Scrub-Era F1: 1990 - A new decade begins

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Engine: Ferrari

High Priority: Power
Medium Priority: Driveability
Low Priority: Reliability
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Special Event: Pierluigi Martini

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After single-handedly hauling Scuderia Italia out of pre-qualifying, Pierluigi Martini has asked his team if they could please pay the outstanding portion of his salary. If not, he will have to think about whether he continues to race for the team after the Italian Grand Prix.

Scuderia Italia currently owes £30,000 to Pierluigi Martini.
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Engine - Honda

High Priority - Reliability
Medium Priority - Power
Low Priority - Driveability
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Engine - Lamborghini

High Priority - Reliability
Medium Priority - Power
Low Priority - Driveability
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Engine - Williams

High Priority - Reliability
Medium Priority - Driveability
Low Priority - Power

I reckon with all the spins occurring, driveability is probably top tier on the improvements list. With all the power tracks out of the way, I would guess that it's low priority to focus on that. Shrug, I dunno. Probably overthinking it.
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About exactly halfway through the Hungarian Grand Prix, Jean Alesi's incredibly slow driving upon a futile attempt to return to the pits with no top gears caused a direct collision between himself and championship rival Nigel Mansell. Accidents can happen, but in this case it was a clearly avoidable accident had Jean done the right thing and pulled the car off track. The speed differential was huge and could have caused injury.

Above all this danger is also the fact that a championship is at stake, and it brings F1 into some disrepute if we have two years in a row where a title is decided by a collision. Mansell was at the time the fastest man on track, and catching Alesi's teammate Prost. The Williams team respects both drivers and the whole McLaren team, but wants to see appropriate action taken on the inexcusable on-track behaviour of the French-Sicilian in Hungary. While we are not the type to call for bans on our opponents, we do want to see qualitative disciplinary action from the FIA and McLaren on this.
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Team - Lotus
Engine - Isuzu P799WE

High Priority - Reliability
Medium Priority - Power
Low Priority - Driveability

The P799WE has helped Lotus perform above average, thus Lotus will continue their relationship with Isuzu into 1991. Lotus's suggestions for the evolution of the P799WE are to improve reliability while retaining it's high power.
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Tyrrell are happy to trust Fords direction. Fords choice to sacrifice power in favour of build quality has paid dividends for both engine and team - thanks to Fords quality assurance, Tyrrell and their drivers have managed to secure points results even on unfavourable power tracks, putting us in a brilliant 3rd position in the constructors title as we near the final 1/3rd of the season. A vintage perormance from drivers, team and engine!
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Auto-EuroBrun will be prioritising the following attributes if they survive to take Subaru engines next season:
  1. Power
  2. Reliability
  3. Driveability
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We'll be paying Martini everything we owe him.
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1990-91 Engine Development RNG

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It's time to post the results of the Engine Development RNG

For all RNGs the odds are as follows:
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First of all, Ferrari. They have Power as high priority, Driveability as medium priority and Reliability as low priority.

13 gains them two stars. Power is already full, so that gives them Power - 5 | Driveability - 5 | Reliability - 2.

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Next up, Works Ford. They are handling their engine development in-house. They have Driveability as high priority, Reliability as medium priority and Power as low priority.

42 leaves them with no change. That means they stay with Power - 3 | Driveability - 4 | Reliability - 5.

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Honda have instructions from McLaren to prioritise Reliability, then Power, and lastly Driveability.

89 sees them have a poor off-season and lose ground to their rivals. They will have Power - 3 | Driveability - 4 | Reliability - 4.

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Now Lotus have asked Isuzu to develop Reliability, with Power as a secondary focus and Driveability to more or less look after itself.

74 - That loses them a little bit of ground as their Driveability takes a hit. Power - 4 | Driveability - 2 | Reliability - 2.

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Judd doesn't get involved. Mr Judd does not see the need to develop his engine, which already has a captive market of destitute teams.

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Lamborghini have prioritised Reliability, then Power, then Driveability.

19 - That is a solid improvement for Lambo. Power - 4 | Driveability - 3 | Reliability - 4.

