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1990 German Grand Prix

  1990 German Grand Prix
Race details
Race 9 of 16 in the 1990 Formula One season
Date July 29 1990
Official name Grosser Mobil 1 Preis von Deutschland
Location Hockenheimring
near Heidelberg, West Germany
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 6.802 km (4.2265 mi)
Distance 45 laps, 306.090 km (190.195 mi)
Weather Hot, dry, sunny
Pole position
Driver McLaren-Honda
Time 1:40.198
Fastest lap
Driver Thierry Boutsen Williams-Renault
Time 1:45.602 on lap 31
Podium
First McLaren-Honda
Second Benetton-Ford
Third McLaren-Honda

The 1990 German Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Hockenheimring on July 29, 1990. It was the ninth round of the 1990 Formula One season. The race was the 52nd German Grand Prix and the 14th to be held at the Hockenheimring. It was the 39th and last Formula One Grand Prix to be held in West Germany prior to its re-unification with East Germany. The race was held over 45 laps of the seven kilometre circuit for a race distance of 306 kilometres.

The race was won by 1988 World Champion, Brazilian driver Ayrton Senna driving a McLaren MP4/5B. He took a six-second victory over Italian driver Alessandro Nannini driving a Benetton B190 who was just two seconds in front of Senna's Austrian teammate Gerhard Berger.

Senna's win put him back into the championship points lead, four ahead of Ferrari driver Alain Prost.

Race report

The circuit's fast nature resulted in several engine failures, although the four big teams of the era took all six points-paying positions.

Before the race, the Coloni team ended their involvement with the uncompetitive Subaru engine. Bertrand Gachot's modified Coloni FC189C arrived at the circuit with a customer Cosworth V8 and would remain so until season's end. Unlike Gachot, both Onyx Grand Prix team mates JJ Lehto and Gregor Foitek both got their renamed Monteverdi ORE-2's into the race, the last time either car would qualify for a race prior to the team's dissolution in August.

Philippe Alliot was disqualified because marshals helped his Ligier JS33B rejoin the

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