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1993 FIA Formula One World Championship season
Previous: 1992 Next: 1994
Index: Races by country | Races by season
Alain Prost (pictured in 2008) won his fourth and final title with Williams.
Former triple world champion Ayrton Senna was the runner-up.
Prost's team-mate Damon Hill (pictured in 1995) finished the season ranked third.

The 1993 Formula One season was the 44th FIA Formula One World Championship season. It commenced on March 14, 1993 and ended on November 7 after sixteen races. Alain Prost won his fourth Drivers' world championship, and his Williams team retained their Constructors' world title.

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Pre-season

1993 saw a major shake-up of drivers, especially among the top teams. Across the grid a number of experienced drivers retired or moved to other series and new faces emerged.

  • Williams completed the signing of Alain Prost, returning to the sport after a "sabbatical" year. Nigel Mansell opted not to remain with the team to defend his title and moved to IndyCar racing in the US. Prost's team-mate would be Damon Hill, son of Graham Hill and Williams's test driver in 1992. The absence of the defending champion meant that Williams could not use the number 1 on their cars, so the cars were numbered 0 and 2, with Prost electing to use number 2.
  • Uncertainty also surrounded the McLaren team, whose iconic driver Ayrton Senna was reluctant to re-sign for 1993 as the team had lost their Honda engines and were not expected to be competitive with their customer Ford engines. McLaren signed Michael Andretti, a successful IndyCar driver, and Mika Häkkinen who had impressed for Lotus in 1991-92. Senna eventually signed on a race-by-race basis for the team and was partnered by Andretti for most of the season.
  • Benetton retained Michael Schumacher, but Martin Brundle was replaced by Italian veteran Riccardo Patrese, released by Williams.
  • Scuderia Ferrari likewise retained Jean Alesi, but Ivan Capelli and Nicola Larini had both disappointed in 1992 and Gerhard Berger returned to the team after three years away.
  • Ligier reunited British drivers Martin Brundle and Mark Blundell: the two had previously driven for Brabham in 1991 but to the relief of commentators everywhere had seldom troubled the TV coverage.
  • Jordan had lost both drivers to retirement after a frustrating 1992. Young Brazilian Rubens Barrichello made his debut with the team while a number of drivers filled the second seat: Ivan Capelli, Thierry Boutsen, Marco Apicella, test driver Emanuele Naspetti and finally Eddie Irvine.
  • Sauber were the only new team in this year's grid, a Swiss team with Ilmor engines and much-publicised backing by Mercedes. Their driver line-up saw Karl Wendlinger who had impressed in two races for March the previous year, paired with JJ Lehto.
  • Veteran British driver Derek Warwick signed for Footwork after three years out of the sport, alongside Aguri Suzuki.

In all, only seven drivers who lined up on the grid in South Africa were with the same team they had been with the previous year: Schumacher, Senna, Alesi, Johnny Herbert at Lotus, Andrea de Cesaris for Tyrrell, Aguri Suzuki and Christian Fittipaldi at Minardi.

The worldwide recession in the early 1990s had taken its toll: the March and Fondmetal teams had folded in the off-season, while the Brabham and Andrea Moda Formula teams had failed to complete the 1992 season, so the number of drivers and teams overall had reduced, down to 30 drivers competing for 26 grid positions.

Race-by-Race

Race One: South Africa

The season started off in Kyalami where Prost took pole ahead of Senna, Schumacher, Hill, Alesi and Lehto, impressing in Sauber's first Grand Prix. At the start, Prost was poor and Senna and Hill (who was already ahead of Schumacher) got ahead of him. Then, Hill spun in front of Prost and dropped well down the field, Prost being forced to back off and let Schumacher through to second. Senna led Schumacher, Prost, Lehto, Wendlinger and Alesi at the end of lap one.

Prost attacked Schumacher, took second on lap 13 and set off after Senna. Five laps later, he attacked into the first corner but Senna took the inside and defended. However, Senna could not do anything when Prost attacked on lap 25 with the inside line. He took the lead and motored off. Schumacher also passed Senna to take second soon after. Both of them pitted unlike Prost, but Senna was quicker and rejoined ahead.

Schumacher was in no mood to stay third and attacked Senna on lap 40. There was minor contact and Schumacher spun off into retirement. Patrese was third but he too spun off on lap 47 just as Christian Fittipaldi passed Lehto. Prost won from Senna, Blundell, Fittipaldi, Lehto and Berger (he was out but was classified sixth).

