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1989 German Grand Prix

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Location Hockenheimring
near Heidelberg, West Germany
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The 1989 German Grand Prix was a Formula One race held at Hockenheimring on July 30, 1989.

Pre-qualifying

Pre-qualifying had been reorganised going into the second half of the season; no points in the first half of the season meant that the Larrousse team with their Lamborghini V12 engines joined the session, where Philippe Alliot was now partnered by Michele Alboreto who had left Tyrrell over a rumored sponsorship dispute before the French Grand Prix (Alboreto was personally sponsored by Marlboro and Ken Tyrrell had signed the rival Camel brand as the team's major sponsor. Ironically Marlboro ended their contract with Alboreto shortly after he left Tyrrell which allowed him to join the Camel backed Larrousse team). Roberto Moreno was also forced to pre-qualify in the second half of the season, thus joining his Coloni team mate Pierre-Henri Raphanel. Despite his sixth place finish at the Mexican Grand Prix, this was not enough to prevent Gabriele Tarquini from having to pre-qualify his AGS, so the Italian now joined his new team mate Yannick Dalmas in the session. Stefano Modena's third place and team mate Martin Brundle's sixth place finish at the Monaco Grand Prix resulted in the Brabham team no longer having to pre-qualify for the remainder of the season, while Alex Caffi's fourth place in the same race, as well as a sixth in Canada, meant the Italian would not have to pre-qualify his Dallara either. Volker Weidler also found himself free of pre-qualifying thanks to his Rial team mate Christian Danner's fourth place finish at the United States Grand Prix, despite the fact he had never finished any of the pre-qualifying sessions beforehand in a position higher than seventh. In the pre-qualifying session itself, Alboreto beat Dalmas by mere 0.001 second for the last berth in the qualifying sessions.

Qualifying

As expected, the McLaren-Honda's of Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost dominated qualifying on the ultra fast Hockenheim circuit, with Senna just under a second faster than Prost, who was himself was almost eight-tenths faster than the Ferrari 640 of Nigel Mansell.

McLaren weren't without their problems in qualifying though. During the Friday session Senna ran over a stone which put a sizeable hole in his cars under tray and the resulting damage would require a complete change of car, the problem being that the team only had three of the new transverse gearbox cars in Germany. As a precaution the teams secondary (test) crew, who were on their way to Imola for a week of testing with the new car, were instructed to stop in Dijon (France) in case the race team needed a replacement chassis. When Senna's car was deemed too badly damaged, the test crew made their way to Hockenheim and McLaren were back to having three full cars ready for use by Saturday's morning practice.

Race

The race started with Senna on pole position and Prost alongside him. At the start, Gerhard Berger in the semi-automatic Ferrari made a tremendous start from fourth, passing both Senna, Prost and his team mate Mansell and led the entire field into the first corner with Senna, Prost and Mansell following in succession. At the start Philippe Alliot went off the track at the start in spectacular fashion as he was touched from behind by the Minardi of Pierluigi Martini and lost control of his Lola, spinning off into the grass. He was able to rejoin but his race only lasted 20 laps after his V12 Lamborghini developed an oil leak. His new team mate Michele Alboreto was forced out of his first race with Larrousse just past turn 1 on the second lap after the Lamborghini's electrics failed. Alboreto had qualified 26th and last, only 0.016 ahead of the Minardi of Luis Pérez-Sala.

Berger's lead was to last about a quarter of a lap as the power of the Honda V10 engines told. Senna had Berger before the first chicane, and Prost outbraked him at the Ostkurve. At the start of the second lap, it was Senna leading from Prost, Berger, Mansell, Thierry Boutsen, Alessandro Nannini, Emanuele Pirro, Riccardo Patrese, and Nelson Piquet.

The McLarens of Senna and Prost and the Ferraris of Mansell and Berger started to pull away from the field, with the Benetton-Fords of Pirro and Nannini, and the Williams-Renault of Patrese just barely clinging on (Boutsen retired on lap 5 after being punted off by Pirro at the Bremsschikane 2). On lap 14, Mansell had been hounding Berger for 2 laps, but Berger had a puncture right when approaching the first chicane, and he went up on the marker, launching his Ferrari in midair, landing on a grassy patch and went across the track, just barely avoiding Mansell and came to rest on the trackside grass.

