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The LXXIX Rhone-Poulenc Grand Prix de France, otherwise known as the 1993 French Grand Prix, was the eighth round of the 1993 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours in Magny-Cours, France, on the 4 July 1993.[1] The race would see the two Williams-Renaults duel for victory, with Championship leader Alain Prost just beating teammate Damon Hill.[1]

Indeed, it would be a mixed start to the weekend for Williams, with news that they were to lose title sponsor Canon, as well as major sponsors Camel.[1] Furthermore, the squad were set to be one of the big losers over the winter amid conformation that active suspension would be banned, although they did secure a deal with Rothmans to become the title sponsor for 1994.[1]

Qualifying would see Hill sweep to a maiden pole position, beating teammate Prost for the first time.[1] Behind came the two Renault engined, and Magny-Cours based, Ligiers of Martin Brundle and Mark Blundell, while Ayrton Senna could only muster fifth ahead of Jean Alesi.[1]

It was an even getaway for Hill and Prost at the start, with the Brit just easing ahead as they swept into the first corner.[1] They were chased by the two Ligier-Renaults and Senna, while Michael Schumacher got the jump on Alesi to claim sixth.[1]

Alesi duly slipped behind Rubens Barrichello in the early stages, as the two Williams tried to break away from Brundle and co., but to no avail.[1] Indeed, the top six were still together when they began lapping the backmarkers, with Blundell getting spun out of the race by Andrea de Cesaris on lap 14.[1]

Otherwise the race proved fairly tame, with Hill keeping Prost at arm's length, while Senna found himself unable to get on terms with Brundle.[1] Indeed, it was only in the build up to the pitstops that the Williams eventually broke clear, only for traffic in the pitlane to drop Hill behind Prost.[1]

The race duly settled down once again, with Hill easing back towards Prost, while Senna and Schumacher looked for a way past Brundle.[1] Their chance duly came when the field dived into the pits for a third set of tyres, with the #8 McLaren-Ford Cosworth, as well as the #5 Benetton-Ford Cosworth getting the jump on the Ligier.[1]

Schumacher would go on to pass Senna when the Brazilian got caught in traffic, with Senna also receiving a thumb from Derek Warwick to add to his woes.[1] Out front, meanwhile, Hill would just fall shy of Prost on the final tour, with the two Williams flying in formation across the line to claim a one-two for Renault on home soil.[1] Schumacher completed the podium ahead of Senna's wounded McLaren, keeping Brundle at bay late on, while Michael Andretti battled into sixth ahead of Barrichello.[1]

BackgroundEdit

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.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 1993 French 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 020C Yamaha OX10A 3.5 V10 G
4 Italy Andrea de Cesaris United Kingdom Tyrrell Racing Organisation Tyrrell 020C 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 Fabrizio Barbazza 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 French Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 0 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1:15.051 1:14.382
2 2 France Alain Prost United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1:15.725 1:14.524 +0.142s
3 25 United Kingdom Martin Brundle France Ligier-Renault 1:16.847 1:16.169 +1.787s
4 26 United Kingdom Mark Blundell France Ligier-Renault 1:16.834 1:16.203 +1.821s
5 8 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom McLaren-Ford Cosworth 1:16.782 1:16.264 +1.882s
6 27 France Jean Alesi Italy Ferrari 1:16.825 1:16.662 +2.280s
7 5 Germany Michael Schumacher United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 1:16.720 1:16.745 +2.338s
8 14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ireland Jordan-Hart 1:17.345 1:17.168 +2.786s
9 20 France Érik Comas France Larrousse-Lamborghini 1:18.180 1:17.170 +2.788s
10 19 France Philippe Alliot France Larrousse-Lamborghini 1:18.230 1:17.190 +2.808s
11 29 Austria Karl Wendlinger Switzerland Sauber 1:17.650 1:17.315 +2.933s
12 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 1:17.675 1:17.362 +2.980s
13 10 Japan Aguri Suzuki United Kingdom Footwork-Mugen-Honda 1:17.441 1:17.518 +3.059s
14 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 1:18.741 1:17.456 +3.074s
15 9 United Kingdom Derek Warwick United Kingdom Footwork-Mugen-Honda 1:19.180 1:17.598 +3.216s
16 7 United States Michael Andretti United Kingdom McLaren-Ford Cosworth 1:18.585 1:17.659 +3.277s
17 11 Italy Alex Zanardi United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Cosworth 1:18.331 1:17.706 +3.324s
18 30 Finland JJ Lehto Switzerland Sauber 1:19.252 1:17.812 +3.430s
19 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Cosworth 1:17.862 1:18.104 +3.480s
20 15 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Ireland Jordan-Hart 1:18.685 1:17.997 +3.615s
21 3 Japan Ukyo Katayama United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:20.553 1:19.143 +4.761s
22 22 Italy Luca Badoer Italy Lola-Ferrari 1:21.931 1:19.493 +5.111s
23 23 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:19.968 1:19.519 +5.137s
24 24 Italy Fabrizio Barbazza Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:21.113 1:19.691 +5.309s
25 4 Italy Andrea de Cesaris United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:21.024 1:19.856 +5.474s
DNQ 21 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Lola-Ferrari 1:22.106 1:20.130 +5.748s
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 Damon Hill
Alain Prost ______________
Row 2 ______________ 3
4 Martin Brundle
Mark Blundell ______________
Row 3 ______________ 5
6 Ayrton Senna
Jean Alesi ______________
Row 4 ______________ 7
8 Michael Schumacher
Rubens Barrichello ______________
Row 5 ______________ 9
10 Érik Comas
Philippe Alliot ______________
Row 6 ______________ 11
12 Karl Wendlinger
Riccardo Patrese ______________
Row 7 ______________ 13
14 Aguri Suzuki
Gerhard Berger ______________
Row 8 ______________ 15
16 Derek Warwick
Michael Andretti ______________
Row 9 ______________ 17
18 Alex Zanardi
JJ Lehto ______________
Row 10 ______________ 19
20 Johnny Herbert
Thierry Boutsen ______________
Row 11 ______________ 21
22 Ukyo Katayama
Luca Badoer ______________
Row 12 ______________ 23
24 Christian Fittipaldi
Fabrizio Barbazza ______________
Row 13 ______________ 25
26 Andrea de Cesaris
______________

