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The 1994 Belgian Grand Prix, otherwise known as the LII Grand Prix de Belgique, was the eleventh round of the 1994 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Spa, Belgium, on the 28 August 1994.[1] The race would see Michael Schumacher finish the race in first place, only to be disqualified for failing post-race scrutineering due to excessive wear on his "wooden plank".[1]

The weekend had started with Lotus in serious trouble, with rumours of the team on the verge of administration rife in the paddock.[1] They duly hired pay-driver Philippe Adams in place of Alex Zanardi, while Larrousse-Ford Cosworth dropped their pay-driver Olivier Beretta after he ran out of money.[1]

Qualifying would provide a shock, with Rubens Barrichello claiming his and Jordan-Hart's maiden pole position after almost two days of rain.[1] Schumacher was best of the rest for Benetton-Ford Cosworth ahead of damon Hill, while Eddie Irvine put the second Jordan-Hart into fourth.[1]

Yet, raceday proved to be dry, resulting in Jordan-Hart's hopes of a maiden victory evaporating at the start.[1] Indeed, while Barrichello would get a good enough start to maintain the lead off the grid, he would be powerless to prevent Schumacher dancing past as the exited Eau Rouge.[1]

A fast starting Jean Alesi would also sweep past the Jordan-Hart, having blasted between Hill and Irvine at the start.[1] However, the Frenchman's race was soon over with an engine failure, leaving Hill in second to lead the anti-Shumacher hunt once he dived past Barrichello at the Bus-stop.[1]

Schumacher and Hill quickly pulled clear at the front of the field, with the German ace managing to establish a fair lead over the Brit before they made their stops.[1] Behind, Barrichello would steadily slip down the field, forfeiting third to David Coulthard and fourth to Mika Häkkinen, while Heinz-Harald Frentzen spun out of the race when he came to pass the Jordan.[1]

The order remained largely unchanged through to the closing stages, with Schumacher able to survive a late spin and still retain the lead.[1] He duly flashed across the line to claim victory ahead of Hill, with Coulthard slipping behind Häkkinen and Jos Verstappen in the closing stages after Barrichello spun out of the race at half-distance.[1]

However, after the race all of the cars went through post-race scrutineering, which tested cars to check that they met the regulations.[1] It was at this point that the officials found that Schumacher's car had been running below the minimum ride-height allowed, with the wooden board mounted underneath the floor of the car showing excessive wear.[1] Benetton and Schumacher protested, claiming that the damage had been done by running over kerbs, but the German was ultimately disqualified.[1]

Hill duly inherited victory ahead of Häkkinen, while Verstappen, in the sister car, moved up to complete the podium.[1] That meant that Hill had managed to chip into Schumacher's Championship lead, although the Brit was running out of time to overhaul the German's 21 point lead.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Michael Schumacher had extended his Championship lead for the first time since the 1994 French Grand Prix, leaving Hungary with 76 points to his name. That meant that closest challenger Damon Hill would be 31 points behind with six races to go, meaning the Brit would have to win half of the remaining races, with Schumacher failing to score, just to get back on terms. Gerhard Berger, meanwhile, was on the verge of falling out of the fight mathematically, being 49 points behind with 60 points left to fight for.

