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 The 1991 Belgian Grand Prix was the eleventh race of the 1991 Formula One Season, held at the world renowned Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium.[1] The race would go down in history as the debut for a driver whom would go on to become a legend within the sport, Michael Schumacher.

Although Schumacher retired, the race was still action packed, and saw a high attrition cruely prevent Schumacher's team mate, Andrea de Cesaris from taking a first podium for Jordan.[1] Surviving the longest was Ayrton Senna, who won from team mate Gerhard Berger and Nelson Piquet, while Mark Blundell secured the first points for Brabham in 1991.[1]

Background

The big story surronding the Belgian race concerned the new Jordan Grand Prix team, who lost the services of Bertrand Gachot.[1] Gachot was jailed by the British courts for assault, beginning a two month prison sentence, with Eddie Jordan left to search for a new driver.[1] In the week before the race, Mercedes-Benz agreed a £200,000 fee so that their promising talent Michael Schumacher could race with the team in Belgium.[1] Schumacher himself paid £50,000 of the fee to Jordan to secure the drive, meaning he joined Andrea de Cesaris in the 191.

Elsewhere, Honda believed that their recent developments were race ready, handing over supposedly stronger engines to McLaren, although the semi-automatic gearbox was still being refined.[2] At Team Lotus, meanwhile, Michael Bartels was bumped out of the second seat by the returning Johnny Herbert, whose Asian exploits brought a little more sponsorship to the team.[1] Circuit wise, the Spa Francorchamps circuit had been partially resurfaced since the 1990 Belgian Grand PrixBlanchimont in particular.[1]

The title battle was fast becoming a duel of two, as Ayrton Senna pulled a twelve point advantage to Belgium, with Nigel Mansell in second. The Brit had a seventeen point advantage over team mate Riccardo Patrese, with Gerhard Berger and Alain Prost seemingly in a battle for fourth, Prost being 40 points behind his arch-rival with only five races to go.

McLaren-Honda had restored their lead in the Constructors' Championship in Hungary, now with Williams-Renault behind by two points. Ferrari were an increasingly distant, but secure, third ahead of Benetton, while the Jordan team completed the top five, their recent scoring run having ended in Budapest. At the bottom of the points table were Leyton House, with a single point to their name, meaning they were ahead of Brabham, who were yet to score.

