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The 1993 Brazilian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Interlagos on March 28, 1993. It was the second round of the 1993 Formula One season.

Brazil was Senna's home race but he was able to do nothing to prevent the Williamses being 1-2 in qualifying with Prost on pole ahead of Hill. Senna was third ahead of Schumacher, Andretti and Patrese. At the start, Senna got ahead of Hill but Andretti was slow and got hit by Berger. Both of them along with Brundle and Fabrizio Barbazza's Minardi were out. The order was: Prost, Senna, Hill, Schumacher, Patrese and Lehto.

Patrese only lasted until the fourth lap when his suspension failed. While Prost motored away, Senna was under pressure from Hill who took second on lap 11. On lap 25, Senna was issued a stop-go penalty for lapping a backmarker under yellow flags and dropped behind Schumacher. There was a rainstorm, and many drivers spun, two retiring. Fittipaldi spun on lap 30 with his car on the track. He was trying to rejoin when Prost, about to lap him, rain straight into him. Both were out and the new Safety Car was sent out. At this point, Hill was leading Schumacher , Senna, Alesi, Lehto and Karl Wendlinger.

It began to dry and everyone stopped for dry tyres, with Schumacher's car falling off its jack. He rejoined behind Senna with Johnny Herbert and Blundell gaining. Then, Senna passed Hill for the lead and pulled away. Behind, Schumacher and Alesi had stop-go penalties for passing under yellow flags, Schumacher dropping to fifth and Alesi going down to ninth. Schumacher passed Blundell and then Herbert to take third. Senna won from Hill, Schumacher, Herbert, Blundell and Alessandro Zanardi.

Classification

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 8 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Ford 71 1:51:15.485 3 10
2 0 United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault 71 +16.625 2 6
3 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 71 +45.436 4 4
4 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Lotus-Ford 71 +46.557 12 3
5 26 United Kingdom Mark Blundell Ligier-Renault 71 +52.127 10 2
6 11 Italy Alessandro Zanardi Lotus-Ford 70 +1 Lap 15 1
7 19 France Philippe Alliot Larrousse-Lamborghini 70 +1 Lap 11  
8 27 France Jean Alesi Ferrari 70 +1 Lap 9  
9 9 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Footwork-Mugen-Honda 69 +2 Laps 18  
10 20 France Érik Comas Larrousse-Lamborghini 69 +2 Laps 17  
11 21 Italy Michele Alboreto Lola-Ferrari 68 +3 Laps 25  
12 22 Italy Luca Badoer Lola-Ferrari 68 +3 Laps 21  
Ret 29 Austria Karl Wendlinger Sauber 61 Engine 8  
Ret 30 Finland Jyrki Järvilehto Sauber 52 Electrical 7  
Ret 4 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Tyrrell-Yamaha 48 Fuel system 23  
Ret 2 France Alain Prost Williams-Renault 29 Collision 1  
Ret 23 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Minardi-Ford 28 Collision 20  
Ret 10 Japan Aguri Suzuki Footwork-Mugen-Honda 27 Spun off 19  
Ret 3 Japan Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 26 Spun off 22  
Ret 14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Hart 13 Gearbox 14  
Ret 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Benetton-Ford 3 Suspension 6  
Ret 7 United States Michael Andretti McLaren-Ford 0 Collision 5  
Ret 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari 0 Collision 13  
Ret 25 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Ligier-Renault 0 Collision 16  
Ret 24 Italy Fabrizio Barbazza Minardi-Ford 0 Collision 24  
DNQ 15 Italy Ivan Capelli Jordan-Hart 0 Did not qualify 26  

Notes

  • Pole position: Alain Prost - 1:15.866
  • Fastest lap: Michael Schumacher - 1:20.024 on lap 61
  • First podium: Damon Hill
  • Last race: Ivan Capelli
  • First point: Alessandro Zanardi
  • Only retirement of the season for Alain Prost
  • Luca Badoer started this race from the back of the grid.
  • This race saw the first modern-day use of the pace car in Formula One, after Aguri Suzuki and Ukyo Katayama crashed on start/finish line in a separate incidents. Few moments later, race leader Alain Prost hit the spinning car of Christian Fittipaldi, leaving the track strewn with wreckage. Prost's team-mate Damon Hill therefore lost a big lead, and was passed by Ayrton Senna shortly after the restart. The race still saw Damon's first points and podium.
  • This was the first time that the car #0 finished in the points and on the podium.
  • The race saw Alessandro Zanardi's only Formula One World Championship point, and the last time both Lotus cars scored points in a race.
  • This was the last time a Brazilian driver would win the Brazilian Grand Prix until Felipe Massa would win it in 2006 for Ferrari. Rubens Barrichello would be competitive in this race multiple times throughout his career but never won this race despite his six years with the Italian team.
  • This was the 100th Grand Prix win for the McLaren F1 team.
  • This was the last time that Ivan Capelli tried to qualify a Formula 1 car, he failed to do it in the Jordan 193 with Hart engine, and was replaced by Thierry Boutsen of Belgium from the following race on.
  • This was the first time in 1993, that both the Lola-Ferraris made the field, which contained a normal non-qualifier, with Badoer starting in 21st, and finishing 12th, and last, and Alboreto, starting last, 25th, and finishing 11th.

References

Previous race:
1993 South African Grand Prix
FIA Formula One World Championship
1993 season
Next race:
1993 European Grand Prix
Previous race:
1992 Brazilian Grand Prix
Brazilian Grand Prix Next race:
1994 Brazilian Grand Prix
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