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The 1994 Spanish Grand Prix, otherwise known as the XXXVI Gran Premio Marlboro de España, was the fifth round of the 1994 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Circuit de Catalunya near Barcelona, Spain, on the 24 May 1994.[1] The race would be the first to feature new aerodynamic restrictions, introduced after the tragic events of the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix, and would see Damon Hill end Michael Schumacher's four race run of victories.[1]

The new regulations had resulted in a lot of rushed designs and testing, and hence created a fair amount of controversy.[1] Indeed, Pedro Lamy would have a major accident while testing Lotus' updated car when a wing failed, sending him flying over the barriers, and hence would be replaced in Barcelona by Alex Zanardi.[1]

That prompted Benetton boss Flavio Briatore to proclaim that they could not guarantee the safety of their B194s, and hence that the new regulations should be dropped.[1] The FIA duly threw Benetton out of the meeting, and only reinstated them after a meeting of both the team bosses and the race officials, with Briatore backing down.[1]

Regardless, it was Benetton's lead driver Schumacher who emerged from qualifying with pole position, beating Hill in the Williams-Renault.[1] Mika Häkkinen was next for McLaren-Peugeot, while JJ Lehto put the #6 Benetton onto the second row in fourth.[1]

Schumacher would go on to ace his start, easing clear of Hill into the first corner to secure the lead.[1] The Brit himself was untroubled in second, unlike Gerhard Berger who would jump ahead of Rubens Barrichello, only to be spun to the back of the field when the Brazilian misjudged his braking point.[1]

Schumacher quickly established a fair lead over Hill, leaving the Brit to fend off the attentions of Häkkinen.[1] Those two continued to fight until Häkkinen eventually got past, before both suddenly began to catch Schumacher as the pitstops loomed.[1]

Indeed, the German racer was suffering with a gearbox issue, stopping in the pits on lap 23 with his gearbox jammed in fifth.[1] Häkkinen and Hill duly flashed past to claim the lead, but dropped back behind the German when they made their stops.[1]

Häkkinen lost a lot of time during his second stop and so slipped down the order, while Schumacher just managed to prevent his car stalling at his second stop, still stuck in fifth.[1] Hill therefore inherited the lead a few seconds clear of Schumacher, while Häkkinen would have to fend off the attentions of compatriot JJ Lehto until his engine failed.[1]

Lehto's race would end a few laps later with an engine issue of his own, leaving Martin Brundle in third, until his transmission failed.[1] Mark Blundell would therefore end up on the final step of the podium when the chequered flag fluttered, with Hill cruising to victory ahead of Schumacher, who had miraculously managed to claim second despite racing with a jammed gearbox for two thirds of the race.[1]

BackgroundEdit

A fourth dominant victory of the season had left Michael Schumacher with a daunting lead in the Championship, the German holding a perfect score of 40 points after four races. That left the German thirty points clear of second placed Gerhard Berger, meaning the Austrian racer would have to win three Grand Prix just to draw level. Behind, Damon Hill had slipped to third ahead of Rubens Barrichello, with fifteen drivers on the scoresheet.