Prost and Senna were on the limit the entire race and Prost hounded Senna for 16 laps, until he went in for his pit stop for tyres, which was a terribly slow one of 18 seconds, which put Mansell in second place and Senna even further away. The next lap, Mansell came into the pits for his tyre change and his pit stop was faster than Prost's but still a poor stop of 11 seconds, which dropped him down back to fourth behind, Senna, Pirro and Prost. Then Senna decided to take advantage of his huge lead and came into the pits for his tyre change, and his stop was even worse than Prost's, lasting 23 seconds. This dropped him down to second behind Prost and Pirro had come into the pits for a tyre change and dropped to fourth.

Pirro crashed into the styrofoam barriers at the stadium entrance and had to be taken to the hospital. With Mansell having problems with his Ferrari, Senna and Prost battled for the entire race, as both drivers were driving on the limit. They started trading off fastest laps[citation needed] and Prost held off Senna for almost the entire race- but on lap 43, Prost's gearbox malfunctioned, lost sixth gear and Senna passed him coming into the stadium. Prost limped around the track for the next 2 laps and Senna cruised around the track to grab his fourth victory of the season, followed by Prost second, Mansell third, Patrese fourth, Piquet fifth and Derek Warwick sixth.

In the post race press conference, Senna refused to speculate on whether he would have been able to pass Prost if the Frenchman hadn't lost top gear, instead stating that winning after suffering four straight DNFs was all he was concerned about. For his part, Prost was of the firm belief that he would have had no trouble holding on for the win had he not had a gearbox problem.

Classification

Pre Qualifying

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 37 23x15px Bertrand Gachot Onyx-Ford 1:47.283
2 36 23x15px Stefan Johansson Onyx-Ford 1:47.700 +0.417
3 30 23x15px Philippe Alliot Lola-Lamborghini 1:47.746 +0.463
4 29 23x15px Michele Alboreto Lola-Lamborghini 1:47.919 +0.636
5 41 23x15px Yannick Dalmas AGS-Ford 1:47.920 +0.637
6 17 23x15px Nicola Larini Osella-Ford 1.48.301 +1.018
7 40 23x15px Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford 1:48.558 +1.275
8 18 23x15px Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Ford 1:48.564 +1.281
9 31 23x15px Roberto Moreno Coloni-Ford 1:48.567 +1.284
10 32 23x15px Pierre-Henri Raphanel Coloni-Ford 1:48.780 +1.457
11 33 23x16px Gregor Foitek Euro Brun-Judd 1:49.458 +2.175
12 35 Template:Country data JPN Aguri Suzuki Zakspeed-Yamaha 1:49.527 +2.244
13 34 23x15px Bernd Schneider Zakspeed-Yamaha 1:50.455 +3.172

Qualifying

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 1 23x15px Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 1:42.300 1:42.790
2 2 23x15px Alain Prost McLaren-Honda 1:43.306 1:43.295 +0.995
3 27 23x15px Nigel Mansell Ferrari 1:44.020 1:44.076 +1.720
4 28 23x15px Gerhard Berger Ferrari 1:44.467 1:44.509 +2.167
5 6 23x15px Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 1:45.062 1:44.511 +2.211
6 5 23x15px Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault 1:45.520 1:44.702 +2.402
7 19 23x15px Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 1:45.033 1:45.040 +2.733
8 11 23x15px Nelson Piquet Lotus-Judd 1:47.316 1:45.475 +3.175
9 20 23x15px Emanuele Pirro Benetton-Ford 1:46.521 1:45.845 +3.545
10 4 23x15px Jean Alesi Tyrrell-Ford 1:47.551 1:46.888 +4.588
11 26 23x15px Olivier Grouillard Ligier-Ford 1:47.408 1:46.893 +4.593
12 7 23x15px Martin Brundle Brabham-Judd 1:47.216 1:47.796 +4.916
13 23 23x15px Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 1:48.222 1:47.380 +5.080
14 15 23x15px Maurício Gugelmin March-Judd 1:47.387 1:47.578 +5.087
15 30 23x15px Philippe Alliot Lola-Lamborghini 1:47.486 1:47.566 +5.186
16 8 23x15px Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd 1:47.511 1:47.552 +5.211
17 9 23x15px Derek Warwick Arrows-Ford 1:47.756 1:47.533 +5.233
18 12 Template:Country data JPN Satoru Nakajima Lotus-Judd 1:48.782 1:47.663 +5.363
19 3 23x15px Jonathan Palmer Tyrrell-Ford 1:47.836 1:47.676 +5.376
20 21 23x15px Alex Caffi Dallara-Ford 1:48.671 1:47.679 +5.379
21 22 23x15px Andrea de Cesaris Dallara-Ford 1:47.879 1:48.005 +5.579
22 16 23x15px Ivan Capelli March-Judd 1:48.239 1:48.078 +5.778
23 25 23x15px René Arnoux Ligier-Ford 1:48.266 1:48.598 +5.966
24 36 23x15px Stefan Johansson Onyx-Ford 1:49.935 1:48.348 +6.048
25 10 23x15px Eddie Cheever Arrows-Ford 1:48.396 1:48.553 +6.096
26 29 23x15px Michele Alboreto Lola-Lamborghini 1:48.670 1:48.726 +6.370
27 24 23x15px Luis Pérez-Sala Minardi-Ford 1:49.587 1:48.686 +6.386
28 37 23x15px Bertrand Gachot Onyx-Ford 1:49.252 1:49.004 +6.704
29 38 23x15px Christian Danner Rial-Ford 1:50.679 1:49.767 +7.467
DSQ 39 23x15px Volker Weidler Rial-Ford

