Mexican GP 1992

MARCH 22, 1992

Mexican GP, 1992

Andrea Moda Formula had paid its $100,000 entry fee for the World Championship but the team spent the entire weekend in Mexico building up its Simtek-designed cars and so did not even look like going out to qualify. The entry was the same as it had been in South Africa and in qualifying it was a dominant Williams 1-2 with Nigel Mansell ahead of Riccardo Patrese. Michael Schumacher was third fastest in his Benetton ahead of his team mate Martin Brundle and the McLarens of Gerhard Berger and Ayrton Senna. The Brazilian had a terrible time in practice, crashing heavily in the Esses on Friday and suffering serious bruises to his legs while Berger also crashed at the same place but did not hurt himself.

In seventh place was JJ Lehto in his Dallara-Ferrari, just ahead of Mauricio Gugelmin's Jordan-Yamaha and then Pierluigi Martini's Dallara. Jean Alesi was 10th in the disastrous Ferrari F92A and Ivan Capelli was 20th.

In the race Mansell took the lead from Patrese while there was chaos in the midfield as Karl Wendlinger (March) collided with Capelli's Ferrari.

Senna took third ahead of Brundle, Schumacher and Berger. On the second lap Schumacher passed Brundle while in the early laps Senna began to drop back and went out on lap 12 with a transmission failure

Eventually Patrese began to drop back from Mansell while Schumacher was a lonely third. Brundle and Berger were fighting over fourth place and passed and repassed one another before Brundle disappeared with an engine problem. This left Andrea de Cesaris in fifth with his Tyrrell having worked his way through the midfield in impressive fashion. Mika Hakkinen scored the last point in his Lotus.

Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault  69 1h31m53.587s  
Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault  69 1h31min06.558s  
19 Michael Schumacher Benetton-Cosworth  69 1h32m15.016s  
Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda  69 1h32m26.934s  
Andrea de Cesaris Tyrrell-Ilmor  68  11 
11 Mika Hakkinen Lotus-Cosworth  68  18 
12 Johnny Herbert Lotus-Cosworth  68  12 
21 JJ Lehto Dallara-Ferrari  68  
26 Erik Comas Ligier-Renault  67  26 
10 25 Thierry Boutsen Ligier-Renault  67  22 
11 29 Bertrand Gachot Venturi Larrousse-Lamborghini  66  13 
12 30 Ukyo Katayama Venturi Larrousse-Lamborghini  66  24 
13 Michele Alboreto Footwork-Mugen Honda  65  25 
20 Martin Brundle Benetton-Cosworth  47 Engine Overheating 
15 Gabriele Tarquini Fondmetal-Cosworth  45 Clutch 14 
14 Andrea Chiesa Fondmetal-Cosworth  37 Spin 23 
22 Pierluigi Martini Dallara-Ferrari  36 Handling 
27 Jean Alesi Ferrari  31 Engine 10 
24 Gianni Morbidelli Minardi-Lamborghini  29 Spin 21 
32 Stefano Modena Jordan-Yamaha  17 Gearbox 15 
Olivier Grouillard Tyrrell-Ilmor  12 Engine 16 
Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda  11 Tranmission 
23 Christian Fittipaldi Minardi-Lamborghini  Spin 17 
33 Mauricio Gugelmin Jordan-Yamaha  Engine 
28 Ivan Capelli Ferrari  Accident 20 
16 Karl Wendlinger March-Ilmor  Accident 19 
nq 10 Aguri Suzuki Footwork-Mugen Honda    27 
nq 17 Paul Belmondo March-Ilmor    28 
nq Eric van de Poele Brabham-Judd    29 
nq Giovanna Amati Brabham-Judd    30