1992 British Grand Prix

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United Kingdom  1992 British Grand Prix
Race details
Race 9 of 16 in the 1992 Formula One season
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Date 12 July 1992
Location Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Northamptonshire, Great Britain
Course Permanent race track
5.226 km (3.260 mi)
Distance 59 laps, 308.334 km (192.348 mi)
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault
Time 1:18.965
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault
Time 1:22.539 on lap 57
Podium
First United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault
Second Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault
Third United Kingdom Martin Brundle Benetton-Ford

The 1992 British Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on July 12, 1992 at Silverstone, Northamptonshire. It was the ninth round of the 1992 Formula One season. The race, contested over 59 laps, was won by Nigel Mansell for the Williams team, from a pole position start. Riccardo Patrese finished second in the other Williams car, with Martin Brundle third for the Benetton team.

After Mansell won his home Grand Prix, the British spectators invaded the race track to congratulate their hero. Mansell's car was blocked by the crowd, preventing him from driving back to the pits. Eventually Mansell was returned to the pits by track marshals to attend the podium ceremony. Not only had Mansell scored a Grand Slam (led every lap from pole position and set fastest lap of the race), he had become the most successful British Formula One driver of all time, surpassing Jackie Stewart's 27 wins with his 28th win.

Future World Champion Damon Hill made his first start, for the Brabham team. Two further future champions (Michael Schumacher and Mika Häkkinen) scored points.

Ayrton Senna retired his McLaren from fourth place due to transmission failure on lap 52, leaving his hopes of retaining the world title minimal. Ironically, his car stopped at the same spot where he had run out of fuel in the 1991 British Grand Prix and had been classified fourth.

Gerhard Berger's McLaren had an engine problem in the closing stages of the race and he just managed to finish fifth, right behind Schumacher's Benetton.

Schumacher got himself into trouble yet again; when trying to lap the Jordan of Stefano Modena, Schumacher wanted to get through when there was no room for Modena to make space, and they collided for the second straight race.

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

The Grand Prix was entered by 16 teams, each of two drivers. The teams, also known as "constructors", were McLaren-Honda, Tyrrell-Ilmor, Williams-Renault, Brabham-Judd, Footwork-Mugen-Honda, Lotus-Ford, Fondmetal-Ford, March-Ilmor, Benetton-Ford, Dallara-Ferrari, Minardi-Lamborghini, Ligier-Renault, Ferrari, Larrousse-Lamborghini, Jordan-Yamaha and Andrea Moda-Judd

Before the race, Williams driver Nigel Mansell was leading the World Drivers' Champions with 66 points; Riccardo Patrese in the other Williams was second on 34 points, 32 points behind Mansell. Behind Mansell and Patrese in the Drivers' Championship, Michael Schumacher was third on 26 points in a Benetton, with McLaren drivers Ayrton Senna and Gerhard Berger both on 18 points. In the Constructors Championship, Williams were leading with 100 points and McLaren were second on 36 points, with Benetton in third with 35 points.

Practice and qualifying[edit]

Race[edit]

Post-race[edit]

