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Spain  1991 Spanish Grand Prix
Race details
Race 14 of 16 in the 1991 Formula One season
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Date September 29, 1991
Official name XXXIII Gran Premio Tio Pepe de España
Location Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
Course Permanent racing facility
4.747 km (2.950 mi)
Distance 65 laps, 308.555 km (191.727 mi)
Weather Warm and overcast, drying,
Pole position
Driver Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda
Time 1:18.751
Fastest lap
Driver Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault
Time 1:22.837 on lap 63
Podium
First United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault
Second France Alain Prost Ferrari
Third Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault

The 1991 Spanish Grand Prix was a Formula One race held on September 29, 1991 at the Circuit de Catalunya. It was the fourteenth round of the 1991 Formula One season.

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Report

There was a lot of action in the backrooms in the week separating the Portuguese and Spanish Grands Prix with the big news being that Max Mosley was elected president of the FISA, replacing Jean-Marie Balestre. There were also changes in the driver line-ups as Michael Bartels returned to Lotus replacing Johnny Herbert who had obligations in the Japanese Formula 3000. Jordan had replaced Roberto Moreno with young Italian Alessandro Zanardi, and Fondmetal had sacked Olivier Grouillard and replaced him with Gabriele Tarquini of AGS, Grouillard promptly taking Tarquini's old seat. The cash-strapped Coloni team was in dire straits with their driver Pedro Chaves having decided to jump off the ship before it sunk and, as no-one else wanted to attempt to pre-qualify the car (something that Chaves had been unable to do all season), the team were forced to stay in the garage. Championship challenger Nigel Mansell was limping all weekend, the Williams driver having injured his ankle in a football match. Qualifying saw Gerhard Berger do a favor to teammate Ayrton Senna by taking pole position from Mansell, Senna, Riccardo Patrese, Michael Schumacher, Alain Prost, Jean Alesi, Ivan Capelli, Emanuele Pirro and Nelson Piquet.

On race morning it was raining, but by start time it had stopped, although the track was still wet. At the start Senna got away well and challenged Berger, while Mansell was right on his tail. Toward the end of lap 1 Schumacher surprised Mansell to take third place. At the back Éric Bernard and Érik Comas collided, both men being out on the spot. The track was incredibly slippery and there was a lot of action at the front with Senna, Schumacher, Mansell, and Alesi all fighting over third place, while Berger started to scamper away in the lead. Mansell tried to chase the leader and forced his way past Schumacher before setting off after Senna. Eventually he pounced on the main straight, the two great rivals going wheel to wheel,just millimeters apart, with Mansell taking the position and setting off after Berger. Prost was the first front-runner to stop for dry tyres, followed shortly by leader Berger, who had a very bad stop. Mansell and Senna both stopped on the same lap and it was the McLaren team who won the confrontation, getting Senna out ahead and into the lead from Berger, Mansell, and Schumacher.

On the following lap Senna let Berger through as Mansell was closing in. The rain returned and Senna had a dramatic spin at the last corner, dropping from second to fifth while Schumacher passed Prost for third. Mansell closed on Berger, and on lap 20 he made his way up the inside to take the lead and proceeded to pull away, while Berger came under pressure from the charging Schumacher. A close battle ended when Schumacher spun while trying to pass, he would stay in the race, but down in sixth place, which would become fifth when Berger retired with yet another electronic failure. The action continued for the major placings as Patrese passed Senna for third then Alesi blew past Senna for fourth after Schumacher pitted. Mansell duly took victory from Prost, Patrese, Alesi, Senna, and Schumacher, while the Minardi drivers ended the race red faced due to a last lap collision between Gianni Morbidelli and Pierluigi Martini. Mansell's win with Senna fifth meant that the title race was back on, but Senna still led by sixteen points as the teams headed on to Japan.

Classification

Pre Qualifying

Pos No Driver Constructor Time
1 7 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Brabham-Yamaha 1:21.504
2 8 United Kingdom Mark Blundell Brabham-Yamaha 1:21.727
3 9 Italy Michele Alboreto Footwork-Ford 1:23.744
4 14 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Fondmetal-Ford 1:23.994
5 10 Italy Alex Caffi Footwork-Ford 1:24.056
6 18 Italy Fabrizio Barbazza AGS-Ford 1:24.744
7 14 France Olivier Grouillard Fondmetal-Ford 1:25.305

