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Ayrton Senna taking part in the 1993 British Grand Prix

The 1993 British Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Silverstone on 11 July 1993. It was the ninth round of the 1993 Formula One season. Damon Hill appeared set for his first Formula One victory, before his engine failed on lap 42. This handed the win to his team-mate Alain Prost.

Ayrton Senna dropped from third to fifth due to running out of fuel on the final lap. He had also ran out at the same corner in 1991, and also parked there due to a mechanical failure in 1992.

Complimenting the Lotus team on Johnny Herbert's fourth place finish, Murray Walker closed his broadcast with the words "Lotus are back!". As it turned out, the team only scored points once more.

With home favourite Nigel Mansell now plying his trade in the US, British racing fans had taken Damon Hill to their hearts, especially following his excellent start to the season. The Williamses took 1-2 in qualifying with Prost on pole ahead of home hero Hill, Schumacher, Senna, Patrese and Brundle. At the start, Hill got ahead of Prost and Senna got by Schumacher. Through Maggotts they went and Senna went round Prost to take second. The fans went wild as Hill was leading ahead of Senna, Prost, Schumacher, Patrese and Brundle.

While Hill pulled away at the front, Senna was holding up both Prost and Schumacher. Finally Prost took the place on lap 7 but Hill was already 5 second up the road. On lap 13, Schumacher passed Senna for third and pulled away as the order settled down. Gradually Prost closed up on Hill, narrowing the gap to 3 seconds after the mid-race stops. There were no changes behind them either. Then, Luca Badoer crashed, bringing out the Safety Car and reducing the 3 seconds gap between Hill and Prost to nothing. The Safety car then went out but two laps later, on lap 42, Hill's engine blew.

Brundle's engine failed on lap 54 when he was fifth. Finally, on the last lap, Senna's car ran out of fuel. Prost won ahead of Schumacher, Patrese, Herbert, Senna (who was classified fifth) and Warwick.

Classification

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 2 France Alain Prost Williams-Renault 59 1:25:38.189 1 10
2 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 59 +7.660 3 6
3 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Benetton-Ford 59 +1:17.482 5 4
4 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Lotus-Ford 59 +1:18.407 7 3
5 8 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Ford 58 Out of fuel 4 2
6 9 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Footwork-Mugen-Honda 58 +1 Lap 8 1
7 26 United Kingdom Mark Blundell Ligier-Renault 58 +1 Lap 9  
8 30 Finland Jyrki Järvilehto Sauber 58 +1 Lap 16  
9 27 France Jean Alesi Ferrari 58 +1 Lap 12  
10 14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Hart 58 +1 Lap 15  
11 19 France Philippe Alliot Larrousse-Lamborghini 57 +2 Laps 24  
12 23 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Minardi-Ford 56 Gearbox 19  
13 3 Japan Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 55 +4 Laps 22  
14 25 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Ligier-Renault 53 Gearbox 6  
NC 4 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Tyrrell-Yamaha 43 Not classified 21  
Ret 0 United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault 41 Engine 2  
Ret 11 Italy Alessandro Zanardi Lotus-Ford 41 Suspension 14  
Ret 25 Belgium Thierry Boutsen Jordan-Hart 41 Wheel bearing 23  
Ret 22 Italy Luca Badoer Lola-Ferrari 32 Electrical 25  
Ret 24 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 31 Physical 20  
Ret 29 Austria Karl Wendlinger Sauber 24 Spun off 18  
Ret 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari 10 Suspension 13  
Ret 10 Japan Aguri Suzuki Footwork-Mugen-Honda 8 Spun off 10  
Ret 7 United States Michael Andretti McLaren-Ford 0 Spun off 11  
Ret 20 France Érik Comas Larrousse-Lamborghini 0 Halfshaft 17  
DNQ 21 Italy Michele Alboreto Lola-Ferrari  

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