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United Kingdom 1993 European Grand Prix
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Race 3 of 16 in the 1993 Formula One season
Date 11 April 1993
Official name XXXVIII Sega European Grand Prix
Location Donington Park

4.023 km (2.500 mi)

Distance 76 laps, 305.748 km (190.000 mi)
Weather Rain with dry spells
Pole Position
Driver France Alain Prost (Williams-Renault)
Time 1:10.458
Fastest Lap
Driver Brazil Ayrton Senna (McLaren-Ford)
Time 1:18.029 on lap 57
Podium
First Brazil Ayrton Senna (McLaren-Ford)
Second United Kingdom Damon Hill (Williams-Renault)
Third France Alain Prost (Williams-Renault)

The 1993 European Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Donington Park on April 11, 1993. It was the third round of the 1993 Formula One season. The race was notable for the dominance of Ayrton Senna.

ReportEdit

BackgroundEdit

Tom Wheatcroft's dreams of taking Formula One to Donington Park finally came true after plans to hold an Asian Grand Prix at Nippon Autopolis flopped. The weather at Donington was miserable for most of the weekend. There were several new cars, the most significant being the Benetton B193B, which had been rushed out in an attempt to improve the team's performance as the early races had seen embarrassing defeats at the hands of McLaren, using customer Ford engines, while Benetton was supposed to be the Ford factory team. Footwork had the new FA14. Elsewhere in the field Ivan Capelli had been dropped by the Jordan team and had been replaced by Thierry Boutsen.

QualifyingEdit

Friday was ruined by rain but it was sunny for Saturday qualifying and there was no big surprise to see Alain Prost and Damon Hill on the front row of the grid in their Williams-Renaults. Michael Schumacher was third in his new Benetton with Ayrton Senna fourth in his McLaren-Ford. Fifth on the grid was a good showing for the new Sauber team with Karl Wendlinger while Michael Andretti was sixth in the second McLaren. The top 10 was completed by JJ Lehto in the second Sauber, Gerhard Berger and Jean Alesi in their Ferraris and Riccardo Patrese in the second Benetton.

RaceEdit

At the start, it was damp and Schumacher blocked Senna and both lost time and Wendlinger took third. Having dropped to fifth, Senna quickly passed Schumacher at the third corner. He then went after Wendlinger, passing him through the Craner Curves with Schumacher and Andretti trying to follow through. Schumacher went through but Andretti hit Wendlinger and both were out. Senna went after Hill now and took second at McLean's Corner. Now Prost was the target and the lead was taken at the penultimate corner - the Melbourne Hairpin. Going into the second lap, Senna led Prost, Hill, Barrichello (who had started 12th), Schumacher and Lehto.

The track began to dry and everyone pitted for dry tyres. Lehto was fifth, having started from the pit lane, but he retired with handling problems on lap 14. Berger took the place but he too retired with suspension problems six laps later. It rained again and the leaders now pitted for wets. Schumacher stayed out and was leading but spun off on lap 23 because he was on the wrong tyres. The track began to dry and everyone pitted once again with Senna having a problem and losing 20 seconds. Prost now led Senna, Hill, Rubens Barrichello, Derek Warwick and Herbert.

It began to rain and the two Williams stopped for wets while Senna stayed out. It was the correct decision because it began to dry again. The Williams stopped yet again for dries. Prost stalled in the pits in his stop and when he rejoined, he was a lap behind and down in fourth. Barrichello was now second but it rained and then stopped again. He went to the pits twice and by now Hill was in second, albeit a lap down. Barrichello, third, had trouble with his fuel pressure and retired, giving the place to Prost. Senna set the fastest lap on lap 57, on a lap when he drove into the pitlane but aborted the pit stop, showing that there actually was a shortcut through the pitlane. This is due to the grand prix configuration of Donington, which has the pit entry before the final hairpin corner onto the start/finish straight. This is possibly the only fastest lap in modern F1 history set by driving through the pitlane.

Senna won from Hill and Prost, having made four pit stops in the wet-dry conditions compared to Prost's seven, which is a record that stands as of 2011. Johnny Herbert finished fourth for Lotus by stopping only once while all the other finishing drivers stopped in the pits several times. Patrese and Barbazza took the last two points scoring places. By the end, Senna had lapped the entire field except for one car and finished over a minute ahead of second place Damon Hill.

