1994 Japanese Grand Prix

The 1994 Japanese Grand Prix (officially the XX Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix) was a Formula One motor race held on 6 November 1994 at the Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka. It was the fifteenth and penultimate race of the 1994 Formula One World Championship. In wet conditions, the 50-lap race was won by Damon Hill, driving a Williams-Renault, after he started from second position. Hill's Drivers' Championship rival Michael Schumacher finished second in his Benetton-Ford, having started from pole position, with Jean Alesi third in his Ferrari. The win left Hill just one point behind Schumacher in the Drivers' Championship with one race remaining. This also proved to be the last Grand Prix for Érik Comas. This was also the last time in Formula 1 history when the race was split in two parts due to race stoppage and final classification has been set by aggregate time.

1994 Japanese Grand Prix
Race 15 of 16 in the 1994 Formula One World Championship
Suzuka circuit map (1987-2002).svg
Race details
Date 6 November 1994
Official name XX Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix
Location Suzuka Circuit
Suzuka, Mie, Japan
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 5.864 km (3.665 mi)
Distance 50 laps, 293.200 km (183.250 mi)
Scheduled distance 53 laps, 310.792 km (194.245 mi)
Weather Heavy rain, followed by light showers
Pole position
Driver Benetton-Ford
Time 1:37.209
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault
Time 1:56.597 on lap 24
Podium
First Williams-Renault
Second Benetton-Ford
Third Ferrari
Lap leaders

ReportEdit

Going into the race, Benetton driver Michael Schumacher led the Drivers' Championship with 86 points, five ahead of rival Damon Hill in the Williams on 81.[1] Schumacher felt he was "very confident" about the race,[2] and Hill similarly declared that he was "positive".[2]

There were several changes of driver for this race: Johnny Herbert moved from Ligier to Benetton after just one race for the French team, replacing Jos Verstappen. His place at Ligier was taken by Franck Lagorce. Eric Bernard lost his seat at Lotus to Mika Salo who had been racing in Japanese Formula 3000, and likewise Simtek hired Taki Inoue on a one-race deal, replacing Domenico Schiattarella. Finally JJ Lehto had returned to Sauber to replace Andrea de Cesaris after the Italian's sudden retirement from Formula One.

The race started in torrential rain, and as a result, several cars spun out of the race by aquaplaning, including Schumacher's team-mate Herbert on lap 4, Lagorce, the Minardis of Pierluigi Martini and Michele Alboreto, and all three Japanese drivers by the end of lap 3 (with both Ukyo Katayama and Hideki Noda being injured in separate crashes). Lehto also retired at the start with an engine failure. As did Gerhard Berger in the second Ferrari with battery problems by lap 11.

On lap 13, Gianni Morbidelli crashed his Footwork at one of the Esses at the first sector. Shortly afterwards, Martin Brundle spun his McLaren off the track and crashed at the same spot, and as he bounced off the tyre barriers, hit a track marshal who was moving Morbidelli's car off the gravel trap. The marshal suffered a broken leg, adding to the huge list of injuries of the 1994 season, and the race was immediately stopped, as both Brundle and Morbidelli were fortunately able to escape uninjured. Rubens Barrichello soon retired in the pits with transmission problems by lap 17, Blundell was also forced to retire from 10th position when his engine failed on lap 27, which ended an appalling weekend for Tyrrell.[3] This left 13 runners, and there were no further retirements for the remaining 23 laps.

As the rain eased, it was decided to run the remainder of the race, with around one hour to the time limit, on aggregate corrected time. Schumacher had been leading by 6.8 seconds when the red flag was shown, but Hill had a bigger lead (10.1 seconds) at the chequered flag, and thus took the win by 3.3 seconds on aggregate. This remains the last instance of aggregate race time being used in Formula One to determine the winner.[4]

