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1993 European Grand Prix

  1993 European Grand Prix
Race details
Race 3 of 16 in the 1993 Formula One season

Date April 11 1993
Official name XXXVIII Sega European Grand Prix
Location Donington Park, Leicestershire, UK
Course Permanent racing facility
4.023 km (2.500 mi)
Distance 76 laps, 305.748 km (190.000 mi)
Weather Rain with dry spells

Pole position
Driver Alain Prost Williams-Renault
Time 1:10.458
Fastest lap
Driver Ayrton Senna McLaren-Ford
Time 1:18.029 on lap 57
First Ayrton Senna McLaren-Ford
Second Damon Hill Williams-Renault
Third Alain Prost Williams-Renault

The 1993 European Grand Prix (formally the XXXVIII Sega European Grand Prix) was a Formula One motor race held on 11 April 1993 at Donington Park. It was the third round of the 1993 Formula One season. The race was contested over 76 laps and was won by Ayrton Senna for the McLaren team, ahead of second-placed Damon Hill and third-placed Alain Prost, both driving for the Williams team.[1]

Senna's drive to victory is regarded as one of his finest,[2] and his first lap exploits are particularly lauded, in which he passed four drivers to take the lead in torrential conditions.[3][4] The race was the first held under the European Grand Prix title since 1985, and to date is the only Formula One grand prix held at the circuit.[5]



After plans to hold an Asian Grand Prix at the Nippon Autopolis in Japan failed to materialise, the first European Grand Prix for eight years was run as the third race of the 1993 season. Donington Park was awarded the race, having unsuccessfully bid to host the British Grand Prix.[5] Videogame company Sega sponsored the race and the logo could be seen throughout the Grand Prix and on the podium. Sega also had naming rights to the Grand Prix.[6]


The Williamses were 1–2 in qualifying with Prost on pole ahead of Hill, Schumacher, Senna, Wendlinger and Andretti. At the start, it was damp and Schumacher blocked Senna and both lost time and Wendlinger took third. Having dropped to fifth, Senna quickly passed Schumacher at the third corner. He then went after Wendlinger, passing him through the Craner Curves with Schumacher and Andretti trying to follow through. Schumacher went through but Andretti hit Wendlinger and both were out. Senna went after Hill now and took second at McLean's Corner. Now Prost was the target and the lead was taken at the penultimate corner – the Melbourne Hairpin. Going into the second lap, Senna led Prost, Hill, Barrichello (who had started 12th), Schumacher and Lehto.

The track began to dry and everyone pitted for dry tyres. Lehto was fifth, having started from the pit lane, but he retired with handling problems on lap 14. Berger took the place but he too retired with suspension problems six laps later. It rained again and the leaders now pitted for wets. Schumacher stayed out and was leading but spun off on lap 23 because he was on the wrong tyres. The track began to dry and everyone pitted once again with Senna having a problem and losing 20 seconds. Prost now led Senna, Hill, Rubens Barrichello, Derek Warwick and Herbert.

It began to rain and the two Williams stopped for wets while Senna stayed out. It was the correct decision because it began to dry again. The Williams stopped yet again for dries. Prost stalled in the pits in his stop and when he rejoined, he was a lap behind and down in fourth. Barrichello was now second but it rained and then stopped again. He went to the pits twice and by now Hill was in second, albeit a lap down. Barrichello, third, had trouble with his fuel pressure and retired, giving the place to Prost. Senna set the fastest lap on lap 57, on a lap when he drove into the pitlane but aborted the pit stop, showing that there actually was a shortcut through the pitlane. This is due to the grand prix configuration of Donington, which has the pit entry before the final hairpin corner onto the start/finish straight. This is possibly the only fastest lap in modern F1 history set by driving through the pitlane.

Senna won from Hill and Prost, having made four pit stops in the wet-dry conditions compared to Prost's seven, which is a record that stands as of 2012. Johnny Herbert finished fourth for Lotus by stopping only once while all the other finishing drivers stopped in the pits several times. Patrese and Barbazza took the last two points scoring places. By the end, Senna had lapped the entire field except for one car and finished over a minute ahead of second place Damon Hill.

At the end of the race, Senna was led onto a podium and was given a trophy that depicted videogame character and Sega's mascot, [7]



Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 2 Alain Prost Williams-Renault 1:24.467 1:10.458
2 0 Damon Hill Williams-Renault 1:24.014 1:10.762 +0.304
3 5 Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 1:26.264 1:12.008 +1.550
4 8 Ayrton Senna McLaren-Ford 1:23.976 1:12.107 +1.649
5 29 Karl Wendlinger Sauber 1:26.805 1:12.738 +2.280
6 7 Michael Andretti McLaren-Ford 1:26.859 1:12.739 +2.281
7 30 JJ Lehto Sauber 1:25.469 1:12.763 +2.305
8 28 Gerhard Berger Ferrari 1:25.971 1:12.862 +2.404
9 27 Jean Alesi Ferrari 1:25.699 1:12.980 +2.522
10 6 Riccardo Patrese Benetton-Ford 1:27.273 1:12.982 +2.524
11 12 Johnny Herbert Lotus-Ford 1:27.173 1:13.328 +2.870
12 14 Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Hart 1:26.557 1:13.514 +3.056
13 11 Alessandro Zanardi Lotus-Ford 1:28.782 1:13.560 +3.102
14 9 Derek Warwick Footwork-Mugen-Honda 1:28.096 1:13.664 +3.206
15 19 Philippe Alliot Lamborghini 1:28.648 1:13.665 +3.207
16 23 Christian Fittipaldi Minardi-Ford 1:28.065 1:13.666 +3.208
17 20 Érik Comas Lamborghini 1:29.310 1:13.970 +3.512
18 3 Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:29.851 1:14.121 +3.663
19 15 Thierry Boutsen Jordan-Hart 1:28.701 1:14.246 +3.788
20 24 Fabrizio Barbazza Minardi-Ford 1:27.275 1:14.274 +3.816
21 26 Mark Blundell Ligier-Renault 1:27.302 1:14.301 +3.843
22 25 Martin Brundle Ligier-Renault 1:26.788 1:14.306 +3.848
23 10 Aguri Suzuki Footwork-Mugen-Honda 1:30.107 1:14.927 +4.469
24 21 Michele Alboreto Lola-Ferrari 1:30.049 1:15.322 +4.864
25 4 Andrea de Cesaris Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:29.177 1:15.417 +4.959
26 22 Luca Badoer Lola-Ferrari 1:31.178 1:15.641 +5.183


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 8 Ayrton Senna McLaren-Ford 76 1:50:46.570 4 10
2 0 Damon Hill Williams-Renault 76 +1:23.199 2 6
3 2 Alain Prost Williams-Renault 75 +1 Lap 1 4
4 12 Johnny Herbert Lotus-Ford 75 +1 Lap 11 3
5 6 Riccardo Patrese Benetton-Ford 74 +2 Laps 10 2
6 24 Fabrizio Barbazza Minardi-Ford 74 +2 Laps 20 1
7 23 Christian Fittipaldi Minardi-Ford 73 +3 Laps 16  
8 11 Alessandro Zanardi Lotus-Ford 72 +4 Laps 13  
9 20 Érik Comas Lamborghini 72 +4 Laps 17  
10 14 Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Hart 70 Fuel system 12  
11 21 Michele Alboreto Lola-Ferrari 70 +6 Laps 24  
Ret 9 Derek Warwick Footwork-Mugen-Honda 66 Gearbox 14  
Ret 15 Thierry Boutsen Jordan-Hart 61 Throttle 19  
Ret 4 Andrea de Cesaris Tyrrell-Yamaha 55 Gearbox 25  
Ret 27 Jean Alesi Ferrari 36 Gearbox 9  
Ret 10 Aguri Suzuki Footwork-Mugen-Honda 29 Gearbox 23  
Ret 19 Philippe Alliot Lamborghini 27 Collision 15  
Ret 5 Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 22 Spun off 3  
Ret 26 Mark Blundell Ligier-Renault 20 Spun off 21  
Ret 28 Gerhard Berger Ferrari 19 Suspension 8  
Ret 30 JJ Lehto Sauber 13 Handling 7  
Ret 3 Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 11 Clutch 18  
Ret 25 Martin Brundle Ligier-Renault 7 Spun off 22  
Ret 29 Karl Wendlinger Sauber 0 Collision 5  
Ret 7 Michael Andretti McLaren-Ford 0 Collision 6  
DNQ 22 Luca Badoer Lola-Ferrari  


  • This is the only Formula One Grand Prix ever held at Donington Park.
  • The European Grand Prix returned to the calendar, the first time since 1985.
  • The first time Luca Badoer failed to qualify in Formula One.
  • This was Ayrton Senna's 19th and final fastest lap of his career.
  • Fabrizio Barbazza scored his first career point.

Standings after the race

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.


  1. ^ "1993 European Grand Prix". The Official Formula 1 website. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  2. ^ Harmer, Alex (1 May 2013). "Ayrton Senna's greatest drives". Motor Sport magazine. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  3. ^ Walker, Murray (11 April 2013). "Murray's memories: European GP 1993 – Sensational Senna". BBC Sport. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Greatest single lap in F1 history was driven at Donington's first and last grand prix". Nottingham Post. 10 June 2011. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Medland, Chris (24 June 2011). "Senna reigns supreme". ESPN. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c d e
  7. ^ a b
  • "The Official Formula 1 website". Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-01. 

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1985 European Grand Prix
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1994 European Grand Prix
Preceded by
1992 French Grand Prix
Formula One Promotional Trophy
for Race Promoter

Succeeded by
1994 Pacific Grand Prix
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