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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.[1] 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.[1]

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.[1] 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.[1]

Qualifying would see Senna produce a vintage performance in his final run-out for McLaren, sweeping to pole position ahead of Prost.[1] 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.[1]

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.[1] At the third time of asking the race finally got underway, with Senna sprinting ahead of Prost into the first corner.[1]

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.[1] 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.[1]

Out front, meanwhile, Prost was able to shadow the race leading Senna, and duly inherited the lead when the Brazilian stopped on lap 24.[1] 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.[1]

Indeed, Senna would manage to pit without losing the lead on lap 55, while Prost slipped back into the sights of teammate Hill.[1] 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.[1]

With that the season was over, with Senna cruising home ahead of his nemesis Prost, while Hill recovered to third.[1] 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.[1]

BackgroundEdit

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.

Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 1993 Australian Grand Prix is outlined below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
0 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Canon Williams Team Williams FW15C Renault RS5 3.5 V10 G
2 France Alain Prost United Kingdom Canon Williams Team Williams FW15C Renault RS5 3.5 V10 G
3 Japan Ukyo Katayama United Kingdom Tyrrell Racing Organisation Tyrrell 021 Yamaha OX10A 3.5 V10 G
4 Italy Andrea de Cesaris United Kingdom Tyrrell Racing Organisation Tyrrell 021 Yamaha OX10A 3.5 V10 G
5 Germany Michael Schumacher United Kingdom Camel Benetton Ford Benetton B193B Ford Cosworth HBA7 3.5 V8 G
6 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Camel Benetton Ford Benetton B193B Ford Cosworth HBA7 3.5 V8 G
7 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom Marlboro McLaren McLaren MP4/8 Ford Cosworth HBE7 3.5 V8 G
8 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Marlboro McLaren McLaren MP4/8 Ford Cosworth HBE7 3.5 V8 G
9 United Kingdom Derek Warwick United Kingdom Footwork Mugen Honda Footwork FA14 Mugen-Honda MF351HB 3.5 V10 G
10 Japan Aguri Suzuki United Kingdom Footwork Mugen Honda Footwork FA14 Mugen-Honda MF351HB 3.5 V10 G
11 Portugal Pedro Lamy United Kingdom Team Lotus Lotus 107B Ford Cosworth HBD6 3.5 V8 G
12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Team Lotus Lotus 107B Ford Cosworth HBD6 3.5 V8 G
14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ireland Sasol Jordan Jordan 193 Hart 1035 3.5 V10 G
15 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ireland Sasol Jordan Jordan 193 Hart 1035 3.5 V10 G
19 Japan Toshio Suzuki France Larrousse F1 Larrousse LH93 Lamborghini 3512 3.5 V12 G
20 France Érik Comas France Larrousse F1 Larrousse LH93 Lamborghini 3512 3.5 V12 G
21 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy BMS Lola Scuderia Italia Lola T93/30 Ferrari 040 3.5 V12 G
22 Italy Luca Badoer Italy BMS Lola Scuderia Italia Lola T93/30 Ferrari 040 3.5 V12 G
23 France Jean-Marc Gounon Italy Minardi F1 Team Minardi M193 Ford HBC6 3.5 V8 G
24 Italy Pierluigi Martini Italy Minardi F1 Team Minardi M193 Ford HBC6 3.5 V8 G
25 United Kingdom Martin Brundle France Ligier Gitanes Blondes Ligier JS39 Renault RS5 3.5 V10 G
26 United Kingdom Mark Blundell France Ligier Gitanes Blondes Ligier JS39 Renault RS5 3.5 V10 G
27 France Jean Alesi Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari F93A Ferrari 041 3.5 V12 G
28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari F93A Ferrari 041 3.5 V12 G
29 Austria Karl Wendlinger Switzerland Team Sauber F1 Sauber C12 Sauber 2175A 3.5 V10 G
30 Finland JJ Lehto Switzerland Team Sauber F1 Sauber C12 Sauber 2175A 3.5 V10 G
Source:[2]

