1992 Mexican Grand Prix
|1992 Mexican Grand Prix|
|Race 2 of 16 in the 1992 Formula One World Championship|
|Date||22 March 1992|
|Official name||XVI Gran Premio de México|
Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez|
Mexico City, Mexico
|Course||Permanent racing facility|
|Course length||4.421 km (2.747 mi)|
|Distance||69 laps, 305.049 km (189.549 mi)|
27 °C (81 °F)
|Time||1:17.711 on lap 60|
The 69-lap race was won from pole position by British driver Nigel Mansell, driving a Williams-Renault. Italian teammate Riccardo Patrese finished second, with Michael Schumacher third in a Benetton-Ford, the first of an eventual 155 podiums for the German driver. This was the final Formula One race in Mexico until 2015, when the Grand Prix was revived on a revised Hermanos Rodríguez circuit.
On 20 February 1992 Mexico city officials put out a smog alert due to the dangerous air pollution levels in the city. Alerts mandated restrictions on operating heavy motorized equipment. The Mexican Grand Prix committee had to delay work paving sections of the track. During Friday's practice Ayrton Senna hit one of the bumps in the Esses, crashed his McLaren, and injured his leg, but was fit for qualifying. Alex Caffi and Enrico Bertaggia again hoped to race for the Andrea Moda team here (formerly known as Coloni before being taken over by Andrea Sassetti) but were awaiting new cars so did not compete.
This was the first time that neither Brabham made the grid. Stefano Modena had to start from the pit lane. Nigel Mansell was obliged to switch to the spare Williams FW14B car for qualifying but this did not faze him and he made pole alongside teammate Riccardo Patrese.
Nigel Mansell dominated the race straight from the pole position, finishing the race 12 seconds ahead of Patrese and 21 seconds ahead of Michael Schumacher. Senna's transmission broke on the 11th lap, ending his race prematurely; teammate Berger finished 4th, salvaging some pride for McLaren in the farewell race for the MP4/6.
|11||4||Andrea de Cesaris||Tyrrell-Ilmor||1:19.423||1:24.117||+3.077|
|29||7||Eric van de Poele||Brabham-Judd||1:22.937||1:22.197||+5.851|
- This was the last Mexican Grand Prix until it was revived in 2015. The Hermanos Rodriguez circuit had a reputation for being very bumpy, and by this point the bumps on the track had decayed even further, the decline of Mexico City itself with increasing crowding and pollution problems made the event look bad for Formula One's glamorous image at the time.
Championship standings after the race
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
- "History | Weather Underground". Wunderground.com. Retrieved 2013-10-26.
- "Gray haze makes people sick: Mexico city smog worsens". Ellensburg Daily Record. Associated Press. February 20, 1992. Retrieved November 1, 2015.
- "1992 Mexican Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 17 February 2015. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
- "Mexico 1992 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
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