Hungarian GP 1989

Hungarian GP, 1989

Qualifying was always important in Hungary and so Riccardo Patrese was delighted when he took pole position in his Williams-Renault, beating Ayrton Senna's McLaren and the remarkable Alex Caffi in his Dallara (Pirelli producing better and better qualifying tires). Thierry Boutsen was fourth with Alain Prost (McLaren) fifth. Gerhard Berger was sixth ahead of Sandro Nannini's Benetton, Stefano Modena's Brabham (on Pirellis), Derek Warwick's Arrows and Pierluigi Martini's Minardi (another Pirelli runner). Nigel Mansell was a disconsolate 12th on the grid.

The start was vital but Patrese did not make a mistake and stayed ahead of Senna. Caffi was third but it was soon clear that the Pirelli runners would struggle in the race and he was soon overtaken by Berger, Prost and the flying Mansell. The order at the front was static but Mansell chipped away and moved gradually up to third and when Patrese went out with puncture radiator Mansell found himself second behind Senna. On lap 58 the pair came up to pass backmarker Stefan Johansson in his Onyx. The Swede was having gearbox trouble and just as the leaders arrived behind him the problem struck again and the Onyx slowed unexpectedly. Senna dived right but had lost momentum and Mansell, seeing his chance, went to the right of Senna. Mansell had the lead and went on to win. Senna was second with Boutsen third and Prost fourth. Eddie Cheever (Arrows) finished fifth with Nelson Piquet (Lotus) picking up a point for sixth place.

27 Nigel Mansell Ferrari  77 1h49m38.650s  12 
Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda  77 1h50m04.617s  
Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault  77 1h50m17.004s  
Alain Prost McLaren-Honda  77 1h50m22.827s  
10 Eddie Cheever Arrows-Cosworth  77 1h50m23.756s  16 
11 Nelson Piquet Lotus-Judd  77 1h50m50.689s  17 
21 Alex Caffi Dallara-Cosworth  77 1h51m02.875s  
20 Emanuele Pirro Benetton-Cosworth  76  25 
Jean Alesi Tyrrell-Cosworth  76  11 
10 Derek Warwick Arrows-Cosworth  76  
11 Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd  76  
12 Martin Brundle Brabham-Judd  75  15 
13 Jonathan Palmer Tyrrell-Cosworth  73  19 
24 Luis Sala Minardi-Cosworth  57 Accident 23 
28 Gerhard Berger Ferrari  56 Gearbox 
Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault  54 Radiatior 
36 Stefan Johansson Onyx-Cosworth  48 Gear Linkage 24 
19 Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Cosworth  46 Gear Linkage 
37 Bertrand Gachot Onyx-Cosworth  38 Gear Linkage 21 
12 Satoru Nakajima Lotus-Judd  33 Accident 20 
15 Mauricio Gugelmin March-Judd  27 Electrics 13 
16 Ivan Capelli March-Judd  26 Wheel Drive Pegs 14 
29 Michele Alboreto Lola-Lamborghini  26 Engine 26 
18 Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Cosworth  20 Electrics 22 
23 Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Cosworth  19 Wheel Bearings/brake Fire 10 
22 Andrea de Cesaris Dallara-Cosworth  Clutch 18 
nq 25 Rene Arnoux Ligier-Cosworth    27 
nq 26 Olivier Grouillard Ligier-Cosworth    28 
nq 38 Christian Danner Rial-Cosworth    29 
nq 39 Volker Weidler Rial-Cosworth    30 
npq 17 Nicola Larini Osella-Cosworth    31 
npq 30 Philippe Alliot Lola-Lamborghini    32 
npq 41 Yannick Dalmas AGS-Cosworth    33 
npq 34 Bernd Schneider Zakspeed-Yamaha    34 
npq 40 Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Cosworth    35 
npq 31 Roberto Moreno Coloni-Cosworth    36 
npq 33 Gregor Foitek EuroBrun-Judd    37 
npq 35 Aguri Suzuki Zakspeed-Yamaha    38 
npq 32 Pierre-Henri Raphanel Coloni-Cosworth    39