1993 German Grand Prix

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Germany  1993 German Grand Prix
Race details
Race 10 of 16 in the 1993 Formula One season
Circuit Hockenheimring-1992.svg
Date 25 July 1993
Official name Grosser Mobil 1 Preis von Deutschland
Location Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Course Permanent race track
6.815 km (4.251 mi)
Distance 45 laps, 306.675 km (191.313 mi)
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver France Alain Prost Williams-Renault
Time 1:38.748
Fastest lap
Driver Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford
Time 1:41.859 on lap 40
Podium
First France Alain Prost Williams-Renault
Second Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford
Third United Kingdom Mark Blundell Ligier-Renault

The 1993 German Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Hockenheim on 25 July 1993. It was the tenth round of the 1993 Formula One season. Alain Prost scored his final Formula One victory after team-mate Damon Hill was denied a first win by a tyre problem on the penultimate lap. Ayrton Senna spun at the first chicane, but fought back to finish 4th.

Report[edit]

The two Williams were 1st and 2nd in qualifying with Prost on pole ahead of Hill, Schumacher, Senna, Blundell and Brundle. Prost had a poor start and was passed by Hill, Schumacher and Senna. Prost reclaimed third from Senna on the run down to the first chicane, which they entered side by side. Exiting the chicane, Senna spun and had to wait for the entire field to pass by before he could rejoin. Fourth placed Brundle then spun as well at the second chicane forcing Prost to take evasive action and bypass part of the track. Both would serve 10 second stop-and-go penalties for this later in the race. At the end of the first lap, Hill led Schumacher, Prost, Blundell, Patrese, Berger and Alesi.

Prost was on a charge, passing Schumacher on lap 6. He closed up on Hill three laps later. Behind, on the next lap, Berger tried to pass Suzuki and they collided, with Suzuki spinning off. Yellow flags were waved and Hill slowed down a little on the next lap. Prost took his chance and passed Hill to lead. He then served his controversial stop-go penalty (which he called a scandal in the press conference later that day) on the next lap and dropped back to sixth behind Patrese.

Schumacher was the first of the leaders to pit for tyres, resuming in fourth place, behind Prost and Blundell and just in front of teammate Patrese. He then passed Blundell for third in the first chicane on the next lap, Brundle having dropped back to midfield due to serving his stop-go penalty on lap 12. Senna had worked his way up to seventh but was unable to pass Berger's Ferrari, eventually choosing to pit for tyres, as did first Patrese and Blundell, leaving the order midway through the race: Hill, Prost, Schumacher, Berger, Blundell, Patrese and Senna, neither Williams choosing to come in for tyres in this race. Blundell on new tyres was able to pass Berger for fourth only for the Austrian to repass him on the next straight with some fierce slipstreaming. Blundell eventually passed Berger for good coming into the stadium section, with Patrese and Senna both closing rapidly on the Austrian. Senna gained fifth place, passing both Patrese and Berger on the following lap, with Patrese also able to slipstream past the Ferrari, which was suffering increasingly on its aging tyres. Schumacher then stopped for a third set of tyres dropping him further behind the two Williams cars while still half a minute clear of Blundell in fourth position, who preserved a slight gap to Senna's McLaren in fifth.

