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The LIX Australian Grand Prix, otherwise known as the 1994 Australian Grand Prix, was the sixteenth and final round of the 1994 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Adelaide Street Circuit in Adelaide, South Australia, on the 13 November 1994.[1] The race would be won by Nigel Mansell, as Michael Schumacher claimed his maiden World Championship title after a clash with title rival Damon Hill ensured that both drivers retired.[1]

The weekend started with another round of driver changes, with Larrousse-Ford Cosworth taking Jean-Denis Délétraz and Hideki Noda, while Simtek-Ford Cosworth employed Domenico Schiattarella once again.[1] Lotus, meanwhile, were gearing up for what threatened to be their final Grand Prix weekend, with no other changes to the top teams.[1]

Qualifying saw Schumacher show the first signs of pressure, crashing heavily during the Friday session to wreck his race car.[1] Fortunately for him his time had been good enough for second behind Nigel Mansell, with title rival Hill, just a point behind the German ace at the start of the weekend, claiming third.[1] Rain on Saturday would deny any chance of further improvement.[1]

It was dry on Sunday, with Schumacher making the best start to leap ahead of Mansell, although Hill managed to follow him through.[1] Those two duly sprinted away from the chasing pack with Hill glued to the German's tail, while Mansell tried to hold third.[1]

Ultimately Mansell would make a minor mistake and slip behind Mika Häkkinen and Rubens Barrichello, although he would manage to battle back past the Jordan-Hart after a few laps.[1] Out front, meanwhile, Hill was able to remain tucked under Schumacher's wing through to the pitstops, with the top two staying out for the longest as neither wanted to surrender track position.[1]

Hill's pressure finally told on lap 36, with Schumacher running wide at the East Terrace and smacking the wall.[1] The German racer then swept back across the track into the path of Hill as the Brit tried to get a run on the Benetton, resulting in Schumacher getting tipped on two wheels before sliding into the barriers.[1] Schumacher was now out, the only question was how damaged was Hill's car.[1]

Hill would try to carry on after the incident, although it was clear that his Williams-Renault had major suspension damage.[1] The Brit stopped a lap later for repairs but nothing could be done, leaving him out of the race and Schumacher celebrating his maiden Championship at the side of the circuit.[1]

On track, meanwhile, Mansell would inherit the lead of the race, although he had Gerhard Berger glued to his tail, with the Austrian ace throwing his Ferrari relentlessly at the Williams.[1] Ultimately, however, Mansell would soak up all of the pressure from the Austrian ace, resulting in Berger making a minor mistake in the closing stages and dropping off the back of the #2 car.[1]

With that the race was over, with Mansell sweeping across the line to claim his 31st and final World Championship victory.[1] Berger duly came home second ahead of Martin Brundle, the Brit having got ahead of teammate Häkkinen to complete the podium moments before the Finn crashed out of the race in the closing stages.[1]

The debate over Schumacher's move would rumble on for years after the race, with Hill and Williams opting not to protest the result.[1] Furthermore, the race would be the final one for seven time World Constructors Champions Team Lotus, and the last to feature an entry larger than the available grid slots.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Damon Hill's sixth victory of the season left the British driver just a point behind Championship leader Michael Schumacher ahead of the season finale, meaning it would be winner takes all in Australia. Indeed, if Schumacher finished ahead of the Brit that he would become the first German World Champion, while Hill had to finish fifth or higher just to overhaul Schumacher's tally. Elsewhere, Gerhard Berger was secure in third ahead of Mika Häkkinen, with the Finn set to battle with Jean Alesi for fourth.

