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The 1994 Japanese Grand Prix was the 15th and penultimate round of the 1994 Formula One Season. Run in wet conditions, with conditions torrential to start but improving gradually, it took place at the Suzuka Circuit on November 6th 1994. Due to the weather and resulting accidents, the race was stopped twice: firstly after 14 laps, due to Gianni Morbidelli and Martin Brundle having unrelated accidents, then after 50 laps according to the two-hour time-limit rule. The result was decided, for the last time in Formula One, by an aggregate timing system.

The race was won by Damon Hill of Williams-Renault, who finished nine seconds ahead of Michael Schumacher on the road (3 and a half seconds on aggregate). Ferrari driver, Jean Alesi finished third. The result reduced Hill's deficit in the Drivers' World Championship to just one point behind Schumacher, with just one race to go. Hill's victory, combined with a fourth place finish for team-mate Nigel Mansell gave Williams-Renault a five point lead in the Constructors' Championship over Benetton-Ford.

Three drivers made their début in Japan: Frenchman Franck Lagorce, Japanese Taki Inoue and Finnish Mika Salo. Inoue lasted 3 laps and Lagorce 10 laps, before falling victim to the conditions. Salo performed solidly to cross the line in an overall tenth on his début.

BackgroundEdit

The Suzuka Circuit was unchanged for the 1994 event, and was hosting the Japanese Grand Prix for the eighth consecutive year; the tenth Japanese Grand Prix in total as a round of the Formula One World Championship.

Since the previous round in Jerez, experienced driver, Andrea de Cesaris announced his immediate retirement from F1 after 214 races without a win. He would be replaced by JJ Lehto who had been unseated at Benetton by Johnny Herbert. Also leaving the sport ahead of this event was Frenchman, Éric Bernard, who was replaced by débutant, Mika Salo. Two other teams turned to new blood for the Japanese Grand Prix: Ligier promoted reserve driver, Franck Lagorce, to a race seat to replace Herbert, who had moved to Benetton, and Simtek hired their 6th driver of a tragic season, Taki Inoue, to their driver line-up.

Going into the event, Michael Schumacher held a five point lead over Damon Hill. Schumacher could win the World Championship by outscoring the Williams driver by five points or more. Schumacher's team, Benetton-Ford, held a slender one two point advantage over Williams-Renault: only a one-two finish could potentially secure the title in Japan, depending on other results.

Entry ListEdit

The full entry list is outlined below for the 1994 Japanese Grand Prix:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
0 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Rothmans Williams Renault Williams FW16B Renault RS6 V10 3.5 G
2 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell United Kingdom Rothmans Williams Renault Williams FW16B Renault RS6 V10 3.5 G
3 Japan Ukyo Katayama United Kingdom Tyrrell Racing Organisation Tyrrell 022 Yamaha OX10B V10 3.5 G
4 United Kingdom Mark Blundell United Kingdom Tyrrell Racing Organisation Tyrrell 022 Yamaha OX10B V10 3.5 G
5 Germany Michael Schumacher United Kingdom Mild Seven Benetton Ford Benetton B194 Ford Cosworth ECA Zetec-R V8 3.5 G
6 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Mild Seven Benetton Ford Benetton B194 Ford Cosworth ECA Zetec-R V8 3.5 G
7 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom Marlboro McLaren Peugeot McLaren MP4/9 Peugeot A6 V10 3.5 G
8 United Kingdom Martin Brundle United Kingdom Marlboro McLaren Peugeot McLaren MP4/9 Peugeot A6 V10 3.5 G
9 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi United Kingdom Footwork Ford Footwork FA15 Ford Cosworth HBE7 V8 3.5 G
10 Italy Gianni Morbidelli United Kingdom Footwork Ford Footwork FA15 Ford Cosworth HBE7 V8 3.5 G
11 Finland Mika Salo United Kingdom Team Lotus Lotus 109 Mugen-Honda MF-351 HD V10 3.5 G
12 Italy Alessandro Zanardi United Kingdom Team Lotus Lotus 109 Mugen-Honda MF-351 HD V10 3.5 G
14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ireland Sasol Jordan Jordan 194 Hart 1035 V10 3.5 G
15 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ireland Sasol Jordan Jordan 194 Hart 1035 V10 3.5 G
19 Japan Hideki Noda France Tourtel Larrousse F1 Larrousse LH94 Ford Cosworth HBF7 V8 3.5 G
20 France Érik Comas France Tourtel Larrousse F1 Larrousse LH94 Ford Cosworth HBF7 V8 3.5 G
23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Italy Minardi Scuderia Italia Minardi M194 Ford Cosworth HBC7 V8 3.5 G
24 Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Minardi Scuderia Italia Minardi M194 Ford Cosworth HBC7 V8 3.5 G
25 France Franck Lagorce France Ligier Gitanes Blondes Ligier JS39B Renault RS6 V10 3.5 G
26 France Olivier Panis France Ligier Gitanes Blondes Ligier JS39B Renault RS6 V10 3.5 G
27 France Jean Alesi Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 412T1B Ferrari 043 V12 3.5 G
28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 412T1B Ferrari 043 V12 3.5 G
29 Finland JJ Lehto Switzerland Sauber Mercedes Sauber C13 Mercedes 2175B V10 3.5 G
30 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Switzerland Sauber Mercedes Sauber C13 Mercedes 2175B V10 3.5 G
31 Australia David Brabham United Kingdom MTV Simtek Ford Simtek S941 Ford Cosworth HBD6 V8 3.5 G
32 Japan Taki Inoue United Kingdom MTV Simtek Ford Simtek S941 Ford Cosworth HBD6 V8 3.5 G
33 France Paul Belmondo United Kingdom Pacific Grand Prix Pacific PR01 Ilmor 2175A V10 3.5 G
34 France Bertrand Gachot United Kingdom Pacific Grand Prix Pacific PR01 Ilmor 2175A V10 3.5 G

