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The 1993 South African Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Kyalami on March 14, 1993. It was the first round of the 1993 Formula One season.

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).

Classification

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 2 France Alain Prost Williams-Renault 72 1:38:45.082 1 10
2 8 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Ford 72 +1:19.824 2 6
3 26 United Kingdom Mark Blundell Ligier-Renault 71 +1 Lap 8 4
4 23 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Minardi-Ford 71 +1 Lap 13 3
5 30 Finland Jyrki Järvilehto Sauber 70 +2 Laps 6 2
6 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari 69 Engine 15 1
7 9 United Kingdom Derek Warwick Footwork-Mugen-Honda 69 Spun off 22  
Ret 25 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Ligier-Renault 57 Spun off 12  
Ret 21 Italy Michele Alboreto Lola-Ferrari 55 Overheating 25  
Ret 20 France Érik Comas Larrousse-Lamborghini 51 Engine 19  
Ret 6 Italy Riccardo Patrese Benetton-Ford 46 Spun off 7  
Ret 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 39 Spun off 3  
Ret 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Lotus-Ford 38 Fuel system 17  
Ret 29 Austria Karl Wendlinger Sauber 33 Engine 10  
Ret 14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Hart 31 Gearbox 14  
Ret 27 France Jean Alesi Ferrari 30 Suspension 5  
Ret 19 France Philippe Alliot Larrousse-Lamborghini 27 Spun off 11  
Ret 24 Italy Fabrizio Barbazza Minardi-Ford 21 Collision 24  
Ret 10 Japan Aguri Suzuki Footwork-Mugen-Honda 21 Collision 20  
Ret 22 Italy Luca Badoer Lola-Ferrari 20 Gearbox 26  
Ret 0 United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault 16 Collision 4  
Ret 11 Italy Alessandro Zanardi Lotus-Ford 16 Collision 16  
Ret 7 United States Michael Andretti McLaren-Ford 4 Collision 9  
Ret 15 Italy Ivan Capelli Jordan-Hart 2 Spun off 18  
Ret 3 Japan Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 1 Transmission 21  
Ret 4 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Tyrrell-Yamaha 0 Transmission 23  

Notes

  • Pole position: Alain Prost - 1:15.696
  • Fastest lap: Alain Prost - 1:19.492 on lap 40
  • Only five cars were running at the end of a race held in torrential conditions due to a thunderstorm.
  • JJ Lehto scored points for the Sauber team on their debut, Mark Blundell scored his first podium finish (also the Ligier team's first since 1986), and several drivers including Rubens Barrichello, Luca Badoer and Michael Andretti made their first Grand Prix starts.
  • To date, this was the last running of the South African Grand Prix.
  • This was the first race of that season where there was no current defending driver's champion in the field as the original defending champion Nigel Mansell moved to Indy Racing League.
  • Since there was no defending driver's champion in the field this season, one of the defending constructor's champion Williams team's cars could not use #1. Therefore, this was the first race since 1973 that the car #0 was used.

References

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1992 Australian Grand Prix
FIA Formula One World Championship
1993 season
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1993 Brazilian Grand Prix
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