1993 French Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 8 of 16 in the 1993 Formula One season
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Date 4 July 1993
Location Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours, Magny-Cours, France
Course Permanent circuit
4.250 km (2.651 mi)
Distance 72 laps, 306.000 km (190.892 mi mi)
Pole position
Driver United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault
Time 1:14.382
Fastest lap
Driver Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford
Time 1:19.256 on lap 47
Podium
First France Alain Prost Williams-Renault
Second United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault
Third Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford

The 1993 French Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at the Magny-Cours on July 4, 1993. The race was the eighth round of the 1993 Formula One season and was contested over 72 laps. It was won by Williams driver, and home favourite, Alain Prost, who extended his lead in the Drivers' Championship; his team-mate Damon Hill was second, and Michael Schumacher completed the podium for Benetton. The race was also the last for Fabrizio Barbazza.

Report[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

With local hero Prost taking pole in all of the previous seven races, there was a massive turnout for qualifying where the Williams were usually dominant. The Williams did take 1-2 in qualifying, but it was Hill who took his first Formula One pole ahead of Prost. The Ligier team, in its home race, filled the second row with Martin Brundle ahead of Mark Blundell, and thus completed a 1-2-3-4 for Renault-powered cars. Ayrton Senna in the McLaren and Jean Alesi in the Ferrari were on the third row, Schumacher in the Benetton and Rubens Barrichello in the Jordan made up the fourth, and the Larrousse team, also contesting its home race, took up the fifth with Érik Comas ahead of Philippe Alliot.

Race[edit]

At the start, the top 5 stayed the same while Schumacher got ahead of Alesi. Hill led from Prost, Brundle, Blundell, Senna and Schumacher.

The Williams pulled away while Brundle pulled away from Blundell who was holding up Senna and Schumacher. However, this ended when Blundell, under pressure from Senna spun off on lap 21 into retirement. It was time for the mid-race stops during which Prost got ahead of Hill and Senna and Schumacher closed up on Brundle.

During the second stops, Prost stayed ahead - just by two-tenths while Senna and Schumacher got ahead of Brundle. Schumacher passed Senna when the two were going through traffic and pulled away. Prost won with Hill right behind to make it a Williams 1-2 ahead of Schumacher, Senna, Brundle and Andretti.

Thus, at the halfway stage of the season, Prost led the World Championship with 57 points. Senna was a further 12 points behind in second with 45, Hill was third with 28, Schumacher was fourth with 24, Brundle fifth with 9, Blundell sixth with 6, Herbert seventh with 6 and Lehto eighth with 5. There were no real battles in the Constructors Championship with Williams comfortably leading with 85 points with McLaren 37 points behind in second with 48. Benetton were third with 29 and Ligier were fourth with 15.

Following the death of former world champion James Hunt, former British driver Jonathan Palmer moved from Pit Lane reporter and took Hunt's place in the BBC commentary booth for the race. Palmer would continue to partner Murray Walker in the booth until the end of the 1996 season.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 0 United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault 1:15.051 1:14.382
2 2 France Alain Prost Williams-Renault 1:15.725 1:14.524 +0.142
3 25 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Ligier-Renault 1:16.847 1:16.169 +1.787
4 26 United Kingdom Mark Blundell Ligier-Renault 1:16.834 1:16.203 +1.821
5 8 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Ford 1:16.782 1:16.264 +1.882
6 27 France Jean Alesi Ferrari 1:16.825 1:16.662 +2.280
7 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 1:16.720 1:16.745 +2.338
8 14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Hart 1:17.345 1:17.168 +2.786
9 20 France Érik Comas Larrousse-Lamborghini 1:18.180 1:17.170 +2.788
10 19 France Philippe Alliot Larrousse-Lamborghini 1:18.230 1:17.190 +2.808
11 29 Austria Karl Wendlinger Sauber 1:17.650 1:17.315 +2.933
12 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Benetton-Ford 1:17.675 1:17.362 +2.980
13 10 Japan Aguri Suzuki Footwork-Mugen-Honda 1:17.441 1:17.518 +3.059
14 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari 1:18.741 1:17.456 +3.074
15 9 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Footwork-Mugen-Honda 1:19.180 1:17.598 +3.216
16 7 United States Michael Andretti McLaren-Ford 1:18.585 1:17.659 +3.277
17 11 Italy Alessandro Zanardi Lotus-Ford 1:18.331 1:17.706 +3.324
18 30 Finland JJ Lehto Sauber 1:19.252 1:17.812 +3.430
19 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Lotus-Ford 1:17.862 1:18.104 +3.480
20 15 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Jordan-Hart 1:18.685 1:17.997 +3.615
21 3 Japan Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:20.553 1:19.143 +4.761
22 22 Italy Luca Badoer Lola-Ferrari 1:21.931 1:19.493 +5.111
23 23 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Minardi-Ford 1:19.968 1:19.519 +5.137
24 24 Italy Fabrizio Barbazza Minardi-Ford 1:21.113 1:19.691 +5.309
25 4 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:21.024 1:19.856 +5.474
26 21 Italy Michele Alboreto Lola-Ferrari 1:22.106 1:20.130 +5.748

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 2 France Alain Prost Williams-Renault 72 1:38:35.241 2 10
2 0 United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault 72 +0.342 1 6
3 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 72 +21.209 7 4
4 8 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Ford 72 +32.405 5 3
5 25 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Ligier-Renault 72 +33.795 3 2
6 7 United States Michael Andretti McLaren-Ford 71 +1 Lap 16 1
7 14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Hart 71 +1 Lap 8  
8 23 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Minardi-Ford 71 +1 Lap 23  
9 19 France Philippe Alliot Larrousse-Lamborghini 70 +2 Laps 10  
10 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Benetton-Ford 70 +2 Laps 12  
11 15 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Jordan-Hart 70 +2 Laps 20  
12 10 Japan Aguri Suzuki Footwork-Mugen-Honda 70 +2 Laps 13  
13 9 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Footwork-Mugen-Honda 70 +2 Laps 15  
14 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari 70 +2 Laps 14  
15 4 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Tyrrell-Yamaha 68 +4 Laps 25  
16 20 France Érik Comas Larrousse-Lamborghini 66 Gearbox 9  
Ret 27 France Jean Alesi Ferrari 47 Engine 6  
Ret 22 Italy Luca Badoer Lola-Ferrari 28 Suspension 22  
Ret 29 Austria Karl Wendlinger Sauber 25 Gearbox 11  
Ret 30 Finland JJ Lehto Sauber 22 Gearbox 18  
Ret 26 United Kingdom Mark Blundell Ligier-Renault 20 Spun off 4  
Ret 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Lotus-Ford 16 Spun off 19  
Ret 24 Italy Fabrizio Barbazza Minardi-Ford 16 Gearbox 24  
Ret 3 Japan Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 12 Gearbox 21  
Ret 11 Italy Alessandro Zanardi Lotus-Ford 9 Suspension 17  
DNQ 21 Italy Michele Alboreto Lola-Ferrari  

Standings after the race[edit]

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

References[edit]


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