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Dallara F189

Dallara F189
Category Formula One
Constructor Dallara
Designer(s) Gian Paolo Dallara
Mario Tollentino
Predecessor Dallara F188
Successor Dallara F190
Technical specifications[1]
Chassis Carbon fibre/Kevlar monocoque
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Engine Cosworth DFR Script error: No such module "convert"., V8, NA, mid-engine, longitudinally mounted
Transmission BMS / Hewland 6-speed
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Lubricants Agip
Tyres Pirelli
Competition history
Notable entrants BMS Scuderia Italia
Notable drivers 23x15px Alex Caffi
23x15px Andrea de Cesaris
Debut 1989 Brazilian Grand Prix
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0

The Dallara F189 was a Formula One car designed by Gian Paolo Dallara and Mario Tollentino for use by the BMS Scuderia Italia team during the 1989 Formula One season. Its best finish was achieved by Andrea de Cesaris when he finished third at the Canadian Grand Prix.


The Dallara F189 designed by Gian Paolo Dallara and Mario Tollentino and was an evolution of the previous year's Dallara F188. It was powered by Cosworth DFR V8 engines prepared by Heini Mader.[2]

Race history

For 1989, BMS Scuderia Italia expanded to a two car team. Alex Caffi remained on the roster, joined by the very experienced Andrea de Cesaris. As Caffi scored no points in 1988, and de Cesaris had scored 3 points for Rial, this actually meant that Caffi was bumped into pre-qualifying for the first half of the season, though with a good car and Pirelli's generally strong qualifying tyres this normally wasn't much of a problem for the young Italian. de Cesaris qualified in 15th place for the season opening Brazilian Grand Prix and was classified 13th even though engine problems meant he failed to finish. His best race was in Canada when, in a rain-affected event, he finished third from ninth on the grid (his best qualifying performance of the year). This, his only points finish of the year, was the first of two podiums achieved by Scuderia Italia in Formula One and would prove to be de Cesaris' last ever F1 podium finish. At the following race in France he failed to qualify, though he made every other race, mostly in the second half of the grid.[1]

Caffi in the meantime failed to pre-qualify in Brazil and he would repeat this feat later in the year at the British Grand Prix. These proved to be anomalies as he made the field for the other 14 races of the season, usually ahead of De Cesaris, and in some cases well inside the top half of the grid (he qualified a brilliant 6th in Phoenix). In Hungary he did even better by placing his F189 third on the grid behind only the McLaren-Honda of defending World Champion Ayrton Senna, and the pole winning Williams-Renault of Riccardo Patrese, both using more powerful V10 engines (immediately behind Caffi on the grid were Patrese's team mate Thierry Boutsen and Senna's team mate, 1989 World Champion Alain Prost). This failed to translate into points however, and he was only 7th in the race itself. Caffi finished in the points on two occasions; fourth at Monaco and sixth in Canada, the only race at which both drivers finished in the points.[1] Caffi was ranked 13th, alongside De Cesaris, in the Driver's Championship with four points. The team placed eighth in the Constructors' Championship.[2] These points saw Caffi 'graduate' and not have to pre-qualify for the second half of the season.

Complete Formula One results

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Pts. WCC
Alex Caffi DNPQ 7 4 13 Ret 6 Ret DNPQ Ret 7 Ret Ret Ret Ret 9 Ret
Andrea de Cesaris 13* 10 13 Ret 8* 3 DNQ Ret 7 Ret 11 Ret Ret 7 10 Ret


  1. ^ a b c Stats F1. "Dallara 189". Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Nye, 1992, p. 256


  • Nye, Doug (1992). Autocourse History of the Grand Prix Car 1966–1991. Richmond, Surrey, United Kingdom: Hazelton Publishing. ISBN 0905138945.