1992 French Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 8 of 16 in the 1992 Formula One season
Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours (1992-2002).svg
Date 5 July 1992
Location Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours, Magny-Cours, France
Course Permanent circuit
Course length 4.250 km (2.651 mi)
Distance 69 laps, 293.250 km (182.938 mi)
Scheduled Distance 72 laps, 306.000 km (190.892 mi mi)
Weather Dry, then raining
Pole position
Driver Williams-Renault
Time 1:13.864
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault
Time 1:17.070 on lap 37
First Williams-Renault
Second Williams-Renault
Third Benetton-Ford

The 1992 French Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Magny-Cours on 5 July 1992. It was the eighth round of the 1992 Formula One season.


A lorry driver blockade meant the Andrea Moda Formula team did not appear at this race. Every other team was also affected but all managed to make their way to the circuit and compete in the race.

Both Williams cars qualified ahead of the McLarens with Nigel Mansell in pole position ahead of his teammate Riccardo Patrese, Ayrton Senna, Gerhard Berger, Michael Schumacher and Frenchman Jean Alesi. At the start, Patrese got by Mansell while Berger got ahead of Senna and Martin Brundle was able to sneak by Alesi. At the Adelaide hairpin, Schumacher tried to pass Senna but instead hit him, taking Senna out and forcing himself to pit. Meanwhile, Patrese and Mansell were side by side but Patrese kept the lead. Patrese led Mansell, Berger, Brundle, Alesi and Häkkinen.

Nothing changed until lap 11 when Berger's engine failed. Soon afterwards it began to rain so heavily that the race was stopped. After some time the rain decreased and the grid formed up again. The race would be decided on the aggregate times of both parts of the race. Patrese took the lead again with Alesi getting ahead of Mika Häkkinen's Lotus as well. Mansell tried to pass his teammate again but Patrese defended and once again kept the lead. Further back, Schumacher again tried too hard, hitting Stefano Modena in the Jordan, dropping out of the race with a broken front suspension. Patrese led Mansell, Brundle, Alesi, Häkkinen and Comas on aggregate. Patrese then waved Mansell through on track and soon Mansell got ahead on aggregate. When Patrese was quizzed after the race on whether team orders existed in the Williams team he refused to comment.

It began to rain again and everyone pitted for wets with Alesi leaving the change too late and dropping down to sixth. His engine failed on lap 61. Mansell won with Patrese making it a Williams 1-2 ahead of Brundle, Häkkinen, Comas and Herbert. This was Brundle's first podium - he had been disqualified from his podium finish at the 1984 Detroit Grand Prix.

Thus, at the halfway stage of the season, Mansell led the championship with 66 points compared to Patrese's 34. Schumacher was third with 26, Senna was fourth with 18, Berger was fifth with 18, Alesi was sixth with 11, Brundle was seventh with 9 and Alboreto was eighth with 5. In the constructors championship, Williams had 100 points and were well ahead of the field: McLaren were second with 36, Benetton were third with 35 and Ferrari were fourth with 13.

Due to his sabbatical from Formula One in 1992, the race was only the second time since he first appeared on the podium for his home race in 1981 that Alain Prost was not on the podium for the French Grand Prix. Prost had won the French GP in 1981, 1983, 1988, 1989 and 1990. He was second in 1982, 1986 and 1991, and finished third in 1985 and 1987. The only podium he missed from 1981-1991 was at Dijon in 1984 when he finished seventh after problems with a loose wheel.


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault 69 1:38:08.459 1 10
2 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 69 + 46.447 2 6
3 20 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Benetton-Ford 69 + 1:12.579 7 4
4 11 Finland Mika Häkkinen Lotus-Ford 68 + 1 Lap 11 3
5 26 France Érik Comas Ligier-Renault 68 + 1 Lap 10 2
6 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Lotus-Ford 68 + 1 Lap 12 1
7 9 Italy Michele Alboreto Footwork-Mugen-Honda 68 + 1 Lap 14  
8 24 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Minardi-Lamborghini 68 + 1 Lap 16  
9 21 Finland JJ Lehto Dallara-Ferrari 67 + 2 Laps 17  
10 22 Italy Pierluigi Martini Dallara-Ferrari 67 + 2 Laps 25  
11 3 France Olivier Grouillard Tyrrell-Ilmor 66 + 3 Laps 22  
Ret 27 France Jean Alesi Ferrari 61 Engine 6  
Ret 4 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Tyrrell-Ilmor 51 Spun Off 19  
Ret 30 Japan Ukyo Katayama Larrousse-Lamborghini 49 Engine 18  
Ret 25 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Ligier-Renault 46 Spun Off 9  
Ret 28 Italy Ivan Capelli Ferrari 38 Engine 8  
Ret 16 Austria Karl Wendlinger March-Ilmor 33 Gearbox 21  
Ret 32 Italy Stefano Modena Jordan-Yamaha 25 Engine 20  
Ret 10 Japan Aguri Suzuki Footwork-Mugen-Honda 20 Spun Off 15  
Ret 19 Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 17 Collision 5  
Ret 2 Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 10 Engine 4  
Ret 15 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Fondmetal-Ford 6 Throttle 23  
Ret 1 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 0 Collision 3  
Ret 29 France Bertrand Gachot Larrousse-Lamborghini 0 Collision 13  
Ret 33 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin Jordan-Yamaha 0 Collision 24  
Ret 14 Switzerland Andrea Chiesa Fondmetal-Ford 0 Collision 26  
DNQ 17 France Paul Belmondo March-Ilmor        
DNQ 23 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Minardi-Lamborghini        
DNQ 7 Belgium Eric van de Poele Brabham-Judd        
DNQ 8 United Kingdom Damon Hill Brabham-Judd        

Championship standings after the race[edit]

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


  1. ^ "1992 French Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 3 November 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015. 

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