The full entry list for the 1994 Brazilian Grand Prix is outlined below:
Schumacher's Benetton ended qualifying second fastest to Senna's Williams. Schumacher had been described as putting up a "fight" with Senna through every session, however in the end, the national hero remained fastest on his home circuit. Although Senna had taken pole he was notably unhappy about the electronic aids being banned from the car.
A concerned Senna mentioned after the session, "A year ago with the electronic suspension, the cars were riding the bumps a bit better. Now with the normal suspension it is very difficult for setting up the cars and getting the cars to ride smooth over the bumps."
Senna's old team at McLaren appeared to be struggling. The cars suffering from throttle problems meant that Häkkinen could only manage eighth whilst Brundle was stuck down in eighteenth position.
Ferrari were also having technical troubles with Berger stranded for much of the session to which he only managed seventeenth. Alesi, complaining of heavy understeer managed to put his car in third position, albeit he was still a full second slower than Senna and Schumacher.
The field is very closely matched, following Alesi, only a single second differs the cars down to Comas's Larrousse in thirteenth position. The new rules had succeeded in closing up the competition.
The legions of Senna fans turned out in full force to which ahead of the race they, as they did every year, would perform their Senna chant. Regarding the Brazilian crowd it was noted "Only one thing dominates their thoughts. The prospects of another Senna victory."
Senna maintained his lead into the S do Senna, whilst behind Alesi got the better start than Schumacher, moving into second at the first corner. Behind them, Häkkinen had also made advancements to which he had climbed two places into sixth position.
He had made a poor start, however it was quickly evident that Schumacher was quicker than Alesi. However Alesi defended well to which holding the Benetton up had meant that Senna had began to extend his lead at the front of the field.
On the second lap, Schumacher attacked Alesi into Junção to which he took the position after what was described as "a number of unsuccessful attempts." He thereafter gave chase to Senna whom had extended his lead to over four seconds.
On lap 15, Brundle's McLaren becomes the first driver to make a pit-stop. Brundle completed his stop in 10.3 seconds to which thereafter the rest of the field began preparing for their own stops.
Brundle's old rivals, Senna and Schumacher were meanwhile dominating the race at the head of the field. Seven laps after Brundle, Senna and Schumacher simultaneously entered the pit-lane. With Schumacher right on Senna's tail, the rival pit crews of Williams and Benetton would decide who would lead the race.
The Benetton pit crew complete a faster stop to which Schumacher is put into the lead with Senna exiting in second position.
On lap thirty four, Irvine and Verstappen were battling for position. Heading down the Reta Oposta, the two were side by side down the straight. As they neared the end of the straight, they encountered the slow backmarker of Bernard.
Verstappen had the clear air whilst Irvine was rapidly approaching the slower Ligier. Irvine proved unwilling to concede the position and attempted to move around Bernard's car down the straight. However in taking evasive action to avoid Bernard, Irvine pushed Verstappen whom was along side him onto the grass.
Verstappen at top speed lost control of his Benetton and spun his car back into the path of Irvine whom was in the process of overtaking Bernard. With Bernard and Irvine line abreast heading into turn four, Verstappen's out of control Benetton crashed into the pair of them.
Brundle whom had previously lapped Bernard was taken unawares when the trio of cars behind him collided. Verstappen having crashed into and flipped over the top of Irvine and Bernard also came smashing into Brundle. All four cars were eliminated from the race.
The leading duo of Schumacher and Senna had meanwhile made their second pit-stop. Schumacher, however had been extending his advantage at the front of the field. Senna seemingly had no answer to the Benetton's pace and had fallen back to nine second behind Schumacher.
With fifteen laps to go, whilst struggling to find pace to match Schumacher, Senna "pushed a little too hard" and spun his car at Junção. The Williams engine stalled and without able to get it running once again, Senna became an instant retirement.
The accident involving Jos Verstappen, Eddie Irvine, Éric Bernard and Martin Brundle at Interlagos was a major and shocking crash to which the drivers' all escaped the crash without serious injury. Nonetheless, due to the severity of the accident, the stewards deemed it worthy of being investigated.
Irvine whom had refused to back off from a fight with Verstappen when encountering Bernard's Larrousse down the straight had forced Verstappen off the circuit in a bid to overtake Bernard. In doing so, Verstappen, spinning out of control then careered back into the path of Irvine, Bernard and Brundle to which he took them all out of the race.
For these reasons, Irvine was deemed responsible for the crash and was given a one race ban and a $10 000 fine. The Jordan team did not accept the news that their driver had been suspended and served notice of their intention to appeal the decision.
Standings after raceEdit
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 1.22 1.23 1.24 1.25 1.26 1.27 1.28 1.29 1.30 1.31 1.32 1.33 1.34 1.35 1.36 1.37 1.38 1.39 1.40 1.41 1.42 1.43 1.44 1.45 1.46 1.47 1.48 1.49 (1994). Who else but Schumacher?. Great Britain: Duke Video
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