Monaco GP 1994

Monaco GP, 1994

The accidents at Imola two weeks earlier cast a shadow over the Monaco Grand Prix. The tragic events, which included the deaths of Roland Ratzenberger and the great Ayrton Senna, resulted in a mass-media hysteria which had made the whole sport edgy and things went from bad to worse on Thursday morning when Karl Wendlinger had a serious accident at the chicane, sliding sideways into the barriers at high speed. He suffered head injuries which meant that he would not be able to compete for the rest of the season. The Sauber-Mercedes team went back to Switzerland. In the mid-afternoon the FIA president Max Mosley turned F1 on its head by announcing sweeping rule changes.

On Saturday afternoon Michael Schumacher and Mika Hakkinen fought for pole. Schumacher and his Benetton won the battle with Hakkinen second in his McLaren-Peugeot and then Gerhard Berger's Ferrari. Damon Hill in the only Williams-Renault was fourth (out of respect for Senna, Williams did not field a second driver). The returning Jean Alesi was fifth fastest ahead of the Arrows-Fords of Christian Fittipaldi and Gianni Morbidelli. The top 10 was rounded off by a disappointing Martin Brundle (McLaren), Pierluigi Martini in his Minardi and Mark Blundell in his Tyrrell.

Schumacher made his customary good start, pulling clear of any danger from Hakkinen. Behind these two Hill had made a good start and got ahead of Berger. As they went into Ste Devote Damon went for a gap to Hakkinen's left. The Williams ended up in the wall and Hakkinen's McLaren did likewise. This left Michael Schumacher a long way clear of the field. Michael would not be headed for the rest of the afternoon. Berger ran second, pulling clear of Alesi and Fittipaldi. Brundle pitted early and when the other frontrunners stopped Martin was able to get up to third.

There was some excitement in the mid-race when Mark Blundell spread oil at Ste Devote. Schumacher slid and nearly hit the barrier while Berger spun off. This put Brundle second and he was not planning to stop again. Unfortunately he was forced to pit when rubbish got into his radiators and his engine temperatures went off the clock. The stop dropped him to third behind Berger. When Gerhard and Michael stopped again Martin moved to second.

A lap down Andrea de Cesaris (standing in for Eddie Irvine at Jordan) moved into fourth and was able to control an exhausted Alesi while Michele Alboreto was sixth for Minardi.

Michael Schumacher Benetton-Cosworth  78 1h49m55.372s  
Martin Brundle McLaren-Peugeot  78 1h50m32.6502  
28 Gerhard Berger Ferrari  78 1h51m12.196s  
15 Andreas de Cesaris Jordan-Hart  77  14 
27 Jean Alesi Ferrari  77  
24 Michele Alboreto Minardi-Cosworth  77  12 
JJ Lehto Benetton-Cosworth  77  17 
19 Oliver Beretta Larrousse-Cosworth  76  18 
26 Olivier Panis Ligier-Renault  76  20 
10 20 Erik Comas Larrousse-Cosworth  75  13 
11 11 Pedro Lamy Lotus-Mugen Honda  73  19 
12 Johnny Herbert Lotus-Mugen Honda  68 Gearbox 16 
33 Paul Belmondo Pacific-Ilmor  53 Driver Discomfort 24 
34 Bertrand Gachot Pacific-Ilmor  49 Gearbox 23 
Christian Fittipaldi Footwork-Cosworth  47 Gearbox 
31 David Brabham Simtek-Cosworth  45 Accident/front Suspension 22 
Mark Blundell Tyrrell-Yamaha  40 Engine 10 
Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha  38 Gearbox 11 
25 Eric Bernard Ligier-Renault  34 Spin 21 
14 Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Hart  27 Electrics 15 
Damon Hill Williams-Renault FW16 Accident 
Mika Hakkinen McLaren-Peugeot  Accident 
10 Gianni Morbidelli Footwork-Cosworth  Accident 
23 Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Cosworth  Accident 
ns 30 Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Mercedes   Withdrew After Wendlinger Accid  
ns 29 Karl Wendlinger Sauber-Mercedes   Accident/injury