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Life will also not be developing their engine further. Ernesto Vita has squeezed all the performance he can out of his concept.

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Porsche weren't about in 1990 (or the preceding few years), but have announced their intention to return to the sport with a V12 engine. Details at present are thin on the ground.

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Renault will continue their relationship with Williams by focussing on Reliability and Driveability over outright Power.

61 - And indeed, that lack of focus on Power will hurt their top end a bit. Power - 4 | Driveability - 5 | Reliability - 4.

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Subaru have a commitment from EuroBrun that they would like to run the engines next year, and would like to improve the engine's Power and Reliability.

9 - An excellent development period; the Subaru engine will improve in all areas. Power - 2 | Driveability - 3 | Reliability - 2

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Finally, like Ford Yamaha have handled development in-house and are prioritising Driveability over Power and Reliability.

96 - It has not gone well. A downgrade on all fronts, and surely Ron Dennis must be looking for a new supplier. Power - 2 | Driveability - 2 | Reliability - 1.

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At this point, the 1991 Engine Market is shaping up like this:
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There is likely to be a bidding war for the Fords. They're easily the best on paper of the works deals still available. There's also the question of whether Ferrari and Lambo will continue supplying engines to half the grid - if not, what options are left for the teams?

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Pierluigi Martini is very grateful to Scuderia Italia for paying the balance of his salary, and looks forward to the remainder of the season.
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Aislabie wrote:
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Life will also not be developing their engine further. Ernesto Vita has squeezed all the Life out of his concept.

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Fixed.
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Renault lose a tiny bit of power, but a net gain against Honda come next year. I wonder how many teams will clamour for Ford's though.
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I'd like to join this one. The sheet indicates EuroBrun is available - if so count me in!
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CarloSpace wrote:I'd like to join this one. The sheet indicates EuroBrun is available - if so count me in!

I shall put you on the waiting list for the start of 1991, with a specific preference for EuroBrun
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1990 Belgian Grand Prix

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Pre-Qualifying Report
Welcome to another highly oversubscribed pre-qualifying session, this time at the historic Circuit Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium. This weekend’s PreQ has a new participant: West Team Lotus Isuzu, who have fallen behind PIAA Scuderia Italia and into eleventh place in the World Constructors Championship.

They immediately made a statement by claiming a 1-2, a clear second ahead of the next best non-Lotus in the session (Michael Schumacher’s Rial, for the record). Schumacher put a huge four seconds into his teammate Bernd Schneider – the sort of performance that must surely put him on the radar of some bigger teams.

Monteverdi, Arrows-Lola and Leyton House all also managed to put both of their cars through to the rest of the weekend, as did the lead Onyx of Gianni Morbidelli. Increasingly, we really are seeing a pattern of the Minardis, Fondmetals, AGSes and so on falling away from the back of the main field in Formula One.

Main Qualifying Report
On this most famous of racetracks, McLaren Honda delivered a stunning front-row lockout with Alain Prost putting a full second into his inexperienced teammate. The second row was more surprising though, as the Ferrari of Ayrton Senna and the Ligier-Lancia of Philippe Alliot managing to put in huge qualifying laps that were enough to put them ahead of the likes of the Benettons, Tyrrells and Williamses – including a very out-of-sorts Mansell who could only manage 12th on the grid.

Further back, Eric Bernard of Leyton House put in a clutch lap in the dying moments of the second qualifying session which was enough to propel him up into that all-important 26th place in qualifying. Among those who weren’t so lucky were Nicola Larini in his Dallara, Hitoshi Ogawa of Arrows-Lola and America’s Mike Groff for Monteverdi. Gianni Morbidelli, meanwhile, also failed to qualify in the lone Onyx.

Michael Schumacher also continued his excellent weekend, qualifying in a strong P20 – which, again, was being compared directly to his teammate’s P18 in PreQ.