In the Constructors Championship it had been a similar story, with Benetton-Ford Cosworth finally able to extend their lead after a run of losses during the previous few rounds. They left Hungary with 29 points in hand over their closest challengers Ferrari, with the Scuderia having failed to score. That meant that Williams-Renault had closed in in their fight for second, leaving the Hungaroring just three behind, while McLaren-Peugeot had eased away from Jordan-Hart in fourth.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 1994 Belgian 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 David Coulthard 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 Netherlands Jos Verstappen 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 Belgium Philippe Adams United Kingdom Team Lotus Lotus 109 Mugen-Honda MF351HC 3.5 V10 G
12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert 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 France Philippe Alliot France Tourtel Larrousse F1 Larrousse LH94 Ford Cosworth HBF7/8 3.5 V8 G
20 France Érik Comas 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 Éric Bernard 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 Italy Andrea de Cesaris 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 France Jean-Marc Gounon United Kingdom MTV Simtek Ford Simtek S941 Ford Cosworth HBD6 3.5 V8 G
33 France Paul Belmondo United Kingdom Pacific Grand Prix Pacific PR01 Ilmor 2175A 3.5 V10 G
34 France Bertrand Gachot United Kingdom 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 Belgian Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ireland Jordan-Hart 2:21.163
2 5 Germany Michael Schumacher United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 2:21.494 2:25.501 +0.331s
3 0 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Williams-Renault 2:21.681 2:25.570 +0.518s
4 15 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ireland Jordan-Hart 2:22.074 +0.911s
5 27 France Jean Alesi Italy Ferrari 2:22.202 2:25.099 +1.039s
6 6 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 2:22.218 2:28.576 +1.055s
7 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom Williams-Renault 2:22.359 2:27.180 +1.196s
8 7 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Peugeot 2:22.441 2:28.997 +1.278s
9 30 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Switzerland Sauber-Mercedes 2:22.634 2:28.026 +1.471s
10 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 2:23.326 2:30.896 +2.163s
11 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 2:23.895 2:29.391 +2.732s
12 4 United Kingdom Mark Blundell United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 2:24.048 2:28.164 +2.885s
13 8 United Kingdom Martin Brundle United Kingdom McLaren-Peugeot 2:24.117 2:28.428 +2.954s
14 10 Italy Gianni Morbidelli United Kingdom Footwork-Ford Cosworth 2:25.114 2:31.403 +3.951s
15 29 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Switzerland Sauber-Mercedes 2:25.695 2:30.475 +4.532s
16 25 France Éric Bernard France Ligier-Renault 2:26.044 2:31.025 +4.881s
17 26 France Olivier Panis France Ligier-Renault 2:26.079 2:31.501 +4.916s
18 24 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 2:26.738 2:32.286 +5.575s
19 19 France Philippe Alliot France Larrousse-Ford Cosworth 2:26.901 2:31.350 +5.738s
20 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Lotus-Mugen-Honda 2:27.155 2:32.610 +5.992s
21 31 Australia David Brabham United Kingdom Simtek-Ford Cosworth 2:27.212 2:41.593 +6.049s
22 20 France Érik Comas France Larrousse-Ford Cosworth 2:28.156 2:30.524 +6.993s
23 3 Japan Ukyo Katayama United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 2:28.979 2:29.925 +7.816s
24 9 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi United Kingdom Footwork-Ford Cosworth 16:56.192 2:30.931 +9.768s
25 32 France Jean-Marc Gounon United Kingdom Simtek-Ford Cosworth 2:31.755 2:40.280 +10.592s
26 11 Belgium Philippe Adams United Kingdom Lotus-Mugen-Honda 2:33.885 2:34.733 +12.722s
DNQ 34 France Bertrand Gachot United Kingdom Pacific-Ilmor 2:34.582 2:34.951 +13.419s
DNQ 33 France Paul Belmondo United Kingdom Pacific-Ilmor 2:35.729 +14.566s
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
2 Rubens Barrichello
Michael Schumacher ______________
Row 2 ______________ 3
4 Damon Hill
Eddie Irvine ______________
Row 3 ______________ 5
6 Jean Alesi
Jos Verstappen ______________
Row 4 ______________ 7
8 David Coulthard
Mika Häkkinen ______________
Row 5 ______________ 9
10 Heinz-Harald Frentzen
Pierluigi Martini ______________
Row 6 ______________ 11
12 Gerhard Berger
Mark Blundell ______________
Row 7 ______________ 13
14 Martin Brundle
Gianni Morbidelli ______________
Row 8 ______________ 15
16 Andrea de Cesaris
Éric Bernard ______________
Row 9 ______________ 17
18 Olivier Panis
Michele Alboreto ______________
Row 10 ______________ 19
20 Philippe Alliot
Johnny Herbert ______________
Row 11 ______________ 21
22 David Brabham
Érik Comas ______________
Row 12 ______________ 23
24 Ukyo Katayama
Christian Fittipaldi ______________
Row 13 ______________ 25
26 Jean-Marc Gounon
Philippe Adams ______________

