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Flag of San Marino.svg San Marino Grand Prix
Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari
Imola.svg
Race information
Laps 62
Circuit length 4.959 km (3.081 mi)
Race length 307.221 km (191.022 mi)
Number of times held 26
First held 1981
Last held 2006
Most wins (drivers) Germany Michael Schumacher (7)
Most wins (constructors) United Kingdom Williams (8)
Italy Ferrari (8)
Last race (2006):
Pole position Germany Michael Schumacher
Italy Ferrari
1:22.795
Podium 1. Germany Michael Schumacher
Italy Ferrari
1:31:06.486
2. Spain Fernando Alonso
France Renault
+2.096s
3. Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes
+15.868s
Fastest lap Spain Fernando Alonso
France Renault
1:24.569

The San Marino Grand Prix was a Formula One championship race which was run at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari in the town of Imola, near the Apennine mountains in Italy, between 1981 and 2006. It is called the San Marino Grand Prix because there is already an Italian Grand Prix, and the republic of San Marino is itself too small to host a grand prix. In 1980, the Imola track was used for the 51st Italian Grand Prix.

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History

The area around Imola is home to several racing car manufacturers - namely Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati. Following the Second World War, the town launched a program to try to improve the local economy. Four local motor racing enthusiasts proposed the construction of a new road linking existing public roads, which could be used by the local car manufacturers to test their prototypes. Construction began in March 1950. The first test run took place two years later when Enzo Ferrari sent a car to the track.

In April 1953, the first motorcycle races took place at Imola, and the first car race took place in June 1954. In April 1963, the first race with Formula One cars took place at Imola, as a non-championship event, won by Jim Clark for Lotus. A further non-championship event took place at Imola in 1979, which was won by Niki Lauda for Brabham-Alfa Romeo.

In 1980, the Italian Grand Prix moved from the high-speed Monza circuit to Imola, as a direct result of 1978's startline pile-up, which claimed the life of the popular Swedish driver Ronnie Peterson. It was won by Nelson Piquet for Brabham-Ford. The following year, the Italian Grand Prix returned to Monza, and Imola hosted the newly-launched San Marino Grand Prix, named after the nearby republic of San Marino.

In 1994, there were three serious accidents at Imola. During Friday Practice, Rubens Barrichello crashed hard into the fence at the Variante Bassa in which he decelerated violently and was knocked unconscious for a few minutes. There was also the death of Roland Ratzenberger at the Villeneuve Corner in the Saturday qualifying session, and the death of Ayrton Senna during the race itself at the 6th-gear Tamburello Corner. As a result, for the 1995 race, the Tamburello and Villeneuve corners were altered from flat-out sweeping bends into slower chicanes, and the Variante Bassa was straightened. It was also the catalyst to changes being made to other circuits, and the sport as a whole, in an attempt to make it safer.

Constructors had complained about the poor quality of the facilities at Imola so, after much talk of dropping the San Marino Grand Prix from the Formula One championship, especially since there is another grand prix held in Italy, on 29 August 2006, the race was excluded from the calendar released for the 2007 season, and has not featured since.[1]

Winners of the San Marino Grand Prix

A pink background indicates an event which was not part of the Formula One World Championship.

Year Driver Constructor Location Report
2006 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari Imola Report
2005 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault Imola Report
2004 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari Imola Report
2003 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari Imola Report
2002 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari Imola Report
2001 Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW Imola Report
2000 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari Imola Report
1999 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari Imola Report
1998 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes Imola Report
1997 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Renault Imola Report
1996 United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault Imola Report
1995 United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault Imola Report
1994 Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford Imola Report
1993 France Alain Prost Williams-Renault Imola Report
1992 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault Imola Report
1991 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda Imola Report
1990 Italy Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault Imola Report
1989 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda Imola Report
1988 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda Imola Report
1987 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda Imola Report
1986 France Alain Prost McLaren-TAG Imola Report
1985 Italy Elio de Angelis Lotus-Renault Imola Report
1984 France Alain Prost McLaren-TAG Imola Report
1983 France Patrick Tambay Ferrari Imola Report
1982 France Didier Pironi Ferrari Imola Report
1981 Brazil Nelson Piquet Brabham-Ford Imola Report
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Deaths

  • Roland Ratzenberger, died in a crash at Villeneuve Corner during qualifying for the 1994 grand prix.
  • Ayrton Senna, died in a crash at Tamburello while leading the race on May 1, 1994.