Race Report
There were bizarre scenes at the start of this year’s Belgian Grand Prix as two drivers at opposite ends of the grid failed to see the red lights go out. Not only could Eric Bernard not get his Leyton House started, but the lead Ferrari of Ayrton Senna also had a box full of neutrals. This left only 24 cars to take the start, and one of them was far too enthusiastic: Footwork Project Four’s Stefano Modena was so keen to improve on his 14th place on the grid that he jumped the start. On the plus side, this launched him into the top six by the end of the Kemmel Straight; on the down side, this meant nothing as he was promptly disqualified from the race.

The jostling present in early laps did result in several cars being bopped off into the many gravel traps that line the Spa circuit: by the end of the 12th lap, Satoru Nakajima, Aguri Suzuki, Pierluigi Martini and Jean Alesi had all gone off in this way while Mauricio Gugelmin, Stefan Johansson and Michael Schumacher had seen their races end in the pits as a result of collateral damage.

The retirement of Alesi and non-start of Senna meant that running in second place behind the mighty Prost was the Ligier-Lancia of Philippe Alliot. By this point, even Bruno Giacomelli was running in the points! Not that that would last – while running on his own on old tyres, Giacomelli lost it on his own into the Bus Stop and spun out of the race.

After the main round of pit stops, race leader Prost radioed the pit wall to let them know that he was having trouble changing gears. This meant that second-placed Alliot and behind him the fast charging Mansell were gaining ground, but ultimately it didn’t matter one bit. The car tried to accelerate out of La Source, sputtered and died. Philippe Alliot inherited the lead, ahead of Mansell, van de Poele, Wendlinger, Nannini and Frentzen.

Only three of those six drivers would make it to the finish. First, Eric van de Poele had an unfortunate spin and finished up in a gravel trap. Shortly thereafter, Karl Wendlinger had a horror moment as his Zakspeed twitched going around Pouhon. The Austrian driver ploughed violently into the tyre barrier and had to be helped from his car. Then, just as he was challenging Nannini for the last podium place, Lotus’s Frentzen stamped too hard on the throttle and he too spun off.

All of these shenanigans resulted in a truly bizarre race result as **Philippe Alliot** won Ligier’s first Grand Prix since Jacques Laffite in 1981. Behind him came the Williams duo of Nigel Mansell and Sandro Nannini, with points also going to Thierry Boutsen, Johnny Herbert and Ukyo Katayama. Somehow, Andrea de Cesaris finished yet *another* race – although he didn’t get any reward for it this time around.

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There are no changes to the Pre-Qualifying teams for Monza; Karl Wendlinger came out of his injury RNG without anything too major.
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dr-baker wrote: 04 Jun 2022, 21:03 Is this dead or on hiatus?
Definitely not dead, I've just been getting cluster headaches for the last six weeks or so and they often don't leave me with enough hours in the day
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Aislabie wrote: 06 Jun 2022, 11:49
dr-baker wrote: 04 Jun 2022, 21:03 Is this dead or on hiatus?
Definitely not dead, I've just been getting cluster headaches for the last six weeks or so and they often don't leave me with enough hours in the day
Well I hope you get well soon ;)
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Aislabie wrote: 06 Jun 2022, 11:49
dr-baker wrote: 04 Jun 2022, 21:03 Is this dead or on hiatus?
Definitely not dead, I've just been getting cluster headaches for the last six weeks or so and they often don't leave me with enough hours in the day
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1990 Italian Grand Prix

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So, it's been a while but...

Pre-Qualifying Report
As always, PreQ for the Italian Grand Prix was an absolute logjam with 25 cars jostling for 10 places in main qualifying. Two of those ten places went to the very fast Lotus-Isuzu team; behind them, a very strange set of drivers made it to the main show: Bernd Schneider put his Rial in third (teammate Schumacher was down in 13th), Volker Weidler put his Onyx in 4th (teammate Morbidelli all the way down in 16th) and even Roberto Moreno managed to put his Osella all the way up in 7th.

One reason that some of the competitors may have experienced such misfortune was the misadventure of Giovanna Amati: with just a few minutes left in pre-qualifying, she managed to lose control of the First-Life around Parabolica and stuck it deep in the tyre wall. This wrote off the team's last remaining chassis, and also meant that other cars were obliged to slow around the final turn - leaving drivers unable to improve their times before the session ended.