In the Constructors Championship it had been another strong day for Benetton-Ford Cosworth, who left Monte Carlo with an eighteen point lead. Their closest challengers were still Ferrari, who left the Principality with 22 points, while McLaren-Peugeot were up to third. In truth the Anglo-French squad were level on points with Jordan-Hart, but considered ahead on count-back, while Williams-Renault had slipped to fifth.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 1994 Spanish 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 Finland JJ Lehto 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 107C 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 M193B Ford Cosworth HBC7/8 3.5 V8 G
24 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Minardi Scuderia Italia Minardi M193B 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 412T1 Ferrari 043 3.5 V12 G
28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 412T1 Ferrari 043 3.5 V12 G
29 Austria Karl Wendlinger 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 Andrea Montermini 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 ReportEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 5 Germany Michael Schumacher United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 1:23.426 1:21.908
2 0 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1:24.716 1:22.559 +0.651s
3 7 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Peugeot 1:24.580 1:22.660 +0.752s
4 6 Finland JJ Lehto United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 1:25.587 1:22.983 +1.075s
5 14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ireland Jordan-Hart 1:25.990 1:23.594 +1.686s
6 27 France Jean Alesi Italy Ferrari 1:24.997 1:23.700 +1.792s
7 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 1:26.121 1:23.715 +1.807s
8 8 United Kingdom Martin Brundle United Kingdom McLaren-Peugeot 1:26.614 1:23.763 +1.855s
9 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1:27.428 1:23.782 +1.874s
10 3 Japan Ukyo Katayama United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:27.017 1:23.969 +2.061s
11 4 United Kingdom Mark Blundell United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:25.863 1:23.981 +2.073s
12 30 West Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Switzerland Sauber-Mercedes 1:25.115 1:24.254 +2.346s
13 15 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ireland Jordan-Hart 1:26.368 1:24.930 +3.022s
14 24 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:26.595 1:24.996 +3.088s
15 10 Italy Gianni Morbidelli United Kingdom Footwork-Ford Cosworth 1:27.459 1:25.018 +3.110s
16 20 France Érik Comas France Larrousse-Ford Cosworth 1:26.097 1:25.050 +3.142s
17 19 Monaco Olivier Beretta France Larrousse-Ford Cosworth 1:28.011 1:25.161 +3.253s
18 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:25.502 1:25.247 +3.339s
19 26 France Olivier Panis France Ligier-Renault 1:27.872 1:25.577 +3.669s
20 25 France Éric Bernard France Ligier-Renault 1:28.289 1:25.766 +3.858s
21 9 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi United Kingdom Footwork-Ford Cosworth 1:27.631 1:26.084 +4.176s
22 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Cosworth 28:05.683 1:26.397 +4.489s
23 11 Italy Alex Zanardi United Kingdom Lotus-Ford Cosworth 1:30.379 1:27.685 +5.777s
24 31 Australia David Brabham United Kingdom Simtek-Ford Cosworth 1:30.797 1:28.151 +6.243s
25 34 France Bertrand Gachot United Kingdom Pacific-Ilmor 1:34.318 1:28.873 +6.965s
26 33 France Paul Belmondo United Kingdom Pacific-Ilmor 1:31.750 1:30.657 +8.749s
DNQ 32 Italy Andrea Montermini United Kingdom Simtek-Ford Cosworth 1:31.111 +9.203s
WD 29 Austria Karl Wendlinger Switzerland Sauber-Mercedes Injured
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 ______________
Michael Schumacher 2
______________ Damon Hill
Row 2 3 ______________
Mika Häkkinen 4
______________ JJ Lehto
Row 3 5 ______________
Rubens Barrichello 6
______________ Jean Alesi
Row 4 7 ______________
Gerhard Berger 8
______________ Martin Brundle
Row 5 9 ______________
David Coulthard 10
______________ Ukyo Katayama
Row 6 11 ______________
Mark Blundell 12
______________ Heinz-Harald Frentzen
Row 7 13 ______________
Eddie Irvine 14
______________ Michele Alboreto
Row 8 15 ______________
Gianni Morbidelli 16
______________ Érik Comas
Row 9 17 ______________
Olivier Beretta 18
______________ Pierluigi Martini
Row 10 19 ______________
Olivier Panis 20
______________ Éric Bernard
Row 11 21 ______________
Christian Fittipaldi 22
______________ Johnny Herbert
Row 12 23 ______________
Alex Zanardi 24
______________ David Brabham
Row 13 25 ______________
Bertrand Gachot 26
______________ Paul Belmondo

