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The 1990 Japanese Grand Prix, otherwise known as the XVI Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix, was the fifteenth and penultimate round of the 1990 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Suzuka Circuit in Mie Prefecture, Japan, on the 21 October 1990.[1] The race would be remembered for the infamous first corner clash between title rivals Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost, which ensured that the Brazilian claimed his second World Championship crown.[1]

The penultimate round of 1990 was heralded by a series of unfortunate driver changes, after accidents on and off the circuit ended the careers of Martin Donnelly and Alessandro Nannini.[1] The former had his legs shattered in an accident last time out in Spain, resulting in Lotus-Lamborghini hiring F1 rookie Johnny Herbert for the final two rounds.[1] Nannini, meanwhile, had seen his right arm severed in a helicopter accident after the Spanish race, meaning Benetton-Ford Cosworth hired Roberto Moreno to partner Nelson Piquet.[1]

Qualifying was a simpler affair than usual, for the three cars of Life and EuroBrun-Judd had withdrawn from F1 due to a lack of funding.[1] That meant that there was no need for a pre-qualifying session, as Senna swept to pole position ahead of rival Prost at the head of the field.[1]

Unfortunately the simplicity ended at the end of qualifying, for McLaren-Honda began a political battle on Saturday evening by demanding that the pole grid slot be placed on racing line, rather than the inside.[1] The FIA opposed the move, prompting Senna to proclaim that the FIA and Ferrari were working together in Prost's favour, and that he would not leave room for Prost if the Frenchman made a better start.[1]

Ultimately it was Prost who made the better getaway at the start of the race, with Senna trying to squeeze alongside the Ferrari into the first corner.[1] True to his word Senna refused to back off and duly smashed into the back of the Ferrari, sending both cars across the gravel trap and into the outside wall.[1] Both emerged uninjured, with Senna celebrating his second World title.[1]

On track, meanwhile, it was Senna's teammate Gerhard Berger who emerged at the head of the pack, although a spin on lap two ended his race very quickly.[1] That left the second Ferrari of Nigel Mansell in the lead ahead of the two Benettons, with the two Williams-Renaults also in tow.[1]

The order remained static out front, with Mansell easing clear until his stop on lap 26, resulting in the Brit dropping to fifth behind the non-stopping Benettons and Williams'.[1] Unfortunately in his haste to rejoin Mansell stamped on the throttle leaving his pitbox, and duly snapped his driveshafts.[1]

With Mansell out the two Benettons were left flying in formation at the head of the field, with Piquet cruising home to claim victory ahead of teammate Moreno.[1] They were joined on the podium by a thrilled Aguri Suzuki, who earned both his and Lamborghini's only podium finish after late stops for Riccardo Patrese and Thierry Boutsen.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Nigel Mansell, who was originally to retire at the end of the year, reversed his decision by signing for Williams on a two-year deal. This proved to be the best idea, as Mansell would become the World Champion in 1992.

Brabham announced that they would use Yamaha engines for the 1991 season. Footwork also announced that they would use Porsche engines.

Life and EuroBrun withdrew from the sport. EuroBrun's Roberto Moreno joined the Benetton team, replacing Italian Alessandro Nannini, whose Formula One career ended because of injuries suffered in a helicopter crash, after the Spanish Grand Prix.

A Pretender RemainsEdit

Alain Prost had kept his title hopes alive as a result of his victory in Spain, moving just nine points behind Ayrton Senna with two races to go. However, Senna would win the Championship in Japan if he finished ahead of Prost, while the Frenchman himself would effectively lose two points if he finished fourth or higher as a result of the dropped score rule. There were various other title permutations at the penultimate race, although Prost would likely have to win the race just to prevent Senna claiming the crown.

