1992 Italian Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 13 of 16 in the 1992 Formula One season
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Date September 13, 1992
Official name LXII Coca-Cola Gran Premio d'Italia
Location Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Monza, Italy
Course Permanent racing facility
5.80 km (3.603 mi)
Distance 53 laps, 307.400 km (190.959 mi)
Weather Sunny and warm
Pole position
Driver United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault
Time 1:22.221
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault
Time 1:26.119 on lap 39
Podium
First Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda
Second United Kingdom Martin Brundle Benetton-Ford
Third Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford

The 1992 Italian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Monza on September 13, 1992. It was the thirteenth round of the 1992 Formula One season.

Qualifying[edit]

Mansell scored his 11th pole position of the season ahead of Senna and a surprising Alesi in the Ferrari. Patrese was fourth followed by Berger, Schumacher and Capelli.

Race[edit]

Gerhard Berger had a problem and started the race from the pit lane in the spare car. At the start Mansell took the lead ahead of Senna who just managed to stay ahead of Alesi then Patrese and Capelli. Schumacher had a poor start selecting a wrong gear and then hit a Ligier from behind at the first chicane. He had to pit for repairs at the end of the first lap. Patrese managed to overtake Alesi at the start of lap 2. The opening laps saw both Berger and Schumacher recovering many positions from the back of the field and overtaking a number of slower cars.

At the front Mansell opened a gap with Senna unable to match his pace. The positions were Mansell, Senna with Patrese closing down on him and then the two Ferraris of Alesi and Capelli. Next Martin Brundle managed to overtake Capelli and moved into 5th position. Lap 12 proved disastrous for the Ferrari team with both cars retiring, Alesi, who was in 4th, due to a mechanical problem and Capelli spinning off at the Parabolica. On lap 14 Patrese overtook Senna and moved into second. Meanwhile Berger pitted for new tyres and dropped back again. On lap 17 the situation was Mansell in first, 10 seconds in front of Patrese, then Senna at 2 seconds from the second Williams. Fourth was Brundle, some 28 seconds behind Mansell and then Boutsen and Herbert at over 40 seconds from Mansell. Lap 18 saw Herbert retiring from 6th with an engine issue.

On lap 20 Patrese suddenly appeared in the lead as Mansell let his teammate take the lead. The order was Patrese followed closely by Mansell and Senna in third. Schumacher overtook Boutsen and moved into 5th place. Positions at lap 27 were: 1.Patrese, 2.Mansell, 3.Senna, 4.Brundle, 5.Schumacher and 6.Boutsen. As the lead trio lapped the slower cars of Berger and Comas Mansell continued to stay very close to Patrese and Senna tried his best not to lose contact with the two Williams cars as well, in fact he closed up on Mansell momentarily when the Williams had to take avoiding action of Comas at the Roggia. On lap 41 Mansell slowed through the Ascari bends and coasted into the pits with gearbox failure from loss of hydraulic pressure and had to retire. Classification at lap 44 was: Patrese, Senna at 6 secs, Brundle at 28 secs, Schumacher at over 50 secs, then Berger and De Cesaris both a lap down. Patrese led comfortably until 6 laps from the end he suffered a hydraulic problem, forcing him to slow down and concede the lead to Ayrton Senna. In the closing stages of the race Senna allowed his teammate Berger to unlap himself. Patrese limped to the end of the race and finished 5th.

