1992 Belgian Grand Prix
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|1992 Belgian Grand Prix|
|Race 12 of 16 in the 1992 Formula One World Championship|
|Date||30 August 1992|
|Official name||L Grand Prix de Belgique|
Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps|
|Course||Permanent racing facility|
|Course length||6.940 km (4.312 mi)|
|Distance||44 laps, 305.341 km (189.730 mi)|
|Weather||Overcast, brief rain mid-race|
|Time||1:53.791 on lap 39|
The 44-lap race was won by Michael Schumacher, driving a Benetton-Ford. This was the first Grand Prix win for a German driver since Jochen Mass at the 1975 Spanish Grand Prix, and the first of an eventual record 91 Grand Prix wins for Schumacher. New World Champion Nigel Mansell finished second in his Williams-Renault with teammate Riccardo Patrese third, thus securing the Constructors' Championship for Williams.
Eighteen cars were classified as finishers, the highest number for the season. Érik Comas was injured and briefly knocked unconscious in a heavy crash during practice and did not attempt to qualify. Ayrton Senna encountered Comas's car on the race track, stopped to help him, and cutting off the car's engine to reduce the risk of fire. Comas later credited this with likely having saved his life. Emanuele Naspetti made his Grand Prix debut for the March team. Gerhard Berger also had a monumental crash down the hill in the wet during practice on the entrance to Eau Rouge with the back of the car catching fire, Berger was uninjured but failed to get away on the start. Pre-qualifying was not held for the first time in 1992 after Brabham failed to arrive, bringing an end to the 30-year history of the team.
In the early stages of the race, Senna showed strong pace, briefly leading from the Williams. Then, when rain fell and the other front-runners made pit stops for rain tyres, the Brazilian gambled on the rain stopping and thus stayed out. This gamble failed, and the subsequent pit stop dropped him to twelfth. He then made a charge through the field, passing Mika Häkkinen's Lotus for fifth on the penultimate lap.
This race marked Scuderia Ferrari's 500th start in a World Championship event as a team. It also marked the last race for the Andrea Moda team. It also marked the last race win for a car with manual transmission.
|13||4||Andrea de Cesaris||Tyrrell-Ilmor||1:56.111||2:11.341||+5.566|
|15||14||Eric van de Poele||Fondmetal-Ford||1:56.674||—||+6.129|
|28||34||Roberto Moreno||Andrea Moda-Judd||2:05.096||2:24.830||+14.551|
|29||35||Perry McCarthy||Andrea Moda-Judd||2:15.050||—||+24.505|
Championship standings after the race
- Bold text indicates the World Champions.
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
- Cadmuss (2011-01-08), Ayrton Saved my Life (English sub) - Erik Comas Interview about his crash and Senna's death at Imola, retrieved 2018-02-01
- Scuderia Ferrari did not participate in the 1950 French Grand Prix; Peter Whitehead's privateer entry in this race does not count towards the team's participation tally.
- Williamson, Martin (1 November 2010). "Andrea Moda - Running on empty". ESPN UK. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
- "Belgian Grand Prix – Qualifying 1". formula1.com. Retrieved 13 September 2017.
- "Belgian Grand Prix – Qualifying 2". formula1.com. Retrieved 13 September 2017.
- "Belgian Grand Prix – Overall Qualifying". formula1.com. Retrieved 13 September 2017.
- "1992 Belgian Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 3 November 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
- "Belgium 1992 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
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