1994 European Grand Prix

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1994 European Grand Prix
Race 14 of 16 in the 1994 Formula One World Championship
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Race details
Date 16 October 1994
Official name XXXIX Gran Premio de Europa
Location Circuito Permanente de Jerez
Jerez, Spain
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 4.428 km (2.767 mi)
Distance 69 laps, 305.532 km (190.957 mi)
Weather Sunny
Pole position
Driver Benetton-Ford
Time 1:22.762
Fastest lap
Driver Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford
Time 1:25.040 on lap 17
Podium
First Benetton-Ford
Second Williams-Renault
Third McLaren-Peugeot

The 1994 European Grand Prix (formally the XXXIX Gran Premio de Europa) was a Formula One motor race held on 16 October 1994 at the Circuito Permanente de Jerez, Jerez, Spain. It was the fourteenth race of the 1994 Formula One World Championship.

The 69-lap race was won from pole position by Michael Schumacher, driving a Benetton-Ford. Schumacher, returning from a two-race ban, took his eighth victory of the season by 24.6 seconds from Drivers' Championship rival Damon Hill in the Williams-Renault, with Mika Häkkinen third in a McLaren-Peugeot.

The win put Schumacher five points ahead of Hill with two races remaining, while Benetton regained the lead of the Constructors' Championship from Williams.

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

The Argentine Grand Prix had been due to return to the Formula One calendar on this date, but ongoing modernisation of the Buenos Aires circuit meant that this was postponed until early in the 1995 season.[1] A race at Jerez, the first since 1990, was organised in its place, and was given the title of the European Grand Prix, which had been used the previous year for the race at Donington Park.

Michael Schumacher returned to the Benetton team following his ban from the Italian and Portuguese Grands Prix, while Nigel Mansell returned to Williams, the 1994 CART season having ended the previous week. Elsewhere, Flavio Briatore bought Johnny Herbert's contract from Lotus's administrators and transferred him to Ligier, trading places with Éric Bernard, while rookies Hideki Noda and Domenico Schiattarella joined the Larrousse and Simtek teams respectively, replacing Yannick Dalmas and Jean-Marc Gounon.

Qualifying[edit]

Schumacher took pole from Drivers' Championship rival Damon Hill by 0.13 seconds, with Mansell third but half a second behind Hill. Heinz-Harald Frentzen took fourth in the Sauber, followed by Rubens Barrichello in the Jordan and Gerhard Berger in the Ferrari. Herbert was seventh in the Ligier, with Gianni Morbidelli in the Footwork, Mika Häkkinen in the McLaren and Eddie Irvine in the second Jordan completing the top ten.

Race[edit]

At the start, Hill got ahead of Schumacher, while Mansell fell to sixth behind Frentzen, Barrichello and Berger. Mansell re-passed Berger on lap 2 and Barrichello on lap 6, before the Jordan driver got by again on lap 12. Noda's debut ended with a gearbox failure after ten laps; as he slowed, he was hit by Mansell, who subsequently pitted for a new nosecone and dropped out of contention.[2]

Schumacher overtook Hill during the first round of pit stops; both were well clear of Frentzen - who was running a one-stop strategy - with Häkkinen up to fourth and Irvine fifth. Hill briefly went ahead again during the second stops, after which Schumacher retained a comfortable lead for the rest of the race. Frentzen's strategy backfired as he fell to seventh, behind Berger and Barrichello, while Irvine moved ahead of Häkkinen and into third, only to be re-passed by the McLaren driver as a result of a quicker second stop. In the closing stages, Barrichello developed a left rear puncture, putting Frentzen back in the top six, just ahead of Ukyo Katayama's Tyrrell.

Schumacher's eventual margin of victory over Hill was 24.6 seconds, with another 45 seconds back to Häkkinen and a further nine back to Irvine, the last driver on the lead lap. Berger and Frentzen completed the top six, Frentzen holding off Katayama for the final point by 0.2 seconds.[3] With two races remaining, Schumacher led Hill in the Drivers' Championship by five points, while Benetton moved back into the lead of the Constructors' Championship by two points from Williams.

