On this day in 1992, Michael Schumacher climbed on the podium for the first time in his F1 career in the last race on the old Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit which was won by Williams drivers Nigel Mansell and Riccardo Patrese.

Mexico was the second F1 championship race in 1992 after the first race in South Africa was dominated by Williams and Schumacher was fourth behind Senna.

Williams locked out the front row n Mexico with almost a second advantage ahead of Schumacher and 2.2 s  advantage over Brundle in the second Benetton, and the eighth placed Gugelmin in Jordan was already more than three seconds behind the fastest Mansell.

Mansell and Patrese defended their lead at the start of the race, and Schumacher dropped to sixth place behind Senna in his McLaren, team-mate Brundle and Berger in second McLaren.

1992 Mexican GP Schumacher maiden podium Photo F1

Schumacher soon overtook Berger and Brundle and when Senna retired in lap 11 Schumacher was third again behind the two Williams drivers.

“I was hoping for a podium this year, but I did not expect this to happen so early in the season,” commented delighted Schumacher.

“I am very happy with this result and it will take some time for me to realize that this really happened.”

Winner Mansell continued his winning run from the first race and celebrated in the second race of the season in front of team-mate Patrese, and the British driver will celebrate in the next three races and thus set a new record of five wins in the first five races of the season that will be equalized in 2004 by Schumacher.

By the end of his career, Schumacher had a total of 155 podium places, and last time it happened was at 2012 European GP in Valencia where he finished third behind Alonso and Raikkonen.

This was only eighth race in Formula 1 for Schumacher after six races in 1991 and two races in 1992.

STARTING GRID

1 5 Nigel Mansell Williams/Renault 1:16.346
2 6 Riccardo Patrese Williams/Renault 1:16.362 0.016
3 19 M.Schumacher Benetton/Ford 1:17.292 0.946
4 20 Martin Brundle Benetton/Ford 1:18.588 2.242
5 2 Gerhard Berger McLaren/Honda 1:18.589 2.243
6 1 Ayrton Senna McLaren/Honda 1:18.791 2.445
7 21 J J Lehto Dallara/Ferrari 1:19.111 2.765
8 33 M.Gugelmin Jordan/Yamaha 1:19.355 3.009
9 22 P.Martini Dallara/Ferrari 1:19.378 3.032
10 27 Jean Alesi Ferrari 1:19.417 3.071
11 4 A.de Cesaris Tyrrell/Ilmor 1:19.423 3.077
12 12 Johnny Herbert Lotus/Ford 1:19.509 3.163
13 29 Bertrand Gachot Venturi/Lamborghini 1:19.743 3.397
14 15 G.Tarquini Fondmetal/Ford 1:19.769 3.423
15 32 Stefano Modena Jordan/Yamaha 1:19.957 3.611
16 3 O.Grouillard Tyrrell/Ilmor 1:19.961 3.615
17 23 C.Fittipaldi Minardi/Lamborghini 1:20.042 3.696
18 11 Mika Häkkinen Lotus/Ford 1:20.145 3.799
19 16 Karl Wendlinger March/Ilmor 1:20.200 3.854
20 28 Ivan Capelli Ferrari 1:20.223 3.877
21 24 G.Morbidelli Minardi/Lamborghini 1:20.227 3.881
22 25 Thierry Boutsen Ligier/Renault 1:20.395 4.049
23 14 Andrea Chiesa Fondmetal/Ford 1:20.845 4.499
24 30 Ukyo Katayama Venturi/Lamborghini 1:20.935 4.589
25 9 Michele Alboreto Footwork/Mugen-Honda 1:21.064 4.718
26 26 Érik Comas Ligier/Renault 1:21.122 4.776
Did not qualify
27 10 Aguri Suzuki Footwork/Mugen-Honda 1:21.187 4.841
28 17 Paul Belmondo March/Ilmor 1:21.504 5.158
29 7 E.van de Poele Brabham/Judd 1:22.197 5.851
30 8 Giovanna Amati Brabham/Judd 1:25.052 8.706

RESULTS

1 5 Nigel Mansell Williams/Renault 69 1:31:53.587
2 6 Riccardo Patrese Williams/Renault 69 1:32:06.558 12.971
3 19 M.Schumacher Benetton/Ford 69 1:32:15.016 21.429
4 2 Gerhard Berger McLaren/Honda 69 1:32:26.934 33.347
5 4 A.de Cesaris Tyrrell/Ilmor 68 1:32:05.970 1 lap
6 11 Mika Häkkinen Lotus/Ford 68 1:32:10.983 1 lap
7 12 Johnny Herbert Lotus/Ford 68 1:32:33.413 1 lap
8 21 J J Lehto Dallara/Ferrari 68 1:33:10.155 1 lap
9 26 Érik Comas Ligier/Renault 67 1:31:54.205 2 laps
10 25 Thierry Boutsen Ligier/Renault 67 1:31:55.083 2 laps
11 29 Bertrand Gachot Venturi/Lamborghini 66 1:32:04.047 3 laps
12 30 Ukyo Katayama Venturi/Lamborghini 66 1:32:24.267 3 laps
13 9 Michele Alboreto Footwork/Mugen-Honda 65 1:32:03.852 4 laps
(5) 20 Martin Brundle Benetton/Ford 47 1:03:35.732 Engine
(15) 15 G.Tarquini Fondmetal/Ford 45 1:03:29.842 Clutch
(15) 14 Andrea Chiesa Fondmetal/Ford 37 52:15.503 Spun off
(17) 22 P.Martini Dallara/Ferrari 36 51:58.493 Handling
(8) 27 Jean Alesi Ferrari 31 42:33.682 Engine
(10) 24 G.Morbidelli Minardi/Lamborghini 29 40:04.181 Spun off
(18) 32 Stefano Modena Jordan/Yamaha 17 24:18.916 Gearbox
(15) 3 O.Grouillard Tyrrell/Ilmor 12 17:14.915 Engine
(3) 1 Ayrton Senna McLaren/Honda 11 15:10.190 Transmission
(12) 23 C.Fittipaldi Minardi/Lamborghini 2 3:04.737 Spun off
33 M.Gugelmin Jordan/Yamaha 0 Engine
16 Karl Wendlinger March/Ilmor 0 Collision
28 Ivan Capelli Ferrari 0 Collision

Fastest lap: Gerhard Berger – 1:17.711 (lap 60)

1992 Mexican GP Schumacher maiden podium Photo F1

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER 2/16 RACES

1 Nigel Mansell 20   10 10
2 Riccardo Patrese 12   6 6
3 Michael Schumacher 7   3 4
4 Gerhard Berger 5   2 3
5 Ayrton Senna 4   4
6 Andrea de Cesaris 2   2
7 Johnny Herbert 1   1
7 Mika Häkkinen 1   1

POREDAK KONSTRUKTORA

1 Williams/Renault 32   16 16
2 McLaren/Honda 9   6 3
3 Benetton/Ford 7   3 4
4 Tyrrell/Ilmor 2   2
5 Lotus/Ford 2   1 1

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