Race Two: Brazil

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.

Race Three: Europe

The new European Grand Prix at Donington Park was next and the Williamses were 1-2 in qualifying with Prost on pole ahead of Hill, Schumacher, Senna, Wendlinger and Andretti. At the start, it was damp and Schumacher blocked Senna and both lost time and Wendlinger took third. Senna quickly passed Schumacher at the third corner. He then went after Wendlinger, passing him through the Craner Curves with Schumacher and Andretti trying to follow through. Schumacher went through but Andretti hit Wendlinger and both were out. Senna went after Hill now and took second at the Coppice Corner. Now Prost was the target and the lead was taken at the last corner - the Melbourne Hairpin. Senna led Prost, Hill, Barrichello, Schumacher and Lehto into lap 2.

The track began to dry and everyone pitted for dry tyres. Lehto was fifth but he retired with handling problems on lap 14. Berger took the place but he too retired with suspension problems six laps later. It rained again and the leaders now pitted for wets. Schumacher stayed out and was leading but spun off on lap 23 because he was on the wrong tyres. The track began to dry and everyone pitted once again with Senna having a problem and losing 20 seconds. Prost now led Senna, Hill, Rubens Barrichello, Derek Warwick and Herbert.

It began to rain and the two Williamses stopped for wets while Senna stayed out. It was the correct decision because it began to rain again. The Williamses stopped yet again for dries. Prost stalled in the pits in his stop and when he rejoined, he was a lap behind and down in fourth. Barrichello was now second but it rained and then stopped again. He went to the pits twice and by now Hill was in second, albeit a lap down. Barrichello, third, had trouble with his fuel pressure and retired, giving the place to Prost. Senna won from Hill, Prost, Herbert, Patrese and Barbazza.

Race Four: San Marino

Now to San Marino and the Williamses were 1-2 in qualifying with Prost on pole ahead of Hill, Schumacher, Senna, Wendlinger and Andretti. At the start, Prost was passed by Hill and Senna (who had already got ahead of Schumacher). Hill led Senna, Prost, Schumacher, Wendlinger and Andretti at the end of lap 1.

Hill pulled away quickly while Senna held up Prost. Prost passed Senna on lap 8 and set off after Hill. It was time for the stops and Senna got ahead of Prost in these stops. On lap 17, Prost audaciously overtook both Hill and Senna at Tosa in the presence of backmarkers. At the same time, Senna got ahead of Hill. Hill didn't last long, retiring with brake failure on lap 21. Both McLarens soon went out, Andretti from fifth on lap 33 by spinning off and Senna from second on lap 43 with a hydraulic failure. In between, Alesi, who took fifth after Andretti's spin retired with clutch failure.

Schumacher was now second and Wendlinger was third but Wendlinger retired with engine failure on lap 49, giving third to Brundle. Prost won from Schumacher, Brundle, Lehto, Philippe Alliot and Barbazza.

Race Five: Spain

As usual, the Williamses took 1-2 in qualifying in Spain, with Prost ahead of Hill, Senna, Schumacher, Patrese and Wendlinger. At the start, Hill got ahead of Prost with no changes behind. Hill was leading Prost, Senna, Schumacher, Patrese and Wendlinger.

Hill and Prost pulled away from the rest with Prost taking the lead on lap 11. It was soon time for the stops but the stops changed nothing except that the gap between Prost and Hill had increased and that the one between Senna and Schumacher had decreased. Schumacher attacked Senna but bounced over a sandtrap and lost 15 seconds but not a place. Meanwhile, Prost's car began to handle oddly and Hill closed up on him. The gap was down to 2 seconds but Hill's engine failed on lap 41.

Wendlinger only lasted a lap longer before troubles with his fuel system forced him to retire. Prost won from Senna, Schumacher, Patrese, Andretti and Berger.

Race Six: Monaco

Monaco was next and Prost took pole ahead of Schumacher, Senna, Hill, Alesi and Patrese. Prost jumped the start with Berger getting ahead of Patrese. The order was: Prost, Schumacher, Senna, Hill, Alesi and Berger.

