78/81 … A Clear Decision! – The Official Review of the 1990 FIA Formula 1 World 1990 F1 Formula One World Championship ReviewChampionship Season
VHS, © 1990 DUKE, 120 minutes

Despite being over twenty years ago, the drama and intrigue of the 1990 Formula 1 World Championship season is wonderfully captured on the official FIA video review of that season.

In the title race, it was all about ‘Round 2’ for Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost, with the pair trading blows as they raced towards another thrilling climax to decide the championship in Japan – this time it would be Senna who claimed the spoils, famously ramming his former team-mate off the track at the first corner.

This season review VHS (sadly yet to make its way onto DVD like many of its contemporaries) obviously devotes plenty of time to the Senna-Prost stoush, but the review offers plenty of highlights from up and down the very large grid, in the days when Friday prequalifying was de rigueur.

The best race action is well captured and discussed in each of the season’s sixteen important races, and fans are treated to true-speed and slow-motion replays of the best bits.

This still being very much the early days of in-car footage, it’s not surprisingly a little thin on the ground here, and the narrative lacks a little enthusiasm, which is stark contrast to the gripping spectacle you’re treated to when watching the video.

In summary:

  • HITS: Well-edited race highlights showing all the best bits of action from each race weekend
  • MISSES: The lacklustre narration, which is an obvious contrast to the ever-building suspense as the title race really starts to heat up
  • BEST BITS: One of the few bits of onboard footage in the review, watch Nigel Mansell pull a blindingly brave passing move on Gerhard Berger on the final lap of the Mexican Grand Prix – around the outside of the dangerous Peraltada corner!

Using our unique ‘Chequered Flags’ rating system, we award the 1990 Formula One World Championship Review


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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.