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The 1994 Italian Grand Prix, otherwise known as the LXV Pioneer Gran Premio d'Italia, was the twelfth round of the 1994 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza in Monza, Italy, on the 11 September 1994.[1] The race would see Damon Hill sweep to victory ahead of Gerhard Berger, as Championship leader Michael Schumacher served the first of a two race ban.[1]

The German ace had been banned for ignoring a black flag during the British Grand Prix, with Benetton having failed their appeal.[1] Furthermore, the Benetton squad themselves had agreed to make "substantial management changes" amid a deal with the FIA not to be thrown out of the Championship completely, after avoiding any sanction for their self-induced pitlane fire at the 1994 German Grand Prix.[1]

Qualifying would see Ferrari secure a front-row lockout in front of the ever passionate tifosi, with Jean Alesi ahead of Gerhard Berger.[1] There was then a surprise on the second row as Johnny Herbert got his Lotus-Mugen-Honda into fourth alongside Hill, with Team Lotus on the verge of going bankrupt.[1]

Race morning would see Berger suffer a huge accident in the warm-up, with the Austrian unable to race until he went to the local hospital for x-rays.[1] Fortunately for him he would be passed fit to race, just making it back into the circuit in time to get into the spare Ferrari for the start.[1]

Alesi duly got the better of Berger off the grid, while Herbert shot into third ahead of Hill.[1] However, as the field braked for the Rettifilo the race would be thrown into chaos, with Eddie Irvine locking up and slamming into Herbert, who duly spun across the circuit and sent cars skating into the barriers left and right.[1]

The race was stopped, cars recovered and the order reset, albeit with Herbert having to start from the pitlane in the spare Lotus, while Irvine was sent to the back of the grid having been deemed as the cause of the accident.[1] Regardless, at the second start attempt it was Alesi who again got the better launch, with Berger, just able to keep Hill at bay.[1]

Alesi soon eased clear to build a handsome lead, an advantage he would only lose when he stopped for fresh tyres and fuel on lap fifteen.[1] That, ultimately, would be that for Alesi's race, with a gearbox failure as he tried to leave the pitbox ensuring that he was out of the race.[1]

Berger hence inherited the lead ahead of Hill and David Coulthard, the two Williams-Renaults running nose-to-tail behind the #28 Ferrari.[1] Coulthard duly emerged in the lead of the race after their stops, with Berger dropping behind Hill, although as the race passed half-distance the Scot diligently moved aside for his title challenging teammate.[1]

With that the race was over, with Hill cruising home to claim his fourth win of the season and move eleven points behind Schumacher in the title hunt.[1] Coulthard, meanwhile, would be cruelly robbed of a maiden podium finish when he ran out of fuel on the final lap, gifting second to Berger, and third to Mika Häkkinen.[1]

In the days after the race it was announced that Team Lotus had entered administration, although the team vowed to complete the season.[1]

BackgroundEdit

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.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 1994 Italian 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 Finland JJ Lehto 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 France Yannick Dalmas 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 Italian Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 27 France Jean Alesi Italy Ferrari 1:24.620 1:23.844
2 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 1:24.915 1:23.978 +0.134s
3 0 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1:24.734 1:24.158 +0.314s
4 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Lotus-Mugen-Honda 1:26.365 1:24.374 +0.530s
5 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1:24.869 1:24.502 +0.658s
6 26 France Olivier Panis France Ligier-Renault 1:26.958 1:25.455 +1.611s
7 7 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Peugeot 1:26.004 1:25.528 +1.684s
8 29 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Switzerland Sauber-Mercedes 1:27.188 1:25.540 +1.696s
9* 15 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ireland Jordan-Hart 1:25.568 +1.724s
10 6 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 1:27.361 1:25.618 +1.774s
11 30 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Switzerland Sauber-Mercedes 1:26.406 1:25.628 +1.784s
12 25 France Éric Bernard France Ligier-Renault 1:27.387 1:25.718 +1.874s
13 11 Italy Alex Zanardi United Kingdom Lotus-Mugen-Honda 1:27.617 1:25.733 +1.889s
14 3 Japan Ukyo Katayama United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:26.525 1:25.889 +2.045s
15 8 United Kingdom Martin Brundle United Kingdom McLaren-Peugeot 1:26.899 1:25.933 +2.089s
16 14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ireland Jordan-Hart 1:27.034 1:25.946 +2.102s
17 10 Italy Gianni Morbidelli United Kingdom Footwork-Ford Cosworth 1:27.939 1:26.002 +2.158s
18 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:42.320 1:26.056 +2.212s
19 9 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi United Kingdom Footwork-Ford Cosworth 1:27.675 1:26.337 +2.493s
20 5 Finland JJ Lehto United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 1:27.611 1:26.384 +2.540s
21 4 United Kingdom Mark Blundell United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:26.574 1:26.697 +2.730s
22 24 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:27.623 1:26.832 +2.988s
23 19 France Yannick Dalmas France Larrousse-Ford Cosworth 1:29.528 1:27.846 +4.002s
24 20 France Érik Comas France Larrousse-Ford Cosworth 1:30.530 1:27.894 +4.050s
25 32 France Jean-Marc Gounon United Kingdom Simtek-Ford Cosworth 1:29.594 1:28.353 +4.509s
26 31 Australia David Brabham United Kingdom Simtek-Ford Cosworth 1:30.691 1:28.619 +4.775s
DNQ 34 France Bertrand Gachot United Kingdom Pacific-Ilmor 1:31.549 1:31.387 +7.543s
DNQ 33 France Paul Belmondo United Kingdom Pacific-Ilmor 1:32.035 +8.191s
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.
  • * Irvine had his times from the Friday Qualifying session deleted for completing more laps then the permitted twelve.[5]

