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The Lotus 101 was a car used by the Lotus team for the 1989 Formula One season. It was designed by Frank Dernie, who arrived from Williams and chief designer Mike Coughlan. It was driven by Nelson Piquet and Satoru Nakajima.

The Lotus 101 proved to be a disaster for the team. The Judd engines were 80 horsepower down compared to the dominant Honda V10 engine, and apparently the Goodyear tyres were principally designed for use by the two teams McLaren and Ferrari, who were able to test and tune their chassis to fit perfectly with the tyre compounds.

In the Canadian Grand Prix, meanwhile Nakajima failed to qualify for the race, Piquet secured a fourth place-finish due to the high amount of retirements. At the British Grand Prix, improvements came to the team, with Piquet driving hard to finish fourth in the race. Furthermore points-scoring finishes came in at Germany with a fifth place, Hungary with a sixth place and at Japan with another fourth place. The season ended with Nakajima finishing fourth at the wet and chaotic Australian Grand Prix, which he also set the fastest lap time in.

Lotus finished sixth in the Constructors' Championship with 15 points.


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1989 Flag of Brazil Flag of San Marino Flag of Monaco Flag of Mexico Flag of the United States Flag of Canada Flag of France Flag of Great Britain Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Portugal Flag of Spain Flag of Japan Flag of Australia
Brazil Piquet G RetRetRet11thRet4th8th4th5th6thDNQRetRet8th4thRet
Japan Nakajima 8thNCDNQRetRetDNQRet8thRetRetDNQ10th7thRetRet4th

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V T E 1989 Formula One Season
Teams McLaren • Tyrrell • Williams • Brabham • Arrows • Lotus • March • Osella • Benetton • Dallara • Minardi • Ligier • Ferrari • Lola • Coloni • EuroBrun • Zakspeed • Onyx • Rial • AGS
Engines Ferrari • Ford • Honda • Judd • Lamborghini • Renault • Yamaha
Drivers Senna • 2 Prost • 3 Palmer • 4 Alboreto • 4 Alesi • 4 Herbert • 5 Boutsen • 6 Patrese • 7 Brundle • 8 Modena • 9 Warwick • 9 Donnelly • 10 Cheever • 11 Piquet • 12 Nakajima • 15 Gugelmin • 16 Capelli • 17 Larini • 18 Ghinzani • 19 Nannini • 20 Herbert • 20 Pirro • 21 Caffi • 22 De Cesaris • 23 Martini • 23 Barilla • 24 Pérez-Sala • 25 Arnoux • 26 Grouillard • 27 Mansell • 28 Berger • 29 Dalmas • 29 Bernard • 29 Alboreto • 30 Alliot • 31 Moreno • 32 Raphanel • 32 Bertaggia • 33 Foitek • 33 Larrauri • 34 Schneider • 35 Suzuki • 36 Johansson • 37 Gachot • 37 Lehto • 38 Danner • 38 Foitek • 38 Gachot • 39 Weidler • 39 Raphanel • 40 Streiff • 40 Tarquini • 41 Winkelhock • 41 Dalmas
Other Drivers Dumfries • Giacomelli
Cars McLaren MP4/5 • Williams FW12C • Williams FW13 • Ferrari 640 • Benetton B188 • Benetton B189 • Tyrrell 017B • Tyrrell 018 • Lotus 101 • Arrows A11 • Dallara F189 • Brabham BT58 • Onyx ORE-1 • Minardi M188B • Minardi M189 • March 881 • March CG891 • Rial ARC2 • Ligier JS33 • AGS JH23B • AGS JH24 • Lola LC88B • Lola LC89 • Osella FA1M89 • Coloni FC188B • Coloni C3 • Zakspeed 891 • EuroBrun ER188B • EuroBrun ER189
Tyres Goodyear • Pirelli
Races Brazil • San Marino • Monaco • Mexico • United States • Canada • France • Britain • Germany • Hungary • Belgium • Italy • Portugal • Spain • Japan • Australia
See also 1988 Formula One Season • 1990 Formula One Season • Category

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