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The 1993 Spanish Grand Prix, otherwise officially known as the XXXV Gran Premio de España, was the fifth round of the 1993 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain, on the 9 May 1993.[1] The race would see Alain Prost sweep to victory, overcoming a late race handling issue as well as a challenge from teammate Damon Hill.[1]

The pre-weekend build-up would again be focused on the battle between McLaren and Benetton over their deals with Ford Cosworth, with the latter holding a factory deal with the engine manufacturer.[1] Their battle had begun prior to the San Marino Grand Prix, with Ayrton Senna of McLaren threatening to boycott the race unless McLaren were given factory engines.[1] Benetton would stand firm, however, with McLaren ultimately opting to self-develop their Ford Cosworth engines in partnership with TAG Electronics, whom had co-developed the TAG Porsche engines used by the team in the early 1980s.[1]

Qualifying saw the two Williams-Renaults conduct their increasingly familiar duel for pole position, with Prost emerging ahead of Hill as usual.[1] Senna was best of the rest in third ahead of the Benetton of Michael Schumacher, while Riccardo Patrese and Karl Wendlinger shared the third row.[1]

A series of glitches at the start of the race would cause confusion, with an electrical issue for Johnny Herbert leaving him stranded on the grid on the formation lap.[1] Then, as the field line-up for the full race start the starting lights glitched out, with the red lights replaced by a flashing pair of orange ones.[1]

That officially signalled an aborted start, although the drivers collectively decided to sprint away anyway, having already established that it was the moment that the red-lights went out that signalled the start.[1] Hill duly reacted the quickest to claim an early lead ahead of Prost, while Senna led the chase from third.[1]

The two Williams would soon ease away at the head of the field, with Prost sweeping into the lead on lap eleven.[1] The Frenchman then pulled out a small advantage over teammate Hill, while Senna had to keep an eye on Schumacher behind as they established themselves in third and fourth.[1]

The race proved fairly processional until mid-distance, when Prost's pace suddenly began to drop-off.[1] Indeed, the Frenchman had picked up a handling issue, meaning his car was not as balanced as it had been before, and hence gifted Hill the chance to challenge for the lead.[1]

Unfortunately hopes of a fight for the lead were ended on lap 41, for Hill's engine would explode just as he began plotting a move.[1] That put Senna and Schumacher onto the podium, with Schumacher looking increasingly likely to send a move past the Brazilian as the race wore on.[1]

Yet, their fight would also fizzle out long before the end of the race, for Schumacher send himself off across a gravel-trap and hence dropped off the back of Senna.[1] He therefore had to settle for third as Prost swept across the line to claim victory ahead of Senna, with that result putting the Frenchman into the lead of the Championship by a single point.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Ayrton Senna had seen his lead effectively eliminated after failing to finish in San Marino, although he still held a two point advantage at the head of the Championship. Alain Prost had been the man to do the damage to the Brazilian's lead, leaving Imola with 24 points to the Brazilian's 26. Damon Hill, meanwhile, had lost ground in third, with half the points of teammate Prost, while Michael Schumacher and Mark Blundell completed the top five.

The Constructors Championship had seen a change at the top of the title hunt, with Williams-Renault moving ten points ahead of McLaren-Ford Cosworth. Indeed, those two were in class of their own at the head of the field with a quarter of the season gone, with a fourteen point gap back to third placed Benetton-Ford Cosworth. Ligier-Renault, meanwhile, would hold fourth, two behind the British squad, while Lotus-Ford Cosworth had slipped to fifth.

