Japanese Grand Prix – 1992

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For Ayrton Senna, the race in Suzuka was a huge letdown. Senna had worked hard to fine-tune his car, paying homage to Honda with his victory in their last Grand Prix in their home country.

He started in third behind Williams, but, just as he set out, his engine failed, while on the second lap.

He returned on foot to the boxes, being cheered on by the warm Japanese crowd, as a true champion.

“Those people really touched me. I was saddened at not being able to pay them back with a victory.”

He looked for Christian Fittipaldi (Minardi) after the race to congratulate him on his first Formula 1 win.

Race Summary

  • 1 N. Mansell
  • 2 R. Patrese
  • 3 Ayrton Senna
  • 4 G. Berger
  • 5 M. Schumacher
  • 6 J. Herbert
  • 7 M. Hakkinen
  • 8 E. Comas
  • 9 A. de Cesaris
  • 10 T. Boutsen
  • 11 N. Larini
  • 12 C. Fittipaldi
  • 13 M. Brundle
  • 14 G. Morbidelli
  • 15 J. Alesi
  • 16 A. Suzuki
  • 17 S. Modena
  • 18 B. Gachot
  • 19 P. Martini
  • 20 U. Katayama
  • 21 O. Grouillard
  • 22 J. Lehto
  • 23 J. Lammers
  • 24 M. Alboreto
  • 25 M. Gugelmin
  • 26 E. Naspetti
Turns 53
Time Ensolarado
Fastest lap N. Mansell - 1´40´´646
Podium 1º R. Patrese 2º G. Berger 3º M. Brundle
Cars 26
Leaving 11

Senna in race

Starting position 3
Final position Abandonou (2º volta)
Best lap 1’46’’229
Points added to the Championship -
Championship position after the race 3
What did he say after the race
“Those people really touched me. I was saddened at not being able to pay them back with a victory.”