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The 1993 Belgian Grand Prix, otherwise known as the LI Grand Prix de Belgique, was the twelfth round of the 1993 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Spa, Belgium, on the 29 August 1993.[1] The race would see Damon Hill claim his second victory in a row and secure the Constructors Championship for Williams-Renault, as Alex Zanardi had a huge accident at Eau Rogue that caused significant brain injuries.[1]

The Italian's accident happened during Friday practice, with the #11 Lotus-Ford Cosworth flying into the barriers at 150 mph.[1] Indeed, such was the ferocity of the accident that many believed that the Italian had been killed, with Zanardi swiftly extracted and sent to hospital.[1]

Qualifying was hence somewhat overshadowed, with Alain Prost claiming a predictable pole position ahead of Damon Hill.[1] Michael Schumacher was best of the rest for Benetton-Ford Cosworth with Jean Alesi in fourth, while Ayrton Senna would start from fifth.[1]

The start of the race saw Prost make a strong start, easing clear of teammate Hill on the run to La Source.[1] Schumacher, in contrast, would crawl away from the grid, the result of an issue with Benetton's new launch software, which saw the German plummet down the field.[1]

Senna also made a strong start, and would ease ahead of Hill on the run to Eau Rouge for second, only for Hill to get back past the Brazilian a lap later.[1] Alesi, meanwhile, would drop out early having decided his Ferrari was too dangerous to drive, while Schumacher quickly battled back through the order to fourth.[1]

The race soon settled down, with Prost leading Hill, but not able to pull away, while Schumacher harassed Senna for third.[1] Indeed, it was only when the field swept into the pits that the order changed, with Schumacher shooting past Senna on the grass as they dived into the pit lane.[1]

The order would subsequently be shaken again during the second round of stops, with the Williams team dropping the ball to cost Prost a lot of time.[1] Hill hence sprinted into the lead, while Schumacher mugged the Frenchman for second as he emerged from the pit lane.[1]

With that the race was run, with Hill managing to keep Schumacher at arm's length to claim victory, three seconds ahead of the German.[1] Prost duly finished third to secure the Constructors Championship for Williams, while Senna was a distant fourth as the last man on the lead lap.[1]

The race was also noted as the final race in which a Team Lotus chassis scored points, with Johnny Herbert's fifth place putting their final tally at 1,322 (1,358 if dropped scores were not applied).[1]

BackgroundEdit

There was no change atop the Championship as a result of the Hungarian Grand Prix, with Alain Prost still holding a 27 point lead over Ayrton Senna. Indeed, the only driver in the top four to score had been Damon Hill, who duly moved back into third after his maiden win, two ahead of Michael Schumacher. Riccardo Patrese, meanwhile, would solidify his grip on fifth, moving six clear of Martin Brundle.

In the Constructors Championship, meanwhile, Williams-Renault had once again extended their advantage, leaving Hungary with 115 points to their name. A huge 62 point gap then followed back to McLaren-Ford Cosworth in second, although they were now in a major fight for second with Benetton-Ford Cosworth, rather than challenging for the title. Indeed, McLaren were now only ahead of Benetton on count-back, with the pair otherwise level in terms of points.

Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 1993 Belgian 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 United States Michael Andretti 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 Italy Alex Zanardi 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 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Ireland Sasol Jordan Jordan 193 Hart 1035 3.5 V10 G
19 France Philippe Alliot 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 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi 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 Belgian Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 2 France Alain Prost United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1:48.794 1:47.571
2 0 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1:48.716 1:48.466 +0.895s
3 5 Germany Michael Schumacher United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 1:50.305 1:49.075 +1.504s
4 27 France Jean Alesi Italy Ferrari 1:52.159 1:49.825 +2.254s
5 8 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom McLaren-Ford Cosworth 1:51.385 1:49.934 +2.363s
6 10 Japan Aguri Suzuki United Kingdom Footwork-Mugen-Honda 1:51.904 1:50.329 +2.758s
7 9 United Kingdom Derek Warwick United Kingdom Footwork-Mugen-Honda 1:52.730 1:50.628 +3.057s
8 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 1:51.925 1:51.017 +3.446s
9 30 Finland JJ Lehto Switzerland Sauber 1:52.210 1:51.048 +3.477s
10 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Cosworth 1:52.369 1:51.139 +3.568s
11 25 United Kingdom Martin Brundle France Ligier-Renault 1:53.323 1:51.350 +3.779s
12 29 Austria Karl Wendlinger Switzerland Sauber 1:53.139 1:51.440 +3.869s
13 14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ireland Jordan-Hart 1:53.235 1:51.711 +4.140s
14 7 United States Michael Andretti United Kingdom McLaren-Ford Cosworth 1:53.554 1:51.833 +4.262s
15 26 United Kingdom Mark Blundell France Ligier-Renault 1:53.030 1:51.916 +4.345s
16 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 1:52.689 1:52.080 +4.509s
17 4 Italy Andrea de Cesaris United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:53.559 1:52.647 +5.076s
18 19 France Philippe Alliot France Larrousse-Lamborghini 1:56.822 1:52.907 +5.336s
19 20 France Érik Comas France Larrousse-Lamborghini 1:56.072 1:53.186 +5.615s
20 15 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Ireland Jordan-Hart 1:55.382 1:53.465 +5.894s
21 24 Italy Pierluigi Martini Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:54.968 1:53.526 +5.955s
22 23 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:56.947 1:53.942 +6.371s
23 3 Japan Ukyo Katayama United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:55.271 1:54.551 +6.980s
24 22 Italy Luca Badoer Italy Lola-Ferrari 1:57.599 1:54.978 +7.407s
25 23 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Lola-Ferrari 1:57.852 1:55.965 +8.394s
NC 11 Italy Alex Zanardi United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Cosworth
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.

