1992 Mexican Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 2 of 16 in the 1992 Formula One season
Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez.svg
Date 22 March 1992
Official name XV Gran Premio de México
Location Autódromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 4.421 km (2.758 mi)
Distance 69 laps, 305.049 km (190.299 mi)
Weather Scattered Clouds
27 °C (81 °F)[1]
Pole position
Driver Williams-Renault
Time 1:16.346
Fastest lap
Driver Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda
Time 1:17.711 on lap 60
Podium
First Williams-Renault
Second Williams-Renault
Third Benetton-Ford

The 1992 Mexican Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Mexico City on 22 March 1992. It was the second round of the 1992 Formula One season. The race was won by Nigel Mansell ahead of his teammate Riccardo Patrese, with Michael Schumacher achieving his first of an eventual 155 podiums in Formula One.

Summary[edit]

Background[edit]

On February 20, 1992 Mexico city officials put out a smog alert due to the dangerous air pollution levels in the city. Alerts mandated restrictions on operating heavy motorized equipment. The Mexican Grand Prix committee had to delay work paving sections of the track.[2] During Friday's practice Ayrton Senna hit one of the bumps in the Esses, crashed his McLaren, and injured his leg, but was fit for qualifying. Alex Caffi and Enrico Bertaggia again hoped to race for the Andrea Moda team here (formerly known as Coloni before being taken over by Andrea Sassetti) but were awaiting new cars so did not compete.

Qualifying[edit]

This was the first time that neither Brabham made the grid. Stefano Modena had to start from the pit lane.

Race[edit]

Nigel Mansell dominated the race straight from the pole position, finishing the race 12 seconds ahead of Patrese and 21 seconds ahead of Michael Schumacher.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault 1:16.346 1:16.648
2 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 1:17.908 1:16.362 +0.016
3 19 Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 1:17:554 1:17.292 +0.946
4 20 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Benetton-Ford 1:18.937 1:18.588 +2.242
5 2 Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 1:18.604 1:18.589 +2.243
6 1 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 1:23.063 1:18.791 +2.445
7 21 Finland JJ Lehto Dallara-Ferrari 1:19.982 1:19.111 +2.765
8 33 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin Jordan-Yamaha 1:20.246 1:19.355 +3.009
9 22 Italy Pierluigi Martini Dallara-Ferrari 1:19.767 1:19.378 +3.032
10 27 France Jean Alesi Ferrari 1:21.434 1:19.417 +3.071
11 4 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Tyrrell-Ilmor 1:19.423 1:24.117 +3.077
12 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Lotus-Ford 1:20.450 1:19.509 +3.163
13 29 France Bertrand Gachot Larrousse-Lamborghini 1:21.656 1:19.743 +3.397
14 15 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Fondmetal-Ford 1:20.386 1:19.769 +3.423
15 32 Italy Stefano Modena Jordan-Yamaha 1:19.957 1:20.469 +3.611
16 3 France Olivier Grouillard Tyrrell-Ilmor 1:20.709 1:19.961 +3.615
17 23 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Minardi-Lamborghini 1:20.042 1:20.202 +3.696
18 11 Finland Mika Häkkinen Lotus-Ford 1:20.145 1:20.390 +3.799
19 16 Austria Karl Wendlinger March-Ilmor 47:56.613 1:20.200 +3.854
20 28 Italy Ivan Capelli Ferrari 1:20.223 1:21.120 +3.877
21 24 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Minardi-Lamborghini 1:21.019 1:20.227 +3.881
22 25 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Ligier-Renault 1:20.709 1:20.395 +4.049
23 14 Switzerland Andrea Chiesa Fondmetal-Ford 1:21.902 1:20.845 +4.499
24 30 Japan Ukyo Katayama Larrousse-Lamborghini 1:22.188 1:20.935 +4.589
25 9 Italy Michele Alboreto Footwork-Mugen-Honda 1:21.396 1:21.064 +4.718
26 26 France Érik Comas Ligier-Renault 1:21.122 1:21.963 +4.776
27 10 Japan Aguri Suzuki Footwork-Mugen-Honda 1:21.617 1:21.187 +4.841
28 17 France Paul Belmondo March-Ilmor 1:23.508 1:21.504 +5.158
29 7 Belgium Eric van de Poele Brabham-Judd 1:22.937 1:22.197 +5.851
30 8 Italy Giovanna Amati Brabham-Judd 1:25.052 +8.706

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault 69 1:31:53.587 1 10
2 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 69 +12.971 2 6
3 19 Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 69 +21.429 3 4
4 2 Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 69 +33.347 5 3
5 4 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Tyrrell-Ilmor 68 +1 Lap 11 2
6 11 Finland Mika Häkkinen Lotus-Ford 68 +1 Lap 18 1
7 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Lotus-Ford 68 +1 Lap 12  
8 21 Finland JJ Lehto Dallara-Ferrari 68 +1 Lap 7  
9 26 France Érik Comas Ligier-Renault 67 +2 Laps 26  
10 25 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Ligier-Renault 67 +2 Laps 22  
11 29 France Bertrand Gachot Larrousse-Lamborghini 66 +3 Laps 13  
12 30 Japan Ukyo Katayama Larrousse-Lamborghini 66 +3 Laps 24  
13 9 Italy Michele Alboreto Footwork-Mugen-Honda 65 +4 Laps 25  
Ret 20 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Benetton-Ford 47 Engine 4  
Ret 15 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Fondmetal-Ford 45 Clutch 14  
Ret 14 Switzerland Andrea Chiesa Fondmetal-Ford 37 Spun Off 23  
Ret 22 Italy Pierluigi Martini Dallara-Ferrari 36 Handling 9  
Ret 27 France Jean Alesi Ferrari 31 Engine 10  
Ret 24 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Minardi-Lamborghini 29 Spun Off 21  
Ret 32 Italy Stefano Modena Jordan-Yamaha 17 Gearbox 15  
Ret 3 France Olivier Grouillard Tyrrell-Ilmor 12 Engine 16  
Ret 1 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 11 Transmission 6  
Ret 23 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Minardi-Lamborghini 2 Spun Off 17  
Ret 33 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin Jordan-Yamaha 0 Engine 8  
Ret 16 Austria Karl Wendlinger March-Ilmor 0 Collision 19  
Ret 28 Italy Ivan Capelli Ferrari 0 Collision 20  
DNQ 10 Japan Aguri Suzuki Footwork-Mugen-Honda        
DNQ 17 France Paul Belmondo March-Ilmor        
DNQ 7 Belgium Eric van de Poele Brabham-Judd        
DNQ 8 Italy Giovanna Amati Brabham-Judd        
Source:[3]

Notes[edit]

  • Lap leaders: Nigel Mansell 69 (1-69)
  • First podium: Michael Schumacher
  • This was the last time that the McLaren team used the MP4/6B, as the new MP4/7A car was ready for the next race.
  • This was the last Mexican Grand Prix until it was revived in 2015. The Hermanos Rodriguez circuit had a reputation for being very bumpy, and by this point the bumps on the track had decayed even further, the decline of Mexico City itself with increasing crowding and pollution problems made the event look bad for Formula One's glamorous image at the time.

Championship standings after the race[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History | Weather Underground". Wunderground.com. Retrieved 2013-10-26. 
  2. ^ "Gray haze makes people sick: Mexico city smog worsens". Ellensburg Daily Record. Associated Press. February 20, 1992. Retrieved November 1, 2015. 
  3. ^ "1992 Mexican Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 17 February 2015. Retrieved 23 December 2015. 


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