1992 San Marino Grand Prix

Race Winner
Country
Italy
Circuit
Round
5
Laps
60
Pole
Fastest Lap
Patrese , 1m 26.100s
1992 Season
Past Results

This time last year, at the fifth Grand Prix of the season, Williams-Renault had firmly indicated the strength of its challenge to McLaren-Honda. That race, the Canadian GP, ultimately fell to poor old Nelson Piquet in the Benetton-Ford, but only after Mansell's last minute drama. Senna had won the previous four, but both Patrese and Mansell had shown the pace of the FW14 and its ultimate challenge was inevitable.

If McLaren had hoped to pose a similar threat as the F1 circus rolled into the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari in mid-May, it was in for an unpleasant shock.

After the inconclusive event in Spain expec tations were raised for Imola, and when Senna finished Friday's first free practice session a mere tenth adrift of Mansell, having been very close also in pre-race testing, pulses began to race. Perhaps, after all, we were going to have a real race? The truth, however, was that Mansell had been unhappy with the set-up of his Williams. That afternoon he wrapped up his fifth consecutive pole position, well over a second clear of Senna, and after all manner of drama awaiting an engine change that day, Riccardo Patrese came out fighting on Saturday afternoon too. Though a second slower than Mansell's pole, and half a second off the Briton's best in that session, the local boy pushed Senna off the front row altogether.

Race Results

Qualifying

Circuit - Imola

Country

Italy

Location

Imola, Emilia-Romagna

Type

Permanent road course

Length

3.132 (Miles)

Record

Damon Hill (Williams FW16-Renault), 1m24.335, 133.696 mph, F1, 1994

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