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The 1994 German Grand Prix, otherwise known as the LVI Großer Mobil 1 Preis von Deutschland, was the ninth round of the 1994 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Hockenheimring in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, on the 31 July 1994.[1] The race would see Gerhard Berger sweep to victory, inn afternoon that would become infamous for a huge accident at the start, and a fire in the pitlane.[1]

The weekend itself had been shrouded in controversy, with the Williams-Renault team coming under physical attack from Michael Schumacher fans, who were unhappy with the results of the British Grand Prix.[1] More significantly, however, the FIA had published the results of its investigation into the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix, which demonstrated some major irregularities with the software that Schumacher's Benetton-Ford Cosworth had used.[1]

Elsewhere, there were more rule changes enforced, with smaller rear wings, and the addition of a wooden plank, to be fitted to the underside of every single car.[1] The rather novel addition of a hard piece of wood to the underside of a carbon fibre racecar was intended to counter team's running their cars extremely low to the ground, with post-race scrutineering able to examine the board for wear.[1] Too much wear on the board would hence be grounds for a car to be excluded from the results, with restrictions on how far off the ground a Grand Prix car could run.[1]

Into the weekend itself and there would be a shock in store, with Berger and Jean Alesi securing a front-row lockout for Ferrari.[1] Indeed, it was the first time that a Ferrari had sat on pole position since the 1990 Portuguese Grand Prix, which had also been their last front-row lockout, with Damon Hill best of the rest ahead of Schumacher.[1]

The start of the race saw Berger leap away from the grid to lead teammate Alesi, while a barnstorming start from Ukyo Katayama saw the #4 Tyrrell-Yamaha streak into third.[1] Schumacher, meanwhile, would get the jump on Hill to claim fourth, only for chaos to unfold behind.[1]

The spark would be coming together of Andrea de Cesaris and Alex Zanardi, with those two pinging off one-another and into the two Minardi-Ford Cosworths.[1] At the same time, the two McLaren-Peugeots of Mika Häkkinen and Martin Brundle went three abreast into turn one with David Coulthard into the first corner, resulting in the Finn and Scot colliding, while Brundle got smashed into from behind as he jumped on the brakes.[1]

When the smoke and gravel cleared there were ten cars out of the race at the first corner, with Alesi's engine failing on the run to the Clark chicane putting him out.[1] Schumacher used his failure to leap into second, while Hill's lunge on Katayama into the Senna chicane resulted in Hill receiving suspension damage.[1]

Indeed, come the end of the opening lap there were just thirteen cars still running, with Berger leading from Schumacher, a limping Katayama, and Olivier Panis.[1] A few laps later and Katayama's race was over with a sticking throttle, before Jos Verstappen dropped out of contention in a spectacular pit-fire, leaving five mechanics and the Dutchman with minor burns.[1]

A few laps later and Schumacher was out too, an engine failure ending his race, while David Brabham and Jean-Marc Gounon dropped out later.[1] That left just eight cars on the track in the closing stages, with Berger leading the two Ligier-Renaults of Panis and Éric Bernard.[1]

That ultimately would be how the race finished, with Berger claiming his first victory since the 1992 Australian Grand Prix, and Ferrari's first since the 1990 Spanish Grand Prix.[1] Panis and Bernard, meanwhile, would hang onto their second and third places to complete the podium, with Christian Fittipaldi, Gianni Morbidelli and Érik Comas claiming the remaining points.[1]

