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1991 Spanish Grand Prix

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The 1991 Spanish Grand Prix was a Formula One race held on September 29, 1991 at the Circuit de Catalunya. It was the fourteenth round of the 1991 Formula One season.

Report

There was a lot of action in the backrooms in the week separating the Portuguese and Spanish Grands Prix with the big news being that Max Mosley was elected president of the FISA, replacing Jean-Marie Balestre. There were also changes in the driver line-ups as Michael Bartels returned to Lotus replacing Johnny Herbert who had obligations in the Japanese Formula 3000. Jordan had replaced Roberto Moreno with young Italian rookie Alessandro Zanardi, and Fondmetal had sacked Olivier Grouillard and replaced him with Gabriele Tarquini of AGS, Grouillard promptly taking Tarquini's old seat. The cash-strapped Coloni team was in dire straits with their driver Pedro Chaves having decided to jump off the ship before it sunk and, as no-one else wanted to attempt to pre-qualify the car (something that Chaves had been unable to do all season), the team were forced to stay in the garage. Championship challenger Nigel Mansell was limping all weekend, the Williams driver having injured his ankle in a football match. Qualifying saw Gerhard Berger do a favor to teammate Ayrton Senna by taking pole position from Mansell, Senna, Riccardo Patrese, Michael Schumacher, Alain Prost, Jean Alesi, Ivan Capelli, Emanuele Pirro and Nelson Piquet.

On race morning it was raining, but by start time it had stopped, although the track was still wet. At the start Senna got away well and challenged Berger, while Mansell was right on his tail. Toward the end of lap 1 Schumacher surprised Mansell to take third place. At the back Éric Bernard and Érik Comas collided, both men being out on the spot. The track was incredibly slippery and there was a lot of action at the front with Senna, Schumacher, Mansell, and Alesi all fighting over third place, while Berger started to scamper away in the lead. Mansell tried to chase the leader and forced his way past Schumacher before setting off after Senna. Eventually he pounced on the main straight, the two great rivals going wheel to wheel,just millimeters apart, with Mansell taking the position and setting off after Berger. Prost was the first front-runner to stop for dry tyres, followed shortly by leader Berger, who had a very bad stop. Mansell and Senna both stopped on the same lap and it was the McLaren team who won the confrontation, getting Senna out ahead and into the lead from Berger, Mansell, and Schumacher.

On the following lap Senna let Berger through as Mansell was closing in. The rain returned and Senna had a dramatic spin at the last corner, dropping from second to fifth while Schumacher passed Prost for third. Mansell closed on Berger, and on lap 20 he made his way up the inside to take the lead and proceeded to pull away, while Berger came under pressure from the charging Schumacher. A close battle ended when Schumacher spun while trying to pass, he would stay in the race, but down in sixth place, which would become fifth when Berger retired with yet another electronic failure. The action continued for the major placings as Patrese passed Senna for third then Alesi blew past Senna for fourth after Schumacher pitted. Mansell duly took victory from Prost, Patrese, Alesi, Senna, and Schumacher, while the Minardi drivers ended the race red faced due to a last lap collision between Gianni Morbidelli and Pierluigi Martini. Mansell's win with Senna fifth meant that the title race was back on, but Senna still led by sixteen points as the teams headed on to Japan.

Following the race, AGS withdrew from Formula One.

Classification

Pre Qualifying

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 7 23x15px Martin Brundle Brabham-Yamaha 1:21.504
2 8 23x15px Mark Blundell Brabham-Yamaha 1:21.727 +0.223
3 9 23x15px Michele Alboreto Footwork-Ford 1:23.744 +2.240
4 14 23x15px Gabriele Tarquini Fondmetal-Ford 1:23.994 +2.490
5 10 23x15px Alex Caffi Footwork-Ford 1:24.056 +2.552
6 18 23x15px Fabrizio Barbazza AGS-Ford 1:24.744 +3.240
7 17 23x15px Olivier Grouillard AGS-Ford 1:25.305 +3.801

