The championship was well balanced, as were the conditions of the engines for the French Grand Prix.
Ferrari and McLaren fought to the end of the qualifying for the pole position, which went to Nigel Mansell. Gerhard Berger was in second, Ayrton Senna in third and Alain Prost in fourth.
In the race, the surprise was Leyton House, with Ivan Capelli and Mauricio Gugelmin, who used the strategy of not stopping to change tires.
Thusly, the drivers took the lead in the race. While Gugelmin had engine problems, retiring in the 58th lap, Capelli finished in second place having been surprised by Prost in the last laps of the French Grand Prix.
The Frenchman won at home once again.
Ayrton Senna led for two laps and held firm in third place in a race where the conditions were not favorable. He consoled himself with a podium appearance and points towards the Championship:
“I raced for points. Under the circumstances, four is good. My car and I didn’t deserve more than two”
A. de Cesaris
position in championship following the race
championship points accumulated
I raced for points. Considering the circumstances, four is good enough. My car and I didn’t deserve more than two.