1994 Japanese Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 15 of 16 in the 1994 Formula One season
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Date November 6, 1994
Official name XX Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix
Location Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka, Mie, Japan
Course Permanent racing facility
5.864 km (3.665 mi)
Distance 50 laps, 293.200 km (183.250 mi)
Scheduled Distance 53 laps, 310.792 km (194.245 mi)
Weather Heavy Rain, followed by Light Showers
Pole position
Driver Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford
Time 1:37.209
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault
Time 1:56.597 on lap 24
Podium
First United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault
Second Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford
Third France Jean Alesi Ferrari

The 1994 Japanese Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on November 6, 1994 at the Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka. It was the fifteenth and penultimate race of the 1994 Formula One season.

The start of the race was under torrential rain, and as a result, several cars spun out of the race by aquaplaning, including Johnny Herbert, Franck Lagorce, both Minardi and all three Japanese drivers and the returning JJ Lehto who had replaced Andrea de Cesaris after his sudden retirement from Formula One.

On lap 13, Gianni Morbidelli crashed his Footwork at one of the Esses at the first sector. Shortly after, Martin Brundle spun off the track at the same spot, and as he bounced off the tyre barriers, hit a track marshal who was moving Morbidelli's car off the gravel trap. The marshal suffered a broken leg, adding to the huge list of injuries of the 1994 season, and the race was immediately stopped.

As the rain became moderate, it was decided to run the remainder of the race, with around one hour to the time limit, on aggregate corrected time. Schumacher had been leading by 6.8 seconds when the red flag was shown, but since Hill had a bigger lead (10.1 seconds) at the chequered flag, Hill was declared the winner by 3.3 seconds. This was the last instance of corrected time being used in Formula 1 to declare a race winner.

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

The race was the fifteenth round of the 1994 Formula One season. Benetton driver Michael Schumacher was leading the World Drivers' Championship with 86 points compared to his rival Damon Hill in the Williams who had 81 points.[1] Coming into the race, Schumacher felt he was "very confident" [2] and Hill declared that he was "positive" for the race ahead.[2]

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Time Q2 Time Gap
1 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 1:37.209 1:57.128
2 0 United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault 1:37.696 1:57.278 +0.487
3 30 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Mercedes 1:37.742 1:56.935 +0.533
4 2 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault 1:37.768 2:00.963 +0.559
5 6 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Benetton-Ford 1:37.828 1:59.729 +0.619
6 15 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Jordan-Hart 1:37.880 1:57.760 +0.671
7 27 France Jean Alesi Ferrari 1:37.907 1:58.610 +0.698
8 7 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Peugeot 1:37.998 1:58.204 +0.789
9 8 United Kingdom Martin Brundle McLaren-Peugeot 1:38.076 1:56.876 +0.877
10 14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Hart 1:38.533 2:01.905 +1.324
11 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari 1:38.570 1:58.926 +1.361
12 10 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Footwork-Ford 1:39.030 2:07.293 +1.821
13 4 United Kingdom Mark Blundell Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:39.266 2:02.266 +2.057
14 3 Japan Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:39.462 2:04.187 +2.253
15 29 Finland JJ Lehto Sauber-Mercedes 1:39.483 1:59.943 +2.274
16 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 1:39.548 2:01.929 +2.339
17 12 Italy Alessandro Zanardi Lotus-Mugen-Honda 1:39.721 2:02.077 +2.512
18 9 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Arrows-Ford 1:39.868 2:00.084 +2.659
19 26 France Olivier Panis Ligier-Renault 1:40.042 2:00.575 +2.833
20 25 France Franck Lagorce Ligier-Renault 1:40.577 2:02.780 +3.368
21 24 Italy Michele Alboreto Minardi-Ford 1:40.652 2:02.219 +3.443
22 20 France Érik Comas Larrousse-Ford 1:40.978 2:01.035 +3.769
23 19 Japan Hideki Noda Larrousse-Ford 1:40.990 2:05.354 +3.781
24 31 Australia David Brabham Simtek-Ford 1:41.659 2:09.453 +4.450
25 11 Finland Mika Salo Lotus-Mugen-Honda 1:41.805 2:01.637 +4.596
26 32 Japan Taki Inoue Simtek-Ford 1:45.004 no time +7.795
DNQ 34 France Bertrand Gachot Pacific-Ilmor 1:46.374 no time +9.165
DNQ 33 France Paul Belmondo Pacific-Ilmor 1:46.629 no time +9.420

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 0 United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault 50 1:55:53.532 2 10
2 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 50 +3.365 1 6
3 27 France Jean Alesi Ferrari 50 +52.045 7 4
4 2 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault 50 +56.074 4 3
5 15 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Jordan-Hart 50 +1:42.107 6 2
6 30 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Mercedes 50 +1:59.863 3 1
7 7 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Peugeot 50 +2:02.985 8  
8 9 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Footwork-Ford 49 +1 Lap 18  
9 20 France Érik Comas Larrousse-Ford 49 +1 Lap 22  
10 11 Finland Mika Salo Lotus-Mugen-Honda 49 +1 Lap 25  
11 26 France Olivier Panis Ligier-Renault 49 +1 Lap 19  
12 31 Australia David Brabham Simtek-Ford 48 +2 Laps 24  
13 12 Italy Alessandro Zanardi Lotus-Mugen-Honda 48 +2 Laps 17  
Ret 4 United Kingdom Mark Blundell Tyrrell-Yamaha 26 Engine 13  
Ret 14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Hart 16 Gearbox 10  
Ret 8 United Kingdom Martin Brundle McLaren-Peugeot 13 Spun off 9  
Ret 10 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Footwork-Ford 13 Spun off 12  
Ret 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari 10 Ignition 11  
Ret 25 France Franck Lagorce Ligier-Renault 10 Collision 20  
Ret 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 10 Collision 16  
Ret 24 Italy Michele Alboreto Minardi-Ford 10 Spun off 21  
Ret 6 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Benetton-Ford 3 Spun off 5  
Ret 3 Japan Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 3 Spun off 14  
Ret 32 Japan Taki Inoue Simtek-Ford 3 Spun off 26  
Ret 29 Finland JJ Lehto Sauber-Mercedes 0 Engine 15  
Ret 19 Japan Hideki Noda Larrousse-Ford 0 Spun off 23  
DNQ 34 France Bertrand Gachot Pacific-Ilmor    
DNQ 33 France Paul Belmondo Pacific-Ilmor    

Standings after the race[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Murray Walker, Jonathan Palmer (06-11-1994). Grand Prix (Television Presentation). London, England: BBC. Event occurs at 01:30-01:41. "Rundown of Drivers Championship table" 
  2. ^ a b Murray Walker (06-11-1994). Grand Prix (Television Presentation). London, England: BBC. Event occurs at 01:58-02:13 02:28-02:45. 


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