Motor Racing: Team and driver guide for the 1993 Formula One World Championship

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WILLIAMS-RENAULT

Damon Hill (GB). Age 32. Grands Prix 2, Wins 0.

Alain Prost (Fr). Age 38. Grands Prix 183, Wins 44, Championships 3.

The force is undeniably with the Anglo-French team, who dominated last season and have developed and refined its package. Winter testing suggests it has the reliability as well as the pace to repeat its success. The team will be just as competitive as it was last season.

TYRRELL-YAMAHA

Ukyo Katayama (Japan). Age 29. Grands Prix 14, Wins 0.

Andrea de Cesaris (It). Age 33. Grands Prix 181, Wins 0.

Ken Tyrrell has turned defiance of the odds into an art form and no one should dismiss his team or his cars, even if this year's engine supplier made little impact with Jordan last season. De Cesaris's continued presence in the team will help the inexperienced Katayama.

BENETTON-FORD

Michael Schumacher (Ger). Age 24. Grands Prix 22, Wins 1.

Riccardo Patrese (It). Age 36. Grands Prix 240, Wins 6.

Appear to be the coming team and, on the face of it, a genuine threat to Williams. Schumacher is particularly quick. They have armed their ambition with greater technology and better organisation but, unlike last year, reliability could prove elusive.

McLAREN-FORD

Michael Andretti (US). Age 30. Grands Prix 0.

Ayrton Senna (Bra). Age 32. Grands Prix 142, Wins 36, Championships 3.

Mika Hakkinen (Fin). Age 24. Grands Prix 30, Wins 0.

A team to be respected, the more so if Senna is at the wheel. He starts the season, Hakkinen must wait and see. With Honda gone, the new, Ford-powered car is bound to have teething problems but displayed stunning pace in testing at Silverstone.

FOOTWORK-MUGEN HONDA

Derek Warwick (GB). Age 38. Grands Prix 131, Wins 0.

Aguri Suzuki (Japan). Age 32. Grands Prix 43, Wins 0.

Formerly Arrows, the team regained some respectability last season without disturbing the front-runners. Need to find another gear but the return of the experienced and determined Warwick should at least generate enthusiasm in the camp.

LOTUS-FORD

Alessandro Zanardi (It). Age 26. Grands Prix 4, Wins 0.

Johnny Herbert (GB). Age 28. Grands Prix 31, Wins 0.

The old giants are clambering back to their feet again which is good for Formula One. The car should be better still this year, particularly with increased funding and, given reliability, Herbert may at last have the opportunity to demonstrate the range of his skills.

JORDAN-HART

Rubens Barrichello (Bra). Age 20. Grands Prix 0.

Ivan Capelli (It). Age 29. Grands Prix 92, Wins 0.

It is back to square one for Eddie Jordan's team. They followed up an excellent maiden season in 1991 with a wretched 1992 that brought a lack of success with the Yahama V12 engines, and have changed their package again, with a Hart V10 engine and two new drivers.

LARROUSSE-LAMBORGHINI

Philippe Alliot (Fr). Age 38. Grands Prix 93, Wins 0.

Erik Comas (Fr). Age 29. Grands Prix 28, Wins 0.

Another team who have been forced to scratch around for survival, they have been toughened by the experience and given a reasonable account of themselves. They remain, however, very much a 'Second Division' outfit.

LOLA BMS-FERRARI

Michele Alboreto (It). Age 36. Grands Prix 169, Wins 5.

Luca Badoer (It). Age 22. Grands Prix 0.

Lola, more renowned as chassis suppliers to IndyCar teams, have joined forces with Scuderia Italia and Ferrari. The alliance could produce one of the surprises of the championship - or be one of the biggest flops.

MINARDI-FORD

Christian Fittipaldi (Bra). Age 22. Grands Prix 10, Wins 0.

Fabrizio Barbazza (It). Age 29. Grands Prix 0.

The Italian team are in the Ford stable this season and may achieve greater consistency as a consequence. They dream of a breakthrough to the big league and may yet make it, but that still looks some way off.

LIGIER-RENAULT

Martin Brundle (GB). Age 33. Grands Prix 99, Wins 0.

Mark Blundell (GB). Age 26. Grands Prix 14, Wins 0.

The French team upset their countrymen by signing two British drivers, but this may prove an inspired move. Brundle and Blundell have the pace, determination and range of experience to guide them out of the doldrums.

FERRARI

Jean Alesi (Fr). Age 28. Grands Prix 55, Wins 0.

Gerhard Berger (Aut). Age 33. Grands Prix 131, Wins 8.

Even John Bernard, with all his technical and design skills, will need time to coax the Prancing Horse to the front of the field again. For '93 he is having to make the best of what he's got - which is not a lot.

SAUBER-ILMOR

Karl Wendlinger (Aut). Age 24. Grands Prix 16, Wins 0.

J J Lehto (Fin). Age 27. Grands Prix 38, Wins 0.

Newcomers to Formula One, they have an impressive racing pedigree, emerging as they do from Mercedes' successful sportscar projects. With sound resources and talented drivers, they could make a significant impact.

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