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The 1994 British Grand Prix, otherwise officially known as the XLVII RAC British Grand Prix, was the eighth round of the 1994 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Silverstone Circuit in Northamptonshire, UK, on the 10 July 1994.[1] The race would see Damon Hill secure a popular victory, as Michael Schumacher was disqualified during the race for failing to serve a stop-go penalty.[1]

Qualifying had seen Hill and Schumacher fight for pole position, although their fight would feature an interloper in the form of Gerhard Berger.[1] Ultimately, however, it was the Brit in the #0 Williams-Renault that won the truel, with Hill on pole ahead of Schumacher and Berger, with 0.020s covering the trio.[1]

There would be some very early drama, however, with David Coulthard stalling on the formation lap, while Eddie Irvine saw his engine boil on the grid.[1] Furthermore, Schumacher would twice overtake Hill, once off the grid and later around the lap, with the officials immediately announcing an investigation of the incidents.[1]

When it came to the start itself there would be an immediate failure for Martin Brundle, whose engine detonated the moment he hit the throttle.[1] Regardless, the rest of the field would sprint away from the grid and avoid the McLaren-Peugeot, with Hill leading the charge into Copse.[1]

The race quickly settled down into a procession, with the only interest of note being Coulthard's slow progress from the back of the field.[1] That was, until Schumacher was slapped with a five second stop-go penalty for his actions on the formation lap, although the Benetton-Ford Cosworth squad refused to bring the German in.[1]

Indeed, it was only after Race Director Roland Bruynseraede went to the Benetton pits himself that the British squad served Schumacher's penalty.[1] He duly swept in to serve the penalty on lap 28, some 14 laps after it had been issued, having grabbed the lead from Hill during the pitstops.[1]

The German ace rejoined in fourth, although he swiftly clawed his way back up to second and charged away after Hill.[1] Behind, Berger was left in a solid third until he suffered an engine failure, leaving Rubens Barrichello on the final step of the podium, albeit with Mika Häkkinen bearing down on the Jordan-Hart.[1]

Their impending battle would finally last through to the final lap, with Häkkinen sweeping past, only for Barrichello to try and respond.[1] The pair duly clashed at Luffield and went skating into the gravel, with Häkkinen dragging himself out of the gravel to claim while Barrichello crawled into the pitlane on three wheels.[1]

Out front, meanwhile, Hill cruised home to claim his victory on home soil, with fastest lap and pole also earning him a maiden Hattrick.[1] Schumacher finished second but was disqualified for failing to serve his penalty in time, meaning Jean Alesi claimed second ahead of Häkkinen's battered McLaren and Barrichello's three wheeled Jordan.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Michael Schumacher's sixth win of the season ensured that the German racer left France with an ever enhanced lead, moving onto 66 points for the season. Damon Hill was still the closest thing the German had to a pretender, although the Brit left France 37 points behind, meaning he would need four race wins just to catch up. Gerhard Berger, meanwhile, had solidified his grip on third, with Jean Alesi and Rubens Barrichello retaining their top five status.

In the Constructors Championship, meanwhile, it was still advantage Benetton-Ford Cosworth, who left France with their tally inflated to 67 points. Ferrari remained their biggest threat, although with some 31 points between the top two it seemed as if it was already Benetton's Championship to lose. Williams-Renault, meanwhile, had inched closer to their Italian rivals, sitting just five behind, with Jordan-Hart and McLaren-Peugeot completing the top five.

