1992 Japanese Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 15 of 16 in the 1992 Formula One season
Suzuka circuit map (1987-2002).svg
Date 25 October 1992
Official name XVIII Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix
Location Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka, Japan
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 5.864 km (3.644 mi)
Distance 53 laps, 310.792 km (193.117 mi)
Weather Dry, warm, cloudy
Pole position
Driver Williams-Renault
Time 1:37.360
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault
Time 1:40.646 on lap 44
First Williams-Renault
Second McLaren-Honda
Third Benetton-Ford

The 1992 Japanese Grand Prix (formally the XVIII Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix) was a Formula One motor race held at Suzuka on 25 October 1992. The race, contested over 53 laps, was the fifteenth race of the 1992 Formula One season and was won by Riccardo Patrese driving a Williams-Renault, with Gerhard Berger second for the McLaren team and Martin Brundle third for Benetton. This was Patrese's final Grand Prix victory.

Before the race[edit]

Two driver changes took place before the race: Ferrari replaced Ivan Capelli with their test driver Nicola Larini, while Karl Wendlinger left March to join Sauber's preparatory program ahead of the Swiss team's debut in 1993, his place taken by Jan Lammers, making his first F1 start for over 10 years.[1]


In qualifying, Williams' Nigel Mansell took his 13th pole position of the season, equalling the record set by Ayrton Senna in 1988 and 1989. Team-mate Riccardo Patrese was alongside him on the front row, while the McLarens of Senna and Gerhard Berger filled the second row. Michael Schumacher in the Benetton was fifth, followed by the two Lotuses of Johnny Herbert and Mika Häkkinen. The top ten was completed by Érik Comas in the Ligier, Andrea de Cesaris in the Tyrrell and Thierry Boutsen in the second Ligier.


Mansell made a fast start and at the end of the first lap led Patrese by three seconds. Senna held on to third before becoming the race's first retirement on lap 3 with an engine failure. Meanwhile, Larini, who had qualified 11th, stalled on the grid and fell to last, while Boutsen's gearbox failed on lap 4.

Berger made an early pit stop and rejoined the race in sixth place, behind Schumacher and the two Lotuses. On lap 13, Schumacher retired with gearbox failure, his only mechanical retirement of the year; Herbert's gearbox also failed two laps later. After the mid-race pit stops for tyres, Mansell retained a comfortable lead over Patrese, while Berger moved ahead of Häkkinen into third and Martin Brundle, who had only qualified 13th in the second Benetton, moved up to fifth ahead of Comas and de Cesaris.

On lap 36, Mansell slowed and Patrese moved ahead. The following lap, Comas retired with an engine failure. On lap 45, both Mansell and Häkkinen suffered engine failures of their own; this moved Berger and Brundle into second and third respectively. Patrese cruised to his sixth and final Grand Prix victory, finishing 13 seconds ahead of Berger with Brundle a further minute back; the top six was completed by de Cesaris, Jean Alesi in the second Ferrari and Christian Fittipaldi, who scored his first point in Formula One and the only point of the season for the Minardi team.


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 53 1:33:09.533 2 10
2 2 Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 53 + 13.729 4 6
3 20 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Benetton-Ford 53 + 1:15.503 13 4
4 4 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Tyrrell-Ilmor 52 + 1 Lap 9 3
5 27 France Jean Alesi Ferrari 52 + 1 Lap 15 2
6 23 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Minardi-Lamborghini 52 + 1 Lap 12 1
7 32 Italy Stefano Modena Jordan-Yamaha 52 + 1 Lap 17  
8 10 Japan Aguri Suzuki Footwork-Mugen-Honda 52 + 1 Lap 16  
9 21 Finland JJ Lehto Dallara-Ferrari 52 + 1 Lap 22  
10 22 Italy Pierluigi Martini Dallara-Ferrari 52 + 1 Lap 19  
11 30 Japan Ukyo Katayama Larrousse-Lamborghini 52 + 1 Lap 20  
12 28 Italy Nicola Larini Ferrari 52 + 1 Lap 11  
13 17 Italy Emanuele Naspetti March-Ilmor 51 + 2 Laps 26  
14 24 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Minardi-Lamborghini 51 + 2 Laps 14  
15 9 Italy Michele Alboreto Footwork-Mugen-Honda 51 + 2 Laps 24  
Ret 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault 44 Engine 1  
Ret 11 Finland Mika Häkkinen Lotus-Ford 44 Engine 7  
Ret 29 France Bertrand Gachot Larrousse-Lamborghini 39 Collision 18  
Ret 26 France Érik Comas Ligier-Renault 36 Engine 8  
Ret 16 Netherlands Jan Lammers March-Ilmor 27 Clutch 23  
Ret 33 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin Jordan-Yamaha 22 Spun Off 25  
Ret 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Lotus-Ford 15 Gearbox 6  
Ret 19 Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 13 Gearbox 5  
Ret 3 France Olivier Grouillard Tyrrell-Ilmor 6 Spun Off 21  
Ret 25 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Ligier-Renault 3 Gearbox 10  
Ret 1 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 2 Engine 3  

Championship standings after the race[edit]

  • Bold text indicates the World Champions.
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.


  1. ^ "Jan Lammers - Biography". Formula One Rejects. Archived from the original on 21 March 2013. Retrieved 1 June 2016. 
  2. ^ "1992 Japanese Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 3 November 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015. 

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