On this day in 1992, the second Spanish GP in Catalunya was held on a new course near Barcelona that was built ahead of the 1992 Olympic Games, and Nigel Mansell in Williams continued his winning streak from the start of the season.

The Circuit de Catalunya was built in 1991 and hosted Spanish GP year, and its construction coincides with the upcoming 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. So the track served as the beginning and the end of the bicycle race.

The 1992 race marked the first front row start for Michael Schumacher (a total of 116 in career) and Nigel Mansell scored the 25th victory and 50th podium in his career. Thas year, Spanish GP was also promoted as the Grand Prix of the Olympic Games.

1992 Spanish GP was the fourth race of the season and Mansell won the pole position for the fourth time in a row, with more than a second advantage ahead of Schumacher and Senna and 1.3 seconds ahead of his teammate Patrese.

Williams had dominant car that year, the FW14B, which had a brilliantly tuned active suspension, the aerodynamics signed by Adrian Newey and the powerful Renault V10 engine.

Damon Hill recorded his first appearance at Formula 1, but he did not qualify for the race because he finished 30th fastest in Brabham Judd as he was slowest of all drivers with 7.573 seconds behind Mansell.

Spanish GP F1 1992 Alesi leads Schumacher Senna Berger
Alesi led Schumacher and both McLarens, but finished third in the end

At the start of the race, in damp conditions, Patrese passed Schumacher and Senna and came to second place behind Mansell while Senna dropped to seventh place even though he bounced back to fifth at the end of the first lap. The Ferrari driver Alesi was brilliant and stormed to third place from eighth on the grid.

In his first full F1 season, Schumacher overtook Alesi for third place in the lap seven but when Berger tried the same, he spun the Italian. When the rain intensified, Patrese spun in the lap 20 and left second place to Schumacher in front of Senna, Berger, Capelli and Alesi.

Alesi picked up new tyres near the half of the race and began to storm through the field – first he passed Berger for fourth place and then began to catch up with Senna and Schumacher. But Senna spun two laps before the end while trying to lap Martini for the lap and finished ninth.

Mansell won with 23.9 seconds ahead of Schumacher (Benetton Ford) and 26.4 seconds ahead of Alesi (Ferrari) and the remaining points were won by Berger (McLaren Honda), Alboreto (Footwork Mugen Honda) and Martini (Dallara Ferrari).

STARTING GRID

STARTNI POREDAK

1 5 Nigel Mansell Williams/Renault 1:20.190
2 19 M.Schumacher Benetton/Ford 1:21.195 1.005
3 1 Ayrton Senna McLaren/Honda 1:21.209 1.019
4 6 Riccardo Patrese Williams/Renault 1:21.534 1.344
5 28 Ivan Capelli Ferrari 1:22.413 2.223
6 20 Martin Brundle Benetton/Ford 1:22.529 2.339
7 2 Gerhard Berger McLaren/Honda 1:22.711 2.521
8 27 Jean Alesi Ferrari 1:22.746 2.556
9 16 Karl Wendlinger March/Ilmor 1:23.121 2.931
10 26 Érik Comas Ligier/Renault 1:23.593 3.403
11 4 A.de Cesaris Tyrrell/Ilmor 1:23.723 3.533
12 21 J J Lehto Dallara/Ferrari 1:24.054 3.864
13 22 P.Martini Dallara/Ferrari 1:24.236 4.046
14 25 Thierry Boutsen Ligier/Renault 1:24.583 4.393
15 3 O.Grouillard Tyrrell/Ilmor 1:24.608 4.418
16 9 Michele Alboreto Footwork/Mugen-Honda 1:24.634 4.444
17 33 M.Gugelmin Jordan/Yamaha 1:24.671 4.481
18 15 G.Tarquini Fondmetal/Ford 1:24.800 4.610
19 10 Aguri Suzuki Footwork/Mugen-Honda 1:24.940 4.750
20 14 Andrea Chiesa Fondmetal/Ford 1:24.963 4.773
21 11 Mika Häkkinen Lotus/Ford 1:25.202 5.012
22 23 C.Fittipaldi Minardi/Lamborghini 1:25.315 5.125
23 17 Paul Belmondo March/Ilmor 1:25.467 5.277
24 29 Bertrand Gachot Venturi/Lamborghini 1:25.700 5.510
25 24 G.Morbidelli Minardi/Lamborghini 1:25.786 5.596
26 12 Johnny Herbert Lotus/Ford 1:25.786 5.596

