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1994 Pacific Grand Prix

1994 Pacific Grand Prix
TypeF1
CountryJapan
Grand PrixPacific
Official NameI Pacific Grand Prix
DateApril 17
Year1994
Race No2
Season No16
LocationTI Circuit, Aida, Japan
CoursePermanent racing facility
Course Mi2.314
Course Km3.703
Distance Laps83
Distance Mi192.093
Distance Km307.349
WeatherSunny
Pole DriverAyrton Senna
Pole TeamWilliams-Renault
Pole Time1:10.218
Pole CountryBrazil
Fast DriverMichael Schumacher
Fast TeamBenetton-Ford
Fast Time1:14.023
Fast Lap10
Fast CountryGermany
First DriverMichael Schumacher
First TeamBenetton-Ford
First CountryGermany
Second DriverGerhard Berger
Second TeamFerrari
Second CountryAustria
Third DriverRubens Barrichello
Third TeamJordan-Hart
Third CountryBrazil

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The 1994 Pacific Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on April 17, 1994 at the TI Circuit, Aida. It was the second race of the 1994 Formula One season. Ayrton Senna started the race from his 64th pole position, but was overtaken by Schumacher before the first corner and was hit by Mika Häkkinen and spun off the track. Nicola Larini also went off the track and ran into Senna's car causing damage to both Larini's and Senna's cars. Mark Blundell also spun on the same corner and stalled his car in the middle of the track. This first lap carnage allowed Michael Schumacher and Benetton-Ford to easily win their second race of the season.

The track was widely criticized by the drivers for its lack of overtaking opportunities and this proved true during the race, with the only real passing was Damon Hill passing some cars in the early laps after a spin. This led to a fairly processional race, however the podium places were a surprise, mainly owing to the first corner collision and unreliability of the top teams.

A 3 stop strategy was seen as best by most of the teams, owing to the circuit not suited to older tyres.


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