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The 1990 United States Grand Prix was the opening race of the 1990 Formula One season held on March 11, 1990 in Phoenix, Arizona. It was the 32nd United States Grand Prix since the American Grand Prize was first held in 1908, and the 25th under Formula One regulations since the first United States Grand Prix was held at Riverside in 1958. It was the second to be held on the streets of Phoenix and ran over 72 laps of the 4km-circuit.

The race was won by Brazilian Ayrton Senna, driving a McLaren MP4/5B by eight seconds over a young French driver Jean Alesi in his comparatively under-funded Tyrrell 018. Throughout the race, the pair enthralled fans with some fabulous and daring passing for the lead.

It was Alesi's first podium finish, with Belgian driver Thierry Boutsen in a Williams FW13B coming home third.



Summary

Background

Swiss driver Gregor Foitek made his Formula One race debut for the Brabham team. He had attempted to qualify for races during the 1989 season, failing to make the grid in eleven qualifying attempts for Euro Brun and one for Rial.

Qualifying

Unexpected rain on Saturday meant that the grid was decided entirely by times from Friday's session. Pirelli's soft qualifying tires caught Goodyear off guard, and the Italian manufacturer put five of its teams in the top ten positions, including Jean Alesi, who was fourth in a Tyrrell. In a surprise move, team manager Ken Tyrrell had signed with Pirelli two days before the race, after 18 years with Goodyear. Gerhard Berger's pole-winning McLaren was the only car in the first two rows sporting Goodyears. Pierluigi Martini put Minardi on the front row for the only time in the team's history, less than seven-hundredths off Berger's pole time. In addition, Andrea de Cesaris (Scuderia Italia), Olivier Grouillard (Osella) and Roberto Moreno (EuroBrun) all scored what proved to be their team's best grid position of the year. Philippe Alliot was excluded when a mechanic worked on the car outside of the pit area during Friday's practice.

Race

Martin Donnelly did not take the dummy grid due to gearbox failure. (Some sources consider this a DNS.)

Race day was cool with a chance of rain. Berger quickly pulled ahead of Martini and moved over in front of him, but Alesi, whose F1 career had begun in his home country of France the previous summer, made an even quicker start, passed them both and outbraked Berger into the first corner. He immediately began pulling away, and led by 2.4 seconds after one lap.

Senna passed de Cesaris for third, and closed on Berger, who was giving up a half second a lap to Alesi. The Brazilian got by his team-mate when, on lap 9, Berger hit a bump under braking, backed into the tire wall and damaged his rear wing. He pitted for a new wing, and later recorded the fastest lap of the race, but eventually retired with a clutch problem.

When Berger spun, Senna was 8.2 seconds behind Alesi. Not knowing whether the Tyrrell's Pirelli tires would last, Senna was reluctant to push too hard early on. After 30 laps, Alesi remained in the lead, but on lap 34, Senna passed him on the inside. The Tyrrell held the outside line on the exit and retook the lead on the next turn. At the same point, one lap later, Senna took the lead again, and this time he held it.

After several attempts to regain the lead, Alesi decided to conserve his tires, and let Senna go. Meanwhile, Nelson Piquet had progressed from sixth on the grid to third by lap 17. Brake trouble caused him to flatspot his tires, however, and on lap 28 he pitted for new ones. This allowed Thierry Boutsen's Williams through, and though he battled a problem with his engine intermittently cutting out, he maintained third place to the flag. Piquet had to settle for fourth in his first drive for Benetton.

Prost had fallen back to ninth at the start with gearbox problems, and, while he advanced to fourth place by lap 17, his gearbox troubles proved terminal on lap 21. In the other Ferrari, Nigel Mansell retired from fifth on lap 49, when his clutch disintegrated and pierced the oil tank. The engine seized and caught fire, sending Mansell into a spin.

Senna built his lead over Alesi to 28.5 seconds, but backed off slightly when his engine began sounding less than healthy. Stefano Modena and Satoru Nakajima, in a Brabham and the second Tyrrell, respectively, finished the scoring in fifth and sixth places. It was the 21st win of Ayrton Senna's career and the first of six for the season. The Brazilian would go on to win his second World Championship. Alesi's podium finish was the first of his career.

The first two finishers were full of praise for one another after the race. Senna said he knew Alesi had the ingredients to be World Champion, and Alesi gushed, "He is my hero and has been for many years." Other winners in the race were Ken Tyrrell, with two cars in the points; and Pirelli, with three points finishers. About the only down note was the tiny crowd of 15,000 that witnessed such a great show.

Classification

Pre Qualifying

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 33 23x15px Roberto Moreno EuroBrun-Judd 1:32.292
2 29 23x15px Éric Bernard Lola-Lamborghini 1:32.711 +0.419
3 14 23x15px Olivier Grouillard Osella-Ford 1:33.181 +0.889
4 30 Template:Country data Japan Aguri Suzuki Lola-Lamborghini 1:33.331 +1.039
5 17 23x15px Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford 1:35.420 +3.128
6 18 23x15px Yannick Dalmas AGS-Ford 1:35.481 +3.189
7 34 23x15px Claudio Langes EuroBrun-Judd 1:37.399 +5.107
8 39 23x15px Gary Brabham Life 2:07.147 +35.855
9 31 23x15px Bertrand Gachot Coloni-Subaru 5:15.010 +2:43.718

