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The 1994 European Grand Prix (formally the XXXIX Gran Premio de Europa) was a Formula One motor race held on 16 October 1994 at the Circuito Permanente de Jerez, Jerez, Spain. It was the fourteenth race of the 1994 Formula One World Championship.

1994 European Grand Prix
Race 14 of 16 in the 1994 Formula One World Championship
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Race details
Date 16 October 1994
Official name XXXIX Gran Premio de Europa
Location Circuito Permanente de Jerez
Jerez, Spain
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 4.428 km (2.767 mi)
Distance 69 laps, 305.532 km (190.957 mi)
Weather Sunny
Pole position
Driver Benetton-Ford
Time 1:22.762
Fastest lap
Driver Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford
Time 1:25.040 on lap 17
Podium
First Benetton-Ford
Second Williams-Renault
Third McLaren-Peugeot

The 69-lap race was won from pole position by Michael Schumacher, driving a Benetton-Ford. Schumacher, returning from a two-race ban, took his eighth victory of the season by 24.6 seconds from Drivers' Championship rival Damon Hill in the Williams-Renault, with Mika Häkkinen third in a McLaren-Peugeot.

The win put Schumacher five points ahead of Hill with two races remaining, while Benetton regained the lead of the Constructors' Championship from Williams.

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BackgroundEdit

The Argentine Grand Prix had been due to return to the Formula One calendar on this date, but ongoing modernisation of the Buenos Aires circuit meant that this was postponed until early in the 1995 season.[1] A race at Jerez, the first since 1990, was organised in its place, and was given the title of the European Grand Prix, which had been used the previous year for the race at Donington Park.

Michael Schumacher returned to the Benetton team following his ban from the Italian and Portuguese Grands Prix, while Nigel Mansell returned to Williams, the 1994 CART season having ended the previous week. Elsewhere, Flavio Briatore bought Johnny Herbert's contract from Lotus's administrators and transferred him to Ligier, trading places with Éric Bernard, while rookies Hideki Noda and Domenico Schiattarella joined the Larrousse and Simtek teams respectively, replacing Yannick Dalmas and Jean-Marc Gounon.

QualifyingEdit

Schumacher took pole from Drivers' Championship rival Damon Hill by 0.13 seconds, with Mansell third but half a second behind Hill. Heinz-Harald Frentzen took fourth in the Sauber, followed by Rubens Barrichello in the Jordan and Gerhard Berger in the Ferrari. Herbert was seventh in the Ligier, with Gianni Morbidelli in the Footwork, Mika Häkkinen in the McLaren and Eddie Irvine in the second Jordan completing the top ten.

RaceEdit

At the start, Hill got ahead of Schumacher, while Mansell fell to sixth behind Frentzen, Barrichello and Berger. Mansell re-passed Berger on lap 2 and Barrichello on lap 6, before the Jordan driver got by again on lap 12. Noda's debut ended with a gearbox failure after ten laps; as he slowed, he was hit by Mansell, who subsequently pitted for a new nosecone and dropped out of contention.[2] Although Mansell was able to work his way back up to 16th place after his second pit stop he lost control of the back end and spun out into the gravel trap and retired by lap 48.[3]

Schumacher overtook Hill during the first round of pit stops; both were well clear of Frentzen - who was running a one-stop strategy - with Häkkinen up to fourth and Irvine fifth. Hill briefly went ahead again during the second stops, after which Schumacher retained a comfortable lead for the rest of the race. Frentzen's strategy backfired as he fell to seventh, behind Berger and Barrichello, while Irvine moved ahead of Häkkinen and into third, only to be re-passed by the McLaren driver as a result of a quicker second stop. In the closing stages, Barrichello developed a left rear puncture, putting Frentzen back in the top six, just ahead of Ukyo Katayama's Tyrrell.

Schumacher's eventual margin of victory over Hill was 24.6 seconds, with another 45 seconds back to Häkkinen and a further nine back to Irvine, the last driver on the lead lap. Berger and Frentzen completed the top six, Frentzen holding off Katayama for the final point by 0.2 seconds.[4] With two races remaining, Schumacher led Hill in the Drivers' Championship by five points, while Benetton moved back into the lead of the Constructors' Championship by two points from Williams.

In the second Sauber, Andrea de Cesaris made his 208th and final Grand Prix start, at the time second only to Riccardo Patrese. Karl Wendlinger was due to return to the Swiss team at the next race in Japan, following his crash at Monaco earlier in the season.

