1992 Australian Grand Prix

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1992 Australian Grand Prix
Race 16 of 16 in the 1992 Formula One World Championship
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Race details
Date 8 November 1992
Official name LVII Australian Grand Prix
Location Adelaide Street Circuit
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Course Temporary street circuit
Course length 3.780 km (2.362 mi)
Distance 81 laps, 306.180 km (191.322 mi)
Weather Cloudy
Pole position
Driver Williams-Renault
Time 1:13.732
Fastest lap
Driver Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford
Time 1:16.078 on lap 68
Podium
First McLaren-Honda
Second Benetton-Ford
Third Benetton-Ford

The 1992 Australian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Adelaide on 8 November 1992. It was the sixteenth and final round of the 1992 FIA Formula One World Championship. The most significant moment was a collision between Ayrton Senna and Nigel Mansell as the Brazilian attempted to overtake the Englishman, eliminating both drivers. This was intended to be Mansell's final Formula One race before moving to IndyCars, although he returned briefly in 1994 and 1995.

Martin Brundle (who spent 1993 with Ligier), race winner Gerhard Berger (who returned to Ferrari for 1993) and Riccardo Patrese (who joined Benetton for 1993) are among the many drivers for whom this was the final race with their current teams, while for Jan Lammers, Stefano Modena, Maurício Gugelmin, Olivier Grouillard it was the last Grand Prix of their careers respectively. It was also rumoured that it would be the last race for Ayrton Senna at McLaren, however this would ultimately prove false as the Brazilian would remain with the Woking based team for 1993.

This was McLaren's final race using a Honda engine until 2015. The company ceased their full factory involvement in the sport following this race, although the Mugen arm of the company continued. They returned in 2000 as engine supplier to BAR. This Grand Prix also proved to be the last for the March team.

This was also the last F1 win for Honda as a full-works engine supplier until the 2006 Hungarian Grand Prix and the last F1 podium for Honda as a full-works engine supplier until the 2001 Spanish Grand Prix.

Qualifying[edit]

Qualifying report[edit]

Williams and McLaren shared the first two rows with Nigel Mansell taking pole, from Ayrton Senna, Riccardo Patrese and Gerhard Berger. Michael Schumacher was fifth in his Benetton, with Jean Alesi sixth for Ferrari.

Qualifying classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault 1:13.732 1:15.133
2 1 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 1:14.202 1:14.416 +0.470
3 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 1:14.370 1:15.895 +0.638
4 2 Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 1:15.114 1:15.688 +1.382
5 19 Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 1:15.210 1:16.613 +1.478
6 27 France Jean Alesi Ferrari 1:16.091 1:17.213 +2.359
7 4 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Tyrrell-Ilmor 1:16.440 1:17.333 +2.708
8 20 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Benetton-Ford 1:16.562 1:17.674 +2.830
9 26 France Érik Comas Ligier-Renault 1:16.727 1:17.856 +2.995
10 11 Finland Mika Häkkinen Lotus-Ford 1:16.863 1:17.868 +3.131
11 9 Italy Michele Alboreto Footwork-Mugen-Honda 1:16.937 1:17.621 +3.205
12 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Lotus-Ford 1:16.944 1:18.099 +3.212
13 3 France Olivier Grouillard Tyrrell-Ilmor 1:17.037 1:19.017 +3.305
14 22 Italy Pierluigi Martini Dallara-Ferrari 1:17.047 1:18.043 +3.315
15 32 Italy Stefano Modena Jordan-Yamaha 1:17.231 1:18.790 +3.499
16 24 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Minardi-Lamborghini 1:17.333 1:19.661 +3.601
17 23 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Minardi-Lamborghini 1:17.367 1:19.441 +3.635
18 10 Japan Aguri Suzuki Footwork-Mugen-Honda 1:17.409 1:19.589 +3.677
19 28 Italy Nicola Larini Ferrari 1:17.465 1:18.618 +3.733
20 33 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin Jordan-Yamaha 1:17.805 1:19.735 +4.073
21 29 France Bertrand Gachot Venturi-Lamborghini 1:17.808 1:18.477 +4.076
22 25 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Ligier-Renault 1:17.957 1:17.976 +4.225
23 17 Italy Emanuele Naspetti March-Ilmor 4:23.313 1:18.099 +4.367
24 21 Finland JJ Lehto Dallara-Ferrari 1:18.565 1:18.891 +4.833
25 16 Netherlands Jan Lammers March-Ilmor 3:10.720 1:18.843 +5.111
26 30 Japan Ukyo Katayama Venturi-Lamborghini 1:18.862 1:20.306 +5.130
Source:[1][2][3]

