Portuguese GP 1990
SEPTEMBER 23, 1990
Portuguese GP, 1990
The big news in the F1 paddock at Estoril was that Jean Alesi had been signed to replace Nigel Mansell at Ferrari after a deal between Sandro Nannini and Ferrari fell through. Alesi was originally expected to move to Williams but a settlement was reached between the parties (which resulted in the British team acquiring an F1 Ferrari).
The field was unchanged as the teams gathered in Estoril. The Life team had finally given up with its W12 engine and had acquired a Judd V8 but it made no difference. Qualifying resulted in a surprise as the two Ferraris were ahead of the two McLaren-Hondas with Nigel Mansell on pole from Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna ahead of Gerhard Berger. Riccardo Patrese emerged fifth in his Williams-Renault ahead of Nelson Piquet (Benetton), Thierry Boutsen (Williams), Jean Alesi (Tyrrell) and Sandro Nannini (Benetton). Eric Bernard was 10th and his Larrousse Lola team mate Aguri Suzuki was 11th.
On race morning Satoru Nakajima withdrew from the event because of flu which caused him to have a lapse of concentration in the warm-up and crash heavily.
At the start Mansell made a mess of it and nearly spun. The pole position car skittered across the road into the path of Prost and the Frenchman had to back off. On the outside Senna, Berger and Piquet all went ahead of Prost but Mansell chopped ahead of Piquet to grab third.
Prost was stuck behind Piquet for the first 13 laps and so dropped five seconds behind the leading trio. By lap 26 he had caught them and passed Mansell when the Englishman had a wild moment. Then the pit stops and tyre changes began and with everyone but Nannini stopping the order was shuffled with Senna leading Mansell and Berger. Mansell then attacked Senna and on lap 50 went ahead by which time Prost had lost sixth gear and was driving to survive. Mansell later had a brush with Philippe Alliot's Ligier, the Frenchman being punted into a wall.
Prost caught and passed Berger on lap 59 and was challenging Senna for second when Aguri Suzuki and Alex Caffi collided and the race was stopped with still 10 laps to go. Mansell won with Senna second and Prost third. Then came Berger, Piquet and Nannini.
The result meant that Senna was 18 points clear with three races to go.
|12||15||Mauricio Gugelmin||Leyton House-Judd||59||14|
|r||16||Ivan Capelli||Leyton House-Judd||51||Engine||12|
|r||11||Derek Warwick||Lotus-Lamborghini||5||Throttle Slides Jammed||21|
|r||18||Yannick Dalmas||AGS-Cosworth||3||Drive Shaft||24|
|r||22||Andrea de Cesaris||Dallara-Cosworth||0||Throttle Jammed/ Spin||18|
|ns||3||Satoru Nakajima||Tyrrell-Cosworth||Driver Ill (earlier Accident)||26|