British Grand Prix Preview -- teams/drivers

It's the British Grand Prix again and the question is who is going to win, which of the dark horses are likely to edge into the top six, and will Brabham-Yamaha and Footwork-Porsche still be doomed to pre-qualifying?

Last year Alain Prost won his fourth Grand Prix of the season, and his third consecutive victory, at Silverstone while Ayrton Senna had to be content with third place. Runner-up spot went to Thierry Boutsen in the Williams-Renault, but it will take a miracle to see him achieve that place again this year since he has joined the uncompetitive Ligier team this year. This year, of course, the form book would give Ayrton Senna shortest odds having already won the first four Grands Prix of the season, but the Ferraris and Williams-Renaults can never be discounted, particularly the latter after their showing in Canada. Can the Benettons sneak up the field again and can Tyrrell clinch a victory at last having been out of the winner's circle for so long. Neither team, though, will have been helped in their quest after each losing their chief technical men at a crucial stage.

Of the two favourites, Prost's race/win ratio remains unaltered from last year at 25.4%, but he has now been overtaken by Senna who has improved his ratio from 22.4% to 26.0%.

Senna, Prost, Mansell, McLaren, Ferrari, Williams whatever the combination, it looks set to be a first class race again. (Please note that the statistics are up to and include the 1991 Canadian Grand Prix.) -- WPK

McLaren-Honda:

1. AYRTON SENNA. Born: 21.3.60. Brazilian. GPs: 115. Wins 30. Pole Positions: 56. Fastest Laps: 15. Points: 435. World Champion: 1988, 1990.

2. GERHARD BERGER. Born: 27.8.59. Austrian. GPs: 104. Wins: 5. Pole Positions: 6. Fastest Laps: 13. Points: 171.

Honda Marlboro McLaren: Chassis: McLaren MP4/6. Engine: Honda V12. Tyres: Goodyear. Wins: 90. Pole Positions: 71. Fastest Laps: 62. Points: 1601-5. World Championships: Drivers 8, Constructors 6.

Tyrrell-Honda:

3. SATORU NAKAJIMA: Born: 23.2.53. Japanese. GPs: 63. Fastest Laps: I. Points: 16.

4. STEFANO MODENA: Born: 12.5.63. Italian. GPs: 47. Points: 15.

Tyrrell Racing Organisation: Chassis: Tyrrell 020. Engine: Honda V10. Tyres: Pirelli. Wins: 23. Pole Positions: 14. Fastest Laps: 19. Points: 587.

Williams-Renault:

5. NIGEL MANSELL. Born: 8.8.53. British. GPs: 154. Wins 16. Pole Positions: 15. Fastest Laps: 18. Points: 296.

6. RICCARDO PATRESE. Born: 17.4.54. Italian. GPs: 213. Wins 3. Pole Positions: 4. Fastest Laps: 8. Points: 162.

Williams GP Engineering: Chassis: Williams FW14. Engine: Renault V10. Tyres: Goodyear. Wins: 44. Pole Positions: 32, Fastest Laps: 48. Points: 937.5. World Championships: Drivers 3, Constructors 4.

Brabham-Yamaha:

7. MARTIN BRUNDLE. Born: 1.6.59. British. GPs: 73. Points: 14.

8. MARK BLUNDELL. Born: 8.4.66. British. GPs: 4. Points: 0.

Motor Racing Developments: Chassis: Brabham BT60Y. Engine: Yamaha V12. Tyres: Pirelli. Wins: 35. Pole Positions: 39. Fastest Laps: 41. Points: 861. World Championships: Drivers 4, Constructors 2.

Footwork-Porsche:

9. MICHELE ALBORETO. Born: 23.12.56. Italian. GPs: 147. Wins 5. Pole Positions: 2. Fastest Laps: 4. Points: 179.5,

10. ALESSANDRO CAFFI. Born: 18.3.64. Italian. GPs: 54. Points: 6. Footwork: Chassis: Footwork FA12. Engine: Porsche V12. Tyres: Goodyear. Pole Positions: 0. Points:

Lotus-Judd:

11. MIKA HAKKINEN. Born: 28.9.68. Finnish. GPs: 5. Points: 2.

12. JOHNNY HERBERT. Born: . B.. British. GPs: • Points:

Team Lotus: Chassis: Lotus 102B. Engine: Judd V8. Tyres: Goodyear. Wins: 79. Pole Positions: 107. Fastest Laps: 70. Points: 1343. World Championships: Drivers 6, Constructors 7.

Fomet-Cosworth:

14. OLIVIER GROUILLARD. Born: 2.9.58. French. GPs: 21. Points: 1

Fomet Spa: Chassis: Fomet 191. Engine: Cosworth DFR V8. Tyres: Pirelli. Points: 5.

