- 1991 Belgian Grand Prix
Infobox Grand Prix race report
Type = F1
Country = Belgium
Grand Prix = Belgian
Official name = XL Grand Prix de Belgique
Date = August 25
Year = 1991
Race_No = 11
Season_No = 16
Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
Course = Permanent racing facility
Course_mi = 4.312
Course_km = 6.940
Distance_laps = 44
Distance_mi = 189.741
Distance_km = 305.360
Weather = Sunny and hot
Pole_Time = 1:47.811
Pole_Country = Brazil
Fast_Team = Benetton-Ford
Fast_Time = 1:55.161
Fast_Country = Brazil
First_Country = Brazil
Second_Country = Austria
Third_Team = Benetton-Ford
Third_Country = Brazil
The 1991 Belgian Grand Prix was a
Formula Onemotor race held at Spa-Francorchamps on August 25, 1991. It was the eleventh round of the 1991 Formula One seasonand the debut race of Michael Schumacher.
The Jordan team dominated the headlines leading up to the Belgian Grand Prix. Driver
Bertrand Gachotwas in an English jail as a result of an altercation with a London taxi driver, so the team had decided to replace him with young German driver Michael Schumacher. Elsewhere Johnny Herbert had returned to Lotus after having missed the previous two races due to Formula 3000commitments in Japan.
Honda had arrived at Spa with updated Engines for McLaren, the team hoping to get the momentum back in their favour. On the track
Ayrton Sennawas fastest most of the weekend and duly took pole position, but Ferrari were right on his heels. Alain Prostqualified third on the road while Jean Alesihad set the fastest first and second sectors only to come across traffic at the end of the lap, he had to settle for sixth on the road. Riccardo Patresehad originally qualified second, but after Saturday qualifying his car was found to not have a reverse gear as per the safety regulations and Riccardo's Saturday times were wiped out, he had to start a disappointing seventeenth on the grid. Riccardo's misfortune promoted Prost to second, with Nigel Mansellthird, Gerhard Bergerfourth, Alesi fifth, and Nelson Piquetsixth while the sensation of qualifying, Schumacher, was an amazing seventh for his first Grand Prix. The top ten was completed by Roberto Moreno in the second Benetton, Pierluigi Martiniin a Minardi and the ever-impressive Stefano Modenain a Tyrrell.
At the start both Senna and Prost got away well and the Brazilian led into the first corner. Mansell was third followed by Berger, Piquet, and Schumacher. The German's luck however would run dry just after Eau Rouge when his clutch failed, but despite the retirement he had impressed mightily in his first race. Out at the front Senna continued to lead but Prost's day ended on lap three when his Ferrari caught on fire, leaving Mansell in second. The determined Englishman proceeded to go after Senna and the two battled lap after lap until Senna pitted for new tyres on lap 15. The stop was a bad one and when Mansell pitted two laps later he was able to emerge ahead of Senna, but just behind Berger who had yet to stop. These stops left Piquet in the lead for one lap before he made his stop.
Mansell quickly closed in on Berger and managed to sweep past into Les Fagnes. When Berger stopped a lap later he had problems and then spun on the pit exit and came back right in front of Modena, nearly causing a bad accident. Mansell's big lead would not last, however as on lap 22 his car stopped, having succumbed to electronic problems, his championship hopes taking a major hit.
Mansell's misery was Alesi's jubilation as the young Frenchman took the lead with Senna closing. Senna continued to close until he had a small problem and lost ten seconds, putting him into the clutches of Piquet's Benetton. The Piquet-Senna battle was soon joined by Patrese and de Cesaris, who had been battling over fourth. Senna led the quartet, but could not pull away because he was suffering from gearbox problems. Alesi had planned to do the entire race without stopping and his strategy was looking very good until lap 30 when his engine expired. This left Senna ahead of Piquet, de Cesaris, and Patrese, who had gone off the track trying to pass Piquet.
On Lap 31 de Cesaris managed to out brake Piquet into Les Combes and was looking good for Jordan's first podium finish in second place. Meanwhile Patrese got past Piquet as well and set off after the Jordan. In the late stages Berger got past Piquet and then moved into third when Patrese started to suffer from gearbox problems. De Cesaris's fairy tale run ended just three laps from the end when his engine blew, promoting Berger to second and Piquet to third. Up front Senna limped home to his second consecutive win despite serious gearbox issues. Moreno was fourth, followed by Patrese and
Mark Blundell, who scored Brabham's first point of the year. The Fondmetal team and its driver Olivier Grouillardscored their first finish of 1991.
Senna had won, Mansell had retired, but Schumacher had left Spa as the talk of the paddock.
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