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The 1994 German Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 31 July 1994 at the Hockenheimring, Hockenheim. It was the ninth race of the 1994 Formula One World Championship.

1994 German Grand Prix
Race 9 of 16 in the 1994 Formula One World Championship
Hockenheimring prior to 2002.svg
Race details
Date 31 July 1994
Official name LVI Grosser Mobil 1 Preis von Deutschland
Location Hockenheimring
Hockenheim, Germany
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 6.823 km (4.264 mi)
Distance 45 laps, 307.035 km (191.896 mi)
Weather Sunny
Pole position
Driver Ferrari
Time 1:43.582
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom David Coulthard Williams-Renault
Time 1:46.211 on lap 11
Podium
First Ferrari
Second Ligier-Renault
Third Ligier-Renault
The starting grid
Michael Schumacher started fourth but retired from the race.

The 45-lap race was won from pole position by Austrian driver Gerhard Berger, driving a Ferrari. Berger achieved the first victory for the Ferrari team since the 1990 Spanish Grand Prix, some 59 races previously. In a race of high attrition, including eleven retirements on the opening lap, only eight cars finished, with French drivers Olivier Panis and Éric Bernard second and third respectively in their Ligier-Renaults.

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The fast Hockenheim circuit had been modified from the year before, with the fast Senna chicane being made slower.

The Ferraris qualified first and second, with Gerhard Berger in pole position and Jean Alesi lining up alongside.

The race was notable for its high rate of attrition, with 11 retirements on the opening lap. Within ten seconds of the start Alessandro Zanardi and Andrea de Cesaris tangled towards the back of the pack, taking out both Michele Alboreto and Pierluigi Martini before even reaching the first corner. Mika Häkkinen and David Coulthard then tangled going into the first corner, the Finn sliding in front of a group of cars into the wall on the outside of the circuit while the Scot continued to the pits to replace his front wing. Mark Blundell braked hard to avoid the McLaren only to be hit from behind by Eddie Irvine, while Rubens Barrichello had nowhere to go but the gravel. In the melee behind this incident, Johnny Herbert and Martin Brundle tangled, the Lotus spinning to a halt while the second McLaren continued. Heinz-Harald Frentzen was also pushed into the gravel and managed to continue, but stopped towards the end of the lap with broken suspension and a punctured tyre. Damon Hill also damaged his suspension in a first-lap contact with Ukyo Katayama and, as a result, circulated outside the points for the remainder of the race. This result would have significant consequences for Hill at the end of the season. In a race where the 12th and 14th placed Ligiers finished on the podium, and the remaining points going to customer Ford HB engined teams on a circuit where power was a distinct advantage; the best Ford HB time in qualifying some 3.235 off pole position, it is clear that any points finish for Hill could have led to a very different result in the Drivers World Championship. Meanwhile Jean Alesi had gotten away unscathed, having qualified second, only for his Ferrari to stop with electrical problems on the run to the first chicane.

It was a bad weekend for the Benetton team. After the first lap mayhem, Schumacher went on to take on the leading Ferrari of Gerhard Berger but fell away with engine problems very quickly. Benetton driver Jos Verstappen also came into the pits; while refuelling, some fuel was accidentally sprayed onto the hot bodywork of the car, and a few seconds later the fuel ignited and Verstappen's car was engulfed in a ball of flames. The Dutchman escaped the incident with burns around his eyes, as he had his visor up during the pit stop. No other crew members or any persons were injured severely or killed.

As well as Ferrari winning its first and only race of the 1994 Formula One season, the race was especially good for Ligier with Olivier Panis finishing second and Éric Bernard coming home third.

