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.

Michael Schumacher Benetton-Cosworth  69 1h40m26.689s  
Damon Hill Williams-Renault FW16 69 1h40m51.378s  
Mika Hakkinen McLaren-Peugeot  69 1h41m36.337s  
15 Eddie Irvine Jordan-Hart  69 1h41m45.135s  10 
28 Gerhard Berger Ferrari  68  
30 Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Mercedes  68  
Jos Verstappen Benetton-Cosworth  54 Spin 10 
Damon Hill Williams-Renault FW16 49 Transmission 
15 Aguri Suzuki Jordan-Hart  44 Steering Upright/accident 20 
Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha  42 Engine 
Mika Hakkinen McLaren-Peugeot  19 Gearbox Hydraulics 
19 Oliver Beretta Larrousse-Cosworth  14 Electrics 21 
31 David Brabham Simtek-Cosworth  Engine 25 
Ayrton Senna Williams-Renault  Accident 
Mark Blundell Tyrrell-Yamaha  Accident 12 
27 Nicola Larini Ferrari  Accident 
nq 34 Bertrand Gachot Pacific-Ilmor     
nq 33 Paul Belmondo Pacific-Ilmor