1991 British Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 8 of 16 in the 1991 Formula One season
Silverstone 1991.jpg
Date 14 July 1991
Official name XLIV Foster's British Grand Prix
Location Silverstone Circuit
Silverstone, United Kingdom
Course Permanent racing facility
5.226 km (3.247 mi)
Distance 59 laps, 308.334 km (188.446 mi)
Weather Hot, dry, sunny
Pole position
Driver United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault
Time 1:20.939
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault
Time 1:26.379 on lap 43
Podium
First United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault
Second Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda
Third France Alain Prost Ferrari
Nigel Mansell gives Ayrton Senna a lift back to the Paddock at Silverstone. Senna had run out of fuel while Mansell won the race, so the lift occurred on Mansell's Victory Lap.

The 1991 British Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Silverstone on 14 July 1991. It was the eighth round of the 1991 Formula One season.

Report[edit]

Mansell-Mania greeted the drivers as they arrived at Silverstone for the British Grand Prix. The track had been vastly remodelled for 1991, which garnered largely positive reviews from the drivers. The track was no longer the fastest on the F1 calendar, but it now included many challenging corners for the drivers. Elsewhere Tom Walkinshaw had bought a 35% stake in the Benetton team, but the driver line-ups were unchanged from the previous race. Stefan Johansson continued to stand-in for the injured Alex Caffi at Footwork, although it was the last race he would do so.

In qualifying Nigel Mansell took pole in front of his home fans, with title-rival Ayrton Senna second. Riccardo Patrese was third, followed by Gerhard Berger, Alain Prost, Jean Alesi, Roberto Moreno, Nelson Piquet, Maurício Gugelmin, and Stefano Modena. Senna made a rocket start to lead Mansell, while Patrese was the first casualty of the day, having been bumped off by Berger. Senna's lead didn't last for long as Mansell re-passed him going into Stowe corner.

Mansell and Senna proceeded to rocket off into the distance while Berger, Prost, and Alesi squabbled over third place, with Alesi emerging ahead; he would later retire after colliding with Aguri Suzuki while trying to lap the Japanese driver's Lola.

Andrea de Cesaris had a huge accident on Lap 41 when his suspension failed at Abbey corner, his car bounced back across the track and narrowly missed Satoru Nakajima's Tyrrell; de Cesaris was unhurt.

At the front it was all Mansell as the Englishman recorded his second win in succession, while rival Senna ran out of fuel on the last lap, he would be classified fourth. Berger ended up second, followed by Prost, Senna, Piquet, and Bertrand Gachot's Jordan. Mansell now trailed Senna by only 18 points and momentum was on his side.

In terms of having to prequalify, Brabham would have needed their top car at least in 7th position to demote the Leyton House team, but neither Brundle nor Blundell finished the race.


Classification[edit]

Pre Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 22 Finland JJ Lehto Dallara-Judd 1:24.825
2 33 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Jordan-Ford 1:25.508 +0.683
3 21 Italy Emanuele Pirro Dallara-Judd 1:25.726 +0.901
4 32 Belgium Bertrand Gachot Jordan-Ford 1:25.931 +1.106
5 14 France Olivier Grouillard Fondmetal-Ford 1:26.299 +1.474
6 34 Italy Nicola Larini Lambo-Lamborghini 1:28.042 +3.217
7 35 Belgium Eric van de Poele Lambo-Lamborghini 1:28.827 +4.002
8 31 Portugal Pedro Chaves Coloni-Ford 1:29.735 +4.910

