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The 1991 Mexican Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Mexico City on June 16, 1991. It was the sixth race of the 1991 Formula One season.

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In the run-up to the Mexican Grand Prix, Tyrrell had lost talented designer Harvey Postlethwaite to the Mercedes-Benz sportscar team. In Friday qualifying Ayrton Senna had a dramatic accident at the dangerous final corner, the world champion was unhurt. Riccardo Patrese took his second consecutive pole position from team-mate Nigel Mansell, Ayrton Senna, Jean Alesi, Gerhard Berger, Nelson Piquet, Alain Prost, Stefano Modena, Roberto Moreno, and a surprising Olivier Grouillard in his Fondmetal. At the start Patrese made a poor start and dropped to fourth behind Mansell, Alesi, and Senna. Senna quickly disposed of Alesi and set off after Mansell. Meanwhile Berger's race ended prematurely once again as his engine exploded on lap 5, the resulting oil causing Pierluigi Martini to spin off in his Minardi. Patrese started his recovery drive by out-braking Senna into turn 1 to take second place and set off after Mansell, the Williams-Renault package clearly having distinguished itself over the bumps of the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. On Lap 15 Patrese passed Mansell for the lead and the Englishman started to drop back due to concerns of overheating, first Alesi and then Senna attempted to pass him but to no avail. Prost dropped out on lap 16 with alternator problems and was followed on the sidelines by team-mate Alesi on lap 42, who retired with clutch failure. Piquet suffered a broken wheel bearing on lap 44 and retired and Benetton team compounded their issues with a botched pit stop for Moreno. Patrese could not be touched and stormed home to record Williams' first win of the season. Mansell was second a long way ahead of third placed Senna. De Cesaris scored more points for the impressive Jordan 191 with a fourth placed finish, the Italian having to push his car over the line, with Moreno recovering to fifth (thanks in part to Bertrand Gachot spinning off) and Éric Bernard sixth for Larrousse.

Classification

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 67 1:29:52.205 1 10
2 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault 67 + 1.336 2 6
3 1 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 67 + 57.356 3 4
4 33 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Jordan-Ford 66 + 1 Lap 11 3
5 19 Brazil Roberto Moreno Benetton-Ford 66 + 1 Lap 9 2
6 29 France Éric Bernard Lola-Ford 66 + 1 Lap 23 1
7 24 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Minardi-Ferrari 66 + 1 Lap 14  
8 25 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Ligier-Lamborghini 65 + 2 Laps 10  
9 11 Finland Mika Häkkinen Lotus-Judd 65 + 2 Laps 24  
10 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Lotus-Judd 65 + 2 Laps 25  
11 4 Italy Stefano Modena Tyrrell-Honda 65 + 2 Laps 8  
12 3 Japan Satoru Nakajima Tyrrell-Honda 64 + 3 Laps 13  
Ret 8 United Kingdom Mark Blundell Brabham-Yamaha 54 Engine 12  
Ret 32 Belgium Bertrand Gachot Jordan-Ford 51 Spun Off 20  
Ret 30 Japan Aguri Suzuki Lola-Ford 48 Gearbox 19  
Ret 20 Brazil Nelson Piquet Benetton-Ford 44 Wheel Bearing 6  
Ret 28 France Jean Alesi Ferrari 42 Clutch 4  
Ret 22 Finland Jyrki Järvilehto Dallara-Judd 30 Engine 16  
Ret 9 Italy Michele Alboreto Footwork-Porsche 24 Engine 26  
Ret 7 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Brabham-Yamaha 20 wheel 17  
Ret 16 Italy Ivan Capelli Leyton House-Ilmor 19 Engine 22  
Ret 27 France Alain Prost Ferrari 16 Alternator 7  
Ret 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin Leyton House-Ilmor 15 Engine 18  
Ret 14 France Olivier Grouillard Fondmetal-Ford 13 Engine 21  
Ret 2 Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 5 Engine 5  
Ret 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ferrari 4 Spun Off 15  
DNQ 26 France Érik Comas Ligier-Lamborghini        
DNQ 17 Italy Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford        
DNQ 10 Sweden Stefan Johansson Footwork-Porsche        
DNQ 18 Italy Fabrizio Barbazza AGS-Ford        
DNPQ 34 Italy Nicola Larini Lambo-Lamborghini        
DNPQ 35 Belgium Eric van de Poele Lambo-Lamborghini        
DNPQ 31 Portugal Pedro Chaves Coloni-Ford        
DNPQ 21 Italy Emanuele Pirro Dallara-Judd    

Notes

  • Pole position: Riccardo Patrese - 1:16.696[1]
  • Fastest lap: Nigel Mansell - 1:16.788 on lap 61[2]
  • This was Riccardo Patrese's first win of the season.
  • This was the Williams team first win of the season.
  • The Fondmetal team was finally made it to the start for the first time in 1991.
  • Andrea de Cesaris pushed his car over the line to finish 4th and was disqualified but later reinstated

References

  1. ^ Henry, Alan (1991). AUTOCOURSE 1991-92. Hazleton Publishing. p. 152. ISBN 0-905138-87-2.  
  2. ^ Henry, Alan (1991). AUTOCOURSE 1991-92. Hazleton Publishing. p. 153. ISBN 0-905138-87-2.  
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1991 Canadian Grand Prix
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1991 French Grand Prix
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1990 Mexican Grand Prix
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1992 Mexican Grand Prix







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