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Time Q2 Time Gap
1 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault 1:18.965 Pole
2 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 1:20.884 +1.919
3 1 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 1:21.706 +2.741
4 19 Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 1:22.066 +3.101
5 2 Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 1:22.296 +3.331
6 20 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Benetton-Ford 1:23.489 +4.524
7 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Lotus-Ford 1:23.605 +4.640
8 27 France Jean Alesi Ferrari 1:23.723 +4.758
9 11 Finland Mika Häkkinen Lotus-Ford 1:23.813 +4.848
10 26 France Érik Comas Ligier-Renault 1:23.957 +4.992
11 29 France Bertrand Gachot Larrousse-Lamborghini 1:24.065 +5.100
12 9 Italy Michele Alboreto Footwork-Mugen-Honda 1:24.198 +5.233
13 25 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Ligier-Renault 1:24.545 +5.580
14 28 Italy Ivan Capelli Ferrari 1:24.558 +5.593
15 15 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Fondmetal-Ford 1:24.761 +5.796
16 30 Japan Ukyo Katayama Larrousse-Lamborgini 1:24.851 +5.886
17 10 Japan Aguri Suzuki Footwork- Mugen-Honda 1:24.924 +5.959
18 4 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Tyrrell-Ilmor 1:24.984 +6.019
19 21 Finland JJ Lehto Dallara-Ferrari 1:25.037 +6.072
20 3 France Olivier Grouillard Tyrrell-Ilmor 1:25.096 +6.131
21 16 Austria Karl Wendlinger March-Ilmor 1:25.123 +6.131
22 22 Italy Pierluigi Martini Dallara-Ferrari 1:25.221 +6.256
23 32 Italy Stefano Modena Jordan-Yamaha 1:25.362 +6.397
24 33 Brazil Mauricio Gugelmin Jordan-Yamaha 1:25.988 +7.023
25 24 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Minardi-Lamborghini 1:25.998 +7.033
26 8 United Kingdom Damon Hill Brabham-Judd 1:26.378 +7.413
DNQ 23 Italy Alessandro Zanardi Minardi-Lamborghini 1:26.458 +7.493
DNQ 17 France Paul Belmondo March-Ilmor 1:27.995 +9.030
DNQ 14 Switzerland Andrea Chiesa Fondmetal-Ford 1:28.452 +9.487
DNQ 7 Belgium Eric van de Poele Brabham-Judd 1:28.719 +9.754
DNPQ 34 Italy Roberto Moreno Andrea Moda-Judd 1:30.592 +11.627
DNPQ 35 United Kingdom Perry McCarthy Andrea Moda-Judd 1:46.719 +27.754

Race[edit]

Fans invading the track at Copse Corner following Nigel Mansell's victory
Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault 59 1:25:42.991 1 10
2 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 59 + 39.094 2 6
3 20 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Benetton-Ford 59 + 48.395 6 4
4 19 Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 59 + 53.267 4 3
5 2 Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 59 + 55.795 5 2
6 11 Finland Mika Häkkinen Lotus-Ford 59 + 1:20.138 9 1
7 9 Italy Michele Alboreto Footwork-Mugen-Honda 58 + 1 Lap 12  
8 26 France Érik Comas Ligier-Renault 58 + 1 Lap 10  
9 28 Italy Ivan Capelli Ferrari 58 + 1 Lap 14  
10 25 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Ligier-Renault 57 + 2 Laps 13  
11 3 France Olivier Grouillard Tyrrell-Ilmor 57 + 2 Laps 20  
12 10 Japan Aguri Suzuki Footwork-Mugen-Honda 57 + 2 Laps 17  
13 21 Finland JJ Lehto Dallara-Ferrari 57 + 2 Laps 19  
14 15 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Fondmetal-Ford 57 + 2 Laps 15  
15 22 Italy Pierluigi Martini Dallara-Ferrari 56 + 3 Laps 22  
16 8 United Kingdom Damon Hill Brabham-Judd 55 + 4 Laps 26  
17 24 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Minardi-Lamborghini 53 Engine 25  
Ret 1 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 52 Transmission 3  
Ret 4 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Tyrrell-Ilmor 46 Spun Off 18  
Ret 27 France Jean Alesi Ferrari 43 Mechanical 8  
Ret 32 Italy Stefano Modena Jordan-Yamaha 43 Engine 23  
Ret 33 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin Jordan-Yamaha 37 Engine 24  
Ret 29 France Bertrand Gachot Larrousse-Lamborghini 32 Wheel 11  
Ret 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Lotus-Ford 31 Transmission 7  
Ret 16 Austria Karl Wendlinger March-Ilmor 27 Gearbox 21  
Ret 30 Japan Ukyo Katayama Larrousse-Lamborghini 27 Transmission 16  
DNQ 23 Italy Alessandro Zanardi Minardi-Lamborghini    
DNQ 17 France Paul Belmondo March-Ilmor    
DNQ 14 Switzerland Andrea Chiesa Fondmetal-Ford    
WD 7 Belgium Eric van de Poele Brabham-Judd    
DNPQ 34 Brazil Roberto Moreno Andrea Moda-Judd    
DNPQ 35 United Kingdom Perry McCarthy Andrea Moda-Judd    

Standings after the race[edit]

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

References[edit]

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Previous race:
1992 French Grand Prix
FIA Formula One World Championship
1992 season
Next race:
1992 German Grand Prix
Previous race:
1991 British Grand Prix
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1993 British Grand Prix

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