It was a bad weekend for the Benetton team. After the first lap mayhem, Schumacher went on to take on the leading Ferrari of Gerhard Berger but fell away with engine problems very quickly.
Also Benetton driver Jos Verstappen came into the pits; while refuelling, some fuel was accidentally sprayed onto the hot bodywork of the car, a few seconds later the fuel ignited and Verstappen's car was engulfed in a ball of flames.
The Dutchman escaped the incident with burns around his eyes, as he had his visor up during the pit stop. No other crew-members or any persons were injured severely or killed.
Ayrton Senna da Silva (BRA) (John Player Special Team Lotus), Lotus 98T - Renault EF15B 1.5 V6t (finished 4th) Alain Marie Pascal Prost (FRA) (Marlboro McLaren International), McLaren MP4/2C - TAG-Porsche TTE PO1 1.5 V6 (t/c) (finished 2nd)
Nigel Ernest James Mansell (GBR) (Canon Williams Honda), Williams FW11 - Honda RA166E 1.5 V6 t (finished 1st) Nelson Piquet Souto Maior (BRA) (Canon Williams Honda), Williams FW11 - Honda RA166E 1.5 V6 t (finished 3rd)