1994 French Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 7 of 16 in the 1994 Formula One season
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Date July 3, 1994
Official name LXXX Grand Prix de France
Location Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours, Magny-Cours, France
Course Permanent racing facility
4.250 km (2.641 mi)
Distance 72 laps, 306.000 km (191.140 mi)
Weather Sunny
Pole position
Driver United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault
Time 1:16.282
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault
Time 1:19.678 on lap 4
Podium
First Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford
Second United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault
Third Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari

The 1994 French Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on July 3, 1994 at the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours near Magny-Cours in France. The race, contested over 72 laps, was the seventh round of the 1994 Formula One season. It was won by Benetton driver Michael Schumacher, who extended his drivers championship lead to 37 points by taking his sixth victory in seven races for the second highest possible points total. His main rival for the title, Williams driver Damon Hill finished the race in second place and was also second in the standings. Gerhard Berger finished in third position for Ferrari to complete the podium.

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

Nigel Mansell made his return to Formula One, driving for Williams-Renault in place of David Coulthard. He had left F1 at the end of 1992 to race in IndyCar.

Race[edit]

Oliver Panis and Gianni Morbidelli collided on lap 29. This was the only retirement of the season for Panis. Michael Schumacher won the race ahead of Damon Hill and Gerhard Berger. Heinz-Harald Frentzen finished fourth, Pierluigi Martini was fifth and Andrea de Cesaris finished sixth. These would prove to be the last world championship points that Martini and de Cesaris scored in their careers.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Time Q2 Time Gap
1 0 United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault 1:17.539 1:16.282
2 2 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault 1:18.340 1:16.359 +0.077
3 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 1:17.085 1:16.707 +0.425
4 27 France Jean Alesi Ferrari 1:17.855 1:16.954 +0.672
5 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari 1:17.441 1:16.959 +0.677
6 15 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Jordan-Hart 1:19.463 1:17.441 +1.159
7 14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Hart 1:18.326 1:17.482 +1.200
8 6 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Benetton-Ford 1:18.669 1:17.645 +1.363
9 7 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Peugeot 1:19.041 1:17.768 +1.486
10 30 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Mercedes 1:19.318 1:17.830 +1.548
11 29 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Sauber-Mercedes 1:20.145 1:17.866 +1.584
12 8 United Kingdom Martin Brundle McLaren-Peugeot 1:18.112 1:18.031 +1.749
13 26 France Olivier Panis Ligier-Renault 1:19.697 1:18.044 +1.762
14 3 Japan Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:19.969 1:18.192 +1.910
15 25 France Éric Bernard Ligier-Renault 1:19.292 1:18.236 +1.954
16 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 1:20.084 1:18.248 +1.966
17 4 United Kingdom Mark Blundell Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:20.001 1:18.381 +2.099
18 9 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Footwork-Ford 1:20.801 1:18.568 +2.286
19 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Lotus-Mugen-Honda 1:20.108 1:18.715 +2.433
20 20 France Érik Comas Larrousse-Ford 1:20.576 1:18.811 +2.529
21 24 Italy Michele Alboreto Minardi-Ford 1:20.097 1:18.890 +2.608
22 10 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Footwork-Ford 1:20.707 1:18.936 +2.654
23 11 Italy Alessandro Zanardi Lotus-Mugen-Honda 1:20.122 1:19.066 +2.784
24 31 Australia David Brabham Simtek-Ford 1:22.527 1:19.771 +3.489
25 19 Monaco Olivier Beretta Larrousse-Ford 1:21.964 1:19.863 +3.581
26 32 France Jean-Marc Gounon Simtek-Ford 1:23.264 1:21.829 +5.547
DNQ 34 France Bertrand Gachot Pacific-Ilmor 1:24.048 1:21.952 +5.670
DNQ 33 France Paul Belmondo Pacific-Ilmor 1:24.637 1:23.004 +6.722

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 72 1:38:35.704 3 10
2 0 United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault 72 +12.642 1 6
3 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari 72 +52.765 5 4
4 30 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Mercedes 71 +1 Lap 10 3
5 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 70 +2 Laps 16 2
6 29 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Sauber-Mercedes 70 +2 Laps 11 1
7 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Lotus-Mugen-Honda 70 +2 Laps 19  
8 9 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Footwork-Ford 70 +2 Laps 18  
9 32 France Jean-Marc Gounon Simtek-Ford 68 +4 Laps 26  
10 4 United Kingdom Mark Blundell Tyrrell-Yamaha 67 +5 Laps 17  
11 20 France Érik Comas Larrousse-Ford 66 Engine 20  
Ret 3 Japan Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 53 Spun off 14  
Ret 7 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Peugeot 48 Engine 9  
Ret 2 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault 45 Gearbox 2  
Ret 27 France Jean Alesi Ferrari 41 Collision 4  
Ret 14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Hart 41 Collision 7  
Ret 25 France Éric Bernard Ligier-Renault 40 Gearbox 15  
Ret 19 Monaco Olivier Beretta Larrousse-Ford 36 Engine 25  
Ret 8 United Kingdom Martin Brundle McLaren-Peugeot 29 Engine 12  
Ret 10 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Footwork-Ford 28 Collision 22  
Ret 26 France Olivier Panis Ligier-Renault 28 Collision 13  
Ret 31 Australia David Brabham Simtek-Ford 28 Transmission 24  
Ret 6 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Benetton-Ford 25 Spun off 8  
Ret 15 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Jordan-Hart 24 Gearbox 6  
Ret 24 Italy Michele Alboreto Minardi-Ford 21 Engine 21  
Ret 11 Italy Alessandro Zanardi Lotus-Mugen-Honda 20 Engine 23  
DNQ 33 France Paul Belmondo Pacific-Ilmor    
DNQ 34 France Bertrand Gachot Pacific-Ilmor    

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Standings after the race[edit]

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