1991 Belgian Grand Prix
- Sunday, August 25, 1991
- Grand Prix de Belgique
- F1 World Championship
A quick look at the results of the Belgian Grand Prix might give the impression that the McLaren-Honda team monopolised the event and dominated the opposition, but it would be very far from the truth. Admittedly they finished first and second, with Ayrton Senna leading Gerhard Berger home by a comfortable two seconds, but the clue to the truth lies in the fact that Roberto Moreno set fastest lap in the race on lap 40, at which point Senna was holding a precarious lead over de Cesaris, in a Jordan-Cosworth, with gearbox trouble that was making him wonder if he was going to finish the 44-lap race, and Berger was fourth with little hope of improving his position. Moreno was running sixth and finished fourth entirely due to other people’s troubles. The whole Belgian Grand Prix was fraught with the unexpected.
The unexpected appeared even before practice began, for Bertrand Gachot found himself locked away in Brixton prison for unruly and unlawful behaviour after a minor traffic incident. (Did I say he knew where he was going, in last month’s Motor Sport ?)
His place in the Jordan team was taken by the 22 year-old Michael Schumacher, on loan from the Mercedes-Benz sports car team, and his uninhibited performance was one of the highlights of the two days of practice and qualifying. Not surprisingly Senna was fastest on both days, taking pole position with a lap in 1 min 47.811 sec, over a second quicker than the next man. If Senna was not the fastest round the magnificent Spa-Francorchamps circuit, with its challenging length of nearly seven kilometres containing everything from a hairpin bend to 170mph corners and a straight-line maximum of 197mph, there would be something very wrong with the state of Grand Prix racing. To be fastest he naturally needs the full support of McLaren, Honda, Goodyear and Shell who all do their part in the equation of speed and performance.
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Alain Prost (Williams FW15C-Renault), 1m51.095, 139.729 mph, F1, 1993
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