BackgroundEdit

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.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 1994 German 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 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 German Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 1:44.616 1:43.582
2 27 France Jean Alesi Italy Ferrari 1:45.272 1:44.012 +0.430s
3 0 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1:44.026 1:44.131 +0.444s
4 5 Germany Michael Schumacher United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 1:44.875 1:44.268 +0.686s
5 3 Japan Ukyo Katayama United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:46.534 1:44.718 +1.136s
6 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1:45.477 1:45.146 +1.564s
7 4 United Kingdom Mark Blundell United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:45.814 1:45.474 +1.892s
8 7 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Peugeot 1:45.487 1:45.878 +1.905s
9 30 West Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Switzerland Sauber-Mercedes 1:46.488 1:45.893 +2.311s
10 15 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ireland Jordan-Hart 1:45.911 1:45.942 +2.329s
11 14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ireland Jordan-Hart 1:45.962 1:45.939 +2.357s
12 26 France Olivier Panis France Ligier-Renault 1:47.925 1:46.185 +2.603s
13 8 United Kingdom Martin Brundle United Kingdom McLaren-Peugeot 1:46.644 1:46.218 +2.636s
14 25 France Éric Bernard France Ligier-Renault 1:47.531 1:46.290 +2.708s
15 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Lotus-Mugen-Honda 1:48.621 1:46.630 +3.048s
16 10 Italy Gianni Morbidelli United Kingdom Footwork-Ford Cosworth 1:47.814 1:46.817 +3.235s
17 9 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi United Kingdom Footwork-Ford Cosworth 1:47.150 1:47.102 +3.520s
18 29 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Switzerland Sauber-Mercedes 1:47.745 1:47.235 +3.653s
19 6 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 40:34.496 1:47.316 +3.734s
20 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:47.831 1:47.402 +3.820s
21 11 Italy Alex Zanardi United Kingdom Lotus-Mugen-Honda 1:47.678 1:47.425 +3.843s
22 20 France Érik Comas France Larrousse-Ford Cosworth 1:48.770 1:48.229 +4.647s
23 24 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:48.402 1:48.295 +4.713s
24 19 Monaco Olivier Beretta France Larrousse-Ford Cosworth 1:48.681 1:48.875 +5.099s
25 31 Australia David Brabham United Kingdom Simtek-Ford Cosworth 1:50.685 1:48.870 +5.288s
26 32 France Jean-Marc Gounon United Kingdom Simtek-Ford Cosworth 1:50.361 1:49.204 +5.622s
DNQ 33 France Paul Belmondo United Kingdom Pacific-Ilmor 1:51.916 1:51.122 +7.540s
DNQ 34 France Bertrand Gachot United Kingdom Pacific-Ilmor 1:52.839 1:51.282 +7.710s
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 ______________
Gerhard Berger 2
______________ Jean Alesi
Row 2 3 ______________
Damon Hill 4
______________ Michael Schumacher
Row 3 5 ______________
Ukyo Katayama 6
______________ David Coulthard
Row 4 7 ______________
Mark Blundell 8
______________ Mika Häkkinen
Row 5 9 ______________
Heinz-Harald Frentzen 10
______________ Eddie Irvine
Row 6 11 ______________
Rubens Barrichello 12
______________ Olivier Panis
Row 7 13 ______________
Martin Brundle 14
______________ Éric Bernard
Row 8 15 ______________
Johnny Herbert 16
______________ Gianni Morbidelli
Row 9 17 ______________
Christian Fittipaldi 18
______________ Andrea de Cesaris
Row 10 19 ______________
Jos Verstappen 20
______________ Pierluigi Martini
Row 11 21 ______________
Alex Zanardi 22
______________ Érik Comas
Row 12 23 ______________
Michele Alboreto 24
______________ Olivier Beretta
Row 13 25 ______________
David Brabham 26
______________ Jean-Marc Gounon

