Formula One Legends: World Championship 1994

The 1994 Formula One season was the 45th season of FIA Formula One motor racing. It featured the 1994 FIA Formula One World Championship which commenced on March 27, 1994, and ended on November 13 after sixteen races. The season is remembered as one of the most tragic and controversial seasons in the 1990s, if not in the sport’s history.

Williams retained Damon Hill to partner Senna, and test driver David Coulthard would replace the Brazilian following his fatal accident.
McLaren, having lost iconic driver Ayrton Senna, promoted Mika Häkkinen to team leader and brought in experienced Martin Brundle. Following a year with customer Ford power, the team had works Peugeot engines for 1994.

Benetton kept Michael Schumacher on board, pairing him with JJ Lehto. The team’s Dutch test-driver, Jos Verstappen, and Johnny Herbert also drove for the team during the season.
Ferrari retained their 1993 driver line-up of Jean Alesi and Gerhard Berger.
Sauber replaced JJ Lehto with debutant Heinz-Harald Frentzen to partner Karl Wendlinger, though the Finn would return after injury plagued his time at Benetton.
Jordan retained their final line-up of 1993 with Rubens Barrichello and Eddie Irvine.
Larrousse, now powered by Ford HB engines, signed Olivier Beretta to partner Érik Comas.
1994. A year which saw the eyes of the world on one of the smallest country of the world. San Marino.

San Marino 1994 means sufference and pain, desperation and tears, but also criticism and injustice.

On Sunday the world stopped to mourn the death of Ayrton Senna da Silva. In a sad weekend in which the Austrian driver Roland Ratzenberger also died during training for classification.

In a year marked by the birth of an idol – the new world champion Michael Schumacher – and the death of triple champion that will remain forever in the memory of all lovers of Formula 1.

Grand Prix Date Winning Driver Team Laps Time
Brazil 27/03/1994 Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 71 1:35’38.759
Pacific 17/04/1994 Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 83 1:46’01.693
San Marino 01/05/1994 Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 58 1:28’28.642
Monaco 15/05/1994 Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 78 1:49’55.372
Spain 29/05/1994 Damon Hill Williams-Renault 65 1:36’14.374
Canada 12/06/1994 Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 69 1:44’31.887
France 03/07/1994 Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 72 1:38’35.704
Great Britain 10/07/1994 Damon Hill Williams-Renault 60 1:30’03.640
Germany 31/07/1994 Gerhard Berger Ferrari 45 1:22’37.272
Hungary 14/08/1994 Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 77 1:48’00.185
Belgium 28/08/1994 Damon Hill Williams-Renault 44 1:28’47.170
Italy 11/09/1994 Damon Hill Williams-Renault 53 1:18’02.754
Portugal 25/09/1994 Damon Hill Williams-Renault 71 1:45’10.165
Europe 16/10/1994 Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 69 1:40’26.689
Japan 06/11/1994 Damon Hill Williams-Renault 50 1:55’53.532
Australia 13/11/1994 Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault 81 1:47’51.480

Drivers Championship final standings

Pos Name Nat. Team Points Wins
1st Michael Schumacher Ger. Beneton 92 8
2nd Damon Hill GB William 91 6
3rd Gerhard Berger Aus. Ferrari 41 1
4th Mika Hakkinen Fin. Mclaren 26
5th Jean Alesi Fr. Ferrari 24
6th Rubens Barrichello Bra. Jordan 19
7th Martin Brundle GB Mclaren 16
8th David Coulthard GB Williams 14
9th Nigel Mansell GB Willaims 13 1
10th Oliver Panis Fr. Ligier 9

Constructors Championship final standings

Pos Team Points Wins
1st Rothmans Williams 118 7
2nd Mild Seven Benetton Ford 103 8
3rd Ferrari 71 1
4th Malboro Mclaren Peugeot 42
5th Sasol Jordan 28
6th Tyrrell 13
Ligier Gitanes Blondes 13
8th Sauber 12
9th Footwork Ford 9
10th Minardi Scuderia Italia 5

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