Then Prost was penalised for the jump start with a stop-go penalty. He went on lap 12 but stalled the car as he was trying to exit. Finally the problem was fixed but he was a lap down and in 17th. Schumacher, now leading, pulled away as Alesi waved through teammate Berger. Schumacher, comfortably ahead, suddenly slowed down with a hydraulic problem on lap 33 and retired. The main entertainment was provided by Prost as he climbed up the field despite difficult overtaking at the Monaco street circuit.

It was time for the stops with no changes in the top 6 but Prost was the big gainer as he climbed from 10th to 7th. This became 6th and into the points when Patrese's engine failed on lap 54. Prost passed Fittipaldi for fifth soon after. On lap 71, Berger attacked Hill and there was contact. Hill rejoined but Berger was out immediately. Senna won from Hill, Alesi, Prost, Fittipaldi and Brundle.

Race Seven: Canada

There was a Noah's Ark ("two by two") formation in qualifying in Canada as the Williamses were ahead of the Benettons and the Ferraris. Prost took pole ahead of Hill, Schumacher, Patrese, Berger and Alesi. At the start, Hill beat off Prost while the Benettons were slow and were passed by Berger and the amazing Senna (who had already got ahead of Brundle and then Alesi). Hill was leading Prost, Berger, Senna, Schumacher and Patrese.

Senna was on a mission, passing Berger for third on lap 2. On lap 6, Prost took the lead from Hill. Soon afterwards, Schumacher passed Berger with Patrese following him through five laps later. The order stabilized at: Prost, Hill, Senna, Schumacher, Patrese and Berger.

During the mid-race stops, Hill had a problem and dropped behind Senna and Schumacher. Schumacher now set off after Senna. Senna, with Schumacher right behind, pushed his car too hard and his engine stalled. He was out. Prost won ahead of Schumacher, Hill, Berger, Brundle and Wendlinger.

Race Eight: France

Now to France and with local hero Prost taking pole in all the previous seven races, there was a massive turnout for qualifying where the Williamses are usually dominant. The Williamses did take 1-2 in qualifying ahead of the Ligiers but it was Hill who took pole ahead of Prost, Brundle, Blundell, Senna and Alesi. At the start, the top 5 stayed the same while Schumacher got ahead of Alesi. Hill led from Prost, Brundle, Blundell, Senna and Schumacher.

The Williamses pulled away while Brundle pulled away from Blundell who was holding up Senna and Schumacher. However, this ended when Blundell, under pressure from Senna spun off on lap 21 into retirement. It was time for the mid-race stops during which Prost got ahead of Hill and Senna and Schumacher closed up on Brundle.

During the second stops, Prost stayed ahead - just by two-tenths while Senna and Schumacher got ahead of Brundle. Schumacher passed Senna when the two were going through traffic and pulled away. Prost won with Hill right behind to make it a Williams 1-2 ahead of Schumacher, Senna, Brundle and Andretti.

Thus, at the halfway stage of the season, Prost led the World Championship with 57 points. Senna was a further 12 points behind in second with 45, Hill was third with 28, Schumacher was fourth with 24, Brundle fifth with 9, Blundell sixth with 6, Herbert seventh with 6 and Lehto eighth with 5. There were no real battles in the Constructors Championship with Williams comfortably leading with 85 points with McLaren 37 points behind in second with 48. Benetton are third with 29 and Ligier were fourth with 15.

Race Nine: Great Britain

Now to Britain; 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.

Race Ten: Germany

The field went to Hockenheim now and the Williamses were 1-2 in qualifying with Prost on pole ahead of Hill, Schumacher, Senna, Blundell and Brundle. At the start, Prost was poor as usual and was passed by Hill and Schumacher. Senna spun, dropping to the back but gained one place immediately when Brundle spun as well at the chicane, dropping to the back, behind Senna. Hill led Schumacher, Prost, Blundell, Patrese and Aguri Suzuki into lap 2.

Prost was on a charge, passing Schumacher on lap 6. He closed up on Hill three laps later. Behind, on the next lap, Berger tried to pass Suzuki and they collided, with Suzuki spinning off. Yellow flags were waved and Hill slowed down a little on the next lap. Prost took his chance and passed Hill to lead. However, he was given a stop-go penalty for the manoeuver, and dropped back to fifth and was stuck behind Patrese.

The Williamses and Senna did not pit unlike the rest, and Hill was left 15 seconds ahead of Prost with Senna up to seventh. The Brazilian soon passed Berger for sixth and then Patrese for fifth three laps later. Hill's lead was reduced to 8 seconds by the penultimate lap and Prost had given up on the win when Hill's left rear tyre punctured, spinning him out. Prost won ahead of Schumacher, Blundell, Senna, Patrese and Berger.

