Australian GP 1994
NOVEMBER 13, 1994
Australian GP, 1994
There had been some changes to the field since Suzuka with the pay-drivers taking over. Larrousse was down to Jean-Denis Deletraz and Hideki Noda while Simtek had replaced Taki Inoue with Mimmo Schiattarella. Otherwise the field was the same as it had been in Suzuka. In qualifying Michael Schumacher was under pressure and crashed heavily on Friday afternoon. He was second behind Nigel Mansell (Williams). On Saturday it was raining and so the grid was set with Damon Hill third, Mika Hakkinen (McLaren-Peugeot) fourth ahead of the two Jordans of Rubens Barrichello and Eddie Irvine. Johnny Herbert (Benetton) was seventh, followed by Jean Alesi 's Ferrari, Martin Brundle's McLaren and Heinz-Harald Frentzen's Sauber.
At the start Schumacher edged ahead of Mansell and Damon Hill did the same. But this time Hill did not fall away and chased after Schumacher pressuring him all the way. Mansell made a mistake and allowed Hakkinen and Barrichello to pass him. It took 15 laps before Mansell could repass Rubens and go after Hakkinen. When the pit stops began the order was shuffled but the two leaders stayed out and on lap 32 Schumacher cracked under the pressure and went off and hit a wall. Hill tried to pass the German but Schumacher turned into his path. The Benetton was launched up onto two wheels and then went nose first into a tyre barrier. Schumacher was out but Hill's suspension was damaged and he crawled round to the pits where he retired. Michael Schumacher was the World Champion.
The accident left Mansell in the lead, with Berger on his tail and behind them came Alesi, Hakkinen, Barrichello and Brundle. Alesi had a slow stop soon afterwards and dropped away. The battle between Mansell and Berger was a lively one. Eventually Berger made a mistake and dropped back leaving Mansell to win. Brundle claimed third while Hakkinen disappeared with a large accident while running fourth, leaving the place to Barrichello. Olivier Panis (Ligier-Renault) and Alesi completed the top six.
|r||11||Mika Salo||Lotus-Mugen Honda||49||Electrics||22|
|r||12||Alessandro Zanardi||Lotus-Mugen Honda||40||Throttle||14|
|r||0||Damon Hill||Williams-Renault FW16||35||Accident/front Suspension||3|
|r||32||Mimmo Schiattarella||Simtek-Cosworth||21||Gear Lever||26|
|r||19||Hideki Noda||Larrousse-Cosworth||18||Oil Leak||23|
|r||10||Gianni Morbidelli||Footwork-Cosworth||17||Oil Scavenge Pump||21|