Entry List

The full entry list for the 1991 Belgian Grand Prix is shown below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
1 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Honda Marlboro McLaren McLaren MP4/6 Honda RA121E V10 3.5 G
2 Austria Gerhard Berger United Kingdom Honda Marlboro McLaren McLaren MP4/6 Honda RA121E V10 3.5 G
3 Japan Satoru Nakajima United Kingdom Braun Tyrrell Honda Tyrrell 020 Honda RA101E V10 3.5 P
4 Italy Stefano Modena United Kingdom Braun Tyrrell Honda Tyrrell 020 Honda RA101E V10 3.5 P
5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Canon Williams Team Williams FW14 Renault RS3 V10 3.5 G
6 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Canon Williams Team Williams FW14 Renault RS3 V10 3.5 G
7 United Kingdom Martin Brundle United Kingdom Motor Racing Developments Ltd. Brabham BT60Y Yamaha OX99 V12 3.5 P
8 United Kingdom Mark Blundell United Kingdom Motor Racing Developments Ltd. Brabham BT60Y Yamaha OX99 V12 3.5 P
9 Italy Michele Alboreto United Kingdom Footwork Grand Prix International Footwork A12 Ford Cosworth DFR V8 3.5 G
10 Italy Alex Caffi United Kingdom Footwork Grand Prix International Footwork A12 Ford Cosworth DFR V8 3.5 G
11 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom Team Lotus Lotus 102B Judd EV V8 3.5 G
12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Team Lotus Lotus 102B Judd EV V8 3.5 G
14 France Olivier Grouillard Italy Fondmetal F1 SpA Fondmetal FA1 M-E Ford Cosworth DFR V8 3.5 G
15 Brazil Mauricio Gugelmin United Kingdom Leyton House Racing Leyton House CG911 Ilmor LH10 V10 3.5 G
16 Italy Ivan Capelli United Kingdom Leyton House Racing Leyton House CG911 Ilmor LH10 V10 3.5 G
17 Italy Gabriele Tarquini FranceAutomobiles Gonfaronnaises Sportives AGS JH25B Ford Cosworth DFR V8 3.5 G
18 Italy Fabrizio Barbazza FranceAutomobiles Gonfaronnaises Sportives AGS JH25B Ford Cosworth DFR V8 3.5 G
19 Brazil Roberto Moreno United Kingdom Camel Benetton Ford Benetton B191 Ford Cosworth HB V8 3.5 P
20 Brazil Nelson Piquet United Kingdom Camel Benetton Ford Benetton B191 Ford Cosworth HB V8 3.5 P
21 Italy Emanuele Pirro Italy BMS Scuderia Italia Dallara BMS-191 Judd GV V10 3.5 P
22 Finland JJ Lehto Italy BMS Scuderia Italia Dallara BMS-191 Judd GV V10 3.5 P
23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Italy Minardi Team Minardi M191 Ferrari F1-91 V12 3.5 G
24 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Italy Minardi Team Minardi M191 Ferrari F1-91 V12 3.5 G
25 Belgium Thierry Boutsen France Ligier Gitanes Ligier JS35 Lamborghini L3512 V12 3.5 G
26 France Érik Comas France Ligier Gitanes Ligier JS35 Lamborghini L3512 V12 3.5 G
27 France Alain Prost Italy Scuderia Ferrari SpA Ferrari 643 Ferrari F1-91 V12 3.5 G
28 France Jean Alesi Italy Scuderia Ferrari SpA Ferrari 643 Ferrari F1-91 V12 3.5 G
29 France Éric Bernard France Larrousse F1 Lola 91 Ford Cosworth DFR V8 3.5 G
30 Japan Aguri Suzuki France Larrousse F1 Lola 91 Ford Cosworth DFR V8 3.5 G
31 Portugal Pedro Chaves Italy Coloni Racing Srl Coloni C4 Ford Cosworth DFR V8 3.5 G
32 Germany Michael Schumacher Ireland Team 7Up Jordan Jordan 191 Ford Cosworth HB V8 3.5 G
33 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Ireland Team 7Up Jordan Jordan 191 Ford Cosworth HB V8 3.5 G
34 Italy Nicola Larini Italy Modena Team SpA Lambo 291 Lamborghini L3512 V12 3.5 G
35 Belgium Eric van de Poele Italy Modena Team SpA Lambo 291 Lamborghini L3512 V12 3.5 G