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 2 France Alain Prost Williams-Renault 1:24.467 1:10.458
2 0 United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault 1:24.014 1:10.762 +0.304
3 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 1:26.264 1:12.008 +1.550
4 8 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Ford 1:23.976 1:12.107 +1.649
5 29 Austria Karl Wendlinger Sauber 1:26.805 1:12.738 +2.280
6 7 United States Michael Andretti McLaren-Ford 1:26.859 1:12.739 +2.281
7 30 Finland JJ Lehto Sauber 1:25.469 1:12.763 +2.305
8 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari 1:25.971 1:12.862 +2.404
9 27 France Jean Alesi Ferrari 1:25.699 1:12.980 +2.522
10 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Benetton-Ford 1:27.273 1:12.982 +2.524
11 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Lotus-Ford 1:27.173 1:13.328 +2.870
12 14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Hart 1:26.557 1:13.514 +3.056
13 11 Italy Alessandro Zanardi Lotus-Ford 1:28.782 1:13.560 +3.102
14 9 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Footwork-Mugen-Honda 1:28.096 1:13.664 +3.206
15 19 France Philippe Alliot Larrousse-Lamborghini 1:28.648 1:13.665 +3.207
16 23 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Minardi-Ford 1:28.065 1:13.666 +3.208
17 20 France Érik Comas Larrousse-Lamborghini 1:29.310 1:13.970 +3.512
18 3 Japan Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:29.851 1:14.121 +3.663
19 15 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Jordan-Hart 1:28.701 1:14.246 +3.788
20 24 Italy Fabrizio Barbazza Minardi-Ford 1:27.275 1:14.274 +3.816
21 26 United Kingdom Mark Blundell Ligier-Renault 1:27.302 1:14.301 +3.843
22 25 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Ligier-Renault 1:26.788 1:14.306 +3.848
23 10 Japan Aguri Suzuki Footwork-Mugen-Honda 1:30.107 1:14.927 +4.469
24 21 Italy Michele Alboreto Lola-Ferrari 1:30.049 1:15.322 +4.864
25 4 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:29.177 1:15.417 +4.959
26 22 Italy Luca Badoer Lola-Ferrari 1:31.178 1:15.641 +5.183

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 8 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Ford 76 1:50:46.570 4 10
2 0 United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault 76 +1:23.199 2 6
3 2 France Alain Prost Williams-Renault 75 +1 Lap 1 4
4 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Lotus-Ford 75 +1 Lap 11 3
5 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Benetton-Ford 74 +2 Laps 10 2
6 24 Italy Fabrizio Barbazza Minardi-Ford 74 +2 Laps 20 1
7 23 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Minardi-Ford 73 +3 Laps 16  
8 11 Italy Alessandro Zanardi Lotus-Ford 72 +4 Laps 13  
9 20 France Érik Comas Larrousse-Lamborghini 72 +4 Laps 17  
10 14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Hart 70 Fuel system 12  
11 21 Italy Michele Alboreto Lola-Ferrari 70 +6 Laps 24  
Ret 9 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Footwork-Mugen-Honda 66 Gearbox 14  
Ret 15 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Jordan-Hart 61 Throttle 19  
Ret 4 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Tyrrell-Yamaha 55 Gearbox 25  
Ret 27 France Jean Alesi Ferrari 36 Gearbox 9  
Ret 10 Japan Aguri Suzuki Footwork-Mugen-Honda 29 Gearbox 23  
Ret 19 France Philippe Alliot Larrousse-Lamborghini 27 Collision 15  
Ret 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 22 Spun off 3  
Ret 26 United Kingdom Mark Blundell Ligier-Renault 20 Spun off 21  
Ret 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari 19 Suspension 8  
Ret 30 Finland JJ Lehto Sauber 13 Handling 7  
Ret 3 Japan Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 11 Clutch 18  
Ret 25 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Ligier-Renault 7 Spun off 22  
Ret 29 Austria Karl Wendlinger Sauber 0 Collision 5  
Ret 7 United States Michael Andretti McLaren-Ford 0 Collision 6  
DNQ 22 Italy Luca Badoer Lola-Ferrari  

Standings after the raceEdit

Drivers' Championship standingsEdit

Pos. Driver Points
1rightarrow blue 1 Brazil Ayrton Senna 26
1rightarrow blue 2 France Alain Prost 14
1rightarrow blue 3 United Kingdom Damon Hill 12
1rightarrow blue 4 United Kingdom Mark Blundell 6
1uparrow green 1 5 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert 6

Constructors' Championship standingsEdit

Pos. Constructor Points
1uparrow green 1 1 United Kingdom McLaren-Ford 26
1downarrow red 1 2 United Kingdom Williams-Renault 26
1uparrow green 2 3 United Kingdom Lotus-Ford 7
1rightarrow blue 4 United Kingdom Benetton-Ford 6
1downarrow red 2 5 France Ligier-Renault 6
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.


ReferencesEdit

  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1993_European_Grand_Prix
  2. http://www.statsf1.com/en/1993/europe.aspx
  3. http://www.grandprix.com/gpe/rr535.html

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