Qualifying

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 28 23x15px Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 1:28.664 1:53.486
2 23 23x15px Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 1:28.731 2:33.083 +0.067
3 22 23x15px Andrea de Cesaris Dallara-Ford 1:29.019 1:57.435 +0.355
4 4 23x15px Jean Alesi Tyrrell-Ford 1:29.408 1:54.738 +0.744
5 27 23x15px Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 1:29.431 1:52.015 +0.767
6 20 23x15px Nelson Piquet Benetton-Ford 1:29.862 1:55.449 +1.198
7 1 23x15px Alain Prost Ferrari 1:29.910 1:56.661 +1.246
8 14 23x15px Olivier Grouillard Osella-Ford 1:29.947 +1.283
9 5 23x15px Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault 1:30.059 1:52.771 +1.395
10 8 23x15px Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd 1:30.127 +1.463
11 3 Template:Country data Japan Satoru Nakajima Tyrrell-Ford 1:30.130 +1.466
12 6 23x15px Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 1:30.213 1:53.530 +1.549
13 25 23x15px Nicola Larini Ligier-Ford 1:30.424 +1.760
14 24 23x15px Paolo Barilla Minardi-Ford 1:31.194 +2.530
15 29 23x15px Éric Bernard Lola-Lamborghini 1:31.226 +2.562
16 33 23x15px Roberto Moreno EuroBrun-Judd 1:31.247 1:51.538 +2.583
17 2 23x15px Nigel Mansell Ferrari 1:31.363 1:52.405 +2.699
18 30 Template:Country data Japan Aguri Suzuki Lola-Lamborghini 1:31.414 +2.750
19 12 23x15px Martin Donnelly Lotus-Lamborghini 1:31.650 1:49.942 +2.986
20 10 23x15px Bernd Schneider Arrows-Ford 1:31.892 +3.228
21 9 23x15px Michele Alboreto Arrows-Ford 1:31.948 1:54.499 +3.284
22 19 23x15px Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 1:31.984 +3.320
23 7 23x16px Gregor Foitek Brabham-Judd 1:32.398 +3.734
24 11 23x15px Derek Warwick Lotus-Lamborghini 1:32.400 2:05.974 +3.736
25 15 23x15px Maurício Gugelmin Leyton House-Judd 1:32.904 +4.240
26 16 23x15px Ivan Capelli Leyton House-Judd 1:33.044 +4.380
27 35 23x15px Stefan Johansson Onyx-Ford 1:33.468 +4.804
28 21 23x15px Gianni Morbidelli Dallara-Ford 1:34.292 +5.628
29 36 23x15px JJ Lehto Onyx-Ford
DSQ 26 23x15px Philippe Alliot Ligier-Ford 1:31.664 +3.000

Race

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 27 23x15px Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 72 1:52:32.829 5 9
2 4 23x15px Jean Alesi Tyrrell-Ford 72 +8.685 4 6
3 5 23x15px Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault 72 +54.080 9 4
4 20 23x15px Nelson Piquet Benetton-Ford 72 +1:08.358 6 3
5 8 23x15px Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd 72 +1:09.503 10 2
6 3 Template:Country data Japan Satoru Nakajima Tyrrell-Ford 71 +1 Lap 11 1
7 23 23x15px Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 71 +1 Lap 2
8 29 23x15px Éric Bernard Lola-Lamborghini 71 +1 Lap 15
9 6 23x15px Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 71 +1 Lap 12
10 9 23x15px Michele Alboreto Arrows-Ford 70 +2 Laps 21
11 19 23x15px Alessandro Nannini Benetton-Ford 70 +2 Laps 22
12 10 23x15px Bernd Schneider Arrows-Ford 70 +2 Laps 20
13 33 23x15px Roberto Moreno EuroBrun-Judd 67 +5 Laps 16
14 15 23x15px Maurício Gugelmin Leyton House-Judd 66 +6 Laps 25
Ret 24 23x15px Paolo Barilla Minardi-Ford 54 Physical 14
Ret 30 Template:Country data Japan Aguri Suzuki Lola-Lamborghini 53 Brakes 18
Ret 2 23x15px Nigel Mansell Ferrari 49 Clutch 17
Ret 28 23x15px Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 44 Clutch 1
Ret 7 23x16px Gregor Foitek Brabham-Judd 39 Accident 23
Ret 14 23x15px Olivier Grouillard Osella-Ford 39 Collision 8
Ret 22 23x15px Andrea de Cesaris Dallara-Ford 25 Engine 3
Ret 1 23x15px Alain Prost Ferrari 21 Oil Leak 7
Ret 16 23x15px Ivan Capelli Leyton House-Judd 20 Electrical 26
Ret 11 23x15px Derek Warwick Lotus-Lamborghini 6 Gearbox 24
Ret 25 23x15px Nicola Larini Ligier-Ford 4 Throttle 13
Ret 12 23x15px Martin Donnelly Lotus-Lamborghini 0 Gearbox 19
DSQ 26 23x15px Philippe Alliot Ligier-Ford
DNQ 35 23x15px Stefan Johansson Onyx-Ford
DNQ 21 23x15px Gianni Morbidelli Dallara-Ford
DNQ 36 23x15px JJ Lehto Onyx-Ford
DNPQ 17 23x15px Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford
DNPQ 18 23x15px Yannick Dalmas AGS-Ford
DNPQ 34 23x15px Claudio Langes EuroBrun-Judd
DNPQ 39 23x15px Gary Brabham Life
DNPQ 31 23x15px Bertrand Gachot Coloni-Subaru

Notes

Standings after the race

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

References

  • Rob Walker (June, 1990). "2nd United States Grand Prix at Phoenix: Senna's Surprise". Road & Track, 92–96.

External links


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