The 1990 Monaco Grand Prix, otherwise known as the XLVIII Grand Prix Automobile de Monaco, was the fourth round of the 1990 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Circuit de Monaco in Monte Carlo on the 27 May 1990. The race would see Ayrton Senna secure his third career Grand Chelem in dominant fashion, as well as his third victory in the Principality.
The Brazilian ace had got his weekend underway perfectly, claiming pole position ahead of Alain Prost in the Ferrari. Jean Alesi was next in the Pirelli shod Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth, while Riccardo Patrese claimed the second spot on the second row.
Senna was not to be beaten at the start either, with the Brazilian racer streaking clear at the head of the field. His McLaren-Honda teammate Gerhard Berger would also make a storming start, only to collide with Prost at Mirabeau to block the circuit and stop the race.
The order was reset to how it had qualified, with Prost and Berger having to swap to their spare cars for a full restart. Once again, Senna would blast clear when the lights went out, leaving Prost to fend off Alesi into Sainte Devote which the defending Champion would manage to do.
This time the first lap would pass without issue, allowing Senna to establish an early lead at the head of the field. That meant all of the early action was to be found further down the order, with Nigel Mansell an early casualty, driving straight into the back of Thierry Boutsen having been stuck behind the Williams-Renault.
Otherwise the order at the head of the field remained unchanged, until Alain Prost ground to a halt with an electrical issue mid-race. Alesi was hence left in a lonely second ahead of Berger, with Patrese chasing the second McLaren hard for a podium spot.
Patrese would ultimately become the final significant casualty of the race, as Senna cruised on to claim fastest lap and secure his third career Grand Chelem having also led every lap. Alesi was able to close up to the back of the Brazilian in the closing stages but made no serious attempt to pass, and hence finished in second ahead of Berger.
Ayrton Senna had retained the lead in the Championship despite failing to score in San Marino, although his lead had been cut to just a single point. Indeed, both Alain Prost and Gerhard Berger had moved within a solitary point of the Brazilian after the opening three races, with a three point gap back to fourth place Riccardo Patrese. The top five was then completed by Jean Alesi, with eleven drivers on the score sheet.
In the Constructors Championship it was advantage McLaren-Honda arriving in Monte Carlo, with the Anglo-Japanese alliance a full ten points clear at the head of the field. Their closest challengers were Williams-Renault on fifteen points, with the Anglo-French squad ahead of Ferrari by virtue of having a third place finish compared to two fourths for the Scuderia. Elsewhere Benetton-Ford Cosworth had moved into double figures, with Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth and Brabham-Judd the only other scorers.
The full entry list for the 1990 Monaco Grand Prix is outlined below:
- * Apicella was listed as Minardi's reserve driver after concerns after Martini's fitness ahead of the weekend.
The full pre-qualifying results for the 1990 Monaco Grand Prix are outlined below:
|3||14||Olivier Grouillard||Osella-Ford Cosworth||1:27.938||+0.804s|
|DNPQ||17||Gabriele Tarquini||AGS-Ford Cosworth||1:28.677||+1.543s|
|DNPQ||18||Yannick Dalmas||AGS-Ford Cosworth||1:30.511||+3.377s|
The full qualifying results for the 1990 Monaco Grand Prix are outlined below:
|3||4||Jean Alesi||Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth||1:23.372||1:21.801||+0.487s|
|8||23||Pierluigi Martini||Dallara-Ford Cosworth||1:24.012||1:23.149||+1.835s|
|9||21||Emanuele Pirro||Dallara-Ford Cosworth||1:24.766||1:23.494||+2.180s|
|10||20||Nelson Piquet||Benetton-Ford Cosworth||1:25.273||1:23.566||+2.252s|
|12||22||Andrea de Cesaris||Dallara-Ford Cosworth||1:25.849||1:23.613||+2.299s|
|16||19||Alessandro Nannini||Benetton-Ford Cosworth||1:25.926||1:24.139||+2.825s|
|17||25||Nicola Larini||Ligier-Ford Cosworth||1:24.206||1:24.270||+2.892s|
|18||26||Philippe Alliot||Ligier-Ford Cosworth||1:25.387||1:24.294||+2.980s|
|19||24||Paolo Barilla||Minardi-Ford Cosworth||1:26.352||1:24.334||+3.020s|
|20||35||Gregor Foitek||Onyx-Ford Cosworth||1:26.183||1:24.367||+3.053s|
|21||3||Satoru Nakajima||Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth||1:25.679||1:24.371||+3.057s|
|22||10||Alex Caffi||Arrows-Ford Cosworth||1:26.520||1:25.000||+3.686s|
|23||16||Ivan Capelli||Leyton House-Judd||1:26.969||1:25.020||+3.706s|
|26||36||JJ Lehto||Onyx-Ford Cosworth||1:27.923||1:25.508||+4.194s|
|DNQ||9||Michele Alboreto||Arrows-Ford Cosworth||1:27.282||1:25.622||+4.308s|
|DNQ||14||Olivier Grouillard||Osella-Ford Cosworth||1:25.785||1:26.781||+4.471s|
|DNQ||15||Maurício Gugelmin||Leyton House-Judd||1:26.943||1:26.192||+4.878s|
|DNPQ||17||Gabriele Tarquini||AGS-Ford Cosworth||1:28.677|
|DNPQ||18||Yannick Dalmas||AGS-Ford Cosworth||1:30.511|
- 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||______________|
The full results for the 1990 Monaco Grand Prix are outlined below:
- T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
- * Foitek was still classified despite retiring as he had completed 90% of the race distance.
- † Piquet was disqualified from the race for receiving a push-start.
- Debut race for David Brabham.
- Olivier Grouillard entered his twentieth Grand Prix.
- Ayrton Senna recorded his 22nd victory.
- McLaren earned their 82nd win as a constructor.
- Jean Alesi secured Tyrrell's 75th podium finish as a constructor.
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.
Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.
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