||Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth||1:21.748||—||+1.349s|
|13||3||Satoru Nakajima||Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth||1:23.605||—||+3.205s|
|14||9||Michele Alboreto||Arrows-Ford Cosworth||1:23.744||—||+3.345s|
|15||14||Olivier Grouillard||Osella-Ford Cosworth||1:23.779||1:30.872||+3.380s|
|16||23||Pierluigi Martini||Minardi-Ford Cosworth||1:23.795||1:40.047||+3.396s|
|17||26||Philippe Alliot||Ligier-Ford Cosworth||1:23.899||1:31.797||+3.500s|
|19||21||Emanuele Pirro||Dallara-Ford Cosworth||1:24.269||1:38.775||+3.870s|
|20||25||Nicola Larini||Ligier-Ford Cosworth||1:24.285||1:30.091||+3.886s|
|21||35||Gregor Foitek||Onyx-Ford Cosworth||1:24.397||1:42.487||+3.998s|
|22||36||JJ Lehto||Onyx-Ford Cosworth||1:24.425||1:40.607||+4.026s|
|24||16||Ivan Capelli||Leyton House-Judd||1:24.554||7:00.728||+4.155s|
|25||22||Andrea de Cesaris||Dallara-Ford Cosworth||1:24.621||1:36.629||+4.222s|
|26||10||Alex Caffi||Arrows-Ford Cosworth||1:25.113||1:39.209||+4.714s|
|DNQ||15||Maurício Gugelmin||Leyton House-Judd||1:25.712||1:45.435||+5.313s|
|DNQ||24||Paolo Barilla||Minardi-Ford Cosworth||1:25.951||1:51.583||+5.552s|
|DNPQ||17||Gabriele Tarquini||AGS-Ford Cosworth||1:29.855|
|DNPQ||18||Yannick Dalmas||AGS-Ford Cosworth||1:30.460|
- T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car to set their best time in that session.
- Bold indicates a driver's best/qualifying time.
|Andrea de Cesaris||26|
The full results for the 1990 Canadian Grand Prix are outlined below:
- T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
- * Berger was handed a one minute time penalty for jumping the start.
- 100th Grand Prix entry for Ayrton Senna.
- Senna claimed the 60th pole position for McLaren as a constructor.
- 23rd victory for Senna.
- Mclaren claimed their 83rd win as a constructor.
- Gerhard Berger recorded the 60th fastest lap for a McLaren chassis.
- This was also the twentieth fastest lap recorded by a car using #28 as its race number.
Ayrton Senna had once again extended his Championship lead with victory in Canada, moving a full twelve points clear of teammate Gerhard Berger in second. The Austrian himself had a fairly healthy gap back to Alain Prost in third, five points separating them, while Jean Alesi was hanging on in fourth, a point behind Prost. Nelson Piquet, meanwhile, would move up to fifth after his podium finish, while Derek Warwick had become the fourteenth scorer of the season.
In the Constructors Championship it was still an all McLaren-Honda affair, with the Anglo-Japanese squad reaching a half-century with three wins from five races. Ferrari had moved up to be their closest competitors, although the Scuderia were already 29 points behind with a third of the season gone. Williams-Renault, meanwhile, had lost ground having slipped to third, while Lotus-Lamborghini were finally on the board after a miserable start to the season for the former Champion constructors.
Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.
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