1991 Monaco Grand Prix
|1991 Monaco Grand Prix|
|Race 4 of 16 in the 1991 Formula One World Championship|
|Date||12 May 1991|
|Official name||XLIX Grand Prix Automobile de Monaco|
|Location||Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo|
|Course length||3.328 km (2.068 mi)|
|Distance||78 laps, 259.584 km (161.298 mi)|
|Weather||Cloudy, mild, dry|
|Time||1:24.368 on lap 77|
Ayrton Senna shocked no-one by taking pole position, but second place was a surprise with Stefano Modena taking full advantage of the superior Pirelli qualifying tyres to be second followed by Patrese, Piquet, a disappointed Mansell, Berger, Prost, Moreno, Alesi, and de Cesaris. Alex Caffi had a huge accident in practice and would not participate in the race. Elsewhere Martin Brundle was disqualified for missing a weight check. Also notable for being the race that BBC Commentator James Hunt had said "This is disgraceful driving by Emanuele Pirro" as he was blocking Stefano Modena at the time during the race, before he retired.
At the start, Senna got away well followed by Modena, Patrese, Mansell, and Prost. In the usual first corner mayhem Berger ran into the back of Piquet, dropping the Austrian to the back of the pack and breaking Piquet's suspension, Berger would later crash out. Senna quickly built up a huge lead over Modena and Patrese. Meanwhile Andrea de Cesaris in the Jordan was eventually catching up to Jean Alesi and just outside the points in 7th place before retiring shortly after battling with the second Ferrari with a sticking throttle. Meanwhile Aguri Suzuki in the Lola hit the wall at Sainte Devote on lap 25 with braking problems. As Modena's teammate Satoru Nakajima had spun and retired at the Nouvelle Chicane after making contact with Martini. As the only chasers to Senna were both eliminated on lap 42 when Modena's engine blew in the tunnel spreading oil on the track which caused Patrese to crash as surprisingly Alboreto retired with engine failure at the same time as when both Modena and Patrese went out, meaning this race was eventually disaster for Tyrrell with both cars out on lap 42. As it was the oil from Stefano Modena's Tyrrell had also caused Blundell's Brabham to lose control and crash at the chicane with there also being more oil from Alboreto's Footwork Arrows, just after taking 10th place from Eric Bernard. Senna now had a huge lead over Prost and Mansell, but the Englishman was in no mood to stay third and passed Prost with a daring move going into the chicane, as the Englishman eventually started flying despite having problems earlier in the race after getting past the Ferrari of Prost. Prost would later pit to repair a loose wheel and problems with the stop dropped him down to fifth.
Senna duly won his fourth Monaco Grand Prix in five years by 18 seconds over Mansell, Alesi, Moreno, Prost, and Emanuelle Pirro in the Dallara. The second-place finish was Nigel Mansell's first points of the season.
|2||33||Andrea de Cesaris||Jordan-Ford||1:23.538||+0.278|
|6||35||Eric van de Poele||Lambo-Lamborghini||1:26.282||+3.022|
|10||33||Andrea de Cesaris||Jordan-Ford||1:24.257||1:22.764||+2.420|
|15||15||Maurício Gugelmin||Leyton House-Ilmor||1:24.920||1:23.394||+3.050|
|18||16||Ivan Capelli||Leyton House-Ilmor||1:25.040||1:23.642||+3.298|
|29||10||Alex Caffi||Footwork-Porsche||—||—||Did Not Start|
- Lap leaders: Ayrton Senna 78 (1–78)
- Last race: Julian Bailey
- Last points: Emanuele Pirro
- Martin Brundle was disqualified by FIA stewards for not weighing in.
- Alex Caffi had a huge shunt by the swimming pool section of the circuit in the Footwork-Porsche.
- Pierluigi Martini received the first 10-second stop and go penalty in Formula One history.
- This was the only time that Stefano Modena started on the front row.
- Ayrton Senna became the first driver to win the first 4 races of an F1 season (even when disregarding the Indy 500, which was part of the championship from 1950–1960)
Championship standings after the race
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
1991 San Marino Grand Prix
|FIA Formula One World Championship
1991 Canadian Grand Prix
1990 Monaco Grand Prix
|Monaco Grand Prix||Next race:|
1992 Monaco Grand Prix