1992 Hungarian Grand Prix

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1992 Hungarian Grand Prix
Race 11 of 16 in the 1992 Formula One World Championship
Circuit Hungaroring1999.png
Race details
Date 16 August 1992
Official name VIII Marlboro Hungarian Grand Prix
Location Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary
Course Permanent race track
Course length 3.968 km (2.466 mi)
Distance 77 laps, 305.536 km (189.851 mi)
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver Williams-Renault
Time 1:15.476
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault
Time 1:18.308 on lap 63
Podium
First McLaren-Honda
Second Williams-Renault
Third McLaren-Honda

The 1992 Hungarian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Hungaroring on 16 August 1992. It was the eleventh round of the 1992 Formula One World Championship. Nigel Mansell clinched the Drivers' Championship by finishing the race in second position, behind McLaren's Ayrton Senna.

Qualifying[edit]

Pre-qualifying report[edit]

After the previous Grand Prix in Germany, the Fondmetal team replaced Andrea Chiesa with Brabham driver Eric van de Poele. Brabham did not replace van de Poele and reduced their entry to one car. This meant the pre-qualifying pool could be reduced by one, and thus Larrousse driver Bertrand Gachot was no longer required to pre-qualify.[1]

The session proved practically unnecessary as again, the Andrea Moda team did not make a serious attempt to run their second car, driven by Perry McCarthy. His team-mate Roberto Moreno had used both cars to pre-qualify, and McCarthy was only allowed to leave the pits 45 seconds before the end of the session, leaving him no chance to reach the start-finish line to begin a timed lap before the chequered flag was waved.[1][2] This being the latest in a succession of similar incidents, FISA formally warned Andrea Moda to make a proper effort to run both cars at the next Grand Prix in Belgium, or face suspension from the following event in Italy.[1]

The other four cars in the session thus all pre-qualified, with the Fondmetals taking the first two places as Gabriele Tarquini outpaced van de Poele by nearly a second. Ukyo Katayama was another second further back in the remaining Larrousse, with Moreno 1.1 seconds slower in fourth, only his second pre-qualification success this season. McCarthy was the sole entrant to fail to pre-qualify.

After the race the Brabham team withdrew entirely, removing the necessity for further pre-qualifying sessions. To date, this pre-qualifying session was the last to be held in Formula One.

Pre-qualifying classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 15 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Fondmetal-Ford 1:22.412
2 14 Belgium Eric van de Poele Fondmetal-Ford 1:23.398 +0.986
3 30 Japan Ukyo Katayama Venturi-Lamborghini 1:24.421 +2.009
4 34 Brazil Roberto Moreno Andrea Moda-Judd 1:25.567 +3.155
5 35 United Kingdom Perry McCarthy Andrea Moda-Judd no time

Qualifying report[edit]

This was the chance for Williams to seal both titles and they were dominant, but it was Patrese who took pole ahead of teammate Nigel Mansell, Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher, Gerhard Berger and Martin Brundle.

Qualifying classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 1:15.476 1:15.725
2 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault 1:15.643 1:15.950 +0.167
3 1 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 1:16.467 1:16.267 +0.791
4 19 Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 1:17.070 1:16.524 +1.048
5 2 Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 1:17.277 1:17.414 +1.801
6 20 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Benetton-Ford 1:18.843 1:18.148 +2.672
7 9 Italy Michele Alboreto Footwork-Mugen-Honda 1:20.538 1:18.604 +3.128
8 25 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Ligier-Renault 1:18.799 1:18.616 +3.140
9 27 France Jean Alesi Ferrari 1:19.511 1:18.665 +3.189
10 28 Italy Ivan Capelli Ferrari 1:19.313 1:18.765 +3.289
11 26 France Érik Comas Ligier-Renault 1:19.193 1:18.902 +3.426
12 15 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Fondmetal-Ford 1:19.555 1:19.123 +3.647
13 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Lotus-Ford 1:19.555 1:19.143 +3.667
14 10 Japan Aguri Suzuki Footwork-Mugen-Honda 1:21.064 1:19.200 +3.724
15 29 France Bertrand Gachot Venturi-Lamborghini 1:19.819 1:19.365 +3.889
16 11 Finland Mika Häkkinen Lotus-Ford 1:19.587 1:20.390 +4.111
17 17 France Paul Belmondo March-Ilmor 1:21.781 1:19.626 +4.150
18 14 Belgium Eric van de Poele Fondmetal-Ford 1:21.741 1:19.776 +4.300
19 4 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Tyrrell-Ilmor 1:20.003 1:19.867 +4.391
20 30 Japan Ukyo Katayama Venturi-Lamborghini 1:20.209 1:19.990 +4.514
21 33 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin Jordan-Yamaha 1:20.481 1:20.023 +4.547
22 3 France Olivier Grouillard Tyrrell-Ilmor 1:21.193 1:20.063 +4.587
23 16 Austria Karl Wendlinger March-Ilmor 1:21.116 1:20.315 +4.839
24 32 Italy Stefano Modena Jordan-Yamaha 1:20.819 1:20.707 +5.231
25 8 United Kingdom Damon Hill Brabham-Judd 1:22.369 1:20.781 +5.305
26 22 Italy Pierluigi Martini Dallara-Ferrari 1:22.731 1:20.988 +5.512
27 24 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Minardi-Lamborghini 1:22.176 1:21.246 +5.770
28 21 Finland JJ Lehto Dallara-Ferrari 1:22.364 1:21.288 +5.812
29 23 Italy Alessandro Zanardi Minardi-Lamborghini 1:21.756 No time +6.280
30 34 Brazil Roberto Moreno Andrea Moda-Judd 1:22.286 1:22.870 +6.810

Race[edit]

Race report[edit]

At the start, Gerhard Berger passed Michael Schumacher, and then Mansell lost momentum and Senna passed him with Berger following his teammate through. The order was: Patrese, Senna, Berger, Mansell, Schumacher and Brundle.

