1993 Brazilian Grand Prix

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Brazil  1993 Brazilian Grand Prix
Race details
Race 2 of 16 in the 1993 Formula One season
Autódromo José Carlos Pace (AKA Interlagos) track map.svg
Date March 28, 1993
Location Interlagos, Brazil
Course Permanent racing facility
4.309 km (2.676 mi)
Distance 71 laps, 305.939 km (190.854 mi)
Pole position
Driver France Alain Prost Williams-Renault
Time 1:15.866
Fastest lap
Driver Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford
Time 1:20.024 on lap 61
Podium
First Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Ford
Second United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault
Third Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford

The 1993 Brazilian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Interlagos on March 28, 1993. It was the second round of the 1993 Formula One season.

Brazil was Senna's home race but he was able to do nothing to prevent the Williamses being 1-2 in qualifying with Prost on pole ahead of Hill. Senna was third ahead of Schumacher, Andretti and Patrese. At the start, Senna got ahead of Hill but Andretti was slow and got hit by Berger. Both of them along with Brundle and Fabrizio Barbazza's Minardi were out. The order was: Prost, Senna, Hill, a fast starting Jean Alesi, Schumacher, and Lehto.

Schumacher passed Alesi on lap 2, but his team-mate Patrese only lasted until the fourth lap when his suspension failed. While Prost built up a substantial lead, Senna was under pressure from Hill who took second on lap 11. On lap 25, Senna was issued a stop-go penalty for lapping a backmarker under yellow flags and dropped behind Schumacher. There was a rainstorm, and many drivers pitted for wet tyres, including Senna, Schumacher and Hill, while Prost stayed out on slick tyres. Several drivers spun, with both Ukyo Katayama and Aguri Suzuki crashing on the start-finish straight on lap 27, the Footwork partially blocking the circuit and bringing out the safety car - the first time this had been seen in Formula 1. Fittipaldi spun at the first corner on lap 30 with his car stopped in the middle of the track. With the rain coming down harder, Prost lost control and, unable to avoid Fittipaldi's car, crashed into him, taking them both out of the race. As the wreckage was cleared, the new safety car controlled the field, Hill led Senna, Schumacher (who had lost time during his pit stop because his car fell off the jack), Alesi, Johnny Herbert, and Lehto.

It began to dry and everyone stopped for dry tyres. Johnny Herbert had pitted for slicks right when the safety car pulled back into the pits, and he was to move up to third place due to this early change back to slicks.

Just after the tire stops Senna passed Hill for the lead and pulled away. Behind, Schumacher and Alesi had stop-go penalties for passing under yellow flags, Schumacher dropping to fifth and Alesi going down to ninth. Schumacher passed Blundell and then Herbert to take third. Senna won from Hill, Schumacher, Herbert, Blundell and Alessandro Zanardi.[1]

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 2 France Alain Prost Williams-Renault 1:16.809 1:15.866
2 0 United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault 1:17.856 1:16.859 +0.993
3 8 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Ford 1:18.639 1:17.697 +1.831
4 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 1:19.061 1:17.821 +1.955
5 7 United States Michael Andretti McLaren-Ford 1:20.093 1:18.635 +2.769
6 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Benetton-Ford 1:20.388 1:19.049 +3.183
7 30 Finland JJ Lehto Sauber 1:20.571 1:19.207 +3.341
8 29 Austria Karl Wendlinger Sauber 1:19.230 1:19.270 +3.364
9 27 France Jean Alesi Ferrari 1:19.260 1:19.549 +3.394
10 26 United Kingdom Mark Blundell Ligier-Renault 1:20.281 1:19.296 +3.430
11 19 France Philippe Alliot Larrousse-Lamborghini 1:20.057 1:19.340 +3.474
12 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Lotus-Ford 1:19.830 1:19.435 +3.569
13 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari 1:19.561 1:19.735 +3.695
14 14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Hart 1:20.999 1:19.593 +3.727
15 11 Italy Alessandro Zanardi Lotus-Ford 1:20.891 1:19.804 +3.938
16 25 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Ligier-Renault 1:20.390 1:19.835 +3.969
17 20 France Érik Comas Larrousse-Lamborghini 1:20.061 1:19.868 +4.002
18 9 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Footwork-Mugen-Honda 1:21.532 1:20.064 +4.198
19 10 Japan Aguri Suzuki Footwork-Mugen-Honda 1:22.297 1:20.232 +4.366
20 23 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Minardi-Ford 1:21.547 1:20.716 +4.850
21 22 Italy Luca Badoer Lola-Ferrari 1:22.938 1:20.908 +5.042
22 3 Japan Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:21.923 1:20.991 +5.125
23 4 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:21.224 1:21.368 +5.358
24 24 Italy Fabrizio Barbazza Minardi-Ford 1:22.112 1:21.228 +5.362
25 21 Italy Michele Alboreto Lola-Ferrari 1:21.752 1:21.488 +5.622
DNQ 15 Italy Ivan Capelli Jordan-Hart 1:23.674 1:21.789 +5.923

