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1990 Japanese Grand Prix

1990 Japanese Grand Prix
Grand PrixJapanese
Official NameXVI Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix
DateOctober 21
Race No15
Season No16
LocationSuzuka Circuit, Suzuka, Mie, Japan
CoursePermanent racing facility
Course Mi3.64
Course Km5.859
Distance Laps53
Distance Mi192.966
Distance Km310.548
Pole DriverAyrton Senna
Pole TeamMcLaren-Honda
Pole Time1:36.996
Pole CountryBrazil
Fast DriverRiccardo Patrese
Fast TeamWilliams-Renault
Fast Time1:44.233
Fast Lap40
Fast CountryItaly
First DriverNelson Piquet
First TeamBenetton-Ford
First CountryBrazil
Second DriverRoberto Moreno
Second TeamBenetton-Ford
Second CountryBrazil
Third DriverAguri Suzuki
Third TeamLola-Lamborghini
Third CountryJapan

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The 1990 Japanese Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 21 October 1990 at Suzuka. It was the fifteenth and penultimate round of the 1990 Formula One season. It was the 17th Japanese Grand Prix and the fourth to be held at Suzuka. The race was held over 53 laps of the six kilometre circuit for a race distance of 310 kilometres.

The race is best remembered for the first corner collision between World Championship rivals Brazilian driver Ayrton Senna and French driver Alain Prost, the second consecutive year the two had collided at this race with heavy championship repercussions. It immediately put both cars out of the race and secured for Senna his second World Championship. The race saw a best result to that point for the Benetton Formula team with their drivers, Brazilian veteran Nelson Piquet and his young protege Roberto Moreno finishing first and second in their Benetton B190s. It was back to back wins for Benetton in Japan after the team's debut Formula One win the previous year. Japanese driver Aguri Suzuki scored a career best result for himself and the Larrousse team, finishing third in his Lola LC90 in the only podium driver and team would achieve.

With Ferrari scoring no points after Nigel Mansell's retirement, the McLaren team secured their sixth and third consecutive constructor's championship.

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