Formula 1 Print 1990 - Ayrton Senna retiring his McLaren-Honda MP4/5 at the 1990 Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
Ayrton Senna (BRA) in front of his McLaren-Honda MP4/5 after retiring due to a blown radiator at the 1990 Spanish Grand Prix at Circuit de Jerez on September 30th, despite having qualified on pole. The Ferraris of reigning world champion Alain Prost (FRA) and his team mate Nigel Mansell (GBR) dominated the race, with Prost coming home 22 seconds before his team mate for a 1-2 finish. Riccardo Patrese (ITA) recorded the fastest lap.
Circuito de Jerez (Circuit of Jerez), formerly known as Circuito Permanente de Jerez, is a 4.428 km (2.751 mi) racing circuit located close to the city of Jerez de la Frontera, deep within the sherry-producing south of Spain. The project was led by the Spanish engineer Manuel Medina Lara, based on a preliminary idea from Alessandro Rocci.
The McLaren MP4/5 and its derived sister model the McLaren MP4/5B were Formula One racing cars designed by the McLaren Formula One team based in Woking, UK. The MP4/5 was loosely based on its 1988 predecessor, the all-conquering MP4/4. McLaren used the new car for half of the 1989 season using the Weismann Longitudinal Transmission from the MP4/4, and the MP4/5B with the Weismann Transverse Transmission for the last half of the 1989 season and for 1990, earning back to back drivers' and constructors' world titles with the type. The car was primarily designed by American engineer Steve Nichols who had designed both of its turbocharged predecessors, the MP4/3and highly successful MP4/4.
The 1990 Formula One season was the 41st season of FIA Formula One motor racing. It featured the 1990 FIA Formula One World Championship which commenced on 11 March 1990 and ended on 4 November after sixteen races. Ayrton Senna won the Drivers' Championship for the second time, and McLaren won the Constructors' Championship.
The season was a dramatic fight between Senna and former team mate Alain Prost who had made the switch toFerrari. Prost mounted Ferrari's first title challenge for several years, even leading the championship after three consecutive mid-season wins. Senna fought back strongly and led the championship going into the penultimate round in Japan. Senna lost the start from pole and appeared to deliberately take Prost out in the first corner. Senna admitted a year later that he was furious Prost had been able to start on the clean side of the grid and said that he was not going to allow him to 'make the corner' should he lose the start with FIA president Jean-Marie Balestre being furious with Senna. In spite of Senna causing the collision, no action was taken. However, with him sealing the title the only action that would have punished him would have been to exclude Senna from the championship. This was the second year in succession the two of them had collided at the track.