1993 Portuguese Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 14 of 16 in the 1993 Formula One season
Circuit Estoril 1984-1993.png
Date September 26, 1993
Official name XXII Grande Premio de Portugal
Location Autódromo do Estoril, Estoril, Portugal
Course Permanent racing facility
4.349 km (2.703 mi)
Distance 71 laps, 308.779 km (191.913 mi)
Weather Dry, sunny, windy
Pole position
Driver United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault
Time 1:11.494
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault
Time 1:14.859 on lap 68
Podium
First Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford
Second France Alain Prost Williams-Renault
Third United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault

The 1993 Portuguese Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Estoril on September 26, 1993. It was the fourteenth round of the 1993 Formula One season. Michael Schumacher took his only win of the season, while second place was enough for Alain Prost to clinch the championship, after Ayrton Senna's engine failed. Senna was out-qualified by his new team-mate, future champion Mika Häkkinen, but the Finnish driver crashed out. In a reversal of Hungary, Damon Hill stalled on the dummy grid and started from the back. The BMS Scuderia Italia team withdrew from the championship after this race.

Two major news stories broke as the teams descended on Estoril, Prost announcing his retirement at the end of the season and Andretti being fired from McLaren after a poor season (his podium place in Italy notwithstanding) and being replaced by Häkkinen.

The Williamses were 1-2 in qualifying ahead of the McLarens but Hill, desperate to keep his Championship hopes alive took pole from Prost, with Häkkinen surprisingly ahead of Senna with Alesi and Schumacher behind. However, Hill's engine refused to fire on the parade lap and he had to start at the back. At the start, Prost got squeezed out by the McLarens and Alesi, with Alesi getting ahead of the McLarens with Senna ahead of Häkkinen. Alesi led Senna, Häkkinen, Prost, Schumacher and Berger.

The top six stayed together but the Williamses and Schumacher were on a one-stop strategy unlike the McLarens and Ferraris. On lap 20, Senna's engine blew as Alesi, Häkkinen and Schumacher pitted, with Alesi losing out to both. This left Prost leading from Blundell, Hill, Häkkinen, Schumacher and Alesi. Schumacher passed Häkkinen on lap 25 and pulled away. Prost would stop on lap 29 but Schumacher would rejoin ahead. When Hill stopped as well, Schumacher was leading from Prost, Häkkinen, Hill, Alesi and Berger.

On lap 33, Häkkinen crashed into the wall at the last corner and Berger's suspension failed three laps later. Blundell crashed from sixth on lap 52 as Prost began to hassle Schumacher. However, second place was enough for Prost to win the championship, so the French driver did not take any risks. Patrese was fifth but he too crashed on lap 64. Schumacher had a minor off but still just kept his lead. Schumacher won from new World Champion Prost, Hill, Alesi, Wendlinger and Brundle.

With only two more races to go, Prost was the World Champion with 87 points but there was battle for second between Hill, Senna and Schumacher. Hill was second with 62, Senna was third with 53 and Schumacher was fourth with 52. Behind, Patrese was fifth with 20, Alesi was sixth with 13, Brundle was seventh with 12 and Herbert was eighth with 11. In the Constructors Championship, Williams were the World Champions with 149 points but there was a battle for second between Benetton with 72 and McLaren with 60. Ferrari were fourth with 23.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 0 United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault 1:12.290 1:11.494
2 2 France Alain Prost Williams-Renault 1:11.683 1:12.762 +0.189
3 7 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Ford 1:12.956 1:12.443 +0.949
4 8 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Ford 1:12.954 1:12.491 +0.997
5 27 France Jean Alesi Ferrari 1:13.682 1:13.101 +1.607
6 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 1:13.403 1:14.135 +1.909
7 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Benetton-Ford 1:14.206 1:13.863 +2.369
8 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari 1:14.159 1:13.933 +2.439
9 9 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Footwork-Mugen-Honda 1:15.200 1:14.388 +2.894
10 26 United Kingdom Mark Blundell Ligier-Renault 1:14.591 1:14.577 +3.083
11 25 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Ligier-Renault 1:14.779 1:14.708 +3.214
12 30 Finland JJ Lehto Sauber 1:14.978 1:14.833 +3.339
13 29 Austria Karl Wendlinger Sauber 1:15.016 1:15.070 +3.522
14 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Lotus-Ford 1:15.831 1:15.183 +3.689
15 14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Hart 1:15.479 1:15.433 +3.939
16 10 Japan Aguri Suzuki Footwork-Mugen-Honda 1:15.968 1:15.491 +3.997
17 4 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:16.072 1:15.904 +4.410
18 11 Portugal Pedro Lamy Lotus-Ford 1:17.198 1:15.920 +4.426
19 24 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 1:15.942 1:16.323 +4.448
20 19 France Philippe Alliot Larrousse-Lamborghini 1:16.777 1:16.144 +4.650
21 3 Japan Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:16.655 1:16.186 +4.692
22 20 France Érik Comas Larrousse-Lamborghini 1:16.417 1:16.998 +4.923
23 15 Italy Emanuele Naspetti Jordan-Hart 1:17.845 1:16.566 +5.072
24 23 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Minardi-Ford 1:16.651 1:16.864 +5.157
25 21 Italy Michele Alboreto Lola-Ferrari 1:17.778 1:17.118 +5.624
26 22 Italy Luca Badoer Lola-Ferrari 1:19.064 1:17.739 +6.245

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 71 1:32:46.309 6 10
2 2 France Alain Prost Williams-Renault 71 +0.982 2 6
3 0 United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault 71 +8.206 1 4
4 27 France Jean Alesi Ferrari 71 +1:07.605 5 3
5 29 Austria Karl Wendlinger Sauber 70 +1 Lap 13 2
6 25 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Ligier-Renault 70 +1 Lap 11 1
7 30 Finland JJ Lehto Sauber 69 +2 Laps 12  
8 24 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 69 +2 Laps 19  
9 23 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Minardi-Ford 69 +2 Laps 24  
10 19 France Philippe Alliot Larrousse-Lamborghini 69 +2 Laps 20  
11 20 France Érik Comas Larrousse-Lamborghini 68 +3 Laps 22  
12 4 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Tyrrell-Yamaha 68 +3 Laps 17  
13 14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Hart 68 +3 Laps 15  
14 22 Italy Luca Badoer Lola-Ferrari 68 +3 Laps 26  
15 9 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Footwork-Mugen-Honda 63 Collision 9  
16 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Benetton-Ford 63 Collision 7  
Ret 11 Portugal Pedro Lamy Lotus-Ford 61 Spun off 18  
Ret 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Lotus-Ford 60 Spun off 14  
Ret 26 United Kingdom Mark Blundell Ligier-Renault 51 Collision 10  
Ret 21 Italy Michele Alboreto Lola-Ferrari 38 Gearbox 25  
Ret 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari 35 Accident 8  
Ret 7 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Ford 32 Accident 3  
Ret 10 Japan Aguri Suzuki Footwork-Mugen-Honda 27 Gearbox 16  
Ret 8 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Ford 19 Engine 4  
Ret 3 Japan Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 12 Spun off 21  
Ret 15 Italy Emanuele Naspetti Jordan-Hart 8 Engine 23  

Standings after the race[edit]

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

References[edit]


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1993 Italian Grand Prix
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1993 Japanese Grand Prix
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1992 Portuguese Grand Prix
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1994 Portuguese Grand Prix