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault 1:22.644 1:20.939 -
2 1 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 1:23.277 1:21.618 +0.679
3 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 1:23.436 1:22.109 +1.170
4 2 Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 1:23.045 1:22.476 +1.537
5 27 France Alain Prost Ferrari 1:24.726 1:22.478 +1.539
6 28 France Jean Alesi Ferrari 1:24.520 1:22.881 +1.942
7 19 Brazil Roberto Moreno Benetton-Ford 1:25.715 1:23.265 +2.326
8 20 Brazil Nelson Piquet Benetton-Ford 1:25.107 1:23.626 +2.687
9 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin Leyton House-Ilmor 1:25.834 1:24.044 +3.105
10 4 Italy Stefano Modena Tyrrell-Honda 1:24.925 1:24.069 +3.130
11 22 Finland JJ Lehto Dallara-Judd 1:24.997 1:24.141 +3.202
12 8 United Kingdom Mark Blundell Brabham-Yamaha 1:26.117 1:24.165 +3.226
13 33 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Jordan-Ford 1:24.169 1:24.319 +3.230
14 7 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Brabham-Yamaha 1:25.803 1:24.345 +3.406
15 3 Japan Satoru Nakajima Tyrrell-Honda 1:26.229 1:24.560 +3.621
16 16 Italy Ivan Capelli Leyton House-Ilmor 1:25.951 1:24.587 +3.648
17 32 Belgium Bertrand Gachot Jordan-Ford 1:25.323 1:24.592 +3.653
18 21 Italy Emanuele Pirro Dallara-Judd 1:25.136 1:24.654 +3.715
19 25 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Ligier-Lamborghini 1:25.530 1:25.174 +4.235
20 24 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Minardi-Ferrari 1:27.367 1:25.222 +4.283
21 29 France Éric Bernard Lola-Ford 1:26.235 1:25.537 +4.598
22 30 Japan Aguri Suzuki Lola-Ford 1:26.438 1:25.583 +4.644
23 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ferrari 1:27.279 1:25.583 +4.644
24 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Lotus-Judd 1:27.207 1:25.689 +4.750
25 11 Finland Mika Häkkinen Lotus-Judd 1:26.936 1:25.872 +4.933
26 9 Italy Michele Alboreto Footwork-Ford 1:27.193 1:26.192 +5.253
27 26 France Érik Comas Ligier-Lamborghini 1:26.486 1:26.392 +5.453
28 10 Sweden Stefan Johansson Footwork-Ford 1:28.204 1:26.544 +5.605
29 18 Italy Fabrizio Barbazza AGS-Ford 1:31.697 1:28.122 +7.183
30 17 Italy Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford 1:31.130 1:28.136 +7.197

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault 59 1:27:35.479 1 10
2 2 Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 59 + 42.293 4 6
3 27 France Alain Prost Ferrari 59 + 1:00.150 5 4
4 1 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 58 Out of Fuel 2 3
5 20 Brazil Nelson Piquet Benetton-Ford 58 + 1 Lap 8 2
6 32 Belgium Bertrand Gachot Jordan-Ford 58 + 1 Lap 17 1
7 4 Italy Stefano Modena Tyrrell-Honda 58 + 1 Lap 10  
8 3 Japan Satoru Nakajima Tyrrell-Honda 58 + 1 Lap 15  
9 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ferrari 58 + 1 Lap 23  
10 21 Italy Emanuele Pirro Dallara-Judd 57 + 2 Laps 18  
11 24 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Minardi-Ferrari 57 + 2 Laps 20  
12 11 Finland Mika Häkkinen Lotus-Judd 57 + 2 Laps 25  
13 22 Finland JJ Lehto Dallara-Judd 56 + 3 Laps 11  
14 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Lotus-Judd 55 Oil Pressure 24  
Ret 8 United Kingdom Mark Blundell Brabham-Yamaha 52 Engine 12  
Ret 33 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Jordan-Ford 41 Suspension 13  
Ret 28 France Jean Alesi Ferrari 31 Collision 6  
Ret 30 Japan Aguri Suzuki Lola-Ford 29 Collision 22  
Ret 25 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Ligier-Lamborghini 29 Engine 19  
Ret 7 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Brabham-Yamaha 28 Throttle 14  
Ret 9 Italy Michele Alboreto Footwork-Ford 25 Transmission 26  
Ret 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin Leyton House-Ilmor 24 Chassis 9  
Ret 19 Brazil Roberto Moreno Benetton-Ford 21 Gearbox 7  
Ret 29 France Éric Bernard Lola-Ford 21 Transmission 21  
Ret 16 Italy Ivan Capelli Leyton House-Ilmor 16 Spun Off 16  
Ret 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 1 Collision 3  
DNQ 26 France Érik Comas Ligier-Lamborghini    
DNQ 10 Sweden Stefan Johansson Footwork-Ford    
DNQ 18 Italy Fabrizio Barbazza AGS-Ford    
DNQ 17 Italy Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford    
DNPQ 14 France Olivier Grouillard Fondmetal-Ford    
DNPQ 34 Italy Nicola Larini Lambo-Lamborghini    
DNPQ 35 Belgium Eric van de Poele Lambo-Lamborghini    
DNPQ 31 Portugal Pedro Chaves Coloni-Ford    

Standings after Grand Prix[edit]

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

References[edit]


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1991 French Grand Prix
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1990 British Grand Prix
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