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1993 French Grand Prix

Rhone-Poulenc Grand Prix de France

Sunday, July 4, 1993
Warm, dry and cloudy
Fastest Lap:
Schumacher, 1m19.256
1993 season:

Perfect for Prost

Damien Hill spoiled Prost's 1993 record of pole positions, but come raceday it was back to the familiar script

Sooner or later, Damon Hill is going to win a Grand Prix. That's what we said after Spain, and a lot more people were saying it after Magny-Cours. Oh, Alain first added number 49 to his bulging stash of F1 victories, and stretched his all-time French GP wins mark to six (Fangio and Mansell are next up with four apiece), but it was Hill who drew much of the attention as he finished only 0.342s adrift after the 72 laps. We won't pretend that this was the sort of shootout that Prost and Senna indulged in during their McLaren days, nor was it Mexico 1991 with Patrese and Mansell. The fact that Michael Schumacher, Martin Brundle and Ayrton Senna set faster laps than the Williams duo was confirmation enough of that. No, the two FW 15C pilots simply had so much of an advantage on raceday not to mention in qualifying that they were able to stroke away into the distance and then run at a pretty conservative pace.