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The 1992 Mexican Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico City on 22 March 1992. It was the second race of the 1992 FIA Formula One World Championship.

1992 Mexican Grand Prix
Race 2 of 16 in the 1992 Formula One World Championship
Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez.svg
Race details
Date 22 March 1992
Official name XVI Gran Premio de México
Location Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez
Mexico City, Mexico
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 4.421 km (2.747 mi)
Distance 69 laps, 305.049 km (189.549 mi)
Weather Scattered Clouds
27 °C (81 °F)[1]
Pole position
Driver Williams-Renault
Time 1:16.346
Fastest lap
Driver Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda
Time 1:17.711 on lap 60
Podium
First Williams-Renault
Second Williams-Renault
Third Benetton-Ford

The 69-lap race was won from pole position by British driver Nigel Mansell, driving a Williams-Renault. Italian teammate Riccardo Patrese finished second, with Michael Schumacher third in a Benetton-Ford, the first of an eventual 155 podiums for the German driver. This was the final Formula One race in Mexico until 2015, when the Grand Prix was revived on a revised Hermanos Rodríguez circuit.

Contents

SummaryEdit

BackgroundEdit

On 20 February 1992 Mexico city officials put out a smog alert due to the dangerous air pollution levels in the city. Alerts mandated restrictions on operating heavy motorized equipment. The Mexican Grand Prix committee had to delay work paving sections of the track.[2] During Friday's practice Ayrton Senna hit one of the bumps in the Esses, crashed his McLaren, and injured his leg, but was fit for qualifying. Alex Caffi and Enrico Bertaggia again hoped to race for the Andrea Moda team here (formerly known as Coloni before being taken over by Andrea Sassetti) but were awaiting new cars so did not compete.

QualifyingEdit

This was the first time that neither Brabham made the grid. Stefano Modena had to start from the pit lane. Nigel Mansell was obliged to switch to the spare Williams FW14B car for qualifying but this did not faze him and he made pole alongside teammate Riccardo Patrese.

RaceEdit

Nigel Mansell dominated the race straight from the pole position, finishing the race 12 seconds ahead of Patrese and 21 seconds ahead of Michael Schumacher. Senna's transmission broke on the 11th lap, ending his race prematurely; teammate Berger finished 4th, salvaging some pride for McLaren in the farewell race for the MP4/6.

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 5   Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault 1:16.346 1:16.648
2 6   Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 1:17.908 1:16.362 +0.016
3 19   Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 1:17:554 1:17.292 +0.946
4 20   Martin Brundle Benetton-Ford 1:18.937 1:18.588 +2.242
5 2   Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 1:18.604 1:18.589 +2.243
6 1   Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 1:23.063 1:18.791 +2.445
7 21   JJ Lehto Dallara-Ferrari 1:19.982 1:19.111 +2.765
8 33   Maurício Gugelmin Jordan-Yamaha 1:20.246 1:19.355 +3.009
9 22   Pierluigi Martini Dallara-Ferrari 1:19.767 1:19.378 +3.032
10 27   Jean Alesi Ferrari 1:21.434 1:19.417 +3.071
11 4   Andrea de Cesaris Tyrrell-Ilmor 1:19.423 1:24.117 +3.077
12 12   Johnny Herbert Lotus-Ford 1:20.450 1:19.509 +3.163
13 29   Bertrand Gachot Larrousse-Lamborghini 1:21.656 1:19.743 +3.397
14 15   Gabriele Tarquini Fondmetal-Ford 1:20.386 1:19.769 +3.423
15 32   Stefano Modena Jordan-Yamaha 1:19.957 1:20.469 +3.611
16 3   Olivier Grouillard Tyrrell-Ilmor 1:20.709 1:19.961 +3.615
17 23   Christian Fittipaldi Minardi-Lamborghini 1:20.042 1:20.202 +3.696
18 11   Mika Häkkinen Lotus-Ford 1:20.145 1:20.390 +3.799
19 16   Karl Wendlinger March-Ilmor 47:56.613 1:20.200 +3.854
20 28   Ivan Capelli Ferrari 1:20.223 1:21.120 +3.877
21 24   Gianni Morbidelli Minardi-Lamborghini 1:21.019 1:20.227 +3.881
22 25   Thierry Boutsen Ligier-Renault 1:20.709 1:20.395 +4.049
23 14   Andrea Chiesa Fondmetal-Ford 1:21.902 1:20.845 +4.499
24 30   Ukyo Katayama Larrousse-Lamborghini 1:22.188 1:20.935 +4.589
25 9   Michele Alboreto Footwork-Mugen-Honda 1:21.396 1:21.064 +4.718
26 26   Érik Comas Ligier-Renault 1:21.122 1:21.963 +4.776
27 10   Aguri Suzuki Footwork-Mugen-Honda 1:21.617 1:21.187 +4.841
28 17   Paul Belmondo March-Ilmor 1:23.508 1:21.504 +5.158
29 7   Eric van de Poele Brabham-Judd 1:22.937 1:22.197 +5.851
30 8   Giovanna Amati Brabham-Judd 1:25.052 +8.706

