1991 Canadian Grand Prix

1991 Canadian Grand Prix

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1991 Canadian Grand Prix

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The 1991 Canadian Grand Prix was a Formula One race held at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 2, 1991.


There had been a lot of action in the back rooms of Formula One between the Monaco and Canadian Grands Prix, with the most notable change being that Cesare Fiorio had been fired as team manager of Ferrari and had been replaced by Piero Ferrari. Meanwhile John Barnard had left as Benetton's technical director; he was replaced by Gordon Kimball.

On the driver front, Julian Bailey had been fired by Lotus and was replaced by Johnny Herbert, who would fail to qualify for the race, while Alex Caffi was out of action for Footwork as a result of injuries sustained in a road accident. His place was taken by Stefan Johansson.

In practice Riccardo Patrese had a huge accident, walking away unhurt.

Qualifying was all Williams with Patrese taking pole position from team-mate Mansell, out-qualifying Mansell for the fifth straight race. Senna was third followed by Prost, Moreno, Berger, Alesi, Piquet, Modena, and an impressive Pirro.

At the start Mansell got away well and led Patrese, Senna, Prost, Berger, and Moreno. Berger's race was short lived as he went out on lap 4 with electronics problems, while Aguri Suzuki retired when his Lola rather dramatically caught fire. Moreno was out on lap 10 when he spun off, while Prost was suffering from gearbox problems. The Frenchman managed to hold on while he engaged in a lively battle with teammate Alesi and Piquet's Benetton.

Mansell led...
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