Senna had inherited the lead after Patrese’s error, with Mansell thus sitting pretty in second place.
And that’s how they finished. The Brazilian took his second win of the year, having beaten Mansell in an epic scrap at Monaco, with Berger completing the podium.
Outgoing champion Senna hugged Mansell in parc fermé in a show of appreciation for what he’d been through over more than a decade of trying to win the title. Having finished runner-up in 1986, ’87 and ’91, he’d finally added his name to a special list comprising Mike Hawthorn, Graham Hill, Jim Clark, John Surtees, Jackie Stewart and James Hunt.
A sad footnote to the weekend was the final appearance in the World Championship by a Brabham. The sole Judd-powered BT60B driven by Damon Hill finished 11th and it marked the disappearance of a multiple World Championship-winning marque from F1 after 30 years.
Hungarian GP, 1992
1. Ayrton Senna (BR) – McLaren MP4-7A-Honda, 77 laps
2. Nigel Mansell (GB) – Williams FW14B-Renault, +40.1s
3. Gerhard Berger (AUT) – McLaren MP4-7A-Honda, +50.7s
4. Mika Hakkinen (FIN) – Lotus 107-Ford, +54.3s
5. Martin Brundle (GB) – Benetton B192-Ford, +57.4s
6. Ivan Capelli (I) – Ferrari F92A, 76 laps
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