The 1993 Australian Grand Prix, otherwise known as the LVIII Foster's Australian Grand Prix, was the sixteenth and final round of the 1993 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Adelaide Street Circuit in Adelaide, South Australia, on the 7 November 1993. The race would see Ayrton Senna claim the 41st and final victory of his career, battling one final time with arch-rival Alain Prost prior to the Frenchman's retirement.
Pre-race news surrounded deals for the 1994 season, with Mercedes officially rejoining F1 as an engine supplier, having developed Sauber's engines in 1993. Elsewhere, a new team named Simtek made their official launch, signing David Brabham as their lead driver, while Benetton re-signed with Ford Cosworth for another season.
Qualifying would see Senna produce a vintage performance in his final run-out for McLaren, sweeping to pole position ahead of Prost. That brought an end to an incredible 24 race run of poles for Williams-Renault, and was only the second time that a non-Williams driver had sat on pole since the 1992 South African Grand Prix.
There would be three attempts to start the race, with first Ukyo Katayama and then Eddie Irvine stalling on the grid, and were hence sent to the back. At the third time of asking the race finally got underway, with Senna sprinting ahead of Prost into the first corner.
Michael Schumacher would, however, be the man to watch in the early stages of the race, with the German throwing his Benetton around behind Damon Hill in third. The pay-off would be a very early stop for the German, who swept into the pits on lap fifteen, although his aggressive strategy would be ruined a few laps later by an engine failure.
Out front, meanwhile, Prost was able to shadow the race leading Senna, and duly inherited the lead when the Brazilian stopped on lap 24. However, a slow stop for the Frenchman a few laps later would gift Senna a huge lead, with the Brazilian able to build a even bigger lead during their second stint.
Indeed, Senna would manage to pit without losing the lead on lap 55, while Prost slipped back into the sights of teammate Hill. They duly engaged each other in a half-hearted duel in the closing stages, only for Hill to throw a lunge at the Frenchman and send himself spinning.
With that the season was over, with Senna cruising home ahead of his nemesis Prost, while Hill recovered to third. A heartwarming moment on the podium followed, with Senna inviting Prost onto the top step of the podium, with the pair ending their rivalry on what was the final day of Prost's racing career.
Alain Prost moved even further ahead in the Championship having already secured the crown, leaving Japan with 93 points to his name. His teammate Damon Hill had retained second, although the Brit headed into the finale in Australia just two ahead of race winner Ayrton Senna. Those two would therefore duel for second at the finale, with Michael Schumacher too far back to challenge in fourth.
In the Constructors Championship Williams-Renault had once again shown why they had been the team to beat in 1993, moving onto 158 points for the campaign. McLaren-Ford Cosworth, meanwhile, had moved back into second, heading into the finale with a two point advantage over Benetton-Ford Cosworth. They would be in a private duel to be runner-up in Australia, with Ferrari and Ligier-Renault set to fight for fourth instead.
The full entry list for the 1993 Australian Grand Prix is outlined below:
The full qualifying results for the 1993 Australian Grand Prix are outlined below:
|1||8||Ayrton Senna||McLaren-Ford Cosworth||1:13.371||1:14.779||—|
|4||5||Michael Schumacher||Benetton-Ford Cosworth||1:14.098||1:14.494||+0.727s|
|5||7||Mika Häkkinen||McLaren-Ford Cosworth||1:14.106||1:14.596||+0.735s|
|9||6||Riccardo Patrese||Benetton-Ford Cosworth||1:16.077||1:21.076||+2.706s|
|15||4||Andrea de Cesaris||Tyrrell-Yamaha||1:17.350||1:16.892||+3.521s|
|16||24||Pierluigi Martini||Minardi-Ford Cosworth||1:16.905||1:17.816||+3.534s|
|20||12||Johnny Herbert||Lotus-Ford Cosworth||1:17.612||1:17.450||+4.079s|
|22||23||Jean-Marc Gounon||Minardi-Ford Cosworth||1:17.754||1:18.035||+4.383s|
|23||11||Pedro Lamy||Lotus-Ford Cosworth||1:19.628||1:19.369||+5.998s|
- T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car to set their best time in that session.
- Bold indicates a driver's best/qualifying time.
- * Alboreto and Badoer's entries were withdrawn after Lola and BMS Scuderia Italia left F1.
|Andrea de Cesaris||16|
- * Katayama and Irvine would start from the back of the grid after stalling on the grid.
The full results for the 1993 Australian Grand Prix are outlined below:
- T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
- * Patrese and Wendlinger were still classified despite retiring as they had completed 90% of the race distance.
- 256th and final Grand Prix start for Riccardo Patrese.
- Alain Prost started his 199th and final race.
- 50th Grand Prix for Yamaha as an engine supplier.
- 50th entry for Johnny Herbert.
- 41st and final victory for Ayrton Senna.
- McLaren claimed a record 104th victory as a constructor.
- Prost claimed his 106th and final podium.
- Damon Hill claimed his tenth podium finish.
With that the 1993 FIA Formula One World Championship came to an end, with Alain Prost officially declared as the Champion with 99 points. Ayrton Senna would finish runner-up to his former rival on 73 points, having jumped ahead of Damon Hill on the final day. The Brit himself would end the campaign in third, having scored 69 points, while Michael Schumacher and Riccardo Patrese completing the top five.
In the Constructors Championship it had been a season of dominance for Williams-Renault, who rounded out the season on a crushing tally of 168 points, meaning they had scored an average of 10.5 points at every race. McLaren-Ford Cosworth were best of the rest, ending the campaign on 84 points, while Benetton-Ford Cosworth finished third with 72 points. Ferrari, meanwhile, would finish the season in a distant fourth, while Ligier-Renault completed the final top five.
Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.
Images and Videos:
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 'Australian GP, 1993', grandprix.com, (Inside F1 Inc., 2014), https://www.grandprix.com/gpe/rr548.html, (Accessed 31/07/2019)
- ↑ 'Australia 1993: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1993/australie/engages.aspx, (Accessed 31/07/2019)
- ↑ 'Foster's Australian Grand Prix - QUALIFYING 1', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/1993/races/604/australia/qualifying-1.html, (Accessed 31/07/2019)
- ↑ 'Foster's Australian Grand Prix - QUALIFYING 2', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/1993/races/604/australia/qualifying-2.html, (Accessed 31/07/2019)
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 'Australia 1993: Qualifications', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1993/australie/qualification.aspx, (Accessed 31/07/2019)
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 'Australia 1993: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1993/australie/classement.aspx, (Accessed 31/07/2019)
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 7.8 '16. Australia 1993', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1993/australie.aspx, (Accessed 31/07/2019)
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 '1993 Australian GP', chicanef1.com, (Chicane F1, 2014), http://www.chicanef1.com/racetit.pl?year=1993&gp=Australian%20GP&r=1, (Accessed 31/07/2019)
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