1991 Monaco Grand Prix

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1991 Monaco Grand Prix
Race 4 of 16 in the 1991 Formula One World Championship
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Race details
Date 12 May 1991
Official name XLIX Grand Prix Automobile de Monaco
Location Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo
Course Street circuit
Course length 3.328 km (2.068 mi)
Distance 78 laps, 259.584 km (161.298 mi)
Weather Cloudy, mild, dry
Pole position
Driver McLaren-Honda
Time 1:20.344
Fastest lap
Driver France Alain Prost Ferrari
Time 1:24.368 on lap 77
Podium
First McLaren-Honda
Second Williams-Renault
Third Ferrari
The race was won by Ayrton Senna in the McLaren.
Nigel Mansell finished in second place, scoring his first points of the season.
Mansell's team-mate, Riccardo Patrese, ran in third place until crashing on oil dropped by Stefano Modena, whose engine expired just ahead of him.
Alain Prost finished in fifth position after being delayed by a slow late-race pit stop.

The 1991 Monaco Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Monaco on 12 May 1991.

Report[edit]

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 hit the barrier 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.

Classification[edit]

Pre-Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 22 Finland JJ Lehto Dallara-Judd 1:23.260
2 33 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Jordan-Ford 1:23.538 +0.278
3 21 Italy Emanuele Pirro Dallara-Judd 1:24.421 +1.161
4 32 Belgium Bertrand Gachot Jordan-Ford 1:24.802 +1.542
5 34 Italy Nicola Larini Lambo-Lamborghini 1:25.893 +2.633
6 35 Belgium Eric van de Poele Lambo-Lamborghini 1:26.282 +3.022
7 31 Portugal Pedro Chaves Coloni-Ford 1:27.389 +4.129
8 14 France Olivier Grouillard Fondmetal-Ford 1:27.759 +4.499

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 1 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 1:20.508 1:20.344
2 4 Italy Stefano Modena Tyrrell-Honda 1:23.442 1:20.809 +0.465
3 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 1:22.057 1:20.973 +0.629
4 20 Brazil Nelson Piquet Benetton-Ford 1:22.816 1:21.159 +0.815
5 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault 1:23.274 1:21.205 +0.861
6 2 Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 1:21.222 1:21.583 +0.878
7 27 France Alain Prost Ferrari 1:22.113 1:21.455 +1.111
8 19 Brazil Roberto Moreno Benetton-Ford 1:23.476 1:21.804 +1.460
9 28 France Jean Alesi Ferrari 1:22.966 1:21.910 +1.566
10 33 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Jordan-Ford 1:24.257 1:22.764 +2.420
11 3 Japan Satoru Nakajima Tyrrell-Honda 1:24.435 1:22.972 +2.628
12 21 Italy Emanuele Pirro Dallara-Judd 1:23.311 1:23.022 +2.678
13 22 Finland JJ Lehto Dallara-Judd 1:23.023 1:23.983 +2.679
14 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ferrari 1:24.101 1:23.064 +2.720
15 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin Leyton House-Ilmor 1:24.920 1:23.394 +3.050
16 25 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Ligier-Lamborghini 1:24.728 1:23.431 +3.087
17 24 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Minardi-Ferrari 1:24.481 1:23.584 +3.240
18 16 Italy Ivan Capelli Leyton House-Ilmor 1:25.040 1:23.642 +3.298
19 30 Japan Aguri Suzuki Lola-Ford 1:26.380 1:23.898 +3.554
20 17 Italy Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford 1:25.078 1:23.909 +3.565
21 29 France Éric Bernard Lola-Ford 1:25.370 1:24.079 +3.735
22 8 United Kingdom Mark Blundell Brabham-Yamaha 1:25.500 1:24.109 +3.765
23 26 France Érik Comas Ligier-Lamborghini 1:24.747 1:24.151 +3.807
24 32 Belgium Bertrand Gachot Jordan-Ford 1:24.540 1:24.208 +3.864
25 9 Italy Michele Alboreto Footwork-Porsche 1:27.843 1:24.606 +4.262
26 11 Finland Mika Häkkinen Lotus-Judd 1:24.868 1:24.829 +4.485
27 12 United Kingdom Julian Bailey Lotus-Judd 1:28.772 1:26.995 +6.651
28 18 Italy Fabrizio Barbazza AGS-Ford 1:28.060 1:27.079 +6.735
29 10 Italy Alex Caffi Footwork-Porsche Did Not Start
DSQ 7 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Brabham-Yamaha Disqualified

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 78 1:53:02.334 1 10
2 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault 78 + 18.348 5 6
3 28 France Jean Alesi Ferrari 78 + 47.455 9 4
4 19 Brazil Roberto Moreno Benetton-Ford 77 + 1 Lap 8 3
5 27 France Alain Prost Ferrari 77 + 1 Lap 7 2
6 21 Italy Emanuele Pirro Dallara-Judd 77 + 1 Lap 12 1
7 25 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Ligier-Lamborghini 76 + 2 Laps 16  
8 32 Belgium Bertrand Gachot Jordan-Ford 76 + 2 Laps 24  
9 29 France Éric Bernard Lola-Ford 76 + 2 Laps 21  
10 26 France Érik Comas Ligier-Lamborghini 76 + 2 Laps 23  
11 22 Finland JJ Lehto Dallara-Judd 75 + 3 Laps 13  
12 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ferrari 72 + 6 Laps 14  
Ret 11 Finland Mika Häkkinen Lotus-Judd 64 Oil Leak 26  
Ret 24 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Minardi-Ferrari 49 Gearbox 17  
Ret 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin Leyton House-Ilmor 43 Throttle 15  
Ret 4 Italy Stefano Modena Tyrrell-Honda 42 Engine 2  
Ret 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 42 Accident 3  
Ret 8 United Kingdom Mark Blundell Brabham-Yamaha 41 Spun Off 22  
Ret 9 Italy Michele Alboreto Footwork-Porsche 39 Engine 25  
Ret 3 Japan Satoru Nakajima Tyrrell-Honda 35 Spun Off 11  
Ret 30 Japan Aguri Suzuki Lola-Ford 24 Brakes 19  
Ret 33 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Jordan-Ford 21 Throttle 10  
Ret 16 Italy Ivan Capelli Leyton House-Ilmor 12 Brakes 18  
Ret 17 Italy Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford 9 Gearbox 20  
Ret 2 Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 9 Accident 6  
Ret 20 Brazil Nelson Piquet Benetton-Ford 0 Suspension 4  
DNQ 12 United Kingdom Julian Bailey Lotus-Judd    
DNQ 18 Italy Fabrizio Barbazza AGS-Ford    
DNQ 10 Italy Alex Caffi Footwork-Porsche    
DSQ 7 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Brabham-Yamaha    
DNPQ 34 Italy Nicola Larini Lambo-Lamborghini    
DNPQ 35 Belgium Eric van de Poele Lambo-Lamborghini    
DNPQ 31 Portugal Pedro Chaves Coloni-Ford    
DNPQ 14 France Olivier Grouillard Fondmetal-Ford    
Source:[1]

Notes[edit]

  • 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[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1991 Monaco Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 3 November 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015.


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