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The 1994 Italian Grand Prix (formally the Pioneer 65o Gran Premio d'Italia[1]) 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 World Championship.

1994 Italian Grand Prix
Race 12 of 16 in the 1994 Formula One World Championship
Monza 1994.jpg
Race details
Date 11 September 1994
Official name Pioneer 65o Gran Premio d'Italia
Location Autodromo Nazionale Monza
Monza, Lombardy, Italy
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 5.800 km (3.604 mi)
Distance 53 laps, 307.400 km (191.010 mi)
Weather Sunny
Pole position
Driver Ferrari
Time 1:23.844
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault
Time 1:25.930 on lap 24
Podium
First Williams-Renault
Second Ferrari
Third McLaren-Peugeot

The 53-lap race was won by British driver Damon Hill, driving a Williams-Renault, with Austria's Gerhard Berger second in a Ferrari and Finland's Mika Häkkinen third in a McLaren-Peugeot. Frenchman Jean Alesi took pole position in the other Ferrari and led before suffering a gearbox failure on lap 15.

The win enabled Hill to move to within 11 points of Michael Schumacher in the Drivers' Championship. Schumacher was banned for this race and the following race in Portugal for his actions at the British Grand Prix; his place at Benetton was taken by Finland's JJ Lehto, who had been his teammate earlier in the season.

The day after the race, Lotus went into receivership; however, they would compete in the remaining races 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 of a points finish were ended by a first-corner collision with Eddie Irvine's Jordan.

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ReportEdit

BackgroundEdit

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.[2] The trees in question were located at the Lesmo corners which lacked suitable run off-areas. 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 Ferrari driver and representative to the drivers Gerhard Berger, agreed that changes to the shape of the curve would reduce its speed.[3]

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 27   Jean Alesi Ferrari 1:24.620 1:23.844
2 28   Gerhard Berger Ferrari 1:24.915 1:23.978 +0.134
3 0   Damon Hill Williams-Renault 1:24.734 1:24.158 +0.314
4 12   Johnny Herbert Lotus-Mugen-Honda 1:26.365 1:24.374 +0.530
5 2   David Coulthard Williams-Renault 1:24.869 1:24.502 +0.658
6 26   Olivier Panis Ligier-Renault 1:26.958 1:25.455 +1.611
7 7   Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Peugeot 1:26.004 1:25.528 +1.684
8 29   Andrea de Cesaris Sauber-Mercedes 1:27.188 1:25.540 +1.696
9 15   Eddie Irvine Jordan-Hart No time[1] 1:25.568 +1.724
10 6   Jos Verstappen Benetton-Ford 1:27.361 1:25.618 +1.774
11 30   Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Mercedes 1:26.406 1:25.628 +1.784
12 25   Éric Bernard Ligier-Renault 1:27.387 1:25.718 +1.874
13 11   Alessandro Zanardi Lotus-Mugen-Honda 1:27.617 1:25.733 +1.889
14 3   Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:26.525 1:25.889 +2.045
15 8   Martin Brundle McLaren-Peugeot 1:26.899 1:25.933 +2.089
16 14   Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Hart 1:27.034 1:25.946 +2.102
17 10   Gianni Morbidelli Footwork-Ford 1:27.939 1:26.002 +2.158
18 23   Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 1:42.320 1:26.056 +2.212
19 9   Christian Fittipaldi Footwork-Ford 1:27.675 1:26.337 +2.493
20 5   JJ Lehto Benetton-Ford 1:27.611 1:26.384 +2.540
21 4   Mark Blundell Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:26.574 1:26.697 +2.730
22 24   Michele Alboreto Minardi-Ford 1:27.623 1:26.832 +2.988
23 19   Yannick Dalmas Larrousse-Ford 1:29.528 1:27.846 +4.002
24 20   Érik Comas Larrousse-Ford 1:30.530 1:27.894 +4.050
25 32   Jean-Marc Gounon Simtek-Ford 1:29.594 1:28.353 +4.509
26 31   David Brabham Simtek-Ford 1:30.691 1:28.619 +4.775
27 34   Bertrand Gachot Pacific-Ilmor 1:31.549 1:31.387 +7.543
28 33   Paul Belmondo Pacific-Ilmor 1:32.035 No time[2] +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 did not take part in the Saturday qualifying session after destroying his car in a shunt in the morning's practice session.

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 0   Damon Hill Williams-Renault 53 1:18:02.754 3 10
2 28   Gerhard Berger Ferrari 53 + 4.930 2 6
3 7   Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Peugeot 53 + 25.640 7 4
4 14   Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Hart 53 + 50.634 16 3
5 8   Martin Brundle McLaren-Peugeot 53 + 1:25.575 15 2
6 2   David Coulthard Williams-Renault 52 Out of Fuel 5 1
7 25   Éric Bernard Ligier-Renault 52 + 1 Lap 12  
8 20   Érik Comas Larrousse-Ford 52 + 1 Lap 24  
9 5   JJ Lehto Benetton-Ford 52 + 1 Lap 20  
10 26   Olivier Panis Ligier-Renault 51 + 2 Laps 6  
Ret 31   David Brabham Simtek-Ford 46 Puncture 26  
Ret 3   Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 45 Spun Off 14  
Ret 9   Christian Fittipaldi Footwork-Ford 43 Engine 19  
Ret 15   Eddie Irvine Jordan-Hart 41 Engine 9  
Ret 4   Mark Blundell Tyrrell-Yamaha 39 Spun Off 21  
Ret 23   Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 30 Spun Off 18  
Ret 24   Michele Alboreto Minardi-Ford 28 Gearbox 22  
Ret 30   Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Mercedes 22 Engine 11  
Ret 29   Andrea de Cesaris Sauber-Mercedes 20 Engine 8  
Ret 32   Jean-Marc Gounon Simtek-Ford 20 Gearbox 25  
Ret 19   Yannick Dalmas Larrousse-Ford 18 Spun Off 23  
Ret 27   Jean Alesi Ferrari 14 Gearbox 1  
Ret 12   Johnny Herbert Lotus-Mugen-Honda 13 Alternator 4  
Ret 6   Jos Verstappen Benetton-Ford 0 Collision 10  
Ret 11   Alessandro Zanardi Lotus-Mugen-Honda 0 Collision 13  
Ret 10   Gianni Morbidelli Footwork-Ford 0 Collision 17  
DNQ 34   Bertrand Gachot Pacific-Ilmor    
DNQ 33   Paul Belmondo Pacific-Ilmor    
Source:[4]

Championship standings after the raceEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Motor Racing Programme Covers: 1994". The Programme Covers Project. Retrieved 12 November 2017.
  2. ^ "Italian Grand Prix called off". The Gainesville Sun. Associated Press. 13 August 1994. p. 16.
  3. ^ "Motor Racing: Italian Grand Prix reinstated: Revised scheme temporarily solves safety problem at Monza". The Independent. 15 August 1994. Retrieved 16 December 2012.
  4. ^ "1994 Italian Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 29 January 2015. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Italy 1994 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 18 March 2019.


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