British GP 1992

JULY 12, 1992

British GP, 1992

The Formula 1 teams escaped the French strickers' truck blockade and raced north to Silverstone where the British GP was due to take place a week after the French event. Christian Fittipaldi was out of action following his accident in France and so the Minardi team hired Alex Zanardi as his replacement.

The partisan crowd wanted a Nigel Mansell victory and after qualifying the World Championship leader was on pole from his Williams-Renault team mate Riccardo Patrese. Ayrton Senna was third (as always) in his McLaren-Honda. Michael Schumacher's Benetton was fourth ahead of Gerhard Berger's McLaren, Martin Brundle's Benetton, the Lotus of Johnny Herbert, Jean Alesi's Ferrari, Mika Hakkinen in the second Lotus and Erik Comas's Ligier-Renault. At the back of the field there was a significant moment as Damon Hill finally managed to get his Brabham into a race, qualifying last on the grid, a tenth quicker than Zanardi.

There was a hug crowd and this resulted in Mika Hakkinen getting stuck in traffic jams and missing the warm-up because he had to explain to police why he was driving down the wrong side of the road.

At the start of the race Patrese took the lead at the first corner but Mansell did not think much of that, retook the lead and duly drove away from the field to score another dominant victory. Patrese followed him and the fast-starting Brundle ran third for the whole afternoon, battling with his old Formula 3 rival Senna. Schumacher followed them but later had an incident and dropped behind Berger.

Senna eventually went out with a gearbox failure while his team-mate Berger ran into engine trouble and Schumacher moved up to fourth with Berger fifth and Hakkinen sixth.

Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault  59 1h25m42.991s  
Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault  59 1h26m22.085s  
20 Martin Brundle Benetton-Cosworth  59 1h26m31.386s  
19 Michael Schumacher Benetton-Cosworth  59 1h26m36.258s  
Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda  59 1h26m38.786s  
11 Mika Hakkinen Lotus-Cosworth  59 1h27m03.129s  
Michele Alboreto Footwork-Mugen Honda  58  12 
26 Erik Comas Ligier-Renault  58  10 
28 Ivan Capelli Ferrari  58  14 
10 25 Thierry Boutsen Ligier-Renault  57  13 
11 Olivier Grouillard Tyrrell-Ilmor  57  20 
12 10 Aguri Suzuki Footwork-Mugen Honda  57  17 
13 21 JJ Lehto Dallara-Ferrari  57  19 
14 15 Gabriele Tarquini Fondmetal-Cosworth  57  15 
15 22 Pierluigi Martini Dallara-Ferrari  56  22 
16 Damon Hill Brabham-Judd  55  26 
17r 24 Gianni Morbidelli Minardi-Lamborghini  53 Oil Pressure 25 
Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda  52 Gearbox 
Andrea de Cesaris Tyrrell-Ilmor  46 Suspension/spin 18 
27 Jean Alesi Ferrari  43 Fire Extinguisher 
32 Stefano Modena Jordan-Yamaha  43 Engine 23 
33 Mauricio Gugelmin Jordan-Yamaha  37 Engine 24 
29 Bertrand Gachot Venturi Larrousse-Lamborghini  32 Rear Wheel Bearing 11 
12 Johnny Herbert Lotus-Cosworth  31 Gearbox 
16 Karl Wendlinger March-Ilmor  27 Gearbox 21 
30 Ukyo Katayama Venturi Larrousse-Lamborghini  27 Gear Linkage 16 
nq 23 Christian Fittipaldi Minardi-Lamborghini    27 
nq 17 Paul Belmondo March-Ilmor    28 
nq 14 Andrea Chiesa Fondmetal-Cosworth    29 
nq Eric van de Poele Brabham-Judd    30 
npq 34 Roberto Moreno Andrea Moda-Judd    31 
npq 35 Perry McCarthy Andrea Moda-Judd    32