1992 Canadian Grand Prix
|1992 Canadian Grand Prix|
|Race 7 of 16 in the 1992 Formula One World Championship|
|Date||14 June 1992|
|Official name||Grand Prix Molson du Canada|
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve|
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
|Course||Temporary street circuit|
|Course length||4.430 km (2.753 mi)|
|Distance||69 laps, 305.670 km (189.935 mi)|
|Weather||Dry with temperatures reaching up to 25 °C (77 °F); wind speeds up to 14 kilometres per hour (8.7 mph)|
|Time||1:22.325 on lap 61|
The 69-lap race was won by Gerhard Berger, driving a McLaren-Honda, after he started from fourth position. Teammate Ayrton Senna took pole position and led until he suffered an electrical failure on lap 38, while Drivers' Championship leader Nigel Mansell spun off on lap 15 attempting to overtake Senna. Michael Schumacher finished second in a Benetton-Ford, with Jean Alesi third in a Ferrari.
Qualifying produced a surprise as Ayrton Senna took pole position in his McLaren while championship leader Nigel Mansell could only manage third, behind Williams teammate Riccardo Patrese. This would turn out to be the only non-Williams pole of 1992, and one of only two not taken by Mansell that season. Rumours suggested that the English driver was under stress, as Williams were negotiating with Alain Prost for 1993.
Gerhard Berger took fourth in the other McLaren, followed by Michael Schumacher in the Benetton. Johnny Herbert impressed in the Lotus and took sixth, ahead of Martin Brundle in the second Benetton. The top 10 was completed by the Ferraris of Jean Alesi and Ivan Capelli, and Mika Häkkinen in the second Lotus.
At the start Senna took the lead from the two Williams-Renaults with Mansell getting ahead of Patrese then Berger, Schumacher, Herbert and Brundle. For the first 13 laps the top 8 followed in close attention until next lap 14 Mansell tried to overtake Senna at the last chicane but the car ended off track and spun and came to a stop on the main straight. The Williams driver was out of the race and accusing Senna of pushing him off. As this was happening Berger had got Patrese to make it a McLaren 1-2. Lap 18 saw the exit of Capelli who crashed hard into the wall on the exit of turn 4. On lap 37 Senna retired from the lead with electrical problems. Berger had by now pulled a couple of seconds lead on Patrese who was being chased by Brundle after the Englishman had taken advantage of Schumacher getting stuck behind Morbidelli's Minardi while lapping him. A few laps later Patrese was out as his gearbox failed. Brundle now chased after Berger and set fastest lap but then was also forced to retire with transmission problems. Berger was in comfortable lead followed by Schumacher. Katayama was driving a good race but had to retire from 5th on lap 61 when his engine expired. Wendlinger finished fourth to score his first points in F1.
|5||34||Roberto Moreno||Andrea Moda-Judd||1:43.557||+18.489|
|14||4||Andrea de Cesaris||Tyrrell-Ilmor||1:22.635||1:23.948||+2.860|
|28||7||Eric van de Poele||Brabham-Judd||1:24.858||1:24.499||+4.724|
- Stefano Modena started the race from the back of the grid.
- Last points for the March team. The March cars had lots of local advertising this weekend, apparently due to a newspaper article about the team's financial struggles.
- The Andrea Moda team had to borrow Judd engines from the Brabham team in order to compete.
- Ligier scored their first points since the 1989 French Grand Prix almost three years prior.
Championship standings after the race
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
- "Weather information for the "1992 Canadian Grand Prix"". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2013-11-11.
- "Grand Prix Results: Canadian GP, 1992". Grandprix.com. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
- "1992 Canadian Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 3 November 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
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