1992 International Formula 3000 Championship
|1992 FIA International Formula 3000 Championship|
Reynard was once again the dominant manufacturer. After Lola failed to win a race in 1991, there were only six of their cars on the grid in 1992. Simtek produced an upgrade of the previous year’s RALT. Two cars were produced and sold to Piquet Racing, however after a test by Nelson Piquet himself they were sold in favor of a Reynard. Piemme Motors bought one car for Giambattista Busi, who usually started near the back of the grid and never managed to finish a race. The other car was sold to Japan, and RALT announced its withdrawal from F3000 early in the season.
Exotic fuel blends were banned after Agip’s success in 1991. A stricter interpretation of the rules gave the cars long sidepods, which greatly increased the area of the flat floor, making the cars very sensitive to pitch changes.
Jordi Gené won on his debut at the Silverstone, which would turn out to be his only F3000 victory. Emanuele Naspetti won on the streets of Pau in spite of a collision with Andrea Montermini. Both continued, but Montermini later crashed at the Foch statue. Montermini won the next race in Barcelona.
At Enna, the Crypton team introduced a monodamper front suspension, and their driver Luca Badoer took the victory. He then won the next two rounds in Germany as other teams scrambled to catch up, either by switching to the dominant Mader-tuned Cosworth DFVs or with monodampers, now available as an upgrade from Reynard.
At Spa-Francorchamps, Badoer suffered a high-speed accident at Radillion. His car went into the barriers backwards, and Badoer's head hit the steel roll hoop, which broke his helmet and knocked him unconscious. Montermini took the victory, and followed this with a win on F3000’s only visit to the twisty Albacete circuit in Spain.
At Nogaro, took pole position drove away to a convincing victory to clinch the title with a round to spare. In the finale, Badoer and Montermini collided, leaving Jean-Marc Gounon to take Lola’s only victory of the year, followed by Olivier Panis in another Lola and David Coulthard.
Drivers and teams
|Round||Circuit||Date||Laps||Distance||Time||Speed||Pole Position||Fastest Lap||Winner|
|1||Silverstone Circuit||10 May||37||5.230=193.510 km||0'59:21.470||195.454 km/h||Jordi Gené||Rubens Barrichello||Jordi Gené|
|2||Pau Grand Prix||8 June||72||2.78=200.16 km||1'25:38.91||139.210 km/h||Andrea Montermini||Emanuele Naspetti||Emanuele Naspetti|
|3||Circuit de Catalunya||21 June||43||4.747=204.121 km||1'06:51.154||183.198 km/h||Andrea Montermini||Emanuele Naspetti||Andrea Montermini|
|4||Autodromo di Pergusa||12 July||40||4.95=178.200 km||0'58:20.958||203.601 km/h||Luca Badoer||Luca Badoer||Luca Badoer|
|5||Hockenheimring||25 July||29||6.815=197.635 km||0'56:24.640||210.210 km/h||Luca Badoer||Luca Badoer||Luca Badoer|
|6||Nürburgring||23 August||45||4.542=204.39 km||1'06:10.45||185.320 km/h||Emanuele Naspetti||Rubens Barrichello||Luca Badoer|
|7||Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps||29 August||25||6.94=173.500 km||0'53:48.61||194.406 km/h||Andrea Montermini||Andrea Montermini||Andrea Montermini|
|8||Circuito de Albacete||13 September||58||3.598=208.684 km||1'20:36.22||155.341 km/h||Luca Badoer||Andrea Montermini||Andrea Montermini|
|9||Circuit Paul Armagnac||11 October||55||3.636=199.980 km||1'14:39.54||160.699 km/h||Luca Badoer||Luca Badoer||Luca Badoer|
|10||Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours||18 October||47||4.25=199.750 km||1'08:13.148||175.684 km/h||Luca Badoer||David Coulthard||Jean-Marc Gounon|
Final points standings
For every race points were awarded: 9 points to the winner, 6 for runner-up, 4 for third place, 3 for fourth place, 2 for fifth place and 1 for sixth place. No additional points were awarded.
|first column of every race||10||= grid position|
|second column of every race||10||= race result|
R16=retired, but classified R=retired NS=did not start NQ=did not qualify DIS(6)=disqualified after finishing in eleventh place (25)=place after practice, but grid position not held free
- L’annee Formule 3000 1992. Drapeau a Damier.
- International F3000 1992 Retrieved from Unofficial F3000 Information on 6 November 2009