GridEdit

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 ______________ 1
2 Alain Prost
Damon Hill ______________
Row 2 ______________ 3
4 Michael Schumacher
Jean Alesi ______________
Row 3 ______________ 5
6 Ayrton Senna
Aguri Suzuki ______________
Row 4 ______________ 7
8 Derek Warwick
Riccardo Patrese ______________
Row 5 ______________ 9
10 JJ Lehto
Johnny Herbert ______________
Row 6 ______________ 11
12 Martin Brundle
Karl Wendlinger ______________
Row 7 ______________ 13
14 Rubens Barrichello
Michael Andretti ______________
Row 8 ______________ 15
16 Mark Blundell
Gerhard Berger* ______________
Row 9 ______________ 17
18 Andrea de Cesaris
Philippe Alliot ______________
Row 10 ______________ 19
20 Érik Comas
Thierry Boutsen ______________
Row 11 ______________ 21
22 Pierluigi Martini
Christian Fittipaldi ______________
Row 12 ______________ 23
24 Ukyo Katayama
Luca Badoer ______________
Row 13 ______________ 25
26 Michele Alboreto
______________
  • * Berger would start the race from the pitlane.[5]

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 0 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Williams-Renault 44 1:24:32.124 2 10
2 5 Germany Michael Schumacher United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 44 +3.668s 3 6
3 2 France Alain Prost United Kingdom Williams-Renault 44 +14.988s 1 4
4 8 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom McLaren-Ford Cosworth 44 +1:39.763 5 3
5 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Cosworth 43 +1 Lap 10 2
6 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 43 +1 Lap 8 1
7 25 United Kingdom Martin Brundle France Ligier-Renault 43 +1 Lap 11
8 7 United States Michael Andretti United Kingdom McLaren-Ford Cosworth 43 +1 Lap 14
9 30 Finland JJ Lehto Switzerland Sauber 43 +1 Lap 9
10* 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 42 Collision 16
11* 26 United Kingdom Mark Blundell France Ligier-Renault 42 Collision 15
12 19 France Philippe Alliot France Larrousse-Lamborghini 42 +2 Laps 18
13 22 Italy Luca Badoer Italy Lola-Ferrari 42 +2 Laps 24
14 21 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Lola-Ferrari 41 +3 Laps 25
15 3 Japan Ukyo Katayama United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 40 +4 Laps 23
Ret 20 France Érik Comas France Larrousse-Lamborghini 37 Fuel pump 19
Ret 9 United Kingdom Derek Warwick United Kingdom Footwork-Mugen-Honda 28 Engine 7
Ret 29 Austria Karl Wendlinger Switzerland Sauber 27 Engine 12
Ret 4 Italy Andrea de Cesaris United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 24 Engine 17
Ret 23 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 15 Accident 22
Ret 24 Italy Pierluigi Martini Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 15 Spin 21
Ret 10 Japan Aguri Suzuki United Kingdom Footwork-Mugen-Honda 14 Gearbox 6
Ret 14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ireland Jordan-Hart 11 Wheel bearing 13
Ret 27 France Jean Alesi Italy Ferrari 4 Suspension 4
Ret 15 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Ireland Jordan-Hart 0 Gearbox 20
WD 11 Italy Alex Zanardi United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Cosworth
Source:[6]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Berger and Blundell were still classified despite retiring as they had completed 90% of the race distance.[6]
  • Zanardi's entry was withdrawn after his accident in practice.[6]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Alain Prost had once again extended his Championship lead in Belgium, leaving the Spa-Francorchamps circuit on 81 points. That ensured that the Frenchman had a 28 point advantage over his nemesis Ayrton Senna, meaning Prost could win the title at the following race in Italy. Indeed, Prost would claim the Championship if he won in Italy, while Senna and Damon Hill would likely have to take victory at Monza just to remain in the hunt.

The Constructors Championship, meanwhile, was all over, with Williams-Renault having scored 129 points in twelve races. That meant that they held a 69 point lead with four races to go, and with only 64 left for their rivals to fight for it was Williams' title for the second successive season. Behind, Benetton-Ford Cosworth and McLaren-Ford Cosworth would spend the rest of the season fighting for second, with the former having moved ahead of the latter as a result of the battle of Spa.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 France Alain Prost 81
2 Brazil Ayrton Senna 53
3 United Kingdom Damon Hill 48
4 Germany Michael Schumacher 42
5 Italy Riccardo Patrese 18
6 United Kingdom Martin Brundle 11
7 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert 11 ▲2
8 United Kingdom Mark Blundell 10 ▼1
9 Austria Gerhard Berger 10 ▼1
10 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi 5
11 Finland JJ Lehto 5
12 France Jean Alesi 4
13 United Kingdom Derek Warwick 4
14 United States Michael Andretti 3
15 France Philippe Alliot 2
16 Austria Karl Wendlinger 2
17 Italy Fabrizio Barbazza 2
18 Italy Alex Zanardi 1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Williams-Renault 129
2 United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 60 ▲1
3 United Kingdom McLaren-Ford Cosworth 56 ▼1
4 France Ligier-Renault 21
5 Italy Ferrari 14
6 United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Cosworth 12
7 Switzerland Sauber 7
8 Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 7
9 United Kingdom Footwork-Mugen-Honda 4
10 France Larrousse-Lamborghini 2

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

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