1994 Brazilian Grand Prix
|Race 1 of 16 in the 1994 Formula One season|
|Date||March 27, 1994|
|Official name||XXIII Grande Prêmio do Brasil|
|Location||Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo, Brazil|
|Course||Permanent racing facility
4.325 km (2.703 mi)
|Distance||71 laps, 307.075 km (191.921 mi)|
|Time||1:18.455 on lap 7|
With it being the first race of the season, new drivers made their debuts. Roland Ratzenberger, Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Olivier Panis, Olivier Beretta and Jos Verstappen made their debuts and Simtek and Pacific Racing also debuted.
At the start Ayrton Senna kept his lead, while Jean Alesi overtook Michael Schumacher. Schumacher retook second place on lap 2 and started chasing after Senna, who had pulled a 4 second lead in the opening laps. Before the pit stops Schumacher had reduced the gap to just over a second, and on lap 21 the leading pair entered the pit lane together. Despite both teams running the same fuel strategy, Benetton's stop was much faster than Williams' stop, and Schumacher left the pitlane in the lead.
On lap 35 there was a four-car pile-up as Eddie Irvine and Jos Verstappen came up to lap the Ligier of Éric Bernard. Irvine forced Verstappen on to the grass, who then lost control of his car and somersaulted over Martin Brundle's McLaren. Irvine was later penalized for this maneuver by a one race ban, which was increased to three after the appeal of Jordan failed. Irvine was already under investigation due to an incident with Ayrton Senna in Suzuka the year before.
Schumacher increased his lead to 10 seconds after the second pit stops, after which Senna started to close. By lap 55 the pair had lapped third-place runner Damon Hill and the gap was down to 5 seconds. But then Senna lost control of his Williams and retired. After Senna's retirement Schumacher won comfortably. Damon Hill finished second and Jean Alesi third.
|15||23||Pierluigi Martini||Minardi-Ford||1:18.659||No Time||+2.697|
|22||24||Michele Alboreto||Minardi-Ford||1:19.517||No Time||+3.555|
|DNQ||33||Paul Belmondo||Pacific-Ilmor||No Time||No Time||—|
- Lap leaders: Ayrton Senna 21 (1-21), Michael Schumacher 50 (22-71)
- First race (Drivers): Roland Ratzenberger, Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Olivier Panis, Olivier Beretta, Jos Verstappen
- First race (Teams): Pacific, Simtek
- First points: Ukyo Katayama
- Ayrton Senna's first race with the Williams team.
Standings after the race
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
Race statistics are taken from www.chicanef1.com 1994 Brazilian Grand Prix Retrieved on 20 March 2007.
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