Race[edit]

Race report[edit]

Nicola Larini started this race from the back of the grid. A first-lap collision between the Tyrrell of Olivier Grouillard and the Dallara of Pierluigi Martini had eliminated both drivers on the same lap. The order of the top six at the end of the first lap was Mansell, Senna, Patrese, Berger, Schumacher and Alesi. Mansell as usual was unable to pull away, whilst Senna in second tried his hardest to pass the Williams on lap 8, but was unable to do so. Gugelmin for the second race running had spun out and crashed by lap 9.

Senna ran wide and allowed Mansell to retain the lead. The order of the top two remained the same until lap 19 when they collided at the Mistral hairpin; Senna attempted to overtake Mansell but crashed into the rear of the Williams (eliminating both drivers). This allowed Riccardo Patrese to take the lead from lap 20 in the remaining Williams, but was under enormous pressure from Gerhard Berger who was a close second. Berger, like Senna, attempted to pass the Williams on the outside but ran wide. Berger pitted for fresh tyres on lap 35, as did Michael Schumacher in the leading Benetton five laps later; the German rejoined four seconds behind Berger.

Martin Brundle was able to pass Jean Alesi in the leading Ferrari for third during their pit-stops. Patrese lead by 20 seconds over Berger by the end of lap 50 until his engine failed on the next lap. Thus allowing Berger to take the lead and hold on to the lead for the remaining 31 laps and took the eighth victory of his career ahead of a hard-charging Schumacher by less than a second. The order of the top six was Berger winning ahead of, Michael Schumacher, Brundle, Alesi, Thierry Boutsen and Stefano Modena in the Jordan.

Jordan scored their only point of the season with Stefano Modena, while Thierry Boutsen (who won here in 1989) scored his only 1992 season points, and the last points of his career. Benetton's double podium finish ensured that they scored points in every round, as Benetton were the first team to score points in every round of a season since Lotus in 1963.

Race classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 2 Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 81 1:46:54.786 4 10
2 19 Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 81 + 0.741 5 6
3 20 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Benetton-Ford 81 + 54.156 8 4
4 27 France Jean Alesi Ferrari 80 + 1 lap 6 3
5 25 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Ligier-Renault 80 + 1 lap 22 2
6 32 Italy Stefano Modena Jordan-Yamaha 80 + 1 lap 15 1
7 11 Finland Mika Häkkinen Lotus-Ford 80 + 1 lap 10
8 10 Japan Aguri Suzuki Footwork-Mugen-Honda 79 + 2 laps 18
9 23 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Minardi-Lamborghini 79 + 2 laps 17
10 24 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Minardi-Lamborghini 79 + 2 laps 16
11 28 Italy Nicola Larini Ferrari 79 + 2 laps 19
12 16 Netherlands Jan Lammers March-Ilmor 78 + 3 laps 25
13 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Lotus-Ford 77 + 4 laps 12
Ret 21 Finland JJ Lehto Dallara-Ferrari 70 Gearbox 24
Ret 17 Italy Emanuele Naspetti March-Ilmor 55 Gearbox 23
Ret 29 France Bertrand Gachot Venturi-Lamborghini 51 Fuel system 21
Ret 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 50 Engine 3
Ret 30 Japan Ukyo Katayama Venturi-Lamborghini 35 Differential 26
Ret 4 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Tyrrell-Ilmor 29 Engine 7
Ret 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault 18 Collision 1
Ret 1 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 18 Collision 2
Ret 33 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin Jordan-Yamaha 7 Spun off 20
Ret 26 France Érik Comas Ligier-Renault 4 Engine 9
Ret 9 Italy Michele Alboreto Footwork-Mugen-Honda 0 Engine 11
Ret 22 Italy Pierluigi Martini Dallara-Ferrari 0 Accident 14
Ret 3 France Olivier Grouillard Tyrrell-Ilmor 0 Accident 13
Source:[4]

Championship standings after the race[edit]

  • Bold text indicates the World Champions.
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Foster's Australian Grand Prix - QUALIFYING 1". formula1.com. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  2. ^ "Foster's Australian Grand Prix - QUALIFYING 2". formula1.com. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Foster's Australian Grand Prix - OVERALL QUALIFYING". formula1.com. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  4. ^ "1992 Australian Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 2 November 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Australia 1992 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 6 March 2019.


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