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1992 Brazilian Grand Prix

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1992 Brazilian Grand Prix
Race 3 of 16 in the 1992 Formula One World Championship
Circuit Interlagos.svg
Race details
Date 5 April 1992
Official name XXI Grande Prêmio do Brasil
Location Autódromo José Carlos Pace
Interlagos, São Paulo, Brazil
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 4.325 km (2.687 mi)
Distance 71 laps, 307.075 km (190.808 mi)
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver Williams-Renault
Time 1:15.703
Fastest lap
Driver Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault
Time 1:19.490 on lap 34
First Williams-Renault
Second Williams-Renault
Third Benetton-Ford

The 1992 Brazilian Grand Prix (formally the XXI Grande Prêmio do Brasil) was a Formula One motor race held at Interlagos on 5 April 1992. It was the third race of the 1992 Formula One World Championship.

The 71-lap race was won by Englishman Nigel Mansell, driving a Williams-Renault, after he started from pole position. Mansell's Italian teammate, Riccardo Patrese, finished second after leading the first 31 laps, with German Michael Schumacher third in a Benetton-Ford.


Going into the race, the two major talking points were Williams' utter domination of the previous two races, as well as McLaren's response to that domination: the new MP4/7A would debut at Interlagos, despite having originally been scheduled to debut at Barcelona. However, the car was still experiencing teething issues, despite an intensive testing regimen at Silverstone following the Mexican Grand Prix; the team also brought three MP4/6Bs to the race as spares.


Pre-qualifying report

For the first time in 1992, there was a need for a pre-qualifying hour on Friday morning. The pool consisted of six cars, which needed to be reduced to four to ensure the maximum of 30 cars in the main qualifying sessions. The entrants were the two Lamborghini-powered Venturi LC92 cars entered by the Larrousse team, and driven by Bertrand Gachot and Ukyo Katayama; the Footwork FA13-Mugen-Honda of Michele Alboreto; the Fondmetal GR01 of Andrea Chiesa, and the two Andrea Moda S921s of Roberto Moreno and Perry McCarthy. Moreno and McCarthy had been recruited by Andrea Moda after team boss Andrea Sassetti had fired both his drivers (Alex Caffi and Enrico Bertaggia) after they had criticised the amateurish way the team had been run thus far.[1]

With very little time to prepare, McCarthy had hastily acquired a FISA Super Licence which enabled him to compete in Formula One. However, when he arrived at Interlagos, his licence was rescinded by race director Roland Bruynseraede, who told him there had been an error in the issuing of the licence, so McCarthy was withdrawn from the event. In any case, the team had not finished building his car in time, so he would not have driven in the session anyway.[2]

This left five cars in the session, and it became clear which four were to progress when the remaining Andrea Moda of Roberto Moreno managed just two laps before it broke down, having posted a very slow time.[2] The other four cars were over 15 seconds faster, with Gachot's Venturi topping the time sheets. Alboreto was just under two seconds slower, with Chiesa third in the Fondmetal. Fourth was Katayama, just over a second slower than his team-mate Gachot. Thus Moreno failed to pre-qualify.[1]

Pre-qualifying classification

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 29 France Bertrand Gachot Venturi-Lamborghini 1:22.161
2 9 Italy Michele Alboreto Footwork-Mugen-Honda 1:22.346 +0.185
3 14 Switzerland Andrea Chiesa Fondmetal-Ford 1:22:860 +0.699
4 30 Japan Ukyo Katayama Venturi-Lamborghini 1:23.272 +1.111
5 34 Brazil Roberto Moreno Andrea Moda-Judd 1:38.569 +16.408

Qualifying report

The Williams cars were ahead of the McLarens with Mansell on pole ahead of Patrese, with Senna third in front of his home crowd ahead of Berger, Schumacher, and Alesi. There was controversy in the second qualifying session, as Senna slowed in front of an over-enthusiastic Mansell, forcing him wide on the entry to turn 11 and into a spin. Having been collected by the outside wall, Mansell limped out of his damaged Williams. Interestingly, Berger's time was set in one of the MP4/6B's, as he suffered an engine failure in his primary car; however, he raced an MP4/7A on raceday.

