/1993 - Michael Schumacher

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1993

ABOUT THIS SEASON

1993 Avoiding The Sophomore Slump

Riccardo Patrese became Michael’s new team mate. Going into the 1993 championship Williams was again the big favourite, but Benetton wanted to be their biggest rival.

But at first race McLaren and Ayrton Senna were the opponents Benetton had to worry about. Already at the first race in Kyalami Michael was in dispute with Senna. Michael was faster but did not manage to get past, they touched, Senna could continue to drive, Michael did not finish the race.

Waiting for the 2nd victory

At the second race of the season in Brazil Michael managed to drive onto the podium. He did not finish the European GP but in Imola and Barcelona he was among the top3 again. In Monaco, where he will win a lot of races in the future, Michael failed because of a washer. He was in the lead when his B193B slowly came to a halt in the tunnel. So much for a second GP-victory, at least for now.

In the middle of the season Michael really got going. He became second in Canada, Great Britain, Germany and Belgium and third in France. Towards the end of the season he did not finish the races several times: in Hungary he had problems with the fuel pressure, in Italy it was the engine and in Japan and Australia an accident and the engine were responsible. But Michael’s highlight of the season was already before that: after becoming second five times he had almost stopped believing in it but in Portugal he won for the second time.

Fighting his way up

I spun five times during the two days of the free practice. Something was not quite right about the car“, he analysed. “The gearbox was not working properly, the car oversteered. It was terrible.” But also a horrible weekend can end with a victory, especially if you work as hard as Michael. Michael and the engineers were working late that night and studied the telemetric data. Even when he was already lying in his bed, Michael could not stop thinking about the numbers.

At the race he fought hard to get in front. Alain Prost in his Williams was faster but Michael managed to keep him behind. “Only on the straight I tried to take up as much room as possible – it was about the victory.” And Michael won. In the end he led Prost by 0,9 seconds. Michael finished the season in fourth, one position down compared to last year. But everything will be different in 1994: new rules, a ban on electronics and not only that.

Courtesy by motorsport-magazin.com

STATS

1993 Saison Figures

4

DRIVERS CHAMPIONSHIP

1

GRAND PRIX WINS

9

PODIUM POSITIONS

52

POINTS TOTAL

5

FASTEST LAPS

0

POLE POSITION

THE CAR

Benetton B193

B193

ALL GRAND PRIX

The races of 1993

KYALAMI

14.03.1993

KYALAMI

South Africa

PLATZIERUNG

Quali. 3

Rennen DNF

SAO PAULO

28.03.1993

SAO PAULO

Brazil

PLATZIERUNG

Quali. 4

Rennen 3

DONINGTON

11.04.1993

DONINGTON

EUROPEAN GP

PLATZIERUNG

Quali. 3

Rennen DNF

IMOLA

25.04.1993

IMOLA

San Marino

PLATZIERUNG

Quali. 3

Rennen 2

BARCELONA

09.05.1993

BARCELONA

Spain

PLATZIERUNG

Quali. 4

Rennen 3

MONTE CARLO

23.05.1993

MONTE CARLO

Monaco

PLATZIERUNG

Quali. 2

Rennen DNF

MONTREAL

13.06.1993

MONTREAL

Canada

PLATZIERUNG

Quali. 3

Rennen 2

MAGNY-COURS

04.07.1993

MAGNY-COURS

France

PLATZIERUNG

Quali. 7

Rennen 3

SILVERSTONE

11.07.1993

SILVERSTONE

Great Britain

PLATZIERUNG

Quali. 3

Rennen 2

HOCKENHEIM

25.07.1993

HOCKENHEIM

GERMANY

PLATZIERUNG

Quali. 3

Rennen 2

BUDAPEST

15.08.1993

BUDAPEST

Hungary

PLATZIERUNG

Quali. 3

Rennen DNF

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS

29.08.1993

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS

Belgium

PLATZIERUNG

Quali. 3

Rennen 2

MONZA

12.09.1993

MONZA

Italy

PLATZIERUNG

Quali. 5

Rennen DNF

ESTORIL

26.09.1993

ESTORIL

Portugal

PLATZIERUNG

Quali. 6

Rennen 1

SUZUKA

24.10.1993

SUZUKA

Japan

PLATZIERUNG

Quali. 4

Rennen DNF

ADELAIDE

07.11.1993

ADELAIDE

AUSTRALIA

PLATZIERUNG

Quali. 4

Rennen DNF

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