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The 1990 Formula One Season was the 41st annual running of the Formula One World Championship. It began on March 11 with the 1990 United States Grand Prix and ended in Australia on November 4 after 16 races.

The Drivers' World Championship was won by McLaren driver Ayrton Senna, his second of three titles. Senna's team McLaren won their sixth World Constructors' title, their third in succession.

Regulation Changes Edit

The major regulation overhaul of 1989 to which cars were now mandatory to run 3.5L atmospheric engines had proven to be a huge success. The increased popularity of Formula One had stimulated Bernie Ecclestone to find ways to improve the television coverage of the racing action. On-board cameras had now been made mandatory on the racing cars and to compensate for this added weight, the minimum weight of the cars had been increased to 505 kilograms.

However Gerhard Berger's terrifying accident at Imola in 1989 had reminded everyone that being caught in a fireball remained a very real risk in Formula One cars. As a result, FISA had decreed that all cars would have an increased cockpit size as well as a newly designed quick release steering wheel. These were all designed so that drivers could exit the car within six seconds in case of an emergency.

However in the case where the driver is incapacited, such as was the case for Berger's fiery accident, FISA had now made it mandatory that all marshalls and medical staff were well practiced at driver extraction from their vehicle.

FISA had also taken extra precautions in accident prevention by making large mirrors mandatory on all cars. The larger mirrors would provide extra visibility for the drivers whilst on-track. There had also been improvements to the structure of the roll bar in the case of a driver rolling his car in an accident.

There had been much debate in the off-season as to whether pre-qualifying should be scrapped. The effected teams, Larrousse, Osella, AGS, Coloni, EuroBrun and Life all campaigned fiercely to have the system scrapped. However FISA had opted not to remove the pre-qualifying rule for the 1990 season. It had been deemed, not only a form of entertainment for spectators but also a hazardous risk to have the slowest teams compete in the main grand prix event.

Calendar Changes Edit

The grand prix calendar remained largely the same for 1990, albeit with a few small adjustments. The United States Grand Prix that was held at the Phoenix Street Circuit in Arizona had been criticized for being held during the middle of the state's scorching hot summer. Subsequently, the race was moved from its position in June to be held during the city's more mildly weathered spring during March. Phoenix would therefore be the first venue on the calendar for the 1990 season. The Canadian Grand Prix was now held ahead of the Mexican Grand Prix in response to the calendar change of the United States Grand Prix.

The Brazilian Grand Prix remained on the calendar, however for the first time since 1982 it would not serve as the season opening grand prix. The Jacarepaguá Circuit was removed from the calendar, instead the Brazilian Grand Prix would be hosted at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace for the first time since 1980.

The track had undergone a $15 million renovation which had saw the circuit be significantly shortened and redesigned. The rise and popularity of Ayrton Senna in his home country of Brazil had prompted a return to the Autódromo José Carlos Pace, held in Senna's home city of São Paulo.