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Time Q2 Time Gap
1 5   Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 1:24.207 1:22.762
2 0   Damon Hill Williams-Renault 1:24.137 1:22.892 +0.130
3 2   Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault 1:24.971 1:23.392 +0.630
4 30   Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Mercedes 1:24.184 1:23.431 +0.669
5 14   Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Hart 1:24.700 1:23.455 +0.693
6 28   Gerhard Berger Ferrari 1:25.079 1:23.677 +0.915
7 25   Johnny Herbert Ligier-Renault 1:26.241 1:24.040 +1.278
8 10   Gianni Morbidelli Footwork-Ford 1:26.048 1:24.079 +1.317
9 7   Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Peugeot 1:25.275 1:24.122 +1.360
10 15   Eddie Irvine Jordan-Hart 1:24.794 1:24.157 +1.395
11 26   Olivier Panis Ligier-Renault 1:25.384 1:24.432 +1.670
12 6   Jos Verstappen Benetton-Ford 1:35.441 1:24.643 +1.881
13 3   Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:26.304 1:24.738 +1.976
14 4   Mark Blundell Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:25.995 1:24.770 +2.008
15 8   Martin Brundle McLaren-Peugeot 1:25.942 1:25.110 +2.348
16 27   Jean Alesi Ferrari 1:25.182 1:44.801 +2.420
17 23   Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 1:25.812 1:25.294 +2.532
18 29   Andrea de Cesaris Sauber-Mercedes 1:25.407 1:25.411 +2.645
19 9   Christian Fittipaldi Footwork-Ford 1:26.094 1:25.427 +2.665
20 24   Michele Alboreto Minardi-Ford 1:26.744 1:25.511 +2.749
21 12   Alessandro Zanardi Lotus-Mugen-Honda 1:26.973 1:25.557 +2.795
22 11   Éric Bernard Lotus-Mugen-Honda 1:28.047 1:25.595 +2.833
23 20   Érik Comas Larrousse-Ford 1:28.042 1:26.272 +3.510
24 19   Hideki Noda Larrousse-Ford 1:29.041 1:27.168 +4.406
25 31   David Brabham Simtek-Ford 1:28.388 1:27.201 +4.439
26 32   Domenico Schiattarella Simtek-Ford 1:30.069 1:27.976 +5.214
27 34   Bertrand Gachot Pacific-Ilmor 1:30.099 1:29.488 +6.726
28 33   Paul Belmondo Pacific-Ilmor 1:31.162 1:30.234 +7.472

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5   Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 69 1:40:26.689 1 10
2 0   Damon Hill Williams-Renault 69 + 24.689 2 6
3 7   Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Peugeot 69 + 1:09.648 9 4
4 15   Eddie Irvine Jordan-Hart 69 + 1:18.446 10 3
5 28   Gerhard Berger Ferrari 68 + 1 Lap 6 2
6 30   Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Mercedes 68 + 1 Lap 4 1
7 3   Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 68 + 1 Lap 13  
8 25   Johnny Herbert Ligier-Renault 68 + 1 Lap 7  
9 26   Olivier Panis Ligier-Renault 68 + 1 Lap 11  
10 27   Jean Alesi Ferrari 68 + 1 Lap 16  
11 10   Gianni Morbidelli Footwork-Ford 68 + 1 Lap 8  
12 14   Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Hart 68 + 1 Lap 5  
13 4   Mark Blundell Tyrrell-Yamaha 68 + 1 Lap 14  
14 24   Michele Alboreto Minardi-Ford 67 + 2 Laps 20  
15 23   Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 67 + 2 Laps 17  
16 12   Alessandro Zanardi Lotus-Mugen-Honda 67 + 2 Laps 21  
17 9   Christian Fittipaldi Footwork-Ford 66 + 3 Laps 19  
18 11   Éric Bernard Lotus-Mugen-Honda 66 + 3 Laps 22  
19 32   Domenico Schiattarella Simtek-Ford 64 + 5 Laps 26  
Ret 2   Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault 47 Spun Off 3  
Ret 31   David Brabham Simtek-Ford 42 Engine 25  
Ret 29   Andrea de Cesaris Sauber-Mercedes 37 Throttle 18  
Ret 20   Érik Comas Larrousse-Ford 37 Alternator 23  
Ret 6   Jos Verstappen Benetton-Ford 15 Spun Off 12  
Ret 19   Hideki Noda Larrousse-Ford 10 Gearbox 24  
Ret 8   Martin Brundle McLaren-Peugeot 8 Engine 15  
DNQ 34   Bertrand Gachot Pacific-Ilmor        
DNQ 33   Paul Belmondo Pacific-Ilmor        
Source:[5]

Championship standings after the raceEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "June 1994 Motorsport Information". Team DAN. Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 12 September 2007.
  2. ^ "Hideki Noda - Biography". F1 Rejects. Archived from the original on 5 August 2012. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Motorsport". Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  4. ^ "European Grand Prix: Schumacher moves closer". Motor Sport. November 1994. p. 18. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  5. ^ "1994 European Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 6 November 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  6. ^ a b "Europe 1994 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 15 March 2019.


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