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The 1992 Spanish Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on May 3, 1992 at the Circuit de Catalunya. It was the fourth round of the 1992 Formula One season.


Race

The race was also advertised as the Grand Prix of the Olympic Games. The race was moved up from its former September date, and held just months before the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.

British driver Perry McCarthy was allowed to compete for the first time and his Andrea Moda car was entered for the pre-qualifying session before the race, but the engine blew up and the car rolled to a halt 18 metres later having barely left the garage. Damon Hill, son of former world champion Graham Hill, made his debut with the Brabham team, but did not qualify for the race. As in the three previous races, Mansell qualified in pole position, ahead of Michael Schumacher, Ayrton Senna, Riccardo Patrese, Ivan Capelli and Martin Brundle.

At the start of the race, in torrential wet conditions, Patrese got by Schumacher and Senna. Ferrari driver Jean Alesi made a good start from 8th on the grid to 3rd into the first corner on the first lap, forcing other drivers to take defensive actions and drop back. Senna dropped from 3rd all the way to 7th. But, he recovered 2 positions to 5th during the first lap. The order was: Mansell, Patrese, Alesi, Schumacher, Senna and Capelli.

Schumacher attacked and passed Alesi on lap 7. Senna tried to do the same but tipped Alesi into a spin, putting the Frenchman behind Berger and Capelli as well. By, now the rain intensified, and Patrese spun off on lap 20 while trying to lap a backmarker. This put Mansell ahead of Schumacher, Senna, Berger, Capelli and Alesi.

During the pit-stops, Alesi got past Capelli and began to charge up through the field. He cruised past Berger for fourth and began to attack Senna for third. He wanted to attack Schumacher as well and was in a hurry. The pressure was so much that Senna spun off with two laps to go, although he was still classified 9th. At the same time, Capelli spun off as well.

Mansell continued his perfect record in 1992 with his fourth win of the season from Schumacher, Alesi, Berger, Alboreto and Pierluigi Martini, but for the first time in the season his Williams team did not score a 1-2 finish. Martin Brundle scored his 4th consecutive retirement of the season in his Benetton.

Classification

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 Template:Country flagicon Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault 65 1:56:10.674 1 10
2 19 Template:Country flagicon Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 65 + 23.914 2 6
3 27 Template:Country flagicon Jean Alesi Ferrari 65 + 26.462 8 4
4 2 Template:Country flagicon Gerhard Berger McLaren-Honda 65 + 1:20.647 7 3
5 9 Template:Country flagicon Michele Alboreto Footwork-Mugen-Honda 64 + 1 Lap 16 2
6 22 Template:Country flagicon Pierluigi Martini Dallara-Ferrari 63 + 2 Laps 13 1
7 10 Template:Country flagicon Aguri Suzuki Footwork-Mugen-Honda 63 + 2 Laps 19  
8 16 Template:Country flagicon Karl Wendlinger March-Ilmor 63 + 2 Laps 9  
9 1 Template:Country flagicon Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda 62 Spun Off 3  
10 28 Template:Country flagicon Ivan Capelli Ferrari 62 Spun Off 5  
11 23 Template:Country flagicon Christian Fittipaldi Minardi-Lamborghini 61 + 4 Laps 22  
12 17 Template:Country flagicon Paul Belmondo March-Ilmor 61 + 4 Laps 23  
Ret 21 Template:Country flagicon Jyrki Järvilehto Dallara-Ferrari 56 Spun Off 12  
Ret 15 Template:Country flagicon Gabriele Tarquini Fondmetal-Ford 56 Spun Off 18  
Ret 11 Template:Country flagicon Mika Häkkinen Lotus-Ford 56 Spun Off 21  
Ret 26 Template:Country flagicon Érik Comas Ligier-Renault 55 Spun Off 10  
Ret 29 Template:Country flagicon Bertrand Gachot Larrousse-Lamborghini 35 Engine 24  
Ret 3 Template:Country flagicon Olivier Grouillard Tyrrell-Ilmor 30 Spun Off 15  
Ret 24 Template:Country flagicon Gianni Morbidelli Minardi-Lamborghini 26 Handling 25  
Ret 33 Template:Country flagicon Maurício Gugelmin Jordan-Yamaha 24 Spun Off 17  
Ret 14 Template:Country flagicon Andrea Chiesa Fondmetal-Ford 22 Spun Off 20  
Ret 6 Template:Country flagicon Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renault 19 Spun Off 4  
Ret 12 Template:Country flagicon Johnny Herbert Lotus-Ford 13 Spun Off 26  
Ret 25 Template:Country flagicon Thierry Boutsen Ligier-Renault 11 Engine 14  
Ret 20 Template:Country flagicon Martin Brundle Benetton-Ford 4 Spun Off 6  
Ret 4 Template:Country flagicon Andrea de Cesaris Tyrrell-Ilmor 2 Engine 11  
DNQ 30 Template:Country flagicon Ukyo Katayama Larrousse-Lamborghini    
DNQ 7 Template:Country flagicon Eric van de Poele Brabham-Judd    
DNQ 32 Template:Country flagicon Stefano Modena Jordan-Yamaha    
DNQ 8 Template:Country flagicon Damon Hill Brabham-Judd    
DNPQ 34 Template:Country flagicon Roberto Moreno Moda-Judd    
DNPQ 35 Template:Country flagicon Perry McCarthy Moda-Judd    

Standings after the race

Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
1 Template:Country flagicon Nigel Mansell 40
2 Template:Country flagicon Riccardo Patrese 18
3 Template:Country flagicon Michael Schumacher 17
4 Template:Country flagicon Gerhard Berger 8
5 Template:Country flagicon Jean Alesi 7

Constructors' Championship standings
Pos Constructor Points
1 Template:Country flagicon Williams-Renault 58
2 Template:Country flagicon Benetton-Ford 17
3 Template:Country flagicon McLaren-Honda 12
4 Template:Country flagicon Ferrari 9
6 Template:Country flagicon Footwork-Mugen-Honda 3

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