1994 French Grand Prix
The 1994 French Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 3 July 1994 at the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours near Magny-Cours in France. It was the seventh race of the 1994 FIA Formula One World Championship.
|1994 French Grand Prix|
|Race 7 of 16 in the 1994 Formula One World Championship|
|Date||3 July 1994|
|Official name||80e Grand Prix de France|
|Location||Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours, Magny-Cours, France|
|Course||Permanent racing facility|
|Course length||4.250 km (2.641 mi)|
|Distance||72 laps, 306.000 km (191.140 mi)|
|Time||1:19.678 on lap 4|
The 72-lap race was won by Michael Schumacher, driving a Benetton-Ford. It was Schumacher's sixth victory in seven races. Damon Hill finished second in a Williams-Renault, having started from pole position and, at one stage, having led the race. Gerhard Berger finished third in a Ferrari.
Schumacher now led the Drivers' Championship by 37 points from Hill.
Nigel Mansell made his return to Formula One, driving for Williams-Renault in place of David Coulthard. He had left F1 at the end of 1992 to race in IndyCar. JJ Lehto was rested by Benetton-Ford and was replaced by the test driver Jos Verstappen who had previously deputised for Lehto earlier in the season. Jean-Marc Gounon would drive the second Simtek-Ford following Andrea Montermini's accident at the Spanish Grand Prix.
Oliver Panis and Gianni Morbidelli collided on lap 29. This was the only retirement of the season for Panis. Michael Schumacher won the race ahead of Damon Hill and Gerhard Berger. Heinz-Harald Frentzen finished fourth, which up to that point in his career was Frentzen's highest race finish. Pierluigi Martini was fifth and Andrea de Cesaris finished sixth. These would prove to be the last world championship points that Martini and de Cesaris (who would in fact never finish a F1 grand prix again) scored in their careers. It would also be the last time that a Team Lotus car managed to challenge for a points finish (though Johnny Herbert finishing less than a second behind de Cesaris meant it didn't actually score a point here).
|Pos||No||Driver||Constructor||Q1 Time||Q2 Time||Gap|
|11||29||Andrea de Cesaris||Sauber-Mercedes||1:20.145||1:17.866||+1.584|
Championship standings after the raceEdit
1994 Canadian Grand Prix
|FIA Formula One World Championship
1994 British Grand Prix
1993 French Grand Prix
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1995 French Grand Prix