1992 – Mansell wins in Barcelona

Mansell dominated in the wet conditions

Nigel Mansell won the Spanish Grand Prix – his fourth in succession – on his way to his only F1 world title.

The Williams driver started on pole ahead of young German Michael Schumacher, but the Benetton driver slipped to fourth by the end of lap 1 – behind Riccardo Patrese and Jean Alesi – as the race began in tricky wet conditions.

Reigning world champion, Ayrton Senna, slipped from third to seventh at the start but recovered two places on the first lap.

Schumacher attacked and passed Alesi on lap 7. Berger tried to do the same but tipped Alesi into a spin, putting the Frenchman behind Senna and Capelli.

On lap 20 Patrese spun off while trying to lap a back-marker. This meant Mansell led from Schumacher, Senna, Berger, Capelli and Alesi.

Alesi made a late charge following his pitstop and passed Capelli and then Berger.

He soon began hounding Senna and the McLaren driver spun with two laps left and was classified ninth.

Mansell continued his perfect record in 1992 with his fourth win of the season. He finished over 20 seconds ahead of Schumacher, Alesi, Berger, Michele Alboreto and Pierluigi Martini. It was the first time in the season his Williams team did not score a one-two finish.

Mansell went onto win the 1992 championship at the Hungarian Grand Prix in mid-August. It was to be his last full season in the sport.

The Spanish Grand Prix also saw the debut of 1996 world champion Damon Hill in an uncompetitive Brabham-Judd. The Brit failed to qualify.


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