Main Qualifying Report
There are few greater triumphs in Formula One than coming in first place for Ferrari in front of the Tifosi at Monza. Brazil's Ayrton Senna managed to do exactly that on Saturday to secure pole position ahead of Alain Prost (McLaren-Honda), Eric van der Poele (Benetton-Ferrari) and Nigel Mansell (Williams-Renault). The leading "second" driver for any team was Bruno Giacomelli in fifth place, one of the Italian veteran's career-best F1 efforts.

Further back, more prequalifiers than usual made it onto the grid; they did so at the expense of both Nicola Larini and Mark Blundell who each had poor Saturdays for home teams. Indeed, the Lotus of Frentzen continued its pacy form as he snuck into the top half of the starting grid, just ahead of Project Four's Stefano Modena.

Race Report
The atmosphere at the start of the Italian Grand Prix at Monza is intoxicating. Getting into a Ferrari and leading the field around the parade lap while the crowd roars its lungs out is something probably only experienced by Nigel Mansell at Silverstone. The lights went out and Senna led safely down to the Rettifilio. Far less safe was the Monteverdi of Stefan Johansson: he managed to find himself stuck between Suzuki and Schneider, and simply ran out of road to run on. One corner into the race, and the field was already down to 25 runners.

Worse was to follow, for the local fans at least. A very racy Alain Prost had completed the first lap within perhaps a quarter of a second of his great rival. As the pair pulled up at the Variente Roggia, Prost stuck the nose of his McLaren up the inside of the Ferrari. Senna was not giving up the position, and there was contact: the McLaren came out unscathed. The Ferrari was beached in the gravel trap. The local fans were if anything even more incensed than their hero, who threw off his racing gloves and abandoned them in the gravel. Some Tifosi even threw projectiles and rubbish onto the track, which may or may not have led to a small flurry of retirements in the laps that followed, and included Eric van der Poele who was challenging Prost for the lead. It was hard to tell as the local broadcasters devoted their energy to filming every step of Senna's angry return to the pits.

Later on in the race, Giacomelli - who was by now running in third place marginally ahead of Berger - was losing time in the corners, but pulling back ahead of the Ford-powered Tyrrell along the straights. After several laps of battling, Berger finally turned a great run through the Ascari chicane into a successful overtake. Rather than licking his wounds and focussing on keeping Alliot behind, Giacomelli attempted to immediately reovertake into Parabolica. To cut a long story short, the Italian overshot it and couldn't slow down. He went hard into the barrier, his car getting up on its side and sliding much of the way down the start-finish straight. He was able to get out of the car under his own steam, but was taken for medical check-ups by Dr Sid Watkins to be on the safe side. Not a good way to celebrate his upcoming 39th birthday.

After that, most of the big incidents in the race were reliability- or error-related. As well as Senna, van der Poele and Giacomelli, Nannini, Nakajima and Alliot would all retire from the race from what would have been points-paying positions. When the chequered flag finally fell, the podium was made up of Prost, Mansell and Berger, while Alesi, Wendlinger and Perez-Sala rounded out the points.

But even then the drama wasn't over: Perez-Sala's car was found to be underweight by around half a kilo in post-race inspections and thus the final point was inherited by Japan's Hitoshi Ogawa. During the podium celebrations, and throughout the French national anthem, Alain Prost found himself booed by the partisan crowd. In the words of Murray Walker, "We really don't like to see this happen."

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Massive fall-out at Ferrari

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Autosprint wrote: Florio, Giacomelli, ousted after calamitous Grand Prix

Following their most catastrophic home Grand Prix in recent memory, Ferrari have parted ways with several major figures in their team. The decision is said not to be mutual.

"We had previously told Sig. Florio that if Bruno Giacomelli did not improve his standards before the Italian Grand Prix, he would have to be replaced," said one unnamed FIAT executive. "This clearly has not been the case. The performance of Sig. Giacomelli and of the team was embarrassing this weekend."

The FIAT brand has been the title sponsor of the Scuderia Ferrari team for some time in exchange for significant financial backing. Amidst on-track chaos matched only by the rumoured financial chaos the team has created for itself off the track, the parent company have seemingly called in their chit.