Race Eleven: Hungary

As usual, the two Williamses were 1-2 in qualifying in Hungary with Prost on pole ahead of Hill, Schumacher, Senna, Patrese and Berger. At the parade lap, Prost stalled and had to start at the back. At the start, Schumacher got pushed down by Senna, Berger (who was already ahead of Patrese) and Patrese. Hill was leading Senna, Berger, Patrese, Schumacher and Alesi.

Schumacher tried to pass Patrese on lap 4 but spun and dropped back to 10th. Both McLarens had throttle problems, Andretti slowing down in front of Schumacher on lap 16 and making Schumacher spin again, dropping down to 14th, right behind the recovering Prost. Senna also retired on lap 18 with throttle problems as everyone pitted except the Williamses and Schumacher. This left Hill ahead of Patrese, Prost, Schumacher, Berger and Alesi.

Then, Prost had to go into the pits because of problems with his rear wing. He rejoined seven laps behind. On lap 23, Alesi spun off and retired as Patrese waved through Schumacher who took second. However, he retired three laps later with fuel pump problems. Berger pitted from third and rejoined in fifth but he quickly passed Brundle and then Warwick to get back third. Hill took his first ever win ahead of Patrese, Berger, Warwick, Brundle and Wendlinger.

Race Twelve: Belgium

In Belgium, the grid was similar with Williamses 1-2 in qualifying, Prost taking pole ahead of Hill, Schumacher, Alesi, Senna and Suzuki. At the start, Senna got ahead of both Schumacher and Alesi with Alesi also getting by Schumacher. The order at the end of lap 1 was: Prost, Hill, Senna, Alesi, Schumacher and Suzuki.

Alesi retired then with suspension troubles on lap 4, releasing Schumacher. Schumacher then set off after Senna and went to the grass to pass him on lap 10. The first stops did not change anything, with Prost leading from Hill, Schumacher, Senna, Suzuki and Herbert. Suzuki's gearbox failed on lap 15 and he retired. Prost had troubles during his second stop, and when Hill and Schumacher had made theirs, they were ahead.

Prost smashed the lap record on lap 41 in his chase of Schumacher, but he found out that he was just a tenth quicker and settled for third. Hill won, wrapping up the Constructors Championship for Williams with Schumacher and Prost close behind ahead of Senna, Herbert and Patrese.

Thus, with three-quarters of the season gone, Prost was a full 28 points ahead and could sense the championship, having 81 points to Senna's 53. Hill was third with 48, Schumacher was fourth with 42, Patrese was fifth with 18, Brundle was sixth with 11, Herbert was seventh with 11 and Blundell was eighth with 10. In the Constructors Championship, Williams were World Champions with 129 points ahead of Benetton who were second with 60, McLaren close behind in third with 56 and Ligier a surprising fourth with 21 - their best performance in some years.

Race Thirteen: Italy

Now Italy and the Williamses took 1-2 in qualifying with Prost on pole as usual ahead of Hill. Alesi made the Ferrari fans happy with third ahead of Senna, Schumacher and Berger. At the start, Alesi got ahead of Hill and as Senna tried to do the same there was contact, Senna dropping to ninth and Hill dropping to tenth. Midway through the lap, Schumacher took second from Alesi. Prost led Schumacher, Alesi, Berger, Herbert and Brundle into lap 2.

At the end of lap 8, Prost was leading and both Senna and Hill were outside the points. Prost's hopes of winning the championship increased further as Senna, trying to take sixth from Brundle, hit Brundle and both retired. Hill, now sixth had just gained two places from the collision and gained two more when Herbert spun off on lap 15 and then, on the next lap, Berger's suspension failed. Then, he would pass Alesi on lap 18 and as Schumacher's engine failed on lap 22, Hill was second, 5 seconds behind Prost. Prost pushed hard and Hill could not catch up enough.

In 26 laps, the gap was down to 2 seconds and it was clear that Hill was too far to catch up at the correct rate. On lap 49, with less than 5 laps to go, with one hand on the trophy, Prost's engine failed. He was out and his celebrations would be delayed. Hill won with Alesi a fine second ahead of Andretti, Wendlinger, Patrese and Comas.

