1991 Mexican Grand Prix

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Mexico  1991 Mexican Grand Prix
Race details
Race 6 of 16 in the 1991 Formula One season
Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez.svg
Date June 16, 1991
Location Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez
Mexico City, Mexico
Course Permanent racing facility
4.421 km (2.747 mi)
Distance 69 laps, 305.049 km (189.549 mi)
Weather Mostly Cloudy
24 °C (75 °F)[1]
Pole position
Driver Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault
Time 1:16.696
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault
Time 1:16.788 on lap 61
Podium
First Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault
Second United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault
Third Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda

The 1991 Mexican Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico City, on June 16, 1991. It was the sixth race of the 1991 Formula One season.

Report[edit]

In the run-up to the race, Tyrrell had lost talented designer Harvey Postlethwaite to the Mercedes-Benz sportscar team, while Ayrton Senna had been injured in a jet-ski accident.

For the second race in succession, the Williams team filled the front row with Riccardo Patrese ahead of Nigel Mansell. Senna survived a dramatic accident at the dangerous Peraltada corner on the Friday to take third, with Jean Alesi fourth for Ferrari. Senna's McLaren team-mate Gerhard Berger was fifth ahead of Benetton's Nelson Piquet, the winner of the previous race in Canada. The top ten was completed by Alain Prost in the second Ferrari, Stefano Modena in the Tyrrell, Roberto Moreno in the second Benetton and, remarkably, Olivier Grouillard in the Fondmetal. The latter seven drivers were separated by little more than 0.3 of a second.

The actual race needed three attempts to get underway: the first start was aborted when a fire marshal thought he saw a fire in the back of JJ Lehto's Dallara and jumped onto the track, while Grouillard stalled at the second start and was relegated to the back of the grid.

At the third start, Patrese made a poor getaway and dropped to fourth behind Mansell, Alesi and Senna. Senna quickly overtook Alesi, while further back, Piquet and Prost dropped behind Modena and Prost also dropped behind the fast-starting Jordan of Andrea de Cesaris. Berger, meanwhile, suffered his third consecutive early retirement when his engine exploded on lap 5, the resulting oil causing Pierluigi Martini to spin off in his Minardi. Patrese started his recovery by overtaking Alesi and then out-braking Senna into turn 1, putting him into second behind Mansell. On lap 15, Patrese passed his team-mate, who was having engine overheating concerns, for the lead. Mansell fell back towards Senna, Piquet, de Cesaris, Moreno and Alesi (who had spun), but eventually the concerns faded and the Englishman pulled away again. Alesi passed Moreno and de Cesaris for fifth, only for his clutch to fail on lap 43, team-mate Prost having dropped out on lap 17 with an alternator failure. Piquet's race ended on lap 45 with a broken wheel bearing, and when Moreno had a pit stop go wrong, Bertrand Gachot found himself fifth in the second Jordan, before spinning off.

Patrese eventually finished 1.3 seconds ahead of Mansell, with Senna almost a minute further back. De Cesaris held on to fourth after his throttle failed on the last lap and he pushed his car over the line, the stewards deciding that he had not broken the rules by starting to push after the race had ended. Moreno recovered from his botched pit stop to take fifth, while Larrousse's Éric Bernard finished sixth, the last point scored by a chassis manufactured by Lola Cars.

Classification[edit]

Pre Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 22 Finland JJ Lehto Dallara-Judd 1:28.381
2 14 France Olivier Grouillard Fondmetal-Ford 1:28.959 +0.578
3 33 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Jordan-Ford 1:29.545 +1.164
4 32 Belgium Bertrand Gachot Jordan-Ford 1:30.599 +2.218
5 35 Belgium Eric van de Poele Lambo-Lamborghini 1:30.655 +2.274
6 31 Portugal Pedro Chaves Coloni-Ford 1:37.144 +8.763
7 21 Italy Emanuele Pirro Dallara-Judd 1:40.164 +11.783
8 34 Italy Nicola Larini Lambo-Lamborghini Disqualified

