GP Germany 1989 at the Hockenheimring

GP Germany 1989 at the Hockenheimring
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P ole: Ayrton Senna (McLaren-Honda ) 1.42,300 min

1. Ayrton Senna (McLaren-Honda) 1: 21.43.302 h
2. Alain Prost (McLaren-Honda) + 18.151 s
3. Nigel Mansell (Ferrari) + 1.23.254 min

1989 German participants just watch the GP Germany. Zakspeed fails in Hockenheim due to the pre-qualification. With 39 participants, nine drivers have to leave before the official training session. The Rial pilots Christian Danner and Volker Weidler, who were seeded for the field of 30, are too slow for the 26 starting positions.

Once again, Ayrton Senna is on pole position, almost a second ahead of his team-mate Alain Prost, who has mutated into an archenemy. What looks like a walk through for Senna after training becomes really exciting in the race. Prost can keep up. More than that: The Frenchman is faster than Senna in racing conditions.

Berger is only happy about first place

Gerhard Berger wins the start, but the joy of the clear view at the front of the field only lasts for a short time. Before the first chicane, Senna stabbed past, before the second Prost. Berger later said goodbye to the race with a spectacular suspension defect.

It's not the only crash that day. Thierry Boutsen flies his Williams into the guardrails so vehemently that he has to undergo brief medical treatment for back pain. Emanuele Pirro has the horror of his life when he rushes towards a white wall that looks like a large concrete block. In fact, it is a styrofoam border. The Benetton cuts the obstacle into 1,000 pieces.

Bad luck with technology prevents cheers victory in Hockenheim

There are also dramas when the three top stars change tires. With Nigel Mansell, Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna, the procedure takes significantly longer than 10 seconds. So the leadership changes. Prost loses time because the rear wheels spin when jacked up due to a clutch that does not separate properly, but that is nothing compared to the 23 seconds that Senna spends in the pits.

Up to three laps before the end, Prost looks like the sure winner, even if his hated team-mate is in the rear-view mirrors. Then the sixth gear breaks in the Frenchman's McLaren. Senna wins at the Hockenheimring, Prost isSecond.


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