1994 German Grand Prix
|Race 9 of 16 in the 1994 Formula One season|
|Date||July 31, 1994|
|Official name||LVI Grosser Mobil 1 Preis von Deutschland|
|Location||Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, Germany|
|Course||Permanent racing facility
6.823 km (4.264 mi)
|Distance||45 laps, 307.035 km (191.896 mi)|
|Time||1:46.211 on lap 11|
The fast Hockenheim circuit had been modified from the year before, with the fast Senna chicane being made slower.
The race was notable for its high rate of attrition, with 11 retirements on the opening lap. Within ten seconds of the start Alex Zanardi and Andrea de Cesaris tangled towards the back of the pack, taking out both Michele Alboreto and Pierluigi Martini before even reaching the first corner. Mika Häkkinen and David Coulthard then tangled going into the first corner, the Finn sliding in front of a group of cars into the wall on the outside of the circuit while the Scot continued to the pits to replace his front wing. Mark Blundell braked hard to avoid the McLaren only to be hit from behind by Eddie Irvine, while Rubens Barrichello had nowhere to go but the gravel. In the melee behind this incident, Johnny Herbert and Martin Brundle tangled, the Lotus spinning to a halt while the second McLaren continued. Heinz-Harald Frentzen was also pushed into the gravel and managed to continue, but stopped towards the end of the lap with broken suspension and a punctured tyre. Damon Hill also damaged his suspension in a first-lap contact with Ukyo Katayama and, as a result, circulated outside the points for the remainder of the race. Jean Alesi had got away unscathed, having qualified second, only for his Ferrari to stop with electrical problems on the run to the first chicane.
It was a bad weekend for the Benetton team. After the first lap mayhem, Schumacher went on to take on the leading Ferrari of Gerhard Berger but fell away with engine problems very quickly. Also Benetton driver Jos Verstappen came into the pits; while refuelling, some fuel was accidentally sprayed onto the hot bodywork of the car, a few seconds later the fuel ignited and Verstappen's car was engulfed in a ball of flames. The Dutchman escaped the incident with burns around his eyes, as he had his visor up during the pit stop. No other crew-members or any persons were injured severely or killed.
|Pos||No||Driver||Constructor||Q1 Time||Q2 Time||Gap|
|18||29||Andrea de Cesaris||Sauber-Mercedes||1:47.745||1:47.235||+3.653|
- First fastest lap: David Coulthard
- Jos Verstappen's car was set alight during a pit stop. The fire ended with Verstappen's retirement from the race and an inquiry from the FIA into the incident.
- First podium: Olivier Panis, Éric Bernard
- Last points: Éric Bernard, Erik Comas, Christian Fittipaldi
- The only race of the season that was won by a non-British team (Ferrari)
- As of May 2014[update], this was the last time that two drivers both scored their first podium finish at the same race (Olivier Panis and Eric Bernard). At the 2014 Australian Grand Prix, Daniel Ricciardo and Kevin Magnussen finished second and third on the road, which would have been the first podium finishes for both drivers, but Ricciardo was subsequently disqualified.
- Last podium: Éric Bernard
- First points: Olivier Panis
Standings after the race
1994 British Grand Prix
|FIA Formula One World Championship
1994 Hungarian Grand Prix
1993 German Grand Prix
|German Grand Prix||Next race:
1995 German Grand Prix