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The 1994 Pacific Grand Prix (formally the I Pacific Grand Prix) was a Formula One motor race held on 17 April 1994 at the TI Circuit, Aida, Japan. It was the second race of the 1994 Formula One World Championship.

1994 Pacific Grand Prix
Race 2 of 16 in the 1994 Formula One World Championship
Circuit TI (Aida).png
Race details
Date 17 April 1994
Official name I Pacific Grand Prix
Location TI Circuit
Aida, Japan
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 3.703 km (2.314 mi)
Distance 83 laps, 307.349 km (192.093 mi)
Weather Sunny
Pole position
Driver Williams-Renault
Time 1:10.218
Fastest lap
Driver Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford
Time 1:14.023 on lap 10
Podium
First Benetton-Ford
Second Ferrari
Third Jordan-Hart

The 83-lap race was won by Michael Schumacher, driving a Benetton-Ford, after he started from second position. Ayrton Senna took pole position in his Williams-Renault but retired following a first-corner collision with Nicola Larini's Ferrari, leaving Schumacher to lead all 83 laps. Gerhard Berger was second in the other Ferrari, with Rubens Barrichello third in a Jordan-Hart, his and the Jordan team's first podium finish.

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ReportEdit

QualifyingEdit

Ayrton Senna took pole during Friday's qualifying session, with slower track conditions on Saturday leaving most drivers unable to improve their times. During Saturday qualifying both Williams-Renault drivers spun at Revolver corner.

RaceEdit

Ayrton Senna was overtaken by Schumacher before the first corner and was then hit from behind by Mika Häkkinen and spun off the track. Nicola Larini also went off the track and crashed into Senna, causing race-ending damage to both cars. Mark Blundell also spun on the same corner after a collision at the apex of the first corner, stalling his car in the middle of the track. On lap 3 Damon Hill spun off trying to overtake Hakkinen, but rejoined and climbed back to second place before stopping with transmission failure on lap 49. As Jos Verstappen in the second Benetton retired after he spun off just as soon as he came out of the pits on lap 55 as he was 3 laps behind teammate Schumacher. Martin Brundle meanwhile was looking secure in 3rd place after Barrichello pitted before he retired shortly after with his engine overheating on lap 68. Alboreto and Wendlinger to whom were just behind the top 6 had collided and both went off into the gravel trap forcing both drivers to retire whilst the Minardi was trying to get past the Sauber at the time. Michael Schumacher won comfortably from Gerhard Berger and Rubens Barrichello. Roland Ratzenberger's 11th place would be the Austrian's only finish before his death during qualifying for the following Grand Prix at Imola.

ControversyEdit

During the weekend, Ferrari test driver Nicola Larini (who had replaced the injured Jean Alesi for the early part of the season), leaked to the Italian media that he had used traction control (one of the banned for 1994 electronic driver aids) during the practice session for the race. Ferrari and Larini later denied the claims to the worldwide press.[1] The "leak" by Larini further raised suspicions about teams using illegal aids to help them in races. Further, after the first corner collision that put him out of the race, instead of going back to the Williams pit area, Ayrton Senna opted to sit on the wall on the outside of the turn and watch the cars for a number of laps to see if he could hear any noises that suggested traction control was being used illegally in the other cars.[2] Senna returned to the Williams pit area after about 10 laps had been completed, suspicious that the Benetton B194 was illegal.[3]