Practice Overview

Qualifying

Pre-qualifying

Report

Full Qualifying Result

The final result for the 1991 Belgian Grand Prix is outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time[2] Gap
Q1 Q2
1 1 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 1:49.100 1:47.811
2 27 France Alain Prost Ferrari 1:51.369 1:48.821 +1.010s
3 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault 1:50.666 1:48.828 +1.017s
4 2 Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 1:49.485 No Time +1.674s
5 28 France Jean Alesi Ferrari 1:51.832 1:49.974 +2.163s
6 20 Brazil Nelson Piquet Benetton-Ford Cosworth 1:53.371 1:50.540 +2.729s
7 32 Germany Michael Schumacher Jordan-Ford Cosworth 1:53.290 1:51.212 +3.401s
8 19 Brazil Roberto Moreno Benetton-Ford Cosworth 1:53.664 1:51.283 +3.472s
9 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ferrari 1:53.460 1:51.299 +3.488s
10 4 Italy Stefano Modena Tyrrell-Honda 1:52.899 1:51.307 +3.496s
11 33 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Jordan-Ford Cosworth 1:54.186 1:51.986 +4.175s
12 16 Italy Ivan Capelli Leyton House-Ilmor 1:53.603 1:52.113 +4.302s
13 8 United Kingdom Mark Blundell Brabham-Yamaha 1:54.814 1:52.377 +4.566s
14 22 Finland JJ Lehto Dallara-Judd 1:54.211 1:52.417 +4.606s
15 15 Brazil [[Mauricio Gugelmin}} Leyton House-Ilmor 1:56.027 1:52.623 +4.812s
16 7 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Brabham-Yamaha 1:54.921 1:52.626 +4.815s
17 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 1:52.646 No Time +4.835s
18 25 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Ligier-Lamborghini 1:54.446 1:52.709 +4.898s
19 24 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Minardi-Ferrari 1:57.232 1:52.896 +5.085s
20 29 France Éric Bernard Lola-Ford Cosworth 1:55.679 1:53.309 +5.498s
21 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Lotus-Judd 1:55.523 1:53.361 +5.550s
22 3 Japan Satoru Nakajima Tyrrell-Honda 1:55.874 1:53.494 +5.683s
23 14 France Olivier Grouillard Fondmetal-Ford Cosworth 1:55.945 1:53.628 +5.817s
24 11 Finland Mika Häkkinen Lotus-Judd 1:55.483 1:53.799 +5.988s
25 21 Italy Emanuele Pirro Dallara-Judd 1:56.131 1:53.839 +6.028s
26 26 France Érik Comas Ligier-Lamborghini 1:56.218 1:53.847 +6.036s
DNQ 30 Japan Aguri Suzuki Lola-Ford Cosworth 1:56.594 1:53.869 +6.058s
DNQ 34 Italy Nicola Larini Lambo-Lamborghini 1:56.561 1:54.781 +6.970s
DNQ 10 Italy Alex Caffi Footwork-Ford Cosworth 1:57.556 1:57.338 +9.527s
DNQ 35 Belgium Eric van de Poele Lambo-Lamborghini No Time 1:57.746 +9.935s
DNPQ 9 Italy Michele Alboreto Footwork-Ford Cosworth 1:59.910
DNPQ 17 Italy Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford Cosworth 1:59.972
DNPQ 31 Portugal Pedro Chaves Coloni-Ford Cosworth 2:01.921
DNPQ 18 Italy Fabrizio Barbazza AGS-Ford Cosworth 2:03.766

Grid

The complete starting grid for the 1991 Belgian Grand Prix is shown below: {{Grid/{{{frontrowsize}}}-{{{secondrowsize}}}/34{{{poleside}}}||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||}}

