French Grand Prix – 1992

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For the French Grand Prix, Senna was placing his hope in the new active (or smart) suspension, for his McLaren. He even joked before qualifying:

“Let’s see what its IQ is.”

It wasn’t enough, however, to take the lead ahead of Williams: Mansell won his seventh pole position of the season and Senna placed third on the grid.

Senna couldn’t verify the power increase from the new engine Honda had prepared for the race because he pulled out on the first lap. He was preparing to take the first corner when he was rammed by Michael Schumacher.

It was a short race and a huge letdown. Nigel Mansell won again, with Patrese and Martine Brundle (Benetton) completing the podium.

Race Summary

  • 1 N. Mansell
  • 2 R. Patrese
  • 3 Ayrton Senna
  • 4 G. Berger
  • 5 M. Schumacher
  • 6 J. Alesi
  • 7 M. Brundle
  • 8 I. Capelli
  • 9 T. Boutsen
  • 10 E. Comas
  • 11 M. Hakkinen
  • 12 J. Herbert
  • 13 B. Gachot
  • 14 M. Alboreto
  • 15 A. Suzuki
  • 16 G. Morbidelli
  • 17 J. Lehto
  • 18 U. Katayama
  • 19 A. de Cesaris
  • 20 S. Modena
  • 21 K. Wendlinger
  • 22 O. Grouillard
  • 23 G. Tarquini
  • 24 M. Gugelmin
  • 25 P. Martini
  • 26 A. Chiesa
Turns 69
Time Chuvoso
Fastest lap N. Mansell - 1´17´´070
Podium 1º N. Mansell 2º R. Patrese 3º M. Brundle
Cars 26
Leaving 15

Senna in race

Starting position 3
Final position Abandonou (1º volta)
Best lap Não completou
Points added to the Championship -
Championship position after the race 4
What did he say after the race
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