Driver Changes Edit

Exiting Formula One from 1989Edit

  • After a continuous decline in his personal performances as well as citing a lack of enjoyment from the atmospheric engines, the Formula One veteran René Arnoux had lost his seat at Ligier to which he subsequently announced his retirement from motorsport.
  • Despite being offered to continue as a race driver for 1990, Martin Brundle opted to leave Brabham and Formula One to return to the World Sportscar Championship. Brundle, whom was not interested in racing in the midfield opted to return to a series where he had won the championship in 1988.
  • Despite a string of midfield successes for Arrows in fighting in the midfield, Eddie Cheever, had grown tired of a lack of successful opportunities and opted to return to his homeland in the United States, hoping to find a more competitive race seat in racing for Chip Ganassi in the CART series.
  • Following the dissolution of the Rial team, Christian Danner was left without a drive and thereafter moved to Japanese Formula 3000 as well as returning to the Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft.
  • After failing to pre-qualify for all but three events in 1989, Piercarlo Ghinzani ended his long standing partnership with Osella and decided to retire from motorsport at the end of the season.
  • After a very disappointing season in which he had been dominated by both Michele Alboreto and Jean Alesi, Jonathan Palmer had lost his drive at Tyrrell. However he would gain some consolation in signing as McLaren-Honda's test and reserve driver for the 1990 season.
  • After being consistently dominated by teammate Pierluigi Martini, Luis Pérez-Sala had subsequently lost his drive at Minardi and was out of Formula One. He thereafter would move to the World Sportscar Championship for 1990.
  • Following the dissolution of the Rial team, Pierre-Henri Raphanel was left without a drive and therefore moved into the World Sportscar Championship
  • After being drafted in to complete the end of season for Coloni, Enrico Bertaggia had failed to pre-qualify for any of the rounds he had participated in and was subsequently dropped for 1990. He would thereafter move into Japanese Formula 3000.
  • After making a return to EuroBrun for the end of the 1989 season, Oscar Larrauri had failed to pre-qualify for any of the round he participated in and was subsequently dropped for 1990. He would thereafter move into Japanese Formula 3000.

Debutants for 1990Edit

Moved seats for 1990Edit

Mid-Season ChangesEdit

Entry List Edit

Constructor Chassis Tyre No. Driver Rounds Test/Reserve Drivers
Team Engine
Ferrari 641 G 1 France Alain Prost All Italy Gianni Morbidelli
Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 036/037 3.5 V12 2 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell All
Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 018/019 P 3 Japan Satoru Nakajima All Germany Volker Weidler
United Kingdom Tyrrell Racing Organisation Ford Cosworth DFR 3.5 V8 4 France Jean Alesi All
Williams-Renault FW13B G 5 Belgium Thierry Boutsen All United Kingdom Mark Blundell
United Kingdom Canon Williams Team Renault RS2 3.5 V10 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese All
Brabham-Judd BT58/BT59 P 7 Switzerland Gregor Foitek 1-2
United Kingdom Motor Racing Developments Judd EV 3.5 V8 7 Australia David Brabham 3-16
8 Italy Stefano Modena All
Arrows-Ford Cosworth A11/A11B G 9 Italy Michele Alboreto All
United Kingdom Footwork Arrows Racing Ford Cosworth DFR 3.5 V8 10 Germany Bernd Schneider 1, 14
10 Italy Alex Caffi 2-13, 15-16
Lotus-Lamborghini 102 G 11 United Kingdom Derek Warwick All
United Kingdom Camel Team Lotus Lamborghini 3512 3.5 V12 12 United Kingdom Martin Donnelly 1-14
12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert 15-16
Osella-Ford Cosworth FA1M/FA1M-E P 14 France Olivier Grouillard All
Italy Osella Ford Cosworth DFR 3.5 V8
Leyton House-Judd CG901 G 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin All Italy Bruno Giacomelli
United Kingdom Leyton House Racing Judd EV 3.5 V8 16 Italy Ivan Capelli All
AGS-Cosworth JH24/JH25 G 17 Italy Gabriele Tarquini All
France Automobiles Gonfaronnaises
Sportives
Ford Cosworth DFR 3.5 V8 18 France Yannick Dalmas All
Benetton-Ford Cosworth B189B/B190 G 19 Italy Alessandro Nannini 1-14 United Kingdom Johnny Dumfries
BrazilRoberto Moreno
United Kingdom Benetton Formula Ford HBA4 3.5 V8 19 Brazil Roberto Moreno 15-16
20 Brazil Nelson Piquet All
Dallara-Ford Cosworth F190 P 21 Italy Gianni Morbidelli 1-2 Italy Andrea Montermini
Italy BMS Scuderia Italia Ford Cosworth DFR 3.5 V8 21 Italy Emanuele Pirro 3-16
22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris All
Minardi-Ford Cosworth M189/M190 P 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini All
Italy SCM Minardi Team Ford Cosworth DFR 3.5 V8 24 Italy Paolo Barilla 1-14
24 Italy Gianni Morbidelli 15-16
Ligier-Ford Cosworth JS33B G 25 Italy Nicola Larini All France Emmanuel Collard
France Equipe Ligier Gitanes Ford Cosworth DFR 3.5 V8 26 France Philippe Alliot All
McLaren-Honda MP4/5B G 27 Brazil Ayrton Senna All United Kingdom Jonathan Palmer
United Kingdom Allan McNish
United Kingdom Honda Marlboro McLaren Honda RA109E 3.5 V10 28 Austria Gerhard Berger All
Lola-Lamborghini F190 G 29 France Éric Bernard All
France ESPO Larrousse F1 Lamborghini 3512 3.5 V12 30 Japan Aguri Suzuki All
Coloni-Subaru/Ford Cosworth C3B/C3C G 31 Belgium Bertrand Gachot All Italy Andrea Montermini
Italy Subaru Coloni Racing Subaru 1235 3.5 F12
Ford Cosworth DFR 3.5 V8
EuroBrun-Judd ER189B P 33 Brazil Roberto Moreno 1-14 Italy Andrea Montermini
Italy EuroBrun Racing Judd CV 3.5 V8 34 Italy Claudio Langes 1-14
Onyx-Ford Cosworth ORE-1/ORE-2 G 35 Sweden Stefan Johansson 1-2
United Kingdom Monteverdi Onyx Formula One Ford Cosworth DFR 3.5 V8 35 Switzerland Gregor Foitek 3-10
36 Finland JJ Lehto 1-10
Life (Judd) F190 G 39 Australia Gary Brabham 1-2 Italy Franco Scapini
Italy Life Racing Engines Life F35 3.5 W12
Judd CV 3.5 V8
39 Italy Bruno Giacomelli 3-14