Race Fourteen: Portugal

Two major news stories broke as the teams descended on Estoril, Prost announcing his retirement at the end of the season and Andretti being fired from McLaren after a poor season (his podium place in Italy notwithstanding) and being replaced by Häkkinen.

The Williamses were 1-2 in qualifying ahead of the McLarens but Hill, desperate to keep his Championship hopes alive took pole from Prost, with Häkkinen surprisingly ahead of Senna with Alesi and Schumacher behind. However, Hill stalled on the parade lap and had to start at the back. At the start, Prost got squeezed out by the McLarens and Alesi, with Alesi getting ahead of the McLarens with Senna ahead of Häkkinen. Alesi led Senna, Häkkinen, Prost, Schumacher and Berger.

The top six stayed together but the Williamses and Schumacher were on a one-stop strategy unlike the McLarens and Ferraris. On lap 20, Senna's engine blew as Alesi, Häkkinen and Schumacher pitted, with Alesi losing out to both. This left Prost leading from Blundell, Hill, Häkkinen, Schumacher and Alesi. Schumacher passed Häkkinen on lap 25 and pulled away. Prost would stop on lap 29 but Schumacher would rejoin ahead. When Hill stopped as well, Schumacher was leading from Prost, Häkkinen, Hill, Alesi and Berger.

On lap 33, Häkkinen crashed into the wall at the last corner and Berger's suspension failed three laps later. Blundell crashed from sixth on lap 52 as Prost began to hassle Schumacher. However, second place was enough for Prost to win the championship, so the French driver did not take any risks. Patrese was fifth but he too crashed on lap 64. Schumacher had a minor off but still just kept his lead. Schumacher won from new World Champion Prost, Hill, Alesi, Wendlinger and Brundle.

With only two more races to go, Prost was the World Champion with 87 points but there was battle for second between Hill, Senna and Schumacher. Hill was second with 62, Senna was third with 53 and Schumacher was fourth with 52. Behind, Patrese was fifth with 20, Alesi was sixth with 13, Brundle was seventh with 12 and Herbert was eighth with 11. In the Constructors Championship, Williams were the World Champions with 149 points but there was a battle for second between Benetton with 72 and McLaren with 60. Ferrari were fourth with 23.

Race Fifteen: Japan

In Japan now and Prost took pole ahead of Senna, Häkkinen, Schumacher, Berger and Hill. At the start, Senna got ahead of Prost while Berger took Schumacher. Eddie Irvine, the fifth occupant of the second Jordan this year, then got by both Schumacher and Hill. Hill briefly passed Schumacher in the esses but Schumacher retook the position. The order was: Senna, Prost, Häkkinen, Berger, Irvine and Schumacher. Schumacher would pass Irvine on lap 2 with Hill getting ahead two laps later.

Schumacher and Hill then closed in on Berger. At the end of lap 9, the three came out of the final chicane nose to tail and Hill passed Schumacher on the start/finish straight to take 5th place away. On lap 11, Hill got a run on Berger coming out of the 130R and Berger took the inside line going into the chicane. Hill tried to pass on the outside but was not able to complete the move. Schumacher, having stayed to the inside, couldn't stop fast enough as Hill turned in behind Berger and hit Hill's right rear wheel, damaging his left front suspension and putting himself out. Hill was able to keep going and inherited 4th on the next lap when Berger came in for tires.

Meanwhile, Prost inherited the lead when Senna pitted for tires. Shortly after it began to rain, which was an advantage for Prost and other drivers who had not yet stopped for tires since they would have to make one less stop. Senna began to catch Prost as the track got wetter and on lap 21, as the rain intensified, Senna passed Prost on the approach to the Spoon curve. At the end of the lap, Senna was two seconds in front and the two both pitted for wets. Senna pulled away rapidly in the wet conditions, building over a 30 second lead by lap 27. Prost then went off at the first corner but was able to rejoin without losing time to Senna, who was delayed by traffic. The rain then stopped and drivers began coming in for slick tires as the track began to dry. Hill rejoined after his pit stop nearly a lap down to Senna, who was still on wets. Unable to lap Hill, Senna was re-passed by Irvine, who had been lapped but was chasing Hill for 4th position. Irvine, who was also still on wets, challenged Hill in the first corner but was not able to make the pass stick while Senna waited behind to lap the pair. Senna lost 15 seconds to Prost by the time he forced his way back past Irvine and Hill let him through. At the end of lap 42, after he and Prost had made their pit stops for slicks, Senna's lead was back up to 24 seconds. With only 12 laps remaining, Prost never challenged after that and settled for second. Häkkinen's 3rd place was his first podium finish.