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5   Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault 69 1:31:53.587 1 10
2 6   Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 69 + 12.971 2 6
3 19   Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 69 + 21.429 3 4
4 2   Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 69 + 33.347 5 3
5 4   Andrea de Cesaris Tyrrell-Ilmor 68 + 1 Lap 11 2
6 11   Mika Häkkinen Lotus-Ford 68 + 1 Lap 18 1
7 12   Johnny Herbert Lotus-Ford 68 + 1 Lap 12  
8 21   JJ Lehto Dallara-Ferrari 68 + 1 Lap 7  
9 26   Érik Comas Ligier-Renault 67 + 2 Laps 26  
10 25   Thierry Boutsen Ligier-Renault 67 + 2 Laps 22  
11 29   Bertrand Gachot Larrousse-Lamborghini 66 + 3 Laps 13  
12 30   Ukyo Katayama Larrousse-Lamborghini 66 + 3 Laps 24  
13 9   Michele Alboreto Footwork-Mugen-Honda 65 + 4 Laps 25  
Ret 20   Martin Brundle Benetton-Ford 47 Engine 4  
Ret 15   Gabriele Tarquini Fondmetal-Ford 45 Clutch 14  
Ret 14   Andrea Chiesa Fondmetal-Ford 37 Spun Off 23  
Ret 22   Pierluigi Martini Dallara-Ferrari 36 Handling 9  
Ret 27   Jean Alesi Ferrari 31 Engine 10  
Ret 24   Gianni Morbidelli Minardi-Lamborghini 29 Spun Off 21  
Ret 32   Stefano Modena Jordan-Yamaha 17 Gearbox 15  
Ret 3   Olivier Grouillard Tyrrell-Ilmor 12 Engine 16  
Ret 1   Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 11 Transmission 6  
Ret 23   Christian Fittipaldi Minardi-Lamborghini 2 Spun Off 17  
Ret 33   Maurício Gugelmin Jordan-Yamaha 0 Engine 8  
Ret 16   Karl Wendlinger March-Ilmor 0 Collision 19  
Ret 28   Ivan Capelli Ferrari 0 Collision 20  
DNQ 10   Aguri Suzuki Footwork-Mugen-Honda        
DNQ 17   Paul Belmondo March-Ilmor        
DNQ 7   Eric van de Poele Brabham-Judd        
DNQ 8   Giovanna Amati Brabham-Judd        
Source:[3]

NotesEdit

  • This was the last Mexican Grand Prix until it was revived in 2015. The Hermanos Rodriguez circuit had a reputation for being very bumpy, and by this point the bumps on the track had decayed even further, the decline of Mexico City itself with increasing crowding and pollution problems made the event look bad for Formula One's glamorous image at the time.

Championship standings after the raceEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "History | Weather Underground". Wunderground.com. Retrieved 2013-10-26.
  2. ^ "Gray haze makes people sick: Mexico city smog worsens". Ellensburg Daily Record. Associated Press. February 20, 1992. Retrieved November 1, 2015.
  3. ^ "1992 Mexican Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 17 February 2015. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Mexico 1992 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 19 March 2019.


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