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Race details
Race 8 of 16 in the 1992 Formula One season
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Date 5 July 1992
Location Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours, Magny-Cours, France
Course Temporary street circuit
4.250 km (2.651 mi)
Distance 69 laps, 293.250 km (182.938 mi)
Scheduled Distance 72 laps, 306.000 km (190.892 mi mi)
Weather Dry, then raining
Pole position
Driver United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault
Time 1:13.864
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault
Time 1:17.070 on lap 37
Podium
First United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault
Second Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault
Third United Kingdom Martin Brundle Benetton-Ford

The 1992 French Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Magny-Cours on July 5, 1992. It was the eighth round of the 1992 Formula One season.

In terms of prequalifying, it was clear that Andrea Moda and the ailing Brabham team would have to prequalify because Andrea Moda were putted out of the transporters and both Brabhams failed to qualify. The 3rd team that had to prequalify went on to be Fondmetal.

Classification

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault 69 1:38:08.459 1 10
2 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 69 + 46.447 2 6
3 20 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Benetton-Ford 69 + 1:12.579 7 4
4 11 Finland Mika Häkkinen Lotus-Ford 68 + 1 Lap 11 3
5 26 France Érik Comas Ligier-Renault 68 + 1 Lap 10 2
6 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Lotus-Ford 68 + 1 Lap 12 1
7 9 Italy Michele Alboreto Footwork-Mugen-Honda 68 + 1 Lap 14  
8 24 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Minardi-Lamborghini 68 + 1 Lap 16  
9 21 Finland Jyrki Järvilehto Dallara-Ferrari 67 + 2 Laps 17  
10 22 Italy Pierluigi Martini Dallara-Ferrari 67 + 2 Laps 25  
11 3 France Olivier Grouillard Tyrrell-Ilmor 66 + 3 Laps 22  
Ret 27 France Jean Alesi Ferrari 61 Engine 6  
Ret 4 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Tyrrell-Ilmor 51 Spun Off 19  
Ret 30 Japan Ukyo Katayama Larrousse-Lamborghini 41 Engine 18  
Ret 25 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Ligier-Renault 46 Spun Off 9  
Ret 28 Italy Ivan Capelli Ferrari 38 Engine 8  
Ret 16 Austria Karl Wendlinger March-Ilmor 33 Gearbox 21  
Ret 32 Italy Stefano Modena Jordan-Yamaha 25 Engine 20  
Ret 10 Japan Aguri Suzuki Footwork-Mugen-Honda 20 Spun Off 15  
Ret 19 Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 17 Accident 5  
Ret 2 Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 10 Engine 4  
Ret 15 Italy Gabriele Tarquini Fondmetal-Ford 6 Throttle 23  
Ret 1 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 0 Accident 3  
Ret 29 France Bertrand Gachot Larrousse-Lamborghini 0 Accident 13  
Ret 33 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin Jordan-Yamaha 0 Accident 24  
Ret 14 Switzerland Andrea Chiesa Fondmetal-Ford 0 Accident 26  
DNQ 17 France Paul Belmondo March-Ilmor        
DNQ 23 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Minardi-Lamborghini        
DNQ 7 Belgium Eric van de Poele Brabham-Judd        
DNQ 8 United Kingdom Damon Hill Brabham-Judd        

Notes

  • Pole position: Nigel Mansell - 1:13.864
  • Fastest lap: Nigel Mansell - 1:17.070 on lap 37
  • First podium: Martin Brundle (he had been disqualified from his podium finish at the 1984 Detroit Grand Prix)
  • A lorry drivers blockade meant the Andrea Moda team didn't appear at this race, every other team was also affected but all managed to make their way to the circuit and compete in the race.
  • The race was an aggregate of two parts as rain had caused a number of driver errors and all teams were to start on wet tyres but the rain subsequently dried out for the start. It was however raining again by the end of the race.
  • Riccardo Patrese passed Nigel Mansell at both starts but yielded just one lap after the second start. When quizzed afterwards on whether team orders existed in the Williams team he refused to comment.
  • Another poor showing for the McLaren team, with Senna retiring due to a collision with Schumacher and Berger retiring because of an engine failure, both within the first 10 laps of the race.

References

Previous race:
1992 Canadian Grand Prix
FIA Formula One World Championship
1992 season
Next race:
1992 British Grand Prix
Previous race:
1991 French Grand Prix
French Grand Prix Next race:
1993 French Grand Prix
Awards
Preceded by
1991 French Grand Prix
Formula One Promotional Trophy
for Race Promoter

1992
Succeeded by
1993 European Grand Prix







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