In the closing laps Prost closed on Hill, while Schumacher set a string of fastest lap times to close to within 17s of Prost. Senna - still unable to pass Blundell - came in for an unscheduled tyre stop on lap 41, rejoining safely in front of Patrese. Hill's lead was reduced to 8 seconds by the penultimate lap but he but looked to be cruising to victory when, coming out of the Ostkurve, his left rear tyre deflated, Hill having to retire his car before reaching the pits. Instead of Hill taking his first victory, Prost took what was to be his final and 51st win in front of a typically delighted Schumacher followed by Blundell, Senna, Patrese and Berger.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 2 France Alain Prost Williams-Renault 1:39.046 1:38.748
2 0 United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault 1:40.211 1:38.905 +0.157
3 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 1:39.640 1:39.580 +0.832
4 8 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Ford 1:40.642 1:39.616 +0.868
5 26 United Kingdom Mark Blundell Ligier-Renault 1:40.279 1:40.135 +1.387
6 25 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Ligier-Renault 1:40.916 1:40.855 +2.107
7 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Benetton-Ford 1:41.101 1:41.292 +2.353
8 10 Japan Aguri Suzuki Footwork-Mugen-Honda 1:41.138 1:41.220 +2.390
9 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari 1:41.290 1:41.242 +2.494
10 27 France Jean Alesi Ferrari 1:41.304 1:41.726 +2.556
11 9 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Footwork-Mugen-Honda 1:42.977 1:41.449 +2.701
12 7 United States Michael Andretti McLaren-Ford 1:41.531 1:42.468 +2.783
13 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Lotus-Ford 1:41.564 1:42.970 +2.816
14 29 Austria Karl Wendlinger Sauber 1:41.922 1:41.642 +2.894
15 11 Italy Alessandro Zanardi Lotus-Ford 1:41.858 1:43.561 +3.110
16 20 France Érik Comas Larrousse-Lamborghini 1:42.086 1:41.945 +3.197
17 14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Hart 1:42.152 1:42.025 +3.277
18 30 Finland JJ Lehto Sauber 1:42.845 1:42.032 +3.284
19 4 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:43.471 1:42.203 +3.455
20 23 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Minardi-Ford 1:42.658 1:44.058 +3.910
21 3 Japan Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:46.709 1:42.682 +3.934
22 24 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 1:42.786 1:43.353 +4.038
23 19 France Philippe Alliot Larrousse-Lamborghini 1:42.912 1:42.910 +4.162
24 15 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Jordan-Hart 1:43.476 1:43.007 +4.259
25 22 Italy Luca Badoer Lola-Ferrari 1:43.345 1:44.641 +4.597
26 21 Italy Michele Alboreto Lola-Ferrari 1:44.198 1:44.166 +5.418

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 2 France Alain Prost Williams-Renault 45 1:18:40.885 1 10
2 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 45 +16.664 3 6
3 26 United Kingdom Mark Blundell Ligier-Renault 45 +59.349 5 4
4 8 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Ford 45 +1:08.229 4 3
5 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Benetton-Ford 45 +1:31.516 7 2
6 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari 45 +1:34.754 9 1
7 27 France Jean Alesi Ferrari 45 +1:35.841 10  
8 25 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Ligier-Renault 44 +1 Lap 6  
9 29 Austria Karl Wendlinger Sauber 44 +1 Lap 14  
10 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Lotus-Ford 44 +1 Lap 13  
11 23 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Minardi-Ford 44 +1 Lap 20  
12 19 France Philippe Alliot Larrousse-Lamborghini 44 +1 Lap 23  
13 15 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Jordan-Hart 44 +1 Lap 24  
14 24 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 44 +1 Lap 22  
15 0 United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault 43 Tyre 2  
16 21 Italy Michele Alboreto Lola-Ferrari 43 +2 Laps 26  
17 9 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Footwork-Mugen-Honda 42 +3 Laps 11  
Ret 14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Hart 34 Wheel bearing 17  
Ret 3 Japan Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 28 Halfshaft 21  
Ret 30 Finland JJ Lehto Sauber 22 Spun off 18  
Ret 11 Italy Alessandro Zanardi Lotus-Ford 19 Spun off 15  
Ret 10 Japan Aguri Suzuki Footwork-Mugen-Honda 9 Collision 8  
Ret 7 United States Michael Andretti McLaren-Ford 4 Collision 12  
Ret 22 Italy Luca Badoer Lola-Ferrari 4 Suspension 25  
Ret 4 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Tyrrell-Yamaha 1 Gearbox 19  
Ret 20 France Érik Comas Larrousse-Lamborghini 0 Gearbox 16  

Notes[edit]

Standings after the race[edit]

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

References[edit]


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1993 British Grand Prix
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