Entry listEdit

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

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
0 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Rothmans Williams Renault Williams FW16 Renault RS6 3.5 V10 G
2 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom Rothmans Williams Renault Williams FW16 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 Italy Alex Zanardi 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 Monaco Olivier Beretta 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 British Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 0 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1:26.894 1:24.960
2 5 Germany Michael Schumacher United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 1:26.323 1:24.963 +0.003s
3 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 1:26.738 1:24.980 +0.020s
4 27 France Jean Alesi Italy Ferrari 1:26.891 1:25.541 +0.581s
5 7 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Peugeot 1:27.983 1:26.268 +1.308s
6 14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ireland Jordan-Hart 1:27.890 1:26.271 +1.311s
7 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1:27.698 1:26.337 +1.377s
8 3 Japan Ukyo Katayama United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:27.936 1:26.414 +1.454s
9 8 United Kingdom Martin Brundle United Kingdom McLaren-Peugeot 1:28.224 1:26.768 +1.808s
10 6 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 1:29.142 1:26.841 +1.881s
11 4 United Kingdom Mark Blundell United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:28.510 1:26.920 +1.960s
12 15 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ireland Jordan-Hart 1:27.890 1:27.065 +2.105s
13 30 West Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Switzerland Sauber-Mercedes 1:27.284 1:28.231 +2.324s
14 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:28.517 1:27.522 +2.562s
15 26 France Olivier Panis France Ligier-Renault 1:29.381 1:27.785 +2.825s
16 10 Italy Gianni Morbidelli United Kingdom Footwork-Ford Cosworth 1:28.159 1:27.886 +2.926s
17 24 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:29.403 1:28.100 +3.140s
18 29 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Switzerland Sauber-Mercedes 1:30.034 1:28.212 +3.252s
19 11 Italy Alex Zanardi United Kingdom Lotus-Mugen-Honda 1:29.240 1:28.225 +3.265s
20 9 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi United Kingdom Footwork-Ford Cosworth 1:28.816 1:28.231 +3.271s
21 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Lotus-Mugen-Honda 1:29.268 1:28.340 +3.380s
22 20 France Érik Comas France Larrousse-Ford Cosworth 1:30.274 1:28.519 +3.559s
23 25 France Éric Bernard France Ligier-Renault 1:30.058 1:28.955 +3.995s
24 19 Monaco Olivier Beretta France Larrousse-Ford Cosworth 1:29.971 1:29.299 +4.339s
25 31 Australia David Brabham United Kingdom Simtek-Ford Cosworth 1:31.437 1:30.690 +5.730s
26 32 France Jean-Marc Gounon United Kingdom Simtek-Ford Cosworth 1:31.225 1:30.722 +5.762s
DNQ 34 France Bertrand Gachot United Kingdom Pacific-Ilmor 1:31.496 1:31.877 +6.536s
DNQ 33 France Paul Belmondo United Kingdom Pacific-Ilmor 1:34.631 1:32.507 +7.547s
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 ______________
Damon Hill 2
______________ Michael Schumacher
Row 2 3 ______________
Gerhard Berger 4
______________ Jean Alesi
Row 3 5 ______________
Mika Häkkinen 6
______________ Rubens Barrichello
Row 4 7 ______________
David Coulthard* 8
______________ Ukyo Katayama
Row 5 9 ______________
Martin Brundle 10
______________ Jos Verstappen
Row 6 11 ______________
Mark Blundell 12
______________ Eddie Irvine
Row 7 13 ______________
Heinz-Harald Frentzen 14
______________ Pierluigi Martini
Row 8 15 ______________
Olivier Panis 16
______________ Gianni Morbidelli
Row 9 17 ______________
Michele Alboreto 18
______________ Andrea de Cesaris
Row 10 19 ______________
Alex Zanardi 20
______________ Christian Fittipaldi
Row 11 21 ______________
Johnny Herbert 22
______________ Érik Comas
Row 12 23 ______________
Éric Bernard 24
______________ Olivier Beretta
Row 13 25 ______________
David Brabham 26
______________ Jean-Marc Gounon
  • * Coulthard would start the race from the back of the grid after stalling on the formation lap.[5]
  • Irvine was unable to start the race after overheating on the dummy grid.[5]
  • Zanardi would start the race from the pitlane.[5]

