1994 British Grand Prix

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United Kingdom  1994 British Grand Prix
Race details
Race 8 of 16 in the 1994 Formula One season
Silverstone Circuit (as modified in 1994)
Silverstone Circuit (as modified in 1994)
Date July 10, 1994
Official name XLVII British Grand Prix
Location Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Northamptonshire, England
Course Permanent racing facility
5.057 km (3.160 mi)
Distance 60 laps, 303.420 km (189.637 mi)
Weather Sunny
Pole position
Driver United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault
Time 1:24.960
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault
Time 1:27.100 on lap 11
Podium
First United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault
Second France Jean Alesi Ferrari
Third Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Peugeot

The 1994 British Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 10 July 1994 at the Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone. It was the eighth race of the 1994 Formula One season. It marked the halfway stage of the season. Damon Hill won the race, while second-place finisher Michael Schumacher was subsequently disqualified for failing to serve a stop-go penalty in time.

Report[edit]

Pre-Race[edit]

Following his appearance at the previous round in France, Nigel Mansell had returned to his CART commitments in America so David Coulthard returned in the second Williams to partner Damon Hill. Michael Schumacher led the World Drivers Championship by 37 points with 66 out of a possible 70, with Damon Hill in second position on 29 points.

Qualifying[edit]

Qualifying was extremely close with Hill, Schumacher and Ferrari driver Gerhard Berger in competition for pole position. Berger collided with the barrier at the end of the pitlane as he attempted to have another lap. Hill took pole position with a time of 1:24.960. Schumacher took second position on the grid, three thousandths of a second slower than Hill and Berger third, two hundredths of a second behind Hill.

Race[edit]

On the formation lap, Schumacher overtook Hill twice (once when leaving the dummy grid, and then once more further round the lap), before dropping back to take his second place on the grid for the start.

Mika Häkkinen finished third after a tough race.

David Coulthard stalled on the grid at the start, forcing him to start from the back of the grid – he fought back to finish 5th. This prompted another formation lap, on which Eddie Irvine's car broke down. Again on this second formation lap, Schumacher overtook Hill twice. Martin Brundle's engine failed on the second start.

On lap 14, Michael Schumacher was handed a five second stop-go penalty for overtaking Hill on the first formation lap. He failed to serve the penalty by lap 21, and as a result was shown the black flag twice, requiring him to stop immediately at the pits. Schumacher did not acknowledge the black flag, and later claimed that he had not seen it. Benetton told the race officials that there had been a misunderstanding over the 5 second stop-go penalty, and after discussing the issue with the team the officials withdrew the black flag and Schumacher finally served the stop-go penalty at the end of lap 27.[1][2]

Mika Häkkinen and Rubens Barrichello collided while battling for 4th place at the final corner. Barrichello pulled his damaged car into the pits, without realising that he was on the final lap. This allowed Häkkinen to limp over the finish line before Barrichello reached it, despite his car being more severely damaged.

Behind them, Ukyo Katayama scored what proved to be his final point.

Coulthard on his way to 5th place and two world championship points on only his third Grand Prix.

Post-Race[edit]

The stewards fined Benetton $25,000 and gave the team and their driver Michael Schumacher a severe reprimand for ignoring Schumacher's five second stop-go penalty and the subsequent black flag. On July 26, the FIA World Motorsport Council increased the penalty to a $500,000 fine for the team and a two race ban for Schumacher. The WMSC also disqualified Schumacher from his second place at the British Grand Prix. The penalty was upheld on appeal on August 30.[3]

