1994 Monaco Grand Prix

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Monaco  1994 Monaco Grand Prix
Race details
Race 4 of 16 in the 1994 Formula One season
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Date May 15, 1994
Official name LII Grand Prix Automobile de Monaco
Location Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo
Course Street circuit
3.328 km (2.068 mi)
Distance 78 laps, 259.584 km (161.298 mi)
Weather Sunny
Pole position
Driver Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford
Time 1:18.560
Fastest lap
Driver Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford
Time 1:21.076 on lap 35
Podium
First Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford
Second United Kingdom Martin Brundle McLaren-Peugeot
Third Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari

The 1994 Monaco Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on May 15, 1994 at the Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo. The race, which was the fourth round of the 1994 Formula One season, was won by Michael Schumacher and was the first race following the death of Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger in San Marino.

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

After the deaths of Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger at the previous race of the season, sweeping changes were announced by the FIA to the rules and regulations of Formula One in a bid to improve safety. The majority were scheduled to come into force after the Monaco Grand Prix, but an 80 km/h pit-lane speed limit was brought into force in time for this race.[citation needed]

Both Williams and Simtek, the teams for whom Senna and Ratzenberger drove, ran only one car each during the race weekend.

Eddie Irvine was serving the third race of his three race ban issued to him for his part in the crash during the Brazilian Grand Prix. Andrea de Cesaris again took Irvine's place at Jordan, whilst Irvine acted as a pit-lane reporter for the ESPN television station.[1]

Practice and qualifying[edit]

During the First Free Practice session on Thursday morning Austrian driver Karl Wendlinger had a major accident in the Nouvelle Chicane, after hitting the wall at almost 280 km/h. Wendlinger was in a coma for several weeks and threatened his F1 career. The Sauber Mercedes team decided to withdraw from the race after this incident.

Michael Schumacher claimed the first pole position of his Grand Prix career. Mika Häkkinen qualified second, which was also the highest starting position thus far in his career.

Race[edit]

As a mark of respect for the two fallen drivers, the FIA decided to leave the first two grid positions empty for the race and painted them with the colors of the Brazilian and the Austrian flag, for Senna and Ratzenberger respectively. For the first time since the 1959 United States Grand Prix, there was no previous world champion competing in the race and also no former Monaco Grand Prix winner. Also the race only contained four previous race winners; Schumacher, Hill, Berger and Alboreto.

At the start of the race, Damon Hill crashed into the back of Mika Häkkinen's McLaren just before the St. Devote corner. Häkkinen retired straight away but Hill continued for a few corners before retiring with broken front suspension. Gianni Morbidelli and Pierluigi Martini also collided before St. Devote resulting in a retirement for both drivers.

On lap 40, the engine on Mark Blundell's Tyrrell failed leaving oil on the track at St. Devote which Schumacher, leading the race, had to avoid. The second placed Ferrari of Gerhard Berger did slip on the oil, however, and required a three-point turn to escape from the run off area beside the stricken Tyrrell. Berger returned to the track still in his second place, but dirty tyres left him vulnerable to the McLaren of Martin Brundle, who promptly overtook him down the outside of Mirabeau on the same lap. Christian Fittipaldi in his Footwork-Ford ran close behind the Ferrari's of Berger and Alesi in fourth position until his first refuelling stop near the start of the race. Fittipaldi continued to run strongly in a points position until lap 47 when the gearbox failed.

The race was led from start to finish by Michael Schumacher, who continued his perfect start to the 1994 season with four victories in the first four races. As Schumacher also held the fastest lap, this meant he scored the first Grand Slam of his career, and he was the first driver other than Alain Prost or Ayrton Senna to win the Monaco Grand Prix since 1983. The second place scored by Brundle was the equal best result of his career. Michele Alboreto finished sixth in his Minardi to score the final championship point available. This was the last point Alboreto would score in his Formula One career.

Post-race[edit]

This is more or less where I live now so this victory means a lot. I am very pleased that we came here with the car sorted out after a few small problems and we were very competitive. I am very happy that Formula One set such an example.

Michael Schumacher commenting about victory, Transcript of recording from Grand Prix Racing.

This is a great day for me and I am so glad to achieve this for my loyal and patient fans. Today was one of the best days in my racing career. I made a perfect start and had a faultless race. It has been a very difficult time. When your five-year-old daughter asks you if it's true [Ayrton] Senna is dead it is difficult to reconcile things.