Senna won the race in what turned to be his last win with a Honda-powered car. The other places on the podium went to the two Benettons of Brundle and Schumacher.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault 1:22.586 1:22.221
2 1 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 1:22.822 1:24.122 +0.601
3 27 France Jean Alesi Ferrari 1:22:976 1:23.333 +0.755
4 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 1:23.022 1:23.673 +0.801
5 2 Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 1:23.997 1:23.112 +0.891
6 19 Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 1:24.143 1:23.629 +1.408
7 28 Italy Ivan Capelli Ferrari 1:24.877 1:24.321 +2.100
8 25 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Ligier-Renault 1:25.173 1:24.413 +2.192
9 20 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Benetton-Ford 1:24.551 1:25.253 +2.330
10 29 France Bertrand Gachot Larrousse-Lamborghini 1:25.173 1:24.654 +2.433
11 11 Finland Mika Häkkinen Lotus-Ford 1:25.106 1:24.807 +2.586
12 24 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Minardi-Lamborghini 1:25.575 1:24.912 +2.691
13 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Lotus-Ford 1:26.162 1:25.140 +2.919
14 21 Finland JJ Lehto Dallara-Ferrari 1:25.951 1:25.145 +2.924
15 26 France Érik Comas Ligier-Renault 1:25.178 1:25.270 +2.957
16 9 Italy Michele Alboreto Footwork-Mugen-Honda 1:25.234 1:26.237 +3.013
17 16 Austria Karl Wendlinger March-Ilmor 1:26.667 1:25.343 +3.122
18 3 France Olivier Grouillard Tyrrell-Ilmor 1:25.354 1:26.008 +3.133
19 10 Japan Aguri Suzuki Footwork-Mugen-Honda 1:25.775 1:25.374 +3.153
20 15 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Fondmetal-Ford 1:26.307 1:25.420 +3.199
21 4 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Tyrrell-Ilmor 1:25.502 1:25.425 +3.204
22 22 Italy Pierluigi Martini Dallara-Ferrari 1:25.528 1:25.563 +3.342
23 30 Japan Ukyo Katayama Larrousse-Lamborghini 1:27.018 1:26.174 +3.953
24 17 Italy Emanuele Naspetti March-Ilmor 1:26.279 1:26.288 +4.058
25 14 Belgium Eric van de Poele Fondmetal-Ford 1:27.019 1:26.407 +4.186
26 33 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin Jordan-Yamaha 1:26.463 1:27.531 +4.242
27 23 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Minardi-Lamborghini 1:27.228 1:26.510 +4.289
28 32 Italy Stefano Modena Jordan-Yamaha 1:27.331 1:28.112 +5.110

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 53 1:18:15.349 2 10
2 20 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Benetton-Ford 53 + 17.050 9 6
3 19 Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 53 + 24.373 6 4
4 2 Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 53 + 1:25.490 5 3
5 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 53 + 1:33.158 4 2
6 4 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Tyrrell-Ilmor 52 + 1 Lap 21 1
7 9 Italy Michele Alboreto Footwork-Mugen-Honda 52 + 1 Lap 16  
8 22 Italy Pierluigi Martini Dallara-Ferrari 52 + 1 Lap 22  
9 30 Japan Ukyo Katayama Larrousse-Lamborghini 50 Transmission 23  
10 16 Austria Karl Wendlinger March-Ilmor 50 + 3 Laps 17  
11 21 Finland JJ Lehto Dallara-Ferrari 47 Engine 14  
Ret 33 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin Jordan-Yamaha 46 Transmission 26  
Ret 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault 41 Electrical 1  
Ret 25 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Ligier-Renault 41 Throttle 8  
Ret 26 France Érik Comas Ligier-Renault 35 Spun Off 15  
Ret 15 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Fondmetal-Ford 30 Gearbox 20  
Ret 3 France Olivier Grouillard Tyrrell-Ilmor 26 Engine 18  
Ret 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Lotus-Ford 18 Engine 13  
Ret 17 Italy Emanuele Naspetti March-Ilmor 17 Engine 24  
Ret 27 France Jean Alesi Ferrari 12 Fuel System 3  
Ret 28 Italy Ivan Capelli Ferrari 12 Electrical 7  
Ret 24 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Minardi-Lamborghini 12 Engine 12  
Ret 29 France Bertrand Gachot Larrousse-Lamborghini 11 Engine 10  
Ret 11 Finland Mika Häkkinen Lotus-Ford 5 Engine 11  
Ret 10 Japan Aguri Suzuki Footwork-Mugen-Honda 2 Suspension 19  
Ret 14 Belgium Eric van de Poele Fondmetal-Ford 0 Clutch 25  
DNQ 23 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Minardi-Lamborghini    
DNQ 32 Italy Stefano Modena Jordan-Yamaha    

Notes[edit]

  • This was the first race of the season in which both Benetton drivers finished on the podium.
  • This was the last race of the season which featured more than 26 cars. Therefore, this was the last time of the season that failing to qualify/DNQ incidents occurred.
  • The Andrea Moda team were refused entry to the Grand Prix and were thrown out of the Championship for bringing the sport into disrepute.
  • The Fondmetal team pulled out of the sport after this race.
  • Nigel Mansell announced his retirement from Formula 1 on the morning of the race, as rumors had said that Williams had already signed Alain Prost for the next season as well as known to be attempting to sign Ayrton Senna. Angered and hurt by this, he decided to announce his retirement despite being told minutes before the press conference that he would be able to partner Prost. Prost and Mansell had had a fiery partnership at Ferrari in the 1990 season.
  • This race was Martin Brundle's best result – second place – it was equal best with the 1994 Monaco Grand Prix.

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]


Previous race:
1992 Belgian Grand Prix
FIA Formula One World Championship
1992 season
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1992 Portuguese Grand Prix
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1991 Italian Grand Prix
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1993 Italian Grand Prix