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Friday QualifyingEdit

Saturday QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

The full qualifying results for the 1993 Australian Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 8 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom McLaren-Ford Cosworth 1:13.371 1:14.779
2 2 France Alain Prost United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1:13.807 1:14.595 +0.436s
3 0 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1:14.721 1:13.826 +0.455s
4 5 Germany Michael Schumacher United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 1:14.098 1:14.494 +0.727s
5 7 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Ford Cosworth 1:14.106 1:14.596 +0.735s
6 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 1:14.194 +0.823s
7 27 France Jean Alesi Italy Ferrari 1:15.332 1:15.619 +1.961s
8 25 United Kingdom Martin Brundle France Ligier-Renault 1:16.022 1:16.710 +2.651s
9 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 1:16.077 1:21.076 +2.706s
10 10 Japan Aguri Suzuki United Kingdom Footwork-Mugen-Honda 1:16.079 1:16.567 +2.708s
11 29 Austria Karl Wendlinger Switzerland Sauber 1:16.106 1:17.132 +2.735s
12 30 Finland JJ Lehto Switzerland Sauber 1:16.286 1:17.118 +2.915s
13 14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ireland Jordan-Hart 1:16.459 1:16.723 +3.088s
14 26 United Kingdom Mark Blundell France Ligier-Renault 1:16.862 1:16.469 +3.098s
15 4 Italy Andrea de Cesaris United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:17.350 1:16.892 +3.521s
16 24 Italy Pierluigi Martini Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:16.905 1:17.816 +3.534s
17 9 United Kingdom Derek Warwick United Kingdom Footwork-Mugen-Honda 1:16.919 +3.548s
18 3 Japan Ukyo Katayama United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:17.018 1:18.406 +3.647s
19 15 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ireland Jordan-Hart 1:19.733 1:17.341 +3.970s
20 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Cosworth 1:17.612 1:17.450 +4.079s
21 20 France Érik Comas France Larrousse-Lamborghini 1:17.750 1:17.815 +4.379s
22 23 France Jean-Marc Gounon Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:17.754 1:18.035 +4.383s
23 11 Portugal Pedro Lamy United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Cosworth 1:19.628 1:19.369 +5.998s
24 19 Japan Toshio Suzuki France Larrousse-Lamborghini 1:21.793 1:23.167 +8.422s
WD* 21 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Lola-Ferrari Withdrawn
WD* 22 Italy Luca Badoer Italy Lola-Ferrari Withdrawn
Source:[3][4][5]
  • 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.[5]

GridEdit

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 1 ______________
Ayrton Senna 2
______________ Alain Prost
Row 2 3 ______________
Damon Hill 4
______________ Michael Schumacher
Row 3 5 ______________
Mika Häkkinen 6
______________ Gerhard Berger
Row 4 7 ______________
Jean Alesi 8
______________ Martin Brundle
Row 5 9 ______________
Riccardo Patrese 10
______________ Aguri Suzuki
Row 6 11 ______________
Karl Wendlinger 12
______________ JJ Lehto
Row 7 13 ______________
Rubens Barrichello 14
______________ Mark Blundell
Row 8 15 ______________
Andrea de Cesaris 16
______________ Pierluigi Martini
Row 9 17 ______________
Derek Warwick 18
______________ Ukyo Katayama*
Row 10 19 ______________
Eddie Irvine* 20
______________ Johnny Herbert
Row 11 21 ______________
Érik Comas 22
______________ Jean-Marc Gounon
Row 12 23 ______________
Pedro Lamy 24
______________ Toshio Suzuki
  • * Katayama and Irvine would start from the back of the grid after stalling on the grid.[5]