"From today, we have agreed to forgive any monies owed by Ferrari in return for them coming under official FIAT control. The team has therefore also ceased to require the services of Cesare Florio or Bruno Giacomelli."

It has since been confirmed that Florio's position as Team Principal will be taken on by none other than the British Tom Walkinshaw, who will be the team's first ever non-Italian team boss. Giacomelli's replacement has not yet been announced, while there are unconfirmed rumours that several Ferrari personnel have resigned their posts in solidarity with Florio, and in protest at the greater commercial oversight.
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Indoor Trophy Entries

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With the Italian Grand Prix sorted, it's time to start gathering entries for the post-season Indoor Trophy in Bologna.

Please note:
  • A team's first car will be entered at a cost of £10,000 (for Italian teams, this cost is waived)
  • A team's second car will be entered at a cost of £15,000 (this cost applies to all teams)
  • Prize money is £40,000 for the winner, £20,000 for the runner-up, £10,000 for a semi-finalist and £5,000 for a quarter-finalist
  • There is a maximum of 16 places in the event; in the case of more than 16 entries being received, places will be granted in the following order of preference:
    1. Italian teams, car 1 (from lowest in WCC to highest)
    2. Foreign teams, car 1 (from lowest in WCC to highest)
    3. Italian teams, car 2 (from lowest in WCC to highest)
    4. Foreign teams, car 2 (from lowest in WCC to highest)
  • There is no obligation to enter your regular driver(s) but if you want to use another team's driver it will require consent from that team.


Rial Racing will enter with one car, driven by Bernd Schneider
Fondmetal SpA will enter with one car, driven by Marco Apicella
EuroBrun Subaru will enter with one car, driven by Paolo Barilla
First Life Racing Enginees are expected to enter with one (duct taped together) car, awaiting confirmation from Dr Baker.
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Ligier would like to go to their latin brothers and hire Michele Alboreto for the event.
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First Life Racing Engines would love to enter the Indoor Trophy to see how well a car made of duct tape functions. And to gain crowd support, we'll continue with the Italian driver Giovanna Amati.
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Williams will enter Il Leone Nigel Mansell to the event, as he is surely still popular with the Italians.

They will tentatively also enter a car for Nannini. Should Nannini not be able to make it for whatever reason, we'll replace him with our test driver Michael Schumacher.
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Coloni wishes to enter GIovinardi.
EDIT: I just realized Capelli beat Giovanardi by a hundreth to qualify. Bastard.
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Ferrari shall replace the outgoing Bruno Giacomelli with Martin Brundle for the remainder of the season, at £13k per race (£52k in total).


In addition, Ferrari shall enter Ayrton Senna into the Indoor Trophy.
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Ferrari driver RNG

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So, Martin Brundle has been offered four races for Ferrari at a cost to them of £52,000. The next two races clash with the final two rounds of the World Sportscar Championship, but Schlesser and Baldi have WONLOL to such an extent that it's of no consequence to pretty much anybody

1-90 - Accepts
91-95 - Accepts, but has to see out the last two rounds with Jaaaaaaaaag
96-100 - Declines because even though memes haven't been invented yet, he can see that Ferrari is one

46 - Martin Brundle is a Ferrari driver
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1990 Portuguese Grand Prix

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Pre-Qualifying Report
Prequalifying in Estoril went ahead without the First-Life team, who were unable to attend due to having no money or cars left. As a result, Oscar Larrauri inherited the spot at the very bottom of the timesheet, even as his teammate put in an unexpectedly good lap to get the EuroBrun-Subaru all the way up in 18th. This was a creditable performance in a difficult car, even if it was one that the broader F1 media will barely have noticed.

Further up the table, there was a half-second divide between the ones that made it to the show and the ones who did not: Monteverdi, Osella, Rial and Minardi each put a car on either side of that line with Johansson, Moreno, Schumacher and in particular Capelli comfortably outshining their respective teammates. Arrows, Leyton House and Lotus all made it through with both cars as we have come to expect.