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 1:16.696 1:17.192
2 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault 1:16.978 1:18.346 +0.282
3 1 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 1:17.264 1:18.711 +0.568
4 28 France Jean Alesi Ferrari 1:18.129 1:19.581 +1.433
5 2 Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 1:18.156 1:18.980 +1.460
6 20 Brazil Nelson Piquet Benetton-Ford 1:18.168 1:19.117 +1.472
7 27 France Alain Prost Ferrari 1:18.183 1:20.778 +1.487
8 4 Italy Stefano Modena Tyrrell-Honda 1:18.911 1:18.216 +1.520
9 19 Brazil Roberto Moreno Benetton-Ford 1:18.589 1:18.375 +1.679
10 14 France Olivier Grouillard Fondmetal-Ford 1:18.453 1:29.560 +1.757
11 33 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Jordan-Ford 1:20.053 1:18.935 +2.239
12 8 United Kingdom Mark Blundell Brabham-Yamaha 1:19.064 49:28.503 +2.368
13 3 Japan Satoru Nakajima Tyrrell-Honda 1:19.971 1:19.092 +2.396
14 25 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Ligier-Lamborghini 1:20.978 1:19.201 +2.505
15 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ferrari 1:19.215 1:19.878 +2.519
16 22 Finland JJ Lehto Dallara-Judd 1:19.291 1:20.029 +2.595
17 7 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Brabham-Yamaha 1:20.378 1:19.647 +2.951
18 29 France Éric Bernard Lola-Ford 1:20.442 1:19.785 +3.089
19 30 Japan Aguri Suzuki Lola-Ford 1:21.737 1:20.049 +3.353
20 32 Belgium Bertrand Gachot Jordan-Ford 1:20.050 1:20.551 +3.354
21 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin Leyton House-Ilmor 1:20.200 1:20.535 +3.504
22 16 Italy Ivan Capelli Leyton House-Ilmor 1:20.252 1:21.053 +3.556
23 24 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Minardi-Ferrari 1:21.257 1:20.322 +3.626
24 11 Finland Mika Häkkinen Lotus-Judd 1:20.823 1:22.072 +4.127
25 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Lotus-Judd 1:20.830 1:22.964 +4.134
26 9 Italy Michele Alboreto Footwork-Porsche 1:21.429 1:21.178 +4.482
27 26 France Érik Comas Ligier-Lamborghini 1:21.737 1:21.225 +4.529
28 17 Italy Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford 1:22.258 1:22.398 +5.562
29 10 Sweden Stefan Johansson Footwork-Porsche 1:22.938 1:22.598 +5.902
30 18 Italy Fabrizio Barbazza AGS-Ford 1:22.899 1:23.920 +6.203

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 67 1:29:52.205 1 10
2 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault 67 + 1.336 2 6
3 1 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 67 + 57.356 3 4
4 33 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Jordan-Ford 66 + 1 Lap 11 3
5 19 Brazil Roberto Moreno Benetton-Ford 66 + 1 Lap 9 2
6 29 France Éric Bernard Lola-Ford 66 + 1 Lap 18 1
7 24 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Minardi-Ferrari 66 + 1 Lap 23  
8 25 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Ligier-Lamborghini 65 + 2 Laps 14  
9 11 Finland Mika Häkkinen Lotus-Judd 65 + 2 Laps 24  
10 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Lotus-Judd 65 + 2 Laps 25  
11 4 Italy Stefano Modena Tyrrell-Honda 65 + 2 Laps 8  
12 3 Japan Satoru Nakajima Tyrrell-Honda 64 + 3 Laps 13  
Ret 8 United Kingdom Mark Blundell Brabham-Yamaha 54 Engine 12  
Ret 32 Belgium Bertrand Gachot Jordan-Ford 51 Spun Off 20  
Ret 30 Japan Aguri Suzuki Lola-Ford 48 Gearbox 19  
Ret 20 Brazil Nelson Piquet Benetton-Ford 44 Wheel Bearing 6  
Ret 28 France Jean Alesi Ferrari 42 Clutch 4  
Ret 22 Finland JJ Lehto Dallara-Judd 30 Engine 16  
Ret 9 Italy Michele Alboreto Footwork-Porsche 24 Engine 26  
Ret 7 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Brabham-Yamaha 20 Wheel 17  
Ret 16 Italy Ivan Capelli Leyton House-Ilmor 19 Engine 22  
Ret 27 France Alain Prost Ferrari 16 Alternator 7  
Ret 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin Leyton House-Ilmor 15 Engine 21  
Ret 14 France Olivier Grouillard Fondmetal-Ford 13 Engine 10  
Ret 2 Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 5 Engine 5  
Ret 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ferrari 4 Spun Off 15  
DNQ 26 France Érik Comas Ligier-Lamborghini        
DNQ 17 Italy Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford        
DNQ 10 Sweden Stefan Johansson Footwork-Porsche        
DNQ 18 Italy Fabrizio Barbazza AGS-Ford        
DNPQ 34 Italy Nicola Larini Lambo-Lamborghini        
DNPQ 35 Belgium Eric van de Poele Lambo-Lamborghini        
DNPQ 31 Portugal Pedro Chaves Coloni-Ford        
DNPQ 21 Italy Emanuele Pirro Dallara-Judd    

Standings after Grand Prix[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History | Weather Underground". Wunderground.com. Retrieved 2013-10-26. 


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