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.

Japanese GP  1994., Suzuka, 6. 11. 1994.

Win Damon Hill Williams Renault 1:55:53.532 151.796 km/h
Pole position M.Schumacher Benetton Ford 1:37.209 217.165 km/h
Fastest lap Damon Hill Williams Renault 1:56.597 181.054 km/h

RESULTS

1 0 Damon Hill Williams/Renault 50 1:55:53.532
2 5 M.Schumacher Benetton/Ford 50 1:55:56.897 3.365
3 27 Jean Alesi Ferrari 50 1:56:45.577 52.045
4 2 Nigel Mansell Williams/Renault 50 1:56:49.606 56.074
5 15 Eddie Irvine Jordan/Hart 50 1:57:35.639 1:42.107
6 30 H-H.Frentzen Sauber/Mercedes 50 1:57:53.395 1:59.863
7 7 Mika Häkkinen McLaren/Peugeot 50 1:57:56.517 2:02.985
8 9 C.Fittipaldi Footwork/Ford 49 1:56:51.227 1 lap
9 20 Érik Comas Larrousse/Ford 49 1:57:07.255 1 lap
10 11 Mika Salo Lotus/Mugen-Honda 49 1:57:38.177 1 lap
11 26 Olivier Panis Ligier/Renault 49 1:57:41.269 1 lap
12 31 David Brabham Simtek/Ford 48 1:57:10.846 2 laps
13 12 A.Zanardi Lotus/Mugen-Honda 48 1:57:17.049 2 laps
(9) 4 Mark Blundell Tyrrell/Yamaha 26 1:09:40.719 Engine
(14) 14 R.Barrichello Jordan/Hart 16 49:36.964 Gearbox
(6) 8 Martin Brundle McLaren/Peugeot 13 39:14.059 Spin
(8) 10 G.Morbidelli Footwork/Ford 13 39:24.535 Spin
(9) 28 Gerhard Berger Ferrari 10 33:00.544 Ignition
(18) 25 Franck Lagorce Ligier/Renault 10 33:15.007 Collision
(19) 23 P.Martini Minardi/Ford 10 33:15.866 Collision
(21) 24 Michele Alboreto Minardi/Ford 10 33:19.832 Spin
(3) 6 Johnny Herbert Benetton/Ford 3 6:36.884 Spin
(13) 3 Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell/Yamaha 3 6:58.002 Spin
(24) 32 Taki Inoue Simtek/Ford 3 7:47.322 Spin
29 J J Lehto Sauber/Mercedes 0 Engine
19 Hideki Noda Larrousse/Ford 0 Spin

1994 JAPANESE GP

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