Mexican GP 1990
JUNE 24, 1990
Mexican GP, 1990
There was a two week break between the Canadian and Mexican Grands Prix and little had changed when the clans gathered in Mexico City. Gerhard Berger was on pole for McLaren with Riccardo Patrese second in his Williams ahead of Ayrton Senna (McLaren), Nigel Mansell (Ferrari) and Thierry Boutsen (Williams). The top 10 was completed by Pirelli tyre runners Jean Alesi (Tyrrell) and Pierluigi Martini (Minardi), the Benetton of Nelson Piquet (on Goodyears), the Tyrrell of Satoru Nakajima and Stefano Modena's Brabham. Alain Prost was 13th on the grid but reckoned that having a good tyre for the race was more important than a good grip position.
The morning warm-up was disrupted by a stray dog on the track which caused a suspension in proceedings but there were no such problems at the start with Patrese going ahead of Senna and Berger at the first corner. At the end of the first lap Senna took the lead and during the second lap Berger demoted Patrese to third giving McLaren a 1-2. After the two cars ran together for a while Senna began to pull away. Berger had a problem with his left front tyre and pitted on lap 13. He rejoined and began to pick his way through the field from 12th place. This put Piquet second ahead of the Williams-Renaults and the two Ferraris.
Mansell overtook Patrese on lap 22 and Boutsen on lap 26. Prost passed Patrese on lap 26 and Boutsen on lap 31. Piquet became their next victim. Mansell sailed through on lap 36, Prost followed on lap 42.
In the closing laps the two Ferraris closed on Senna and they were aided when Senna had a slow puncture. As they closed on the McLaren the two Ferraris swapped places on lap 55, Prost getting ahead of Mansell, who could do nothing to hold him. On lap 63 Senna's tyre exploded and by the time he had driven the car to the pits it was too badly damaged to continue. Mansell then had a spin and dropped behind Berger. At the last corner Mansell challenged. Berger realized that if he held his line there would be a huge accident and so allowed Mansell to take second. Sandro Nannini (Benetton) was fourth with Boutsen fifth and Piquet sixth.
|13||22||Andrea de Cesaris||Dallara-Cosworth||68||15|
|exc||33||Roberto Moreno||EuroBrun-Judd||Push Start After Spin||27|
|nq||16||Ivan Capelli||Leyton House-Judd||28|
|nq||15||Mauricio Gugelmin||Leyton House-Judd||29|