The 1994 drivers’ championship was decided in controversial fashion 20 years ago today when Michael Schumacher collided with Damon Hill at Adelaide.
The dreadful events of this year’s Japanese Grand Prix were foreshadowed by what happened in the same race 20 years ago.
The return of Michael Schumacher promised a lively battle between him and title rival Damon Hill. But a faulty fuel rig ended their fight in Spain.
Damon Hill took his third consecutive victory in the extraordinary 1994 season to move within one point of championship leader Michael Schumacher with three races remaining.
Damon Hill won the Italian Grand Prix during Michael Schumacher’s enforced absence. But Lotus’s hopes of a result which could have changed their fortunes were wrecked.
Michael Schumacher was stripped of victory in the 1994 Belgian Grand Prix and Damon Hill was declared the winner – the worst possible outcome for Schumacher’s title hopes.
Benetton arrived at the tenth round of 1994 facing another FIA investigation, this time for the Hockenheim fuel fire. But they left Hungary with their best result of the season.
With death threats, a huge first lap crash and an inferno in the pits the German Grand Prix was another torrid round of the 1994 F1 season.
Damon Hill narrowed Michael Schumacher’s championship 20 years ago today with a home win at Silverstone while the Benetton driver was handed a two-race ban.
Nigel Mansell returned to F1 at the 1994 French Grand Prix but while Williams locked out the front row a spectacular start by Michael Schumacher put him on course for another win.