1994 Monaco Grand Prix

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The 1994 Monaco Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on May 15, 1994 at the Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo. The race, which was the fourth round of the 1994 Formula One season, was won by Michael Schumacher and was the first race following the death of Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger in San Marino.

Report

Background

After the deaths of Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger at the previous race of the season, sweeping changes were announced by the FIA to the rules and regulations of Formula One in a bid to improve safety. The majority were scheduled to come into force after the Monaco Grand Prix, but an 80 km/h pit-lane speed limit was brought into force in time for this race.Template:Citation needed

Both Williams and Simtek, the teams for whom Senna and Ratzenberger drove, ran only one car each during the race weekend.

Eddie Irvine was serving the third race of his three race ban issued to him for his part in the crash during the Brazilian Grand Prix. Andrea de Cesaris again took Irvine's place at Jordan, whilst Irvine acted as a pit-lane reporter for the ESPN television station.

Practice and qualifying

During the First Free Practice session on Thursday morning Austrian driver Karl Wendlinger had a major accident in the Nouvelle Chicane, after hitting the wall at almost 280 km/h. Wendlinger was in a coma for several weeks and threatened his F1 career. The Sauber Mercedes team decided to withdraw from the race after this incident.

Michael Schumacher claimed the first pole position of his Grand Prix career. Mika Häkkinen qualified second, which was also the highest starting position thus far in his career.

Race

As a mark of respect for the two fallen drivers, the FIA decided to leave the first two grid positions empty for the race and painted them with the colors of the Brazilian and the Austrian flag, for Senna and Ratzenberger respectively. For the first time since the 1959 United States Grand Prix, there was no previous world champion competing in the race and also no former Monaco Grand Prix winner. Also the race only contained four previous race winners; Schumacher, Hill, Berger and Alboreto.

At the start of the race, Damon Hill crashed into the back of Mika Häkkinen's McLaren just before the St. Devote corner. Häkkinen retired straight away but Hill continued for a few corners before retiring with broken front suspension. Gianni Morbidelli and Pierluigi Martini also collided before St. Devote resulting in a retirement for both drivers.

On lap 40, the engine on Mark Blundell's Tyrrell failed leaving oil on the track at St. Devote which Schumacher, leading the race, had to avoid. The second placed Ferrari of Gerhard Berger did slip on the oil, however, and required a three-point turn to escape from the run off area beside the stricken Tyrrell. Berger returned to the track still in his second place, but dirty tyres left him vulnerable to the McLaren of Martin Brundle, who promptly overtook him down the outside of Mirabeau on the same lap. Christian Fittipaldi in his Footwork-Ford ran close behind the Ferrari's of Berger and Alesi in fourth position until his first refuelling stop near the start of the race. Fittipaldi continued to run strongly in a points position until lap 47 when the gearbox failed.

The race was led from start to finish by Michael Schumacher, who continued his perfect start to the 1994 season with four victories in the first four races. As Schumacher also held the fastest lap, this meant he scored the first Grand Slam of his career, and he was the first driver other than Alain Prost or Ayrton Senna to win the Monaco Grand Prix since 1983. The second place scored by Brundle was the equal best result of his career. Michele Alboreto finished sixth in his Minardi to score the final championship point available. This was the last point Alboreto would score in his Formula One career.

