/1992 - Michael Schumacher

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1992

ABOUT THIS SEASON

1992 First Big Success

Back in Spa-Francorchamps: it’s the 30th of August in 1992. The weather is typical for the Ardennes: wet and cold. One year has passed since Michael’s first Formula 1 debut.

But this time he drove more than 500 metres. On lap 30 he was running in third place, ahead of him were the two Williams pilots Nigel Mansell and Riccardo Patrese and behind him was his Benetton team mate Martin Brundle. Then a moment of shock: Brundle put pressure on Michael, who had his hands full in order to keep him behind. His visor permanently steamed up and before Stavelot it happened – Michael missed the corner and drove onto the gravel. Brundle overtook. Michael was lucky that he could continue, managed to get back on track and only lost one position.

For Whom The Bell Tolls

Then came Michael’s big moment. While driving behind Bundle he noticed that his tyres were worn-out and already formed bubbles. Michael reacted right away because he knew that same set-up plus same manner of driving equals same wear and tear. So he pitted, his tyres were changed and he took the lead. The two Williams pilots fell behind because of a misunderstanding via the radio and technical problems. But Michael could have been faster anyway. He posted the fastest lap time on lap 40.

After 44 laps, one hour, 36 minutes, 10 seconds and 721 thousandths Michael was the first who crossed the finishing line. During the following years 90 moments exactly like that one followed. “It was kind of funny because I only won because of a mistake”, Michael remembers. “It was obvious that my tyres would look similar to Martin’s and I remember that it flashed through my mind: I have to pit now. This decision was worth its weight in gold, because after that I lead by five seconds. Insofar my team mate helped me to win this race. It was a great feeling up there.”

Great consistency in podium finishes

But Michael’s second Formula 1 season had already started before that. Position four at the season opener in South Africa, in Mexico he was among the top3 and also two weeks later in Brazil he stood on the podium – both times beat by the two superior Williams pilots. In Barcelona he stroke again: Michael became second for the first time, only Nigel Mansell in his Williams was faster than Michael in his new Benetton B192.

In Canada Michael became second again. He kept scoring points, unfortunately was not able to finish the races in San Marino and France but then became third at his home debut at Hockenheim. He was not lucky in Hungary but won the next race in Belgium and drove onto the podium in Italy. Apart from the four times he did not finish the race, the Portugal GP is the only race where Michael did not score any points because he became seventh. At the season final in Australia he became second and finished the season in third with 53 points, only three points behind Riccardo Patrese in his superior Williams and one point ahead of Ayrton Senna.

Courtesy by motorsport-magazin.com

STATS

1992 Saison Figures

3

DRIVERS CHAMPIONSHIP

1

GRAND PRIX WINS

8

PODIUM POSITIONS

53

POINTS TOTAL

2

FASTEST LAPS

0

POLE POSITION

THE CAR

Benetton B192

B192

ALL GRAND PRIX

The races of 1992

KYALAMI

01.03.1992

KYALAMI

South Africa

PLATZIERUNG

Quali. 6

Rennen 4

MEXICO CITY

22.03.1992

MEXICO CITY

Mexico

PLATZIERUNG

Quali. 3

Rennen 3

SAO PAULO

05.04.1992

SAO PAULO

Brazil

PLATZIERUNG

Quali. 5

Rennen 3

BARCELONA

03.05.1992

BARCELONA

Spain

PLATZIERUNG

Quali. 2

Rennen 2

IMOLA

17.05.1992

IMOLA

San Marino

PLATZIERUNG

Quali. 5

Rennen DNF

MONTE CARLO

31.05.1992

MONTE CARLO

Monaco

PLATZIERUNG

Quali. 6

Rennen 4

MONTREAL

14.06.1992

MONTREAL

Canada

PLATZIERUNG

Quali. 5

Rennen 2

MAGNY-COURS

05.07.1992

MAGNY-COURS

France

PLATZIERUNG

Quali. 5

Rennen DNF

SILVERSTONE

12.07.1992

SILVERSTONE

Great Britain

PLATZIERUNG

Quali. 4

Rennen 4

HOCKENHEIM

26.07.1992

HOCKENHEIM

GERMANY

PLATZIERUNG

Quali. 6

Rennen 3

BUDAPEST

16.08.1992

BUDAPEST

Hungary

PLATZIERUNG

Quali. 4

Rennen DNF

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS

30.08.1992

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS

Belgium

PLATZIERUNG

Quali. 3

Rennen 1

MONZA

13.09.1992

MONZA

Italy

PLATZIERUNG

Quali. 6

Rennen 3

ESTORIL

27.09.1992

ESTORIL

Portugal

PLATZIERUNG

Quali. 5

Rennen 7

SUZUKA

25.10.1992

SUZUKA

Japan

PLATZIERUNG

Quali. 5

Rennen DNF

ADELAIDE

08.11.1992

ADELAIDE

AUSTRALIA

PLATZIERUNG

Quali. 5

Rennen 2

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