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Time Q2 Time Gap
1 5   Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 1:37.209 1:57.128
2 0   Damon Hill Williams-Renault 1:37.696 1:57.278 +0.487
3 30   Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Mercedes 1:37.742 1:56.935 +0.533
4 2   Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault 1:37.768 2:00.963 +0.559
5 6   Johnny Herbert Benetton-Ford 1:37.828 1:59.729 +0.619
6 15   Eddie Irvine Jordan-Hart 1:37.880 1:57.760 +0.671
7 27   Jean Alesi Ferrari 1:37.907 1:58.610 +0.698
8 7   Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Peugeot 1:37.998 1:58.204 +0.789
9 8   Martin Brundle McLaren-Peugeot 1:38.076 1:56.876 +0.877
10 14   Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Hart 1:38.533 2:01.905 +1.324
11 28   Gerhard Berger Ferrari 1:38.570 1:58.926 +1.361
12 10   Gianni Morbidelli Footwork-Ford 1:39.030 2:07.293 +1.821
13 4   Mark Blundell Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:39.266 2:02.266 +2.057
14 3   Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:39.462 2:04.187 +2.253
15 29   JJ Lehto Sauber-Mercedes 1:39.483 1:59.943 +2.274
16 23   Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 1:39.548 2:01.929 +2.339
17 12   Alessandro Zanardi Lotus-Mugen-Honda 1:39.721 2:02.077 +2.512
18 9   Christian Fittipaldi Footwork-Ford 1:39.868 2:00.084 +2.659
19 26   Olivier Panis Ligier-Renault 1:40.042 2:00.575 +2.833
20 25   Franck Lagorce Ligier-Renault 1:40.577 2:02.780 +3.368
21 24   Michele Alboreto Minardi-Ford 1:40.652 2:02.219 +3.443
22 20   Érik Comas Larrousse-Ford 1:40.978 2:01.035 +3.769
23 19   Hideki Noda Larrousse-Ford 1:40.990 2:05.354 +3.781
24 31   David Brabham Simtek-Ford 1:41.659 2:09.453 +4.450
25 11   Mika Salo Lotus-Mugen-Honda 1:41.805 2:01.637 +4.596
26 32   Taki Inoue Simtek-Ford 1:45.004 no time +7.795
DNQ 34   Bertrand Gachot Pacific-Ilmor 1:46.374 no time +9.165
DNQ 33   Paul Belmondo Pacific-Ilmor 1:46.629 no time +9.420

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 0   Damon Hill Williams-Renault 50 1:55:53.532 2 10
2 5   Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 50 + 3.365 1 6
3 27   Jean Alesi Ferrari 50 + 52.045 7 4
4 2   Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault 50 + 56.074 4 3
5 15   Eddie Irvine Jordan-Hart 50 + 1:42.107 6 2
6 30   Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Mercedes 50 + 1:59.863 3 1
7 7   Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Peugeot 50 + 2:02.985 8  
8 9   Christian Fittipaldi Footwork-Ford 49 + 1 Lap 18  
9 20   Érik Comas Larrousse-Ford 49 + 1 Lap 22  
10 11   Mika Salo Lotus-Mugen-Honda 49 + 1 Lap 25  
11 26   Olivier Panis Ligier-Renault 49 + 1 Lap 19  
12 31   David Brabham Simtek-Ford 48 + 2 Laps 24  
13 12   Alessandro Zanardi Lotus-Mugen-Honda 48 + 2 Laps 17  
Ret 4   Mark Blundell Tyrrell-Yamaha 26 Engine 13  
Ret 14   Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Hart 16 Gearbox 10  
Ret 8   Martin Brundle McLaren-Peugeot 13 Spun Off 9  
Ret 10   Gianni Morbidelli Footwork-Ford 13 Spun Off 12  
Ret 28   Gerhard Berger Ferrari 10 Battery 11  
Ret 25   Franck Lagorce Ligier-Renault 10 Collision 20  
Ret 23   Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 10 Collision 16  
Ret 24   Michele Alboreto Minardi-Ford 10 Spun Off 21  
Ret 6   Johnny Herbert Benetton-Ford 3 Spun Off 5  
Ret 3   Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 3 Spun Off 14  
Ret 32   Taki Inoue Simtek-Ford 3 Spun Off 26  
Ret 29   JJ Lehto Sauber-Mercedes 0 Engine 15  
Ret 19   Hideki Noda Larrousse-Ford 0 Spun Off 23  
Source:[5]

Championship standings after the raceEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Murray Walker, Jonathan Palmer (1994). Grand Prix (Television Presentation). London, England: BBC. Event occurs at 01:30-01:41. Rundown of Drivers Championship table
  2. ^ a b Murray Walker (1994). Grand Prix (Television Presentation). London, England: BBC. Event occurs at 01:58-02:13 02:28-02:45.
  3. ^ "Japanese Grand Prix: Down to the wire". Motor Sport. December 1994. p. 10. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  4. ^ "1994 Japanese Grand Prix". F1 since 81. September 2018. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  5. ^ "1994 Japanese Grand Prix - Race Result". Formula1.com. 2020-02-16. Retrieved 16 February 2020.
  6. ^ a b "Japan 1994 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 18 March 2019.


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