Qualifying classification

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault 1:15.703 1:16.091
2 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 1:17.591 1:16.894 +1.191
3 1 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 1:19:358 1:17.902 +2.199
4 2 Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 1:19.277 1:18.416 +2.713
5 19 Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 1:18.541 1:18.582 +2.838
6 27 France Jean Alesi Ferrari 1:19.340 1:18.647 +2.944
7 20 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Benetton-Ford 1:19.488 1:18.711 +3.008
8 22 Italy Pierluigi Martini Dallara-Ferrari 1:18.953 1:20.018 +3.250
9 16 Austria Karl Wendlinger March-Ilmor 1:19.897 1:19.007 +3.304
10 25 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Ligier-Renault 1:20.823 1:19.038 +3.335
11 28 Italy Ivan Capelli Ferrari 1:19.895 1:19.300 +3.597
12 32 Italy Stefano Modena Jordan-Yamaha 1:19.344 1:19.314 +3.611
13 4 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Tyrrell-Ilmor 1:19.343 1:19.497 +3.640
14 9 Italy Michele Alboreto Footwork-Mugen-Honda 1:19.533 1:20.159 +3.830
15 26 France Érik Comas Ligier-Renault 1:19.541 1:19.537 +3.834
16 21 Finland JJ Lehto Dallara-Ferrari 1:20.502 1:19.834 +4.131
17 3 France Olivier Grouillard Tyrrell-Ilmor 1:21.930 1:19.849 +4.146
18 29 France Bertrand Gachot Venturi-Lamborghini 1:20.413 1:19.927 +4.224
19 15 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Fondmetal-Ford 1:20.533 1:19.993 +4.290
20 23 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Minardi-Lamborghini 1:21.019 1:20.133 +4.430
21 33 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin Jordan-Yamaha 1:20.817 1:20.266 +4.563
22 10 Japan Aguri Suzuki Footwork-Mugen-Honda 1:20.891 1:20.435 +4.732
23 24 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Minardi-Lamborghini 1:20.445 1:20.862 +4.742
24 11 Finland Mika Häkkinen Lotus-Ford 1:20.577 1:20.734 +4.874
25 30 Japan Ukyo Katayama Venturi-Lamborghini 1:21.568 1:20.648 +4.945
26 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Lotus-Ford 1:21.161 1:20.650 +4.947
27 14 Switzerland Andrea Chiesa Fondmetal-Ford no time 1:20.809 +5.066
28 17 France Paul Belmondo March-Ilmor 1:20.886 1:22.875 +5.183
29 7 Belgium Eric van de Poele Brabham-Judd 1:22.742 1:21.770 +6.067
30 8 Italy Giovanna Amati Brabham-Judd 1:30.420 1:26.645 +10.942


Race report

On the parade lap, Gerhard Berger stalled and had to start at the back. At the start, Mansell was poor and Patrese blasted ahead of him with Brundle getting ahead of Alesi. The order from there was Patrese, Mansell, Senna, Schumacher, Brundle and Alesi. Berger had to retire after only 4 laps in the pits with electrical failure. The Williamses pulled away while Senna was holding the rest at bay; Schumacher was 30 seconds behind by the time he had passed Senna for third on lap 13. Martin Brundle and Jean Alesi passed him soon afterwards and Senna retired with engine problems on lap 17.

