1993 South African Grand Prix
The season started off in Kyalami where Prost took pole ahead of Senna, Schumacher, Hill, Alesi and Lehto, impressing in Sauber's first Grand Prix. At the start, Prost was poor and Senna and Hill (who was already ahead of Schumacher) got ahead of him. Then, Hill spun in front of Prost and dropped well down the field, Prost being forced to back off and let Schumacher through to second. Senna led Schumacher, Prost, Lehto, Wendlinger and Alesi at the end of lap one.
Prost attacked Schumacher, took second on lap 13 and set off after Senna. Five laps later, he attacked into the first corner but Senna took the inside and defended. However, Senna could not do anything when Prost attacked on lap 25 with the inside line. He took the lead and motored off. Schumacher also passed Senna to take second soon after. Both of them pitted unlike Prost, but Senna was quicker and rejoined ahead.
Schumacher was in no mood to stay third and attacked Senna on lap 40. There was minor contact and Schumacher spun off into retirement. Patrese was third but he too spun off on lap 47 just as Christian Fittipaldi passed Lehto. Prost won from Senna, Blundell, Fittipaldi, Lehto and Berger (he was out but was classified sixth).
|1||2||23x15px Alain Prost||Williams-Renault||1:16.804||1:15.696||—|
|2||8||23x15px Ayrton Senna||McLaren-Ford||1:17.152||1:15.784||+0.088|
|3||5||23x15px Michael Schumacher||Benetton-Ford||1:17.507||1:17.261||+1.565|
|4||0||23x15px Damon Hill||Williams-Renault||1:17.732||1:17.592||+1.896|
|5||27||23x15px Jean Alesi||Ferrari||1:18.775||1:18.234||+2.538|
|6||30||23x15px JJ Lehto||Sauber||1:19.120||1:18.664||+2.968|
|7||6||23x15px Riccardo Patrese||Benetton-Ford||1:19.341||1:18.676||+2.980|
|8||26||23x15px Mark Blundell||Ligier-Renault||1:19.688||1:18.687||+2.991|
|9||7||23x15px Michael Andretti||McLaren-Ford||1:18.903||1:18.786||+3.090|
|10||29||23x15px Karl Wendlinger||Sauber||1:20.365||1:18.950||+3.254|
|11||19||23x15px Philippe Alliot||Larrousse-Lamborghini||1:19.350||1:19.034||+3.338|
|12||25||23x15px Martin Brundle||Ligier-Renault||1:19.138||1:19.457||+3.442|
|13||23||23x15px Christian Fittipaldi||Minardi-Ford||1:19.825||1:19.285||+3.589|
|14||14||23x15px Rubens Barrichello||Jordan-Hart||1:20.118||1:19.305||+3.609|
|15||28||23x15px Gerhard Berger||Ferrari||1:20.066||1:19.386||+3.690|
|16||11||23x15px Alessandro Zanardi||Lotus-Ford||1:20.150||1:19.396||+3.700|
|17||12||23x15px Johnny Herbert||Lotus-Ford||1:20.009||1:19.498||+3.802|
|18||15||23x15px Ivan Capelli||Jordan-Hart||1:20.841||1:19.759||+4.063|
|19||20||23x15px Érik Comas||Larrousse-Lamborghini||1:21.000||1:20.081||+4.385|
|20||10||Template:Country data Japan Aguri Suzuki||Footwork-Mugen-Honda||1:21.342||1:20.237||+4.541|
|21||3||Template:Country data Japan Ukyo Katayama||Tyrrell-Yamaha||1:20.401||1:20.479||+4.705|
|22||9||23x15px Derek Warwick||Footwork-Mugen-Honda||1:20.821||1:20.402||+4.706|
|23||4||23x15px Andrea de Cesaris||Tyrrell-Yamaha||1:20.721||1:20.660||+4.964|
|24||24||23x15px Fabrizio Barbazza||Minardi-Ford||1:20.994||1:21.195||+5.298|
|25||21||23x15px Michele Alboreto||Lola-Ferrari||1:22.843||1:21.893||+6.197|
|26||22||23x15px Luca Badoer||Lola-Ferrari||1:24.737||—||+9.041|
- Weather: Very hot and humid, with torrential thunderstorms.
- Only five cars were running at the end of a race held in torrential conditions due to a thunderstorm that hit the circuit with only 2 laps of the race remaining, after it had been run in 33'C/90'F heat.
- JJ Lehto scored points for the Sauber team on their debut, Mark Blundell scored his first podium finish (also the Ligier team's first since 1986), and several drivers including Rubens Barrichello, Luca Badoer and Michael Andretti made their first Grand Prix starts.
- To date, this was the last running of the South African Grand Prix.
- This was the first race of that season where there was no current defending driver's champion in the field as the original defending champion Nigel Mansell moved to Indycar.
- Since there was no defending driver's champion in the field this season, defending constructors champion Williams could not use #1 on any of its cars. Therefore, this was the first race since 1973 that the number #0 was used.
- Last start - Ivan Capelli
Standings after the race
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
- "The Official Formula 1 website". Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-01.
- Henry, Alan (1993). AUTOCOURSE 1993-94. Hazleton Publishing. ISBN 1-874557-15-2.
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