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 2   Ayrton Senna Williams-Renault 1:10.218 1:19.304
2 5   Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 1:10.440 +0.222
3 0   Damon Hill Williams-Renault 1:10.771 1:12.048 +0.553
4 7   Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Peugeot 1:11.683 +1.465
5 28   Gerhard Berger Ferrari 1:11.744 1:12.184 +1.526
6 8   Martin Brundle McLaren-Peugeot 1:12.351 +2.133
7 27   Nicola Larini Ferrari 1:12.372 5:32.428 +2.154
8 14   Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Hart 1:12.409 1:13.172 +2.191
9 9   Christian Fittipaldi Footwork-Ford 1:13.169 1:12.444 +2.226
10 6   Jos Verstappen Benetton-Ford 1:12.554 1:12.681 +2.336
11 30   Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Mercedes 1:12.686 1:12.797 +2.468
12 4   Mark Blundell Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:13.013 1:12.751 +2.533
13 10   Gianni Morbidelli Footwork-Ford 1:12.866 1:13.090 +2.648
14 3   Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:13.013 1:13.411 +2.795
15 24   Michele Alboreto Minardi-Ford 1:13.342 1:13.016 +2.798
16 20   Érik Comas Larrousse-Ford 1:13.111 1:13.550 +2.893
17 23   Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 1:13.529 1:13.756 +3.311
18 25   Éric Bernard Ligier-Renault 1:13.613 1:14.204 +3.395
19 29   Karl Wendlinger Sauber-Mercedes 1:13.855 1:14.163 +3.637
20 15   Aguri Suzuki Jordan-Hart 1:14.036 1:13.932 +3.714
21 19   Olivier Beretta Larrousse-Ford 1:14.101 1:14.271 +3.883
22 26   Olivier Panis Ligier-Renault 1:14.106 1:14.667 +3.888
23 12   Johnny Herbert Lotus-Mugen-Honda 1:14.538 1:14.424 +4.206
24 11   Pedro Lamy Lotus-Mugen-Honda 1:14.657 1:15.146 +4.439
25 31   David Brabham Simtek-Ford 1:14.946 1:14.748 +4.530
26 32   Roland Ratzenberger Simtek-Ford 1:16.536 +6.318
27 34   Bertrand Gachot Pacific-Ilmor 1:16.927 1:18.571 +6.709
28 33   Paul Belmondo Pacific-Ilmor 1:18.671 1:17.450 +7.232

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5   Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 83 1:46:01.693 2 10
2 28   Gerhard Berger Ferrari 83 +1:15.300 5 6
3 14   Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Hart 82 +1 Lap 8 4
4 9   Christian Fittipaldi Footwork-Ford 82 +1 Lap 9 3
5 30   Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Mercedes 82 +1 Lap 11 2
6 20   Érik Comas Larrousse-Ford 80 +3 Laps 16 1
7 12   Johnny Herbert Lotus-Mugen-Honda 80 +3 Laps 23  
8 11   Pedro Lamy Lotus-Mugen-Honda 79 +4 Laps 24  
9 26   Olivier Panis Ligier-Renault 78 +5 Laps 22  
10 25   Éric Bernard Ligier-Renault 78 +5 Laps 18  
11 32   Roland Ratzenberger Simtek-Ford 78 +5 Laps 26  
Ret 10   Gianni Morbidelli Footwork-Ford 69 Engine/spun off 13  
Ret 29   Karl Wendlinger Sauber-Mercedes 69 Collision damage 19  
Ret 24   Michele Alboreto Minardi-Ford 69 Collision 15  
Ret 8   Martin Brundle McLaren-Peugeot 67 Overheating 6  
Ret 23   Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 63 Spun off 17  
Ret 6   Jos Verstappen Benetton-Ford 54 Spun off 10  
Ret 0   Damon Hill Williams-Renault 49 Transmission 3  
Ret 15   Aguri Suzuki Jordan-Hart 44 Steering 20  
Ret 3   Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 42 Engine 14  
Ret 7   Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Peugeot 19 Gearbox 4  
Ret 19   Olivier Beretta Larrousse-Ford 14 Electrical 21  
Ret 31   David Brabham Simtek-Ford 2 Electrical 25  
Ret 2   Ayrton Senna Williams-Renault 0 Collision damage 1  
Ret 27   Nicola Larini Ferrari 0 Collision 7  
Ret 4   Mark Blundell Tyrrell-Yamaha 0 Collision 12  
DNQ 34   Bertrand Gachot Pacific-Ilmor        
DNQ 33   Paul Belmondo Pacific-Ilmor        
Source:[4]

Championship standings after the raceEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Collings, Timothy; Edworthy, Sarah (2002). The Daily Telegraph - The Formula One Years. SevenOaks. pp. 256–259. ISBN 1-86200-101-4.
  2. ^ "Grand Prix Results: Pacific GP, 1994". GrandPrix.com. Inside F1. Archived from the original on 5 September 2008. Retrieved 28 August 2008.
  3. ^ Saward, Joe (11 August 1994). "Globetrotter: Rocking the boat". GrandPrix.com. Inside F1. Archived from the original on 29 September 2008. Retrieved 28 August 2008.
  4. ^ "1994 Pacific Grand Prix". formula1.com. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Pacific 1994 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 20 March 2019.


Previous race:
1994 Brazilian Grand Prix
FIA Formula One World Championship
1994 season
Next race:
1994 San Marino Grand Prix
Previous race:
1963 Pacific Grand Prix
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1995 Pacific Grand Prix
Awards
Preceded by
1993 European Grand Prix
Formula One Promotional Trophy
for Race Promoter

1994
Succeeded by
1995 Australian Grand Prix