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1993 Formula One season

1993 FIA Formula One World Championship season
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The 1993 Formula One season was the 44th FIA Formula One World Championship season. It commenced on March 14, 1993, and ended on November 7 after sixteen races.

Season summary

Williams continued to enjoy a dominant car, with active suspension and traction control systems beyond anything available to the other teams. Alain Prost returned after one year of not driving in Formula One to lead the Williams team. He swept to his fourth driver's title, winning seven races and 13 pole positions. Damon Hill scored his first three victories in succession and finished 3rd overall in the championship.

Ayrton Senna nearly didn't compete this season, and was entered by McLaren on a race-by-race basis initially. He took five wins and 2nd overall in the championship. His drive at Donington, coming from 5th to 1st in less than a lap and almost lapping the field, is regarded by some as his finest hour. Senna's team-mate Michael Andretti was much less successful, scoring only one podium finish and leaving by mutual consent before the end of the season to be replaced by Mika Häkkinen, who would remain with the team for the next eight seasons. McLaren used a supply of Ford HB V8 engines, but as a customer had an engine specification one step behind that of Ford's 'works' team, Benetton, for half the season. They were at a disadvantage for total horsepower compared to Benetton but had a more fuel efficient engine. By Silverstone, however, the teams would have parity in engines. McLaren had advanced TAG electronics, with traction and launch control from the start of the season. Benetton didn't introduce their own traction control system until the 1993 Monaco Grand Prix.

Benetton's Michael Schumacher was the only other driver to win a race that year, taking his second career victory at the Portuguese Grand Prix.

Elsewhere, Ferrari continued to struggle, Ligier enjoyed a brief resurgence with 3 podium finishes, and rookie Rubens Barrichello threatened to finish 3rd at Donington. Eddie Irvine made an infamous debut at the 1993 Japanese Grand Prix, finishing 6th before a post-race fight with race winner Senna, after Eddie repassed him having been lapped. Formula One's most experienced driver Riccardo Patrese retired at the end of the year.

The 1993 season was the first of two consecutive seasons in which the number 1, reserved for the previous season's champion's car, wasn't displayed, as both 1992 champion Nigel Mansell and 1993 champion Alain Prost left Formula One at the end of their championship-winning seasons. Instead, the number 0 was used, with Damon Hill's Williams car displaying the 0 during both years, until the number 1 was re-instated on Michael Schumacher's Benetton in 1995.

Ayrton Senna's victory in the Australian Grand Prix was his last.

Drivers and constructors

The following teams and drivers competed in the 1993 FIA Formula One World Championship.

Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre No Driver Test Driver(s)
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Canon Williams Williams FW15C Renault RS5 3.5 V10 G 0 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Damon Hill 22px-Flag of Sweden.png Kenny Bräck
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png David Coulthard
2 22px-Flag of France.png Alain Prost
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Tyrrell Racing Organisation Tyrrell 020C
021
Yamaha OX10A 3.5 V10 G 3 22px-Flag of Japan.png Ukyo Katayama n/a
4 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Andrea de Cesaris
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Camel Benetton Ford Benetton B193
B193B
Ford HBA7 3.5 V8
Ford HBA8 3.5 V8
G 5 22px-Flag of Germany.png Michael Schumacher 22px-Flag of France.png Paul Belmondo
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Perry McCarthy
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Allan McNish
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Andrea Montermini
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Alessandro Zanardi
6 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Riccardo Patrese
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Marlboro McLaren McLaren MP4/8 Ford HBE7 3.5 V8 G 7 22px-Flag of the United States.png Michael Andretti
22px-Flag of Finland.png Mika Häkkinen
8 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Ayrton Senna
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Footwork Mugen Honda Footwork FA13B
FA14
Mugen-Honda MF-351 HB 3.5 V10 G 9 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Derek Warwick
22px-Flag of Australia.png David Brabham
10 22px-Flag of Japan.png Aguri Suzuki
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Team Lotus Lotus 107B Ford HBD6 3.5 V8 G 11 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Alessandro Zanardi n/a
22px-Flag of Portugal.png Pedro Lamy
12 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Johnny Herbert
22px-Flag of Ireland.png Sasol Jordan Jordan 193 Hart 1035 3.5 V10 G 14 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Rubens Barrichello 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Emanuele Naspetti
15 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Ivan Capelli
22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Thierry Boutsen
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Marco Apicella
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Emanuele Naspetti
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Eddie Irvine
22px-Flag of France.png Larrousse F1 Larrousse LH93 Lamborghini 3512 3.5 V12 G 19 22px-Flag of France.png Philippe Alliot n/a
22px-Flag of Japan.png Toshio Suzuki
20 22px-Flag of France.png Érik Comas
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Lola BMS Scuderia Italia Lola T93/30 Ferrari 040 3.5 V12 G 21 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Michele Alboreto n/a
22 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Luca Badoer
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Minardi Team Minardi M193 Ford HBC6 3.5 V8 G 23 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Christian Fittipaldi n/a
22px-Flag of France.png Jean-Marc Gounon
24 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Fabrizio Barbazza
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Pierluigi Martini
22px-Flag of France.png Ligier Gitanes Blondes Ligier JS39 Renault RS5 3.5 V10 G 25 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Martin Brundle 22px-Flag of France.png Éric Bernard
26 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Mark Blundell
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari F93A Ferrari 041 3.5 V12 G 27 22px-Flag of France.png Jean Alesi 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Nicola Larini
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Gianni Morbidelli
28 22px-Flag of Austria.png Gerhard Berger
20px-Flag of Switzerland.png Sauber Sauber C12 Sauber 2175 3.5 V10 G 29 22px-Flag of Austria.png Karl Wendlinger n/a
30 22px-Flag of Finland.png Jyrki Järvilehto

