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1992 Japanese Grand Prix

The 1992 Japanese Grand Prix (formally the XVIII Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix) was a Formula One motor race held at Suzuka on 25 October 1992. The race, contested over 53 laps, was the fifteenth race of the 1992 Formula One season and was won by Riccardo Patrese driving a Williams-Renault, with Gerhard Berger second for the McLaren team and Martin Brundle third for Benetton. This was Patrese's final Grand Prix victory.

1992 Japanese Grand Prix
Race 15 of 16 in the 1992 Formula One World Championship
Suzuka circuit map (1987-2002).svg
Race details
Date 25 October 1992
Official name XVIII Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix
Location Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka, Japan
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 5.864 km (3.644 mi)
Distance 53 laps, 310.792 km (193.117 mi)
Weather Dry, warm, cloudy
Pole position
Driver Williams-Renault
Time 1:37.360
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault
Time 1:40.646 on lap 44
Podium
First Williams-Renault
Second McLaren-Honda
Third Benetton-Ford

Contents

Before the raceEdit

Two driver changes took place before the race: Ferrari replaced Ivan Capelli with their test driver Nicola Larini, while Karl Wendlinger left March to join Sauber's preparatory program ahead of the Swiss team's debut in 1993, his place taken by Jan Lammers, making his first F1 start for over 10 years.[1]

QualifyingEdit

In qualifying, Williams' Nigel Mansell took his 13th pole position of the season, equalling the record set by Ayrton Senna in 1988 and 1989. Team-mate Riccardo Patrese was alongside him on the front row, while the McLarens of Senna and Gerhard Berger filled the second row. Michael Schumacher in the Benetton was fifth, followed by the two Lotuses of Johnny Herbert and Mika Häkkinen. The top ten was completed by Érik Comas in the Ligier, Andrea de Cesaris in the Tyrrell and Thierry Boutsen in the second Ligier.

RaceEdit

Mansell made a fast start and at the end of the first lap led Patrese by three seconds. Senna held on to third before becoming the race's first retirement on lap 3 with an engine failure. Meanwhile, Larini, who had qualified 11th, stalled on the grid and fell to last, while Boutsen's gearbox failed on lap 4. Olivier Grouillard in the second Tyrrell spun off and crashed at Spoon curve on lap 7.

Berger made an early pit stop and rejoined the race in sixth place, behind Schumacher and the two Lotuses. On lap 13, Schumacher retired with gearbox failure, his only mechanical retirement of the year; Herbert's gearbox also failed two laps later. After the mid-race pit stops for tyres, Mansell retained a comfortable lead over Patrese, while Berger moved ahead of Häkkinen into third and Martin Brundle, who had only qualified 13th in the second Benetton, moved up to fifth ahead of Comas and de Cesaris. Maurício Gugelmin in the second Jordan had also spun off the track and crashed at 130R leaving debris on the track by lap 23.

On lap 36, Mansell slowed and Patrese moved ahead. The following lap, Comas retired with an engine failure on the same. The two Venturi Larousse cars collided at the chicanes as they were both on lap 40 at the time as Bertrand Gachot hit his Japanese teammate Ukyo Katayama and went off into the gravel trap, who managed to carry on and pit in for fresh tyres (despite making contact). On lap 45, both Mansell and Häkkinen suffered engine failures of their own; this moved Berger and Brundle into second and third respectively. Patrese cruised to his sixth and final Grand Prix victory, finishing 13 seconds ahead of Berger with Brundle a further minute back; the top six was completed by de Cesaris, Jean Alesi in the second Ferrari and Christian Fittipaldi, who scored his first point in Formula One and the only point of the season for the Minardi team.

