1994 Brazilian Grand Prix
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.
Ayrton Senna took pole position from Michael Schumacher, with Jean Alesi over a second further behind. Heavy rain disrupted Saturday's proceedings. Debutant Heinz-Harald Frentzen impressed with taking the 5th spot on the grid in his very first race.
At the start Ayrton Senna maintained his lead, while Jean Alesi overtook 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.
On lap 35 there was a four-car pile-up as Eddie Irvine and Jos Verstappen came up to lap the Ligier of Éric Bernard. Irvine forced Verstappen on to the grass; Verstappen then lost control of his car and somersaulted over Martin Brundle's McLaren. Irvine was penalized for this maneuver by a one race ban, which was increased to three after the appeal of Jordan failed. Irvine was already under investigation due to an incident with Ayrton Senna in Suzuka the year before.
Schumacher increased his lead to 10 seconds after the second round of pit stops, after which Senna started to close. By lap 55 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.
|1||2||23x15px Ayrton Senna||Williams-Renault||1:16.386||1:15.962||—|
|2||5||23x15px Michael Schumacher||Benetton-Ford||1:16.575||1:16.290||+0.328|
|3||27||23x15px Jean Alesi||Ferrari||1:17.772||1:17.385||+1.423|
|4||0||23x15px Damon Hill||Williams-Renault||1:18.270||1:17.554||+1.592|
|5||30||23x15px Heinz-Harald Frentzen||Sauber-Mercedes||1:18.144||1:17.806||+1.844|
|6||10||23x15px Gianni Morbidelli||Footwork-Ford||1:18.970||1:17.866||+1.904|
|7||29||23x15px Karl Wendlinger||Sauber-Mercedes||1:17.982||1:17.927||+1.965|
|8||7||23x15px Mika Häkkinen||McLaren-Peugeot||1:18.122||1:19.576||+2.160|
|9||6||23x15px Jos Verstappen||Benetton-Ford||1:18.787||1:18.183||+2.221|
|10||3||Template:Country data Japan Ukyo Katayama||Tyrrell-Yamaha||1:19.519||1:18.194||+2.232|
|11||9||23x15px Christian Fittipaldi||Footwork-Ford||1:18.730||1:18.204||+2.242|
|12||4||23x15px Mark Blundell||Tyrrell-Yamaha||1:19.045||1:18.246||+2.284|
|13||20||23x15px Érik Comas||Larrousse-Ford||1:18.990||1:18.321||+2.359|
|14||14||23x15px Rubens Barrichello||Jordan-Hart||1:18.759||1:18.414||+2.452|
|15||23||23x15px Pierluigi Martini||Minardi-Ford||1:18.659||No Time||+2.697|
|16||15||23x15px Eddie Irvine||Jordan-Hart||1:19.269||1:18.751||+2.789|
|17||28||23x15px Gerhard Berger||Ferrari||1:18.931||1:18.855||+2.893|
|18||8||23x15px Martin Brundle||McLaren-Peugeot||1:18.864||13:18.601||+2.902|
|19||26||23x15px Olivier Panis||Ligier-Renault||1:19.304||1:19.533||+3.342|
|20||25||23x15px Éric Bernard||Ligier-Renault||1:19.396||1:19.633||+3.434|
|21||12||23x15px Johnny Herbert||Lotus-Mugen-Honda||1:19.798||1:19.483||+3.521|
|22||24||23x15px Michele Alboreto||Minardi-Ford||1:19.517||No Time||+3.555|
|23||19||23x15px Olivier Beretta||Larrousse-Ford||1:19.922||1:19.524||+3.562|
|24||11||23x15px Pedro Lamy||Lotus-Mugen-Honda||1:21.029||1:19.975||+4.013|
|25||34||23x15px Bertrand Gachot||Pacific-Ilmor||1:22.495||1:20.729||+4.767|
|26||31||23x15px David Brabham||Simtek-Ford||1:22.266||1:21.186||+5.224|
|DNQ||32||23x15px Roland Ratzenberger||Simtek-Ford||1:22.707||1:23.109||+6.745|
|DNQ||33||23x15px Paul Belmondo||Pacific-Ilmor||No Time||No Time||—|
- Lap leaders: Ayrton Senna 21 (1-21), Michael Schumacher 50 (22-71)
- First race (Drivers): Roland Ratzenberger, Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Olivier Panis, Olivier Beretta, Jos Verstappen
- First race (Teams): Pacific, Simtek
- First points: Ukyo Katayama
- Ayrton Senna's first race with the Williams team.
Standings after the race
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
Race statistics are taken from www.chicanef1.com 1994 Brazilian Grand Prix Retrieved on 20 March 2007.
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