There was a collision on the first lap between Érik Comas, Johnny Herbert, Thierry Boutsen and Gabriele Tarquini who all retired on the first lap (meaning both Ligiers of Comas and Boutsen retired on the first lap), before Eric van de Poele spun into retirement at the first corner on lap 3 as both Fondmetals retired after only two laps. Mansell passed Berger on lap 8 and set off after Senna. However, as hard as he tried, the combination of the small circuit and Senna's skills in defending meant that he could not pass. Another multi-car collision came on lap 14 which eliminated Bertrand Gachot, Aguri Suzuki, Olivier Grouillard, Karl Wendlinger and Stefano Modena (forcing all five drivers to retire on the same lap). Alesi in the leading Ferrari behind the leading pack spun out with the rear wheels in the gravel trap by lap 15. On lap 31, Patrese made a mistake and went wide and rejoined behind Berger. Two laps later, Mansell passed Berger to get back third. Then, a pivotal movement came on lap 39 when Patrese spun off. He rejoined in seventh, outside the points which meant that Mansell would be the world champion if results stayed the same. However, on lap 51, Mansell had to go to the pits with tyre troubles and rejoined in sixth, just ahead of Patrese. Mansell quickly passed Häkkinen but before Patrese, who was right behind could take sixth, Patrese's engine blew. He was out and would get no points.

Mansell quickly caught and passed Brundle on lap 60 and four laps later, he was up to third when Michael Schumacher's rear wing broke on his Benetton, spinning him out and retired on lap 64. Senna, a minute at the front, made a precautionary stop just as Häkkinen passed Brundle for fourth. Mansell passed Berger for second and now had a toehold on the championship. Soon afterwards, Häkkinen tried to pass Berger and spun into Brundle's path. Brundle was forced to spin to avoid a collision and both rejoined without losing places, with Häkkinen staying ahead. Senna won ahead of new world champion Mansell, Berger, Häkkinen, Brundle and Capelli scoring his last point for Ferrari as well as the last point of his career.

Race classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 77 1:46:19.216 3 10
2 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault 77 + 40.139 2 6
3 2 Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 77 + 50.782 5 4
4 11 Finland Mika Häkkinen Lotus-Ford 77 + 54.313 16 3
5 20 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Benetton-Ford 77 + 57.498 6 2
6 28 Italy Ivan Capelli Ferrari 76 + 1 lap 10 1
7 9 Italy Michele Alboreto Footwork-Mugen-Honda 75 + 2 laps 7
8 4 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Tyrrell-Ilmor 75 + 2 laps 19
9 17 France Paul Belmondo March-Ilmor 74 + 3 laps 17
10 33 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin Jordan-Yamaha 73 + 4 laps 21
11 8 United Kingdom Damon Hill Brabham-Judd 73 + 4 laps 25
Ret 19 Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 63 Broken wing 4
Ret 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 55 Engine 1
Ret 22 Italy Pierluigi Martini Dallara-Ferrari 40 Gearbox 26
Ret 30 Japan Ukyo Katayama Venturi-Lamborghini 35 Engine 20
Ret 27 France Jean Alesi Ferrari 14 Spun off 9
Ret 29 France Bertrand Gachot Venturi-Lamborghini 13 Collision 15
Ret 10 Japan Aguri Suzuki Footwork-Mugen-Honda 13 Collision 14
Ret 3 France Olivier Grouillard Tyrrell-Ilmor 13 Collision 22
Ret 16 Austria Karl Wendlinger March-Ilmor 13 Collision 23
Ret 32 Italy Stefano Modena Jordan-Yamaha 13 Collision 24
Ret 14 Belgium Eric van de Poele Fondmetal-Ford 2 Spun off 18
Ret 25 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Ligier-Renault 0 Collision 8
Ret 26 France Érik Comas Ligier-Renault 0 Collision 11
Ret 15 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Fondmetal-Ford 0 Collision 12
Ret 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Lotus-Ford 0 Collision 13
DNQ 24 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Minardi-Lamborghini
DNQ 21 Finland JJ Lehto Dallara-Ferrari
DNQ 23 Italy Alessandro Zanardi Minardi-Lamborghini
DNQ 34 Brazil Roberto Moreno Andrea Moda-Judd
DNPQ 35 United Kingdom Perry McCarthy Andrea Moda-Judd
Source:[3]

Championship standings after the race[edit]

  • Bold text indicates who still has a theoretical chance of becoming World Champion.
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Walker, Murray (1992). Murray Walker's 1992 Grand Prix Year. Hazleton Publishing. pp. 93–102. ISBN 0 905138 99 6.
  2. ^ McCarthy, Perry (2003). Flat Out, Flat Broke. Haynes. p. 197. ISBN 1 84425 018 0.
  3. ^ "1992 Hungarian Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 3 November 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Hungary 1992 – Championship". statsf1.com. Retrieved 18 March 2019.


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