Post-race

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Classification

Qualifying

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Time Q2 Time Gap
1 5 Template:Flagicon Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 1:20.230 1:18.560
2 7 Template:Flagicon Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Peugeot 1:21.881 1:19.488 +0.928
3 28 Template:Flagicon Gerhard Berger Ferrari 1:22.038 1:19.958 +1.398
4 0 Template:Flagicon Damon Hill Williams-Renault 1:22.605 1:20.079 +1.519
5 27 Template:Flagicon Jean Alesi Ferrari 1:22.521 1:20.452 +1.892
6 9 Template:Flagicon Christian Fittipaldi Footwork-Ford 1:23.588 1:21.053 +2.493
7 10 Template:Flagicon Gianni Morbidelli Footwork-Ford 1:23.580 1:21.189 +2.629
8 8 Template:Flagicon Martin Brundle McLaren-Peugeot 1:21.580 1:21.222 +2.662
9 23 Template:Flagicon Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 1:23.162 1:21.288 +2.728
10 4 Template:Flagicon Mark Blundell Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:23.522 1:21.614 +3.054
11 3 Template:Flagicon Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:24.488 1:21.731 +3.171
12 24 Template:Flagicon Michele Alboreto Minardi-Ford 1:25.421 1:21.793 +3.233
13 20 Template:Flagicon Érik Comas Larrousse-Ford 1:23.514 1:22.211 +3.651
14 15 Template:Flagicon Andrea de Cesaris Jordan-Hart 1:24.519 1:22.265 +3.701
15 14 Template:Flagicon Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Hart 1:24.731 1:22.359 +3.799
16 12 Template:Flagicon Johnny Herbert Lotus-Mugen-Honda 1:24.103 1:22.375 +3.815
17 6 Template:Flagicon JJ Lehto Benetton-Ford 1:23.885 1:22.679 +4.119
18 19 Template:Flagicon Olivier Beretta Larrousse-Ford 1:24.126 1:23.025 +4.465
19 11 Template:Flagicon Pedro Lamy Lotus-Mugen-Honda 1:25.859 1:23.858 +5.298
20 26 Template:Flagicon Olivier Panis Ligier-Renault 1:25.115 1:24.131 +5.571
21 25 Template:Flagicon Éric Bernard Ligier-Renault 1:27.694 1:24.377 +5.817
22 31 Template:Flagicon David Brabham Simtek-Ford 1:26.690 1:24.656 +6.096
23 34 Template:Flagicon Bertrand Gachot Pacific-Ilmor 1:48.173 1:26.082 +7.522
24 33 Template:Flagicon Paul Belmondo Pacific-Ilmor 1:29.984 8:36.897 +11.424
WD 30 Template:Flagicon Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Mercedes
WD 29 Template:Flagicon Karl Wendlinger Sauber-Mercedes

Race

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 Template:Flagicon Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford 78 1:49:55.372 1 10
2 8 Template:Flagicon Martin Brundle McLaren-Peugeot 78 +37.278 8 6
3 28 Template:Flagicon Gerhard Berger Ferrari 78 +1:16.824 3 4
4 15 Template:Flagicon Andrea de Cesaris Jordan-Hart 77 +1 Lap 14 3
5 27 Template:Flagicon Jean Alesi Ferrari 77 +1 Lap 5 2
6 24 Template:Flagicon Michele Alboreto Minardi-Ford 77 +1 Lap 12 1
7 6 Template:Flagicon JJ Lehto Benetton-Ford 77 +1 Lap 17  
8 19 Template:Flagicon Olivier Beretta Larrousse-Ford 76 +2 Laps 18  
9 26 Template:Flagicon Olivier Panis Ligier-Renault 76 +2 Laps 20  
10 20 Template:Flagicon Érik Comas Larrousse-Ford 75 +3 Laps 13  
11 11 Template:Flagicon Pedro Lamy Lotus-Mugen-Honda 73 +5 Laps 19  
Ret 12 Template:Flagicon Johnny Herbert Lotus-Mugen-Honda 68 Gearbox 16  
Ret 33 Template:Flagicon Paul Belmondo Pacific-Ilmor 53 Physical 24  
Ret 34 Template:Flagicon Bertrand Gachot Pacific-Ilmor 49 Gearbox 23  
Ret 9 Template:Flagicon Christian Fittipaldi Footwork-Ford 47 Gearbox 6  
Ret 31 Template:Flagicon David Brabham Simtek-Ford 45 Engine 22  
Ret 4 Template:Flagicon Mark Blundell Tyrrell-Yamaha 40 Engine 10  
Ret 3 Template:Flagicon Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 38 Gearbox 11  
Ret 25 Template:Flagicon Éric Bernard Ligier-Renault 34 Spun off 21  
Ret 14 Template:Flagicon Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Hart 27 Electrical 15  
Ret 7 Template:Flagicon Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Peugeot 0 Collision 2  
Ret 0 Template:Flagicon Damon Hill Williams-Renault 0 Collision 4  
Ret 10 Template:Flagicon Gianni Morbidelli Footwork-Ford 0 Collision 7  
Ret 23 Template:Flagicon Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 0 Collision 9  
WD 30 Template:Flagicon Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Mercedes   Withdrawn  
DNS 29 Template:Flagicon Karl Wendlinger Sauber-Mercedes   Injury  

Standings after the race

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Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
1 Template:Flagicon Michael Schumacher 40
2 Template:Flagicon Gerhard Berger 10
3 Template:Flagicon Damon Hill 7
4 Template:Flagicon Rubens Barrichello 7
5 Template:Flagicon Martin Brundle 6

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Constructors' Championship standings
Pos Constructor Points
1 Template:Flagicon Benetton-Ford 40
2 Template:Flagicon Ferrari 22
3 Template:Flagicon McLaren-Peugeot 10
4 Template:Flagicon Jordan-Hart 10
5 Template:Flagicon Williams-Renault 7

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References

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