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The 1993 Portuguese Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Estoril on 26 September 1993. It was the fourteenth round of the 1993 Formula One season. Michael Schumacher took his only win of the season, the second win of his career, while second place was enough for Alain Prost to clinch the championship, after Ayrton Senna's engine failed. Senna was out-qualified by his new team-mate, future champion Mika Häkkinen, but the Finnish driver crashed out. In a reversal of Hungary, Damon Hill stalled on the dummy grid and started from the back. The BMS Scuderia Italia team withdrew from the championship after this race.

1993 Portuguese Grand Prix
Race 14 of 16 in the 1993 Formula One World Championship
Circuit Estoril 1984-1993.png
Race details
Date 26 September 1993
Official name XXII Grande Premio de Portugal
Location Autódromo do Estoril, Estoril, Portugal
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 4.349 km (2.703 mi)
Distance 71 laps, 308.779 km (191.913 mi)
Weather Dry, sunny, windy
Pole position
Driver Williams-Renault
Time 1:11.494
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault
Time 1:14.859 on lap 68
Podium
First Benetton-Ford
Second Williams-Renault
Third Williams-Renault

Two major news stories broke as the teams descended on Estoril: Prost announcing his retirement at the end of the season and Andretti leaving McLaren and being replaced by Häkkinen.

The Williamses were 1-2 in qualifying ahead of the McLarens but Hill, desperate to keep his Championship hopes alive took pole from Prost, with Häkkinen surprisingly ahead of Senna with Alesi and Schumacher behind. However, Hill's engine refused to fire on the parade lap and he had to start at the back. At the start, Prost got squeezed out by the McLarens and Alesi, with Alesi getting ahead of the McLarens with Senna ahead of Häkkinen. Alesi led Senna, Häkkinen, Prost, Schumacher and Berger.

The top six stayed together but the Williamses and Schumacher were on a one-stop strategy unlike the McLarens and Ferraris. On lap 20, Senna's engine blew as Alesi, Häkkinen and Schumacher pitted, with Alesi losing out to both. This left Prost leading from Blundell, Hill, Häkkinen, Schumacher and Alesi. Schumacher passed Häkkinen on lap 25 and pulled away. Prost would stop on lap 29 but Schumacher would rejoin ahead. When Hill stopped as well, Schumacher was leading from Prost, Häkkinen, Hill, Alesi and Berger.

On lap 33, Häkkinen crashed into the wall at the last corner. Three laps later, Berger's suspension failed dramatically at the exit of the pitlane, sending him across the start-finish straight, being nearly hit by a Footwork. Blundell crashed from sixth on lap 52 as Prost began to hassle Schumacher. However, second place was enough for Prost to win the championship, so the French driver did not take any risks. Patrese was fifth but he too crashed on lap 64 into the Footwork of Derek Warwick forcing both drivers to retire. Schumacher had a minor off but still just kept his lead. Schumacher won from new World Champion Prost, Hill, Alesi, Wendlinger and Brundle.

With only two more races to go, Prost was the World Champion with 87 points but there was battle for second between Hill, Senna and Schumacher. Hill was second with 62, Senna was third with 53 and Schumacher was fourth with 52. Behind, Patrese was fifth with 20, Alesi was sixth with 13, Brundle was seventh with 12 and Herbert was eighth with 11. In the Constructors Championship, Williams were the World Champions with 149 points but there was a battle for second between Benetton with 72 and McLaren with 60. Ferrari were fourth with 23.

