1992 French Grand Prix

Rhone-Poulenc Grand Prix de France

Sunday, July 5, 1992
Warm, dry and overcast at the start, rain later
Fastest Lap:
Mansell, 1m17.070
1992 season:

Back In The Groove

Mansell heads another easy Williams one-two, after Patrese plays the team game...

Nigel Mansell had several uneasy moments while winning his sixth GP of the season in Magny Cours, but none of them came from the opposition. After the glitches of Monaco and Montreal the Williams steamroller rumbled efficiently back into action, and nobody ever looked likely to offer it a run. That became certainty as early as the first lap when an altercation between Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher sent the World Champion home to the pits for an early changes of clothes and ruined the young German's chances in an event for which the Benetton Ford had strongly been fancied.

It was, admitted Schumacher, his fault. He resumed in last place after a stop for a new nose, and when the race was halted at the 19 lap mark because of rain, the two met again on the grid for a discussion. Senna was through for the day, but Schumacher was ready for a long charge towards the points. Their conversation was not positive, and Michael was wound up tight as the field took off again. By the Adelaide hairpin, scene of the Senna incident, he was out for good after aviating over Stefano Modena's rear wheel following a misunderstanding on lines. After all the impressive races he's had since Spa last year, a bad one was, perhaps, inevitable.