Martin Brundle on his second place and Ayrton Senna, Transcript of recording from Grand Prix Racing.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Time Q2 Time Gap
1 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 1:20.230 1:18.560
2 7 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Peugeot 1:21.881 1:19.488 +0.928
3 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari 1:22.038 1:19.958 +1.398
4 0 United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault 1:22.605 1:20.079 +1.519
5 27 France Jean Alesi Ferrari 1:22.521 1:20.452 +1.892
6 9 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Footwork-Ford 1:23.588 1:21.053 +2.493
7 10 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Footwork-Ford 1:23.580 1:21.189 +2.629
8 8 United Kingdom Martin Brundle McLaren-Peugeot 1:21.580 1:21.222 +2.662
9 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 1:23.162 1:21.288 +2.728
10 4 United Kingdom Mark Blundell Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:23.522 1:21.614 +3.054
11 3 Japan Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:24.488 1:21.731 +3.171
12 24 Italy Michele Alboreto Minardi-Ford 1:25.421 1:21.793 +3.233
13 20 France Érik Comas Larrousse-Ford 1:23.514 1:22.211 +3.651
14 15 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Jordan-Hart 1:24.519 1:22.265 +3.701
15 14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Hart 1:24.731 1:22.359 +3.799
16 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Lotus-Mugen-Honda 1:24.103 1:22.375 +3.815
17 6 Finland JJ Lehto Benetton-Ford 1:23.885 1:22.679 +4.119
18 19 Monaco Olivier Beretta Larrousse-Ford 1:24.126 1:23.025 +4.465
19 11 Portugal Pedro Lamy Lotus-Mugen-Honda 1:25.859 1:23.858 +5.298
20 26 France Olivier Panis Ligier-Renault 1:25.115 1:24.131 +5.571
21 25 France Éric Bernard Ligier-Renault 1:27.694 1:24.377 +5.817
22 31 Australia David Brabham Simtek-Ford 1:26.690 1:24.656 +6.096
23 34 France Bertrand Gachot Pacific-Ilmor 1:48.173 1:26.082 +7.522
24 33 France Paul Belmondo Pacific-Ilmor 1:29.984 8:36.897 +11.424
WD 30 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Mercedes
WD 29 Austria Karl Wendlinger Sauber-Mercedes

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 78 1:49:55.372 1 10
2 8 United Kingdom Martin Brundle McLaren-Peugeot 78 +37.278 8 6
3 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari 78 +1:16.824 3 4
4 15 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Jordan-Hart 77 +1 Lap 14 3
5 27 France Jean Alesi Ferrari 77 +1 Lap 5 2
6 24 Italy Michele Alboreto Minardi-Ford 77 +1 Lap 12 1
7 6 Finland JJ Lehto Benetton-Ford 77 +1 Lap 17  
8 19 Monaco Olivier Beretta Larrousse-Ford 76 +2 Laps 18  
9 26 France Olivier Panis Ligier-Renault 76 +2 Laps 20  
10 20 France Érik Comas Larrousse-Ford 75 +3 Laps 13  
11 11 Portugal Pedro Lamy Lotus-Mugen-Honda 73 +5 Laps 19  
Ret 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Lotus-Mugen-Honda 68 Gearbox 16  
Ret 33 France Paul Belmondo Pacific-Ilmor 53 Physical 24  
Ret 34 France Bertrand Gachot Pacific-Ilmor 49 Gearbox 23  
Ret 9 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Footwork-Ford 47 Gearbox 6  
Ret 31 Australia David Brabham Simtek-Ford 45 Engine 22  
Ret 4 United Kingdom Mark Blundell Tyrrell-Yamaha 40 Engine 10  
Ret 3 Japan Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 38 Gearbox 11  
Ret 25 France Éric Bernard Ligier-Renault 34 Spun off 21  
Ret 14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Hart 27 Electrical 15  
Ret 7 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Peugeot 0 Collision 2  
Ret 0 United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault 0 Collision 4  
Ret 10 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Footwork-Ford 0 Collision 7  
Ret 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 0 Collision 9  
WD 30 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Mercedes   Withdrawn  
DNS 29 Austria Karl Wendlinger Sauber-Mercedes   Injury  

Standings after the race[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ESPN Speedworld: Formula 1 Grand Prix of Monaco. 1994.


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1994 San Marino Grand Prix
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