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V T E 1990 Formula One Season
Teams Ferrari • Tyrrell • Williams • Brabham • Arrows • Lotus • Osella • Leyton House • AGS • Benetton • Dallara • Minardi • Ligier • McLaren • Lola • Coloni • EuroBrun • Onyx • Life
Engines Ferrari • Ford • Honda • Judd • Lamborghini • Renault • Subaru
Drivers Prost • 2 Mansell • 3 Nakajima • 4 Alesi • 5 Boutsen • 6 Patrese • 7 Foitek • 7 D. Brabham • 8 Modena • 9 Alboreto • 10 Schneider • 10 Caffi • 11 Warwick • 12 Donnelly • 12 Herbert • 14 Grouillard • 15 Gugelmin • 16 Capelli • 17 Tarquini • 18 Dalmas • 19 Nannini • 19 Moreno • 20 Piquet • 21 Morbidelli • 21 Pirro • 22 De Cesaris • 23 Martini • 24 Barilla • 24 Morbidelli • 25 Larini • 26 Alliot • 27 Senna • 28 Berger • 29 Bernard • 30 Suzuki • 31 Gachot • 33 Moreno • 34 Langes • 35 Johansson • 35 Foitek • 36 Lehto • 39 G. Brabham • 39 Giacomelli
Other Drivers Dumfries • McNish • Montermini • Palmer
Cars McLaren MP4/5B • Ferrari 641 • Benetton B189B • Benetton B190 • Williams FW13B • Tyrrell 018 • Tyrrell 019 • Lola LC89B • Lola LC90 • Leyton House CG901 • Lotus 102 • Brabham BT58 • Brabham BT59 • Arrows A11 • Ligier JS33B • Minardi M189 • Minardi M190 • Onyx ORE-1 • Onyx ORE-1B • AGS JH24 • AGS JH25 • Dallara F190 • Osella FA1M89 • Osella FA1ME • EuroBrun ER189B • Coloni C3B • Coloni C3C • Life F190
Tyres Goodyear • Pirelli
Races United States • Brazil • San Marino • Monaco • Canada • Mexico • France • Britain • Germany • Hungary • Belgium • Italy • Portugal • Spain • Japan • Australia
See also 1989 Formula One Season • 1991 Formula One Season • Category
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