RandomiciNews: Home race horror for Mansell and his fellow Britons

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16 Jul 1990

YESTERDAY'S BRITISH GRAND PRIX turned out to be a bad one for the home heroes, especially Ferrari's Nigel Mansell, who retired from the race as his French team-mate Alain Prost won and took the championship lead.

Mansell took pole and set the fastest lap, however his gearbox malfunctioned on lap 55 as he led the race - he then threw his gloves into the crowd and has made plans on retiring from Formula One at the end of the season.

The all-British Lotus line-up of Martin Donnelly and Derek Warwick had retired beforehand with separate engine failures; Warwick's engine came first on lap 46, then Donnelly's two laps later.

The Williams of Thierry Boutsen and the McLaren of Ayrton Senna were second and third behind title defender Prost.

Championship standings as of British GP[edit]

Prost leads the championship by two points from nearest rival Senna.

  • 1. Alain Prost (Flag of France svg.png FRA) - Ferrari 41
  • 2. Ayrton Senna (Flag of Brazil svg.png BRA) - McLaren 39
  • 3. Gerhard Berger (Flag of Austria svg.png AUT) - McLaren 25
  • 4. Nelson Piquet (Flag of Brazil svg.png BRA) - Benetton 18
  • 5. Thierry Boutsen (Flag of Belgium svg.png BEL) - Williams 17