Race

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 23x15px Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 45 1:21:43.302 1 9
2 2 23x15px Alain Prost McLaren-Honda 45 + 18.151 2 6
3 27 23x15px Nigel Mansell Ferrari 45 + 1:23.254 3 4
4 6 23x15px Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 44 + 1 Lap 5 3
5 11 23x15px Nelson Piquet Lotus-Judd 44 + 1 Lap 8 2
6 9 23x15px Derek Warwick Arrows-Ford 44 + 1 Lap 17 1
7 22 23x15px Andrea de Cesaris Dallara-Ford 44 + 1 Lap 21  
8 7 23x15px Martin Brundle Brabham-Judd 44 + 1 Lap 12  
9 23 23x15px Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 44 + 1 Lap 13  
10 4 23x15px Jean Alesi Tyrrell-Ford 43 + 2 Laps 10  
11 25 23x15px René Arnoux Ligier-Ford 42 + 3 Laps 23  
12 10 23x15px Eddie Cheever Arrows-Ford 40 Fuel System 25  
Ret 8 23x15px Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd 37 Engine 16  
Ret 12 Template:Country data JPN Satoru Nakajima Lotus-Judd 36 Spun Off 18  
Ret 16 23x15px Ivan Capelli March-Judd 32 Electrical 22  
Ret 15 23x15px Maurício Gugelmin March-Judd 28 Gearbox 14  
Ret 20 23x15px Emanuele Pirro Benetton-Ford 26 Spun Off 9  
Ret 30 23x15px Philippe Alliot Lola-Lamborghini 20 Oil Leak 15  
Ret 3 23x15px Jonathan Palmer Tyrrell-Ford 16 Engine 19  
Ret 28 23x15px Gerhard Berger Ferrari 13 Puncture 4  
Ret 36 23x15px Stefan Johansson Onyx-Ford 8 Overheating 24  
Ret 19 23x15px Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 6 Electrical 7  
Ret 5 23x15px Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault 4 Collision 6  
Ret 21 23x15px Alex Caffi Dallara-Ford 2 Engine 20  
Ret 29 23x15px Michele Alboreto Lola-Lamborghini 1 Electrical 26  
Ret 26 23x15px Olivier Grouillard Ligier-Ford 0 Gearbox 11  
DNQ 24 23x15px Luis Pérez-Sala Minardi-Ford    
DNQ 37 23x15px Bertrand Gachot Onyx-Ford    
DNQ 38 23x15px Christian Danner Rial-Ford    
DSQ 39 23x15px Volker Weidler Rial-Ford   Push-start  
DNPQ 41 23x15px Yannick Dalmas AGS-Ford    
DNPQ 17 23x15px Nicola Larini Osella-Ford    
DNPQ 40 23x15px Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford    
DNPQ 18 23x15px Piercarlo Ghinzani Osella-Ford    
DNPQ 31 23x15px Roberto Moreno Coloni-Ford    
DNPQ 32 23x15px Pierre-Henri Raphanel Coloni-Ford    
DNPQ 33 23x16px Gregor Foitek Euro Brun-Judd    
DNPQ 35 Template:Country data JPN Aguri Suzuki Zakspeed-Yamaha    
DNPQ 34 23x15px Bernd Schneider Zakspeed-Yamaha    

Lap leaders

  • Ayrton Senna 21 (1-19, 44-45), Alain Prost 24 (20-43)

Standings after the race

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

References


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