It was a similar story in the Constructors Championship, with Ferrari scoring enough points as a result of their one-two to keep their title ambitions alive. However, the Italian squad would still have to outscore Championship leaders McLaren-Honda by at least three points in Suzuka to keep the fight alive heading into Australia. McLaren-Honda, in contrast, were determined to claim the crown on Honda's home soil, knowing they would likely win the crown if they did not have another double dnf in the final two rounds.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 1990 Japanese Grand Prix is outlined below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
1 France Alain Prost Italy Scuderia Ferrari SpA Ferrari 641 Ferrari 036 3.5 V12 G
2 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Italy Scuderia Ferrari SpA Ferrari 641 Ferrari 036 3.5 V12 G
3 Japan Satoru Nakajima United Kingdom Tyrrell Racing Organisation Tyrrell 019 Ford Cosworth DFR 3.5 V8 P
4 France Jean Alesi United Kingdom Tyrrell Racing Organisation Tyrrell 019 Ford Cosworth DFR 3.5 V8 P
5 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Canon Williams Team Williams FW13B Renault RS2 3.5 V10 G
6 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Canon Williams Team Williams FW13B Renault RS2 3.5 V10 G
7 Australia David Brabham United Kingdom Motor Racing Developments Ltd. Brabham BT59 Judd EV 3.5 V8 P
8 Italy Stefano Modena United Kingdom Motor Racing Developments Ltd. Brabham BT59 Judd EV 3.5 V8 P
9 Italy Michele Alboreto United Kingdom Footwork Arrows Racing Arrows A11B Ford Cosworth DFR 3.5 V8 G
10 Italy Alex Caffi United Kingdom Footwork Arrows Racing Arrows A11B Ford Cosworth DFR 3.5 V8 G
11 United Kingdom Derek Warwick United Kingdom Camel Team Lotus Lotus 102 Lamborghini 3512 3.5 V12 G
12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Camel Team Lotus Lotus 102 Lamborghini 3512 3.5 V12 G
14 France Olivier Grouillard Italy Osella Squadra Corse Osella FA1ME Ford Cosworth DFR 3.5 V8 P
15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin United Kingdom Leyton House Racing Leyton House CG901 Judd EV 3.5 V8 G
16 Italy Ivan Capelli United Kingdom Leyton House Racing Leyton House CG901 Judd EV 3.5 V8 G
17 Italy Gabriele Tarquini France Automobiles Gonfaronnaises Sportives AGS JH25 Ford Cosworth DFR 3.5 V8 G
18 France Yannick Dalmas France Automobiles Gonfaronnaises Sportives AGS JH25 Ford Cosworth DFR 3.5 V8 G
19 Brazil Roberto Moreno United Kingdom Benetton Formula Benetton B190 Ford Cosworth HB 3.5 V8 G
20 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Benetton Formula Benetton B190 Ford Cosworth HB 3.5 V8 G
21 Italy Emanuele Pirro Italy BMS Scuderia Italia Dallara 190 Ford Cosworth DFR 3.5 V8 P
22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Italy BMS Scuderia Italia Dallara 190 Ford Cosworth DFR 3.5 V8 P
23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Italy SCM Minardi Team Minardi M190 Ford Cosworth DFR 3.5 V8 P
24 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Italy SCM Minardi Team Minardi M190 Ford Cosworth DFR 3.5 V8 P
25 Italy Nicola Larini France Equipe Ligier Gitanes Ligier JS33C Ford Cosworth DFR 3.5 V8 G
26 France Philippe Alliot France Equipe Ligier Gitanes Ligier JS33B Ford Cosworth DFR 3.5 V8 G
27 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Honda Marlboro McLaren McLaren MP4/5B Honda RA109E 3.5 V10 G
28 Austria Gerhard Berger United Kingdom Honda Marlboro McLaren McLaren MP4/5B Honda RA109E 3.5 V10 G
29 France Éric Bernard France ESPO Larrousse F1 Lola LC90 Lamborghini 3512 3.5 V12 G
30 Japan Aguri Suzuki France ESPO Larrousse F1 Lola LC90 Lamborghini 3512 3.5 V12 G
31 Belgium Bertrand Gachot Italy Subaru Coloni Racing Coloni FC189C Ford Cosworth DFR 3.5 V8 P
Source:[2]

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Friday QualifyingEdit

McLaren driver Gerhard Berger was the fastest man in the first qualifying session, with a time of 1:38.374, ahead of Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna.