References

External links

Coordinates: 44°20′25″N 11°42′49″E / 44.34028°N 11.71361°E / 44.34028; 11.71361


Simple English

File:Flag of San San Marino Grand Prix
Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari
Race information
Laps 62
Circuit length 4.959 km
Race length 307.221 km
Number of times held 26
First held 1981
Last held 2006
Most wins (drivers) Michael Schumacher (7)
Most wins (constructors) Ferrari (8)
Last race (2006):
Pole position Michael Schumacher
Ferrari
1:22.795
Podium 1. Michael Schumacher
Ferrari
1:31:06.486
2. Fernando Alonso
Renault
+2.096s
3. Juan Pablo Montoya
McLaren-Mercedes
+15.868s
Fastest lap Fernando Alonso
Renault
1:24.569

The San Marino Grand Prix was a Formula One championship race. It was held at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari in the town of Imola. Imola is near the Apennine mountains in Italy. The race was first held 1981, and the last race was in 2006. It is named the San Marino Grand Prix after the nearby republic of San Marino.

Contents

History

The area by Imola is home to several racing car manufacturers, including Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Maserati. Following the Second World War, the town started a project to improve the local economy. Four local motor racing fans suggested building a new road. The road would link together existing public roads. These road were used by the local car manufacturers to test their new car designs. Construction began in March 1950. The first test run took place two years later when Enzo Ferrari sent a car to the track.

In April 1953, the first motorcycle races took place at Imola, and the first car race took place in June 1954. In April 1963, the first race with Formula One cars took place at Imola. It was a non-championship event, and was won by Jim Clark for Lotus. An additional non-championship event took place at Imola in 1979. This race was won by Niki Lauda for Brabham-Alfa Romeo.

In 1980, the Italian Grand Prix moved from the high-speed Monza circuit to Imola. This was because of a bad crash in 1978. The crash killer the popular Swedish driver Ronnie Peterson. The 1980 race was won by Nelson Piquet for Brabham-Ford. In 1981 the Italian Grand Prix returned to Monza, and Imola hosted the new San Marino Grand Prix, named after the nearby republic of San Marino.

1994

In 1994 there were three serious accidents at Imola. During the Friday practice, Rubens Barrichello hit the fence at the Variante Bassa. It was a very hard crash and he was knocked unconscious for a few minutes. During the qualifying session on Saturday, Roland Ratzenberger crashed at the Villeneuve Corner. He hit a concrete barrier wall almost head-on and was received a very bad head injury. He was taken to the hospital, but died from injuries. In the race on Sunday, Ayrton Senna hit a concrete wall at the high-speed Tamburello Corner. Senna was killed instantly.[1] For the 1995 race, the Tamburello and Villeneuve corners were changed. They became slower chicanes. The Variante Bassa was also straightened. These crashes started changes at other Formula One circuits. Changes were made to make the sport safer.

Teams had complained about the poor quality of the facilities (buildings and work areas) at Imola. San Marino Grand Prix was dropped from the Formula One championship after 2006. Part of the reason for dropping San Marino was there was another grand prix held in Italy.[2]

Winners of the San Marino Grand Prix

Multiple winners (drivers)

# Wins Driver Years Won
7 Michael Schumacher 1994, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006
3 Ayrton Senna 1988, 1989, 1991
Alain Prost 1984, 1986, 1993
2 Nigel Mansell 1987, 1992
Damon Hill 1995, 1996

Active drivers are in bold.

Multiple winners (constructors)

# Wins Constructor Years Won
8 Ferrari 1982, 1983, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006
Williams 1987, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2001
6 McLaren 1984, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1998

Active teams are in bold.

By year

Year Driver Constructor Location
2006 Michael Schumacher Ferrari Imola
2005 Fernando Alonso Renault Imola
2004 Michael Schumacher Ferrari Imola
2003 Michael Schumacher Ferrari Imola
2002 Michael Schumacher Ferrari Imola
2001 Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW Imola
2000 Michael Schumacher Ferrari Imola
1999 Michael Schumacher Ferrari Imola
1998 David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes Imola
1997 Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Renault Imola
1996 Damon Hill Williams-Renault Imola
1995 Damon Hill Williams-Renault Imola
1994 Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford Imola
1993 Alain Prost Williams-Renault Imola
1992 Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault Imola
1991 Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda Imola
1990 Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault Imola
1989 Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda Imola
1988 Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda Imola
1987 Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda Imola
1986 Alain Prost McLaren-TAG Imola
1985 Elio de Angelis Lotus-Renault Imola
1984 Alain Prost McLaren-TAG Imola
1983 Patrick Tambay Ferrari Imola
1982 Didier Pironi Ferrari Imola
1981 Nelson Piquet Brabham-Ford Imola

Deaths

  • Roland Ratzenberger, died in a crash at Villeneuve Corner during qualifying for the 1994 grand prix.
  • Ayrton Senna, died in a crash at Tamburello while leading the race on May 1, 1994.

References

Other websites

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Coordinates: 44°20′25″N 11°42′49″E / 44.34028°N 11.71361°E / 44.34028; 11.71361


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