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The 1991 French Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Magny-Cours on 7 July 1991. It was the seventh race of the 1991 Formula One World Championship, and the first French Grand Prix to be held at Magny-Cours. The 72-lap race was won by Nigel Mansell, driving a Williams-Renault, with local driver Alain Prost second in a Ferrari and Ayrton Senna third in a McLaren-Honda.

1991 French Grand Prix
Race 7 of 16 in the 1991 Formula One World Championship
Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours (1991).svg
Race details
Date 7 July 1991
Location Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours
Magny-Cours, France
Course Permanent circuit
Course length 4.250 km (2.651 mi)
Distance 72 laps, 306.000 km (190.892 mi)
Pole position
Driver Williams-Renault
Time 1:14.559[1]
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault
Time 1:19.168 on lap 49[2]
Podium
First Williams-Renault
Second Ferrari
Third McLaren-Honda

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ReportEdit

The French Grand Prix had moved from the Circuit Paul Ricard near Marseille to the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours in the centre of France, to mixed reviews. There were no changes in the driver line-up, but the Footwork team had decided to abandon the disastrous Porsche V12 engine project in favour of a return to Ford engines, while Ferrari introduced a new car, the 643. In qualifying, local driver Alain Prost impressed and was set to score Ferrari's first pole position of the season, but in the dying minutes Riccardo Patrese in the Williams-Renault came through to pip the French driver to the pole. Championship leader Ayrton Senna spun on Olivier Grouillard's oil on his final qualifying attempt and had to settle for third alongside Nigel Mansell in the second Williams, with the rest of the top ten starting spots occupied by Gerhard Berger, Jean Alesi, Nelson Piquet, Roberto Moreno, Maurício Gugelmin, and the impressive Gianni Morbidelli in a Minardi. At the start Patrese made a disastrous start and dropped to 10th position on lap 1, so Prost led from Mansell, Senna, Berger, and Alesi, while Bertrand Gachot spun off on the first lap in his Jordan. Berger was the first of the big boys to go out when his engine failed on lap 6, his third consecutive DNF due to engine problems. Patrese started another recovery drive by passing both Piquet and Morbidelli in one fell swoop when Morbidelli botched an overtaking attempt, taking himself out of the running. At the front Mansell pressured Prost and on Lap 21 he made his move taking advantage of traffic to out-brake the French star going into the hairpin. Mansell slowly pulled away but problems at his first tyre stop dropped him back behind Prost. Mansell once again closed on Prost and the two battled it out until Mansell finally managed to take advantage of traffic, again, and took the lead on Lap 54 by this time outbraking Prost around the outside at the hairpin. Mansell pulled away and scored his first win of the season, Prost was second followed by Senna, Alesi, Patrese, and de Cesaris.

This was the 17th win of Mansell's career, thus breaking the record of Grand Prix wins by an English driver, previously held by Stirling Moss.

ClassificationEdit

Pre-QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 33   Andrea de Cesaris Jordan-Ford 1:19.729
2 22   JJ Lehto Dallara-Judd 1:20.172 +0.443
3 14   Olivier Grouillard Fondmetal-Ford 1:20.227 +0.498
4 32   Bertrand Gachot Jordan-Ford 1:20.309 +0.580
5 21   Emanuele Pirro Dallara-Judd 1:20.539 +0.810
6 34   Nicola Larini Lambo-Lamborghini 1:20.628 +0.899
7 35   Eric van de Poele Lambo-Lamborghini 1:21.304 +1.575
8 31   Pedro Chaves Coloni-Ford 1:22.229 +2.500