Qualifying

Pos No Driver Constructor Lap Gap
1 2 Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 1:18.751 -
2 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault 1:18.970 +0.219
3 1 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 1:19.064 +0.313
4 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 1:19.643 +0.892
5 19 Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 1:19.733 +1.182
6 27 France Alain Prost Ferrari 1:19.936 +1.185
7 28 France Jean Alesi Ferrari 1:20.197 +1.446
8 16 Italy Ivan Capelli Leyton House-Ilmor 1:20.584 +1.833
9 21 Italy Emanuele Pirro Dallara-Judd 1:20.651 +1.900
10 20 Brazil Nelson Piquet Benetton-Ford 1:20.676 +1.925
11 7 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Brabham-Yamaha 1:20.677 +1.926
12 8 United Kingdom Mark Blundell Brabham-Yamaha 1:20.724 +1.973
13 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin Leyton House-Ilmor 1:20.743 +1.992
14 4 Italy Stefano Modena Tyrrell-Honda 1:20.788 +2.037
15 22 Finland Jyrki Järvilehto Dallara-Judd 1:20.967 +2.216
16 24 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Minardi-Ferrari 1:21.801 +3.050
17 33 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Jordan-Ford 1:21.865 +3.114
18 3 Japan Satoru Nakajima Tyrrell-Honda 1:22.114 +3.363
19 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ferrari 1:22.510 +3.759
20 32 Italy Alessandro Zanardi Jordan-Ford 1:22.580 +3.829
21 11 Finland Mika Häkkinen Lotus-Judd 1:22.646 +3.895
22 14 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Fondmetal-Ford 1:22.837 +4.086
23 29 France Éric Bernard Larrousse-Ford 1:22.944 +4.193
24 9 Italy Michele Alboreto Footwork-Ford 1:23.145 +4.394
25 26 France Érik Comas Ligier-Lamborghini 1:23.359 +4.608
26 25 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Ligier-Lamborghini 1:23.553 +4.802
DNQ 30 Japan Aguri Suzuki Lola-Ford 1:24.211 +5.460
DNQ 34 Italy Nicola Larini Lambo-Lamborghini 1:25.330 +6.579
DNQ 12 Germany Michael Bartels Lotus-Judd 1:25.392 +6.641
DNQ 35 Belgium Eric van de Poele Lambo-Lamborghini 1:27.501 +8.750
DNPQ 10 Italy Alex Caffi Footwork-Ford -
DNPQ 18 Italy Fabrizio Barbazza AGS-Ford -
DNPQ 17 France Olivier Grouillard AGS-Ford -

Race

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault 65 1:38:41.541 2 10
2 27 France Alain Prost Ferrari 65 + 11.331 6 6
3 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 65 + 15.909 4 4
4 28 France Jean Alesi Ferrari 65 + 22.772 7 3
5 1 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 65 + 1:02.402 3 2
6 19 Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 65 + 1:19.468 5 1
7 15 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin Leyton House-Ilmor 64 + 1 Lap 13  
8 22 Finland Jyrki Järvilehto Dallara-Judd 64 + 1 Lap 15  
9 32 Italy Alessandro Zanardi Jordan-Ford 64 + 1 Lap 20  
10 7 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Brabham-Yamaha 63 + 2 Laps 11  
11 20 Brazil Nelson Piquet Benetton-Ford 63 + 2 Laps 10  
12 14 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Fondmetal-Ford 63 + 2 Laps 22  
13 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ferrari 63 + 2 Laps 19  
14 24 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Minardi-Ferrari 62 Collision 16  
15 21 Italy Emanuele Pirro Dallara-Judd 62 + 3 Laps 9  
16 4 Italy Stefano Modena Tyrrell-Honda 62 + 3 Laps 14  
17 3 Japan Satoru Nakajima Tyrrell-Honda 62 + 3 Laps 18  
Ret 8 United Kingdom Mark Blundell Brabham-Yamaha 49 Engine 12  
Ret 26 France Érik Comas Ligier-Lamborghini 36 Electrical 25  
Ret 2 Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 33 Electrical 1  
Ret 9 Italy Michele Alboreto Footwork-Ford 23 Engine 24  
Ret 33 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Jordan-Ford 22 Electrical 17  
Ret 11 Finland Mika Häkkinen Lotus-Judd 5 Spun Off 21  
Ret 16 Italy Ivan Capelli Leyton House-Ilmor 1 Collision 8  
Ret 29 France Éric Bernard Lola-Ford 0 Collision 23  
Ret 25 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Ligier-Lamborghini 0 Collision 26  
DNQ 30 Japan Aguri Suzuki Lola-Ford    
DNQ 34 Italy Nicola Larini Lambo-Lamborghini    
DNQ 12 Germany Michael Bartels Lotus-Judd    
DNQ 35 Belgium Eric van de Poele Lambo-Lamborghini    
DNPQ 10 Italy Alex Caffi Footwork-Ford    
DNPQ 18 Italy Fabrizio Barbazza AGS-Ford    
DNPQ 17 France Olivier Grouillard AGS-Ford    

Notes

References

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

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