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The 1990 Japanese Grand Prix is the fifteenth and penultimate round of the 1990 FIA Formula One World Championship.

This race was notable for the first-corner collision between title contenders Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost, which ultimately handed Senna the title, since he entered the round nine points ahead of Prost.

The race was won by Nelson Piquet from Benetton. ahead of his team-mate Roberto Moreno. Aguri Suzuki finished third in his Larrousse. It was also the first race to have a Japanese Formula One driver in the Top 3.

BackgroundEdit

Prior to the race, Senna requested that the pole position be on the left side of the track since it was much more cleaner than the other. This plea was rejected by FIA president Jean-Marie Balestre.

Nigel Mansell, who was originally to retire at the end of the year, reversed his decision by signing for Williams on a two-year deal. This proved to be the best idea, as Mansell would become the World Champion in 1992.

Jean Alesi did not started the race due to a neck injury during Friday's practice, even if he qualified for the race. His grid position (7th) was left empty, and the race would have 25 starters instead of 26.

Brabham announced that they would use Yamaha engines for the 1991 season. Footwork also announced that they would use Porsche engines.

Life and EuroBrun withdrew from the sport. EuroBrun's Roberto Moreno joined the Benetton team, replacing Italian Alessandro Nannini, whose Formula One career ended because of injuries suffered in a helicopter crash, after the Spanish Grand Prix.


Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 1990 Japanese Grand Prix is shown below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
1 France Alain Prost Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 641 Ferrari 037 V12 3.5 G
2 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 641 Ferrari 037 V12 3.5 G
3 Japan Satoru Nakajima United Kingdom Tyrrell Racing Organisation Tyrrell 019 Ford Cosworth DFR V8 3.5 P
4 France Jean Alesi United Kingdom Tyrrell Racing Organisation Tyrrell 019 Ford Cosworth DFR V8 3.5 P
5 Belgium Thierry Boutsen United Kingdom Canon Williams Team Williams FW13B Renault RS2 V10 3.5 G
6 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Canon Williams Team Williams FW13B Renault RS2 V10 3.5 G
7 Australia David Brabham United Kingdom Motor Racing Developments Brabham BT59 Judd EV V8 3.5 P
8 Italy Stefano Modena United Kingdom Motor Racing Developments Brabham BT59 Judd EV V8 3.5 P
9 Italy Michele Alboreto United Kingdom Footwork Arrows Racing Arrows A11B Ford Cosworth DFR V8 3.5 G
10 Italy Alex Caffi United Kingdom Footwork Arrows Racing Arrows A11B Ford Cosworth DFR V8 3.5 G
11 United Kingdom Derek Warwick United Kingdom Camel Team Lotus Lotus 102 Lamborghini 3512 V12 3.5 G
12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Camel Team Lotus Lotus 102 Lamborghini 3512 V12 3.5 G
14 France Olivier Grouillard Italy Osella Squadra Corse Osella FA1M-E Ford Cosworth DFR V8 3.5 P
15 Brazil Mauricio Gugelmin United Kingdom Leyton House Racing Leyton House CG901 Judd EV V8 3.5 G
16 Italy Ivan Capelli United Kingdom Leyton House Racing Leyton House CG901 Judd EV V8 3.5 G
17 Italy Gabriele Tarquini France Automobiles Gonfaronnaises Sportives AGS JH25 Ford Cosworth DFR V8 3.5 G
18 France Yannick Dalmas France Automobiles Gonfaronnaises Sportives AGS JH25 Ford Cosworth DFR V8 3.5 G
19 Brazil Roberto Moreno United Kingdom Benetton Formula Ltd Benetton B190 Ford Cosworth HBA4 V8 3.5 G
20 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Benetton Formula Ltd Benetton B190 Ford Cosworth HBA4 V8 3.5 G
21 Italy Emanuele Pirro Italy BMS Scuderia Italia Dallara F190 Ford Cosworth DFR V8 3.5 P
22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Italy BMS Scuderia Italia Dallara F190 Ford Cosworth DFR V8 3.5 P
23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Italy SCM Minardi Team Minardi M190 Ford Cosworth DFR V8 3.5 P
24 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Italy SCM Minardi Team Minardi M190 Ford Cosworth DFR V8 3.5 P
25 Italy Nicola Larini France Equipe Ligier Gitanes Ligier JS33B Ford Cosworth DFR V8 3.5 G
26 France Philippe Alliot France Equipe Ligier Gitanes Ligier JS33B Ford Cosworth DFR V8 3.5 G
27 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Honda Marlboro McLaren McLaren MP4/5B Honda RA109E V10 3.5 G
28 Austria Gerhard Berger United Kingdom Honda Marlboro McLaren McLaren MP4/5B Honda RA109E V10 3.5 G
29 France Éric Bernard France ESPO Larrousse F1 Lola LC90 Lamborghini 3512 V12 3.5 G
30 Japan Aguri Suzuki France ESPO Larrousse F1 Lola LC90 Lamborghini 3512 V12 3.5 G
31 Belgium Bertrand Gachot Italy Coloni Racing Coloni C3C Ford Cosworth DFR V8 3.5 G

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Q1Edit

McLaren driver Gerhard Berger was the fastest man in the first qualifying session, with a time of 1:38.374, ahead of Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna.