Saturday QualifyingEdit

Senna would eventually take pole position with a time of 1:36.996, ahead of Alain Prost and Nigel Mansell. Jean Alesi, Stefano Modena and David Brabham did not set a time in this session.

Qualifying ResultsEdit

The full qualifying results for the 1990 Japanese Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 27 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 1:38.828 1:36.996
2 1 France Alain Prost Italy Ferrari 1:38.684 1:37.228 +0.232s
3 2 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Italy Ferrari 1:38.969 1:37.719 +0.723s
4 28 Austria Gerhard Berger United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 1:38.374 1:38.118 +1.122s
5 5 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1:39.577 1:39.324 +2.328s
6 20 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 1:41.041 1:40.049 +3.053s
7 4 France Jean Alesi United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:40.052 +3.056s
8 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1:40.355 1:40.664 +3.359s
9 19 Brazil Roberto Moreno United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 1:41.719 1:40.579 +3.583s
10 30 Japan Aguri Suzuki France Lola-Lamborghini 1:41.442 1:40.888 +3.892s
11 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:40.899 1:41.964 +3.903s
12 11 United Kingdom Derek Warwick United Kingdom Lotus-Lamborghini 1:41.482 1:41.024 +4.028s
13 16 Italy Ivan Capelli United Kingdom Leyton House-Judd 1:41.657 1:41.033 +4.037s
14 3 Japan Satoru Nakajima United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:41.208 1:41.078 +4.082s
15 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Lotus-Lamborghini 1:43.111 1:41.558 +4.562s
16 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin United Kingdom Leyton House-Judd 1:42.049 1:41.698 +4.702s
17 29 France Éric Bernard France Lola-Lamborghini 1:42.141 1:41.709 +4.713s
18 25 Italy Nicola Larini France Ligier-Ford Cosworth 1:43.396 1:42.339 +5.343s
19 21 Italy Emanuele Pirro Italy Dallara-Ford Cosworth 1:40.230 1:42.361 +5.365s
20 24 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:42.858 1:42.364 +5.368s
21 26 France Philippe Alliot France Ligier-Ford Cosworth 1:44.106 1:42.593 +5.597s
22 8 Italy Stefano Modena United Kingdom Brabham-Judd 1:42.617 +5.621s
23 7 Australia David Brabham United Kingdom Brabham-Judd 1:43.156 +6.160s
24 10 Italy Alex Caffi United Kingdom Arrows-Ford Cosworth 1:43.270 1:43.887 +6.274s
25 9 Italy Michele Alboreto United Kingdom Arrows-Ford Cosworth 1:43.304 1:43.610 +6.308s
26 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Italy Dallara-Ford Cosworth 1:43.601 1:43.647 +6.605s
DNQ 14 France Olivier Grouillard Italy Osella-Ford Cosworth 1:43.993 1:43.782 +6.786s
DNQ 17 Italy Gabriele Tarquini France AGS-Ford Cosworth 1:44.281 29:56.038 +6.786s
DNQ 18 France Yannick Dalmas France AGS-Ford Cosworth 1:44.410 1:46.326 +7.414s
DNQ 31 Belgium Bertrand Gachot Italy Coloni-Ford Cosworth 20:22.535 1:45.393 +8.397s
Source:[3][4][5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car to set their best time in that session.
  • * Alesi was unable to start the race after an accident during qualifying.[5]

GridEdit

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 1 ______________
Ayrton Senna 2
______________ Alain Prost
Row 2 3 ______________
Nigel Mansell 4
______________ Gerhard Berger
Row 3 5 ______________
Thierry Boutsen 6
______________ Nelson Piquet
Row 4 7 ______________
Jean Alesi* 8
______________ Riccardo Patrese
Row 5 9 ______________
Roberto Moreno 10
______________ Aguri Suzuki
Row 6 11 ______________
Pierluigi Martini 12
______________ Derek Warwick
Row 7 13 ______________
Ivan Capelli 14
______________ Satoru Nakajima
Row 8 15 ______________
Johnny Herbert 16
______________ Maurício Gugelmin
Row 9 17 ______________
Éric Bernard 18
______________ Nicola Larini
Row 10 19 ______________
Emanuele Pirro 20
______________ Gianni Morbidelli
Row 11 21 ______________
Philippe Alliot 22
______________ Stefano Modena
Row 12 23 ______________
David Brabham 24
______________ Alex Caffi
Row 13 25 ______________
Michele Alboreto 26
______________ Andrea de Cesaris
  • * Alesi was unable to start the race after his accident in qualifying.[5]