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 time Q2 time Gap
1 28   Gerhard Berger Ferrari 1:44.616 1:43.582
2 27   Jean Alesi Ferrari 1:45.272 1:44.012 +0.430
3 0   Damon Hill Williams-Renault 1:44.026 1:44.131 +0.444
4 5   Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 1:44.875 1:44.268 +0.686
5 3   Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:46.534 1:44.718 +1.136
6 2   David Coulthard Williams-Renault 1:45.477 1:45.146 +1.564
7 4   Mark Blundell Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:45.814 1:45.474 +1.892
8 7   Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Peugeot 1:45.487 1:45.878 +1.905
9 30   Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Mercedes 1:46.488 1:45.893 +2.311
10 15   Eddie Irvine Jordan-Hart 1:45.911 1:45.942 +2.329
11 14   Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Hart 1:45.962 1:45.939 +2.357
12 26   Olivier Panis Ligier-Renault 1:47.925 1:46.185 +2.603
13 8   Martin Brundle McLaren-Peugeot 1:46.644 1:46.218 +2.636
14 25   Éric Bernard Ligier-Renault 1:47.531 1:46.290 +2.708
15 12   Johnny Herbert Lotus-Mugen-Honda 1:48.621 1:46.630 +3.048
16 10   Gianni Morbidelli Footwork-Ford 1:47.814 1:46.817 +3.235
17 9   Christian Fittipaldi Footwork-Ford 1:47.150 1:47.102 +3.520
18 29   Andrea de Cesaris Sauber-Mercedes 1:47.745 1:47.235 +3.653
19 6   Jos Verstappen Benetton-Ford 40:34.496 1:47.316 +3.734
20 23   Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 1:47.831 1:47.402 +3.820
21 11   Alessandro Zanardi Lotus-Mugen-Honda 1:47.678 1:47.425 +3.843
22 20   Érik Comas Larrousse-Ford 1:48.770 1:48.229 +4.647
23 24   Michele Alboreto Minardi-Ford 1:48.402 1:48.295 +4.713
24 19   Olivier Beretta Larrousse-Ford 1:48.681 1:48.875 +5.099
25 31   David Brabham Simtek-Ford 1:50.685 1:48.870 +5.288
26 32   Jean-Marc Gounon Simtek-Ford 1:50.361 1:49.204 +5.622
27 33   Paul Belmondo Pacific-Ilmor 1:51.916 1:51.122 +7.540
28 34   Bertrand Gachot Pacific-Ilmor 1:52.839 1:51.292 +7.710

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 28   Gerhard Berger Ferrari 45 1:22:37.272 1 10
2 26   Olivier Panis Ligier-Renault 45 +54.779 12 6
3 25   Éric Bernard Ligier-Renault 45 +1:05.042 14 4
4 9   Christian Fittipaldi Footwork-Ford 45 +1:21.609 17 3
5 10   Gianni Morbidelli Footwork-Ford 45 +1:30.544 16 2
6 20   Érik Comas Larrousse-Ford 45 +1:45.445 22 1
7 19   Olivier Beretta Larrousse-Ford 44 +1 Lap 24  
8 0   Damon Hill Williams-Renault 44 +1 Lap 3  
Ret 32   Jean-Marc Gounon Simtek-Ford 39 Engine 26  
Ret 31   David Brabham Simtek-Ford 37 Clutch 25  
Ret 5   Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 20 Engine 4  
Ret 8   Martin Brundle McLaren-Peugeot 19 Engine 13  
Ret 2   David Coulthard Williams-Renault 17 Electrical 6  
Ret 6   Jos Verstappen Benetton-Ford 15 Pit Fire 19  
Ret 3   Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 6 Throttle 5  
Ret 27   Jean Alesi Ferrari 0 Electrical 2  
Ret 4   Mark Blundell Tyrrell-Yamaha 0 Collision 7  
Ret 7   Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Peugeot 0 Collision 8  
Ret 30   Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Mercedes 0 Collision 9  
Ret 15   Eddie Irvine Jordan-Hart 0 Collision 10  
Ret 14   Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Hart 0 Collision 11  
Ret 12   Johnny Herbert Lotus-Mugen-Honda 0 Collision 15  
Ret 29   Andrea de Cesaris Sauber-Mercedes 0 Collision 18  
Ret 23   Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 0 Collision 20  
Ret 11   Alessandro Zanardi Lotus-Mugen-Honda 0 Collision 21  
Ret 24   Michele Alboreto Minardi-Ford 0 Collision 23  
DNQ 34   Bertrand Gachot Pacific-Ilmor    
DNQ 33   Paul Belmondo Pacific-Ilmor    
Source:[1]

Championship standings after the raceEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1994 German Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 6 November 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Germany 1994 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 18 March 2019.

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