Leyton House-Ilmor:

15. MAURICIO GUGELMIN. Born: 20.4.63. Brazilian. GPs: 47. Fastest Laps: I. Points: 10.

16. IVAN CAPELLI. Born: 24.5.63. Italian. GPs: 69. Points: 27.

Leyton House Racing: Chassis: Leyton House CG911. Engine: timer V10. Tyres: Goodyear. Points: 7.

AGS-Cosworth:

17. GABRIELE TARQUINI. Born: 2.3.62. Italian. GPs: 22. Points: I.

18. FABRIZIO BARBAZZA. Born: 2.4.63. Italian. GPs: 0. Points: 0.

Equipe AGS: Chassis: AGS JH25. Engine: Cosworth DER V8. Tyres: Goodyear. Points: 2.

Camel Benetton-Cosworth:

19. ROBERTO MORENO. Born: 11.2.59. Brazilian. GPs: 15. Points: 10.

20. NELSON PIQUET. Born: 17.8.52. Brazilian. GPs: 193. Wins: 23. Pole Positions: 24. Fastest Laps: 23. Points: 475. World Champion: 1981, 1983, 1987.

Benetton Formula: Chassis: Benetton B191. Engine: Cosworth V8 EXP. Tyres: Goodyear. Wins: 5. Pole Positions: 3. Fastest Laps: 8. Points: 196.

Dallara-Judd:

21. EMANUELE PIRRO. Born: 12.1.62. Italian. GPs: 27. Points: 3.

22. JJ LEHTO. Born: 31.1.66. Finnish. GPs: 12. Points: 4.

Scuderia Italia: Chassis: Dallara BMS 191. Engine: Judd V10. Tyres: Pirelli. Points: 13.

Minardi-Ferrari:

23. PIERLUIGI MARTINI. Born: 23.4.61. Italian. GPs: 59. Points: 9.

24. GIANNI MORBIDELLI. Born: 13.1.68. Italian. GPs: 8. Points: 0.

SCM Minardi: Chassis: Minardi M191. Engine: Ferrari V12. Tyres: Pirelli. Points: 10.

Ligier-Lamborghini:

25. THIERRY BOUTSEN. Born: 13.7.57. Belgian. GPs: 126. Wins: 3. Pole Positions: 1. Fastest Laps: 1. Points: 130.

26. ERICK COMAS. Born: 28.9.63. French. GPs: 4. Points: 0.

Ligier Gitanes: Chassis: Ligier JS35. Engine: Lamborghini V12. Tyres: Goodyear. Wins: 8. Pole Positions: 9. Fastest Laps: 11. Points: 307.

Ferrari:

27. ALAIN PROST. Born: 24.2.55. French. GPs: 173. Wins 44. Pole Positions: 20. Fastest Laps: 35. Points: 676.5. World Champion: 1985, 1986, 1989.

28. JEAN ALESI. Born: 11.6.64. French. GPs: 28. Fastest Laps: I. Points: 26.

Ferrari Spa: Chassis: Ferrari F1/91. Engine: Ferrari V12. Tyres: Goodyear. Wins: 103. Pole Positions: 110. Fastest Laps: 118. Points: 1691. World Championships: Drivers 9, Constructors 8.

Lola-Cosworth:

29. ERIC BERNARD. Born: 26.8.64. French. GPs: 23. Points: 5.

30. AGURI SUZUKI. Born: 8.9.60. Japanese. GPs: 20. Points: 7.

Larrousse: Chassis: Lola L91. Engine: Cosworth DFX V8. Tyres: Goodyear. Points: 14.

Coloni-Cosworth

31. PEDRO CHAVES. Born: 27.2.65. Portuguese. GPs: 0. Points: 0.

Coloni Racing SRL: Chassis: Coloni C4. Engine: Cosworth DFR V8. Tyres: Goodyear. Points: 0.

Jordan-Cosworth:

32. BERTRAND GACHOT. Born: 22.12.62. Belgian. GPs: 10. Points: 2.

33. ANDREA DE CESARIS. Born: 31.5.59. Italian. GPs: 154. Pole Positions: I. Fastest Laps: 1. Points: 41.

Eddie Jordan Racing: Chassis: Jordan 191. Engine: Cosworth HB V8. Tyres: Goodyear. Points: 5.

Lamborghini:

34. NICOLA LARINI. Born: 19.3,64. Italian. GPs: 36. Points: 0.

35. ERIC VAN DE POELE. Born: 30.9.61. Belgian. GPs: 1. Points: 0.

Central Park Modena Team: Chassis: Lambo 2. Engine: Lamborghini V12. Tyres: Goodyear. Points: 0.