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1990 FIA Formula 1 Season
Photo Credit: McLaren.
Champion Constructor: McLaren Honda (GB,6,6)
Putative Constructor: McLaren Honda (GB)
Champion Driver: Ayrton Senna (BR,2,1)
Putative Driver: Ayrton Senna (BR)
Putative Constructor Entry Specification: Model MP4-5B, 3.49-liter, ten-cylinder vee, aluminum alloy engine, DOHC, fuel injection, six-speed, ventilated carbon ceramic disc brakes, carbon fibre/aluminum honeycomb monocoque, double wishbone independent suspension, 695 horsepower (Steve Nichols, Neil Oatley, Gordon Murray, Nobuhiko Kawamoto).

McLaren with its MP4-5B entry takes its third consecutive constructors' crown in 1990, yet the penultimate season race at Suzuka in October again settles matters as points leader Ayrton Senna of McLaren deliberately shoves off Ferrari driver Alain Prost in his Ferrari at the first corner on Lap 1to put both pilots out of the event and thus guarantee Senna his second Formula 1 drivers' title. Williams driver Riccardo Patrese collects his first victory since the 1983 season at Imola in May. McLaren driver Ayrton Senna earns his career leading fiftieth pole position award at Jerez in September. West and East Germany agree to unification of their respective societies in October. Benetton driver Alessandro Nannini suffers a traumatic arm injury that requires re-attachment that ends his F1 driving career by way of a helicopter crash prior to Suzuka in October. New Racing Makes: British Leyton House.

HeM applies the Putative Model to all racing seasons for two primary purposes: First, to effectively normalize all racing seasons for empirical comparison across the decades, and second, to step clear of series organizers which score season championships primarily out of commercial interest or to attract manufacturer participation. The Putative Model simply scores all seasons in the same fashion as a standard track and field meeting, with the only purpose of tracking what takes place at the finishing stripe If the Putative Champion differs from the nominal Series Champion, please note the (SC) notation below.

McLaren Honda167     Senna A113
Scuderia Ferrari129     Prost94
Benetton Ford86     Berger55
Williams Renault66     Piquet N53
Tyrrell Ford20     Mansell50
Larrousse Lola Lamborghini12     Boutsen41

Noteworthy 1990 Races

1990 XLVIII Grand Prix de Monaco Monte Carlo1990 1990 XLVIII Grand Prix de Monaco At Monaco for the Grand Prix (259.5 kilometers) in May, the race comes to a British McLaren MP4-5B Honda under Ayrton Senna (BR) in 1:52:46.9 (average 85.81 mph), under two seconds ahead of a Tyrrell driven by Jean Alesi. Senna leads the event wire-to-wire across the distance and wins in the principality for the second consecutive and third overall time, while constructor McLaren supplants Scuderia Ferrari as all-time leader at Monte Carlo with six victories. Photo Credit: McLaren Racing.
1990 XIV Gran Premio de Mexico Ciudad México, México1990 1990 XIV Gran Premio de Mexico At Hermanos Rodríguez for the Mexican Grand Prix (305 kilometers) in May, an Italian Scuderia Ferrari 641 under Alain Prost (FR) takes race honors in 1:32:35.8 (average 122.82 mph), under twenty-six seconds ahead a companion Ferrari entry. Prost moves out front race leader Ayrton Senna in his McLaren suffers a tire explosion with only nine laps remaining. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
1990 Grand Prix de France Le Castellet, France1990 1990 Grand Prix de France At Paul Ricard for the French Grand Prix (305 kilometers) in July, an Italian Scuderia Ferrari 641 under Alain Prost (FR) takes the flag in 1:33:29.6 (average 121.64 mph), under nine seconds ahead of a Leyton House driven by Ivan Capelli. Prost moves out front after passing race leader Capelli in his faltering Leyton House with an inside move with less than three laps remaining. Prost wins at Paul Ricard for the third consecutive season while Scuderia Ferrari posts its 100th F1 victory. Photo Credit: LAT Photographic Archive.
1990 XVI Japanese Grand Prix Suzuka City, Japan1990 1990 XVI Japanese Grand Prix At Suzuka for the Japanese Grand Prix (310.5 kilometers) in October, an Italian Benetton B190 Ford under Nelson Piquet (BR) notches a victory in 1:34:36.8 (average 122.37 mph), under eight seconds ahead of a companion Benetton driven by Roberto Moreno. Drama ensues at the start after pole-sitter Ayrton Senna in his McLaren and Alain Prost in his Ferrari, both sitting on the front row on the grid, sprint off the grid towards Turn 1. Senna, utterly furious that Prost gets to starts on the clean side of the track despite his pole status, prior to the race requests race officials to allow him to switch positions with Prost on the front row, yet FISA refuses him the same. Convinced that FISA consistently seeks to provide Prost and Scuderia Ferrari with any racing advantage possible, Senna on the Turn 1 approach deliberately cuts inside and rams the Prost Ferrari into the gravel pit in a grim repeat of the 1989 debacle at the same corner. Both cars retire due to damage and the impetuous collision between the two racing greats on Lap 1 gifts the F1 drivers’ title to Senna. Alessandro Nannini suffers career-ending injuries after surviving a helicopter crash prior to the contest. Photo Credit: Getty Images.