1994 Portuguese Grand Prix

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1994 Portuguese Grand Prix
Race 13 of 16 in the 1994 Formula One World Championship
Estoril track map.svg
Race details
Date 25 September 1994
Official name XXIII Grande Premio de Portugal
Location Autódromo do Estoril
Estoril, Portugal
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 4.360 km (2.725 mi)
Distance 71 laps, 309.560 km (193.475 mi)
Weather Sunny
Pole position
Driver Ferrari
Time 1:20.608
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom David Coulthard Williams-Renault
Time 1:22.446 on lap 12
Podium
First Williams-Renault
Second Williams-Renault
Third McLaren-Peugeot

The 1994 Portuguese Grand Prix (formally the XXIII Grande Premio de Portugal) was a Formula One motor race held on 25 September 1994 at the Autódromo do Estoril. It was the thirteenth race of the 1994 Formula One World Championship.

The 71-lap race was won by Damon Hill, driving a Williams-Renault. Teammate David Coulthard finished second, achieving his first podium finish, with Mika Häkkinen third in a McLaren-Peugeot. The win, Hill's fifth of the season and third in succession, enabled him to move within one point of Drivers' Championship leader Michael Schumacher, while the 1-2 finish allowed Williams to take over the lead of the Constructors' Championship from Benetton.

Weekend report before qualifying[edit]

Team Lotus had rehired Philippe Adams the pay driver of the Lotus team to partner with Johnny Herbert due to financial issues. Meanwhile with Michael Schumacher still banned, the Benetton team had continued to run with JJ Lehto for another race with Jos Verstappen which also meant of course it was Damon Hill's perfect chance in the Williams to close the points advantage to Schumacher as he did so by winning the race despite having a scary moment during qualifying with Eddie Irvine.

Qualifying[edit]

Damon Hill whilst on a flying lap had a scary moment with Eddie Irvine's Jordan as the two collided which caused Irvine to spin and Hill to rollover whilst trying to improve on his qualifying lap (Hill was unhurt but his Williams FW16 was needing repairs). Which also left Gerhard Berger to take pole position for Ferrari ahead of Hill, David Coulthard in the other Williams followed by Hakkinen 4th in the leading McLaren-Peugeot, followed by Alesi who was 5th in the second Ferrari, Ukyo Katayama 6th for Tyrrell-Yamaha, as the top 10 was completed by Brundle 7th in the second McLaren-Peugeot, Barrichello 8th for Jordan ahead of Frentzen 9th for Sauber and Jos Verstappen 10th for Benetton.

Race[edit]

At the start it was Gerhard Berger leading the early stages for Ferrari ahead of Coulthard who got ahead of Hill on the start, Hill and Alesi who got ahead of Hakkinen and Katayama was 6th for Tyrrell. Berger lead the early stages for Ferrari before retiring on lap 8 with his gearbox failed, as Katayama's gearbox had also failed by lap 27 which promoted Rubens Barrichello into the points for Jordan as the pit stops did not change the order of the top 6 as it was still Coulthard leading ahead of teammate Damon Hill, Alesi, Hakkinen, Barrichello & Brundle, before Coulthard ran wide whilst trying to lap a backmarker on lap 33 which allowed Hill to edge ahead of the Scotsman. By lap 39 the other Ferrari of Jean Alesi had retired whilst trying to overlap the Simtek of David Brabham and the two collided forcing both drivers to retire. Soon afterwards, Jos Verstappen was able to pass Martin Brundle's McLaren for 5th and the order after the second round of pit stops had seen no change of the order as it was Damon Hill who made it 3 wins on the trot ahead of Williams teammate David Coulthard who was 2nd which also gave Williams the lead in the Constructors Championship with their 1-2 result ahead Mika Hakkinen who third for McLaren, Barrichello 4th for Jordan, Verstappen 5th for Benetton & Martin Brundle 6th in the second McLaren rounding out the top 6.

