Nigel Mansell driving a Williams-Renault FW14B won the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos

Sunday 5th April 1992

Nigel Mansell driving a Williams-Renault FW14B won the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos. His teammate Riccardo Patrese finished second and Michael Schumacher took third for the Benetton team. In qualifying Nigel Mansell and Riccardo Patrese were dominant in their Williams-Renaults, the pair ahead of Ayrton Senna’s McLaren by almost two full seconds. Mansell had a silly accident at the end of qualifying when he did not need to be lapping quickly. Berger was fourth with Michael Schumacher fifth in his Benetton ahead of Jean Alesi’s miserable Ferrari F92A, Martin Brundle’s Benetton and the Dallara-Ferrari of Pierluigi Martini. The top 10 was completed by the March-Ilmor of Karl Wendlinger and the Ligier-Renault of Thierry Boutsen. Before the parade lap Berger’s McLaren failed to fire up and so he had to start the race from the pitlane. Mansell made a terrible start and Patrese took the lead while Nigel found himself holding off Schumacher and Senna. Mansell emerged ahead while Senna used an outside overtaking manoeuvre to keep the young German under control. Mansell had a look at taking the lead on the first lap but Patrese closed the door firmly. For the next few laps they battled as they pulled away from the rest of the field. It took Schumacher until 13 before he managed to get ahead of Senna and he then began to charge after the two Williams drivers. Senna soon dropped behind Brundle and Alesi as well and he disappeared with an electrical problem after 17 laps. Brundle also disappeared after a brush with Alesi. In the midfield there was an embarrassing moment for Guy Ligier when both his drivers, Erik Comas and Thierry Boutsen, collided while battling Johnny Herbert’s Lotus for seventh place.

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