Canadian Grand Prix – 1989

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With the championship open for competition between Senna and Prost, the latter had once again become a challenging opponent.

So much so that during the Canadian Grand Prix, something rare happened: Alain Prost started off in pole position, with Senna in the front row, second position.

Soon after the start off, five cars remained at the start line: Nigel Mansell (Ferrari) and Alessandro Nannini (Benetton) were disqualified for a pre-race violation, while Pierluigi Martini (Minardi), Stefano Modena (Brabham) and Michele Alboreto (Tyrrell) retired following a collision.

It was raining. Alain Prost, under these conditions, could not hold Senna back for long, and was passed on the second lap.

But it wasn’t an easy race for anyone. The sun came out and dried the track, requiring drivers to put slick tires on. Riccardo Patrese (Williams) and Derek Warwick (Arrows) were now in the lead.

Then, another storm came, requiring another changing of tires. Conditions became ideal for Senna to assume the lead and race to victory. When Senna was three laps to the end, the Honda engine blew. It was the end of the race for the McLaren driver.

With such an atypical race, the podium was composed of the unlikeliest of drivers: Thierry Boutsen (Williams), Riccardo Patrese and Andrea de Cessaris (Dallara).

With the championship open for competition between Senna and Prost, the latter had once again become a challenging opponent.

So much so that during the Canadian Grand Prix, something rare happened: Alain Prost started off in pole position, with Senna in the front row, second position.

Soon after the start off, five cars remained at the start line: Nigel Mansell (Ferrari) and Alessandro Nannini (Benetton) were disqualified for a pre-race violation, while Pierluigi Martini (Minardi), Stefano Modena (Brabham) and Michele Alboreto (Tyrrell) retired following a collision.

It was raining. Alain Prost, under these conditions, could not hold Senna back for long, and was passed on the second lap.

But it wasn’t an easy race for anyone. The sun came out and dried the track, requiring drivers to put slick tires on. Riccardo Patrese (Williams) and Derek Warwick (Arrows) were now in the lead.

Then, another storm came, requiring another changing of tires. Conditions became ideal for Senna to assume the lead and race to victory. When Senna was three laps to the end, the Honda engine blew. It was the end of the race for the McLaren driver.

With such an atypical race, the podium was composed of the unlikeliest of drivers: Thierry Boutsen (Williams), Riccardo Patrese and Andrea de Cessaris (Dallara).

With the championship open for competition between Senna and Prost, the latter had once again become a challenging opponent.

So much so that during the Canadian Grand Prix, something rare happened: Alain Prost started off in pole position, with Senna in the front row, second position.

Soon after the start off, five cars remained at the start line: Nigel Mansell (Ferrari) and Alessandro Nannini (Benetton) were disqualified for a pre-race violation, while Pierluigi Martini (Minardi), Stefano Modena (Brabham) and Michele Alboreto (Tyrrell) retired following a collision.

It was raining. Alain Prost, under these conditions, could not hold Senna back for long, and was passed on the second lap.

But it wasn’t an easy race for anyone. The sun came out and dried the track, requiring drivers to put slick tires on. Riccardo Patrese (Williams) and Derek Warwick (Arrows) were now in the lead.

Then, another storm came, requiring another changing of tires. Conditions became ideal for Senna to assume the lead and race to victory. When Senna was three laps to the end, the Honda engine blew. It was the end of the race for the McLaren driver.

With such an atypical race, the podium was composed of the unlikeliest of drivers: Thierry Boutsen (Williams), Riccardo Patrese and Andrea de Cessaris (Dallara).

With the championship open for competition between Senna and Prost, the latter had once again become a challenging opponent.

So much so that during the Canadian Grand Prix, something rare happened: Alain Prost started off in pole position, with Senna in the front row, second position.

Soon after the start off, five cars remained at the start line: Nigel Mansell (Ferrari) and Alessandro Nannini (Benetton) were disqualified for a pre-race violation, while Pierluigi Martini (Minardi), Stefano Modena (Brabham) and Michele Alboreto (Tyrrell) retired following a collision.

It was raining. Alain Prost, under these conditions, could not hold Senna back for long, and was passed on the second lap.

But it wasn’t an easy race for anyone. The sun came out and dried the track, requiring drivers to put slick tires on. Riccardo Patrese (Williams) and Derek Warwick (Arrows) were now in the lead.

Then, another storm came, requiring another changing of tires. Conditions became ideal for Senna to assume the lead and race to victory. When Senna was three laps to the end, the Honda engine blew. It was the end of the race for the McLaren driver.

With such an atypical race, the podium was composed of the unlikeliest of drivers: Thierry Boutsen (Williams), Riccardo Patrese and Andrea de Cessaris (Dallara).

Race Summary

  • 1 A. Prost
  • 2 Ayrton Senna
  • 3 R. Patrese
  • 4 G. Berger
  • 5 N. Mansell
  • 6 T. Boutsen
  • 7 S. Modena
  • 8 A.Caffi
  • 9 A. de Cesaris
  • 10 P. Alliot
  • 11 P. Martini
  • 12 D. Warwick
  • 13 A. Nannini
  • 14 J. Palmer
  • 15 N. Larini
  • 16 E. Cheever
  • 17 M. Gugelmin
  • 18 S. Johansson
  • 19 N. Piquet
  • 20 M. Alboreto
  • 21 I. Capelli
  • 22 R. Arnoux
  • 23 C. Danner
  • 24 L. Perez-Sala
  • 25 G. Tarquini
  • 26 R. Moreno
Turns 69
Time Chuvoso
Fastest lap J. Palmer - 1´31´´925
Podium 1º T. Boutsen 2º R. Patrese 3º A. de Cesaris
Cars 26
Leaving 16

Senna in race

Starting position 2
Final position Abandonou (66ª volta)
Best lap 1’32’’143
Points added to the Championship -
Championship position after the race 2
What did he say after the race
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