On this day in 1994 Damon Hill beat Michael Schumacher on wet Suzuka circuit to take the 1994 F1 championship battle to the wire with only one point advantage for Schumacher before the final race in Australia.

Japanese GP in 1994 was the 15th and penultimate race of the championship and only title contenders were Michael Schumacher in Benetton and Damon Hill in the Williams Renault. Michael led the championship with 86 points, while Damon was second with five points less. Benetton had two points more than Williams.

The race started in heavy rain and several cars flew off the track due to aquaplaning (Herbert, Lagorce, JJ Lehto, both Minardis and all three Japanese drivers).

In the lap 13 Gianni Morbidelli smashed his Footwork in the first sector Esses and shortly after (lap 15) Martin Brundle crashed in the same place, ricocheted off the barrier, hit marshal near the track and broke his leg. The race was immediately stopped and resumed when rain intensity dropped.

Schumacher led at the moment of race stoppage with an advantage of 6.8 seconds, but Hill won the second part of the race by 10.1 seconds so he was declared the winner with an advantage of 3.3 seconds. It was one of the most impressive races in Hill’s career.

That was the last time the time correction was used in this way in Formula 1.

After his impressive victory at wet Suzuka, Hill reduced Schumacher’s advantage to just one point before the title deciding race in Australia.

1994 Japanese GP, Suzuka, 6th November

WinDamon HillWilliams Renault1:55:53.532151.796 km/h
Pole positionM.SchumacherBenetton Ford1:37.209217.165 km/h
Fastest lapDamon HillWilliams Renault1:56.597181.054 km/h

RESULTS

10Damon HillWilliams/Renault501:55:53.532 
25M.SchumacherBenetton/Ford501:55:56.8973.365
327Jean AlesiFerrari501:56:45.57752.045
42Nigel MansellWilliams/Renault501:56:49.60656.074
515Eddie IrvineJordan/Hart501:57:35.6391:42.107
630H-H.FrentzenSauber/Mercedes501:57:53.3951:59.863
77Mika HäkkinenMcLaren/Peugeot501:57:56.5172:02.985
89C.FittipaldiFootwork/Ford491:56:51.2271 lap
920Érik ComasLarrousse/Ford491:57:07.2551 lap
1011Mika SaloLotus/Mugen-Honda491:57:38.1771 lap
1126Olivier PanisLigier/Renault491:57:41.2691 lap
1231David BrabhamSimtek/Ford481:57:10.8462 laps
1312A.ZanardiLotus/Mugen-Honda481:57:17.0492 laps
 
(9)4Mark BlundellTyrrell/Yamaha261:09:40.719Engine
(14)14R.BarrichelloJordan/Hart1649:36.964Gearbox
(6)8Martin BrundleMcLaren/Peugeot1339:14.059Spin
(8)10G.MorbidelliFootwork/Ford1339:24.535Spin
(9)28Gerhard BergerFerrari1033:00.544Ignition
(18)25Franck LagorceLigier/Renault1033:15.007Collision
(19)23P.MartiniMinardi/Ford1033:15.866Collision
(21)24Michele AlboretoMinardi/Ford1033:19.832Spin
(3)6Johnny HerbertBenetton/Ford36:36.884Spin
(13)3Ukyo KatayamaTyrrell/Yamaha36:58.002Spin
(24)32Taki InoueSimtek/Ford37:47.322Spin
 29J J LehtoSauber/Mercedes0Engine
 19Hideki NodaLarrousse/Ford0Spin
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