Q2Edit

Senna would eventually take pole position with a time of 1:36.996, ahead of Alain Prost and Nigel Mansell. Jean Alesi, Stefano Modena and David Brabham did not set a time in this session.

Qualifying ResultsEdit

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 1 ______________
Ayrton Senna 2
______________ Alain Prost
Row 2 3 ______________
Nigel Mansell 4
______________ Gerhard Berger
Row 3 5 ______________
Thierry Boutsen 6
______________ Nelson Piquet
Row 4 7 ______________
Jean Alesi* 8
______________ Riccardo Patrese
Row 5 9 ______________
Roberto Moreno 10
______________ Aguri Suzuki
Row 6 11 ______________
Pierluigi Martini 12
______________ Derek Warwick
Row 7 13 ______________
Ivan Capelli 14
______________ Satoru Nakajima
Row 8 15 ______________
Johnny Herbert 16
______________ Maurício Gugelmin
Row 9 17 ______________
Éric Bernard 18
______________ Nicola Larini
Row 10 19 ______________
Emanuele Pirro 20
______________ Gianni Morbidelli
Row 11 21 ______________
Philippe Alliot 22
______________ Stefano Modena
Row 12 23 ______________
David Brabham 24
______________ Alex Caffi
Row 13 25 ______________
Michele Alboreto 26
______________ Andrea de Cesaris

* - Jean Alesi did not start

NotesEdit

RaceEdit

And so, because of Balestre's objection, the pole remained on the right side of the grid. However, this didn't stop Senna, as he sprinted away at the start, but Prost took the lead. Senna went through on the inside and deliberately collided with Prost, sending both drivers off the track. Senna was crowned the 1990 Formula One World Champion.

The reason for this crash was because of the controversial collision at last year's race, when Prost and Senna were McLaren team-mates. While Prost retired, Senna drove through the escape road to rejoin, and was ultimately disqualified, handing Prost the 1989 title. Senna did this as revenge on Prost for last year.

The race was won by Benetton's Nelson Piquet, his first in three years. Completing the podium were his team-mate Roberto Moreno and home hero Aguri Suzuki. This remains the last Grand Prix to date without a European driver on the podium.

ResultsEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 20 Brazil Nelson Piquet Benetton-Ford 53 1:34:36.824 6 9
2 19 Brazil Roberto Moreno Benetton-Ford 53 +7.223 8 6
3 30 Japan Aguri Suzuki Lola-Lamborghini 53 +22.469 9 4
4 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 53 +36.258 7 3
5 5 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault 53 +46.884 5 2
6 3 Japan Satoru Nakajima Tyrrell-Ford 53 +1:12.350 14 1
7 25 Italy Nicola Larini Ligier-Ford 52 +1 Lap 17
8 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 52 +1 Lap 10
9 10 Italy Alex Caffi Arrows-Ford 52 +1 Lap 23
10 26 France Philippe Alliot Ligier-Ford 52 +1 Lap 25
Ret 11 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Lotus-Lamborghini 38 Gearbox 11
Ret 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Lotus-Lamborghini 31 Engine 12
Ret 9 Italy Michele Alboreto Arrows-Ford 28 Engine 24
Ret 2 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Ferrari 26 Transmission 3
Ret 21 Italy Emanuele Pirro Dallara-Ford Cosworth 24 Alternator 19
Ret 29 France Éric Bernard Lola-Lamborghini 24 Engine 18
Ret 24 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Minardi-Ford 18 Spun Off 20
Ret 16 Italy Ivan Capelli Leyton House-Judd 16 Ignition 13
Ret 22 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Dallara-Ford Cosworth 13 Spun Off 26
Ret 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin Leyton House-Judd 5 Engine 16
Ret 7 Australia David Brabham Brabham-Judd 5 Clutch 21
Ret 28 Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 1 Spun Off 4
Ret 27 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 0 Collision 1
Ret 1 France Alain Prost Ferrari 0 Collision 2
Ret 8 Italy Stefano Modena Brabham-Judd 0 Collision 22
DNS 4 France Jean Alesi Tyrrell-Ford Driver Unwell 7
DNQ 14 France Olivier Grouillard Osella-Ford
DNQ 17 Italy Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Cosworth
DNQ 18 France Yannick Dalmas AGS-Cosworth
DNQ 31 Belgium Bertrand Gachot Coloni-Ford Cosworth

MilestonesEdit

Standings after raceEdit

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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