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

Starting GridEdit

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 1 ______________
Michael Schumacher 2
______________ Damon Hill
Row 2 3 ______________
Heinz-Harald Frentzen 4
______________ Nigel Mansell
Row 3 5 ______________
Johnny Herbert 6
______________ Eddie Irvine
Row 4 7 ______________
Jean Alesi 8
______________ Mika Häkkinen
Row 5 9 ______________
Martin Brundle 10
______________ Rubens Barrichello
Row 6 11 ______________
Gerhard Berger 12
______________ Gianni Morbidelli
Row 7 13 ______________
Mark Blundell 14
______________ Ukyo Katayama
Row 8 15 ______________
JJ Lehto 16
______________ Pierluigi Martini
Row 9 17 ______________
Alessandro Zanardi 18
______________ Christian Fittipaldi
Row 10 19 ______________
Olivier Panis 20
______________ Franck Lagorce
Row 11 21 ______________
Michele Alboreto 22
______________ Érik Comas
Row 12 23 ______________
Hideki Noda 24
______________ David Brabham
Row 13 25 ______________
Mika Salo 26
______________ Taki Inoue
Row 14 27 ______________
Bertrand Gachot 28
______________ Paul Belmondo

RaceEdit

ResultsEdit

Pos No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts
1 0 United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault 50 1:55:53.532 2 10
2 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 50 + 3.365 1 6
3 27 France Jean Alesi Ferrari 50 + 52.045 7 4
4 2 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault 50 + 56.074 4 3
5 15 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Jordan-Hart 50 + 1:42.107 6 2
6 30 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Mercedes 50 + 1:59.863 3 1
7 7 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Peugeot 50 + 2:02.985 8
8 9 Brazil Christian Fittipaldi Footwork-Ford 49 + 1 Lap 18
9 20 France Érik Comas Larrousse-Ford 49 + 1 Lap 22
10 11 Finland Mika Salo Lotus-Mugen-Honda 49 + 1 Lap 25
11 26 France Olivier Panis Ligier-Renault 49 + 1 Lap 19
12 31 Australia David Brabham Simtek-Ford 48 + 2 Laps 24
13 12 Italy Alex Zanardi Lotus-Mugen-Honda 48 + 2 Laps 17
Ret 4 United Kingdom Mark Blundell Tyrrell-Yamaha 26 Engine 13
Ret 14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Hart 16 Gearbox 10
Ret 8 United Kingdom Martin Brundle McLaren-Peugeot 13 Spun off 9
Ret 10 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Footwork-Ford 13 Spun off 12
Ret 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari 10 Ignition 11
Ret 25 France Franck Lagorce Ligier-Renault 10 Collision 20
Ret 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 10 Collision 16
Ret 24 Italy Michele Alboreto Minardi-Ford 10 Spun off 21
Ret 6 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Benetton-Ford 3 Spun off 5
Ret 3 Japan Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 3 Spun off 14
Ret 32 Japan Taki Inoue Simtek-Ford 3 Spun off 26
Ret 29 Finland JJ Lehto Sauber-Mercedes 0 Engine 15
Ret 19 Japan Hideki Noda Larrousse-Ford 0 Spun off 23
DNQ 34 France Bertrand Gachot Pacific-Ilmor
DNQ 33 France Paul Belmondo Pacific-Ilmor

MilestonesEdit

Standings after raceEdit

NotesEdit

  1. Two part race on aggregate time, stopped 3 laps early due to time limit
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
Japan Japanese Grand Prix
Circuits Fuji (1976–1977, 2007–2008), Suzuka (1987–2006, 2009–present)
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Races 197619771978–1986 • 19871988198919901991199219931994 • 19951996199719981999200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017

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