GridEdit

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 1 ______________
Jean Alesi 2
______________ Gerhard Berger
Row 2 3 ______________
Damon Hill 4
______________ Johnny Herbert*
Row 3 5 ______________
David Coulthard 6
______________ Olivier Panis
Row 4 7 ______________
Mika Häkkinen 8
______________ Andrea de Cesaris
Row 5 9 ______________
Eddie Irvine 10
______________ Jos Verstappen
Row 6 11 ______________
Heinz-Harald Frentzen 12
______________ Éric Bernard
Row 7 13 ______________
Alex Zanardi 14
______________ Ukyo Katayama
Row 8 15 ______________
Martin Brundle 16
______________ Rubens Barrichello
Row 9 17 ______________
Gianni Morbidelli 18
______________ Pierluigi Martini
Row 10 19 ______________
Christian Fittipaldi 20
______________ JJ Lehto
Row 11 21 ______________
Mark Blundell 22
______________ Michele Alboreto
Row 12 23 ______________
Yannick Dalmas 24
______________ Érik Comas
Row 13 25 ______________
Jean-Marc Gounon 26
______________ David Brabham
  • * Herbert would take the restart from the pitlane due to using the spare car.[5]
  • Irvine was forced to start the restart from the back of the grid due to causing the collision at the original start.[5]

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 0 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Williams-Renault 53 1:18:02.754 3 10
2 28T Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 53 +4.930s 2 6
3 7 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Peugeot 53 +25.640s 7 4
4 14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ireland Jordan-Hart 53 +50.634s 16 3
5 8 United Kingdom Martin Brundle United Kingdom McLaren-Peugeot 53 +1:25.575 15 2
6* 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom Williams-Renault 52 Out of fuel 5 1
7 25 France Éric Bernard France Ligier-Renault 52 +1 Lap 12
8 20 France Érik Comas France Larrousse-Ford Cosworth 52 +1 Lap 24
9 5 Finland JJ Lehto United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 52 +1 Lap 20
10 26 France Olivier Panis France Ligier-Renault 51 +2 Laps 6
Ret 31 Australia David Brabham United Kingdom Simtek-Ford Cosworth 46 Puncture 26
Ret 3 Japan Ukyo Katayama United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 45 Spin 14
Ret 9 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi United Kingdom Footwork-Ford Cosworth 43 Engine 19
Ret 15 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ireland Jordan-Hart 41 Engine 9
Ret 4 United Kingdom Mark Blundell United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 39 Spin 21
Ret 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 30 Spin 18
Ret 24 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 28 Gearbox 22
Ret 30 West Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Switzerland Sauber-Mercedes 22 Engine 11
Ret 29 Italy Andrea de Cesaris Switzerland Sauber-Mercedes 20 Engine 8
Ret 32 France Jean-Marc Gounon United Kingdom Simtek-Ford Cosworth 20 Gearbox 25
Ret 19 France Yannick Dalmas France Larrousse-Ford Cosworth 18 Spin 23
Ret 27 France Jean Alesi Italy Ferrari 14 Gearbox 1
Ret 12T United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Lotus-Mugen-Honda 13 Alternator 4
Ret 6 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 0 Collision 10
Ret 11 Italy Alex Zanardi United Kingdom Lotus-Mugen-Honda 0 Collision 13
Ret 10 Italy Gianni Morbidelli United Kingdom Footwork-Ford Cosworth 0 Collision 17
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.
  • * Coulthard was still classified despite retiring as he had completed 90% of the race distance.[6]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

With Michael Schumacher absent as a result of serving part of his two race ban, Damon Hill had done everything in his power to close the gap atop the Championship, leaving Italy eleven behind the German on 65 points. Indeed, another victory at the following race in Portuguese Grand Prix, where Schumacher would again be absent, would leave Hill just a point behind the German ace, with three races to go. Those two were now the only drivers in the hunt for the title, with Gerhard Berger instead looking over his shoulder at teammate Jean Alesi and Mika Häkkinen.

Likewise, Williams-Renault had used Schumacher's absence to carve into Benetton-Ford Cosworth's lead in the Constructors Championship, leaving Italy just twelve behind their rivals. Indeed, had David Coulthard not run out of fuel on the final lap then the Williams team would have been even closer heading to Portugal, although a one-two for the Anglo-French alliance would carry them ahead of Benetton-Ford Cosworth regardless. Elsewhere, Ferrari were still in the hunt for the Championship mathematically, while McLaren-Peugeot looked set for fourth.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Germany Michael Schumacher 76
2 United Kingdom Damon Hill 65
3 Austria Gerhard Berger 33
4 France Jean Alesi 19
5 Finland Mika Häkkinen 18
6 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 13
7 United Kingdom Martin Brundle 11
8 Netherlands Jos Verstappen 8
9 United Kingdom Mark Blundell 8
10 United Kingdom David Coulthard 8 ▲1
11 France Olivier Panis 7 ▼1
12 Italy Nicola Larini 6
13 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi 6
14 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 5
15 Japan Ukyo Katayama 5
16 France Éric Bernard 4
17 Austria Karl Wendlinger 4
18 Italy Andrea de Cesaris 4
19 Italy Pierluigi Martini 4
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 73
3 Italy Ferrari 58
4 United Kingdom McLaren-Peugeot 29
5 Ireland Jordan-Hart 17
6 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 13
7 France Ligier-Renault 11
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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