The Constructors Championship was also to go down to the finale in Adelaide, with Williams-Renault and Benetton-Ford Cosworth separated by just five points. It was the former who held the advantage ahead of the finale, having moved ahead of the latter as a result of the battle of Japan. Various permutations could see either team win, with a one-two for either guaranteeing them the title, while Ferrari were set to finish a distant third.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 1994 Australian Grand Prix is outlined below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
0 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Rothmans Williams Renault Williams FW16B Renault RS6 3.5 V10 G
2 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Rothmans Williams Renault Williams FW16B Renault RS6 3.5 V10 G
3 Japan Ukyo Katayama United Kingdom Tyrrell Racing Organisation Tyrrell 022 Yamaha OX10B 3.5 V10 G
4 United Kingdom Mark Blundell United Kingdom Tyrrell Racing Organisation Tyrrell 022 Yamaha OX10B 3.5 V10 G
5 Germany Michael Schumacher United Kingdom Mild Seven Benetton Ford Benetton B194 Ford Cosworth ECA Zetec-R 3.5 V8 G
6 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Mild Seven Benetton Ford Benetton B194 Ford Cosworth ECA Zetec-R 3.5 V8 G
7 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom Marlboro McLaren Peugeot McLaren MP4/9 Peugeot A6 3.5 V10 G
8 United Kingdom Martin Brundle United Kingdom Marlboro McLaren Peugeot McLaren MP4/9 Peugeot A6 3.5 V10 G
9 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi United Kingdom Footwork Ford Footwork FA15 Ford Cosworth HBE7/8 3.5 V8 G
10 Italy Gianni Morbidelli United Kingdom Footwork Ford Footwork FA15 Ford Cosworth HBE7/8 3.5 V8 G
11 Finland Mika Salo United Kingdom Team Lotus Lotus 109 Mugen-Honda MF351HC 3.5 V10 G
12 Italy Alex Zanardi United Kingdom Team Lotus Lotus 109 Mugen-Honda MF351HC 3.5 V10 G
14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ireland Sasol Jordan Jordan 194 Hart 1035 3.5 V10 G
15 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ireland Sasol Jordan Jordan 194 Hart 1035 3.5 V10 G
19 Japan Hideki Noda France Tourtel Larrousse F1 Larrousse LH94 Ford Cosworth HBF7/8 3.5 V8 G
20 Switzerland Jean-Denis Délétraz France Tourtel Larrousse F1 Larrousse LH94 Ford Cosworth HBF7/8 3.5 V8 G
23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Italy Minardi Scuderia Italia Minardi M194 Ford Cosworth HBC7/8 3.5 V8 G
24 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Minardi Scuderia Italia Minardi M194 Ford Cosworth HBC7/8 3.5 V8 G
25 France Franck Lagorce France Ligier Gitanes Blondes Ligier JS39B Renault RS6 3.5 V10 G
26 France Olivier Panis France Ligier Gitanes Blondes Ligier JS39B Renault RS6 3.5 V10 G
27 France Jean Alesi Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 412T1B Ferrari 043 3.5 V12 G
28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 412T1B Ferrari 043 3.5 V12 G
29 Finland JJ Lehto Switzerland Broker Sauber Mercedes Sauber C13 Mercedes 2175B 3.5 V10 G
30 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Switzerland Broker Sauber Mercedes Sauber C13 Mercedes 2175B 3.5 V10 G
31 Australia David Brabham United Kingdom MTV Simtek Ford Simtek S941 Ford Cosworth HBD6 3.5 V8 G
32 Italy Domenico Schiattarella United Kingdom MTV Simtek Ford Simtek S941 Ford Cosworth HBD6 3.5 V8 G
33 France Paul Belmondo United Kingdom Ursus Pacific Grand Prix Pacific PR01 Ilmor 2175A 3.5 V10 G
34 France Bertrand Gachot United Kingdom Ursus Pacific Grand Prix Pacific PR01 Ilmor 2175A 3.5 V10 G
Source:[2]