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 0 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Williams-Renault 44 1:28:47.170 3 10
2 7 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Peugeot 44 +51.381s 8 6
3 6 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 44 +1:10.453 6 4
4 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom Williams-Renault 44 +1:45.787 7 3
5 4 United Kingdom Mark Blundell United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 43 +1 Lap 12 2
6 10 Italy Gianni Morbidelli United Kingdom Footwork-Ford Cosworth 43 +1 Lap 14 1
7 26 France Olivier Panis France Ligier-Renault 43 +1 Lap 17
8 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 43 +1 Lap 10
9 24 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 43 +1 Lap 18
10 25 France Éric Bernard France Ligier-Renault 42 +2 Laps 16
11 32 France Jean-Marc Gounon United Kingdom Simtek-Ford Cosworth 42 +2 Laps 25
12 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Lotus-Mugen-Honda 41 +3 Laps 20
13* 15 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ireland Jordan-Hart 40 Alternator 4
DSQ 5 Germany Michael Schumacher United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 44 Disqualified 2
Ret 9 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi United Kingdom Footwork-Ford Cosworth 33 Engine 24
Ret 31 Australia David Brabham United Kingdom Simtek-Ford Cosworth 29 Wheel 21
Ret 29 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Switzerland Sauber-Mercedes 27 Throttle 15
Ret 8 United Kingdom Martin Brundle United Kingdom McLaren-Peugeot 24 Spin 13
Ret 14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Jordan-Hart 19 Spin 1
Ret 3 Japan Ukyo Katayama United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 18 Engine 23
Ret 11 Belgium Philippe Adams United Kingdom Lotus-Mugen-Honda 15 Spin 26
Ret 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 11 Engine 11
Ret 19 France Philippe Alliot France Larrousse-Ford Cosworth 11 Engine 19
Ret 30 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Switzerland Sauber-Mercedes 10 Halfshaft 9
Ret 20 France Érik Comas France Larrousse-Ford Cosworth 3 Engine 22
Ret 27 France Jean Alesi Italy Ferrari 2 Engine 5
DNQ 34 Belgium Bertrand Gachot United Kingdom Pacific-Ilmor
DNQ 33 France Paul Belmondo United Kingdom Pacific-Ilmor
Source:[6]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Irvine was still classified despite retiring as he had completed 90% of the race distance.[6]
  • Schumacher was disqualified from the results of the race after his car was found to have a worn skid block.[6]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

An inherited victory for Damon Hill ensured that the gap at the head of the Championship hunt came down, although the Brit was still some 21 points off the leader. Indeed, Michael Schumacher was still the overwhelming favourite to claim the title with five races to go, although with rumours of a ban growing louder, the German's lead was still vulnerable to attack. Elsewhere, Gerhard Berger was still hanging on in the title hunt, although the Austrian racer would have to win all five of the remaining races, and see Schumacher fail to score.

In the Constructors Championship, meanwhile, it had been a relatively neutral day for the Championship leaders Benetton-Ford Cosworth, although their lead had been reduced. Indeed, Williams-Renault had leapt ahead of Ferrari to claim second, and cut the gap to the leaders to 23 points, largely due to Schumacher's disqualification. Ferrari themselves, meanwhile, were now ten points further back, albeit with more than double the points of McLaren-Peugeot in fourth.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Germany Michael Schumacher 76
2 United Kingdom Damon Hill 55
3 Austria Gerhard Berger 27
4 France Jean Alesi 19
5 Finland Mika Häkkinen 14 ▲2
6 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 10 ▼1
7 United Kingdom Martin Brundle 9 ▼1
8 Netherlands Jos Verstappen 8 ▲7
9 United Kingdom Mark Blundell 8 ▲1
10 France Olivier Panis 7 ▼2
11 United Kingdom David Coulthard 7 ▲8
12 Italy Nicola Larini 6 ▼3
13 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi 6 ▼2
14 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 5 ▼2
15 Japan Ukyo Katayama 5 ▼2
16 France Éric Bernard 4 ▼2
17 Austria Karl Wendlinger 4 ▼1
18 Italy Andrea de Cesaris 4 ▼1
19 Italy Pierluigi Martini 4 ▼1
20 Italy Gianni Morbidelli 3
21 France Érik Comas 2
22 Finland JJ Lehto 1
23 Italy Michele Alboreto 1
24 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 85
2 United Kingdom Williams-Renault 62 ▲1
3 Italy Ferrari 52 ▼1
4 United Kingdom McLaren-Peugeot 23
5 Ireland Jordan-Hart 14
6 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 13 ▲1
7 France Ligier-Renault 11 ▼1
8 Switzerland Sauber-Mercedes 10
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

Images and Videos:

References:

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