1992 Mexican Grand Prix Recap

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In March of 1992 the F1 circus rolled into smog laden Mexico City for what was to be a historic race. Mansell held the lead of the championship after winning the previous race in his all conquering FW14B. His teammate Riccardo Patrese was second in the championship after finishing second in the previous round. The two Williams drivers secured a 1-2 in qualifying, with Mansell ahead of Patrese. Then young gun Michael Schumacher rounded out the top 3. Despite fearing he had broken his legs in a heavy crash during practice, Senna was cleared to take part in qualifying and the race, where he would later retire.

The race itself was uneventful. Due to a combination of conservative tyres and a dominant team at the front, the leaders never changed order or made pitstops.
Mansell dominated the race from lights out to chequered flag, finishing over twelve seconds ahead of his teammate. Just 12 months prior the pair had fought viscously for the win here, but Patrese had no answer to the raw pace of Mansell.

While relatively uneventful in terms of on track action, the race has some historical significance. Future seven time world champion Michael Schumacher took the first podium of his career for Benetton-Ford.

Many parallels can be drawn between the 1992 race and the 2015 race we watched only weeks ago. An untouchable team leading the way with a rising star following them far behind. The resemblance is almost uncanny. Yet we know that this circuit can produce great racing. Perhaps our era's classic Mexican grand prix is yet to come.

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