1992 San Marino Grand Prix

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Italy  1992 San Marino Grand Prix
Race details
Race 5 of 16 in the 1992 Formula One season
Circuit Imola 1992.png
Date 17 May 1992
Location Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Emilia Romagna, Italy
Course Permanent racing facility
5.040 km (3.144 mi)
Distance 60 laps, 302.400 km (188.646 mi)
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault
Time 1:21.842
Fastest lap
Driver Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault
Time 1:26.100 on lap 60
First United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault
Second Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault
Third Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda

The 1992 San Marino Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Imola on May 17, 1992. It was the fifth round of the 1992 Formula One season.


Pre-qualifying saw both Andrea Moda cars eliminated. After the qualifying session, Nigel Mansell was on pole position, ahead of his Williams team-mate Riccardo Patrese. Senna and Berger in the two McLarens were on the second row followed by the two Benettons of Schumacher and Brundle on the third row. Alesi and Capelli in the Ferraris were in 7th and 8th position. Mika Häkkinen, Andrea Chiesa, Damon Hill and Eric van de Poele were the four drivers who failed to qualify for the race - for Häkkinen, it would prove to be the only race in the season where he failed to qualify.

Mansell's pole position saw one of Formula One's hottest streaks come to an end in 1992. From 1985-1991 only Ayrton Senna had sat on the pole at Imola.


The first start was aborted due to Karl Wendlinger's March stalling; he eventually started the race at the back of the grid. Stefano Modena started the race from the pit lane.

Nigel Mansell won the race, ahead of Williams team-mate Riccardo Patrese and McLaren driver Ayrton Senna. Ayrton Senna was unable to take his place on the podium due to discomfort he suffered all race and was unable to get out of his car until long after the race ended. Mansell's win continued his perfect start to the 1992 season, with five wins out of the opening five races. This broke the record of successive wins from the start of the season set by Ayrton Senna in 1991.

Martin Brundle finished in fourth to pick up his first points of the 1992 season. Michele Alboreto finished fifth, and Pierluigi Martini finished sixth to pick up what would prove to be the Dallara teams' last point in Formula One.


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault 60 1:28:40.927 1 10
2 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 60 +9.451 2 6
3 1 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 60 +48.984 3 4
4 20 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Benetton-Ford 60 +53.007 6 3
5 9 Italy Michele Alboreto Footwork-Mugen-Honda 59 +1 Lap 9 2
6 22 Italy Pierluigi Martini Dallara-Ferrari 59 +1 Lap 15 1
7 33 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin Jordan-Yamaha 58 +2 Laps 18  
8 3 France Olivier Grouillard Tyrrell-Ilmor 58 +2 Laps 20  
9 26 France Érik Comas Ligier-Renault 58 +2 Laps 13  
10 10 Japan Aguri Suzuki Footwork-Mugen-Honda 58 +2 Laps 11  
11 21 Finland JJ Lehto Dallara-Ferrari 57 Engine 16  
12 16 Austria Karl Wendlinger March-Ilmor 57 +3 Laps 12  
13 17 France Paul Belmondo March-Ilmor 57 +3 Laps 24  
14 4 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Tyrrell-Ilmor 55 Fuel System 14  
Ret 30 Japan Ukyo Katayama Larrousse-Lamborghini 40 Spun Off 17  
Ret 27 France Jean Alesi Ferrari 39 Collision 7  
Ret 2 Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 39 Collision 4  
Ret 29 France Bertrand Gachot Larrousse-Lamborghini 32 Spun Off 19  
Ret 25 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Ligier-Renault 29 Engine 10  
Ret 32 Italy Stefano Modena Jordan-Yamaha 25 Gearbox 23  
Ret 24 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Minardi-Lamborghini 24 Engine 21  
Ret 15 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Fondmetal-Ford 24 Engine 22  
Ret 19 Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 20 Suspension 5  
Ret 28 Italy Ivan Capelli Ferrari 11 Spun Off 8  
Ret 23 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Minardi-Lamborghini 8 Gearbox 25  
Ret 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Lotus-Ford 8 Gearbox 26  
DNQ 11 Finland Mika Häkkinen Lotus-Ford    
DNQ 14 Switzerland Andrea Chiesa Fondmetal-Ford    
DNQ 8 United Kingdom Damon Hill Brabham-Judd    
DNQ 7 Belgium Eric van de Poele Brabham-Judd    
DNPQ 34 Brazil Roberto Moreno Moda-Judd    
DNPQ 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.


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