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The 1993 Italian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Monza on September 12, 1993. It was the thirteenth round of the 1993 Formula One season. A first lap collision between Damon Hill and Ayrton Senna caused both to drop down the order, but Hill recovered to take the lead when Alain Prost's engine failed with four laps to go. This allowed Hill to retain a mathematical chance of the championship, and made him the first driver ever to score his first three victories in succession. Meanwhile, Senna crashed into Martin Brundle's Ligier-Renault on lap 8, eliminating both. During the BBC interview with Brundle, his team-mate Mark Blundell crashed heavily.

Christian Fittipaldi collided with his Minardi team-mate Pierluigi Martini as they approached the finish line. Fittipaldi's left front wheel made contact with Martini's right rear wheel, which launched Fittipaldi into a near perfect back flip, landing on all four wheels and continuing over the line to finish the race. Neither of them lost a position due to the incident.

Michael Andretti knew that the race would be his final Formula One start - he was to be replaced in the McLaren team at the next race by Finland's Mika Häkkinen. Ironically, it was also his best result of the season.

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.

Classification

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 0 United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault 53 1:17:07.509 2 10
2 27 France Jean Alesi Ferrari 53 +40.012 3 6
3 7 United States Michael Andretti McLaren-Ford 52 +1 Lap 9 4
4 29 Austria Karl Wendlinger Sauber 52 +1 Lap 15 3
5 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Benetton-Ford 52 +1 Lap 10 2
6 20 France Érik Comas Larrousse-Lamborghini 52 +1 Lap 20 1
7 24 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 51 +2 Laps 22  
8 23 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Minardi-Ford 51 +2 Laps 24  
9 19 France Philippe Alliot Larrousse-Lamborghini 51 +2 Laps 16  
10 22 Italy Luca Badoer Lola-Ferrari 51 +2 Laps 25  
11 11 Portugal Pedro Lamy Lotus-Ford 49 Electrical 26  
12 2 France Alain Prost Williams-Renault 48 Engine 1  
13 4 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Tyrrell-Yamaha 47 Oil pressure 18  
14 3 Japan Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 47 +6 Laps 17  
Ret 21 Italy Michele Alboreto Lola-Ferrari 23 Suspension 21  
Ret 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 21 Engine 5  
Ret 26 United Kingdom Mark Blundell Ligier-Renault 20 Spun off 14  
Ret 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari 15 Suspension 6  
Ret 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Lotus-Ford 14 Spun off 7  
Ret 25 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Ligier-Renault 8 Collision 12  
Ret 8 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Ford 8 Collision 4  
Ret 10 Japan Aguri Suzuki Footwork-Mugen-Honda 0 Collision 8  
Ret 9 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Footwork-Mugen-Honda 0 Collision 11  
Ret 30 Finland Jyrki Järvilehto Sauber 0 Collision 13  
Ret 14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Hart 0 Collision 19  
Ret 15 Italy Marco Apicella Jordan-Hart 0 Collision 23  

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1993 Belgian Grand Prix
FIA Formula One World Championship
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1993 Portuguese Grand Prix
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1992 Italian Grand Prix
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1994 Italian Grand Prix
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