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had been fired as team manager of Ferrari and had been replaced by Piero Ferrari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... Read More