Thursday, June 14, 2018

Gerhard Berger Wins "Molson Grand Prix of Canada" - June 14, 1992

June 14, 1992
Gerhard Berger
(Photo credit: StuSeeger via photopin cc
Qualifying produced a surprise as Ayrton Senna took pole position in his McLaren while championship leader Nigel Mansell could only manage third, behind Williams team-mate Riccardo Patrese. This would turn out to be the only non-Williams pole of 1992, and one of only two not taken by Mansell that season. Gerhard Berger took fourth in the other McLaren, followed by Michael Schumacher in the Benetton. Johnny Herbert impressed in the Lotus and took sixth, ahead of Martin Brundle in the second Benetton. The top 10 was completed by the Ferraris of Jean Alesi and Ivan Capelli, and Mika Häkkinen in the second Lotus.

At the start Senna took the lead from the two Williams-Renaults with Mansell getting ahead of Patrese then Berger, Schumacher, Herbert and Brundle. On lap 14 Mansell tried to overtake Senna at the last chicane but the car ended off track and spun and came to a stop on the main straight. The Williams driver was out of the race. Lap 18 saw the exit of Capelli who crashed out. On lap 37 Senna retired from the lead with electrical problems. Next Patrese was out as his gearbox failed. Berger was in the lead followed by Schumacher. Katayama was driving a good race but had to retire from 5th on lap 61 when his engine expired.

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