Entry listEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 2 France Alain Prost United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1:19.599 1:17.809
2 0 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1:20.400 1:18.346 +0.537s
3 8 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom McLaren-Ford Cosworth 1:20.221 1:19.722 +1.913s
4 5 Germany Michael Schumacher United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 1:21.148 1:20.520 +2.711s
5 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 1:21.880 1:20.600 +2.791s
6 29 Austria Karl Wendlinger Switzerland Sauber 1:23.696 1:21.203 +3.394s
7 7 United States Michael Andretti United Kingdom McLaren-Ford Cosworth 1:22.286 1:21.360 +3.551s
8 27 France Jean Alesi Italy Ferrari 1:23.614 1:21.767 +3.958s
9 30 Finland JJ Lehto Switzerland Sauber 1:22.801 1:22.047 +4.238s
10 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Cosworth 1:23.541 1:22.470 +4.661s
11 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 1:23.346 1:22.655 +4.846s
12 26 United Kingdom Mark Blundell France Ligier-Renault 1:24.107 1:22.708 +4.899s
13 19 France Philippe Alliot France Larrousse-Lamborghini 1:26.698 1:22.887 +5.078s
14 20 France Érik Comas France Larrousse-Lamborghini 1:24.995 1:22.904 +5.095s
15 11 Italy Alex Zanardi United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Cosworth 1:23.579 1:23.026 +5.217s
16 9 United Kingdom Derek Warwick United Kingdom Footwork-Mugen-Honda 1:23.971 1:23.086 +5.277s
17 14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ireland Jordan-Hart 1:24.708 1:23.232 +5.423s
18 25 United Kingdom Martin Brundle France Ligier-Renault 1:24.748 1:23.357 +5.548s
19 10 Japan Aguri Suzuki United Kingdom Footwork-Mugen-Honda 1:24.158 1:23.432 +5.623s
20 23 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:24.304 1:23.449 +5.640s
21 15 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Ireland Jordan-Hart 1:24.476 1:23.464 +5.655s
22 22 Italy Luca Badoer Italy Lola-Ferrari 1:26.851 1:24.268 +6.459s
23 3 Japan Ukyo Katayama United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:25.607 1:24.291 +6.482s
24 4 Italy Andrea de Cesaris United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:27.724 1:24.358 +6.549s
25 24 Italy Fabrizio Barbazza Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:25.616 1:24.399 +6.590s
DNQ 21 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Lola-Ferrari 1:26.813 1:25.396 +7.587s
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 ______________
Alain Prost 2
______________ Damon Hill
Row 2 3 ______________
Ayrton Senna 4
______________ Michael Schumacher
Row 3 5 ______________
Riccardo Patrese 6
______________ Karl Wendlinger
Row 4 7 ______________
Michael Andretti 8
______________ Jean Alesi
Row 5 9 ______________
JJ Lehto 10
______________ Johnny Herbert*
Row 6 11 ______________
Gerhard Berger 12
______________ Mark Blundell
Row 7 13 ______________
Philippe Alliot 14
______________ Érik Comas
Row 8 15 ______________
Alex Zanardi 16
______________ Derek Warwick
Row 9 17 ______________
Rubens Barrichello 18
______________ Martin Brundle
Row 10 19 ______________
Aguri Suzuki 20
______________ Christian Fittipaldi
Row 11 21 ______________
Thierry Boutsen 22
______________ Luca Badoer
Row 12 23 ______________
Ukyo Katayama 24
______________ Andrea de Cesaris
Row 13 25 ______________
Fabrizio Barbazza 26
______________
  • * Herbert would start the race from the back of the grid after an electrical issue on the formation lap.[5]