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 0 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Williams-Renault 60 1:30:03.640 1 10
2 27 France Jean Alesi Italy Ferrari 60 +1:08.128 4 6
3 7 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Peugeot 60 +1:40.659 5 4
4 14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ireland Jordan-Hart 60 +1:41.751 6 3
5 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom Williams-Renault 59 +1 Lap 7 2
6 3 Japan Ukyo Katayama United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 59 +1 Lap 8 1
7 30 West Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Switzerland Sauber-Mercedes 59 +1 Lap 13
8 6 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 59 +1 Lap 10
9 9 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi United Kingdom Footwork-Ford Cosworth 58 +2 Laps 20
10 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 58 +2 Laps 14
11 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Lotus-Mugen-Honda 58 +2 Laps 21
12 26 France Olivier Panis France Ligier-Renault 58 +2 Laps 15
13 25 France Éric Bernard France Ligier-Renault 58 +2 Laps 23
14 19 Monaco Olivier Beretta France Larrousse-Ford Cosworth 58 +2 Laps 24
15 31 Australia David Brabham United Kingdom Simtek-Ford Cosworth 57 +3 Laps 25
16 32 France Jean-Marc Gounon United Kingdom Simtek-Ford Cosworth 57 +3 Laps 26
DSQ* 5 Germany Michael Schumacher United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 60 Disqualified 2
Ret 24 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 48 Engine 17
Ret 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 32 Engine 3
Ret 4 United Kingdom Mark Blundell United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 20 Gearbox 11
Ret 20 France Érik Comas France Larrousse-Ford Cosworth 12 Engine 22
Ret 29 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Switzerland Sauber-Mercedes 11 Engine 18
Ret 10 Italy Gianni Morbidelli United Kingdom Footwork-Ford Cosworth 5 Engine 16
Ret 11 Italy Alex Zanardi United Kingdom Lotus-Mugen-Honda 4 Engine 19
Ret 8 United Kingdom Martin Brundle United Kingdom McLaren-Peugeot 0 Engine 9
DNS 15 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ireland Jordan-Hart
DNQ 34 France 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.
  • * Schumacher was disqualified from the results of the race failing to serve a stop-go penalty within three laps of it being issued.[6]
  • Irvine was unable to start the race due to an overheating engine.[6]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Victory for Damon Hill saw the British racer move onto 39 points for the season, although he was still a long way off of Championship leader Michael Schumacher. Indeed, even with Schumacher failing to score, Hill was still 27 points behind the German at the halfway point in the season, and was Schumacher's only real threat for the title. Indeed, a twenty point gap then followed before Jean Alesi appeared in third, with Gerhard Berger and Rubens Barrichello completing the top five.

In the Constructors Championship, meanwhile, Benetton-Ford Cosworth had seen their lead finally reduced, having failed to score for the first time all season. Williams-Renault were now their closest challengers at the halfway point, leaving their home race with 43 points to Benetton's 67. Ferrari were next, a point behind Williams, while McLaren-Peugeot and Jordan-Hart completed the top five, level on fourteen points.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Germany Michael Schumacher 66
2 United Kingdom Damon Hill 39
3 France Jean Alesi 19 ▲1
4 Austria Gerhard Berger 17 ▼1
5 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 10
6 Finland Mika Häkkinen 8 ▲4
7 United Kingdom Martin Brundle 6 ▼1
8 Italy Nicola Larini 6 ▼1
9 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 5 ▼1
10 Japan Ukyo Katayama 5 ▲4
11 United Kingdom Mark Blundell 4 ▼2
12 Austria Karl Wendlinger 4 ▼1
13 Italy Andrea de Cesaris 4 ▼1
14 Italy Pierluigi Martini 4 ▼1
15 United Kingdom David Coulthard 4 ▲1
16 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi 3 ▼1
17 Finland JJ Lehto 1
18 France Érik Comas 1
19 Italy Michele Alboreto 1
20 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 67
2 United Kingdom Williams-Renault 43 ▲1
3 Italy Ferrari 42 ▼1
4 United Kingdom McLaren-Peugeot 14 ▲1
5 Ireland Jordan-Hart 14 ▼1
6 Switzerland Sauber-Mercedes 10
7 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 9
8 Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 5
9 United Kingdom Footwork-Ford Cosworth 3
10 France Larrousse-Ford Cosworth 1

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

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