Behind, Barrichello had got Irvine during the stops for wets and then Berger's engine failed on lap 41. With 4 laps to go and battling with Derek Warwick for 6th, Irvine ran into the back of Warwick under braking on the approach to the chicane and knocked him out of the race. Irvine was able to continue and finish with a point in his first grand prix. Irvine's debut was slightly marred in a post-race altercation with Ayrton Senna, who had strong words and a punch for the Ulsterman.

Senna won ahead of Prost, Häkkinen, Hill, Barrichello and Irvine.

Race Sixteen: Australia

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. 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.

Drivers and constructors

The following teams and drivers competed in the 1993 FIA Formula One World Championship.

Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre No Driver Test Driver(s)
United Kingdom Canon Williams Williams FW15C Renault RS5 3.5 V10 G 0 United Kingdom Damon Hill Sweden Kenny Bräck[1]
United Kingdom David Coulthard[1]
2 France Alain Prost
United Kingdom Tyrrell Racing Organisation Tyrrell 020C
021
Yamaha OX10A 3.5 V10 G 3 Japan Ukyo Katayama n/a
4 Italy Andrea de Cesaris
United Kingdom Camel Benetton Ford Benetton B193
B193B
Ford HBA7 3.5 V8
Ford HBA8 3.5 V8
G 5 Germany Michael Schumacher France Paul Belmondo[1]
United Kingdom Perry McCarthy
United Kingdom Allan McNish[1]
Italy Andrea Montermini[1]
Italy Alessandro Zanardi[1]
6 Italy Riccardo Patrese
United Kingdom Marlboro McLaren McLaren MP4/8 Ford HBE7 3.5 V8 G 7 United States Michael Andretti Japan Ukyo Katayama [1]
Finland Mika Häkkinen
8 Brazil Ayrton Senna
United Kingdom Footwork Mugen Honda Footwork FA13B
FA14
Mugen-Honda MF-351 HB 3.5 V10 G 9 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Japan Ukyo Katayama[1]
Australia David Brabham[1]
10 Japan Aguri Suzuki
United Kingdom Team Lotus Lotus 107B Ford HBD6 3.5 V8 G 11 Italy Alessandro Zanardi n/a
Portugal Pedro Lamy
12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert
Republic of Ireland Sasol Jordan Jordan 193 Hart 1035 3.5 V10 G 14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Emanuele Naspetti[1]
15 Italy Ivan Capelli
Belgium Thierry Boutsen
Italy Marco Apicella
Italy Emanuele Naspetti
United Kingdom Eddie Irvine
France Larrousse F1 Larrousse LH93 Lamborghini 3512 3.5 V12 G 19 France Philippe Alliot n/a
Japan Toshio Suzuki
20 France Érik Comas
Italy Lola BMS Scuderia Italia Lola T93/30 Ferrari 040 3.5 V12 G 21 Italy Michele Alboreto n/a
22 Italy Luca Badoer
Italy Minardi Team Minardi M193 Ford HBC6 3.5 V8 G 23 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi n/a
France Jean-Marc Gounon
24 Italy Fabrizio Barbazza
Italy Pierluigi Martini
France Ligier Gitanes Blondes Ligier JS39 Renault RS5 3.5 V10 G 25 United Kingdom Martin Brundle France Éric Bernard[1]
26 United Kingdom Mark Blundell
Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari F93A Ferrari 041 3.5 V12 G 27 France Jean Alesi Italy Nicola Larini[1]
Italy Gianni Morbidelli[1]
28 Austria Gerhard Berger
Switzerland Sauber Sauber C12 Ilmor 2175 3.5 V10 G 29 Austria Karl Wendlinger n/a
30 Finland J.J. Lehto