Qualifying

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 2 23x15px Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 1:18.751 1:21.208
2 5 23x15px Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault 1:18.970 1:19.971 +0.219
3 1 23x15px Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 1:19.474 1:19.064 +0.313
4 6 23x15px Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 1:19.643 1:20.392 +0.892
5 19 23x15px Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 1:19.733 1:20.779 +0.982
6 27 23x15px Alain Prost Ferrari 1:20.245 1:19.936 +1.185
7 28 23x15px Jean Alesi Ferrari 1:20.197 1:20.690 +1.446
8 16 23x15px Ivan Capelli Leyton House-Ilmor 1:21.682 1:20.584 +1.833
9 21 23x15px Emanuele Pirro Dallara-Judd 1:21.250 1:20.651 +1.900
10 20 23x15px Nelson Piquet Benetton-Ford 1:20.853 1:20.676 +1.925
11 7 23x15px Martin Brundle Brabham-Yamaha 1:21.415 1:20.677 +1.926
12 8 23x15px Mark Blundell Brabham-Yamaha 1:21.021 1:20.724 +1.973
13 15 23x15px Maurício Gugelmin Leyton House-Ilmor 1:21.319 1:20.743 +1.992
14 4 23x15px Stefano Modena Tyrrell-Honda 1:20.788 1:21.576 +2.037
15 22 23x15px JJ Lehto Dallara-Judd 1:22.249 1:20.967 +2.216
16 24 23x15px Gianni Morbidelli Minardi-Ferrari 1:21.801 1:22.523 +3.050
17 33 23x15px Andrea de Cesaris Jordan-Ford 1:21.865 1:22.992 +3.114
18 3 Template:Country data Japan Satoru Nakajima Tyrrell-Honda 1:22.480 1:22.114 +3.363
19 23 23x15px Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ferrari 1:22.575 1:22.510 +3.759
20 32 23x15px Alessandro Zanardi Jordan-Ford 1:22.580 1:23.448 +3.829
21 11 23x15px Mika Häkkinen Lotus-Judd 1:22.646 1:23.407 +3.895
22 14 23x15px Gabriele Tarquini Fondmetal-Ford 1:22.837 1:26.214 +4.086
23 29 23x15px Éric Bernard Lola-Ford 1:22.944 1:23.883 +4.193
24 9 23x15px Michele Alboreto Footwork-Ford 1:23.145 1:23.868 +4.394
25 26 23x15px Érik Comas Ligier-Lamborghini 1:23.359 1:23.755 +4.608
26 25 23x15px Thierry Boutsen Ligier-Lamborghini 1:23.553 1:23.623 +4.802
27 30 Template:Country data Japan Aguri Suzuki Lola-Ford 1:24.211 1:26.346 +5.460
28 34 23x15px Nicola Larini Lambo-Lamborghini 1:25.330 1:26.109 +6.579
29 12 23x15px Michael Bartels Lotus-Judd 1:25.640 1:25.392 +6.641
30 35 23x15px Eric van de Poele Lambo-Lamborghini 1:27.501 1:27.566 +8.750

Race

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 23x15px Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault 65 1:38:41.541 2 10
2 27 23x15px Alain Prost Ferrari 65 + 11.331 6 6
3 6 23x15px Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 65 + 15.909 4 4
4 28 23x15px Jean Alesi Ferrari 65 + 22.772 7 3
5 1 23x15px Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 65 + 1:02.402 3 2
6 19 23x15px Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 65 + 1:19.468 5 1
7 15 23x15px Maurício Gugelmin Leyton House-Ilmor 64 + 1 Lap 13  
8 22 23x15px JJ Lehto Dallara-Judd 64 + 1 Lap 15  
9 32 23x15px Alessandro Zanardi Jordan-Ford 64 + 1 Lap 20  
10 7 23x15px Martin Brundle Brabham-Yamaha 63 + 2 Laps 11  
11 20 23x15px Nelson Piquet Benetton-Ford 63 + 2 Laps 10  
12 14 23x15px Gabriele Tarquini Fondmetal-Ford 63 + 2 Laps 22  
13 23 23x15px Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ferrari 63 + 2 Laps 19  
14 24 23x15px Gianni Morbidelli Minardi-Ferrari 62 Collision 16  
15 21 23x15px Emanuele Pirro Dallara-Judd 62 + 3 Laps 9  
16 4 23x15px Stefano Modena Tyrrell-Honda 62 + 3 Laps 14  
17 3 Template:Country data Japan Satoru Nakajima Tyrrell-Honda 62 + 3 Laps 18  
Ret 8 23x15px Mark Blundell Brabham-Yamaha 49 Engine 12  
Ret 26 23x15px Érik Comas Ligier-Lamborghini 36 Electrical 25  
Ret 2 23x15px Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 33 Electrical 1  
Ret 9 23x15px Michele Alboreto Footwork-Ford 23 Engine 24  
Ret 33 23x15px Andrea de Cesaris Jordan-Ford 22 Electrical 17  
Ret 11 23x15px Mika Häkkinen Lotus-Judd 5 Spun Off 21  
Ret 16 23x15px Ivan Capelli Leyton House-Ilmor 1 Collision 8  
Ret 29 23x15px Éric Bernard Lola-Ford 0 Collision 23  
Ret 25 23x15px Thierry Boutsen Ligier-Lamborghini 0 Collision 26  
DNQ 30 Template:Country data Japan Aguri Suzuki Lola-Ford    
DNQ 34 23x15px Nicola Larini Lambo-Lamborghini    
DNQ 12 23x15px Michael Bartels Lotus-Judd    
DNQ 35 23x15px Eric van de Poele Lambo-Lamborghini    
DNPQ 10 23x15px Alex Caffi Footwork-Ford    
DNPQ 18 23x15px Fabrizio Barbazza AGS-Ford    
DNPQ 17 23x15px Olivier Grouillard AGS-Ford    

Notes

Standings after Grand Prix

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

References


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