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Friday QualifyingEdit

Saturday QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

The full qualifying results for the 1994 Australian Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 2 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1:16.179 1:33.988
2 5 Germany Michael Schumacher United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 1:16.197 1:32.627 +0.018s
3 0 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1:16.830 1:33.792 +0.651s
4 7 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Peugeot 1:16.992 1:35.432 +0.813s
5 14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ireland Jordan-Hart 1:17.537 1:37.610 +1.358s
6 15 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ireland Jordan-Hart 1:17.667 +1.488s
7 6 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 1:17.727 1:35.712 +1.548s
8 27 France Jean Alesi Italy Ferrari 1:17.801 1:33.905 +1.622s
9 8 United Kingdom Martin Brundle United Kingdom McLaren-Peugeot 1:17.950 1:36.246 +1.771s
10 30 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Switzerland Sauber-Mercedes 1:17.962 1:35.623 +1.783s
11 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 1:18.070 1:33.818 +1.891s
12 26 France Olivier Panis France Ligier-Renault 1:18.072 1:36.222 +1.893s
13 4 United Kingdom Mark Blundell United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:18.237 1:35.462 +2.058s
14 12 Italy Alex Zanardi United Kingdom Lotus-Mugen-Honda 1:18.331 1:39.179 +2.152s
15 3 Japan Ukyo Katayama United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:18.411 1:36.628 +2.232s
16 24 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:18.755 1:36.498 +2.576s
17 29 Finland JJ Lehto Switzerland Sauber-Mercedes 1:18.806 1:36.245 +2.627s
18 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:18.957 1:36.257 +2.778s
19 9 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi United Kingdom Footwork-Ford Cosworth 1:19.061 1:35.790 +2.882s
20 25 France Franck Lagorce France Ligier-Renault 1:19.153 1:37.393 +2.974s
21 10 Italy Gianni Morbidelli United Kingdom Footwork-Ford Cosworth 1:19.610 1:35.136 +3.431s
22 11 Finland Mika Salo United Kingdom Lotus-Mugen-Honda 1:19.844 1:43.071 +3.665s
23 19 Japan Hideki Noda France Larrousse-Ford Cosworth 1:20.145 1:47.569 +3.966s
24 31 Australia David Brabham United Kingdom Simtek-Ford Cosworth 1:20.442 +4.263s
25 20 Switzerland Jean-Denis Délétraz France Larrousse-Ford Cosworth 1:22.422 1:44.155 +6.243s
26 32 Italy Domenico Schiattarella United Kingdom Simtek-Ford Cosworth 1:22.529 +6.350s
DNQ 33 France Paul Belmondo United Kingdom Pacific-Ilmor 1:24.087 +7.908s
DNQ 34 France Bertrand Gachot United Kingdom Pacific-Ilmor 7:40.317 +6:24.138
Source:[3][4][5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car to set their best time in that session.
  • Bold indicates a driver's best/qualifying time.

GridEdit

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 1 ______________
Nigel Mansell 2
______________ Michael Schumacher
Row 2 3 ______________
Damon Hill 4
______________ Mika Häkkinen
Row 3 5 ______________
Rubens Barrichello 6
______________ Eddie Irvine
Row 4 7 ______________
Johnny Herbert 8
______________ Jean Alesi
Row 5 9 ______________
Martin Brundle 10
______________ Heinz-Harald Frentzen
Row 6 11 ______________
Gerhard Berger 12
______________ Olivier Panis
Row 7 13 ______________
Mark Blundell 14
______________ Alex Zanardi
Row 8 15 ______________
Ukyo Katayama 16
______________ Michele Alboreto
Row 9 17 ______________
JJ Lehto 18
______________ Pierluigi Martini
Row 10 19 ______________
Christian Fittipaldi 20
______________ Franck Lagorce
Row 11 21 ______________
Gianni Morbidelli 22
______________ Mika Salo
Row 12 23 ______________
Hideki Noda 24
______________ David Brabham
Row 13 25 ______________
Jean-Denis Délétraz 26
______________ Domenico Schiattarella