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Time Q2 Time Gap
1 0 United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault 1:26.894 1:24.960
2 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 1:26.323 1:24.963 +0.003
3 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari 1:26.738 1:24.980 +0.020
4 27 France Jean Alesi Ferrari 1:26.891 1:25.541 +0.581
5 7 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Peugeot 1:27.983 1:26.268 +1.308
6 14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Hart 1:27.890 1:26.271 +1.311
7 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard Williams-Renault 1:27.698 1:26.337 +1.377
8 3 Japan Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:27.936 1:26.414 +1.454
9 8 United Kingdom Martin Brundle McLaren-Peugeot 1:28.224 1:26.768 +1.808
10 6 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Benetton-Ford 1:29.142 1:26.841 +1.881
11 4 United Kingdom Mark Blundell Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:28.510 1:26.920 +1.960
12 15 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Jordan-Hart 1:27.890 1:27.065 +2.105
13 30 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Mercedes 1:27.284 1:28.231 +2.324
14 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 1:28.517 1:27.522 +2.562
15 26 France Olivier Panis Ligier-Renault 1:29.381 1:27.785 +2.825
16 10 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Footwork-Ford 1:28.159 1:27.886 +2.926
17 24 Italy Michele Alboreto Minardi-Ford 1:29.403 1:28.100 +3.140
18 29 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Sauber-Mercedes 1:30.034 1:28.212 +3.252
19 11 Italy Alessandro Zanardi Lotus-Mugen-Honda 1:29.240 1:28.225 +3.265
20 9 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Footwork-Ford 1:28.816 1:28.231 +3.271
21 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Lotus-Mugen-Honda 1:29.268 1:28.340 +3.380
22 20 France Érik Comas Larrousse-Ford 1:30.274 1:28.519 +3.559
23 25 France Éric Bernard Ligier-Renault 1:30.058 1:28.955 +3.995
24 19 Monaco Olivier Beretta Larrousse-Ford 1:29.971 1:29.299 +4.339
25 31 Australia David Brabham Simtek-Ford 1:31.437 1:30.690 +5.730
26 32 France Jean-Marc Gounon Simtek-Ford 1:31.225 1:30.722 +5.762
DNQ 34 France Bertrand Gachot Pacific-Ilmor 1:31.496 1:31.877 +6.536
DNQ 33 France Paul Belmondo Pacific-Ilmor 1:34.631 1:32.507 +7.547
Source:[4][5]

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 0 United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault 60 1:30:03.640 1 10
2 27 France Jean Alesi Ferrari 60 +1:08.128 4 6
3 7 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Peugeot 60 +1:40.659 5 4
4 14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Hart 60 +1:41.751 6 3
5 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard Williams-Renault 59 +1 Lap 7 2
6 3 Japan Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 59 +1 Lap 8 1
7 30 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Mercedes 59 +1 Lap 13  
8 6 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Benetton-Ford 59 +1 Lap 10  
9 9 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Footwork-Ford 58 +2 Laps 20  
10 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 58 +2 Laps 14  
11 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Lotus-Mugen-Honda 58 +2 Laps 21  
12 26 France Olivier Panis Ligier-Renault 58 +2 Laps 15  
13 25 France Éric Bernard Ligier-Renault 58 +2 Laps 23  
14 19 Monaco Olivier Beretta Larrousse-Ford 58 +2 Laps 24  
15 31 Australia David Brabham Simtek-Ford 57 +3 Laps 25  
16 32 France Jean-Marc Gounon Simtek-Ford 57 +3 Laps 26  
DSQ 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 60 Disqualified 2  
Ret 24 Italy Michele Alboreto Minardi-Ford 48 Engine 17  
Ret 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari 32 Engine 3  
Ret 4 United Kingdom Mark Blundell Tyrrell-Yamaha 20 Gearbox 11  
Ret 20 France Érik Comas Larrousse-Ford 12 Engine 22  
Ret 29 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Sauber-Mercedes 11 Engine 18  
Ret 10 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Footwork-Ford 5 Engine 16  
Ret 11 Italy Alessandro Zanardi Lotus-Mugen-Honda 4 Engine 19  
Ret 8 United Kingdom Martin Brundle McLaren-Peugeot 0 Engine 9  
Ret 15 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Jordan-Hart 0 Engine 12  
DNQ 34 France Bertrand Gachot Pacific-Ilmor  
DNQ 33 France Paul Belmondo Pacific-Ilmor    

Notes[edit]

Standings after the race[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Matchett, Steve (1995). Life in the Fast Lane. Weidenfeld and Nicolson. p. 102. ISBN 0-297-83575-0. 
  2. ^ Formula 1 Grand Prix: 1994 Season Review (video)
  3. ^ "Schumacher ban upheld on appeal". Motorsport.com. Retrieved 2008-07-21. 
  4. ^ "British GP Friday qualifying". Motorsport.com. Archived from the original on 2009-06-09. Retrieved 2009-06-07. 
  5. ^ "British GP Saturday qualifying". Motorsport.com. Retrieved 2009-06-07. 


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