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Brazil  1994 Brazilian Grand Prix
Race details
Race 1 of 16 in the 1994 Formula One season
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Date March 27, 1994
Official name XXIII Grande Prêmio do Brasil
Location Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo, Brazil
Course Permanent racing facility
4.325 km (2.703 mi)
Distance 71 laps, 307.075 km (191.921 mi)
Weather Sunny
Pole position
Driver Brazil Ayrton Senna Williams-Renault
Time 1:15.962
Fastest lap
Driver Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford
Time 1:18.455 on lap 7
Podium
First Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford
Second United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault
Third France Jean Alesi Ferrari

The 1994 Brazilian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on March 27, 1994 at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo. It was the 1st race of the 1994 Formula One season.

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Pre-Race

With it being the first race of the season, new drivers made their debuts. Roland Ratzenberger, Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Olivier Panis, Olivier Beretta and Jos Verstappen made their debuts and Simtek and Pacific Racing also debuted.

Race

At the start Ayrton Senna took advantage of his pole position and kept the lead. Behind him Jean Alesi overtook the slow starting Michael Schumacher. Schumacher retook second place on lap 2 and started chasing after Senna, who had pulled a 4 second lead in the opening laps. Before the pit stops Schumacher had reduced the gap to just over a second, and on lap 21 the leading pair entered the pit lane together. Despite both teams running the same fuel strategy, Benetton's stop was much faster than Williams' stop, and Schumacher left the pitlane in the lead.

There was a huge accident on lap 35 as Eddie Irvine and Jos Verstappen came up to lap the Ligier of Éric Bernard. Irvine pushed Verstappen on to the grass, the Dutchman lost control of his car and his car somersaulted into the air, landing on Martin Brundle's McLaren. All four drivers were out of the race. Irvine was later penalized for this maneuver by a one race ban, which was increased to three race ban after the appeal of Jordan failed. Irvine was already under investigation due to an incident with Ayrton Senna in Suzuka the year before, when Senna ran into the Jordan garage and punched Eddie Irvine.

Schumacher increased his lead to 9 seconds after the second pit stops, after which Senna started to close. By lap 40 the pair had lapped third-place runner Damon Hill and the gap was down to 5 seconds. But then Senna lost control of his Williams and retired. After Senna's retirement Schumacher won comfortably. Damon Hill finished second and Jean Alesi third.

Classification

Qualifying

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 2 Brazil Ayrton Senna Williams-Renault 1:15.962
2 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 1:16.290 +0.328
3 27 France Jean Alesi Ferrari 1:17.385 +1.423
4 0 United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault 1:17.554 +1.592
5 30 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Mercedes 1:17.806 +1.844
6 10 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Footwork-Ford 1:17.866 +1.904
7 29 Austria Karl Wendlinger Sauber-Mercedes 1:17.927 +1.965
8 7 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Peugeot 1:18.122 +2.160
9 6 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Benetton-Ford 1:18.183 +2.221
10 3 Japan Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:18.194 +2.232
11 9 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Footwork-Ford 1:18.204 +2.242
12 4 United Kingdom Mark Blundell Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:18.246 +2.284
13 20 France Érik Comas Larrousse-Ford 1:18.321 +2.359
14 14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Hart 1:18.414 +2.452
15 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 1:18.659 +2.697
16 15 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Jordan-Hart 1:18.751 +2.789
17 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari 1:18.855 +2.893
18 8 United Kingdom Martin Brundle McLaren-Peugeot 1:18.864 +2.902
19 26 France Olivier Panis Ligier-Renault 1:19.304 +3.342
20 25 France Éric Bernard Ligier-Renault 1:19.398 +3.436
21 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Lotus-Mugen-Honda 1:19.483 +3.521
22 24 Italy Michele Alboreto Minardi-Ford 1:19.517 +3.555
23 19 Monaco Olivier Beretta Larrousse-Ford 1:19.524 +3.562
24 11 Portugal Pedro Lamy Lotus-Mugen-Honda 1:19.975 +4.013
25 34 France Bertrand Gachot Pacific-Ilmor 1:20.729 +4.767
26 31 Australia David Brabham Simtek-Ford 1:21.186 +5.224
DNQ 32 Austria Roland Ratzenberger Simtek-Ford 1:22.707 +6.745
DNQ 33 France Paul Belmondo Pacific-Ilmor No Time

Race

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 71 1:35:39.2 2 10
2 0 United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault 70 +1 Lap 4 6
3 27 France Jean Alesi Ferrari 70 +1 Lap 3 4
4 14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Hart 70 +1 Lap 14 3
5 3 Japan Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 69 +2 Laps 10 2
6 29 Austria Karl Wendlinger Sauber-Mercedes 69 +2 Laps 7 1
7 12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Lotus-Mugen-Honda 69 +2 Laps 21  
8 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 69 +2 Laps 15  
9 20 France Érik Comas Larrousse-Ford 68 +3 Laps 13  
10 11 Portugal Pedro Lamy Lotus-Mugen-Honda 68 +3 Laps 24  
11 26 France Olivier Panis Ligier-Renault 68 +3 Laps 19  
12 31 Australia David Brabham Simtek-Ford 67 +4 Laps 26  
Ret 2 Brazil Ayrton Senna Williams-Renault 55 Spun off 1  
Ret 8 United Kingdom Martin Brundle McLaren-Peugeot 34 Collision 18  
Ret 15 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Jordan-Hart 34 Collision 16  
Ret 6 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Benetton-Ford 34 Collision 9  
Ret 25 France Éric Bernard Ligier-Renault 33 Collision 20  
Ret 4 United Kingdom Mark Blundell Tyrrell-Yamaha 21 Spun off 12  
Ret 9 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Footwork-Ford 21 Gearbox 11  
Ret 30 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Mercedes 15 Spun off 5  
Ret 7 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Peugeot 13 Engine 8  
Ret 24 Italy Michele Alboreto Minardi-Ford 7 Engine 22  
Ret 10 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Footwork-Ford 5 Gearbox 6  
Ret 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari 5 Engine 17  
Ret 19 Monaco Olivier Beretta Larrousse-Ford 2 Accident 23  
Ret 34 France Bertrand Gachot Pacific-Ilmor 1 Accident 25  
DNQ 32 Austria Roland Ratzenberger Simtek-Ford     27  
DNQ 33 France Paul Belmondo Pacific-Ilmor     28  

Notes

References

Race statistics are taken from www.chicanef1.com 1994 Brazilian Grand Prix Retrieved on 20 March 2007.

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1993 Australian Grand Prix
FIA Formula One World Championship
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Next race:
1994 Pacific Grand Prix
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