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The 1994 European Grand Prix, otherwise known as the XXXIX Gran Premio de Europa, was the fourteenth round of the 1994 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Circuito de Jerez in Jerez de la Frontera, Andalucía, Spain, on the 16 October 1994.[1] The race would see Michael Schumacher claim victory in his return to the Championship, having been forced to sit out the previous two rounds due to a ban for ignoring black flags at the 1994 British Grand Prix.[1]

There were several sweeping changes in the field ahead of the battle of Europe, with Schumacher returning to Benetton-Ford Cosworth, while Nigel Mansell reclaimed the second Williams-Renault seat in place of David Coulthard.[1] Elsewhere, Lotus lost their lead driver Johnny Herbert to Ligier-Renault, and hence hired Éric Bernard in his place, with the team beginning to lay off their background staff as they desperately sought a buyer.[1]

Qualifying would see Schumacher demonstrate that his skills had barely been blunted, with the German ace sweeping to pole position.[1] His main title challenger Damon Hill secured second, while Mansell secured third ahead of Heinz-Harald Frentzen.[1]

The start saw Hill get a better launch than Schumacher, surging ahead of the Benetton to claim an early lead.[1] Mansell, meanwhile, would tumble down the order and to the back of the top ten, leaving Frentzen in third ahead of Rubens Barrichello and Gerhard Berger.[1]

Hill and Schumacher quickly pulled clear of the #30 Sauber-Mercedes, with the title protagonists running nose-to-tail but not fighting.[1] Behind, Mansell battled his way back up into fourth behind Frentzen, but would find himself unable to make further progress.[1]

Indeed, Mansell soon slipped back behind Barrichello, and in his attempts to re-pass the Jordan-Hart for a second time managed to damage his nose.[1] Out front, meanwhile, Schumacher would get the jump on Hill during the stops, although the Brit remained in the German's mirrors.[1]

The fight for the win was over from that point on, with Schumacher soon able to break away from Hill before the second round of stops.[1] Behind, Frentzen's one-stop plan backfired as his pace collapsed, leaving Mika Häkkinen and Eddie Irvine to fight for the final spot on the podium.[1]

The Häkkinen/Irvine fight would rage until the closing stages of the race, when Irvine's tyres began to fade.[1] Elsewhere, Barrichello would drop out of contention with a puncture, while Mansell spun out of the race while trying to get on terms with fifth placed Gerhard Berger.[1]

With that the race was run, with Schumacher cruising across the line ahead of Hill to extend his Championship lead to five points.[1] Häkkinen was over a minute behind to complete the podium ahead of Irvine, while Berger and Frentzen claimed the remaining points.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Damon Hill once again took full advantage of Michael Schumacher's absence to carve into the German ace's Championship lead, leaving Portugal just a point behind. Indeed, the Brit's recent run of form ensured that the two would duel for the title for the rest of the season, with Gerhard Berger too far back to challenge in third. Elsewhere, Mika Häkkinen had moved ahead of Jean Alesi to claim fourth, while David Coulthard was up into seventh.

