Formula 1 Print 1989 - Nigel Mansell driving a Scuderia SpA SEFAC Ferrari-640 at the Monaco Grand Prix in Monte Carlo
Nigel Mansell (GBR) driving a Scuderia SpA SEFAC Ferrari-640 at the 1989 Monaco Grand Prix in Monte Carlo on July 3rd. Ayrton Senna (BRA) in his McLaren-Honda dominated the race from the start went on to win despite losing first and second gear with his McLaren Honda team mate Alain Prost (FRA) taking second place. Nigel Mansell in his Ferrari unfortunately had to retire after 20 laps with all too familiar gearbox issues.
With Berger not racing, there were now only 29 cars in qualifying instead of 30, because Ferrari did not have a replacement driver. Senna had scored his third pole of the season, with the number 2 car of Prost again alongside him.
March introduced their new 1989 design. However, Senna went on to win by almost a whole minute over Prost, while Stefano Modena secured a valuable third for the under-financed Brabham team on its return to Formula One after a whole year out.
This result effectively allowed Brabham to avoid pre-qualifying in the second half of the season. Modena however, failed to score any points in any other Grand Prix in 1989. Michele Alboreto secured his first points since leaving Ferrari for Tyrell.