1992 Belgian Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 12 of 16 in the 1992 Formula One season
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Date August 30, 1992
Official name L Grand Prix de Belgique
Location Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium
Course Permanent racing facility
6.940 km (4.312 mi)
Distance 44 laps, 305.341 km (189.730 mi)
Weather Overcast, brief rain mid-race
Pole position
Driver United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault
Time 1:50.545
Fastest lap
Driver Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford
Time 1:53.791 on lap 39
Podium
First Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford
Second United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault
Third Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault

The 1992 Belgian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Spa-Francorchamps on August 30, 1992. It was the twelfth round of the 1992 Formula One season. The race was won by Benetton's Michael Schumacher, it was the first of his record 91 Grand Prix wins. The Benetton B192's win also marks as the last F1 car to win a Grand Prix while sporting a H-Pattern manual gearbox. Second and third for Williams drivers Nigel Mansell (who survived a collision with Jean Alesi at the first corner) and Riccardo Patrese, secured for the team their first Constructor's title since 1987.

Eighteen cars finished, the highest number of finishers for the season, despite Érik Comas not making the start after being injured in a crash during practice. Emanuele Naspetti made his Grand Prix debut for the March team. Pre-qualifying was not held for the first time in 1992 after Brabham failed to arrive, bringing an end to the 30 year history of the team.

It was also the race where Ayrton Senna famously stopped on the race track to help Érik Comas after his crash by cutting off the engine, preventing a fire as Comas had passed out in the car. During the race, he had a strong pace in the opening laps. However, he gambled the rain would stop and therefore did not need to change to rain tyres. This failed then he went to the pits to change his tyres, which dropped him to 12th place and made a famous overtaking move on Mika Häkkinen's Lotus for 5th place from the outside on lap 43 (just right before Michael Schumacher started his final lap) and finished 5th.

Johnny Herbert retired his Lotus due to an engine problem while he was in 8th place. He retired just 10 seconds before Michael Schumacher crossed the line for his first win in his career. But, he still classified in 13th place.

Classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 19 Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 44 1:36:10.721 3 10
2 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault 44 +36.595 1 6
3 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 44 +43.897 4 4
4 20 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Benetton-Ford 44 +46.059 9 3
5 1 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 44 +1:08.369 2 2
6 11 Finland Mika Häkkinen Lotus-Ford 44 +1:10.030 8 1
7 21 Finland JJ Lehto Dallara-Ferrari 44 +1:38.237 16
8 4 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Tyrrell-Ilmor 43 +1 lap 13
9 10 Japan Aguri Suzuki Footwork-Mugen-Honda 43 +1 lap 25
10 14 Belgium Eric van de Poele Fondmetal-Ford 43 +1 lap 15
11 16 Austria Karl Wendlinger March-Ilmor 43 +1 lap 18
12 17 Italy Emanuele Naspetti March-Ilmor 43 +1 lap 21
13 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Lotus-Ford 43 Engine 10
14 33 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin Jordan-Yamaha 42 +2 laps 24
15 32 Italy Stefano Modena Jordan-Yamaha 42 +2 laps 17
16 24 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Minardi-Lamborghini 42 +2 laps 23
17 30 Japan Ukyo Katayama Larrousse-Lamborghini 42 +2 laps 26
18 29 France Bertrand Gachot Larrousse-Lamborghini 40 Spun off 20
Ret 25 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Ligier-Renault 27 Spun off 7
Ret 28 Italy Ivan Capelli Ferrari 25 Engine 12
Ret 15 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Fondmetal-Ford 25 Engine 11
Ret 9 Italy Michele Alboreto Footwork-Mugen-Honda 20 Gearbox 14
Ret 27 France Jean Alesi Ferrari 7 Puncture 5
Ret 3 France Olivier Grouillard Tyrrell-Ilmor 1 Accident 22
Ret 2 Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 0 Transmission 6
Ret 22 Italy Pierluigi Martini Dallara-Ferrari 0 Spun off 19
DNQ 23 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Minardi-Lamborghini
DNQ 34 Brazil Roberto Moreno Moda-Judd
DNQ 35 United Kingdom Perry McCarthy Moda-Judd
DNQ 26 France Érik Comas Ligier-Renault Accident in practice

Standings after the race[edit]

  • Bold text indicates the World Champions.
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

References[edit]


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