RACE RESULTS

1 5 Nigel Mansell Williams/Renault 65 1:56:10.674
2 19 M.Schumacher Benetton/Ford 65 1:56:34.588 23.914
3 27 Jean Alesi Ferrari 65 1:56:37.136 26.462
4 2 Gerhard Berger McLaren/Honda 65 1:57:31.321 1:20.647
5 9 Michele Alboreto Footwork/Mugen-Honda 64 1:57:52.448 1 Lap
6 22 P.Martini Dallara/Ferrari 63 1:56:55.310 2 Laps
7 10 Aguri Suzuki Footwork/Mugen-Honda 63 1:57:15.005 2 Laps
8 16 Karl Wendlinger March/Ilmor 63 1:57:47.901 2 Laps
9 1 Ayrton Senna McLaren/Honda 62 1:50:55.939 Spun off
10 28 Ivan Capelli Ferrari 62 1:52:56.459 Spun off
11 23 C.Fittipaldi Minardi/Lamborghini 61 1:56:36.905 4 Laps
12 17 Paul Belmondo March/Ilmor 61 1:57:16.645 4 Laps
(8) 21 J J Lehto Dallara/Ferrari 56 1:42:39.305 Spun off
(10) 15 G.Tarquini Fondmetal/Ford 56 1:43:16.472 Spun off
(12) 11 Mika Häkkinen Lotus/Ford 56 1:43:49.806 Spun off
(13) 26 Érik Comas Ligier/Renault 55 1:42:33.817 Spun off
(11) 29 Bertrand Gachot Venturi/Lamborghini 35 1:04:29.073 Engine
(7) 3 O.Grouillard Tyrrell/Ilmor 30 55:14.281 Spun off
(18) 24 G.Morbidelli Minardi/Lamborghini 26 50:45.385 Handling
(15) 33 M.Gugelmin Jordan/Yamaha 24 44:28.931 Spun off
(20) 14 Andrea Chiesa Fondmetal/Ford 22 43:10.637 Spun off
(2) 6 Riccardo Patrese Williams/Renault 19 33:32.024 Spun off
(17) 12 Johnny Herbert Lotus/Ford 13 24:21.465 Spun off
(24) 25 Thierry Boutsen Ligier/Renault 11 25:51.597 Engine
(9) 20 Martin Brundle Benetton/Ford 4 7:39.343 Spun off
(25) 4 A.de Cesaris Tyrrell/Ilmor 2 4:29.589 Engine

Fastest lap: Nigel Mansell – 1:42.503 in lap 10

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP

1 Nigel Mansell 40   10 10 10 10
2 Riccardo Patrese 18   6 6 6
3 Michael Schumacher 17   3 4 4 6
4 Gerhard Berger 8   2 3 3
5 Jean Alesi 7   3 4
6 Ayrton Senna 4   4
7 Michele Alboreto 3   1 2
8 Andrea de Cesaris 2   2
8 Ivan Capelli 2   2
10 Johnny Herbert 1   1
10 Mika Häkkinen 1   1
10 Pierluigi Martini 1   1

CONSTRUCTORS’ CHAMPIONSHIP

1 Williams/Renault 58   16 16 16 10
2 Benetton/Ford 17   3 4 4 6
3 McLaren/Honda 12   6 3 3
4 Ferrari 9   5 4
5 Footwork/Mugen-Honda 3   1 2
6 Tyrrell/Ilmor 2   2
7 Lotus/Ford 2   1 1
8 Dallara/Ferrari 1   1

RACE HIGHLIGHTS

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