The XLVI Foster's British Grand Prix, otherwise known as the 1993 British Grand Prix, was the ninth round of the 1993 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Silverstone Circuit in Northamptonshire, UK, on the 11 July 1993. The race would see Alain Prost claim a record 50th career victory, having hunted down race leading teammate Damon Hill after a poor start.
Pre-race news focused on changes at Minardi and Tyrrell, the former having taken on Pierluigi Martini, while the latter introduced their new car, built around their Yamaha engines. There was also some fallout between Benetton and their engine suppliers Ford Cosworth, who would cancel plans to introduce an updated engine on the eve of the race weekend.
Prost's weekend had started perfectly, sweeping to pole position ahead of Williams-Renault counterpart during qualifying. Best of the rest was the Benetton of Michael Schumacher, while Ayrton Senna claimed fourth for McLaren-Ford Cosworth. There would also be a major accident for Mark Blundell at Abbey, although the Brit escaped uninjured and would be passed fit enough to take the start.
The start of the race saw Hill get the jump on Prost, while Senna rocketed from fourth to second, even challenging Hill for the lead into Stowe. Prost, meanwhile, would just keep Schumacher at bay, with the rest of the field making it off the grid without issue.
Hill would quickly sprint away from Senna in the early stages, building a huge lead as the Brazilian tried to keep Prost at bay. The Frenchman duly elbowed his way through on lap seven, the Williams simply quicker than the McLaren, with Schumacher following the #2 car through a few laps later.
Prost subsequently went chasing off after Hill, with the pair exchanging a barrage of fastest laps before the Frenchman finally began to close the gap. However, Hill's advantage was such that the Frenchman would require some external intervention to get back on terms with his teammate, only managing to chip a tenth or so out of Hill's lead every lap.
The Frenchman's wish was granted on lap 37, when Luca Badoer went flying off the circuit at Woodcote in his lowly Lola-Ferrari. That accident would required the safety car to make a rare appearance, bunching the field back up and hence leaving Prost right on Hill's tail.
Four laps later and the race resumed, with Hill easing clear of Prost only for an engine failure to destroy his hopes of victory a lap later. Prost duly streaked past to claim the lead, and quickly established a small advantage over the now second placed Schumacher.
With that the race was run, with Prost able to cruise home a few seconds clear of Schumacher to claim his 50th career victory. Senna was set for third only to run out of fuel on the final lap, meaning Riccardo Patrese inherited the final step on the podium. Senna himself was classified down in fifth, sandwiched between Johnny Herbert and Derek Warwick.
With half the season completed it was Alain Prost who had control of the Championship, leaving his home race with 57 points to his name. Ayrton Senna was his closest challenger, with a twelve point gap between himself and his nemesis heading into the second half of the campaign. Behind, Damon Hill was a distant third, four ahead of Michael Schumacher, while Martin Brundle completed the mid-season top five.
In the Constructors Championship it was Williams-Renault who held sway at the midpoint of the season, leaving France with 85 points. Their closest challengers were compatriots McLaren-Ford Cosworth, who ventured into the second half of the campaign on 48 points, some 37 behind the leaders. Elsewhere the Ford factory backed Benetton-Ford Cosworth squad were sat in a lonely third, with almost double the points of Ligier-Renault in fourth.
The full entry list for the 1993 British Grand Prix is outlined below:
The full qualifying results for the 1993 British Grand Prix are outlined below:
|3||5||Michael Schumacher||Benetton-Ford Cosworth||1:37.264||1:20.401||+1.395s|
|4||8||Ayrton Senna||McLaren-Ford Cosworth||1:37.050||1:21.986||+2.980s|
|5||6||Riccardo Patrese||Benetton-Ford Cosworth||1:38.371||1:22.364||+3.358s|
|7||12||Johnny Herbert||Lotus-Ford Cosworth||1:41.037||1:22.487||+3.481s|
|11||7||Michael Andretti||McLaren-Ford Cosworth||1:38.283||1:23.114||+4.108s|
|14||11||Alex Zanardi||Lotus-Ford Cosworth||1:41.908||1:23.533||+4.527s|
|19||23||Christian Fittipaldi||Minardi-Ford Cosworth||1:41.726||1:24.664||+5.658s|
|20||24||Pierluigi Martini||Minardi-Ford Cosworth||1:40.851||1:24.718||+5.712s|
|21||4||Andrea de Cesaris||Tyrrell-Yamaha||1:40.624||1:24.254||+6.248s|
- 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.
|Andrea de Cesaris||22|
The full results for the 1993 British Grand Prix are outlined below:
- T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
- * Senna, Fittipaldi and Brundle were still classified despite retiring as they had completed 90% of the race distance.
- † de Cesaris was unable to be classified as he failed to complete 90% of the race distance.
- 500th Grand Prix entry for a Ligier chassis.
- Riccardo Patrese entered his 250th Grand Prix.
- 25th race entry for Karl Wendlinger, Ukyo Katayama and Mark Blundell.
- Fiftieth career victory for Alain Prost.
- Williams registered their 67th win as a constructor.
- Damon Hill recorded his maiden fastest lap.
Victory had moved Alain Prost a daunting twenty points clear at the top of the Championship, having registered his sixth win of the season. Ayrton Senna had remained, as ever, his closest challenger, although another poor weekend by the Brazilian's standards had cost him a lot of ground. Behind, Michael Schumacher had overtaken Damon Hill for third, while Riccardo Patrese had moved up to fifth with his first podium of the season.
In the Constructors Championship it had been another positive day for Williams-Renault, who moved 45 points clear at the head of the field. Indeed, McLaren-Ford Cosworth would need three one-twos on the trot, with Williams failing to score, just to get back on terms with their Anglo-French rivals. Elsewhere, Benetton-Ford Cosworth had closed the gap to McLaren to just eleven points, while Lotus-Ford Cosworth were back into the top five behind Ligier-Renault.
Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.
Images and Videos:
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- 'Britain 1993: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1993/grande-bretagne/engages.aspx, (Accessed 28/07/2019)
- 'British Grand Prix - QUALIFYING 1', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/1993/races/3/great-britain/qualifying-1.html, (Accessed 28/07/2019)
- 'British Grand Prix - QUALIFYING 2', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/1993/races/3/great-britain/qualifying-2.html, (Accessed 28/07/2019)
- 'Britain 1993: Qualifications', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1993/grande-bretagne/qualification.aspx, (Accessed 28/07/2019)
- 'Britain 1993: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1993/grande-bretagne/classement.aspx, (Accessed 28/07/2019)
- '1993 British GP', chicanef1.com, (Chicane F1, 2014), http://www.chicanef1.com/racetit.pl?year=1993&gp=British%20GP&r=1, (Accessed 28/07/2019)
- '9. Britain 1993', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1993/grande-bretagne.aspx, (Accessed 28/07/2019)
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