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ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 0   Damon Hill Williams-Renault 1:12.290 1:11.494
2 2   Alain Prost Williams-Renault 1:11.683 1:12.762 +0.189
3 7   Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Ford 1:12.956 1:12.443 +0.949
4 8   Ayrton Senna McLaren-Ford 1:12.954 1:12.491 +0.997
5 27   Jean Alesi Ferrari 1:13.682 1:13.101 +1.607
6 5   Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 1:13.403 1:14.135 +1.909
7 6   Riccardo Patrese Benetton-Ford 1:14.206 1:13.863 +2.369
8 28   Gerhard Berger Ferrari 1:14.159 1:13.933 +2.439
9 9   Derek Warwick Footwork-Mugen-Honda 1:15.200 1:14.388 +2.894
10 26   Mark Blundell Ligier-Renault 1:14.591 1:14.577 +3.083
11 25   Martin Brundle Ligier-Renault 1:14.779 1:14.708 +3.214
12 30   JJ Lehto Sauber 1:14.978 1:14.833 +3.339
13 29   Karl Wendlinger Sauber 1:15.016 1:15.070 +3.522
14 12   Johnny Herbert Lotus-Ford 1:15.831 1:15.183 +3.689
15 14   Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Hart 1:15.479 1:15.433 +3.939
16 10   Aguri Suzuki Footwork-Mugen-Honda 1:15.968 1:15.491 +3.997
17 4   Andrea de Cesaris Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:16.072 1:15.904 +4.410
18 11   Pedro Lamy Lotus-Ford 1:17.198 1:15.920 +4.426
19 24   Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 1:15.942 1:16.323 +4.448
20 19   Philippe Alliot Larrousse-Lamborghini 1:16.777 1:16.144 +4.650
21 3   Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:16.655 1:16.186 +4.692
22 20   Érik Comas Larrousse-Lamborghini 1:16.417 1:16.998 +4.923
23 15   Emanuele Naspetti Jordan-Hart 1:17.845 1:16.566 +5.072
24 23   Christian Fittipaldi Minardi-Ford 1:16.651 1:16.864 +5.157
25 21   Michele Alboreto Lola-Ferrari 1:17.778 1:17.118 +5.624
26 22   Luca Badoer Lola-Ferrari 1:19.064 1:17.739 +6.245

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5   Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 71 1:32:46.309 6 10
2 2   Alain Prost Williams-Renault 71 +0.982 2 6
3 0   Damon Hill Williams-Renault 71 +8.206 1 4
4 27   Jean Alesi Ferrari 71 +1:07.605 5 3
5 29   Karl Wendlinger Sauber 70 +1 Lap 13 2
6 25   Martin Brundle Ligier-Renault 70 +1 Lap 11 1
7 30   JJ Lehto Sauber 69 +2 Laps 12  
8 24   Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 69 +2 Laps 19  
9 23   Christian Fittipaldi Minardi-Ford 69 +2 Laps 24  
10 19   Philippe Alliot Larrousse-Lamborghini 69 +2 Laps 20  
11 20   Érik Comas Larrousse-Lamborghini 68 +3 Laps 22  
12 4   Andrea de Cesaris Tyrrell-Yamaha 68 +3 Laps 17  
13 14   Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Hart 68 +3 Laps 15  
14 22   Luca Badoer Lola-Ferrari 68 +3 Laps 26  
15 9   Derek Warwick Footwork-Mugen-Honda 63 Collision 9  
16 6   Riccardo Patrese Benetton-Ford 63 Collision 7  
Ret 11   Pedro Lamy Lotus-Ford 61 Spun off 18  
Ret 12   Johnny Herbert Lotus-Ford 60 Spun off 14  
Ret 26   Mark Blundell Ligier-Renault 51 Collision 10  
Ret 21   Michele Alboreto Lola-Ferrari 38 Gearbox 25  
Ret 28   Gerhard Berger Ferrari 35 Suspension/accident 8  
Ret 7   Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Ford 32 Accident 3  
Ret 10   Aguri Suzuki Footwork-Mugen-Honda 27 Gearbox 16  
Ret 8   Ayrton Senna McLaren-Ford 19 Engine 4  
Ret 3   Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 12 Spun off 21  
Ret 15   Emanuele Naspetti Jordan-Hart 8 Engine 23  
Source:[1]

Championship standings after the raceEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1993 Portuguese Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 2 December 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Portugal 1993 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 20 March 2019.


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