European GP 1994
OCTOBER 16, 1994
European GP, 1994
The entry list had altered somewhat since the Portuguese GP with Michael Schumacher back in action after his two race ban and Nigel Mansell returning to Williams for the final three races of the year in place of David Coulthard. Tom Walkinshaw had bought Johnny Herbert's contract from the Team Lotus receivers and put the Englishman into Ligier, replacing Eric Bernard. The Frenchman was transferred to be Alex Zanardi's team mate at Lotus for the weekend. Hideki Noda took over the second Larrousse while Mimmo Schiattarella became a Simtek driver for the weekend.
In qualifying Schumacher took pole position from title rival Damon Hill. Mansell was third on the grid. Heinz-Harald Frentzen was fourth for Sauber with Rubens Barrichello (Jordan) fifth, Gerhard Berger (Ferrari) sixth and Herbert seventh. The top 10 was completed by Gianni Morbidelli (Arrows), Mika Hakkinen (McLaren-Peugeot) and Eddie Irvine's Jordan.
At the start Hill went into the lead while Mansell went backwards through the field with a very bad beginning. Frentzen was third while Mansell soon recovered to fourth, passing Berger and Barrichello. Mansell was later repassed by Barrichello and the veteran was unable to get back and damaged the nose of his car on the rear of the Jordan and had to pit for repairs. At the first pits stops Hill was overtaken by Schumacher but, worse than that, Damon had not been given enough fuel and so had to pit again. He dropped away and was never able to catch Schumacher. Hakkinen finished third with Irvine fourth, Berger fifth and Frentzen sixth.
|2||0||Damon Hill||Williams-Renault FW16||69||1h40m51.378s||2|
|r||0||Damon Hill||Williams-Renault FW16||49||Transmission||3|
|r||15||Aguri Suzuki||Jordan-Hart||44||Steering Upright/accident||20|
|r||7||Mika Hakkinen||McLaren-Peugeot||19||Gearbox Hydraulics||4|