Formula One 1993 race schedule

Round Race Date Location
1 South African Grand Prix 14 March South Africa Kyalami
2 Brazilian Grand Prix 28 March Brazil Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo
3 European Grand Prix 11 April United Kingdom Donington Park
4 San Marino Grand Prix 25 April Italy Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola
5 Spanish Grand Prix 9 May Spain Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona
6 Monaco Grand Prix 23 May Monaco Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo
7 Canadian Grand Prix 13 June Canada Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal
8 French Grand Prix 4 July France Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours
9 British Grand Prix 11 July United Kingdom Silverstone Circuit
10 German Grand Prix 25 July Germany Hockenheimring
11 Hungarian Grand Prix 15 August Hungary Hungaroring, Budapest
12 Belgian Grand Prix 29 August Belgium Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Spa
13 Italian Grand Prix 12 September Italy Autodromo Nazionale Monza
14 Portuguese Grand Prix 26 September Portugal Autódromo do Estoril
15 Japanese Grand Prix 24 October Japan Suzuka Circuit
16 Australian Grand Prix 7 November Australia Adelaide Street Circuit

Season review

Grands Prix

Round Grand Prix Pole Position Fastest Lap Winning Driver Winning Constructor Report
1 South Africa South African Grand Prix France Alain Prost France Alain Prost France Alain Prost United Kingdom Williams-Renault Report
2 Brazil Brazilian Grand Prix France Alain Prost Germany Michael Schumacher Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom McLaren-Ford Report
3 United Kingdom European Grand Prix France Alain Prost Brazil Ayrton Senna Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom McLaren-Ford Report
4 San Marino San Marino Grand Prix France Alain Prost France Alain Prost France Alain Prost United Kingdom Williams-Renault Report
5 Spain Spanish Grand Prix France Alain Prost Germany Michael Schumacher France Alain Prost United Kingdom Williams-Renault Report
6 Monaco Monaco Grand Prix France Alain Prost France Alain Prost Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom McLaren-Ford Report
7 Canada Canadian Grand Prix France Alain Prost Germany Michael Schumacher France Alain Prost United Kingdom Williams-Renault Report
8 France French Grand Prix United Kingdom Damon Hill Germany Michael Schumacher France Alain Prost United Kingdom Williams-Renault Report
9 United Kingdom British Grand Prix France Alain Prost United Kingdom Damon Hill France Alain Prost United Kingdom Williams-Renault Report
10 Germany German Grand Prix France Alain Prost Germany Michael Schumacher France Alain Prost United Kingdom Williams-Renault Report
11 Hungary Hungarian Grand Prix France Alain Prost France Alain Prost United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Williams-Renault Report
12 Belgium Belgian Grand Prix France Alain Prost France Alain Prost United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Williams-Renault Report
13 Italy Italian Grand Prix France Alain Prost United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Williams-Renault Report
14 Portugal Portuguese Grand Prix United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Damon Hill Germany Michael Schumacher United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Report
15 Japan Japanese Grand Prix France Alain Prost France Alain Prost Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom McLaren-Ford Report
16 Australia Australian Grand Prix Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom Damon Hill Brazil Ayrton Senna United Kingdom McLaren-Ford Report

1993 Constructors Championship final standings

Pos Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre Points Wins Podiums Poles
1 United Kingdom Williams-Renault FW15C 3.5 V10 G 168 10 22 15
2 United Kingdom McLaren-Ford MP4/8 3.5 V8 G 84 5 9 1
3 United Kingdom Benetton-Ford B193
B193B
3.5 V8 G 72 1 11
4 Italy Ferrari F93A 3.5 V12 G 28 3
5 France Ligier-Renault JS39 3.5 V10 G 23 3
6 United Kingdom Lotus-Ford 107B 3.5 V8 G 12
7 Switzerland Sauber-Ilmor C12 3.5 V10 G 12
8 Italy Minardi-Ford M193 3.5 V8 G 7
9 United Kingdom Footwork-Mugen-Honda FA13B
FA14
3.5 V10 G 4
10 France Larrousse-Lamborghini LH93 3.5 V12 G 3
11 Republic of Ireland Jordan-Hart 193 3.5 V10 G 3
12 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 020C 3.5 V10 G
13 Italy Lola-Ferrari T93/30 3.5 V12 G