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 2 France Alain Prost United Kingdom Williams-Renault 72 1:38:35.241 2 10
2 0 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Williams-Renault 72 +0.342s 1 6
3 5 Germany Michael Schumacher United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 72 +21.209s 7 4
4 8 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom McLaren-Ford Cosworth 72 +32.405s 5 3
5 25 United Kingdom Martin Brundle France Ligier-Renault 72 +33.795s 3 2
6 7 United States Michael Andretti United Kingdom McLaren-Ford Cosworth 71 +1 Lap 16 1
7 14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ireland Jordan-Hart 71 +1 Lap 8
8 23 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 71 +1 Lap 23
9 19 France Philippe Alliot France Larrousse-Lamborghini 70 +2 Laps 10
10 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 70 +2 Laps 12
11 15 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Ireland Jordan-Hart 70 +2 Laps 20
12 10 Japan Aguri Suzuki United Kingdom Footwork-Mugen-Honda 70 +2 Laps 13
13 9 United Kingdom Derek Warwick United Kingdom Footwork-Mugen-Honda 70 +2 Laps 15
14 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 70 +2 Laps 14
15 4 Italy Andrea de Cesaris United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 68 +4 Laps 25
16* 20 France Érik Comas France Larrousse-Lamborghini 66 Gearbox 9
Ret 27 France Jean Alesi Italy Ferrari 47 Engine 6
Ret 22 Italy Luca Badoer Italy Lola-Ferrari 28 Suspension 22
Ret 29 Austria Karl Wendlinger Switzerland Sauber 25 Gearbox 11
Ret 30 Finland JJ Lehto Switzerland Sauber 22 Gearbox 18
Ret 26 United Kingdom Mark Blundell France Ligier-Renault 20 Spin 4
Ret 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Cosworth 16 Spin 19
Ret 24 Italy Fabrizio Barbazza Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 16 Gearbox 24
Ret 3 Japan Ukyo Katayama United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 12 Gearbox 21
Ret 11 Italy Alex Zanardi United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Cosworth 9 Suspension 17
DNQ 21 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Lola-Ferrari
Source:[6]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Comas was still classified despite retiring as he had completed 90% of the race distance.[6]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

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.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 France Alain Prost 57
2 Brazil Ayrton Senna 45
3 United Kingdom Damon Hill 28
4 Germany Michael Schumacher 24
5 United Kingdom Martin Brundle 9
6 United Kingdom Mark Blundell 6
7 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert 6
8 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi 5
9 Finland JJ Lehto 5
10 Italy Riccardo Patrese 5
11 Austria Gerhard Berger 5
12 France Jean Alesi 4
13 United States Michael Andretti 3 ▲1
14 France Philippe Alliot 2 ▼1
15 Italy Fabrizio Barbazza 2
16 Italy Alex Zanardi 1
17 Austria Karl Wendlinger 1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Williams-Renault 85
2 United Kingdom McLaren-Ford Cosworth 48
3 United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 29
4 France Ligier-Renault 15
5 Italy Ferrari 9
6 United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Cosworth 7
7 Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 7
8 Switzerland Sauber 6
9 France Larrousse-Lamborghini 2

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

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  2. 'France 1993: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1993/france/engages.aspx, (Accessed 27/07/2019)
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V T E 1993 Formula One Season
Teams Williams • Tyrrell • Benetton • McLaren • Footwork • Lotus • Jordan • Larrousse • Lola • Minardi • Ligier • Ferrari • Sauber
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
Other Drivers Coulthard • McNish • Montermini • Verstappen
Cars Williams FW15C • McLaren MP4/8 • Benetton B193 • Ferrari F93A • Ligier JS39 • Lotus 107B • Sauber C12 • Minardi M193 • Footwork FA13B • Footwork FA14 • Larrousse LH93 • Jordan 193 • Lola T93/30 • Tyrrell 020C • Tyrrell 021
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