1994 Portuguese Grand Prix
The 1994 Portuguese Grand Prix (formally the XXIII Grande Premio de Portugal) was a Formula One motor race held on 25 September 1994 at the Autódromo do Estoril. It was the thirteenth race of the 1994 FIA Formula One World Championship.
|1994 Portuguese Grand Prix|
|Race 13 of 16 in the 1994 Formula One World Championship|
|Date||25 September 1994|
|Official name||XXIII Grande Premio de Portugal|
Autódromo do Estoril|
|Course||Permanent racing facility|
|Course length||4.360 km (2.725 mi)|
|Distance||71 laps, 309.560 km (193.475 mi)|
|Time||1:22.446 on lap 12|
The 71-lap race was won by Damon Hill, driving a Williams-Renault. Teammate David Coulthard finished second, achieving his first podium finish, with Mika Häkkinen third in a McLaren-Peugeot. The win, Hill's fifth of the season and third in succession, enabled him to move within one point of Drivers' Championship leader Michael Schumacher, while the 1-2 finish allowed Williams to take over the lead of the Constructors' Championship from Benetton.
Weekend report before qualifyingEdit
Team Lotus had rehired Philippe Adams the pay driver of the Lotus team to partner with Johnny Herbert due to financial issues. Meanwhile with Michael Schumacher still banned, the Benetton team had continued to run with JJ Lehto for another race with Jos Verstappen which also meant of course it was Damon Hill's perfect chance in the Williams to close the points advantage to Schumacher as he did so by winning the race despite having a scary moment during qualifying with Eddie Irvine.
Damon Hill whilst on a flying lap had a scary moment with Eddie Irvine's Jordan as the two collided which caused Irvine to spin and Hill to rollover whilst trying to improve on his qualifying lap (Hill was unhurt but his Williams FW16 was needing repairs). Which also left Gerhard Berger to take pole position for Ferrari ahead of Hill, David Coulthard in the other Williams followed by Hakkinen 4th in the leading McLaren-Peugeot, followed by Alesi who was 5th in the second Ferrari, Ukyo Katayama 6th for Tyrrell-Yamaha, as the top 10 was completed by Brundle 7th in the second McLaren-Peugeot, Barrichello 8th for Jordan ahead of Frentzen 9th for Sauber and Jos Verstappen 10th for Benetton.
At the start it was Gerhard Berger leading the early stages for Ferrari ahead of Coulthard who got ahead of Hill on the start, Hill and Alesi who got ahead of Hakkinen and Katayama was 6th for Tyrrell. Berger lead the early stages for Ferrari before retiring on lap 8 with his gearbox failed, as Katayama's gearbox had also failed by lap 27 which promoted Rubens Barrichello into the points for Jordan as the pit stops did not change the order of the top 6 as it was still Coulthard leading ahead of teammate Damon Hill, Alesi, Hakkinen, Barrichello & Brundle, before Coulthard ran wide whilst trying to lap a backmarker on lap 33 which allowed Hill to edge ahead of the Scotsman. By lap 39 the other Ferrari of Jean Alesi had retired whilst trying to overlap the Simtek of David Brabham and the two collided forcing both drivers to retire. Soon afterwards, Jos Verstappen was able to pass Martin Brundle's McLaren for 5th and the order after the second round of pit stops had seen no change of the order as it was Damon Hill who made it 3 wins on the trot ahead of Williams teammate David Coulthard who was 2nd which also gave Williams the lead in the Constructors Championship with their 1-2 result ahead Mika Hakkinen who third for McLaren, Barrichello 4th for Jordan, Verstappen 5th for Benetton & Martin Brundle 6th in the second McLaren rounding out the top 6.
Olivier Panis originally finished 9th but was disqualified for having illegal skidblock wear.
|Pos||No||Driver||Constructor||Q1 Time||Q2 Time||Gap|
|17||29||Andrea de Cesaris||Sauber-Mercedes||1:22.885||1:22.888||+2.277|
|20||12||Johnny Herbert||Lotus-Mugen-Honda||no time||1:23.408||+2.800|
Championship standings after the raceEdit
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