Australian Grand Prix – 1989


The final race of the season took place under a major storm, which caused accidents as well as surprises on the podium.

In qualifying, nonetheless, the script was the same: Ayrton Senna won another pole position and Alain Prost came in second.

During the race, Senna started off well and had a healthy lead, but a five car collision on the second lap caused a restart.

It rained so hard that Alain Prost – already champion – refused to start again.

The rain and visibility conditions were difficult, even for more experienced drivers like Ayrton Senna, who skidded and crashed on the 13th lap.

The race was called at lap 70 of 81. The Belgian driver, Tierry Boutsen (Williams) was the winner in the Grand Prix in which only eight cars had finished.

Another surprise was the Japanese driver Satoru Nakajima (Lotus), who won the fastest lap. It was the first best lap from a Japanese driver in Formula 1 history.

Resumo da Corrida

  • 1 Ayrton Senna
  • 2 A. Prost
  • 3 P. Martini
  • 4 A. Nannini
  • 5 T. Boutsen
  • 6 R. Patrese
  • 7 N. Mansell
  • 8 S. Modena
  • 9 A. de Cesaris
  • 10 A.Caffi
  • 11 N. Larini
  • 12 M. Brundle
  • 13 E. Pirro
  • 14 G. Berger
  • 15 J. Alesi
  • 16 I. Capelli
  • 17 J. Lehto
  • 18 N. Piquet
  • 19 P. Alliot
  • 20 D. Warwick
  • 21 P. Ghinzani
  • 22 E. Cheever
  • 23 S. Nakajima
  • 24 O. Grouillard
  • 25 M. Gugelmin
  • 26 R. Arnoux
Voltas 70
Tempo Chuvoso
Volta mais rápida S. Nakajima - 1´38´´480
Podium 1º T. Boutsen 2º A. Nannini 3º R. Patrese
Carros 26
Abandonos 18

Senna na corrida

Posição de largada 1
Posição final Abandonou (13ª volta)
Melhor volta 1’41’’159
Pontos somados para o Campeonato -
Posição no Campeonato após a prova 2
O que disse após a prova
“I couldn’t see anything until I hit Martin Brundle. First I felt the impact, then I saw Brabham"