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1991 Portuguese Grand Prix

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The 1991 Portuguese Grand Prix was a Formula One race held at the Autódromo do Estoril on September 22, 1991. It was the thirteenth round of the 1991 Formula One season.

Report

The only change to the driver line-up was that Johnny Herbert was back at Lotus and managed to qualify, something that Michael Bartels had failed to do in his three outings for the team. The sunny Estoril was a popular venue among the drivers and qualifying saw a bit of a role reversal with the top teams' second drivers beating the championship contenders with Riccardo Patrese on pole alongside Gerhard Berger, with Ayrton Senna and Nigel Mansell third and fourth respectively. The top ten was rounded out by Alain Prost, Jean Alesi, Maurício Gugelmin, Pierluigi Martini, Ivan Capelli, and Michael Schumacher, the Benetton team a little off their usual pace.

On Sunday Morning Prost's Ferrari had a rather dramatic blowup in the warmup, and the Frenchman had to start the race in the spare car. The start was very eventful with Patrese getting away well and with Mansell aggressively chopping across the front of Senna. Unimpressed, he tried to retake Mansell going into the first turn but Nigel held his line and then proceeded to sweep underneath Berger to grab second at the second corner. After lap 1 the order was Patrese, Mansell, Berger, Senna, and Alesi. Mansell seemed content to shadow Patrese until lap 18 when he slipstreamed past his teammate on the main straight and proceeded to pull away. Things were looking well for Williams until Mansell came in for his stop on lap 29 and things went horribly wrong. The right rear tyre men got confused and one mechanic raised his hand when the other had not gotten the wheel perfectly on. Mansell set off down the pitlane but his tyre did not want to comply, the tyre fell off and the frustrated Englishman was left stranded in the middle of the pit lane with three wheels. The team ran out and put a fourth wheel on the car, breaking many rules in the process.

Mansell emerged in 17th place and started a furious charge through the field. He was up to sixth when he was inevitably shown the black flag on lap 51; with this disqualification, his championship hopes hung by a thread. The whole accident left Patrese comfortably in the lead from Berger and Senna, and Senna went second when Berger's engine blew on lap 37, he was followed out of the race by Prost's Ferrari, which also decided it had enough. On lap 40 the order was Patrese, Senna, Alesi, Martini, and Capelli, with the latter three being involved in an exciting battle for third place; Alesi didn't make errors despite being under pressure from the Minardi, and so the order remained unchanged until the late stages when the fifth placed Capelli suffered a front wing problem and ended up in the barriers. Patrese cruised home to his second win of the season and fifth of his career. Senna was second and tightened the screw on his third drivers title. Alesi, Martini, Piquet, and Schumacher rounded out the top six. With three races to go Senna led Mansell by 24 points.

Classification

Pre Qualifying

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 7 23x15px Martin Brundle Brabham-Yamaha 1:17.739
2 8 23x15px Mark Blundell Brabham-Yamaha 1:17.788 +0.049
3 17 23x15px Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford 1:18.020 +0.281
4 9 23x15px Michele Alboreto Footwork-Ford 1:18.371 +0.583
5 18 23x15px Fabrizio Barbazza AGS-Ford 1:19.292 +1.553
6 14 23x15px Olivier Grouillard Fondmetal-Ford 1:19.500 +1.761
7 10 23x15px Alex Caffi Footwork-Ford 1:19.521 +1.782
8 31 23x15px Pedro Chaves Coloni-Ford 1:23.858 +6.119

Qualifying

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 6 23x15px Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 1:14.041 1:13.001
2 2 23x15px Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 1:13.221 1:13.430 +0.220
3 1 23x15px Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 1:13.752 1:13.444 +0.443
4 5 23x15px Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault 1:13.944 1:13.667 +0.666
5 27 23x15px Alain Prost Ferrari 1:15.018 1:14.352 +1.351
6 28 23x15px Jean Alesi Ferrari 1:15.572 1:14.852 +1.851
7 15 23x15px Maurício Gugelmin Leyton House-Ilmor 1:17.214 1:15.266 +2.265
8 23 23x15px Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ferrari 1:15.394 1:16.982 +2.393
9 16 23x15px Ivan Capelli Leyton House-Ilmor 1:15.481 1:15.827 +2.480
10 19 23x15px Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 1:16.477 1:15.578 +2.577
11 20 23x15px Nelson Piquet Benetton-Ford 1:16.241 1:15.666 +2.665
12 4 23x15px Stefano Modena Tyrrell-Honda 1:16.018 1:15.707 +2.706
13 24 23x15px Gianni Morbidelli Minardi-Ferrari 1:16.540 1:15.749 +2.748
14 33 23x15px Andrea de Cesaris Jordan-Ford 1:15.972 1:15.936 +2.935
15 8 23x15px Mark Blundell Brabham-Yamaha 1:16.567 1:16.038 +3.037
16 32 23x15px Roberto Moreno Jordan-Ford 1:16.956 1:16.080 +3.079
17 21 23x15px Emanuele Pirro Dallara-Judd 1:16.725 1:16.135 +3.134
18 22 23x15px JJ Lehto Dallara-Judd 1:16.724 1:16.532 +3.531
19 7 23x15px Martin Brundle Brabham-Yamaha 1:17.298 1:16.536 +3.535
20 25 23x15px Thierry Boutsen Ligier-Lamborghini 1:18.005 1:16.757 +3.756
21 3 Template:Country data Japan Satoru Nakajima Tyrrell-Honda 1:16.926 1:17.035 +3.925
22 12 23x15px Johnny Herbert Lotus-Judd 1:17.713 1:17.015 +4.014
23 26 23x15px Érik Comas Ligier-Lamborghini 1:18.192 1:17.226 +4.225
24 9 23x15px Michele Alboreto Footwork-Ford 1:18.389 1:17.330 +4.329
25 30 Template:Country data Japan Aguri Suzuki Lola-Ford 1:17.434 1:17.537 +4.433
26 11 23x15px Mika Häkkinen Lotus-Judd 1:18.947 1:17.714 +4.713
27 29 23x15px Éric Bernard Lola-Ford 1:18.186 1:17.825 +4.824
28 17 23x15px Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford 1:18.295 1:18.022 +5.021
29 34 23x15px Nicola Larini Lambo-Lamborghini 1:21.612 1:18.139 +5.138
30 35 23x15px Eric van de Poele Lambo-Lamborghini 1:20.411 1:18.266 +5.265