Main Qualifying Report
Saturday's qualifying session really opened up an opportunity for the teams who might usually settle for second place as McLaren's Alain Prost could only manage seventh place on the grid, sandwiched between the two Tyrrells. Instead, a second successive pole went to Ferrari's Ayrton Senna, half a second clear of the Red Five of Nigel Mansell. Another outlier in the front few rows was the Footwork Project Four of Stefano Modena in fifth place. He was able to capitalise on the missteps of others to get himself right up on the business end of the grid.

Further down, two Japanese drivers in quick cars managed to miss the cut: Satoru Nakajima put his Zakspeed in 27th, and worse still Aguri Suzuki's only flying lap put him 30th and last in the qualifying session; one assumes that his Footwork must have run into difficulties, even though the coverage didn't catch it. Both Lotus cars again showed that they're quicker than a mere PreQ team - which they wouldn't still be if it weren't for the disqualification at Monza which the team ultimately did not appeal - by putting their cars in 11th (Frentzen) and 14th (Perez-Sala).

Race Report
When the lights went out and 26 Formula One cars pulled away, they behaved themselves surprisingly well through the opening laps. Jean Alesi got his elbows out and climbed up from 12th on the grid back up into the top ten. After his race had ended, Frentzen told the media that he thought Alesi's moves had been too strong and had damaged his car. Whether that was the case, or was Frentzen finding an excuse for a race-ending spin through the esses that he would have just a couple of laps later, we can only speculate. To further compound the issue, Alain Prost had a puncture the following lap which let go as he accelerated towards the start-finish line; thankfully the World Championship leader managed to slow his car to a safe stop and retire from the race.

Several more retirements followed, including the particularly upsetting one of Stefano Modena, who had climbed to fourth after a strong start to the race. Andrea de Cesaris also drew a firm line under his early-season consistency with a huge shunt at Tanque. His car was stuck in the armco for some time as the front wing had sort of mated with it, and he had to be helped from the car. Double-waved yellows neutralised the whole race for several laps until most of the debris and barrier damage was sorted.

The cars who pitted during this period really benefited, in particular the Williams of Nigel Mansell and the Ligier of Bertrand Gachot. Both gained several seconds on those around them who pitted when the field was not being slowed down in the third sector, but most importantly it was Mansell who had suddenly poached the race lead away from the Ferrari of Senna.

For the next dozen laps, the 1988 World Champion threw everything he had at the British favourite, but he couldn't make a gap appear into which a Ferrari could fit. Perhaps learning from the previous round, he did not take any risks that could end up costing Ferrari valuable places in the World Constructors Championship. He eventually dropped back slightly from the Williams and settled for second place.

In third, and more than 40 seconds away from any other car, Alessandro Nannini claimed one of the least eventful podium finishes of all time ahead of Alesi, Boutsen and Gachot who rounded out the points despite all being a lap down on the leading duo. Eric van de Poele and Gerhard Berger, who might both have been able to challenge Nannini, had retired mid-race with mechanical problems.

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There are no changes to the PreQ teams for the Spanish Grand Prix, but Tyrrell will be required to nominate a replacement for Andrea de Cesaris, who sustained a moderate ankle injury that rules him out for one race.
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Patrick Head, upon reading in the sports pages of the Daily Mail about the Williams team's apparent imminent financial woes, decides to pick up the red telephone, call the Italian prime minister directly and withdraw from the Indoor Trophy with immediate effect.
Murray Walker at the 1997 Austrian Grand Prix wrote:The other [Stewart] driver, who nobody's been paying attention to, because he's disappointing, is Jan Magnussen.
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Minardi is going to be in the Indoor Trophy with Ivan Capelli.
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Tyrrell would like to enquire about the services of a Finnish chap called Mika Hakkinen to see if he would like to take time out from his impressive British F3 campaign to make a one off appearance. If he sufficiently impresses, we will offer Mika something more permanent and long term for 1991…(especially if he brings a budget)

Tyrrell will enter one car for the indoor trophy - again, we would like to invite Hakkinen to represent us to help give him sufficient mileage. If not, we are happy for either of our drivers to do so (we will let them discuss between themselves)

If Hakkinen is not allowed, we will keep a Finnish touch going and offer JJ Letho a one race seat in exchange for whatever he pays for a one race seat
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Another in-season RNG

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Tyrrell have approached Mika Hakkinen.