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 8 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Ford 71 1:51:15.485 3 10
2 0 United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault 71 +16.625 2 6
3 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 71 +45.436 4 4
4 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Lotus-Ford 71 +46.557 12 3
5 26 United Kingdom Mark Blundell Ligier-Renault 71 +52.127 10 2
6 11 Italy Alessandro Zanardi Lotus-Ford 70 +1 Lap 15 1
7 19 France Philippe Alliot Larrousse-Lamborghini 70 +1 Lap 11  
8 27 France Jean Alesi Ferrari 70 +1 Lap 9  
9 9 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Footwork-Mugen-Honda 69 +2 Laps 18  
10 20 France Érik Comas Larrousse-Lamborghini 69 +2 Laps 17  
11 21 Italy Michele Alboreto Lola-Ferrari 68 +3 Laps 25  
12 22 Italy Luca Badoer Lola-Ferrari 68 +3 Laps 21  
Ret 29 Austria Karl Wendlinger Sauber 61 Engine 8  
Ret 30 Finland JJ Lehto Sauber 52 Electrical 7  
Ret 4 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Tyrrell-Yamaha 48 Fuel system 23  
Ret 2 France Alain Prost Williams-Renault 29 Collision 1  
Ret 23 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Minardi-Ford 28 Collision 20  
Ret 10 Japan Aguri Suzuki Footwork-Mugen-Honda 27 Spun off 19  
Ret 3 Japan Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 26 Spun off 22  
Ret 14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Hart 13 Gearbox 14  
Ret 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Benetton-Ford 3 Suspension 6  
Ret 7 United States Michael Andretti McLaren-Ford 0 Collision 5  
Ret 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari 0 Collision 13  
Ret 25 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Ligier-Renault 0 Collision 16  
Ret 24 Italy Fabrizio Barbazza Minardi-Ford 0 Collision 24  
DNQ 15 Italy Ivan Capelli Jordan-Hart 0 Did not qualify 26  

Notes[edit]

  • First podium: Damon Hill
  • Last race: Ivan Capelli
  • First point: Alessandro Zanardi
  • Only retirement of the season for Alain Prost
  • Luca Badoer started this race from the back of the grid.
  • This race saw the first modern-day use of the safety car in Formula One, after Aguri Suzuki and Ukyo Katayama crashed on start/finish line in a separate incidents. Few moments later, race leader Alain Prost hit the spinning car of Christian Fittipaldi, leaving the track strewn with wreckage. Prost's team-mate Damon Hill therefore lost a big lead, and was passed by Ayrton Senna shortly after the restart. The race still saw Damon's first points and podium.
  • This was the first time that the car #0 finished in the points and on the podium.
  • The race saw Alessandro Zanardi's only Formula One World Championship point.
  • This was the last time a Brazilian driver would win the Brazilian Grand Prix until Felipe Massa would win it in 2006 for Ferrari. Rubens Barrichello would be competitive in this race multiple times throughout his career but never won this race despite his six years with the Italian team.
  • This was the 100th Grand Prix win for the McLaren F1 team.
  • This was the last time that Ivan Capelli tried to qualify a Formula 1 car, he failed to do it in the Jordan 193 with Hart engine, and was replaced by Thierry Boutsen of Belgium from the following race on.
  • This was the first time in 1993, that both the Lola-Ferraris made the field, which contained a normal non-qualifier, with Badoer starting in 21st, and finishing 12th, and last, and Alboreto, starting last, 25th, and finishing 11th.

Standings after the race[edit]

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

References[edit]


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