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 45 1:22:37.272 1 10
2 26 France Olivier Panis France Ligier-Renault 45 +54.779s 12 6
3 25 France Éric Bernard France Ligier-Renault 45 +1:05.042 14 4
4 9 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi United Kingdom Footwork-Ford Cosworth 45 +1:21.609 17 3
5 10 Italy Gianni Morbidelli United Kingdom Footwork-Ford Cosworth 45 +1:30.544 16 2
6 20 France Érik Comas France Larrousse-Ford Cosworth 45 +1:45.445 22 1
7 19 Monaco Olivier Beretta France Larrousse-Ford Cosworth 44 +1 Lap 24
8 0 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Williams-Renault 44 +1 Lap 3
Ret 32 France Jean-Marc Gounon United Kingdom Simtek-Ford Cosworth 39 Engine 26
Ret 31 Australia David Brabham United Kingdom Simtek-Ford Cosworth 37 Clutch 25
Ret 5 Germany Michael Schumacher United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 20 Engine 4
Ret 8 United Kingdom Martin Brundle United Kingdom McLaren-Peugeot 19 Engine 13
Ret 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom Williams-Renault 17 Electrical 6
Ret 6 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 15 Fire 19
Ret 3 Japan Ukyo Katayama United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 6 Throttle 5
Ret 27 France Jean Alesi Italy Ferrari 0 Electrical 2
Ret 4 United Kingdom Mark Blundell United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 0 Collision 7
Ret 7 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Peugeot 0 Collision 8
Ret 30 West Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Switzerland Sauber-Mercedes 0 Collision 9
Ret 15 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ireland Jordan-Hart 0 Collision 10
Ret 14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ireland Jordan-Hart 0 Collision 11
Ret 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Lotus-Mugen-Honda 0 Collision 15
Ret 29 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Switzerland Sauber-Mercedes 0 Collision 18
Ret 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 0 Collision 20
Ret 11 Italy Alex Zanardi United Kingdom Lotus-Mugen-Honda 0 Collision 21
Ret 24 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 0 Collision 23
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.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

There had been little change atop the Championship as a result of the German Grand Prix, with neither of the protagonists scoring points. That meant that Michael Schumacher had retained his 27 point lead over Damon Hill, with the German racer the undeniable favourite heading into the second half of the season. Gerhard Berger, had clawed his way closer to the "fight" after his first win of the season, with Jean Alesi making way in fourth.

In the Constructors Championship, meanwhile, Ferrari had carved their way back into the hunt, leaping up into second on 52 points. That meant that they would leave Germany some fifteen points behind Benetton-Ford Cosworth, while also moving nine ahead of Williams-Renault in third. Behind, McLaren-Peugeot and Jordan-Hart were still level on ten points, while Ligier-Renault had shot from twelfth, and zero points, to sixth, level with Sauber-Mercedes.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Germany Michael Schumacher 66
2 United Kingdom Damon Hill 39
3 Austria Gerhard Berger 27 ▲1
4 France Jean Alesi 19 ▼1
5 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 10
6 Finland Mika Häkkinen 8
7 France Olivier Panis 6 ▲14
8 United Kingdom Martin Brundle 6 ▼1
9 Italy Nicola Larini 6 ▼1
10 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi 6 ▲6
11 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 5 ▼2
12 Japan Ukyo Katayama 5 ▼2
13 France Éric Bernard 4 ▲11
14 United Kingdom Mark Blundell 4 ▼3
15 Austria Karl Wendlinger 4 ▼3
16 Italy Andrea de Cesaris 4 ▼3
17 Italy Pierluigi Martini 4 ▼3
18 United Kingdom David Coulthard 4 ▼3
19 Italy Gianni Morbidelli 2 ▲9
20 France Érik Comas 2 ▼2
21 Finland JJ Lehto 1 ▼4
22 Italy Michele Alboreto 1 ▼3
23 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 1 ▼3
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 67
2 Italy Ferrari 52 ▲1
3 United Kingdom Williams-Renault 43 ▼1
4 United Kingdom McLaren-Peugeot 14
5 Ireland Jordan-Hart 14
6 France Ligier-Renault 10 ▲6
7 Switzerland Sauber-Mercedes 10 ▼1
8 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 9 ▼1
9 United Kingdom Footwork-Ford Cosworth 8
10 Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 5 ▼2
11 France Larrousse-Ford Cosworth 2 ▼1

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
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