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The 1991 Canadian Grand Prix was a Formula One race held at Circuit Gilles Villeneuvemarker on June 2, 1991.


There had been a lot of action in the back rooms of Formula One between the Monaco and Canadian Grands Prix, with the most notable change being that Cesare Fiorio had been fired as team manager of Ferrari and had been replaced by Piero Ferrari. Meanwhile John Barnard had left as Benetton's technical director, he was replaced by Gordon Kimball.

On the driver front, Julian Bailey had been fired by Lotus and was replaced by Johnny Herbert, who would fail to qualify for the race, while Alex Caffi was out of action for Footwork as a result of injuries sustained in a road accident, his place was taken by Stefan Johansson.

In practice Riccardo Patrese had a huge accident, walking away unhurt.

Qualifying was all Williams with Patrese taking pole position from team-mate Mansell, out-qualifying Mansell for the fifth straight race. Senna was third followed by Prost, Moreno, Berger, Alesi, Modena, and an impressive Pirro.

At the start Mansell got away well and led Patrese, Senna, Prost, Berger, and Moreno. Berger's race was short lived as he went out on lap 4 with electronics problems, while Aguri Suzuki retired when his Lola rather dramatically caught fire. Moreno disappeared on lap 10 when he spun off, while Prost was suffering from gearbox problems. The Frenchman managed to hold on while he engaged in a lively battle with teammate Alesi and Piquet's Benetton.

Mansell led Patrese and Senna on lap 25 when Senna suffered the same fate as teammate Berger and retired, this left Mansell and Patrese a long way ahead of the Alesi-Prost-Piquet battle. Prost would retire shortly after with a gearbox failure on lap 27 and Ferrari's misery was compounded on lap 34 when Alesi's engine blew.

The Williams drivers were now well ahead of the pack, but Piquet closed on Patrese, the Italian suffering from gearbox troubles of his own, in the late stages he was passed by an impressive Stefano Modena in the Tyrrell. On the last lap Mansell led from Piquet, Modena, Patrese, de Cesaris, and Gachot when he suddenly slowed to a halt. It is commonly reported that he let his engine revs drop too low while he was waving to the crowd in celebration, thereby stalling the engine, though the official Williams line is that Mansell suffered a late gearbox failure. A delighted Piquet thus took an unlikely victory for Benetton at the expense of his old rival Mansell, who would be classified sixth. Jordan's five points assured them that they would no longer have to pre-qualify when the draw was reshuffled at the halfway point of the season.


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 20 Nelson Piquet Benetton-Ford 69 1:38:51.490 8 10
2 4 Stefano Modena Tyrrell-Honda 69 + 31.832 9 6
3 6 Riccardo Patrese Williams-Renaultmarker 69 + 42.217 1 4
4 33 Andrea de Cesaris Jordan-Ford 69 + 1:20.210 11 3
5 32 Bertrand Gachot Jordan-Ford 69 + 1:22.351 14 2
6 5 Nigel Mansell Williams-Renaultmarker 68 Electrical 2 1
7 23 Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ferrari 68 + 1 Lap 18  
8 26 Érik Comas Ligier-Lamborghini 68 + 1 Lap 26  
9 21 Emanuele Pirro Dallara-Judd 68 + 1 Lap 10  
10 3 Satoru Nakajima Tyrrell-Honda 67 + 2 Laps 12  
Ret 15 Maurício Gugelmin Leyton House-Ilmor 61 Engine 23  
Ret 22 Jyrki Järvilehto Dallara-Judd 50 Engine 17  
Ret 10 Stefan Johansson Footwork-Porsche 48 Throttle 25  
Ret 16 Ivan Capelli Leyton House-Ilmor 42 Engine 13  
Ret 28 Jean Alesi Ferrari 34 Engine 7  
Ret 29 Éric Bernard Lola-Ford 29 Gearbox 19  
Ret 27 Alain Prost Ferrari 27 Gearbox 4  
Ret 25 Thierry Boutsen Ligier-Lamborghini 27 Engine 16  
Ret 1 Ayrton Senna McLarenmarker-Honda 25 Alternator 3  
Ret 11 Mika Häkkinen Lotus-Judd 21 Spun Off 24  
Ret 7 Martin Brundle Brabham-Yamaha 21 Engine 20  
Ret 24 Gianni Morbidelli Minardi-Ferrari 20 Spun Off 15  
Ret 19 Roberto Moreno Benetton-Ford 10 Suspension 5  
Ret 2 Gerhard Berger McLarenmarker-Honda 4 Injection 6  
Ret 30 Aguri Suzuki Lola-Ford 3 Fuel Leak 22  
Ret 9 Michele Alboreto Footwork-Porsche 2 Throttle 21  
DNQ 18 Fabrizio Barbazza AGS-Ford    
DNQ 17 Gabriele Tarquini AGS-Ford    
DNQ 8 Mark Blundell Brabham-Yamaha    
DNQ 12 Johnny Herbert Lotus-Judd    
DNPQ 14 Olivier Grouillard Fondmetal-Ford    
DNPQ 34 Nicola Larini Lambo-Lamborghini    
DNPQ 35 Eric van de Poele Lambo-Lamborghini    
DNPQ 31 Pedro Chaves Coloni-Ford    



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