1994 Italian Grand Prix
|Race 12 of 16 in the 1994 Formula One season|
|Date||11 September 1994|
|Official name||LXV Pioneer Gran Premio d'Italia|
|Location||Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy|
|Course||Permanent racing facility|
|Course length||5.800 km (3.604 mi)|
|Distance||53 laps, 307.400 km (191.010 mi)|
|Time||1:25.930 on lap 24|
The 1994 Italian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 11 September 1994 at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza. It was the twelfth race of the 1994 Formula One season. The 53-lap race was won by Damon Hill driving for Williams-Renault with Austrian Gerhard Berger finishing second for Scuderia Ferrari and Finnish driver Mika Häkkinen driving for McLaren-Peugeot third.
The day after the Grand Prix, Lotus went into receivership but, they would still compete in the rest of the 1994 season. Lotus had brought an upgraded Mugen engine to Monza, allowing Johnny Herbert to qualify in a season-best fourth place, but hopes that he may score points in the race were ended in a first corner accident with Eddie Irvine, who was given a one-race ban suspended for three races for his driving.
The Grand Prix was originally cancelled on 12 August 1994 when local officials refused a demand to cut down 123 trees for reasons related to safety.The trees in question were located at the Lesmo corners which lacked suitable run off-areas. The after the announcement, Gianni Letta, an Italian cabinet under-secretary went to Cannes to meet with FIA president Max Mosley to discuss the issue. The meeting, also attended by Scuderia Ferrari driver and representative to the drivers Gerhard Berger, agreed that changes to the shape of the curve would reduce its speed.
|8||29||Andrea de Cesaris||Sauber-Mercedes||1:27.188||1:25.540||+1.696|
|9||15||Eddie Irvine||Jordan-Hart||No time||1:25.568||+1.724|
|DNQ||33||Paul Belmondo||Pacific-Ilmor||1:32.035||No time||+8.191|
- ^1 Eddie Irvine's Friday qualifying times were deleted because he completed 13 laps, one over the limit, during the session.
- ^2 Paul Belmondo had no car to compete with in the Saturday qualifying session having destroyed his car in a shunt in the morning's practice session therefore he did no set a time on Saturday.
- Lap leaders: Jean Alesi 14 (1-14), Gerhard Berger 9 (15-23), Damon Hill 26 (24, 29-53), David Coulthard 3 (25, 27-28), Mika Häkkinen 1 (26)
- First pole position: Jean Alesi
- The race was stopped after the first lap incident between Johnny Herbert and Eddie Irvine. Eddie Irvine restarted from the back of the grid.
- Jean Alesi had a gearbox problem after his first pit stop. His car only could run a very short distance after his first pit stop and then he retired in the pits.
- Phillipe Alliot was replaced by Yannick Dalmas at Larrousse.
- This was the last time that a driver was banned from racing until the 2012 Italian Grand Prix where Romain Grosjean was serving a one race ban for causing a first lap pile up at the 2012 Belgian Grand Prix.
Championship standings after the race
- Bold text indicates who still has a theoretical chance of becoming World Champion.
- "Italian Grand Prix called off". Gainesville Sun. 13 August 1994. p. 16.
- "Motor Racing: Italian Grand Prix reinstated: Revised scheme temporarily solves safety problem at Monza". The Independent. 16 August 1994. Retrieved 16 December 2012.
- "1994 Italian Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 29 January 2015. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
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