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Thierry Boutsen, Williams, 1990 Hungarian Grand Prix

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Because of the summer shutdown which has become a cornerstone of the Formula 1 calendar, it's been 27 years since a Grand Prix race was last held on August 12.

That was the 1990 Hungarian Grand Prix. It was the fifth time the race had been held at the Hungaroring, previous winners having been Nelson Piquet (twice), Ayrton Senna and Nigel Mansell.

In qualifying, Thierry Boutsen claimed pole position by 0.036s ahead of Williams team mate Riccardo Patrese. Boutsen led the race from the start, but McLaren's Gerhard Berger jumped ahead of Patrese.

During the race, Senna suffered a puncture and also collided with Benetton's Alessandro Nannini, but he kept going. Meanwhile Prost retired with gearbox failure, and Berger and Mansell exited after colliding on lap 72.

Senna recovered to second place ahead of Piquet and piled the pressure on Boutsen. However the Belgian driver was implacable and crossed the line 0.288s of Senna to claim his third F1 win. Piquet took the final podium spot ahead of Patrese.

It proved to be the last time that Boutsen stood on the podium. He moved to Ligier in 1991-2, and then to Jordan for his final season in 1993. He then retired from the sport after making 163 Grand Prix starts. Boutsen carried on racing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans until 1999 and now runs his own company in Monaco buying and selling business jets.

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