1994 Brazilian Grand Prix

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Brazil  1994 Brazilian Grand Prix
Race details
Race 1 of 16 in the 1994 Formula One season
Circuit Interlagos.svg
Date 27 March 1994
Official name XXIII Grande Prêmio do Brasil
Location Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo, Brazil
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 4.325 km (2.703 mi)
Distance 71 laps, 307.075 km (191.921 mi)
Weather Sunny
Pole position
Driver Williams-Renault
Time 1:15.962
Fastest lap
Driver Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford
Time 1:18.455 on lap 7
Podium
First Benetton-Ford
Second Williams-Renault
Third Ferrari

The 1994 Brazilian Grand Prix (formally the XXIII Grande Prêmio do Brasil) was a Formula One motor race held on 27 March 1994 at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo. It was the first race of the 1994 Formula One season. The 71-lap race was won by Benetton driver Michael Schumacher after he started from second position. Damon Hill finished second for the Williams team and Ferrari driver Jean Alesi came in third.

Report[edit]

Pre-Race[edit]

With it being the first race of the season, new drivers made their debuts. Roland Ratzenberger, Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Olivier Panis, Olivier Beretta and Jos Verstappen made their debuts and Simtek and Pacific Racing also debuted.

Qualifying[edit]

Ayrton Senna took pole position from Michael Schumacher, with Jean Alesi over a second further behind. Heavy rain disrupted Saturday's proceedings. Debutant Heinz-Harald Frentzen impressed with taking the 5th spot on the grid in his very first race.

Race[edit]

At the start Ayrton Senna maintained his lead, while Jean Alesi overtook Michael Schumacher. Schumacher retook second place on lap 2 and started chasing after Senna, who had pulled a 4-second lead in the opening laps. Before the pit stops Schumacher had reduced the gap to just over a second, and on lap 21 the leading pair entered the pit lane together. Despite both teams running the same fuel strategy, Benetton's stop was much faster than Williams' stop, and Schumacher left the pitlane in the lead.

On lap 35 there was a four-car pile-up as Eddie Irvine and Jos Verstappen came up to lap the Ligier of Éric Bernard. Irvine forced Verstappen on to the grass; Verstappen then lost control of his car and somersaulted over Martin Brundle's McLaren. Irvine was penalized for this maneuver by a one race ban, which was increased to three after the appeal of Jordan failed. Irvine was already under investigation due to an incident with Ayrton Senna in Suzuka the year before.

Schumacher increased his lead to 10 seconds after the second round of pit stops, after which Senna started to close. By lap 55 the pair had lapped third-place runner Damon Hill and the gap was down to 5 seconds, but then Senna lost control of his Williams and retired. After Senna's retirement Schumacher won comfortably. Damon Hill finished second and Jean Alesi third.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 2 Brazil Ayrton Senna Williams-Renault 1:16.386 1:15.962
2 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 1:16.575 1:16.290 +0.328
3 27 France Jean Alesi Ferrari 1:17.772 1:17.385 +1.423
4 0 United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault 1:18.270 1:17.554 +1.592
5 30 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Mercedes 1:18.144 1:17.806 +1.844
6 10 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Footwork-Ford 1:18.970 1:17.866 +1.904
7 29 Austria Karl Wendlinger Sauber-Mercedes 1:17.982 1:17.927 +1.965
8 7 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Peugeot 1:18.122 1:19.576 +2.160
9 6 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Benetton-Ford 1:18.787 1:18.183 +2.221
10 3 Japan Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:19.519 1:18.194 +2.232
11 9 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Footwork-Ford 1:18.730 1:18.204 +2.242
12 4 United Kingdom Mark Blundell Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:19.045 1:18.246 +2.284
13 20 France Érik Comas Larrousse-Ford 1:18.990 1:18.321 +2.359
14 14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Hart 1:18.759 1:18.414 +2.452
15 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 1:18.659 No Time +2.697
16 15 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Jordan-Hart 1:19.269 1:18.751 +2.789
17 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari 1:18.931 1:18.855 +2.893
18 8 United Kingdom Martin Brundle McLaren-Peugeot 1:18.864 13:18.601 +2.902
19 26 France Olivier Panis Ligier-Renault 1:19.304 1:19.533 +3.342
20 25 France Éric Bernard Ligier-Renault 1:19.396 1:19.633 +3.434
21 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Lotus-Mugen-Honda 1:19.798 1:19.483 +3.521
22 24 Italy Michele Alboreto Minardi-Ford 1:19.517 No Time +3.555
23 19 Monaco Olivier Beretta Larrousse-Ford 1:19.922 1:19.524 +3.562
24 11 Portugal Pedro Lamy Lotus-Mugen-Honda 1:21.029 1:19.975 +4.013
25 34 France Bertrand Gachot Pacific-Ilmor 1:22.495 1:20.729 +4.767
26 31 Australia David Brabham Simtek-Ford 1:22.266 1:21.186 +5.224
DNQ 32 Austria Roland Ratzenberger Simtek-Ford 1:22.707 1:23.109 +6.745
DNQ 33 France Paul Belmondo Pacific-Ilmor No Time No Time

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 71 1:35:38.759 2 10
2 0 United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault 70 +1 Lap 4 6
3 27 France Jean Alesi Ferrari 70 +1 Lap 3 4
4 14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Hart 70 +1 Lap 14 3
5 3 Japan Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 69 +2 Laps 10 2
6 29 Austria Karl Wendlinger Sauber-Mercedes 69 +2 Laps 7 1
7 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Lotus-Mugen-Honda 69 +2 Laps 21  
8 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 69 +2 Laps 15  
9 20 France Érik Comas Larrousse-Ford 68 +3 Laps 13  
10 11 Portugal Pedro Lamy Lotus-Mugen-Honda 68 +3 Laps 24  
11 26 France Olivier Panis Ligier-Renault 68 +3 Laps 19  
12 31 Australia David Brabham Simtek-Ford 67 +4 Laps 26  
Ret 2 Brazil Ayrton Senna Williams-Renault 55 Spun off 1  
Ret 8 United Kingdom Martin Brundle McLaren-Peugeot 34 Collision 18  
Ret 15 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Jordan-Hart 34 Collision 16  
Ret 6 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Benetton-Ford 34 Collision 9  
Ret 25 France Éric Bernard Ligier-Renault 33 Collision 20  
Ret 4 United Kingdom Mark Blundell Tyrrell-Yamaha 21 Spun off 12  
Ret 9 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Footwork-Ford 21 Gearbox 11  
Ret 30 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Mercedes 15 Spun off 5  
Ret 7 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Peugeot 13 Engine 8  
Ret 24 Italy Michele Alboreto Minardi-Ford 7 Engine 22  
Ret 10 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Footwork-Ford 5 Gearbox 6  
Ret 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari 5 Engine 17  
Ret 19 Monaco Olivier Beretta Larrousse-Ford 2 Collision 23  
Ret 34 France Bertrand Gachot Pacific-Ilmor 1 Collision 25  
DNQ 32 Austria Roland Ratzenberger Simtek-Ford        
DNQ 33 France Paul Belmondo Pacific-Ilmor        
Source:[1]

Notes[edit]

Championship standings after the race[edit]

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1994 Brazilian Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 6 November 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015. 


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