1992 Spanish Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 4 of 16 in the 1992 Formula One season
Date May 3, 1992
Official name Gran Premio Tío Pepe de España
Location Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
Course Permanent racing facility
4.747 km (2.950 mi)
Distance 65 laps, 308.555 km (191.727 mi)
Weather Wet
Pole position
Driver United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault
Time 1:20.190
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault
Time 1:42.503 on lap 10
First United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault
Second Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford
Third France Jean Alesi Ferrari

The 1992 Spanish Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on May 3, 1992 at the Circuit de Catalunya. It was the fourth round of the 1992 Formula One season.


The race was also advertised as the Grand Prix of the Olympic Games. The race was moved up from its former September date, and held just months before the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.

British driver Perry McCarthy was allowed to compete for the first time and his Andrea Moda car was entered for the pre-qualifying session before the race, but the engine blew up and the car rolled to a halt 18 metres later having barely left the garage. Damon Hill, son of former world champion Graham Hill, made his debut with the Brabham team, but did not qualify for the race. As in the three previous races, Mansell qualified in pole position, ahead of Michael Schumacher, Ayrton Senna, Riccardo Patrese, Ivan Capelli and Martin Brundle.

At the start of the race, in damp conditions, Patrese got by Schumacher and Senna. Ferrari driver Jean Alesi made a good start from 8th on the grid to 3rd into the first corner on the first lap, forcing other drivers to take defensive actions and drop back. Senna dropped from 3rd all the way to 7th. But, he recovered 2 positions to 5th during the first lap. The order was: Mansell, Patrese, Alesi, Schumacher, Senna and Capelli.

Schumacher attacked and passed Alesi on lap 7. Berger tried to do the same but tipped Alesi into a spin, putting the Frenchman behind Senna and Capelli as well. By, now the rain intensified, and Patrese spun off on lap 20 while trying to lap a backmarker. This put Mansell ahead of Schumacher, Senna, Berger, Capelli and Alesi.

Alesi pitted for fresh tyres halfway through the race, and soon began to charge up through the field as the rain intensified. He cruised past Berger for fourth and began to close in quickly on Senna and Schumacher. With two laps to go Senna spun off trying to lap Martini, although he was still classified 9th. At the same time, Capelli spun off as well.

Mansell continued his perfect record in 1992 with his fourth win of the season from Schumacher, Alesi, Berger, Alboreto and Pierluigi Martini, but for the first time in the season his Williams team did not score a 1-2 finish. Martin Brundle scored his 4th consecutive retirement of the season in his Benetton.


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault 65 1:56:10.674 1 10
2 19 Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 65 + 23.914 2 6
3 27 France Jean Alesi Ferrari 65 + 26.462 8 4
4 2 Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 65 + 1:20.647 7 3
5 9 Italy Michele Alboreto Footwork-Mugen-Honda 64 + 1 Lap 16 2
6 22 Italy Pierluigi Martini Dallara-Ferrari 63 + 2 Laps 13 1
7 10 Japan Aguri Suzuki Footwork-Mugen-Honda 63 + 2 Laps 19  
8 16 Austria Karl Wendlinger March-Ilmor 63 + 2 Laps 9  
9 1 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 62 Spun Off 3  
10 28 Italy Ivan Capelli Ferrari 62 Spun Off 5  
11 23 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Minardi-Lamborghini 61 + 4 Laps 22  
12 17 France Paul Belmondo March-Ilmor 61 + 4 Laps 23  
Ret 21 Finland JJ Lehto Dallara-Ferrari 56 Spun Off 12  
Ret 15 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Fondmetal-Ford 56 Spun Off 18  
Ret 11 Finland Mika Häkkinen Lotus-Ford 56 Spun Off 21  
Ret 26 France Érik Comas Ligier-Renault 55 Spun Off 10  
Ret 29 France Bertrand Gachot Larrousse-Lamborghini 35 Engine 24  
Ret 3 France Olivier Grouillard Tyrrell-Ilmor 30 Spun Off 15  
Ret 24 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Minardi-Lamborghini 26 Handling 25  
Ret 33 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin Jordan-Yamaha 24 Spun Off 17  
Ret 14 Switzerland Andrea Chiesa Fondmetal-Ford 22 Spun Off 20  
Ret 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 19 Spun Off 4  
Ret 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Lotus-Ford 13 Spun Off 26  
Ret 25 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Ligier-Renault 11 Engine 14  
Ret 20 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Benetton-Ford 4 Spun Off 6  
Ret 4 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Tyrrell-Ilmor 2 Engine 11  
DNQ 30 Japan Ukyo Katayama Larrousse-Lamborghini    
DNQ 7 Belgium Eric van de Poele Brabham-Judd    
DNQ 32 Italy Stefano Modena Jordan-Yamaha    
DNQ 8 United Kingdom Damon Hill 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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