1989 Formula One season

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The Formula 1 1989 season was the 40th FIA Formula 1 World Championship. She was discharged through 16 races in the period from 26 March 1989 until 5 November 1989. Alain Prost won for the third time the drivers' world championship. McLaren was the fifth Constructors' World Champion and was unbeatable even after the ban on turbo engines. Although the superiority was not as clear as in the previous year, but the McLaren's Prost and Senna won again 15 of 16 pole positions and won ten of 16 races.

  • 4.1 Drivers' Championship
  • 4.2 Constructors' Championship

Teams and Drivers

Race Calendar

Race Reports

Grand Prix of Brazil

The Grand Prix of Brazil at the Autódromo Internacional Nelson Piquet in Jacarepaguá, a suburb of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil was held on 26 March 1989 and left in about 61 laps ( 306.9 km ).

Best training was Ayrton Senna ( McLaren) Riccardo Patrese before and Gerhard Berger.

After a start- collision between Senna and Berger, the race was over for Berger, Senna was the race after two pit stops to continue the race last. Patrese took the lead, but later fell out with engine failure. Then Prost was in the lead, but came because of a clutch failure not to his second pit stop, because he feared not being able to drive off and was beaten on degrading tires Nigel Mansell. He could save the second place ahead of the catching-up Maurício Gugelmin the finish.

Grand Prix of San Marino

The Grand Prix of San Marino at Imola was held on 23 April 1989 and left in about 58 laps ( 292.3 km ).

Reached the pole position Ayrton Senna ( McLaren) ahead of his teammate Alain Prost. Third was more than 1.5 seconds behind Nigel Mansell already.

This order was also made ​​after the start. In round four, the race was canceled after a serious accident by Gerhard Berger in the Tamburello curve. After about an hour followed the restart, the race distance was shortened from 61 to 58 rounds. After the restart, Senna and Prost dominated the race and drove out an unchallenged double victory, all the other pilots were rounded up.

Grand Prix of Monaco

The Monaco Grand Prix in Monte Carlo was held on 27 May 1989 and left in about 77 laps ( 256.3 km ).

Best training was Ayrton Senna ( McLaren) with more than one second before Alain Prost and more than two seconds ahead of Williams driver Thierry Boutsen.

The race was dominated by the two McLaren drivers, Senna won clearly ahead of Prost. The third-place finisher Stefano Modena had already more than a lap behind.

Grand Prix of Mexico

The Grand Prix of Mexico in Mexico City took place on 28 May 1989 and left in a distance of 69 laps (305 miles).

The pole position won again Ayrton Senna ( McLaren) ahead of his teammate Alain Prost and Nigel Mansell in the Ferrari, who already had more than a second behind.

The race was stopped in the second round after an accident by Stefano Modena. Senna won a comfortable victory after first Prost dropped back with tire problems and later Mansell was excreted with transmission failure.

United States Grand Prix

The Grand Prix of the USA on the Phoenix street circuit in Phoenix, Arizona took place on June 4th place in 1989 and was held over a distance of 81 laps just over 75 laps ( 284.9 km ) since the race after reaching the 2 -hour limits has been flagged.

Best training was Ayrton Senna ( McLaren) with approximately 1.4 seconds ahead of his teammate Alain Prost. It was his eighth pole position in a row. Third place was Alessandro Nannini, who however had already after eleven rounds up the race with neck problems after an accident during warm -up.

The race was won by Prost, Senna after the race after an unscheduled pit stop was forced to retire with problems on the ignition. With a ranking of the four from last place in the race gone Christian Danner secured in the low Rial the best result of his career.

Grand Prix of Canada

The Grand Prix of Canada in Montreal, took place on June 10 in 1989 and went over a distance of 69 laps ( 302.9 km ).

Best training was Alain Prost ( McLaren) ahead of his teammate Ayrton Senna and Patrese Riccardo.

The start of the race was in wet conditions, all drivers started on rain tires. After Prost already had to give up in the second round with a broken suspension, Senna initially took the lead, but moved at a drying track already in round four on slicks, so Patrese took the lead. Once again the rain had set in, Patrese lost the lead to Derek Warwick after he got problems with his rain tires. Warwick was forced to retire four laps later with electrical problem, so that Senna again took the lead, but had to retire three laps from the end with engine failure. As had solved the Williams of Patrese of the ground and he could only go slowly, the victory went to Thierry Boutsen.