Season review

Grands Prix

Round Race Date Location Winning Driver Constructor Report
1 22px-Flag of South Africa.png South African Grand Prix March 14 Kyalami 22px-Flag of France.png Alain Prost Williams-Renault Report
2 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Brazilian Grand Prix March 28 Interlagos 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Ayrton Senna McLaren-Ford Report
3 22px-Flag of Europe.png European Grand Prix April 11 Donington Park 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Ayrton Senna McLaren-Ford Report
4 22px-Flag of San Marino.png San Marino Grand Prix April 25 Imola 22px-Flag of France.png Alain Prost Williams-Renault Report
5 22px-Flag of Spain.png Spanish Grand Prix May 9 Catalunya 22px-Flag of France.png Alain Prost Williams-Renault Report
6 22px-Flag of Monaco.png Monaco Grand Prix May 23 Monaco 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Ayrton Senna McLaren-Ford Report
7 22px-Flag of the Canada.png Canadian Grand Prix June 13 Circuit Gilles Villeneuve 22px-Flag of France.png Alain Prost Williams-Renault Report
8 22px-Flag of France.png French Grand Prix July 4 Magny-Cours 22px-Flag of France.png Alain Prost Williams-Renault Report
9 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png British Grand Prix July 11 Silverstone 22px-Flag of France.png Alain Prost Williams-Renault Report
10 22px-Flag of Germany.png German Grand Prix July 25 Hockenheimring 22px-Flag of France.png Alain Prost Williams-Renault Report
11 22px-Flag of Hungary.png Hungarian Grand Prix August 15 Hungaroring 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Damon Hill Williams-Renault Report
12 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Belgian Grand Prix August 29 Spa-Francorchamps 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Damon Hill Williams-Renault Report
13 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Italian Grand Prix September 12 Monza 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Damon Hill Williams-Renault Report
14 22px-Flag of Portugal.png Portuguese Grand Prix September 26 Estoril 22px-Flag of Germany.png Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford Report
15 22px-Flag of Japan.png Japanese Grand Prix October 24 Suzuka 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Ayrton Senna McLaren-Ford Report
16 22px-Flag of Australia.png Australian Grand Prix November 7 Adelaide 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Ayrton Senna McLaren-Ford Report

1993 Constructors Championship final standings

Pos Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre Points Wins Podiums Poles
1 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Williams-Renault FW15C 3.5 V10 G 168 10 22 15
2 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png McLaren-Ford MP4/8 3.5 V8 G 84 5 9 1
3 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Benetton-Ford B193
B193B
3.5 V8 G 72 1 11
4 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Ferrari F93A 3.5 V12 G 28 3
5 22px-Flag of France.png Ligier-Renault JS39 3.5 V10 G 23 3
6 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Lotus-Ford 107B 3.5 V8 G 12
7 20px-Flag of Switzerland.png Sauber<ref name="Sauberengine" /> C12 3.5 V10 G 12
8 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Minardi-Ford M193 3.5 V8 G 7
9 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Footwork-Mugen-Honda FA13B
FA14
3.5 V10 G 4
10 22px-Flag of France.png Larrousse-Lamborghini LH93 3.5 V12 G 3
11 22px-Flag of Ireland.png Jordan-Hart 193 3.5 V10 G 3
12 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Tyrrell-Yamaha 020C 3.5 V10 G
13 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Lola-Ferrari T93/30 3.5 V12 G


