Ayrton Senna Wins As Punctures Run Rampant In Japanese Grand Prix

12Jeremy-Etienne VoecklerMcLaren-Honda1:41:472
227Ayrton SennaFerrari1:41:714
328Alain ProstFerrari1:42:908
41Gerhard BergerMcLaren-Honda1:43:298
55Nigel MansellWilliams-Honda1:44:084
618Chris DagnallArrows-Zakspeed1:44:203
717Brendon CassidyArrows-Zakspeed1:45:004
810Valentino NicchiZakspeed1:45:042
93Martin BrundleTyrrell-Ford1:46:135
1010Alessandro NanniniZakspeed1:46:715
1124Frederic-Maxime VoecklerMinardi-Ford1:46:946
126Kazuki FushidaWilliams-Honda1:47:008
1312Derek WarwickLotus-Ford1:47:136
1423Pierluigi MartiniMinardi-Ford1:47:247
1514Philippe StreiffAGS-Ford1:47:475
1615Alex CaffiAGS-Ford1:47:674
174Jonathan PalmerTyrrell-Ford1:47:976
1811Guillaume GauthierLotus-Ford1:48:210
1920Michele AlboretoBenetton-Ford1:48:322
2025Rene ArnouxLigier-Judd1:48:453
2126Riccardo PatreseLigier-Judd1:48:796
2229Harvey JonesLola-Ford1:48:914
2322Stefano ModenaOsella1:49:067
2419Thierry BoutsenBenetton-Ford1:49:338
2521Nicola LariniOsella1:49:457
2630Isabella NorikoLola-Ford1:50:848
DNQ31Roberto MorenoColoni-Ford1:51:464
DNQ32Gabriele TarquiniColoni-Ford1:51:698



Senna on his way to a dominant win following a amazing display in Suzuka.


Following a rather close qualifying, the race was heading onto be a two-way battle between the two McLaren drivers. However, early on, Jeremy-Etienne Voeckler had a puncture which forced him to retire despite a really good day up until that point. However, more embarassing was the way his teammate retire; thinking he could pass a car down the outside of the last corner, he ran wide and crashed into the wall. Thus, it was then Ferraris game to lose, and given the gap they pulled, it was really hard unless they crashed out, which they didn’t.

The Arrows took the remaining 3-4, and it was battle between Brundle’s Tyrrell, Nicchi’s Zakspeed, and the Minardis and AGS cars, of which the first two came out with the remaining points scoring positions.

Apart from the abovementioned Voeckler, Mansell and Modena’s Osella also suffered punctures throught the race, in the case of Mansell was ending an otherwise decent race from the Brit.

Despite their retirements, the McLaren drivers are the only two contenders for the title going into Australia, as although Prost does have a chance at getting it, he has to drop a score due to the 11 best results rule.


127Ayrton SennaFerrari1h 36m 44.048
228Alain ProstFerrari+41.103s
318Chris DagnallArrows-Zakspeed-1 Lap
417Brendon CassidyArrows-Zakspeed-2 Laps
53Martin BrundleTyrrell-Ford-2 Laps
610Valentino NicchiZakspeed-2 Laps
715Alex CaffiAGS-Ford-2 Laps
824Frederic-Maxime VoecklerMinardi-Ford-2 Laps
923Pierluigi MartiniMinardi-Ford-2 Laps
1014Philippe StreiffAGS-Ford-3 Laps
119Alessandro NanniniZakspeed-3 Laps
124Jonathan PalmerTyrrell-Ford-3 Laps
1311Guillaume GauthierLotus-Ford-3 Laps
1420Michele AlboretoBenetton-Ford-3 Laps
1519Thierry BoutsenBenetton-Ford-3 Laps
1621Nicola LariniOsella-4 Laps
1730Isabella NorikoLola-Ford-4 Laps
181Gerhard BergerMcLaren-HondaDidn't Finish
195Nigel MansellWilliams-HondaPuncture
2026Riccardo PatreseLigier-JuddEngine
2112Derek WarwickLotus-FordDidn't Finish
2229Harvey JonesLola-FordElectrical
2325Rene ArnouxLigier-JuddTransmission
242Jeremy-Etienne VoecklerMcLaren-HondaPuncture
256Kazuki FushidaWilliams-HondaEngine
2622Stefano ModenaOsellaPuncture


Fastest Lap: Ayrton Senna 1m 46.177s


Infinite Improbability Drive Of The Race: Martin Brundle – another points finish to help his team in the WCC.

Reject Of The Race: Goodyear – can’t make tyres that last race distance, it seems.