A total of eight counted 26 riders started.

Grand Prix of France

The French Grand Prix at the Circuit Paul Ricard took place on 9 July 1989, went over a distance of 80 laps (305 miles).

The pole position reached reached Alain Prost ( McLaren) with just 0.025 seconds ahead of his teammate Ayrton Senna and Nigel Mansell 0.252 seconds ago. Behind Alessandro Nannini was with the Benetton B189 for the first time used.

After the start there was a spectacular accident when Maurício Gugelmin itself under braking when approaching the first turn, the Williams met by Thierry Boutsen, was catapulted into the air and after a rollover hit the rear of Mansell's car. The race was stopped immediately.

When you restart Mansell had to start in the replacement car from the pit lane. Prost took the lead, Senna rolled a few meters from a defective transmission, so that Prost was an unchallenged start - to-finish victory. Jean Alesi took a much-acclaimed fourth place in his first Grand Prix. A total of 26 riders counted 13.

Alain Prost announced this weekend to leave McLaren at the end of season.

Grand Prix of Great Britain

The Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone was held on 16 July 1989, went over a distance of 64 laps ( 305.8 km ).

Best training was Ayrton Senna ( McLaren) just ahead of his teammate Alain Prost and Nigel Mansell in the Ferrari.

After Senna was eliminated in round 12 after an accident, Prost led the race just in front of Mansell. After a puncture Mansell forced to an unscheduled pit stop, Prost won the race controls. Surprisingly reached the Minardi drivers Pierluigi Martini and Luis Perez- Sala positions five and six, so that drivers were released for the second half of the season from the pre-qualification.

McLaren announced at this Grand Prix to have Gerhard Berger committed as pilots for the upcoming season.

Grand Prix of Germany

The Grand Prix of Germany at Hockenheim was held on July 30 in 1989 and went over a distance of 45 laps ( 305.9 km ).

Best training was Ayrton Senna ( McLaren), with nearly one second ahead of Alain Prost, Nigel Mansell in third place, more than 1.7 seconds respectively.

At startup, Gerhard Berger took the lead, but was overtaken in the first round of Senna and Prost again. In the 13th round Berger retired after an accident due to a suspension breakage, so that his team-mate Mansell took third place. After a problem with Senna's pit stop, which lost around 20 seconds Prost was in front until he got a gearbox problem three laps to go and had to finish the race without the sixth gear. Senna was able to overtake him, Prost was able to save second place finish, as Mansell had lost a lot of time at the pit stop due to a tilted central nut.

Total counted 26 riders started eleven.

Grand Prix of Hungary

The Hungarian Grand Prix in Mogyoród took place on August 13, 1989, went over a distance of 77 laps ( 305.5 km ).

Training with Riccardo Patrese became Best ( Williams) for the first and only time this season not a McLaren driver. Second was Ayrton Senna before the surprisingly strong Alex Caffi, its equipped with Pirelli tires Dallara coped very well with the high temperatures during qualifying.

Patrese was in the race for a long lead until the engine of his Williams burst as a result of a damaged radiator. In the lapping of Stefan Johansson Nigel Mansell overtook Senna and win the race.

Grand Prix of Belgium

The Belgian Grand Prix at Spa- Francorchamps was held on 27 August 1989 and left in a distance of 44 laps ( 305.4 km ).

Best training was Ayrton Senna ( McLaren) ahead of his teammate Alain Prost. Third place was Gerhard Berger, 1.524 seconds behind.

Senna won the race conducted under wet conditions before Prost and Nigel Mansell, who took over in round 9 in the third seat Berger, who had turned and had slid into the barriers.

Grand Prix of Italy

The Italian Grand Prix at Monza was held on 10 September 1989 and left in a distance of 53 laps ( 307.4 km ).

Best training was Ayrton Senna ( McLaren), followed behind with more than one second behind the Ferrari driver Gerhard Berger and Nigel Mansell.

Senna also dominated the race and was clearly in the lead, until it came to an engine failure on his McLaren on lap 44. Alain Prost had meanwhile pushed past the two Ferrari drivers and took the lead ahead of Berger, Mansell was shortly before failed with transmission failure. It was Berger's first Zielankuft since the Australian Grand Prix, the last race of the previous season.