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 6   Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 1:17.472 1:14.559 -
2 27   Alain Prost Ferrari 1:17.386 1:14.789 +0.230
3 1   Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 1:16.557 1:14.857 +0.298
4 5   Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault 1:17.095 1:14.895 +0.336
5 2   Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 1:18.087 1:15.376 +0.817
6 28   Jean Alesi Ferrari 1:17.303 1:15.877 +1.318
7 20   Nelson Piquet Benetton-Ford 1:20.449 1:16.816 +2.257
8 19   Roberto Moreno Benetton-Ford 1:19.711 1:16.961 +2.402
9 15   Maurício Gugelmin Leyton House-Ilmor 1:19.728 1:17.015 +2.456
10 24   Gianni Morbidelli Minardi-Ferrari 1:20.635 1:17.020 +2.461
11 4   Stefano Modena Tyrrell-Honda 1:19.530 1:17.114 +2.555
12 23   Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ferrari 1:19.426 1:17.149 +2.590
13 33   Andrea de Cesaris Jordan-Ford 1:20.097 1:17.163 +2.604
14 26   Érik Comas Ligier-Lamborghini 1:20.427 1:17.504 +2.945
15 16   Ivan Capelli Leyton House-Ilmor 1:19.555 1:17.533 +2.974
16 25   Thierry Boutsen Ligier-Lamborghini 1:19.187 1:17.775 +3.216
17 8   Mark Blundell Brabham-Yamaha 1:22.277 1:17.836 +3.277
18 3   Satoru Nakajima Tyrrell-Honda 1:21.020 1:18.144 +3.585
19 32   Bertrand Gachot Jordan-Ford 1:20.374 1:18.150 +3.591
20 12   Johnny Herbert Lotus-Judd 1:21.230 1:18.185 +3.626
21 14   Olivier Grouillard Fondmetal-Ford 1:20.640 1:18.210 +3.651
22 30   Aguri Suzuki Lola-Ford 1:22.058 1:18.224 +3.665
23 29   Éric Bernard Lola-Ford 1:21.613 1:18.540 +3.981
24 7   Martin Brundle Brabham-Yamaha 1:20.999 1:18.826 +4.267
25 9   Michele Alboreto Footwork-Ford 1:21.966 1:18.846 +4.287
26 22   JJ Lehto Dallara-Judd 1:21.323 1:19.267 +4.708
27 11   Mika Häkkinen Lotus-Judd 1:22.274 1:19.491 +4.932
28 18   Fabrizio Barbazza AGS-Ford 1:22.319 1:20.110 +5.551
29 17   Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford 1:22.737 1:20.262 +5.703
30 10   Stefan Johansson Footwork-Ford 1:24.114 1:21.000 +6.441

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5   Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault 72 1:38:00.056 4 10
2 27   Alain Prost Ferrari 72 + 5.003 2 6
3 1   Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 72 + 34.934 3 4
4 28   Jean Alesi Ferrari 72 + 35.920 6 3
5 6   Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 71 + 1 Lap 1 2
6 33   Andrea de Cesaris Jordan-Ford 71 + 1 Lap 13 1
7 15   Maurício Gugelmin Leyton House-Ilmor 70 + 2 Laps 9  
8 20   Nelson Piquet Benetton-Ford 70 + 2 Laps 7  
9 23   Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ferrari 70 + 2 Laps 12  
10 12   Johnny Herbert Lotus-Judd 70 + 2 Laps 20  
11 26   Érik Comas Ligier-Lamborghini 70 + 2 Laps 14  
12 25   Thierry Boutsen Ligier-Lamborghini 69 + 3 Laps 16  
Ret 19   Roberto Moreno Benetton-Ford 63 Physical 8  
Ret 4   Stefano Modena Tyrrell-Honda 57 Gearbox 11  
Ret 14   Olivier Grouillard Fondmetal-Ford 47 Oil Leak 21  
Ret 29   Éric Bernard Lola-Ford 43 Transmission 23  
Ret 22   JJ Lehto Dallara-Judd 39 Tyre 26  
Ret 8   Mark Blundell Brabham-Yamaha 36 Spun Off 17  
Ret 30   Aguri Suzuki Lola-Ford 32 Transmission 22  
Ret 9   Michele Alboreto Footwork-Ford 31 Gearbox 25  
Ret 7   Martin Brundle Brabham-Yamaha 21 Gearbox 24  
Ret 3   Satoru Nakajima Tyrrell-Honda 12 Spun Off 18  
Ret 24   Gianni Morbidelli Minardi-Ferrari 8 Collision 10  
Ret 16   Ivan Capelli Leyton House-Ilmor 7 Spun Off 15  
Ret 2   Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 6 Engine 5  
Ret 32   Bertrand Gachot Jordan-Ford 0 Spun Off 19  
DNQ 11   Mika Häkkinen Lotus-Judd    
DNQ 18   Fabrizio Barbazza AGS-Ford    
DNQ 17   Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford    
DNQ 10   Stefan Johansson Footwork-Ford    
DNPQ 21   Emanuele Pirro Dallara-Judd    
DNPQ 34   Nicola Larini Lambo-Lamborghini    
DNPQ 35   Eric van de Poele Lambo-Lamborghini    
DNPQ 31   Pedro Chaves Coloni-Ford    
Source:[3]

Championship standings after the raceEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Henry, Alan (1991). AUTOCOURSE 1991-92. Hazleton Publishing. p. 162. ISBN 0-905138-87-2.
  2. ^ Henry, Alan (1991). AUTOCOURSE 1991-92. Hazleton Publishing. p. 163. ISBN 0-905138-87-2.
  3. ^ "1991 French Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 3 November 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  4. ^ a b "France 1991 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 17 March 2019.


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Awards
Preceded by
1990 Australian Grand Prix
Formula One Promotional Trophy
for Race Promoter

1991
Succeeded by
1992 French Grand Prix