1992 German Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 10 of 16 in the 1992 Formula One season
Circuit Hockenheimring-1992.svg
Date 26 July 1992
Official name Grosser Mobil 1 Preis von Deutschland
Location Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Course Permanent race track
6.815 km (4.251 mi)
Distance 45 laps, 306.675 km (191.313 mi)
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault
Time 1:37.960
Fastest lap
Driver Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault
Time 1:41.591 on lap 36
Podium
First United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault
Second Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda
Third Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford

The 1992 German Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at the Hockenheimring in Hockenheim, Germany on July 26, 1992. The race, contested over 45 laps, was the tenth round of the 1992 Formula One season and was won by Williams driver (and polesitter) Nigel Mansell. Ayrton Senna finished the race in second place for the McLaren team whilst Michael Schumacher took the final podium spot in his Benetton.

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

The Ostkurve chicane was modified for this race from a quick left-right gap into a turning sequence, there were safety concerns with the chicane the year previous when Érik Comas had a major accident there in his Ligier.

Qualifying[edit]

In pre-qualifying, both Moda cars went out, although Perry McCarthy was excluded from the event after missing a weighbridge check.

Nigel Mansell qualified on pole position, ahead of Riccardo Patrese and Ayrton Senna. Stefano Modena, Eric van de Poele, Andrea Chiesa and Damon Hill were the four drivers who didn't qualify for the race. For Chiesa, it would prove to be the last time he took part in a Grand Prix event, as he was replaced for the next race at the Fondmetal team by van de Poele.

Race[edit]

On the last lap, Riccardo Patrese spun off whilst trying to pass Ayrton Senna for second position. He would end up being classified in eighth position. Mansell held on for the race victory, ahead of Senna in second, whose McLaren car ran out of fuel shortly after crossing the finish line and Michael Schumacher in third.

Ayrton Senna dropped out of title contention at this race, although it seemed inevitable that only Mansell would be Driver's Champion anyway - he clinched the title at the next race in Hungary.

Classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault 45 1:18:22.032 1 10
2 1 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 45 + 4.500 3 6
3 19 Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 45 + 34.462 6 4
4 20 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Benetton-Ford 45 + 36.959 9 3
5 27 France Jean Alesi Ferrari 45 + 1:12.607 5 2
6 26 France Érik Comas Ligier-Renault 45 + 1:36.498 7 1
7 25 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Ligier-Renault 45 + 1:37.180 8  
8 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 44 Spun Off 2  
9 9 Italy Michele Alboreto Footwork-Mugen-Honda 44 + 1 Lap 17  
10 21 Finland JJ Lehto Dallara-Ferrari 44 + 1 Lap 21  
11 22 Italy Pierluigi Martini Dallara-Ferrari 44 + 1 Lap 18  
12 24 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Minardi-Lamborghini 44 + 1 Lap 26  
13 17 France Paul Belmondo March-Ilmor 44 + 1 Lap 22  
14 29 France Bertrand Gachot Larrousse-Lamborghini 44 + 1 Lap 25  
15 33 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin Jordan-Yamaha 43 + 2 Laps 23  
16 16 Austria Karl Wendlinger March-Ilmor 42 + 3 Laps 10  
Ret 15 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Fondmetal-Ford 33 Engine 19  
Ret 4 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Tyrrell-Ilmor 25 Engine 20  
Ret 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Lotus-Ford 23 Engine 11  
Ret 28 Italy Ivan Capelli Ferrari 21 Engine 12  
Ret 11 Finland Mika Häkkinen Lotus-Ford 21 Engine 13  
Ret 2 Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 16 Electrical 4  
Ret 3 France Olivier Grouillard Tyrrell-Ilmor 8 Engine 14  
Ret 30 Japan Ukyo Katayama Larrousse-Lamborghini 8 Spun Off 16  
Ret 10 Japan Aguri Suzuki Footwork-Mugen-Honda 1 Spun Off 15  
Ret 23 Italy Alessandro Zanardi Minardi-Lamborghini 1 Gearbox 24  
DNQ 32 Italy Stefano Modena Jordan-Yamaha    
DNQ 7 Belgium Eric van de Poele Brabham-Judd    
DNQ 14 Switzerland Andrea Chiesa Fondmetal-Ford    
DNQ 8 United Kingdom Damon Hill Brabham-Judd    
DNPQ 34 Brazil Roberto Moreno Moda-Judd    
EXC 35 United Kingdom Perry McCarthy 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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