In the Constructors Championship, meanwhile, Benetton-Ford Cosworth had finally been thrown off of top spot, having led the Championship since the opening weekend in Brazil. Williams-Renault were now the new Championship leaders, moving two points ahead of their compatriots having score a one-two in Portugal. Ferrari, meanwhile, were effectively out of the fight in third, some 31 points behind with three races to go.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 1994 European 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 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 France Éric Bernard 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 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 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert 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 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 European Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 5 Germany Michael Schumacher United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 1:24.207 1:22.762
2 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1:24.137 1:22.892 +0.130s
3 2 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1:24.971 1:23.392 +0.630s
4 30 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Switzerland Sauber-Mercedes 1:24.184 1:23.431 +0.669s
5 14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ireland Jordan-Hart 1:24.700 1:23.455 +0.693s
6 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 1:25.079 1:23.677 +0.915s
7 25 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert France Ligier-Renault 1:26.241 1:24.040 +1.278s
8 10 Italy Gianni Morbidelli United Kingdom Footwork-Ford Cosworth 1:26.048 1:24.079 +1.317s
9 7 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Peugeot 1:25.275 1:24.122 +1.360s
10 15 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ireland Jordan-Hart 1:24.794 1:24.157 +1.395s
11 26 France Olivier Panis France Ligier-Renault 1:25.384 1:24.432 +1.670s
12 6 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 1:35.441 1:24.643 +1.881s
13 3 Japan Ukyo Katayama United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:26.304 1:24.738 +1.976s
14 4 United Kingdom Mark Blundell United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:25.995 1:24.770 +2.008s
15 8 United Kingdom Martin Brundle United Kingdom McLaren-Peugeot 1:25.941 1:25.110 +2.348s
16 27 France Jean Alesi Italy Ferrari 1:25.182 1:44.801 +2.420s
17 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:25.812 1:25.294 +2.532s
18 29 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Switzerland Sauber-Mercedes 1:25.407 1:25.411 +2.645s
19 9 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi United Kingdom Footwork-Ford Cosworth 1:26.094 1:25.427 +2.665s
20 24 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:26.744 1:25.511 +2.749s
21 12 Italy Alessandro Nannini United Kingdom Lotus-Mugen-Honda 1:26.973 1:25.557 +2.795s
22 11 France Éric Bernard United Kingdom Lotus-Mugen-Honda 1:28.047 1:25.595 +2.833s
23 20 France Érik Comas France Larrousse-Ford Cosworth 1:28.042 1:26.272 +3.510s
24 19 Japan Hideki Noda France Larrousse-Ford Cosworth 1:29.041 1:27.168 +4.406s
25 31 Australia David Brabham United Kingdom Simtek-Ford Cosworth 1:28.388 1:27.201 +4.439s
26 32 Italy Domenico Schiattarella United Kingdom Simtek-Ford Cosworth 1:30.069 1:27.976 +5.214s
DNQ 34 France Bertrand Gachot United Kingdom Pacific-Ilmor 1:30.099 1:29.488 +6.726s
DNQ 33 France Paul Belmondo United Kingdom Pacific-Ilmor 1:31.162 1:30.234 +7.472s
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 Michael Schumacher
Damon Hill ______________
Row 2 ______________ 3
4 Nigel Mansell
Heinz-Harald Frentzen ______________
Row 3 ______________ 5
6 Rubens Barrichello
Gerhard Berger ______________
Row 4 ______________ 7
8 Johnny Herbert
Gianni Morbidelli ______________
Row 5 ______________ 9
10 Mika Häkkinen
Eddie Irvine ______________
Row 6 ______________ 11
12 Olivier Panis
Jos Verstappen ______________
Row 7 ______________ 13
14 Ukyo Katayama
Mark Blundell ______________
Row 8 ______________ 15
16 Martin Brundle
Jean Alesi ______________
Row 9 ______________ 17
18 Pierluigi Martini
Andrea de Cesaris ______________
Row 10 ______________ 19
20 Christian Fittipaldi
Michele Alboreto ______________
Row 11 ______________ 21
22 Alex Zanardi
Éric Bernard ______________
Row 12 ______________ 23
24 Érik Comas
Hideki Noda ______________
Row 13 ______________ 25
26 David Brabham
Domenico Schiattarella ______________

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 Germany Michael Schumacher United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 69 1:40:26.689 1 10
2 0 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Williams-Renault 69 +24.689s 2 6
3 7 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Peugeot 69 +1:09.648 9 4
4 15 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ireland Jordan-Hart 69 +1:18.446 10 3
5 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 68 +1 Lap 6 2
6 30 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Switzerland Sauber-Mercedes 68 +1 Lap 4 1
7 3 Japan Ukyo Katayama United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 68 +1 Lap 13
8 25 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert France Ligier-Renault 68 +1 Lap 7
9 26 France Olivier Panis France Ligier-Renault 68 +1 Lap 11
10 27 France Jean Alesi Italy Ferrari 68 +1 Lap 16
11 10 Italy Gianni Morbidelli United Kingdom Footwork-Ford Cosworth 68 +1 Lap 8
12 14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ireland Jordan-Hart 68 +1 Lap 5
13 4 United Kingdom Mark Blundell United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 68 +1 Lap 14
14 24 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 67 +2 Laps 20
15 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 67 +2 Laps 17
16 12 Italy Alessandro Zanardi United Kingdom Lotus-Mugen-Honda 67 +2 Laps 21
17 9 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi United Kingdom Footwork-Ford Cosworth 66 +3 Laps 19
18 11 France Éric Bernard United Kingdom Lotus-Mugen-Honda 66 +3 Laps 22
19 32 Italy Domenico Schiattarella United Kingdom Simtek-Ford Cosworth 64 +5 Laps 26
Ret 2 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Williams-Renault 47 Spun off 3
Ret 31 Australia David Brabham United Kingdom Simtek-Ford Cosworth 42 Engine 25
Ret 29 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Switzerland Sauber-Mercedes 37 Throttle 18
Ret 20 France Érik Comas France Larrousse-Ford Cosworth 37 Alternator 23
Ret 6 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 15 Spun off 12
Ret 19 Japan Hideki Noda France Larrousse-Ford Cosworth 10 Gearbox 24
Ret 8 United Kingdom Martin Brundle United Kingdom McLaren-Peugeot 8 Engine 15
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.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Victory for Michael Schumacher upon his return ensured that the German racer left Jerez with an enhance lead in the Championship, moving five clear of Damon Hill. That meant that victory in Japan, combined with Hill failing to finish higher than third, would see the German ace claim the title. Hill, meanwhile, would likely have to beat Schumacher in Japan in order to maintain realistic hopes of challenging at the season finale in Australia.

