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The 1992 Spanish Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 3 May 1992 at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona. The 65-lap race was the fourth round of the 1992 Formula One season and was won by Nigel Mansell driving a Williams-Renault and scoring the third Grand Chelem of his career.

1992 Spanish Grand Prix
Race 4 of 16 in the 1992 Formula One World Championship
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Race details
Date 3 May 1992
Official name Gran Premio Tío Pepe de España
Location Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 4.747 km (2.950 mi)
Distance 65 laps, 308.555 km (191.727 mi)
Weather Wet
Attendance 28,000
Pole position
Driver Williams-Renault
Time 1:20.190
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault
Time 1:42.503 on lap 10
Podium
First Williams-Renault
Second Benetton-Ford
Third Ferrari

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The race was also advertised as the Grand Prix of the Olympic Games. The race was moved up from its former September date, and held just months before the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.

British driver Perry McCarthy was allowed to compete for the first time and his Andrea Moda car was entered for the pre-qualifying session before the race, but the engine blew up and the car rolled to a halt 18 metres later having barely left the garage. Damon Hill, son of former world champion Graham Hill, made his debut with the Brabham replacing Giovanna Amati who was dismissed from the team, but did not qualify for the race. As in the three previous races, Mansell qualified in pole position, ahead of Michael Schumacher, Ayrton Senna, Riccardo Patrese, Ivan Capelli and Martin Brundle.

At the start of the race, in damp conditions, Patrese got by Schumacher and Senna. Ferrari driver Jean Alesi made a good start from 8th on the grid to 3rd into the first corner on the first lap, forcing other drivers to take defensive actions and drop back. Senna dropped from 3rd all the way to 7th. But, he recovered 2 positions to 5th during the first lap. The order was: Mansell, Patrese, Alesi, Schumacher, Senna and Capelli.

Andrea de Cesaris became the first retirement in the Tyrrell with an engine problem on lap 3 where he retired in the pits. Brundle meanwhile had spun off on the main straight into retirement with a clutch problem by lap 5. Schumacher attacked and passed Alesi on lap 7. Berger tried to do the same but tipped Alesi into a spin, putting the Frenchman behind Senna and Capelli as well. By, now the rain intensified, and Patrese spun off on lap 20 while trying to lap a backmarker. This put Mansell ahead of Schumacher, Senna, Berger, Capelli and Alesi. Maurício Gugelmin had spun into the pit wall on lap 25 meaning more disaster for the Jordan team, as he was the only one to qualify for the race.

Alesi pitted for fresh tyres halfway through the race, and soon began to charge up through the field as the rain intensified despite making contact with both Gerhard Berger in the McLaren and Mika Häkkinen in the Lotus forcing the Finn to spin off the track whilst trying to lap him, who eventually retired after 56 laps from spinning off. He cruised past Berger for fourth and began to close in quickly on Senna and Schumacher. With two laps to go Senna spun off and into the wall trying to lap Martini, although he was still classified 9th; he had already spun and recovered a few laps earlier. At the same time, Capelli spun off as well (The Italian was classified 10th).

Mansell continued his perfect record in 1992 with his fourth win of the season from Schumacher, Alesi, Berger, Alboreto and Pierluigi Martini, but for the first time in the season his Williams team did not score a 1-2 finish. Martin Brundle scored his 4th consecutive retirement of the season in his Benetton, it was proven to be a clutch failure by lap 2 causing the Benetton to eventually spin into retirement on lap 5.

ClassificationEdit

Pre-qualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 29   Bertrand Gachot Larrousse-Lamborghini 1:26.032
2 9   Michele Alboreto Footwork-Mugen-Honda 1:26.120 +0.088
3 30   Ukyo Katayama Larrousse-Lamborghini 1:26.484 +0.452
4 14   Andrea Chiesa Fondmetal-Ford 1:27.902 +1.870
5 34   Roberto Moreno Andrea Moda-Judd 1:37.155 +11.123
6 35   Perry McCarthy Andrea Moda-Judd no time