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 2 France Alain Prost United Kingdom Williams-Renault 65 1:32:27.685 1 10
2 8 Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom McLaren-Ford Cosworth 65 +16.873s 3 6
3 5 Germany Michael Schumacher United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 65 +27.125s 4 4
4 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 64 +1 Lap 5 3
5 7 United States Michael Andretti United Kingdom McLaren-Ford Cosworth 64 +1 Lap 7 2
6 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 63 +2 Laps 11 1
7 26 United Kingdom Mark Blundell France Ligier-Renault 63 +2 Laps 12
8 23 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 63 +2 Laps 20
9 20 France Érik Comas France Larrousse-Lamborghini 63 +2 Laps 14
10 10 Japan Aguri Suzuki United Kingdom Footwork-Mugen-Honda 63 +2 Laps 19
11 15 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Ireland Jordan-Hart 62 +3 Laps 21
12 14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ireland Jordan-Hart 62 +3 Laps 17
13 9 United Kingdom Derek Warwick United Kingdom Footwork-Mugen-Honda 62 +3 Laps 16
14* 11 Italy Alex Zanardi United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Cosworth 60 Engine 15
Ret 30 Finland JJ Lehto Switzerland Sauber 53 Engine 9
Ret 22 Italy Luca Badoer Italy Lola-Ferrari 43 Overheating 22
Ret 29 Austria Karl Wendlinger Switzerland Sauber 42 Fuel system 6
DSQ 4 Italy Michele Alboreto United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 42 Disqualified 24
Ret 0 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Williams-Renault 41 Engine 2
Ret 27 France Jean Alesi Italy Ferrari 40 Engine 8
Ret 24 Italy Fabrizio Barbazza Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 37 Spin 25
Ret 19 France Philippe Alliot France Larrousse-Lamborghini 26 Transmission 13
Ret 25 United Kingdom Martin Brundle France Ligier-Renault 11 Tyre 18
Ret 3 Japan Ukyo Katayama United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 11 Spin 23
Ret 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Cosworth 2 Suspension 10
DNQ 21 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Lola-Ferrari
Source:[6]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Zanardi was still classified despite retiring as he had completed 90% of the race distance.[6]
  • de Cesaris was disqualified for receiving a push-start.[6]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

There was a change at the top of the Championship as a result of the Spanish Grand Prix, with Alain Prost leaving Barcelona ahead of Ayrton Senna. Indeed, the Frenchman had established a two point advantage over the Brazilian, and held a three-two advantage in terms of race wins. Behind, Michael Schumacher had leapt ahead of Damon Hill, but already looked too far back to challenge, while Mark Blundell retained his spot in the top five.

In the Constructors Championship, meanwhile, it had been a day of little change, with Williams-Renault retaining their lead at the head of the hunt. The Anglo-French squad would head to Monte Carlo with a twelve point advantage over rivals McLaren-Ford Cosworth, before a fifteen point gap to third placed Benetton-Ford Cosworth. Completing the top five would be Ligier-Renault and Lotus-Ford Cosworth, while Ferrari remained at the foot of the table having claimed just two points.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 France Alain Prost 34 ▲1
2 Brazil Ayrton Senna 32 ▼1
3 Germany Michael Schumacher 14 ▲1
4 United Kingdom Damon Hill 12 ▼1
5 United Kingdom Mark Blundell 6
6 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert 6
7 Finland JJ Lehto 5
8 Italy Riccardo Patrese 5 ▲3
9 United Kingdom Martin Brundle 4 ▼1
10 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi 3 ▼1
11 France Philippe Alliot 2 ▼1
12 United States Michael Andretti 2 ▲9
13 Italy Fabrizio Barbazza 2 ▼1
14 Austria Gerhard Berger 2
15 Italy Alex Zanardi 1 ▼2
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Williams-Renault 46
2 United Kingdom McLaren-Ford Cosworth 34
3 United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 19
4 France Ligier-Renault 10
5 United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Cosworth 7
6 Switzerland Sauber 5
7 Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 5
8 France Larrousse-Lamborghini 2
9 Italy Ferrari 2

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

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V T E Spain Spanish Grand Prix
Circuits Pedralbes (1951, 1954), Jarama (1967-1968, 1970, 1972, 1974, 1976-1981), Montjuïc (1969, 1971, 1973, 1975), Jerez (1986-1990), Catalunya (1991-Present)
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Races 19511952–195319541955–1967196819691970197119721973197419751976197719781979198019811982–19871986198719881989199019911992199319941995199619971998199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019
Non-Championship Races 19231924–1925192619271928–192919301931–19321933193419351936–196619671968–19791980
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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