In the Constructors Championship, meanwhile, it was Benetton-Ford Cosworth who emerged from Jerez in the lead, moving two points clear of Williams-Renault. That four point swing ensured that the British squad could claim the title in Japan, if they claimed a one-two, with the two Williams only managing a point between them. Those two were now the only teams in the title fight with two races to go, with Ferrari set to finish in a lonely third.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Germany Michael Schumacher 86
2 United Kingdom Damon Hill 81
3 Austria Gerhard Berger 35
4 Finland Mika Häkkinen 26
5 France Jean Alesi 19
6 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 16
7 United Kingdom David Coulthard 14
8 United Kingdom Martin Brundle 12
9 Netherlands Jos Verstappen 10
10 United Kingdom Mark Blundell 8
11 France Olivier Panis 7
12 Italy Nicola Larini 6
13 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi 6
14 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 6
15 Japan Ukyo Katayama 5
16 France Éric Bernard 4
17 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 4 ▲7
18 Austria Karl Wendlinger 4 ▼1
19 Italy Andrea de Cesaris 4 ▼1
20 Italy Pierluigi Martini 4 ▼1
21 Italy Gianni Morbidelli 3 ▼1
22 France Érik Comas 2 ▼1
23 Finland JJ Lehto 1 ▼1
24 Italy Michele Alboreto 1 ▼1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 97 ▲1
2 United Kingdom Williams-Renault 95 ▼1
3 Italy Ferrari 60
4 United Kingdom McLaren-Peugeot 38
5 Ireland Jordan-Hart 23
6 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 13
7 France Ligier-Renault 11
8 Switzerland Sauber-Mercedes 11
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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V T E 1994 Formula One Season
Teams Williams • Tyrrell • Benetton • McLaren • Footwork • Lotus • Jordan • Larrousse • Minardi • Ligier • Ferrari • Sauber • Simtek • Pacific
Engines Ferrari • Ford • Hart • Ilmor • Mercedes • Mugen-Honda • Peugeot • Renault • Yamaha
Drivers Hill • 2 Senna • 2 Coulthard • 2 Mansell • 3 Katayama • 4 Blundell • 5 Schumacher • 5/6 Lehto • 6 Verstappen • 6 Herbert • 7 Häkkinen • 7 Alliot • 8 Brundle • 9 Fittipaldi • 10 Morbidelli • 11 Lamy • 11/12 Zanardi • 11 Adams • 11 Bernard • 11 Salo • 12 Herbert • 14 Barrichello • 15 Irvine • 15 Suzuki • 15 De Cesaris • 19 Beretta • 19 Alliot • 19 Dalmas • 19 Noda • 20 Comas • 20 Délétraz • 23 Martini • 24 Alboreto • 25 Bernard • 25 Herbert • 25 Lagorce • 26 Panis • 27 Alesi • 27 Larini • 28 Berger • 29 Wendlinger • 29 De Cesaris • 29 Lehto • 30 Frentzen • 31 Brabham • 32 Ratzenberger • 32 Montermini • 32 Gounon • 32 Schiattarella • 32 Inoue • 33 Belmondo • 34 Gachot
Other Drivers Magnussen • McNish
Cars Williams FW16 • Benetton B194 • Ferrari 412T1 • McLaren MP4/9 • Jordan 194 • Ligier JS39B • Tyrrell 022 • Sauber C13 • Footwork FA15 • Minardi M193B • Minardi M194 • Larrousse LH94 • Lotus 107C • Lotus 109 • Simtek S941 • Pacific PR01
Tyres Goodyear
Races Brazil • Pacific • San Marino • Monaco • Spain • Canada • France • Britain • Germany • Hungary • Belgium • Italy • Portugal • Europe • Japan • Australia
See also 1993 Formula One Season • 1995 Formula One Season • Category
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