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 0 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Williams-Renault 65 1:36:14.374 2 10
2 5 Germany Michael Schumacher United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 65 +24.166s 1 6
3 4 United Kingdom Mark Blundell United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 65 +1:26.969 11 4
4 27 France Jean Alesi Italy Ferrari 64 +1 Lap 6 3
5 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 64 +1 Lap 18 2
6 15 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ireland Jordan-Hart 64 +1 Lap 13 1
7 26 France Olivier Panis France Ligier-Renault 63 +2 Laps 19
8 25 France Éric Bernard France Ligier-Renault 62 +3 Laps 20
9 11 Italy Alex Zanardi United Kingdom Lotus-Mugen-Honda 62 +3 Laps 23
10 31 Australia David Brabham United Kingdom Simtek-Ford Cosworth 61 +4 Laps 24
11* 8 United Kingdom Martin Brundle United Kingdom McLaren-Peugeot 59 Transmission 8
Ret 6 Finland JJ Lehto United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 53 Engine 4
Ret 7 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Peugeot 48 Engine 3
Ret 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Lotus-Mugen-Honda 41 Spin 22
Ret 14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ireland Jordan-Hart 39 Spin 5
Ret 9 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi United Kingdom Footwork-Ford Cosworth 35 Engine 21
Ret 2 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Williams-Renault 32 Electrical 9
Ret 34 France Bertrand Gachot United Kingdom Pacific-Ilmor 32 Wing 25
Ret 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 27 Gearbox 7
Ret 10 Italy Gianni Morbidelli United Kingdom Footwork-Ford Cosworth 24 Fuel system 15
Ret 30 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Switzerland Sauber-Mercedes 21 Gearbox 12
Ret 20 France Érik Comas France Larrousse-Ford Cosworth 19 Radiator 16
Ret 3 Japan Ukyo Katayama United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 16 Engine 10
Ret 24 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 4 Engine 14
Ret 33 France Paul Belmondo United Kingdom Pacific-Ilmor 2 Spin 26
DNS 19 Monaco Olivier Beretta France Larrousse-Ford Cosworth
DNQ 32 Italy Andrea Montermini United Kingdom Simtek-Ford Cosworth
WD 29 Austria Karl Wendlinger Switzerland Sauber-Mercedes
Source:[6]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Brundle was still classified despite retiring as he had completed 90% of the race distance.[6]
  • Beretta was unable to start the race due to an engine failure on the formation lap.[6]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Victory for Damon Hill brought an end to Michael Schumacher's win streak, although it made barely a dent in the German ace's Championship lead. Indeed, with Schumacher finishing second Hill still found himself 29 points shy of his rival's tally, having moved ahead of Gerhard Berger to head the chase. The Austrian himself was seven behind the Brit in third, with Jean Alesi and Rubens Barrichello completing the top five.

In the Constructors Championship, meanwhile, Benetton-Ford Cosworth had once again added to their lead, leaving Barcelona with a 21 point advantage. Ferrari were still their closest challengers, although Hill's victory had catapulted Williams-Renault back into the fight for second, moving to within eight points of the Scuderia. Williams-Renault had effectively swapped places with compatriots McLaren-Peugeot, while Jordan-Hart had retained their spot in fourth.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Germany Michael Schumacher 46
2 United Kingdom Damon Hill 17 ▲1
3 Austria Gerhard Berger 10 ▼1
4 France Jean Alesi 9 ▲3
5 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 7 ▼1
6 United Kingdom Martin Brundle 6 ▼1
7 Italy Nicola Larini 6 ▼1
8 United Kingdom Mark Blundell 4 ▲13
9 Finland Mika Häkkinen 4 ▼1
10 Austria Karl Wendlinger 4 ▼1
11 Japan Ukyo Katayama 4 ▼1
12 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi 3 ▼1
13 Italy Andrea de Cesaris 3 ▼1
14 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 2 ▼1
15 Italy Pierluigi Martini 2 ▲5
16 France Érik Comas 1 ▼2
17 Italy Michele Alboreto 1 ▼2
18 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 1 ▲8
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Benetton-Ford Cosworth 46
2 Italy Ferrari 25
3 United Kingdom Williams-Renault 17 ▲2
4 Ireland Jordan-Hart 11
5 United Kingdom McLaren-Peugeot 10 ▼2
6 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 8 ▲1
7 Switzerland Sauber-Mercedes 6 ▼1
8 United Kingdom Footwork-Ford Cosworth 3
9 Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 3 ▲1
10 France Larrousse-Ford Cosworth 1 ▼1

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

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V T E Spain Spanish Grand Prix
Circuits Pedralbes (1951, 1954), Jarama (1967-1968, 1970, 1972, 1974, 1976-1981), Montjuïc (1969, 1971, 1973, 1975), Jerez (1986-1990), Catalunya (1991-Present)
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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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