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Australia  1993 Australian Grand Prix
Race details
Race 16 of 16 in the 1993 Formula One season
Adelaide Street Circuit - long.svg
Date November 7, 1993
Official name LVIII Australian Grand Prix
Location Adelaide Street Circuit
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Course Temporary street circuit
3.780 km (2.362 mi)
Distance 79 laps, 298.620 km (186.598 mi)
Weather Sunny
Pole position
Driver Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Ford
Time 1:13.371
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault
Time 1:15.381
Podium
First Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Ford
Second France Alain Prost Williams-Renault
Third United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault

The 1993 Australian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Adelaide on November 7, 1993. It was the final round of the 1993 Formula One season.

Ayrton Senna finished his six-year spell with McLaren (before joining Williams for 1994) by taking his only pole position of the season, and his fifth victory of the year. It was the last race that Senna won. This was the last race for cars with active suspension, which was banned from the 1994 season. Having taken a Lotus to victory in the 1987 Monaco Grand Prix, Senna was the first and the last driver to win a race driving an active suspension car.

It was the last race for four-time champion Alain Prost. Senna was so overcome with emotion, knowing his great rival was retiring, that he embraced Prost on top of the rostrum. (Prost's contract with Williams initially included a clause forbidding Senna from joining the team but it expired for the upcoming 1994 season, so Prost opted to retire rather than partner Senna.) Riccardo Patrese also retired from Formula One after this event, having competed in 256 Grands Prix; a record that was only broken fifteen years later, by Rubens Barrichello.

This race marked the end of Canon's sponsorship of the Williams team, and Camel sponsorship of the Benetton team.

The last race of the season was in Adelaide and Senna prevented the Williams team from a clean sweep of poles by taking pole ahead of Prost, Hill, Schumacher, Häkkinen and Berger.

There were difficulties getting the race going. When the drivers started warm-up lap, Martin Brundle's car was left on the grid. While cars returned to the grid to get ready, Ukyo Katayama stalled and the start was aborted. Brundle was allowed to get his original position back. While cars lined up for the second time, Eddie Irvine missed his grid slot and stalled his car. Again, the start was aborted. Katayama and Irvine had to start from the back of the grid when the race got going on third attempt.

At the start, the top 4 stayed the same while Berger got ahead of Häkkinen.

While Senna pulled out a small lead, the two Williamses and Schumacher stayed together. Schumacher passed Hill on lap 8 and attacked Prost. He pitted early on lap 15 and rejoined in fourth but his engine failed on lap 20. During the stops, Häkkinen was slow and Alesi and Brundle got ahead of him. His engine failed on lap 29.

During the second round of stops, Senna kept his 10 second lead while Alesi got ahead of Berger and Patrese got ahead of Brundle. On lap 61, Hill tried to catch Prost by surprise to take second. As Prost moved over to block, Hill had to back off and he spun, losing time but no places. Patrese was set to finish sixth in his 256th and last race but his fuel pressure dropped on the last lap. Senna won with Prost finishing his last race in second ahead of Hill, Alesi, Berger and Brundle.

At the end of the season, Prost finished off his career with the World Championship with 99 points with arch-rival Senna second with 73, Hill third with 69, Schumacher fourth with 52, Patrese fifth with 20, Alesi sixth with 16, Brundle seventh with 13 and Berger eighth with 12. In the Constructors' Championship, Williams were dominant World Champions with 168 points, double the tally of second-placed McLaren who got 84 and just beat Benetton with 72 into third. Ferrari were fourth with 28 - better than 1992, but still a disappointing season by their high standards.

With Prost not defending his title, the Williams cars would once again bear numbers 0 and 2 for 1994.

Classification

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 8 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Ford 79 1:43:27.476 1 10
2 2 France Alain Prost Williams-Renault 79 +9.259 2 6
3 0 United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault 79 +33.902 3 4
4 27 France Jean Alesi Ferrari 78 +1 Lap 7 3
5 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari 78 +1 Lap 6 2
6 25 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Ligier-Renault 78 +1 Lap 8 1
7 10 Japan Aguri Suzuki Footwork-Mugen-Honda 78 +1 Lap 10  
8 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Benetton-Ford 77 Fuel system 9  
9 26 United Kingdom Mark Blundell Ligier-Renault 77 +2 Laps 14  
10 9 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Footwork-Mugen-Honda 77 +2 Laps 17  
11 14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Hart 76 +3 Laps 13  
12 20 France Érik Comas Larrousse-Lamborghini 76 +3 Laps 21  
13 4 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Tyrrell-Yamaha 75 +4 Laps 15  
14 19 Japan Toshio Suzuki Larrousse-Lamborghini 74 +5 Laps 24  
15 29 Austria Karl Wendlinger Sauber 73 Brakes 11  
Ret 30 Finland Jyrki Järvilehto Sauber 56 Accident 12  
Ret 23 France Jean-Marc Gounon Minardi-Ford 34 Spun off 22  
Ret 7 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Ford 28 Brakes 5  
Ret 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 19 Engine 4  
Ret 3 Japan Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 11 Spun off 18  
Ret 15 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Jordan-Hart 10 Accident 19  
Ret 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Lotus-Ford 9 Suspension 20  
Ret 24 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 5 Gearbox 16  
Ret 11 Portugal Pedro Lamy Lotus-Ford 0 Accident 23  

Notes

Previous race:
1993 Japanese Grand Prix
FIA Formula One World Championship
1993 season
Next race:
1994 Brazilian Grand Prix
Previous race:
1992 Australian Grand Prix
Australian Grand Prix Next race:
1994 Australian Grand Prix
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