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

The full results for the 1994 Australian Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 2 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Renault 81 1:47:51.480 1 10
2 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 81 +2.511s 11 6
3 8 United Kingdom Martin Brundle United Kingdom McLaren-Peugeot 81 +52.487s 9 4
4 14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ireland Jordan-Hart 81 +1:10.530 5 3
5 26 France Olivier Panis France Ligier-Renault 80 +1 Lap 12 2
6 27 France Jean Alesi Italy Ferrari 80 +1 Lap 8 1
7 30 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Switzerland Sauber-Mercedes 80 +1 Lap 10
8 9 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi United Kingdom Footwork-Ford Cosworth 80 +1 Lap 19
9 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 79 +2 Laps 18
10 29 Finland JJ Lehto Switzerland Sauber-Mercedes 79 +2 Laps 17
11 25 France Franck Lagorce France Ligier-Renault 79 +2 Laps 20
12* 7 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Peugeot 76 Accident 4
Ret 24 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 69 Suspension 16
Ret 4 United Kingdom Mark Blundell United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 66 Collision 13
Ret 20 Switzerland Jean-Denis Délétraz France Larrousse-Ford Cosworth 56 Gearbox 25
Ret 11 Finland Mika Salo United Kingdom Lotus-Mugen-Honda 49 Electrical 22
Ret 31 Australia David Brabham United Kingdom Simtek-Ford Cosworth 49 Engine 24
Ret 12 Italy Alex Zanardi United Kingdom Lotus-Mugen-Honda 40 Throttle 14
Ret 0 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Williams-Renault 35 Collision 3
Ret 5 Germany Michael Schumacher United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 35 Collision 2
Ret 32 Italy Domenico Schiattarella United Kingdom Simtek-Ford Cosworth 21 Gearbox 26
Ret 3 Japan Ukyo Katayama United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 19 Spin 15
Ret 19 Japan Hideki Noda France Larrousse-Ford Cosworth 18 Oil leak 23
Ret 10 Italy Gianni Morbidelli United Kingdom Footwork-Ford Cosworth 17 Oil leak 21
Ret 15 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ireland Jordan-Hart 15 Spin 6
Ret 6 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 13 Gearbox 7
DNQ 33 France Paul Belmondo United Kingdom Pacific-Ilmor
DNQ 34 France Bertrand Gachot United Kingdom Pacific-Ilmor
Source:[6]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Häkkinen was still classified despite retiring as he had completed 90% of the race distance.[6]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Regardless of whether his actions were sporting or otherwise, the 1994 FIA Formula One World Championship Champion would be Michael Schumacher, becoming the first German born racing driver to claim the crown. Damon Hill would finish the season just a point behind the German racer, a feat that would earn him many accolades for both his performance and his grace in defeat. Gerhard Berger, meanwhile, would finish the season in a distant third, with Mika Häkkinen and Jean Alesi completing the top five.

In the Constructors Championship it was Williams-Renault who emerged with the crown, ending the campaign on 118 points. Benetton-Ford Cosworth hence lost out on a maiden title by fifteen points, having claimed eight victories to the Champions' seven. Behind, Ferrari would end the season in third ahead of McLaren-Peugeot, while seven time Champions Lotus would bow out of F1 having failed to score a single point in 1994.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Germany Michael Schumacher 92
2 United Kingdom Damon Hill 91
3 Austria Gerhard Berger 41
4 Finland Mika Häkkinen 26
5 France Jean Alesi 24
6 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 19
7 United Kingdom Martin Brundle 16 ▲1
8 United Kingdom David Coulthard 14 ▼1
9 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell 13 ▲12
10 Netherlands Jos Verstappen 10 ▼1
11 France Olivier Panis 9
12 United Kingdom Mark Blundell 8 ▼2
13 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 7 ▼1
14 Italy Nicola Larini 6 ▼1
15 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi 6 ▼1
16 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 6 ▼1
17 Japan Ukyo Katayama 5 ▼1
18 France Éric Bernard 4 ▼1
19 Austria Karl Wendlinger 4 ▼1
20 Italy Andrea de Cesaris 4 ▼1
21 Italy Pierluigi Martini 4 ▼1
22 Italy Gianni Morbidelli 3
23 France Érik Comas 2
24 Finland JJ Lehto 1
25 Italy Michele Alboreto 1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Williams-Renault 118
2 United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 103
3 Italy Ferrari 71
4 United Kingdom McLaren-Peugeot 42
5 Ireland Jordan-Hart 28
6 France Ligier-Renault 13 ▲2
7 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 13 ▼1
8 Switzerland Sauber-Mercedes 12 ▼1
9 United Kingdom Footwork-Ford Cosworth 9
10 Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 5
11 France Larrousse-Ford Cosworth 2

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

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