The 1993 Canadian Grand Prix, otherwise officially advertised as the XXXI Grand Prix Molson du Canada, was the seventh round of the 1993 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada, on the 13 June 1993. The race would see Alain Prost sweep to victory as well as the Championship lead, in what would be the final race that 1976 World Champion James Hunt commentated on before his death on 15 June 1993.
The weekend was heralded by news of an F1 Technical Delegate meeting which had concluded that several electronic systems were illegal. The key issues surrounded traction control and active suspension, with the Delegate's ruling that they were artificial driver aids, and hence gave them grounds to outlaw them in future rule books.
Regardless, those systems would remain legal for the Canadian Grand Prix, and it was active suspension pioneers Williams-Renault whom dominated qualifying, Alain Prost claiming pole position ahead of teammate Damon Hill. Michael Schumacher was best of the rest ahead of his teammate Riccardo Patrese, while Championship leader Ayrton Senna was a lowly eighth place.
Hill made an excellent start to claim the lead from Prost, while Gerhard Berger got the jump on the two sluggish Benetton-Ford Cosworths to secure third. Senna, meanwhile, would blitz his getaway, surging past Martin Brundle and the two Benettons.
The Brazilian ace would also take Jean Alesi later on the opening lap to claim fourth, before lunging past Berger on the following tour. Out front, meanwhile, Hill and Prost were running nose-to-tail, and working together to build a lead over the now third placed McLaren-Ford Cosworth.
Indeed, it was only on the sixth lap that Prost made his bid for the lead, easing past Hill once they had a big enough advantage over Senna. With that Prost leapt away to build a lead of his own, while Hill slowly slipped into the clutches of Senna.
Yet, the Brit still had enough pace to prevent Senna from making a move, and hence remained in second and third. They hence slipped closer to Michael Schumacher once the German battled back past the Ferraris of Alesi and Berger, with pitstops looming.
The stops would change the complexion of the race, with Hill dropping to fourth as Williams made an error. Schumacher, meanwhile, was left on the tail of Senna, before inheriting second when the Brazilian's engine expired in the closing stages.
With that the race was run, with Prost cruising across the line fifteen seconds clear of Schumacher to claim the Championship lead. Hill completed the podium, while Berger, Brundle and Karl Wendlinger rounded out the scorers list.
Ayrton Senna moved back to the top of the Championship with his record breaking victory in Monte Carlo, leaving the Principality with a five point lead. Alain Prost had been forced to make way for his Brazilian nemesis, although his fourth place finish ensured he remained within striking distance. A huge nineteen point gap followed before the man in third appeared in the table, with Damon Hill having moved back ahead of Michael Schumacher.
Williams-Renault had managed to maintain their lead atop the Constructors Championship, although their advantage had been reduced to eleven points. Indeed, McLaren-Ford Cosworth had chipped away at their Anglo-French rival's tally in Monte Carlo, although they would still need a poor weekend for Williams-Renault in order to claim the lead. Behind, Benetton-Ford Cosworth had lost more ground on the leaders in third, while Ligier-Renault had retained their spot in fourth.
The full entry list for the 1993 Canadian Grand Prix is outlined below:
The full qualifying results for the 1993 Canadian Grand Prix are outlined below:
|3||5||Michael Schumacher||Benetton-Ford Cosworth||1:20.808||1:20.945||+1.821s|
|4||6||Riccardo Patrese||Benetton-Ford Cosworth||1:20.948||1:23.268||+1.961s|
|8||8||Ayrton Senna||McLaren-Ford Cosworth||1:21.706||1:21.891||+2.719s|
|12||7||Michael Andretti||McLaren-Ford Cosworth||1:22.751||1:22.229||+3.242s|
|17||23||Christian Fittipaldi||Minardi-Ford Cosworth||1:24.559||1:23.119||+4.132s|
|19||4||Andrea de Cesaris||Tyrrell-Yamaha||1:23.268||1:23.185||+4.198s|
|20||12||Johnny Herbert||Lotus-Ford Cosworth||1:23.341||1:23.223||+4.236s|
|21||11||Alex Zanardi||Lotus-Ford Cosworth||1:23.240||1:25.027||+4.253s|
|23||24||Fabrizio Barbazza||Minardi-Ford Cosworth||1:23.946||1:24.375||+4.959s|
- 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||20|
- * Andretti would start the race from the pitlane.
The full results for the 1993 Canadian Grand Prix are outlined below:
- T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
- * Senna was still classified despite retiring as he had completed 90% of the race distance.
- Alain Prost made his 190th Grand Prix start.
- 100th start from Philippe Alliot.
- Ayrton Senna entered his 150th Grand Prix.
- 20th entry for Christian Fittipaldi.
- Prost claimed the 80th pole position for a Renault engine.
- 48th career victory for Prost.
- 65th win for Williams as a constructor.
- Renault claimed their 45th win as an engine manufacturer.
There had been a complete role reversal atop the Championship as a result of the Canadian Grand Prix, with Alain Prost establishing a five point lead, having arrived in North America five behind. Indeed, Ayrton Senna was now the driver who sat in second, with those two remaining the only major pretenders for the title. A twenty point gap followed to third placed Damon Hill, who was set to fight for third with Michael Schumacher.
In the Constructors Championship it had been a very strong day for Williams-Renault, who moved onto 69 points after their double podium. That meant that they held a 25 point lead over McLaren-Ford Cosworth, meaning there was a bigger gap between the lead duo then there was between McLaren and third placed Benetton-Ford Cosworth. Elsewhere, Ligier-Renault had continued to hold fourth, while Ferrari had moved up the table to fifth, but were still yet to break into double figures for the season.
Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.
Images and Videos:
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- 'Canada 1993: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1993/canada/classement.aspx, (Accessed 27/07/2019)
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