1994 Formula One season
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The Formula 1 1994 season was the 45th FIA Formula 1 World Championship. She was discharged through 16 races in the period from 27 March 1994 until 13 November 1994. Michael Schumacher won his first of seven Drivers 'World Championships, the Williams team was the seventh time overall and third consecutive constructors' world championship. The season was marred by several serious accidents, including two fatal accidents. During the race weekend for the Grand Prix of San Marino at Imola The Austrian Roland Ratzenberger died after an accident or during training, the Brazilian Ayrton Senna after a series of incidents caused by an accident in the race. When training for the Grand Prix of Monaco accident Wendlinger so heavy that he was several weeks in a coma and had to end some time later his Formula 1 career.
Teams and Drivers
World Cup ratings
World Champion will be the one driver or designer who has accumulated up to the end of the season the most points in the World Cup. The distribution of points, the placings in the overall result of the competition in all races are considered. The six top-ranked riders in each race were awarded points according to the following scheme:
- At the Grand Prix of San Marino ( → Main article: Grand Prix of San Marino 1994) in Imola to an unprecedented series of accidents occurred. In Friday's training initially survived the junior driver Rubens Barrichello a serious accident in which he escaped with the fright and a broken nose. The day after the final training accident the young Austrian Roland Ratzenberger pilot when his front wing tore at over 300 km / h and the car crashed nearly unrestrained and almost head-on into the wall of the left boundary line; Ratzenberger was killed instantly when the race on Sunday crashed the Williams driver and three -time Formula 1 champion Ayrton Senna; he drove in the fast Tamburellokurve at well over 300 km / h from still not clearly clarified cause straight and crashed into the perimeter wall. Wreckage of the front suspension penetrated the helmet visor of the Brazilian and inflicted fatal head injuries. Already at the start of the race, an accident had occurred, which led to the neutralization: Pedro Lamy drove the Benetton of the residual JJ Lehto to the rear, flying debris injure spectators. Both drivers were taken to the examination at the Medical Center. The finale of the well blackest Formula 1 race in history formed an unsuccessful pit stop of the Italian Michele Alboreto, in consequence of an improperly secured wheel injured several mechanics.
- In free practice for the Grand Prix of Monaco, the Austrian Karl Wendlinger crashed hard. He lost on the fastest track section after the tunnel control of his vehicle and crashed into the perimeter wall of the harbor chicane. Wendlinger fell into a deep coma, his chances of survival and its future were initially uncertain. After three weeks, the Sauber driver awoke from a coma and had recovered almost completely back to autumn. A comeback attempt in the final two races but failed.
- At the Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone Michael Schumacher overtook in the warm-up lap regulations unconstitutional his rival Damon Hill. Then, the race management veiled in the race a stop-and -go penalty for the Benetton driver, but ignored it and his team. He then got off the racing line several times the black flag ( disqualification) showed that Schumacher and his team also ignore or not to have seen. Television images showed an excited be discussed with the Race Director Benetton team boss Flavio Briatore. Shortly thereafter, bent his pilot into the pit lane and sat from the penalty at the beginning stop-and- go penalty. After the race Schumacher was disqualified anyway and thus lost his second place and six points. A few days after the British Grand Prix, the FIA attacked even more drastic means: She locked the Germans because of ignoring the black flag for two races. However, by an objection to the Benetton team, he could at least start at his home race in Hockenheim, before the FIA World Council in Paris, the penalty for the race at Monza and Estoril confirmed.
- In the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa- Francorchamps Michael Schumacher won, but it was after the race due to a thin wooden base plate ( since Hockenheim provision ) on his Benetton disqualified. Schumacher had turned the race on the curbs and argued that the wood panel is therefore as much abraded. The FIA did not follow the Opposition but.
- Williams driver Damon Hill, who benefited from blocking and disqualifications of the World Cup leader Schumacher, won himself three times in a row and thus came before the European Grand Prix at Jerez until at one point to Schumacher zoom ( 76:75 points). With three races to be added once each Hill and Schumacher once through, so it was up at the point spacing before the last race in Adelaide ( 92:91 ).
- As part of the Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide Schumacher starting place for two qualified, directly in front of Damon Hill. Training fastest was surprisingly veteran Nigel Mansell. The two championship contenders led from the start the race ( Schumacher before Hill ). In the 36th round Schumacher slid off the runway and touched after a left turn, the outer wall. He turned back to the track and stayed just ahead of Hill. In the next right-hander Hill tried to get past the inside, the German remained as the leader on the racing line. The cars touched, Schumacher flew over and landed in the Hills front tire wall. The race was then stopped for Schumacher. Hill drove to the pits, but since his front left suspension was broken, he gave up the race Schumacher was world champion.