1993 Drivers Championship final standings

Pos Driver RSA
South Africa
BRA
Brazil
EUR
United Kingdom
SMR
San Marino
ESP
Spain
MON
Monaco
CAN
Canada
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
HUN
Hungary
BEL
Belgium
ITA
Italy
POR
Portugal
JPN
Japan
AUS
Australia
Points
1 France Alain Prost 1 Ret 3 1 1 4 1 1 1 1 12 3 12 2 2 2 99
2 Brazil Ayrton Senna 2 1 1 Ret 2 1 18 4 5 4 Ret 4 Ret Ret 1 1 73
3 United Kingdom Damon Hill Ret 2 2 Ret Ret 2 3 2 Ret 15 1 1 1 3 4 3 69
4 Germany Michael Schumacher Ret 3 Ret 2 3 Ret 2 3 2 2 Ret 2 Ret 1 Ret Ret 52
5 Italy Riccardo Patrese Ret Ret 5 Ret 4 Ret Ret 10 3 5 2 6 5 16 Ret 8 20
6 France Jean Alesi Ret 8 Ret Ret Ret 3 Ret Ret 9 7 Ret Ret 2 4 Ret 4 16
7 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Ret Ret Ret 3 Ret 6 5 5 14 8 5 7 Ret 6 9 6 13
8 Austria Gerhard Berger 6 Ret Ret Ret 6 14 4 14 Ret 6 3 10 Ret Ret Ret 5 12
9 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Ret 4 4 8 Ret Ret 10 Ret 4 10 Ret 5 Ret Ret 11 Ret 11
10 United Kingdom Mark Blundell 3 5 Ret Ret 7 Ret Ret Ret 7 3 7 11 Ret Ret 7 9 10
11 United States Michael Andretti Ret Ret Ret Ret 5 8 14 6 Ret Ret Ret 8 3 7
12 Austria Karl Wendlinger Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 13 6 Ret Ret 9 6 Ret 4 5 Ret 15 7
13 Finland JJ Lehto 5 Ret Ret 4 Ret Ret 7 Ret 8 Ret Ret 9 Ret 7 8 Ret 5
14 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi 4 Ret 7 Ret 8 5 9 8 12 11 Ret Ret 8 9 5
15 Finland Mika Häkkinen Ret 3 Ret 4
16 United Kingdom Derek Warwick 7 9 Ret Ret 13 Ret 16 13 6 17 4 Ret Ret 15 14 10 4
17 France Philippe Alliot Ret 7 Ret 5 Ret 12 Ret 9 11 12 8 12 9 10 2
18 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ret Ret 10 Ret 12 9 Ret 7 10 Ret Ret Ret Ret 13 5 11 2
19 Italy Fabrizio Barbazza Ret Ret 6 6 Ret 11 Ret Ret 2
20 Italy Alex Zanardi Ret 6 8 Ret 14 7 11 Ret Ret Ret Ret DNS 1
21 France Érik Comas Ret 10 9 Ret 9 Ret 8 16 Ret Ret Ret Ret 6 11 Ret 12 1
22 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 6 Ret 1
NC Italy Pierluigi Martini Ret 14 Ret Ret 7 8 10 Ret 0
NC Japan Aguri Suzuki Ret Ret Ret 9 10 Ret 13 12 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 7 0
NC Italy Luca Badoer Ret 12 DNQ 7 Ret DNQ 15 Ret Ret Ret Ret 13 10 14 0
NC Belgium Thierry Boutsen Ret Ret 11 Ret 12 11 Ret 13 9 Ret 0
NC Italy Andrea de Cesaris Ret Ret Ret Ret DSQ 10 Ret 15 NC Ret 11 Ret 13 12 Ret 13 0
NC Japan Ukyo Katayama Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 17 Ret 13 Ret 10 15 14 Ret Ret Ret 0
NC Italy Michele Alboreto Ret 11 11 DNQ DNQ Ret DNQ DNQ DNQ 16 Ret 14 Ret Ret 0
NC Portugal Pedro Lamy 11 Ret 13 Ret 0
NC Japan Toshio Suzuki 12 14 0
NC France Jean-Marc Gounon Ret Ret 0
NC Italy Ivan Capelli Ret DNQ 0
NC Italy Marco Apicella Ret 0
NC Italy Emanuele Naspetti Ret 0
Pos Driver RSA
South Africa
BRA
Brazil
EUR
United Kingdom
SMR
San Marino
ESP
Spain
MON
Monaco
CAN
Canada
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
HUN
Hungary
BEL
Belgium
ITA
Italy
POR
Portugal
JPN
Japan
AUS
Australia
Points
Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Light blue Practiced only (PO)
Friday test driver (TD)
(from 2003 onwards)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)
Withdrew entry before the event (WD)

Notes


Simple English

The 1993 Formula One season was the 44th edition of the championship. The champion was Alain Prost in a close battle. Williams won the constructor's championship.








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