1992 Japanese Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 15 of 16 in the 1992 Formula One season
Suzuka 1992.jpg
Date 25 October 1992
Official name XVIII Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix
Location Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka, Japan
Course Permanent racing facility
5.864 km (3.644 mi)
Distance 53 laps, 310.792 km (193.117 mi)
Weather Dry, warm, cloudy
Pole position
Driver United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault
Time 1:37.360
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault
Time 1:40.646 on lap 44
Podium
First Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault
Second Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda
Third United Kingdom Martin Brundle Benetton-Ford

The 1992 Japanese Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Suzuka on 25 October 1992. It was the fifteenth race of the 1992 Formula One season.

Before the race[edit]

After the Portuguese Grand Prix, Ferrari replaced their driver Ivan Capelli with Nicola Larini. Karl Wendlinger was also dropped by the March team and replaced by Jan Lammers, making his first start for over 10 years, for this and the next race.

Qualifying[edit]

In qualifying, Willams' Nigel Mansell was again fastest, taking pole ahead of team mate Riccardo Patrese. The McLarens of Ayrton Senna and Gerhard Berger were next, ahead of Michael Schumacher's Benetton and the two Lotuses, with Johnny Herbert ahead of Mika Häkkinen.

Race[edit]

Mansell made a good start and led ahead of Patrese, Senna, Berger, Schumacher and Herbert. Larini, who had qualified 11th, started last, having stalled on the grid. Senna retired with engine failure on lap 3. Berger made an early stop and rejoined the race in sixth place. On lap 13, Schumacher had troubles with his gearbox and was forced to retire, his only mechanical retirement of the year. This elevated Herbert to third. However, on lap 15, he also retired because of gearbox trouble. After the pit stops, the order was Mansell, followed by Patrese, Berger, Häkkinen, Martin Brundle and Erik Comas. On lap 36, Mansell slowed and Patrese moved ahead. Mansell had an engine failure on lap 44 and was forced to retire. On the same lap, Häkkinen's Lotus suffered similar problem and he dropped out of the race. Patrese won ahead of Berger, Brundle in the Benetton, Andrea de Cesaris in the Tyrrell, Jean Alesi's Ferrari and Christian Fittipaldi, who scored his first points in Formula One. It was Patrese's last win in Formula One and last points of the season for the Williams team.

Classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 53 1:33:09.533 2 10
2 2 Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 53 + 13.729 4 6
3 20 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Benetton-Ford 53 + 1:15.503 13 4
4 4 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Tyrrell-Ilmor 52 + 1 Lap 9 3
5 27 France Jean Alesi Ferrari 52 + 1 Lap 15 2
6 23 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Minardi-Lamborghini 52 + 1 Lap 12 1
7 32 Italy Stefano Modena Jordan-Yamaha 52 + 1 Lap 17  
8 10 Japan Aguri Suzuki Footwork-Mugen-Honda 52 + 1 Lap 16  
9 21 Finland JJ Lehto Dallara-Ferrari 52 + 1 Lap 22  
10 22 Italy Pierluigi Martini Dallara-Ferrari 52 + 1 Lap 19  
11 30 Japan Ukyo Katayama Larrousse-Lamborghini 52 + 1 Lap 20  
12 28 Italy Nicola Larini Ferrari 52 + 1 Lap 11  
13 17 Italy Emanuele Naspetti March-Ilmor 51 + 2 Laps 26  
14 24 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Minardi-Lamborghini 51 + 2 Laps 14  
15 9 Italy Michele Alboreto Footwork-Mugen-Honda 51 + 2 Laps 24  
Ret 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault 44 Engine 1  
Ret 11 Finland Mika Häkkinen Lotus-Ford 44 Engine 7  
Ret 29 France Bertrand Gachot Larrousse-Lamborghini 39 Collision 18  
Ret 26 France Érik Comas Ligier-Renault 36 Engine 8  
Ret 16 Netherlands Jan Lammers March-Ilmor 27 Clutch 23  
Ret 33 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin Jordan-Yamaha 22 Spun Off 25  
Ret 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Lotus-Ford 15 Gearbox 6  
Ret 19 Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 13 Gearbox 5  
Ret 3 France Olivier Grouillard Tyrrell-Ilmor 6 Spun Off 21  
Ret 25 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Ligier-Renault 3 Gearbox 10  
Ret 1 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 2 Engine 3  

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 Portuguese Grand Prix
FIA Formula One World Championship
1992 season
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1992 Australian Grand Prix
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1991 Japanese Grand Prix
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1993 Japanese Grand Prix