Olivier Panis originally finished 9th but was disqualified for having illegal skidblock wear.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Time Q2 Time Gap
1 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari 1:20.608 1:21.863
2 0 United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault 1:20.803 1:20.766 +0.158
3 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard Williams-Renault 1:21.120 1:21.033 +0.425
4 7 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Peugeot 1:21.251 1:21.700 +0.643
5 27 France Jean Alesi Ferrari 1:21.517 1:22.086 +0.909
6 3 Japan Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:21.590 4:03.441 +0.982
7 8 United Kingdom Martin Brundle McLaren-Peugeot 1:21.656 1:22.035 +1.048
8 14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Hart 1:21.839 1:21.796 +1.188
9 30 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Mercedes 1:22.795 1:21.921 +1.313
10 6 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Benetton-Ford 1:22.614 1:22.000 +1.392
11 9 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Footwork-Ford 1:22.636 1:22.132 +1.524
12 4 United Kingdom Mark Blundell Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:22.288 1:22.971 +1.680
13 15 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Jordan-Hart 1:23.411 1:22.294 +1.686
14 5 Finland JJ Lehto Benetton-Ford 1:22.613 1:22.369 +1.761
15 26 France Olivier Panis Ligier-Renault 1:23.711 1:22.672 +2.064
16 10 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Footwork-Ford 1:22.974 1:22.756 +2.148
17 29 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Sauber-Mercedes 1:22.885 1:22.888 +2.277
18 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 1:23.243 1:23.464 +2.635
19 24 Italy Michele Alboreto Minardi-Ford 1:23.364 1:24.186 +2.756
20 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Lotus-Mugen-Honda no time 1:23.408 +2.800
21 25 France Éric Bernard Ligier-Renault 1:25.039 1:23.699 +3.091
22 20 France Érik Comas Larrousse-Ford 1:24.192 1:24.306 +3.584
23 19 France Yannick Dalmas Larrousse-Ford 1:24.438 1:24.920 +3.830
24 31 Australia David Brabham Simtek-Ford 1:24.527 1:24.514 +3.906
25 11 Belgium Philippe Adams Lotus-Mugen-Honda 1:25.313 1:25.708 +4.705
26 32 France Jean-Marc Gounon Simtek-Ford 1:25.686 1:25.649 +5.041
27 34 France Bertrand Gachot Pacific-Ilmor 1:27.960 1:27.385 +6.777
28 33 France Paul Belmondo Pacific-Ilmor 1:32.706 1:29.000 +8.392

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 0 United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault 71 1:45:10.146 2 10
2 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard Williams-Renault 71 + 0.603 3 6
3 7 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Peugeot 71 + 20.193 4 4
4 14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Hart 71 + 28.003 8 3
5 6 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Benetton-Ford 71 + 29.385 10 2
6 8 United Kingdom Martin Brundle McLaren-Peugeot 71 + 52.702 7 1
7 15 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Jordan-Hart 70 + 1 Lap 13  
8 9 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Footwork-Ford 70 + 1 Lap 11  
9 10 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Footwork-Ford 70 + 1 Lap 16  
10 25 France Éric Bernard Ligier-Renault 70 + 1 Lap 21  
11 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Lotus-Mugen-Honda 70 + 1 Lap 20  
12 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 69 + 2 Laps 18  
13 24 Italy Michele Alboreto Minardi-Ford 69 + 2 Laps 19  
14 19 France Yannick Dalmas Larrousse-Ford 69 + 2 Laps 23  
15 32 France Jean-Marc Gounon Simtek-Ford 67 + 4 Laps 26  
16 11 Belgium Philippe Adams Lotus-Mugen-Honda 67 + 4 Laps 25  
DSQ 26 France Olivier Panis Ligier-Renault 70 Illegal Skid Block 15  
Ret 4 United Kingdom Mark Blundell Tyrrell-Yamaha 61 Engine 12  
Ret 5 Finland JJ Lehto Benetton-Ford 60 Spun Off 14  
Ret 29 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Sauber-Mercedes 54 Spun Off 17  
Ret 27 France Jean Alesi Ferrari 38 Collision 5  
Ret 31 Australia David Brabham Simtek-Ford 36 Collision 24  
Ret 30 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Mercedes 31 Differential 9  
Ret 20 France Érik Comas Larrousse-Ford 27 Suspension 22  
Ret 3 Japan Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 26 Gearbox 6  
Ret 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari 7 Gearbox 1  
DNQ 34 France Bertrand Gachot Pacific-Ilmor    
DNQ 33 France Paul Belmondo Pacific-Ilmor    
Source:[1]

Championship standings after the race[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1994 Portuguese Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 6 November 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Portugal 1994 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 20 March 2019.


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