Brazilian GP 1990

MARCH 25, 1990

Brazilian GP, 1990

The field was the same as it had been in Phoenix a fortnight earlier, except that Alex Caffi was back in action for Footwork having missed the race in Arizona because of a shoulder problem. The Pirelli runners were not quite as competitive as they had been in Phoenix and pole position went to Ayrton Senna's McLaren-Honda ahead of his team mate Gerhard Berger. The two Williams-Renaults of Thierry Boutsen and Riccardo Patrese shared the second row while the Ferraris of Nigel Mansell and Alain Prost were on row three. Jean Alesi (Tyrrell) was the fastest Pirelli runner in seventh, just ahead of Pierluigi Martini's Minardi, Andrea de Cesaris's Dallara and the Ligier of Philippe Alliot.

At the start Senna took the lead from Berger with Boutsen third and Prost fourth. Berger pushed too hard in the early laps and so dropped back behind Boutsen but the Belgian could do nothing about Senna. At the tyre stops Boutsen had a long stop because he ran into one of the tyres which had been laid out for him. This meant that the nose of the car had to be changed. Senna seemed to be en route to a victory when he collided with backmarker Satoru Nakajima (Tyrrell) and had to pit for repairs. This put Prost into the lead with Berger second and Senna third. Mansell was fourth with Boutsen fifth and Nelson Piquet (Benetton) sixth.

Alain Prost Ferrari  71 1h37m21.258s  
28 Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda  71 1h37m34.822s  
27 Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda  71 1h37m58.980  
Nigel Mansell Ferrari  71 1h38m08.524s  
Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault  70  
20 Nelson Piquet Benetton-Cosworth  70  13 
Jean Alesi Tyrrell-Cosworth  70  
Satoru Nakajima Tyrrell-Cosworth  70  19 
23 Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Cosworth  69  
10r 19 Alessando Nannini Benetton-Cosworth  68 Puncture 15 
11 25 Nicola Larini Ligier-Cosworth  68  20 
12 26 Philippe Alliot Ligier-Cosworth  68  10 
13r Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault  65 Oil Radiator Leak 
14 21 Gianni Morbidelli Dallara-Cosworth  64  16 
10 Alex Caffi Arrows-Cosworth  49 Driver Exhausted 25 
12 Martin Donnelly Lotus-Lamborghini  43 Spin 14 
Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd  39 Spin 12 
24 Paolo Barilla Minardi-Cosworth  38 Valve 17 
18 Yannick Dalmas AGS-Cosworth  28 Front Suspension 26 
11 Derek Warwick Lotus-Lamborghini  25 Electrics 24 
30 Aguri Suzuki Lola-Lamborghini  24 Suspension 18 
Michele Alboreto Arrows-Cosworth  24 Suspension 23 
Gregor Foitek Brabham-Judd  14 Gear Selection 22 
29 Eric Bernard Lola-Lamborghini  13 Gearbox 11 
14 Olivier Grouillard Osella-Cosworth  Accident/steering/suspension 21 
22 Andrea de Cesaris Dallara-Cosworth  Throttle Jammed/accident 
nq 35 Stefan Johansson Oynx-Cosworth    27 
nq 36 JJ Lehto Oynx-Cosworth    28 
nq 16 Ivan Capelli Leyton House-Judd    29 
nq 15 Mauricio Gugelmin Leyton House-Judd    30 
npq 17 Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Cosworth    31 
npq 33 Roberto Moreno EuroBrun-Judd    32 
npq 31 Bertrand Gachot Coloni-Subaru    33 
npq 34 Claudio Langes EuroBrun-Judd    34 
npq 39 Gary Brabham Life    35