He has the British F3 title under lock and key, and West Surrey Racing are happy to let him race. RNG decides that he is a Tier B pay driver, bringing in the equivalent of £119,000 for a full season. For one race, that will be £7,437.50
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1990 Spanish Grand Prix

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Pre-Qualifying Report
Welcome to Jerez for the 1990 Spanish Grand Prix. In F1 as in life, when one door closes another opens. The return of Gabriele Tarquini from his nasty injury at Hockenheim has coincided with the absence of Andrea de Cesaris due to an injury sustained at Estoril. This has opened the door for British F3 champion-elect Mika Hakkinen to make his Formula One debut for Tyrrell at what ought to be one of their very best tracks all season. Of course, prequalifying is done by team and not by driver, so we won't see him for the opening portion of the weekend.

The PreQ standings looked a little different this week, as Arrows-Lola and not Lotus topped the timesheets. Clearly the squiggly nature of Jerez is allowing the Ford-powered teams to make a slightly better showing. Again, Rial's Bernd Schneider impressed by making it through to the main show while his teammate Schumacher languished down in 18th. Limited TV presence at PreQ means we've no way of really knowing whether the discrepancy was due to a car issue or skill issue. The Minardi team will also be disappointed as both their drivers failed to prequalify despite this being a track where their Ford power could be expected to do pretty well.

Main Qualifying Report
In Saturday's qualifying session, the biggest headline was that Gabriele Tarquini was not physically able to set a competitive laptime. Despite being passed as medically fit to race, he found that the G-forces around the tight turns of Jerez re-aggravated the aches and pains of his injuries. He'll no doubt be in much better shape by the time Suzuka rolls around, but at Jerez he goes down as a DNQ.

This is a real shame for him, because the Dallara-Lamborghini package was evidently pretty good: Pierluigi Martini - so often a qualifying specialist - managed to put his on the second row, directly behind the Williams of Alessandro Nannini and ahead of the Ferrari of Senna on the dirty side of the grid. Starting on the clean side will be pole-sitter Prost, ahead of Boutsen and Brundle. Further down the grid, the traffic proved to be a real problem for several drivers: Nigel Mansell couldn't get a clear run and would start all the way down in 16th, while the likes of the Tyrrells also got caught up and could not manage to challenge for the top 10 like they had shown the pace for in practice.

One driver who did time his lap perfectly was Luis Perez-Sala, who took full advantage of some clear air to put his Lotus in 7th place - this despite only managing 5th in pre-qualifying! Such a jumbled grid should guarantee an interesting race on Sunday.

Race Report
The Spanish Grand Prix started with absolute chaos off the line, the fast-starting Blundell meeting the slow-starting Modena on a piece of tarmac with room for only one car. They collided and took each other out of the race. A loose wheel that had detached from Blundell's car also took out Leyton House's Bernard, though the Frenchman will be glad that it collided only with his front-left tyre and not with anything more dangerous. Johnny Herbert, who had started in 10th place between Modena and Blundell, wriggled through the chaos like an eel and appeared to be in the clear, but on lap four he lost it all by himself, spinning out viciously into the tyre barriers at Peluqui. Tyres were thrown everywhere; Herbert manage to climb out of the car and over the barriers, but had to be helped the rest of the way to the medical vehicle by marshals.

At the front of the field, Martin Brundle had made an excellent start from fifth, passing Martini off the line, and then making a daring move on Boutsen later in the first sector. He was hounding Nannini for second place! As he crossed the start-finish line on to start the seventh lap though, he seemed to be falling back a bit - then when Nannini passed the commentary box the next time around, Murray Walker had to ask "Brundle! Where's Brundle? There's no Brundle!" Moments later, the cameras cut to a parked Ferrari (the car) at Ferrari (the corner), victim of a hydraulic failure.

