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The 1993 European Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Donington Parkmarker on April 11, 1993. It was the third round of the 1993 Formula One season. The race was notable for the dominance of Ayrton Senna.

The Williamses were 1-2 in qualifying with Prost on pole ahead of Hill, Schumacher, Senna, Wendlinger and Andretti. At the start, it was damp and Schumacher blocked Senna and both lost time and Wendlinger took third. Senna quickly passed Schumacher at the third corner. He then went after Wendlinger, passing him through the Craner Curves with Schumacher and Andretti trying to follow through. Schumacher went through but Andretti hit Wendlinger and both were out. Senna went after Hill now and took second at the Coppice Corner. Now Prost was the target and the lead was taken at the last corner - the Melbourne Hairpin. Senna led Prost, Hill, Barrichello, Schumacher and Lehto into lap 2.

The track began to dry and everyone pitted for dry tyres. Lehto was fifth but he retired with handling problems on lap 14. Berger took the place but he too retired with suspension problems six laps later. It rained again and the leaders now pitted for wets. Schumacher stayed out and was leading but spun off on lap 23 because he was on the wrong tyres. The track began to dry and everyone pitted once again with Senna having a problem and losing 20 seconds. Prost now led Senna, Hill, Rubens Barrichello, Derek Warwick and Herbert.

It began to rain and the two Williamses stopped for wets while Senna stayed out. It was the correct decision because it began to rain again. The Williamses stopped yet again for dries. Prost stalled in the pits in his stop and when he rejoined, he was a lap behind and down in fourth. Barrichello was now second but it rained and then stopped again. He went to the pits twice and by now Hill was in second, albeit a lap down. Barrichello, third, had trouble with his fuel pressure and retired, giving the place to Prost. Senna won from Hill, Prost, Herbert, Patrese and Barbazza. By the end, Senna had lapped the entire field except for one car and finished over a minute ahead of second place Damon Hill.

Classification

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 8 Ayrton Senna McLarenmarker-Ford 76 1:50:46.570 4 10
2 0 Damon Hill Williams-Renaultmarker 76 +1:23.199 2 6
3 2 Alain Prost Williams-Renaultmarker 75 +1 Lap 1 4
4 12 Johnny Herbert Lotus-Ford 75 +1 Lap 11 3
5 6 Riccardo Patrese Benetton-Ford 74 +2 Laps 10 2
6 24 Fabrizio Barbazza Minardi-Ford 74 +2 Laps 20 1
7 23 Christian Fittipaldi Minardi-Ford 73 +3 Laps 16  
8 11 Alessandro Zanardi Lotus-Ford 72 +4 Laps 13  
9 20 √Črik Comas Larrousse-Lamborghini 72 +4 Laps 17  
10 14 Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Hart 70 Fuel system 12  
11 21 Michele Alboreto Lola-Ferrari 70 +6 Laps 24  
Ret 9 Derek Warwick Footwork-Mugen-Honda 66 Gearbox 14  
Ret 15 Thierry Boutsen Jordan-Hart 61 Throttle 19  
Ret 4 Andrea de Cesaris Tyrrell-Yamaha 55 Gearbox 25  
Ret 27 Jean Alesi Ferrari 36 Gearbox 9  
Ret 10 Aguri Suzuki Footwork-Mugen-Honda 29 Gearbox 23  
Ret 19 Philippe Alliot Larrousse-Lamborghini 27 Collision 15  
Ret 5 Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 22 Spun off 3  
Ret 26 Mark Blundell Ligier-Renaultmarker 20 Spun off 21  
Ret 28 Gerhard Berger Ferrari 19 Suspension 8  
Ret 30 Jyrki J√§rvilehto Sauber 13 Handling 7  
Ret 3 Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 11 Clutch 18  
Ret 25 Martin Brundle Ligier-Renaultmarker 7 Spun off 22  
Ret 29 Karl Wendlinger Sauber 0 Collision 5  
Ret 7 Michael Andretti McLarenmarker-Ford 0 Collision 6  
DNQ 22 Luca Badoer Lola-Ferrari  


Notes

  • Last fastest lap: Ayrton Senna
  • JJ Lehto started this race from the pit lane.
  • Fastest lap: Ayrton Senna - 1:18.029 on lap 57. This lap time was achieved when Senna drove into the pitlane but aborted the pit stop, showing that there actually was a shortcut through the pitlane. This is due to the grand prix configuration of Donington, which has the pit entry before the final hairpin corner onto the start/finish straight. This is possibly the only fastest lap in modern F1 history set by driving through the pitlane. Pitlane speed limits were introduced a year later.
  • Senna briefly ran 5th off the start, but was leading by the end of the first lap. In wet-dry conditions he made four pit stops compared to Alain Prost's seven. Many say this was Senna's greatest drive, but he dismissed this, saying it was "easy" because of traction control.
  • Barrichello started 12th, but was 4th at the end of the first lap. He was on course to finish on the podium, but a fuel problem ended that possibility.
  • Johnny Herbert and Lotus showed their remarkable skills in race strategy. While all finishing drivers stopped in the pits several times, Herbert only made one pit stop which earned him a good finish in 4th.
  • The sponsors for this race were Sega (title sponsor), Campari, Vauxhall, Agip, Marlboro, Olivetti, TAG Heuer and Foster's. As a result of Sega's sponsorship, a huge balloon and billboards featuring the company mascot, Sonic the Hedgehog, were around Donington Park. Senna was awarded a statue of Sonic holding a golden trophy.


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