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

The full results for the 1993 Australian Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 8 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom McLaren-Ford Cosworth 79 1:43:27.476 1 10
2 2 France Alain Prost United Kingdom Williams-Renault 79 +9.259s 2 6
3 0 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Williams-Renault 79 +33.902s 3 4
4 27 France Jean Alesi Italy Ferrari 78 +1 Lap 7 3
5 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 78 +1 Lap 6 2
6 25 United Kingdom Martin Brundle France Ligier-Renault 78 +1 Lap 8 1
7 10 Japan Aguri Suzuki United Kingdom Footwork-Mugen-Honda 78 +1 Lap 10
8* 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 77 Fuel system 9
9 26 United Kingdom Mark Blundell France Ligier-Renault 77 +2 Laps 14
10 9 United Kingdom Derek Warwick United Kingdom Footwork-Mugen-Honda 77 +2 Laps 17
11 14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ireland Jordan-Hart 76 +3 Laps 13
12 20 France Érik Comas France Larrousse-Lamborghini 76 +3 Laps 21
13 4 Italy Michele Alboreto United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 75 +4 Laps 15
14 19 Japan Toshio Suzuki France Larrousse-Lamborghini 74 +5 Laps 24
15* 29 Austria Karl Wendlinger Switzerland Sauber 73 Brakes 11
Ret 30 Finland JJ Lehto Switzerland Sauber 56 Accident 12
Ret 23 France Jean-Marc Gounon Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 34 Spin 22
Ret 7 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Ford Cosworth 28 Brakes 5
Ret 5 Germany Michael Schumacher United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 19 Engine 4
Ret 3 Japan Ukyo Katayama United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 11 Spin 18
Ret 15 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ireland Jordan-Hart 10 Accident 19
Ret 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Cosworth 9 Suspension 20
Ret 24 Italy Pierluigi Martini Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 5 Gearbox 16
Ret 11 Portugal Pedro Lamy United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Cosworth 0 Accident 23
WD 21 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Lola-Ferrari
WD 22 Italy Luca Badoer Italy Lola-Ferrari
Source:[6]
  • 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.[6]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

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.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 France Alain Prost 99
2 Brazil Ayrton Senna 73 ▲1
3 United Kingdom Damon Hill 69 ▼1
4 Germany Michael Schumacher 52
5 Italy Riccardo Patrese 20
6 France Jean Alesi 16
7 United Kingdom Martin Brundle 13
8 Austria Gerhard Berger 12 ▲2
9 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert 11 ▼1
10 United Kingdom Mark Blundell 10 ▼1
11 United States Michael Andretti 7
12 Austria Karl Wendlinger 7
13 Finland JJ Lehto 5
14 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi 5
15 Finland Mika Häkkinen 4
16 United Kingdom Derek Warwick 4
17 France Philippe Alliot 2
18 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 2
19 Italy Fabrizio Barbazza 2
20 Italy Alex Zanardi 1
21 France Érik Comas 1
22 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Williams-Renault 168
2 United Kingdom McLaren-Ford Cosworth 84
3 United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 72
4 Italy Ferrari 28
5 France Ligier-Renault 23
6 United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Cosworth 12
7 Switzerland Sauber 12
8 Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 7
9 United Kingdom Footwork-Mugen-Honda 4
10 France Larrousse-Lamborghini 3
11 Ireland Jordan-Hart 3

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

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Engines Ferrari • Ford • Hart • Lamborghini • Mugen-Honda • Renault • Sauber • Yamaha
Drivers Hill • 2 Prost • 3 Katayama • 4 De Cesaris • 5 Schumacher • 6 Patrese • 7 Andretti • 7 Häkkinen • 8 Senna • 9 Warwick • 10 A. Suzuki • 11 Zanardi • 11 Lamy • 12 Herbert • 14 Barrichello • 15 Capelli • 15 Boutsen • 15 Apicella • 15 Naspetti • 15 Irvine • 19 Alliot • 19 T. Suzuki • 20 Comas • 21 Alboreto • 22 Badoer • 23 Fittipaldi • 23 Gounon • 24 Barbazza • 24 Martini • 25 Brundle • 26 Blundell • 27 Alesi • 28 Berger • 29 Wendlinger • 30 Lehto
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