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1992 Belgian Grand Prix

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1992 Belgian Grand Prix
Race 12 of 16 in the 1992 Formula One World Championship
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Race details
Date 30 August 1992
Official name L Grand Prix de Belgique
Location Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
Spa, Belgium
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 6.940 km (4.312 mi)
Distance 44 laps, 305.341 km (189.730 mi)
Weather Overcast, brief rain mid-race
Pole position
Driver Williams-Renault
Time 1:50.545
Fastest lap
Driver Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford
Time 1:53.791 on lap 39
Podium
First Benetton-Ford
Second Williams-Renault
Third Williams-Renault

The 1992 Belgian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Spa-Francorchamps on 30 August 1992. It was the twelfth race of the 1992 Formula One World Championship.

The 44-lap race was won by Michael Schumacher, driving a Benetton-Ford. This was the first Grand Prix win for a German driver since Jochen Mass at the 1975 Spanish Grand Prix, and the first of an eventual record 91 Grand Prix wins for Schumacher (since eclipsed by Lewis Hamilton). New World Champion Nigel Mansell finished second in his Williams-Renault with teammate Riccardo Patrese third, thus securing the Constructors' Championship for Williams.

This race marked Scuderia Ferrari's 500th start in a World Championship event as a team.[1] It also marked the last race for the Andrea Moda team.[2] It also marked the last race win for a car with manual transmission.[citation needed]

Pre-race

There was no pre-qualifying session at this race after the Brabham team did not arrive due to financial problems and the impending sale of the team. This left thirty cars, the maximum allowed in the main qualifying sessions.[3]

Emanuele Naspetti made his Grand Prix debut for the March team, replacing Paul Belmondo.[3]

Qualifying

Qualifying report

Ligier driver Érik Comas was injured and briefly knocked unconscious in a heavy crash during practice on Friday and was advised by doctors not to drive again over the weekend, so he was withdrawn from Qualifying. Ayrton Senna encountered Comas's car on the race track, stopped to help him, and cutting off the car's engine to reduce the risk of fire. Comas later credited this with likely having saved his life.[4] Gerhard Berger had a 160mph crash down the hill in the wet during practice on the entrance to Eau Rouge with the back of the car catching fire, although he was uninjured.[3]

Aside from Comas, the other three non-qualifiers included Minardi driver Christian Fittipaldi, returning after four races missed through injury. Also failing to qualify were the two Andrea Moda cars, this being the first time both cars had been present in the main qualifying sessions. Roberto Moreno could only manage 28th fastest, over five seconds slower than Fittipaldi, with Perry McCarthy 29th after he went off the track at the 170mph Eau Rouge section. McCarthy reported to his team that the car's steering had jammed, and that he suspected the steering rack was flexing. Team boss Andrea Sassetti replied that the team already knew the rack was faulty because it had previously been fitted to Moreno's car, and he had reported the same problem. McCarthy quit the team, before Sassetti was subsequently arrested in the paddock on Saturday afternoon on allegations of forging documents and fraud.[3][5][6]

Qualifying classification

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault 1:50.545 2:07.693 no time
2 1 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 1:52.743 2:14.983 +2.198
3 19 Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 1:53.221 2:11.770 +2.676
4 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 1:53.557 no time +3.012
5 27 France Jean Alesi Ferrari 1:54.438 2:11.360 +3.893
6 2 Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 1:54.642 no time +4.097
7 25 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Ligier-Renault 1:54.654 2:12.153 +4.109
8 11 Finland Mika Häkkinen Lotus-Ford 1:54.812 2:15.987 +4.267
9 20 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Benetton-Ford 1:54.973 2:12.619 +4.428
10 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Lotus-Ford 1:55.027 2:16.726 +4.482
11 15 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Fondmetal-Ford 1:55.965 no time +5.420
12 28 Italy Ivan Capelli Ferrari 1:56.075 2:15.529 +5.530
13 4 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Tyrrell-Ilmor 1:56.111 2:11.341 +5.566
14 9 Italy Michele Alboreto Footwork-Mugen-Honda 1:56.282 2:14.734 +5.737
15 14 Belgium Eric van de Poele Fondmetal-Ford 1:56.674 no time +6.129
16 21 Finland JJ Lehto Dallara-Ferrari 1:56.809 2:12.232 +6.264
17 32 Italy Stefano Modena Jordan-Yamaha 1:56.889 2:14.037 +6.344
18 16 Austria Karl Wendlinger March-Ilmor 1:57.039 2:14.765 +6.494
19 22 Italy Pierluigi Martini Dallara-Ferrari 1:57.267 no time +6.722
20 29 France Bertrand Gachot Venturi-Lamborghini 1:57.330 2:13.415 +6.785
21 17 Italy Emanuele Naspetti March-Ilmor 1:57.794 2:16.618 +7.249
22 3 France Olivier Grouillard Tyrrell-Ilmor 1:57.818 2:13.612 +7.273
23 24 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Minardi-Lamborghini 1:58.126 2:23.090 +7.581
24 33 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin Jordan-Yamaha 1:58.499 2:15.268 +7.954
25 10 Japan Aguri Suzuki Footwork-Mugen-Honda 1:58.826 2:14.711 +8.281
26 30 Japan Ukyo Katayama Venturi-Lamborghini 1:59.383 2:19.247 +8.838
27 23 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Minardi-Lamborghini 1:59.626 no time +9.081
28 34 Brazil Roberto Moreno Andrea Moda-Judd 2:05.096 2:24.830 +14.551
29 35 United Kingdom Perry McCarthy Andrea Moda-Judd 2:15.050 no time +24.505
30 26 France Érik Comas Ligier-Renault no time no time
Source:[7][8][9]