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

And so, because of Balestre's objection, the pole remained on the right side of the grid. However, this didn't stop Senna, as he sprinted away at the start, but Prost took the lead. Senna went through on the inside and deliberately collided with Prost, sending both drivers off the track. Senna was crowned the 1990 Formula One World Champion.

The reason for this crash was because of the controversial collision at last year's race, when Prost and Senna were McLaren team-mates. While Prost retired, Senna drove through the escape road to rejoin, and was ultimately disqualified, handing Prost the 1989 title. Senna did this as revenge on Prost for last year.

The race was won by Benetton's Nelson Piquet, his first in three years. Completing the podium were his team-mate Roberto Moreno and home hero Aguri Suzuki. This remains the last Grand Prix to date without a European driver on the podium.

ResultsEdit

The full results for the 1990 Japanese Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 20 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 53 1:34:36.824 6 9
2 19 Brazil Roberto Moreno United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 53 +7.223s 8 6
3 30 Japan Aguri Suzuki France Lola-Lamborghini 53 +22.469s 9 4
4 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Williams-Renault 53 +36.258s 7 3
5 5 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Williams-Renault 53 +46.884s 5 2
6 3 Japan Satoru Nakajima United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 53 +1:12.350 14 1
7 25 Italy Nicola Larini France Ligier-Ford Cosworth 52 +1 Lap 17
8 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 52 +1 Lap 10
9 10 Italy Alex Caffi United Kingdom Arrows-Ford Cosworth 52 +1 Lap 23
10 26 France Philippe Alliot France Ligier-Ford Cosworth 52 +1 Lap 25
Ret 11 United Kingdom Derek Warwick United Kingdom Lotus-Lamborghini 38 Gearbox 11
Ret 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Lotus-Lamborghini 31 Engine 12
Ret 9 Italy Michele Alboreto United Kingdom Arrows-Ford Cosworth 28 Engine 24
Ret 2 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Italy Ferrari 26 Transmission 3
Ret 21 Italy Emanuele Pirro Italy Dallara-Ford Cosworth 24 Alternator 19
Ret 29 France Éric Bernard France Lola-Lamborghini 24 Engine 18
Ret 24 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 18 Spun Off 20
Ret 16 Italy Ivan Capelli United Kingdom Leyton House-Judd 16 Ignition 13
Ret 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Italy Dallara-Ford Cosworth 13 Spun Off 26
Ret 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin United Kingdom Leyton House-Judd 5 Engine 16
Ret 7 Australia David Brabham United Kingdom Brabham-Judd 5 Clutch 21
Ret 28 Austria Gerhard Berger United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 1 Spun Off 4
Ret 27 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 0 Collision 1
Ret 1 France Alain Prost Italy Ferrari 0 Collision 2
Ret 8 Italy Stefano Modena United Kingdom Brabham-Judd 0 Collision 22
DNS 4 France Jean Alesi United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth
DNQ 14 France Olivier Grouillard Italy Osella-Ford Cosworth
DNQ 17 Italy Gabriele Tarquini France AGS-Ford Cosworth
DNQ 18 France Yannick Dalmas France AGS-Ford Cosworth
DNQ 31 Belgium Bertrand Gachot Italy Coloni-Ford Cosworth
Source:[6]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

With that the 1990 FIA Formula One World Championship was effectively over, with Ayrton Senna the de facto Champion with a race to spare. Indeed, while Alain Prost was within a race win of the Brazilian's tally, the dropped score rule ensured that he would drop too many points to overhaul Senna's tally. The Frenchman would therefore have to settle for second, while Gerhard Berger faced an intriguing fight for third with Nelson Piquet in Australia .

