The Larrousse team had had a trying 1989, with their Lamborghini engine suffering all manner of teething troubles. A shame as the LC89 chassis was a good one and the engine had a lot of power (a reported 600bhp), but Alliot’s sixth place in Spain was the only point scored all season, and the team dropped into pre-qualifying for the latter half of the season. Even the talented and experienced Michele Alboreto couldn’t do much with the car, though he may also have been suffering from a lack of motivation given his career’s apparent implosion during 1989. New drivers – both of whom have had a race or two for the team and done well – follow new Japanese money into the team and the Lamborghini engine seemed to be coming good later in the year, so could 1990 be a good one?
29. Éric Bernard
Bernard had just had two races for Larrousse in 1989 before being displaced in favour of Alboreto. However, in his first race in France he qualified 15th – ahead of the vaunted Jean Alesi – and ran as high as fifth before his engine gave out from seventh place. He improved further in Britain, qualifying 13th but again suffering a blown Lamborghini. He returned to F3000 to finish 3rd in the standings to fellow countrymen Jean Alesi and Érik Comas before being recalled for the 1990 season.
30. Aguri Suzuki
Suzuki had also made his debut with Larrousse, in his case towards the end of 1988, when he impressed at his home race but in 1989 a full season with Zakspeed courtesy of his Yamaha connections turned into a nightmare, and he failed to pre-qualify at every single race. He will be hoping to improve on this record in 1990, with Larrousse one of six teams in the early sessions in 1990.