Race

Race report

At the start before La Source, Gerhard Berger failed to get away from sixth position and retired after an immediate transmission problem which put him out straight away. Mansell attacked and passed Senna at the end of the second lap with Patrese following suit. Then it began to rain and almost everybody pitted for wets. In the early stages of the race, Senna showed strong pace, briefly leading from the Williams. Then, when rain fell and the other front-runners made pit stops for rain tyres, the Brazilian gambled on the rain stopping and thus stayed out. He pitted late and rejoined down in 12th as Alesi went out with a puncture after colliding with Mansell at La Source. Ivan Capelli suffered a dramatic engine failure on lap 26 as he went straight off into the gravel trap at Blanchimont whilst battling Herbert for sixth position. The track was beginning to dry and Thierry Boutsen spun off on lap 28 as a result, which meant the Brazilian's gamble had failed, and the subsequent pit stop dropped him to twelfth. He then made a charge through the field, passing Mika Häkkinen's Lotus for fifth on the penultimate lap. Johnny Herbert retired once again with engine problems on lap 43, and was classified 13th. Schumacher took his first Grand Prix win for Benetton by a comfortable margin over both the Williamses of Mansell and Patrese after they both suffered engine problems in the closing laps. The Williams duo were able to finish second and third ahead of Brundle in the other Benetton, Senna in the remaining McLaren and Häkkinen in the remaining Lotus securing the final point.

Eighteen cars were classified as finishers, the highest number for the season.

Race classification

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 19 Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 44 1:36:10.721 3 10
2 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault 44 + 36.595 1 6
3 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 44 + 43.897 4 4
4 20 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Benetton-Ford 44 + 46.059 9 3
5 1 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 44 + 1:08.369 2 2
6 11 Finland Mika Häkkinen Lotus-Ford 44 + 1:10.030 8 1
7 21 Finland JJ Lehto Dallara-Ferrari 44 + 1:38.237 16
8 4 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Tyrrell-Ilmor 43 + 1 lap 13
9 10 Japan Aguri Suzuki Footwork-Mugen-Honda 43 + 1 lap 25
10 14 Belgium Eric van de Poele Fondmetal-Ford 43 + 1 lap 15
11 16 Austria Karl Wendlinger March-Ilmor 43 + 1 lap 18
12 17 Italy Emanuele Naspetti March-Ilmor 43 + 1 lap 21
13 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Lotus-Ford 42 Engine 10
14 33 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin Jordan-Yamaha 42 + 2 laps 24
15 32 Italy Stefano Modena Jordan-Yamaha 42 + 2 laps 17
16 24 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Minardi-Lamborghini 42 + 2 laps 23
17 30 Japan Ukyo Katayama Venturi-Lamborghini 42 + 2 laps 26
18 29 France Bertrand Gachot Venturi-Lamborghini 40 Spun off 20
Ret 25 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Ligier-Renault 27 Spun off 7
Ret 28 Italy Ivan Capelli Ferrari 25 Engine 12
Ret 15 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Fondmetal-Ford 25 Engine 11
Ret 9 Italy Michele Alboreto Footwork-Mugen-Honda 20 Gearbox 14
Ret 27 France Jean Alesi Ferrari 7 Puncture 5
Ret 3 France Olivier Grouillard Tyrrell-Ilmor 1 Accident 22
Ret 2 Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 0 Transmission 6
Ret 22 Italy Pierluigi Martini Dallara-Ferrari 0 Spun off 19
DNQ 23 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Minardi-Lamborghini
DNQ 34 Brazil Roberto Moreno Andrea Moda-Judd
DNQ 35 United Kingdom Perry McCarthy Andrea Moda-Judd
DNQ 26 France Érik Comas Ligier-Renault Practice accident
Source:[10]

Championship standings after the race

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

References

  1. ^ Scuderia Ferrari did not participate in the 1950 French Grand Prix; Peter Whitehead's privateer entry in this race does not count towards the team's participation tally.
  2. ^ Williamson, Martin (1 November 2010). "Andrea Moda - Running on empty". ESPN UK. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d Walker, Murray (1992). Murray Walker's 1992 Grand Prix Year. Hazleton Publishing. pp. 103–110. ISBN 0-905138-99-6.
  4. ^ Cadmuss (2011-01-08), Ayrton Saved my Life (English sub) - Erik Comas Interview about his crash and Senna's death at Imola, retrieved 2018-02-01
  5. ^ McCarthy, Perry (2003). Flat Out, Flat Broke. Haynes. pp. 199–200. ISBN 1-84425-018-0.
  6. ^ "The worst car I ever drove". MotorSport magazine. January 1998. Retrieved 1 June 2020.
  7. ^ "Belgian Grand Prix – Qualifying 1". formula1.com. Retrieved 13 September 2017.
  8. ^ "Belgian Grand Prix – Qualifying 2". formula1.com. Retrieved 13 September 2017.
  9. ^ "Belgian Grand Prix – Overall Qualifying". formula1.com. Retrieved 13 September 2017.
  10. ^ "1992 Belgian Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 3 November 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  11. ^ a b "Belgium 1992 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 13 March 2019.


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