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Italy  1991 Italian Grand Prix
Race details
Race 12 of 16 in the 1991 Formula One season
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Date September 8, 1991
Official name LXII Coca-Cola Gran Premio d'Italia
Location Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Monza, Italy
Course Permanent racing facility
5.80 km (3.603 mi)
Distance 51 laps, 301.600 km (187.404 mi)
Weather Sunny and warm
Pole position
Driver Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda
Time 1:21.114
Fastest lap
Driver Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda
Time 1:26.061 on lap 41
First United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault
Second Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda
Third France Alain Prost Ferrari

The 1991 Italian Grand Prix was a Formula One race held at Monza on September 8, 1991. It was the twelfth round of the 1991 Formula One season.



The big news between the Belgian and Italian Grands Prix revolved around young Michael Schumacher, who had made his debut for Jordan in Belgium. Schumacher had signed for Benetton while still being under contract to Jordan. After much legal wrangling the German was confirmed in a Benetton, while regular Benetton driver Roberto Moreno had been sacked and went the other way, becoming a Jordan driver. The whole episode was very messy and it made both the Benetton team and Schumacher's managers look bad. Elsewhere Michael Bartels was back at Lotus, as Johnny Herbert had more commitments in Japanese Formula 3000.

In qualifying, Ayrton Senna took pole again, with title rival Nigel Mansell second, the Englishman complaining of traffic on his final two hot laps. Gerhard Berger was third, followed by Riccardo Patrese, Alain Prost, Jean Alesi, the impressive Schumacher, Nelson Piquet, in his 200th Grand Prix, Moreno, and Pierluigi Martini, in the Ferrari powered Minardi.

At the start Senna got away well from Mansell, Berger, Patrese, and Alesi, with everyone making it through the often-eventful double chicane. Moreno was an early casualty as he spun off on lap 2, making for a disappointing Jordan debut.

Patrese at the front started to charge, first he disposed of Berger, and then Mansell. On lap 26 he passed Senna at the Ascari chicane, but on the following lap a gearbox failure took him out. Senna now led from Mansell and Berger, with Mansell pressuring Senna for the lead, and on lap 34 he took it with a perfectly timed out-braking manoeuvre going into the Ascari chicane. Senna proceeded to pit for tyres and emerged down in fifth place, but in no mood to stay there. Senna proceeded to pass Schumacher going into Ascari, and then slipstreamed passed Berger into the first corner, and got back to second by passing arch-rival Prost going into the second chicane. Mansell meanwhile cruised to victory from Senna, Prost, Berger, Schumacher, and Piquet, Alesi having retired with a blown engine. With four races to go Senna still led Mansell by 18 points, but this race confirmed that Mansell and Williams could beat Senna's McLaren in a straight fight.


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault 53 1:17:54.319 2 10
2 1 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 53 + 16.262 1 6
3 27 France Alain Prost Ferrari 53 + 16.829 5 4
4 2 Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 53 + 27.719 3 3
5 19 Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 53 + 34.463 7 2
6 20 Brazil Nelson Piquet Benetton-Ford 53 + 45.600 8 1
7 33 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Jordan-Ford 53 + 51.136 14  
8 16 Italy Ivan Capelli Leyton House-Ilmor 53 + 1:15.019 12  
9 24 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Minardi-Ferrari 52 + 1 Lap 17  
10 21 Italy Emanuele Pirro Dallara-Judd 52 + 1 Lap 16  
11 26 France Érik Comas Ligier-Lamborghini 52 + 1 Lap 22  
12 8 United Kingdom Mark Blundell Brabham-Yamaha 52 + 1 Lap 11  
13 7 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Brabham-Yamaha 52 + 1 Lap 19  
14 11 Finland Mika Häkkinen Lotus-Judd 49 + 4 Laps 25  
15 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin Leyton House-Ilmor 49 + 4 Laps 18  
16 34 Italy Nicola Larini Lambo-Lamborghini 48 + 5 Laps 23  
Ret 14 France Olivier Grouillard Fondmetal-Ford 46 Engine 26  
Ret 22 Finland Jyrki Järvilehto Dallara-Judd 35 Overheating 20  
Ret 4 Italy Stefano Modena Tyrrell-Honda 32 Engine 13  
Ret 28 France Jean Alesi Ferrari 29 Engine 6  
Ret 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 27 Gearbox 4  
Ret 3 Japan Satoru Nakajima Tyrrell-Honda 24 Throttle 15  
Ret 29 France Éric Bernard Lola-Ford 21 Engine 24  
Ret 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ferrari 8 Spun Off 10  
Ret 32 Brazil Roberto Moreno Jordan-Ford 2 Spun Off 9  
Ret 25 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Ligier-Lamborghini 1 Spun off 21  
DNQ 9 Italy Michele Alboreto Footwork-Ford    
DNQ 12 Germany Michael Bartels Lotus-Judd    
DNQ 35 Belgium Eric van de Poele Lambo-Lamborghini    
DNQ 30 Japan Aguri Suzuki Lola-Ford    
DNPQ 18 Italy Fabrizio Barbazza AGS-Ford    
DNPQ 17 Italy Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford    
DNPQ 10 Italy Alex Caffi Footwork-Ford    
DNPQ 31 Portugal Pedro Chaves Coloni-Ford    


  • First points: Michael Schumacher (2nd race)
  • 200th Grand Prix: Nelson Piquet
  • Five of the six pointscorers were former or future World Champions, who would eventually amass 18 titles between them.


Previous race:
1991 Belgian Grand Prix
FIA Formula One World Championship
1991 season
Next race:
1991 Portuguese Grand Prix
Previous race:
1990 Italian Grand Prix
Italian Grand Prix Next race:
1992 Italian Grand Prix


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