1993 Brazilian Grand Prix
|Race 2 of 16 in the 1993 Formula One season|
|Date||March 28, 1993|
|Course||Permanent racing facility|
|Course length||4.309 km (2.676 mi)|
|Distance||71 laps, 305.939 km (190.854 mi)|
|Time||1:20.024 on lap 61|
The 1993 Brazilian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Interlagos on March 28, 1993. It was the second round of the 1993 Formula One season. Ayrton Senna won his first race of the season, with Damon Hill taking second place.
Brazil was Senna's home race but he was able to do nothing to prevent the Williamses being 1-2 in qualifying with Prost on pole ahead of Hill. Senna was third ahead of Schumacher, Andretti and Patrese.
At the start, Senna got ahead of Hill but Andretti was slow and was hit by Berger with both crashing hard in the tyre barrier in turn 1. Both of them along with Brundle and Fabrizio Barbazza's Minardi were out. The order was: Prost, Senna, Hill, a fast starting Jean Alesi, Schumacher, and Lehto.
Schumacher passed Alesi on lap 2, but his team-mate Patrese only lasted until the fourth lap when his suspension failed. While Prost built up a substantial lead, Senna was under pressure from Hill who took second on lap 11. On lap 25, Senna was issued a stop-go penalty for lapping a backmarker under yellow flags and dropped behind Schumacher. There was a rainstorm, and many drivers pitted for wet tyres, including Senna, Schumacher and Hill, while Prost stayed out on slick tyres. Several drivers spun, with both Ukyo Katayama and Aguri Suzuki crashing on the start-finish straight on lap 27, the Footwork partially blocking the circuit and bringing out the safety car - the first time this had been seen in Formula 1. Fittipaldi spun at the first corner on lap 30 with his car stopped in the middle of the track. With the rain coming down harder, Prost lost control and, unable to avoid Fittipaldi's car, crashed into him, taking them both out of the race. As the wreckage was cleared, the new safety car controlled the field, Hill led Senna, Schumacher (who had lost time during his pit stop because his car fell off the jack), Alesi, Johnny Herbert, and Lehto. They were followed by Alessandro Zanardi, Philippe Alliot, Mark Blundell, Derek Warwick, rookie Luca Badoer, Karl Wendlinger, Andrea de Cesaris, Erik Comas, and Michele Alboreto.
It began to dry and everyone stopped for dry tyres. Johnny Herbert had pitted for slicks right when the safety car pulled back into the pits, and he was to move up to third place due to this early change back to slicks.
Just after the tire stops Senna passed Hill for the lead and pulled away. Behind, Schumacher and Alesi had stop-go penalties for passing under yellow flags, Schumacher dropping to fifth and Alesi going down to ninth. Schumacher passed Blundell and then Herbert to take third. Senna won from Hill, Schumacher, Herbert, Blundell and Alessandro Zanardi.
|23||4||Andrea de Cesaris||Tyrrell-Yamaha||1:21.224||1:21.368||+5.358|
|6||11||Alessandro Zanardi||Lotus-Ford||70||+1 Lap||15||1|
|7||19||Philippe Alliot||Larrousse-Lamborghini||70||+1 Lap||11|
|8||27||Jean Alesi||Ferrari||70||+1 Lap||9|
|9||9||Derek Warwick||Footwork-Mugen-Honda||69||+2 Laps||18|
|10||20||Érik Comas||Larrousse-Lamborghini||69||+2 Laps||17|
|11||21||Michele Alboreto||Lola-Ferrari||68||+3 Laps||25|
|12||22||Luca Badoer||Lola-Ferrari||68||+3 Laps||21|
|Ret||4||Andrea de Cesaris||Tyrrell-Yamaha||48||Fuel system||23|
|Ret||10||Aguri Suzuki||Footwork-Mugen-Honda||27||Spun off||19|
|Ret||3||Ukyo Katayama||Tyrrell-Yamaha||26||Spun off||22|
|DNQ||15||Ivan Capelli||Jordan-Hart||0||Did not qualify||26|
- Lap leaders: Alain Prost (1-29), Damon Hill (30-40), Ayrton Senna (41-71)
- First podium: Damon Hill
- Last race: Ivan Capelli
- First point: Alessandro Zanardi
- Only retirement of the season for Alain Prost
- Luca Badoer started this race from the back of the grid.
- This race saw the first modern-day use of the safety car in Formula One, after Aguri Suzuki and Ukyo Katayama crashed on start/finish line in a separate incidents. Few moments later, race leader Alain Prost hit the spinning car of Christian Fittipaldi, leaving the track strewn with wreckage. Prost's team-mate Damon Hill therefore lost a big lead, and was passed by Ayrton Senna shortly after the restart. The race still saw Damon's first points and podium.
- This was the first time that the car #0 finished in the points and on the podium.
- The race saw Alessandro Zanardi's only Formula One World Championship point.
- This was the last time a Brazilian driver would win the Brazilian Grand Prix until Felipe Massa would win it in 2006 for Ferrari. Rubens Barrichello would be competitive in this race multiple times throughout his career but never won this race despite his six years with the Italian team.
- This was the 100th Grand Prix win for the McLaren F1 team.
- This was the last time that Ivan Capelli tried to qualify a Formula 1 car, he failed to do it in the Jordan 193 with Hart engine, and was replaced by Thierry Boutsen of Belgium from the following race on.
- This was the first time in 1993, that both the Lola-Ferraris made the field, which contained a normal non-qualifier, with Badoer starting in 21st, and finishing 12th, and last, and Alboreto, starting last, 25th, and finishing 11th.
Championship standings after the race
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
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