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 5   Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault 1:37.360 2:07.703
2 6   Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 1:38.219 2:13.971 +0.859
3 1   Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 1:38.375 +1.015
4 2   Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 1:40.296 +2.936
5 19   Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 1:40.922 11:12.418 +3.562
6 12   Johnny Herbert Lotus-Ford 1:41.030 +3.670
7 11   Mika Häkkinen Lotus-Ford 1:41.415 +4.055
8 26   Érik Comas Ligier-Renault 1:42.187 +4.827
9 4   Andrea de Cesaris Tyrrell-Ilmor 1:42.361 +5.001
10 25   Thierry Boutsen Ligier-Renault 1:42.428 +5.068
11 28   Nicola Larini Ferrari 1:42.488 +5.128
12 23   Christian Fittipaldi Minardi-Lamborghini 1:42.617 +5.257
13 20   Martin Brundle Benetton-Ford 1:42.626 +5.266
14 24   Gianni Morbidelli Minardi-Lamborghini 1:42.627 2:10.260 +5.267
15 27   Jean Alesi Ferrari 1:42.824 +5.464
16 10   Aguri Suzuki Footwork-Mugen-Honda 1:43.029 +5.669
17 32   Stefano Modena Jordan-Yamaha 1:43.117 2:19.944 +5.757
18 29   Bertrand Gachot Larrousse-Lamborghini 1:43.156 +5.796
19 22   Pierluigi Martini Dallara-Ferrari 1:43.251 +5.891
20 30   Ukyo Katayama Larrousse-Lamborghini 1:43.488 5:40.775 +6.128
21 3   Olivier Grouillard Tyrrell-Ilmor 1:43.941 +6.581
22 21   JJ Lehto Dallara-Ferrari 1:44.037 +6.677
23 16   Jan Lammers March-Ilmor 1:44.075 +6.715
24 9   Michele Alboreto Footwork-Mugen-Honda 1:44.149 2:25.413 +6.789
25 33   Maurício Gugelmin Jordan-Yamaha 1:44.253 +6.893
26 17   Emanuele Naspetti March-Ilmor 1:47.303 +9.943
Source:[2][3][4]

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 6   Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 53 1:33:09.533 2 10
2 2   Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 53 + 13.729 4 6
3 20   Martin Brundle Benetton-Ford 53 + 1:15.503 13 4
4 4   Andrea de Cesaris Tyrrell-Ilmor 52 + 1 Lap 9 3
5 27   Jean Alesi Ferrari 52 + 1 Lap 15 2
6 23   Christian Fittipaldi Minardi-Lamborghini 52 + 1 Lap 12 1
7 32   Stefano Modena Jordan-Yamaha 52 + 1 Lap 17  
8 10   Aguri Suzuki Footwork-Mugen-Honda 52 + 1 Lap 16  
9 21   JJ Lehto Dallara-Ferrari 52 + 1 Lap 22  
10 22   Pierluigi Martini Dallara-Ferrari 52 + 1 Lap 19  
11 30   Ukyo Katayama Larrousse-Lamborghini 52 + 1 Lap 20  
12 28   Nicola Larini Ferrari 52 + 1 Lap 11  
13 17   Emanuele Naspetti March-Ilmor 51 + 2 Laps 26  
14 24   Gianni Morbidelli Minardi-Lamborghini 51 + 2 Laps 14  
15 9   Michele Alboreto Footwork-Mugen-Honda 51 + 2 Laps 24  
Ret 5   Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault 44 Engine 1  
Ret 11   Mika Häkkinen Lotus-Ford 44 Engine 7  
Ret 29   Bertrand Gachot Larrousse-Lamborghini 39 Collision/Spun Off 18  
Ret 26   Érik Comas Ligier-Renault 36 Engine 8  
Ret 16   Jan Lammers March-Ilmor 27 Clutch 23  
Ret 33   Maurício Gugelmin Jordan-Yamaha 22 Spun Off 25  
Ret 12   Johnny Herbert Lotus-Ford 15 Gearbox 6  
Ret 19   Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 13 Gearbox 5  
Ret 3   Olivier Grouillard Tyrrell-Ilmor 6 Spun Off 21  
Ret 25   Thierry Boutsen Ligier-Renault 3 Gearbox 10  
Ret 1   Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 2 Engine 3  
Source:[5]

Championship standings after the raceEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Jan Lammers - Biography". Formula One Rejects. Archived from the original on 21 March 2013. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  2. ^ "Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix - QUALIFYING 1". formula1.com. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix - QUALIFYING 2". formula1.com. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  4. ^ "Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix - OVERALL QUALIFYING". formula1.com. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  5. ^ "1992 Japanese Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 3 November 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015.


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