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The 1992 Japanese Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Suzuka on 25 October 1992. It was the fifteenth race of the 1992 Formula One season.

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Before the race

  • After the Portuguese Grand Prix Ferrari replaced their driver Ivan Capelli with Nicola Larini.
  • Karl Wendlinger was also dropped by March and replaced by Jan Lammers for this and the next race.

Qualifying

In qualifying Mansell was again fastest taking pole ahead of team mate Patrese, then the 2 McLarens of Senna and Berger ahead of Schumacher's Benetton and the 2 Lotuses with Herbert ahead of Hakkinen.

Race

Mansell made a good start and led ahead of Patrese, Senna, Berger, Schumacher and Herbert. Senna had to retire with engine failure on lap 3. Berger made an early stop and rejoined the race in sixth place. On lap 13 Schumacher had troubles with his gearbox and was forced to retire. This elevated Herbert to third however on lap 15 he had to retire because of gearbox too. After the pit stops the order was Mansell followed by Patrese, Berger, Häkkinen, Brundle and Comas. On lap 36, Mansell slowed down and Patrese moved ahead. Lap 45: Mansell had an engine failure and was forced to retire. On the same lap Häkkinen's Lotus suffered similar problem and he dropped out of the race. Patrese won ahead Berger, Brundle in the Benneton, de Cesaris in the Tyrell, Alesi's Ferrari and Christian Fittipaldi.

Classification

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 53 1:33:09.533 2 10
2 2 Austria Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 53 + 13.729 4 6
3 20 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Benetton-Ford 53 + 1:15.503 13 4
4 4 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Tyrrell-Ilmor 52 + 1 Lap 9 3
5 27 France Jean Alesi Ferrari 52 + 1 Lap 15 2
6 23 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Minardi-Lamborghini 52 + 1 Lap 12 1
7 32 Italy Stefano Modena Jordan-Yamaha 52 + 1 Lap 17  
8 10 Japan Aguri Suzuki Footwork-Mugen-Honda 52 + 1 Lap 16  
9 21 Finland Jyrki Järvilehto Dallara-Ferrari 52 + 1 Lap 22  
10 22 Italy Pierluigi Martini Dallara-Ferrari 52 + 1 Lap 19  
11 30 Japan Ukyo Katayama Larrousse-Lamborghini 52 + 1 Lap 20  
12 28 Italy Nicola Larini Ferrari 52 + 1 Lap 11  
13 17 Italy Emanuele Naspetti March-Ilmor 51 + 2 Laps 26  
14 24 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Minardi-Lamborghini 51 + 2 Laps 14  
15 9 Italy Michele Alboreto Footwork-Mugen-Honda 51 + 2 Laps 24  
Ret 5 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault 44 Engine 1  
Ret 11 Finland Mika Häkkinen Lotus-Ford 44 Engine 7  
Ret 29 France Bertrand Gachot Larrousse-Lamborghini 39 Collision 18  
Ret 26 France Érik Comas Ligier-Renault 36 Engine 8  
Ret 16 Netherlands Jan Lammers March-Ilmor 27 Clutch 23  
Ret 33 Brazil Maurício Gugelmin Jordan-Yamaha 22 Spun Off 25  
Ret 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Lotus-Ford 15 Gearbox 6  
Ret 19 Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 13 Gearbox 5  
Ret 3 France Olivier Grouillard Tyrrell-Ilmor 6 Spun Off 21  
Ret 25 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Ligier-Renault 3 Gearbox 10  
Ret 1 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 2 Engine 3  

Notes

  • Pole position: Nigel Mansell - 1:37.360
  • Fastest lap: Nigel Mansell - 1:40.646 on lap 44
  • Last win: Riccardo Patrese
  • First points: Christian Fittipaldi
  • Larini started last having stalled on the grid.
  • Ayrton Senna had a very early retirement on lap 2 due to an engine failure.
  • Nigel Mansell conceded the lead to Riccardo Patrese on lap 37. He was on course to finish 2nd, but his engine blew up on lap 44 and caused him to retire.
  • This was Michael Schumacher's only mechanical failure of the season.

References

Previous race:
1992 Portuguese Grand Prix
FIA Formula One World Championship
1992 season
Next race:
1992 Australian Grand Prix
Previous race:
1991 Japanese Grand Prix
Japanese Grand Prix Next race:
1993 Japanese Grand Prix







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