1993 Drivers Championship final standings

Pos Driver RSA 22px-Flag of South Africa.png BRA 22px-Flag of Brazil.png EUR 22px-Flag of Europe.png SMR 22px-Flag of San Marino.png ESP 22px-Flag of Spain.png MON 22px-Flag of Monaco.png CAN 22px-Flag of the Canada.png FRA 22px-Flag of France.png GBR 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png GER 22px-Flag of Germany.png HUN 22px-Flag of Hungary.png BEL 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png ITA 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif POR 22px-Flag of Portugal.png JPN 22px-Flag of Japan.png AUS 22px-Flag of Australia.png Points
1 22px-Flag of France.png Prost 1 Ret 3 1 1 4 1 1 1 1 12 3 12 2 2 2 99
2 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Senna 2 1 1 Ret 2 1 18 4 5 4 Ret 4 Ret Ret 1 1 73
3 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Hill Ret 2 2 Ret Ret 2 3 2 Ret 15 1 1 1 3 4 3 69
4 22px-Flag of Germany.png Schumacher Ret 3 Ret 2 3 Ret 2 3 2 2 Ret 2 Ret 1 Ret Ret 52
5 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Patrese Ret Ret 5 Ret 4 Ret Ret 10 3 5 2 6 5 16 Ret 8 20
6 22px-Flag of France.png Alesi Ret 8 Ret Ret Ret 3 Ret Ret 9 7 Ret Ret 2 4 Ret 4 16
7 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Brundle Ret Ret Ret 3 Ret 6 5 5 14 8 5 7 Ret 6 9 6 13
8 22px-Flag of Austria.png Berger 6 Ret Ret Ret 6 14 4 14 Ret 6 3 10 Ret Ret Ret 5 12
9 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Herbert Ret 4 4 8 Ret Ret 10 Ret 4 10 Ret 5 Ret Ret 11 Ret 11
10 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Blundell 3 5 Ret Ret 7 Ret Ret Ret 7 3 7 11 Ret Ret 7 9 10
11 22px-Flag of the United States.png Andretti Ret Ret Ret Ret 5 8 14 6 Ret Ret Ret 8 3 7
12 22px-Flag of Austria.png Wendlinger Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 13 6 Ret Ret 9 6 Ret 4 5 Ret 15 7
13 22px-Flag of Finland.png Järvilehto 5 Ret Ret 4 Ret Ret 7 Ret 8 Ret Ret 9 Ret 7 8 Ret 5
14 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Fittipaldi 4 Ret 7 Ret 8 5 9 8 12 11 Ret Ret 8 9 5
15 22px-Flag of Finland.png Häkkinen Ret 3 Ret 4
16 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Warwick 7 9 Ret Ret 13 Ret 16 13 6 17 4 Ret Ret 15 14 10 4
17 22px-Flag of France.png Alliot Ret 7 Ret 5 Ret 12 Ret 9 11 12 8 12 9 10 2
18 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Barrichello Ret Ret 10 Ret 12 9 Ret 7 10 Ret Ret Ret Ret 13 5 11 2
19 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Barbazza Ret Ret 6 6 Ret 11 Ret Ret 2
20 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Zanardi Ret 6 8 Ret 14 7 11 Ret Ret Ret Ret 1
21 22px-Flag of France.png Comas Ret 10 9 Ret 9 Ret 8 16 Ret Ret Ret Ret 6 11 Ret 12 1
22 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Irvine 6 Ret 1
23 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Martini Ret 14 Ret Ret 7 8 10 Ret 0
24 22px-Flag of Japan.png A Suzuki Ret Ret Ret 9 10 Ret 13 12 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 7 0
25 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Badoer Ret 12 DNQ 7 Ret DNQ 15 Ret Ret Ret Ret 13 10 14 0
26 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Boutsen Ret Ret 11 Ret 12 11 Ret 13 9 Ret 0
27 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif de Cesaris Ret Ret Ret Ret DSQ 10 Ret 15 NC Ret 11 Ret 13 12 Ret 13 0
28 22px-Flag of Japan.png Katayama Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 17 Ret 13 Ret 10 15 14 Ret Ret Ret 0
29 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Alboreto Ret 11 11 DNQ DNQ Ret DNQ DNQ DNQ 16 Ret 14 Ret Ret 0
30 22px-Flag of Portugal.png Lamy 11 Ret 13 Ret 0
31 22px-Flag of Japan.png T Suzuki 12 14 0
22px-Flag of France.png Gounon Ret Ret 0
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Capelli Ret DNQ 0
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Apicella Ret 0
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Naspetti Ret 0
Pos Driver RSA 22px-Flag of South Africa.png BRA 22px-Flag of Brazil.png EUR 22px-Flag of Europe.png SMR 22px-Flag of San Marino.png ESP 22px-Flag of Spain.png MON 22px-Flag of Monaco.png CAN 22px-Flag of the Canada.png FRA 22px-Flag of France.png GBR 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png GER 22px-Flag of Germany.png HUN 22px-Flag of Hungary.png BEL 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png ITA 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif POR 22px-Flag of Portugal.png JPN 22px-Flag of Japan.png AUS 22px-Flag of Australia.png Points
Color Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Finished, in points
Blue Finished, no points
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Blank Did not participate
Blank Injured (INJ)
Blank Excluded (EX)


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