1991 British Grand Prix
|1991 British Grand Prix|
|Race 8 of 16 in the 1991 Formula One World Championship|
|Date||14 July 1991|
|Official name||XLIV Foster's British Grand Prix|
Silverstone, United Kingdom
|Course||Permanent racing facility|
|Course length||5.226 km (3.247 mi)|
|Distance||59 laps, 308.334 km (191.59 mi)|
|Weather||Hot, dry, sunny|
|Time||1:26.379 on lap 43|
The 59-lap race was won from pole position by local driver Nigel Mansell, driving a Williams-Renault. Gerhard Berger finished second in a McLaren-Honda, with Alain Prost third in a Ferrari. Drivers' Championship leader, Ayrton Senna, ran out of fuel in the second McLaren-Honda on the final lap and was classified fourth.
Mansell-Mania greeted the drivers as they arrived at Silverstone for the British Grand Prix. The track had been vastly remodelled for 1991, which garnered largely positive reviews from the drivers. The track was no longer the fastest on the F1 calendar, but it now included many challenging corners for the drivers. Elsewhere Tom Walkinshaw had bought a 35% stake in the Benetton team, but the driver line-ups were unchanged from the previous race. Stefan Johansson continued to stand-in for the injured Alex Caffi at Footwork, although it was the last race he would do so.
In qualifying Nigel Mansell took pole in front of his home fans, with title-rival Ayrton Senna second. Riccardo Patrese was third, followed by Gerhard Berger, Alain Prost, Jean Alesi, Roberto Moreno, Nelson Piquet, Maurício Gugelmin, and Stefano Modena. Senna made a rocket start to lead Mansell, while Patrese was the first casualty of the day, having been bumped off by Berger (Patrese retired after the first lap as a result). Senna's lead didn't last for long as Mansell re-passed him going into Stowe corner. Roberto Moreno in the Benetton retired from 6th place with a gearbox failure on lap 22.
Mansell and Senna proceeded to rocket off into the distance while Berger, Prost, and Alesi squabbled over third place, with Alesi emerging ahead; he would later retire after colliding with Aguri Suzuki while trying to lap the Japanese driver's Lola.
At the front it was all Mansell as the Englishman recorded his second win in succession, while rival Senna ran out of fuel on the last lap, he would be classified fourth. Berger ended up second, followed by Prost, Senna, Piquet, and Bertrand Gachot's Jordan. Mansell now trailed Senna by only 18 points and momentum was on his side.
In terms of having to prequalify, Brabham would have needed their top car at least in 7th position to demote the Leyton House team, but neither Brundle nor Blundell finished the race (Brundle retired with a broken throttle and Mark Blundell retired with engine failure later in the race on lap 53).
|2||33||Andrea de Cesaris||Jordan-Ford||1:25.508||+0.683|
|7||35||Eric van de Poele||Lambo-Lamborghini||1:28.827||+4.002|
|9||15||Maurício Gugelmin||Leyton House-Ilmor||1:25.834||1:24.044||+3.105|
|13||33||Andrea de Cesaris||Jordan-Ford||1:24.169||1:24.319||+3.230|
|16||16||Ivan Capelli||Leyton House-Ilmor||1:25.951||1:24.587||+3.648|
Championship standings after the raceEdit
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
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