Race

Report

Results

The final results for the 1991 Belgian Grand Prix are shown below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 44 1:27:17.669 1 10
2 2 Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 44 +1.901s 4 6
3 20 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-Ford Cosworth 44 +32.176s 6 4
4 19 Brazil Roberto Moreno Brabham-Ford Cosworth 44 +37.310s 8 3
5 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 44 +57.310s 17 2
6 8 United Kingdom Mark Blundell Brabham-Yamaha 44 +1:40.035 13 1
7 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Lotus-Judd 44 +1:44.599 21
8 21 Italy Emanuele Pirro Dallara-Judd 43 +1 lap 25
9 7 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Brabham-Yamaha 43 +1 lap 16
10 14 France Olivier Grouillard Fondmetal-Ford Cosworth 43 +1 lap 23
11 25 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Ligier-Lamborghini 43 +1 lap 18
12* 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ferrari 42 Gearbox 9
13* 33 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Jordan-Ford Cosworth 41 Engine 11
Ret 4 Italy Stefano Modena Tyrrell-Honda 33 Oil leak 10
Ret 22 Finland JJ Lehto Dallara-Judd 33 Oil pressure 14
Ret 28 France Jean Alesi Ferrari 30 Engine 5
Ret 24 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Minardi-Ferrari 29 Engine 19
Ret 11 Finland Mika Häkkinen Lotus-Judd 25 Engine 24
Ret 26 France Érik Comas Ligier-Lamborghini 25 Engine 26
Ret 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault 22 Electrical 3
Ret 29 France Éric Bernard Lola-Ford Cosworth 21 Gearbox 20
Ret 16 Italy Ivan Capelli Leyton House-Ilmor 13 Engine 12
Ret 3 Japan Satoru Nakajima Tyrrell-Honda 7 Spin 22
Ret 27 France Alain Prost Ferrari 2 Fuel leak 2
Ret 15 Brazil Mauricio Gugelmin Leyton House-Ilmor 1 Engine 15
Ret 32 Germany Michael Schumacher Jordan-Ford Cosworth 0 Clutch 7
DNQ 30 Japan Aguri Suzuki Lola-Ford Cosworth
DNQ 34 Italy Nicola Larini Lambo-Lamborghini
DNQ 10 Italy [{Alex Caffi]] Footwork-Ford Cosworth
DNQ 35 Belgium Eric van de Poele Lambo-Lamborghini
DNPQ 9 Italy Michele Alboreto Footwork-Ford Cosworth
DNPQ 17 Italy Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford Cosworth
DNPQ 31 Portugal Pedro Chaves Coloni-Ford Cosworth
DNPQ 18 Italy [{Fabrizio Barbazza]] AGS-Ford Cosworth
Source

Milestones

Standings

So, Ayrton Senna extended his Championship lead to 22 points, with only 50 available for the rest of the season. Nigel Mansell and Riccardo Patrese retained second and third, while Gerhard Berger gained some breathing space in fourth. Nelson Piquet now completed the top five, as another day of problems ended Alain Prost's title hopes. Mark Blundell, meanwhile was finally on the board, climbing into seventeenth place.

McLaren-Honda left Belgium just on the cusp of the 100 point barrier, their one-two leaving them on 99 points. Williams-Renault looked as if they would need a little luck to aid their title bid, with Ferrari an ever distant third, and now under potential threat from Benetton. Jordan remained in the top five despite being cruelly denied a podium, with Brabham proping up the point scorers in twelfth. 

Drivers' World Championship
Pos. Driver Pts +/-
1 Brazil Ayrton Senna 71
2 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell 49
3 Italy Riccardo Patrese 34
4 Austria Gerhard Berger 28
5 Brazil Nelson Piquet 22 ▲1
6 France Alain Prost 21 ▼1
7 France Jean Alesi 14
8 Italy Stefano Modena 9
9 Italy Andrea de Cesaris 9
10 Brazil Roberto Moreno 8
11 Finland JJ Lehto 4
12 Belgium Bertrand Gachot 4
13 Italy Pierluigi Martini 3
14 Finland Mika Häkkinen 2
15 Japan Satoru Nakajima 2
16 Italy Emanuele Pirro 1
17 United Kingdom Mark Blundell 1 ▲4
18 France Éric Bernard 1 ▼1
19 Japan Aguri Suzuki 1 ▼1
20 United Kingdom Julian Bailey 1 ▼1
21 Italy Ivan Capelli 1 ▼1
Constructors' World Championship
Pos. Team Pts +/-
1 United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 99
2 United Kingdom Williams-Renault 83
3 Italy Ferrari 35
4 United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 30
5 Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 13
6 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Honda 11
7 Italy Dallara-Judd 5
8 Italy Minardi-Ferrari 3
9 United Kingdom Lotus-Judd 3
10 United Kingdom Lola-Ford Cosworth 2
11 United Kingdom Leyton House-Ilmor 1
12 United Kingdom Brabham-Yamaha 1 ▲1

References

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  2. 2.0 2.1 '1991 Hungarian Grand Prix', wikipedia.org, (WikiMedia, 03/08/2015), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1991_Hungarian_Grand_Prix, (Accessed 09/08/2015)
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