In the second Sauber, Andrea de Cesaris made his 208th and final Grand Prix start, at the time second only to Riccardo Patrese. Karl Wendlinger was due to return to the Swiss team at the next race in Japan, following his crash at Monaco earlier in the season.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Time Q2 Time Gap
1 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 1:24.207 1:22.762
2 0 United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault 1:24.137 1:22.892 +0.130
3 2 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault 1:24.971 1:23.392 +0.630
4 30 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Mercedes 1:24.184 1:23.431 +0.669
5 14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Hart 1:24.700 1:23.455 +0.693
6 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari 1:25.079 1:23.677 +0.915
7 25 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Ligier-Renault 1:26.241 1:24.040 +1.278
8 10 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Footwork-Ford 1:26.048 1:24.079 +1.317
9 7 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Peugeot 1:25.275 1:24.122 +1.360
10 15 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Jordan-Hart 1:24.794 1:24.157 +1.395
11 26 France Olivier Panis Ligier-Renault 1:25.384 1:24.432 +1.670
12 6 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Benetton-Ford 1:35.441 1:24.643 +1.881
13 3 Japan Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:26.304 1:24.738 +1.976
14 4 United Kingdom Mark Blundell Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:25.995 1:24.770 +2.008
15 8 United Kingdom Martin Brundle McLaren-Peugeot 1:25.942 1:25.110 +2.348
16 27 France Jean Alesi Ferrari 1:25.182 1:44.801 +2.420
17 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 1:25.812 1:25.294 +2.532
18 29 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Sauber-Mercedes 1:25.407 1:25.411 +2.645
19 9 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Footwork-Ford 1:26.094 1:25.427 +2.665
20 24 Italy Michele Alboreto Minardi-Ford 1:26.744 1:25.511 +2.749
21 12 Italy Alessandro Zanardi Lotus-Mugen-Honda 1:26.973 1:25.557 +2.795
22 11 France Éric Bernard Lotus-Mugen-Honda 1:28.047 1:25.595 +2.833
23 20 France Érik Comas Larrousse-Ford 1:28.042 1:26.272 +3.510
24 19 Japan Hideki Noda Larrousse-Ford 1:29.041 1:27.168 +4.406
25 31 Australia David Brabham Simtek-Ford 1:28.388 1:27.201 +4.439
26 32 Italy Domenico Schiattarella Simtek-Ford 1:30.069 1:27.976 +5.214
27 34 France Bertrand Gachot Pacific-Ilmor 1:30.099 1:29.488 +6.726
28 33 France Paul Belmondo Pacific-Ilmor 1:31.162 1:30.234 +7.472

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 69 1:40:26.689 1 10
2 0 United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault 69 + 24.689 2 6
3 7 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Peugeot 69 + 1:09.648 9 4
4 15 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Jordan-Hart 69 + 1:18.446 10 3
5 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari 68 + 1 Lap 6 2
6 30 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Mercedes 68 + 1 Lap 4 1
7 3 Japan Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 68 + 1 Lap 13  
8 25 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Ligier-Renault 68 + 1 Lap 7  
9 26 France Olivier Panis Ligier-Renault 68 + 1 Lap 11  
10 27 France Jean Alesi Ferrari 68 + 1 Lap 16  
11 10 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Footwork-Ford 68 + 1 Lap 8  
12 14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Hart 68 + 1 Lap 5  
13 4 United Kingdom Mark Blundell Tyrrell-Yamaha 68 + 1 Lap 14  
14 24 Italy Michele Alboreto Minardi-Ford 67 + 2 Laps 20  
15 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 67 + 2 Laps 17  
16 12 Italy Alessandro Zanardi Lotus-Mugen-Honda 67 + 2 Laps 21  
17 9 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Footwork-Ford 66 + 3 Laps 19  
18 11 France Éric Bernard Lotus-Mugen-Honda 66 + 3 Laps 22  
19 32 Italy Domenico Schiattarella Simtek-Ford 64 + 5 Laps 26  
Ret 2 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault 47 Spun Off 3  
Ret 31 Australia David Brabham Simtek-Ford 42 Engine 25  
Ret 29 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Sauber-Mercedes 37 Throttle 18  
Ret 20 France Érik Comas Larrousse-Ford 37 Alternator 23  
Ret 6 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Benetton-Ford 15 Spun Off 12  
Ret 19 Japan Hideki Noda Larrousse-Ford 10 Gearbox 24  
Ret 8 United Kingdom Martin Brundle McLaren-Peugeot 8 Engine 15  
DNQ 34 France Bertrand Gachot Pacific-Ilmor        
DNQ 33 France Paul Belmondo Pacific-Ilmor        
Source:[4]

Championship standings after the race[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "June 1994 Motorsport Information". Team DAN. Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 12 September 2007.
  2. ^ "Hideki Noda - Biography". F1 Rejects. Archived from the original on 5 August 2012. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  3. ^ "European Grand Prix: Schumacher moves closer". Motor Sport. November 1994. p. 18. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  4. ^ "1994 European Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 6 November 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Europe 1994 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 15 March 2019.


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