British Grand Prix – 1990


In yet another European Grand Prix season, the strengths of Ferrari and McLaren were balanced in each curve. It was difficult to predict who would come out victorious at Silverstone.

In the qualifying, Nigel Mansell took pole position, followed by Ayrton Senna and Gerhard Berger. Alain Prost was in fifth, behind Thierry Boutsen’s Williams.

The three leaders fought to win the race. Mansell was the first to lead the race for 25 laps and then Berger led for six, and then Ayrton Senna, following a tire change, took the final lead for eleven laps, opening a nine-second advantage over Alain Prost, now in second place.

Ayrton had the race under control until he hit an oil patch and spun. He recovered but was passed by Prost and Boutsen, finishing in third.

After the race, visibly disappointed, when asked if it had been a victory of patience, he responded:

“No, I think that it was Alain Prost’s”

Race Summary

  • 1 N. Mansell
  • 2 Ayrton Senna
  • 3 G. Berger
  • 4 T. Boutsen
  • 5 A. Prost
  • 6 J. Alesi
  • 7 R. Patrese
  • 8 E. Bernard
  • 9 A. Suzuki
  • 10 I. Capelli
  • 11 N. Piquet
  • 12 S. Nakajima
  • 13 A. Nannini
  • 14 M. Donnelly
  • 15 M. Gugelmin
  • 16 D. Warwick
  • 17 A.Caffi
  • 18 P. Martini
  • 19 E. Pirro
  • 20 S. Modena
  • 21 N. Larini
  • 22 P. Alliot
  • 23 A. de Cesaris
  • 24 P. Barilla
  • 25 M. Alboreto
  • 26 G. Tarquini
Fastest lapN. Mansell - 1´11´´291
Podium 1º A. Prost 2º T. Boutsen 3º Ayrton Senna

Senna in race

Starting position2
Final position3
Best lap1’12’’250
Points added to the Championship4
Championship position after the race2
What did he say after the race
“No, I think that (the win) went to Alain Prost.” (when asked if it had been a “victory of patience”)