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1993 FIA Formula 1 Season
Photo Credit: Sutton Images.
Champion Constructor: Williams Renault (GB,GB,6,6)
Putative Constructor: Williams Renault (GB)
Champion Driver: Alain Prost (FR,4,6)
Putative Driver: Alain Prost (FR)
Putative Constructor Entry Specification: Model FW15C, 3.49-liter, ten-cylinder vee, aluminum alloy engine, DOHC, fuel injection, six-speed transverse semi-automatic, ventilated carbon ceramic disc brakes, ABS, carbon fibre monocoque, active pneumatic double wishbone independent suspension, traction control, power assisted steering, drive-by-wire, push-to-pass, unidirectional telemetry, 785 horsepower (Patrick Head, Adrian Newey).

Arguably the most sophisticated racing entry ever constructed in motorsport history, the Head-Newey Williams FW15C obliterates the competition with ten victories in 1993 to snare its second consecutive and sixth overall Formula 1 constructors' title behind driver Alain Prost, who cruises to his fourth drivers' crown. Mercedes returns to F1 for the first time since the 1955 season under thin disguise as the supplier for the Sauber power unit. F1 makes its inaugural visit to Donington Park in April. Alain Prost collects his fiftieth career series victory at Donington Park in July. All time career win leader Alain Prost notches his 51st and final series victory at Hockenheim in July. Future champion Damon Hill captures his maiden victory at the Hungaroring in August and becomes the first father-son winning combination (Graham Hill) in series history. Alain Prost, displeased with plans by Williams to hire Ayrton Senna for the succeeding season, announces his retirement from full-time racing at Suzuka in October. Close quarters driving leads upstart Jordan driver Eddie Irvine and Ayrton Senna to exchange punches during postrace at Suzuka in October. Racing Evolution: Unilateral telemetry (Williams). Pneumatic valve operation (Williams). Power-assisted steering for F1 (Williams). Antilock brakes/ABS for F1 (Williams). Push-to-Pass ride height adjustment (Williams). Drive-By-Wire (Williams). Launch control (Benetton).

HeM applies the Putative Model to all racing seasons for two primary purposes: First, to effectively normalize all racing seasons for empirical comparison across the decades, and second, to step clear of series organizers which score season championships primarily out of commercial interest or to attract manufacturer participation. The Putative Model simply scores all seasons in the same fashion as a standard track and field meeting, with the only purpose of tracking what takes place at the finishing stripe If the Putative Champion differs from the nominal Series Champion, please note the (SC) notation below.

Williams Renault207     Prost135
McLaren Ford100     Senna A88
Benetton Ford90     Hill D88
Scuderia Ferrari32     Schumacher M67
Ligier Renault26     Patrese23
Lotus Ford12     Alesi19

Noteworthy 1993 Races

1993 European Grand Prix Donington, England1993 1993 European Grand Prix At Donington Park for the European Grand Prix (305.5 kilometers) in April, the race comes to a British McLaren MP4-8 Ford under Ayrton Senna (BR) in rainy conditions in 1:50:46.6 (average 102.90 mph), under ninety seconds ahead of a Williams entry. In another masterful performance in the rain, Senna continually outfoxes the field by risking running on slicks during wet conditions and deftly leaves the remaining field riding on skates while motoring off to a comfortable victory. Photo Credit: Sutton Images.
1993 LI Grand Prix de Monaco Monte Carlo1993 1993 LI Grand Prix de Monaco At Monaco for the Grand Prix (259.5 kilometers) in May, a British McLaren MP4-8 Ford under Ayrton Senna (BR) takes race honors in 1:52:10.9 (average 86.27 mph), under fifty-three seconds ahead of a Williams entry. Senna moves out front after race leader Michael Schumacher in his Benetton retires with hydraulic failure on Lap 33 of 78. Senna scoots off with triumph at Monte Carlo for the fifth consecutive season, and supplants the great Graham Hill as the all-time leader in the principality with his sixth career victory. Photo Credit: LAT Photographic Archive.
1993 Grand Prix of Germany Hockenheim, Germany1993 1993 Grand Prix of Germany At Hockenheim for the Grand Prix of Germany (306.5 kilometers) in July, a British Williams FW15C Renault under Alain Prost (FR) takes the flag in 1:18:40.9 (average 145.31 mph), under seventeen seconds ahead of a Benetton entry. Prost moves out front after race leader and teammate Damon Hill in his Williams drops a tire with only two laps remaining. Prost takes his 51st and final F1 career victory. Photo Credit: LAT Photographic Archive.
1993 LXIV Gran Premio d'Italia Monza, Italy1993 1993 LXIV Gran Premio d'Italia At Monza for the Grand Prix of Italy (307.5 kilometers) in September, a British Williams FW15C Renault under Damon Hill (GB) notches a victory in 1:17:07.5 (average 148.59 mph), under forty-one seconds ahead of a Ferrari entry. Hill moves out front after race leader and teammate Alain Prost loses drive with only five laps remaining, granting the upstart Hill his third consecutive F1 victory. Photo Credit: LAT Photographic Archive.