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 5   Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault 1:20.190
2 19   Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 1:21.195 +1.005
3 1   Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 1:21.209 +1.019
4 6   Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 1:21.534 +1.344
5 28   Ivan Capelli Ferrari 1:22.413 +2.223
6 20   Martin Brundle Benetton-Ford 1:22.529 +2.339
7 2   Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 1:22.711 +2.521
8 27   Jean Alesi Ferrari 1:22.746 +2.556
9 16   Karl Wendlinger March-Ilmor 1:23.121 +2.931
10 26   Érik Comas Ligier-Renault 1:23.593 +3.403
11 4   Andrea de Cesaris Tyrrell-Ilmor 1:23.723 +3.533
12 21   JJ Lehto Dallara-Ferrari 1:24.054 +3.864
13 22   Pierluigi Martini Dallara-Ferrari 1:24.236 +4.046
14 25   Thierry Boutsen Ligier-Renault 1:24.583 +4.393
15 3   Olivier Grouillard Tyrrell-Ilmor 1:24.608 +4.418
16 9   Michele Alboreto Footwork-Mugen-Honda 1:24.634 +4.444
17 33   Maurício Gugelmin Jordan-Yamaha 1:24.671 +4.481
18 15   Gabriele Tarquini Fondmetal-Ford 1:24.800 +4.610
19 10   Aguri Suzuki Footwork-Mugen-Honda 1:24.940 +4.750
20 14   Andrea Chiesa Fondmetal-Ford 1:24.963 +4.773
21 11   Mika Häkkinen Lotus-Ford 1:25.202 +5.012
22 23   Christian Fittipaldi Minardi-Lamborghini 1:25.315 +5.125
23 17   Paul Belmondo March-Ilmor 1:25.467 +5.277
24 29   Bertrand Gachot Larrousse-Lamborghini 1:25.700 +5.510
25 24   Gianni Morbidelli Minardi-Lamborghini 1:25.786 +5.596
26 12   Johnny Herbert Lotus-Ford 1:25.786 +5.596
DNQ 30   Ukyo Katayama Larrousse-Lamborghini 1:25.932 +5.742
DNQ 7   Eric van de Poele Brabham-Judd 1:26.880 +6.690
DNQ 32   Stefano Modena Jordan-Yamaha 1:27.480 +7.290
DNQ 8   Damon Hill Brabham-Judd 1:27.763 +7.573

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5   Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault 65 1:56:10.674 1 10
2 19   Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 65 + 23.914 2 6
3 27   Jean Alesi Ferrari 65 + 26.462 8 4
4 2   Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 65 + 1:20.647 7 3
5 9   Michele Alboreto Footwork-Mugen-Honda 64 + 1 Lap 16 2
6 22   Pierluigi Martini Dallara-Ferrari 63 + 2 Laps 13 1
7 10   Aguri Suzuki Footwork-Mugen-Honda 63 + 2 Laps 19  
8 16   Karl Wendlinger March-Ilmor 63 + 2 Laps 9  
9 1   Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 62 Spun Off 3  
10 28   Ivan Capelli Ferrari 62 Spun Off 5  
11 23   Christian Fittipaldi Minardi-Lamborghini 61 + 4 Laps 22  
12 17   Paul Belmondo March-Ilmor 61 + 4 Laps 23  
Ret 21   JJ Lehto Dallara-Ferrari 56 Spun Off 12  
Ret 15   Gabriele Tarquini Fondmetal-Ford 56 Spun Off 18  
Ret 11   Mika Häkkinen Lotus-Ford 56 Spun Off 21  
Ret 26   Érik Comas Ligier-Renault 55 Spun Off 10  
Ret 29   Bertrand Gachot Larrousse-Lamborghini 35 Engine 24  
Ret 3   Olivier Grouillard Tyrrell-Ilmor 30 Spun Off 15  
Ret 24   Gianni Morbidelli Minardi-Lamborghini 26 Handling 25  
Ret 33   Maurício Gugelmin Jordan-Yamaha 24 Spun Off 17  
Ret 14   Andrea Chiesa Fondmetal-Ford 22 Spun Off 20  
Ret 6   Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 19 Spun Off 4  
Ret 12   Johnny Herbert Lotus-Ford 13 Spun Off 26  
Ret 25   Thierry Boutsen Ligier-Renault 11 Engine 14  
Ret 20   Martin Brundle Benetton-Ford 4 Spun Off/Clutch 6  
Ret 4   Andrea de Cesaris Tyrrell-Ilmor 2 Engine 11  
DNQ 30   Ukyo Katayama Larrousse-Lamborghini    
DNQ 7   Eric van de Poele Brabham-Judd    
DNQ 32   Stefano Modena Jordan-Yamaha    
DNQ 8   Damon Hill Brabham-Judd    
DNPQ 34   Roberto Moreno Andrea Moda-Judd    
DNPQ 35   Perry McCarthy Andrea Moda-Judd    
Source:[1]

Championship standings after the raceEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1992 Spanish Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 3 November 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Spain 1992 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 20 March 2019.


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