Likewise, the Constructors Championship had been decided with a race to go, with McLaren-Honda holding an eighteen point lead over Ferrari in second. Indeed, with just fifteen points on offer in Australia there was no chance of Ferrari overhauling the Anglo-Japanese alliance, meaning they had to settle for second. Behind, Benetton-Ford Cosworth had seemed to have seized the imitative in their fight for third with Williams-Renault, moving eight points clear ahead of the season finale.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Brazil Ayrton Senna 78
2 France Alain Prost 69
3 Austria Gerhard Berger 40
4 Brazil Nelson Piquet 35 ▲2
5 Belgium Thierry Boutsen 32
6 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell 31 ▼2
7 Italy Riccardo Patrese 22 ▲1
8 Italy Alessandro Nannini 21 ▼1
9 France Jean Alesi 13
10 Italy Ivan Capelli 6
11 Brazil Roberto Moreno 6 ▲20
12 Japan Aguri Suzuki 6 ▲5
13 France Éric Bernard 5 ▼2
14 United Kingdom Derek Warwick 3 ▼2
15 Japan Satoru Nakajima 3
16 Italy Alex Caffi 2 ▼3
17 Italy Stefano Modena 2 ▼3
18 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin 1 ▼1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 118
2 Italy Ferrari 100
3 United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 62 ▲1
4 United Kingdom Williams-Renault 54 ▼1
5 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 16
6 France Lola-Lamborghini 11 ▲1
7 United Kingdom Leyton House-Judd 7 ▼1
8 United Kingdom Lotus-Lamborghini 3
9 United Kingdom Arrows-Ford Cosworth 2
10 United Kingdom Brabham-Judd 2

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

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References:

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V T E 1990 Formula One Season
Teams Ferrari • Tyrrell • Williams • Brabham • Arrows • Lotus • Osella • Leyton House • AGS • Benetton • Dallara • Minardi • Ligier • McLaren • Lola • Coloni • EuroBrun • Onyx • Life
Engines Ferrari • Ford • Honda • Judd • Lamborghini • Renault • Subaru
Drivers Prost • 2 Mansell • 3 Nakajima • 4 Alesi • 5 Boutsen • 6 Patrese • 7 Foitek • 7 D. Brabham • 8 Modena • 9 Alboreto • 10 Schneider • 10 Caffi • 11 Warwick • 12 Donnelly • 12 Herbert • 14 Grouillard • 15 Gugelmin • 16 Capelli • 17 Tarquini • 18 Dalmas • 19 Nannini • 19 Moreno • 20 Piquet • 21 Morbidelli • 21 Pirro • 22 De Cesaris • 23 Martini • 24 Barilla • 24 Morbidelli • 25 Larini • 26 Alliot • 27 Senna • 28 Berger • 29 Bernard • 30 Suzuki • 31 Gachot • 33 Moreno • 34 Langes • 35 Johansson • 35 Foitek • 36 Lehto • 39 G. Brabham • 39 Giacomelli
Other Drivers Dumfries • McNish • Montermini • Palmer
Cars McLaren MP4/5B • Ferrari 641 • Benetton B189B • Benetton B190 • Williams FW13B • Tyrrell 018 • Tyrrell 019 • Lola LC89B • Lola LC90 • Leyton House CG901 • Lotus 102 • Brabham BT58 • Brabham BT59 • Arrows A11 • Ligier JS33B • Minardi M189 • Minardi M190 • Onyx ORE-1 • Onyx ORE-1B • AGS JH24 • AGS JH25 • Dallara F190 • Osella FA1M89 • Osella FA1ME • EuroBrun ER189B • Coloni C3B • Coloni C3C • Life F190
Tyres Goodyear • Pirelli
Races United States • Brazil • San Marino • Monaco • Canada • Mexico • France • Britain • Germany • Hungary • Belgium • Italy • Portugal • Spain • Japan • Australia
See also 1989 Formula One Season • 1991 Formula One Season • Category
V T E Japan Japanese Grand Prix
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