The stops brought Alesi closer to Brundle and Alesi made his move on lap 31. The two collided, with Brundle spinning out into retirement as a result. This promoted Karl Wendlinger in the March up to fifth and he was there until his clutch failed on lap 56. As Thierry Boutsen collided with teammate Érik Comas in the leading Ligier and forced the Lotus of Johnny Herbert off into the gravel at the Senna S as it forced both drivers to retire but Comas managed to continue, this incident happened just six laps after Brundle's retirement, Comas would soon retire with gearbox failed on lap 42 which meant a double retirement for Ligier. Meanwhile, Mansell pitted while passing back markers and took advantage of subsequent clear laps, taking over first place when Patrese pitted after slower laps passing more of the back markers. Mansell then built a lead and won with a 29-second lead over Patrese in second, making it yet another Williams 1–2 and lapping the rest of the field ahead of Michael Schumacher, Jean Alesi, Ivan Capelli who was able to score his first points for Ferrari in fifth (which was Ferrari's only double points finish of the season) and Michele Alboreto scoring his first point for Footwork.

Race classification

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault 71 1:36:51.856 1 10
2 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 71 + 29.330 2 6
3 19 Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 70 + 1 lap 5 4
4 27 France Jean Alesi Ferrari 70 + 1 lap 6 3
5 28 Italy Ivan Capelli Ferrari 70 + 1 lap 11 2
6 9 Italy Michele Alboreto Footwork-Mugen-Honda 70 + 1 lap 14 1
7 24 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Minardi-Lamborghini 69 + 2 laps 23
8 21 Finland JJ Lehto Dallara-Ferrari 69 + 2 laps 16
9 30 Japan Ukyo Katayama Venturi-Lamborghini 68 + 3 laps 25
10 11 Finland Mika Häkkinen Lotus-Ford 67 + 4 laps 24
Ret 15 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Fondmetal-Ford 62 Engine 19
Ret 16 Austria Karl Wendlinger March-Ilmor 55 Clutch 9
Ret 23 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Minardi-Lamborghini 54 Gearbox 20
Ret 3 France Olivier Grouillard Tyrrell-Ilmor 52 Engine 17
Ret 26 France Érik Comas Ligier-Renault 42 Gearbox 15
Ret 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Lotus-Ford 36 Collision 26
Ret 25 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Ligier-Renault 36 Collision 10
Ret 33 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin Jordan-Yamaha 36 Gearbox 21
Ret 20 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Benetton-Ford 30 Collision 7
Ret 22 Italy Pierluigi Martini Dallara-Ferrari 24 Clutch 8
Ret 29 France Bertrand Gachot Venturi-Lamborghini 23 Suspension 18
Ret 4 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Tyrrell-Ilmor 21 Engine 13
Ret 1 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 17 Engine 3
Ret 2 Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 4 Electrical 4
Ret 10 Japan Aguri Suzuki Footwork-Mugen-Honda 2 Engine 22
Ret 32 Italy Stefano Modena Jordan-Yamaha 1 Gearbox 12
DNQ 14 Switzerland Andrea Chiesa Fondmetal-Ford
DNQ 17 France Paul Belmondo March-Ilmor
DNQ 7 Belgium Eric van de Poele Brabham-Judd
DNQ 8 Italy Giovanna Amati Brabham-Judd
DNPQ 34 Brazil Roberto Moreno Andrea Moda-Judd

Championship standings after the race

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


  1. ^ a b Walker, Murray (1992). Murray Walker's 1992 Grand Prix Year. Hazleton Publishing. p. 29–36. ISBN 0 905138 99 6.
  2. ^ a b McCarthy, Perry (2003). Flat Out, Flat Broke. Haynes. p. 167–177. ISBN 1 84425 018 0.
  3. ^ "1992 Brazilian Grand Prix". Archived from the original on 17 January 2015. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Brazil 1992 - Championship • STATS F1". Retrieved 13 March 2019.

Previous race:
1992 Mexican Grand Prix
FIA Formula One World Championship
1992 season
Next race:
1992 Spanish Grand Prix
Previous race:
1991 Brazilian Grand Prix
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1993 Brazilian Grand Prix
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