Race

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 6 23x15px Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 71 1:35:42.304 1 10
2 1 23x15px Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 71 + 20.941 3 6
3 28 23x15px Jean Alesi Ferrari 71 + 53.554 6 4
4 23 23x15px Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ferrari 71 + 1:03.498 8 3
5 20 23x15px Nelson Piquet Benetton-Ford 71 + 1:10.033 11 2
6 19 23x15px Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 71 + 1:16.582 10 1
7 15 23x15px Maurício Gugelmin Leyton House-Ilmor 70 + 1 Lap 7  
8 33 23x15px Andrea de Cesaris Jordan-Ford 70 + 1 Lap 14  
9 24 23x15px Gianni Morbidelli Minardi-Ferrari 70 + 1 Lap 13  
10 32 23x15px Roberto Moreno Jordan-Ford 70 + 1 Lap 21  
11 26 23x15px Érik Comas Ligier-Lamborghini 70 + 1 Lap 23  
12 7 23x15px Martin Brundle Brabham-Yamaha 69 + 2 Laps 19  
13 3 Template:Country data Japan Satoru Nakajima Tyrrell-Honda 68 + 3 Laps 17  
14 11 23x15px Mika Häkkinen Lotus-Judd 68 + 3 Laps 24  
15 9 23x15px Michele Alboreto Footwork-Ford 68 + 3 Laps 22  
16 25 23x15px Thierry Boutsen Ligier-Lamborghini 68 + 3 Laps 20  
17 16 23x15px Ivan Capelli Leyton House-Ilmor 64 Spun Off 9  
Ret 4 23x15px Stefano Modena Tyrrell-Honda 56 Engine 12  
DSQ 5 23x15px Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault 51 Disqualified 4  
Ret 30 Template:Country data Japan Aguri Suzuki Lola-Ford 40 Transmission 25  
Ret 27 23x15px Alain Prost Ferrari 39 Engine 5  
Ret 2 23x15px Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 37 Engine 2  
Ret 21 23x15px Emanuele Pirro Dallara-Judd 18 Engine 16  
Ret 22 23x15px JJ Lehto Dallara-Judd 14 Gearbox 18  
Ret 8 23x15px Mark Blundell Brabham-Yamaha 12 Suspension 15  
Ret 12 23x15px Johnny Herbert Lotus-Judd 1 Engine 26  
DNQ 29 23x15px Éric Bernard Lola-Ford    
DNQ 17 23x15px Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford    
DNQ 34 23x15px Nicola Larini Lambo-Lamborghini    
DNQ 35 23x15px Eric van de Poele Lambo-Lamborghini    
DNPQ 18 23x15px Fabrizio Barbazza AGS-Ford    
DNPQ 14 23x15px Olivier Grouillard Fondmetal-Ford    
DNPQ 10 23x15px Alex Caffi Footwork-Ford    
DNPQ 31 23x15px Pedro Chaves Coloni-Ford    

Notes

  • Nigel Mansell was disqualified for an illegal pit stop. He pitted from the lead but one of the mechanics on the right rear wheel signalled his job was done whilst his fellow mechanic was still fixing the wheel which fell off the car less than 10 yards later; Mansell's car was fixed up with the 4th wheel in the middle of the pit lane and lifted manually by mechanics, but this was against the rules and caused the disqualification. Mansell had rejoined 17th but was back in 6th when he was black flagged. Despite this, his fastest lap was kept.
  • Last race: Pedro Chaves
  • This was the last race for Olivier Grouillard with Fondmetal in 1991. He was sacked by that team following Monday after this race.

Standings after Grand Prix

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

References


Previous race:
1991 Italian Grand Prix
FIA Formula One World Championship
1991 season
Next race:
1991 Spanish Grand Prix
Previous race:
1990 Portuguese Grand Prix
Portuguese Grand Prix Next race:
1992 Portuguese Grand Prix