1994 F1RGP2C Brazilian Grand Prix

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Flag of Brazil svg.png 1994 F1RGP2C Brazilian Grand Prix
Race 1 of 16 in the 1994 F1RGP2C season
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Date March 27, 1994
Official Name I F1RGP2C Brazilian Grand Prix
Location Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo, Brazil
Course Permanent racing facility
4.325 km (2.703 mi)
Distance 71 laps, 307.075 km (191.921 mi)
Weather Sunny
Pole Position
Driver Flag of Australia svg.png John Zimmer Benetton-Renault
Time 1:14.122
Fastest Lap
Driver Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Tom Douglas McLaren-Peugeot
Time 1:18.455
Podium
First Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Tom Douglas McLaren-Peugeot
Second Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Jack Christopherson Williams-Renault
Third Flag of Ireland svg.png Éadbhard Ó'Caoimhín Jordan-Hart


The 1994 F1RGP2C Brazilian Grand Prix was the first race of the 1994 F1RGP2C season and the inaugural race of the F1RGP2C. It was held at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace. The race was won by Tom Douglas driving for McLaren.

Qualifying

The Friday and Saturday qualifying sessions were rather eventful. The Friday session started with George Tramontani's Simtek pulling over with a blown engine after only completing one lap. Zimmer topped that session with Christopherson second and Douglas third. The Saturday session saw Jack Christopherson pull off with a problem, leaving Zimmer with the first pole position in F1RGP2C history.

Race

John Zimmer led from pole into Turn 1, while further back, Andrew Spokes lost his front wing after hitting Samael Meerwick. Tom Douglas rocketed into second position, with his teammate and the two Ferraris also getting good starts. Both Jordans mixed it up with the frontrunners until Leonhard von Gottorp retired on Lap 22 with a water leak. Attrition was the main storyline of the day. Thirteen cars retired from the race, all with mechanical issues. Douglas took the lead from Zimmer and led for most of the race. Zimmer would later retire with a water leak.

Zimmer was not the only frontrunner to drop out with mechanical troubles. Both Ferraris retired with problems, as well as the second Benetton of Kazuhiko Takagi who capped off a terrible weekend with a race-ending puncture. Tom Douglas took the victory in the inaugural race with Jack Christopherson second and Éadbhard Ó'Caoimhín finishing third for Jordan. Éadbhard took IIDOTR for his performance. Daniel Moreno was fourth for Williams and Pieter Kickert finished fifth in his Tyrrell. However, both drivers were gifted a place when Douglas Mann's Peugot engine combusted on the last lap. Mann crossed with his McLaren in flames as both Kickert and Moreno passed him on the last corner. The first ever Reject of the Race in F1RGP2C history went to Peugeot for the engine failure that cost Mclaren fourth place.

Standings after the race

  • Bold text indicates who still has a theoretical chance of becoming World Champion.
Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
1 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Tom Douglas 10
2 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Jack Christopherson 6
3 Flag of Ireland svg.png Éadbhard Ó'Caoimhín 4
4 Flag of Canada.svg.png Daniel Moreno 3
5 Flag of the Netherlands.svg.png Pieter Kickert 2
Constructors' Championship standings
Pos Constructor Points
1 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png McLaren-Peugeot 11
2 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Williams-Renault 9
3 Flag of Ireland svg.png Jordan-Hart 4
=4 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Tyrrell-Yamaha 2
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

Gallery

All photos were taken from the grand prix.

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