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The 1993 Japanese Grand Prix, otherwise known as the XIX Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix (XIXフジテレビ日本グランプリ in Japanese) was the fifteenth and penultimate round of the 1993 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Suzuka Circuit in Mie Prefecture, Japan, on the 24 October 1993.[1] The race would see Ayrton Senna once again demonstrate his wet race talents to claim victory, a result which put McLaren joint top of the all-time winners list with Ferrari at 103 victories.[1]

The build-up to the race was dominated by Alain Prost's decision to retire at the end of the season, the Frenchman opting to end his F1 career having secured his fourth title.[1] His employers Williams-Renault duly announced his old nemesis Senna as his successor, while McLaren announced a deal to use Peugeot engines for 1994.[1] There was also some controversy at Ligier, with team boss Cyril de Rouvre reported to be in legal trouble back in France.[1]

Qualifying would see Prost sweep to pole position as expected, although a spin for teammate Damon Hill would leave the Brit a distant sixth.[1] Second on the grid therefore went to Senna ahead of his teammate Mika Häkkinen, while Michael Schumacher and Gerhard Berger also got ahead of Hill.[1]

The start of the race would see Senna sprint clear of Prost to claim an early lead, with the Frenchman left to fend off the attentions of Häkkinen and Berger.[1] Behind, meanwhile, Jordan-Hart debutante and Suzuka specialist Eddie Irvine shot up to fifth, before fending off early attempts to pass from Schumacher and Hill.[1]

It was not long, however, before both the Benetton and Williams were ahead of Irvine's Jordan, with the top six quickly breaking clear of the rookie.[1] That was, until Hill and Schumacher went for the same gap when trying to pass Berger, resulting in Schumacher receiving terminal damage.[1]

The pit stop window opened on lap eleven, although rain would begin to fall as Senna made his stop, rejoining in second behind Prost.[1] The Brazilian duly caught and passed his old rival as the rain intensified, with both duly stopping for full wets moments after Senna claimed the lead.[1]

The rain soon stopped however, although Senna would build a huge thirty second lead before the field began to stop for fresh tyres.[1] However, that advantage would be cut in half after the Brazilian got caught trying to lap Hill and Irvine, the latter having passed the #8 McLaren to un-lap himself after making the switch back to slicks, much to the Brazilian's later ire.[1]

Senna and Prost duly stopped again with eleven laps to go, although Prost would not manage to make up any more time on the Brazilian.[1] Irvine, meanwhile, would fall behind teammate Rubens Barrichello during the stops, before accidentally hitting the back of Derek Warwick as the pair scrapped for sixth, knocking his compatriot out of the race.[1]

With that the race was run, with Senna able to cruise home to claim his fortieth career victory ahead of Prost.[1] Häkkinen swept home in third to secure his first podium finish ahead of Hill, while Barrichello and Irvine survived to claim the remaining points.[1]

After the race there would be an infamous clash between Senna and Irvine in the paddock, the former receiving a suspended two race ban after punching the Brit.[1] Their dispute was the result of Irvine's decision to un-lap himself during the race.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Second place for Alain Prost in Portugal ensured that the Frenchman had done enough to claim the 1993 FIA Formula One World Championship with two rounds to spare. Indeed, the Frenchman would leave Estoril with a 25 point lead over closest challenger Damon Hill, with the Brit only able to score twenty points across the remaining two rounds. The Brit was, however, set to finish second, holding a nine point advantage over third placed Ayrton Senna.

In the Constructors Championship Williams-Renault had been able to again extend their title winning lead, moving onto 149 points after fourteen races. Benetton-Ford Cosworth, meanwhile, had inched further away from McLaren-Ford Cosworth, leaving Portugal twelve points ahead with 32 left to fight for. Benetton could therefore secure the runner-up spot in Japan, while Ferrari had claimed fourth from Ligier-Renault.

Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 1993 Japanese 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 Japanese Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 2 France Alain Prost United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1:38.587 1:37.154
2 8 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom McLaren-Ford Cosworth 1:38.942 1:37.284 +0.130s
3 7 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Ford Cosworth 1:38.813 1:37.326 +0.162s
4 5 Germany Michael Schumacher United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 1:38.589 1:37.530 +0.376s
5 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 1:39.024 1:37.622 +0.468s
6 0 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1:38.979 1:38.352 +1.198s
7 9 United Kingdom Derek Warwick United Kingdom Footwork-Mugen-Honda 1:41.086 1:38.780 +1.626s
8 15 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ireland Jordan-Hart 1:41.018 1:38.966 +1.812s
9 10 Japan Aguri Suzuki United Kingdom Footwork-Mugen-Honda 1:41.380 1:39.278 +2.124s
10 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 1:40.748 1:39.291 +2.137s
11 30 Finland JJ Lehto Switzerland Sauber 1:40.346 1:39.391 +2.237s
12 14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ireland Jordan-Hart 1:41.624 1:39.426 +2.272s
13 3 Japan Ukyo Katayama United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:40.963 1:39.511 +2.357s
14 27 France Jean Alesi Italy Ferrari 1:39.535 2:44.132 +2.381s
15 25 United Kingdom Martin Brundle France Ligier-Renault 1:41.543 1:39.951 +2.797s
16 29 Austria Karl Wendlinger Switzerland Sauber 1:41.367 1:40.153 +2.999s
17 26 United Kingdom Mark Blundell France Ligier-Renault 1:41.278 1:40.696 +3.542s
18 4 Italy Andrea de Cesaris United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:41.480 1:40.696 +3.542s
19 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Cosworth 1:41.488 3:41.040 +4.334s
20 11 Portugal Pedro Lamy United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Cosworth 1:43.165 1:41.600 +4.446s
21 20 France Érik Comas France Larrousse-Lamborghini 1:43.483 1:41.769 +4.615s
22 24 Italy Pierluigi Martini Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:42.388 1:41.989 +4.835s
23 19 Japan Toshio Suzuki France Larrousse-Lamborghini 1:44.562 1:42.175 +5.021s
24 23 France Jean-Marc Gounon Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:46.782 1:43.812 +6.658s
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 ______________
Alain Prost 2
______________ Ayrton Senna
Row 2 3 ______________
Mika Häkkinen 4
______________ Michael Schumacher
Row 3 5 ______________
Gerhard Berger 6
______________ Damon Hill
Row 4 7 ______________
Derek Warwick 8
______________ Eddie Irvine
Row 5 9 ______________
Aguri Suzuki 10
______________ Riccardo Patrese
Row 6 11 ______________
JJ Lehto 12
______________ Rubens Barrichello
Row 7 13 ______________
Ukyo Katayama 14
______________ Jean Alesi
Row 8 15 ______________
Martin Brundle 16
______________ Andrea de Cesaris
Row 9 17 ______________
Johnny Herbert 18
______________ Pedro Lamy
Row 10 19 ______________
Érik Comas 20
______________ Pierluigi Martini
Row 11 21 ______________
Toshio Suzuki 22
______________ Jean-Marc Gounon

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 8 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom McLaren-Ford Cosworth 53 1:40:27.912 2 10
2 2 France Alain Prost United Kingdom Williams-Renault 53 +11.435s 1 6
3 7 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Ford Cosworth 53 +26.129s 3 4
4 0 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Williams-Renault 53 +1:23.538 6 3
5 14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ireland Jordan-Hart 53 +1:35.101 12 2
6 15 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ireland Jordan-Hart 53 +1:46.421 8 1
7 26 United Kingdom Mark Blundell France Ligier-Renault 52 +1 Lap 17
8 30 Finland JJ Lehto Switzerland Sauber 52 +1 Lap 11
9 25 United Kingdom Martin Brundle France Ligier-Renault 51 +2 Laps 15
10 24 Italy Pierluigi Martini Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 51 +2 Laps 22
11 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Cosworth 51 +2 Laps 19
12 19 Japan Toshio Suzuki France Larrousse-Lamborghini 51 +2 Laps 23
13* 11 Portugal Pedro Lamy United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Cosworth 49 Accident 20
14* 9 United Kingdom Derek Warwick United Kingdom Footwork-Mugen-Honda 48 Collision 7
Ret 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 45 Accident 10
Ret 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 40 Engine 5
Ret 10 Japan Aguri Suzuki United Kingdom Footwork-Mugen-Honda 28 Spin 9
Ret 23 France Jean-Marc Gounon Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 26 Withdrawn 24
Ret 3 Japan Ukyo Katayama United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 26 Engine 13
Ret 29 Austria Karl Wendlinger Switzerland Sauber 25 Engine 16
Ret 20 France Érik Comas France Larrousse-Lamborghini 17 Engine 21
Ret 5 Germany Michael Schumacher United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 10 Collision 4
Ret 27 France Jean Alesi Italy Ferrari 7 Engine 14
Ret 4 Italy Andrea de Cesaris United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 0 Collision 18
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.
  • * Lamy and Warwick were still classified despite retiring as they had completed 90% of the race distance.[6]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

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.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 France Alain Prost 93
2 United Kingdom Damon Hill 65
3 Brazil Ayrton Senna 63
4 Germany Michael Schumacher 52
5 Italy Riccardo Patrese 20
6 France Jean Alesi 13
7 United Kingdom Martin Brundle 12
8 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert 11
9 United Kingdom Mark Blundell 10
10 Austria Gerhard Berger 10
11 United States Michael Andretti 7
12 Austria Karl Wendlinger 7
13 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi 5
14 Finland JJ Lehto 5
15 Finland Mika Häkkinen 4 ▲14
16 United Kingdom Derek Warwick 4 ▼1
17 France Philippe Alliot 2 ▼1
18 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 2 ▲3
19 Italy Fabrizio Barbazza 2 ▼2
20 Italy Alex Zanardi 1 ▼2
21 France Érik Comas 1 ▼2
22 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 1 ▲7
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Williams-Renault 158
2 United Kingdom McLaren-Ford Cosworth 74 ▲1
3 United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 72 ▼1
4 Italy Ferrari 23
5 France Ligier-Renault 22
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:

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V T E Japan Japanese Grand Prix
Circuits Fuji (1976–1977, 2007–2008), Suzuka (1987–2006, 2009–present)
SuzukaCircuit2005
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See also Pacific Grand Prix
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
Tyres Goodyear
Races South Africa • Brazil • Europe • San Marino • Spain • Monaco • Canada • France • Britain • Germany • Hungary • Belgium • Italy • Portugal • Japan • Australia
See also 1992 Formula One Season • 1994 Formula One Season • Category
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