Grand Prix of Portugal

The Grand Prix of Portugal at Estoril was held on 24 September 1989 and left in a distance of 71 laps ( 308.9 km ).

Training fastest was Ayrton Senna ( McLaren) before the two Ferrari drivers Gerhard Berger and Nigel Mansell.

Berger went on startup in the lead and broke away from the field. On lap eight and Mansell went past Senna. As Berger ran aground on the backbench and also still got tire problems, Mansell overtook him on lap 23. On lap 39 Mansell came to the pit stop, but missed his box. Mansell put the car in reverse and drove backward to the waiting mechanics, which was a clear violation of the FISA Rules. Subsequently, Mansell was disqualified from the race organizers, it was from the 46th round of the black flag shown. Mansell, however, continued the race and collided with an overtaking move on lap 49 with the vehicle in front of him Senna, which meant the end for both pilots. So Berger won his first race since the Italian Grand Prix in 1988 before Alain Prost and the surprising Stefan Johansson.

After the race FISA president Jean -Marie Balestre spoke of a distortion of the World Cup and imposed Mansell a lock of a race and a fine of the equivalent of around 100,000 DM

Grand Prix of Spain

The Spanish Grand Prix in Jerez took place on 1 October 1989 and went over a distance of 73 laps ( 307.9 km ).

Nigel Mansell had been locked after the Grand Prix of Portugal for a race, so Ferrari entered only with a vehicle. Beautiful outdoor training Gregor Foitek crashed hard after breaking the rear wing of his Rials. Best training was Ayrton Senna ( McLaren) before Gerhard Berger and Alain Prost.

Senna scored an unchallenged start - to-finish victory in front of Berger and Prost. Emanuele Pirro was in fourth place, but then retired after an accident due to a spasm in the leg.

Grand Prix of Japan

The Grand Prix of Japan at Suzuka took place on 22 October 1989 and left in a distance of 53 laps ( 310.5 km ).

Best training was Ayrton Senna ( McLaren) with more than 1.7 seconds ahead of Alain Prost. The third place winner Gerhard Berger had already more than two seconds behind.

Prost went after the start in leadership, Senna followed him. After Berger had fallen out with transmission failure, led the McLaren duo with more than a minute ahead of Alessandro Nannini. In the 47th round Senna Prost attacked before the Triangle chicane. Cheers steered his car even before the chicane on the inside of the track so that the collision occurred between Senna and Prost. The vehicles were side by side in the outlet zone of the chicane to a halt. Prost got out and walked back to the pits, while Senna was pushing by the marshals, and drove back onto the track by the " emergency exit " the chicane. Senna came into the pits to have mounted a new front wing. This took advantage of Alessandro Nannini to take the lead. Senna the residue picked up quickly and overtook Nannini three laps to go. After the race Senna was disqualified, however, so Prost prematurely won his third world title.

Grand Prix of Australia

The Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide took place on November 5, 1989, went over a distance of 70 laps ( 264.6 km ) instead of the originally planned 82 laps because the time limit of 2 hours was achieved.

Best training was Ayrton Senna ( McLaren) ahead of his teammate Alain Prost and Pierluigi Martini.

The race took place in heavy continuous rain. After Prost had abandoned the race due to weather conditions after the first lap, the race was stopped. After 30 minutes, the race was restarted, Prost, however, did not occur to. Senna dominated initially and led by far when he collided with a lapping with Martin Brundle and retired. Thierry Boutsen took the lead and won the race. Total counted 26 riders started only eight.

World Cup ratings

In the drivers 'standings were the best eleven results counted all the results in the constructors' championship.

Drivers' championship

Constructors' Championship

News in brief Formula 1

  • In Formula 1, the turbos were replaced by 3.5 liter normally aspirated engines.
  • This Formula 1 season ended than the one with most drivers, namely 47
  • Ferrari won the first naturally aspirated race with semi-automatic gearbox.
  • Gerhard Berger survived a serious fire accident at Imola.
  • Alain Prost was after a collision with his team-mate Ayrton Senna, who was disqualified after the race in Suzuka World Champion.
  • With Alain Prost (World Champion in 1985 and 1986) and Ayrton Senna (World Champion 1988) drove two Formula 1 World Champion in the same team. This constellation was found only after 21 years in the 2010 season with Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button again.