Things settled down a bit after that, as battles for position were few and far between. Frentzen spun out into a gravel trap and Aguri Suzuki got blocked firmly off the track while trying to pass Gugelmin for not-last, but beyond that it was a quiet period - right up until Pierluigi Martini tried to pass Boutsen for third! The Italian had a great run out of Ducados hairpin, and would jump out of the Benetton's slipstream to sent it up the inside of Expo. They touched wheels, sidewall to sidewall. The late-braking Martini's momentum carried him out into the gravel from whence he could not return, whereas Boutsen managed to get it slowed down. He came into the pits at the end of the lap, and was forced to retire from the race with a damaged wishbone.

Thus, Ayrton Senna had inherited third place with Luis Perez-Sala running a very impressive fourth. He would hold his position in front of van de Poele's Benetton all the way through the pit window, and looked like he was about to pull Lotus out of pre-qualifying very conclusively. But then the crash happened. The cameras didn't catch how the crash happened, but they did catch the aftermath. The buckled armco, the Lotus snapped into two pieces from its collision with Brundle's long-abandoned car, the driver thrown like a ragdoll out onto the track. The race was stopped immediately with a red flag while medical personnel rushed to the stricken Spaniard. He was attached to a spinal board, carried into a helicopter and airlifted immediately to hospital.

After the armco was repaired and the medical helicopter returned, the FIA announced that the race would resume and that the result would be calculated using the drivers' aggregate times from before and after the incident. The biggest winner from this was Osella's Roberto Moreno, who was the only driver in the field who hadn't yet pitted. The red flag allowed his team to change his tyres and fill him up with fuel, so he could now get to the end. Not only that, but he would be restarting from 9th place, behind Prost, Nannini, Senna, van de Poele, Mansell, Alesi, Gachot and Alliot. Given the amount of Ferrari-powered cars ahead of him, he may well have considered points to be a genuine possibility.

Of the six retirements that would punctuate the remaining portion of the race, five were Ferrari-powered cars. Nakajima would retire from well down the field, followed by van de Poele, then Wendlinger, then Gachot, then Senna! All of this cleared the way as if by magic for Nigel Mansell to ascend to the podium - albeit too far back on aggregate time for Williams' team orders to allow him to claim second place.

In fourth, Alesi, and in fifth, Alliot - not a bad day for French drivers. Mika Hakkinen had passed Moreno shortly after the restart, but it wasn't clear until a good minute after the race whether he had gained enough aggregate time to take a point on his Formula One debut... but he had! Moreno was consigned to seventh place, narrowly missing out on what would undoubtedly have been Osella's only point this season while Mika Hakkinen marked his debut with his maiden F1 point.

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There will be no changes to the pre-Q teams, but Luis Perez-Sala has suffered career-ending injuries. He won't ever be able to return to F1 as a driver, but he will be back in the media once he's recovered from his injuries.
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Breaking News from Italy

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Associated Press wrote: Italian Racer Loses Part of Arm in Copter Crash

SIENA, Italy — Italian Formula One driver Alessandro Nannini lost part of his arm today in a helicopter crash near his family villa.
The 31-year-old driver for the Williams-Renault team was taken to a hospital in Florence for emergency surgery.

Nannini lost his right forearm in the accident and doctors were trying to re-attach it, a spokesman at the CTO Hospital of Careggio said.

Nannini’s life was not in danger, doctors said.
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Williams will hire Michael Schumacher for the remainder of the 1990 season while we grieve for the loss of Nannini, a great racer, who will hopefully recover quickly and lead a normal life, in spite of this tragic accident.

Frank Williams will also be on the phone to Williams' insurance company to get some kind of payout from Nannini missing the final rounds of the season.

Meanwhile Patrick head will be on a separate phone in the same room setting up a public charity to support others like Nannini who lost their arms in helicopter accidents. Some of the money given from the public may be redirected to the Williams team if necessary in an emergency or if we feel like it.
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With Schumacher going to Williams, Rial will hire Ellen Lohr who finished second behind Laurent Aiello at the Monaco F3 Grand Prix
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