1994 F1RGP2C French Grand Prix

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Flag of France svg.png 1994 F1RGP2C French Grand Prix
Race 7 of 16 in the 1994 F1RGP2C season
Magny Cours 1992new.jpg
Date July 3, 1994
Official Name I F1RGP2C French Grand Prix
Location Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours, Magny-Cours, France
Course Permanent racing facility
4.250 km (2.641 mi)
Distance 72 laps, 306.000 km (191.140 mi)
Weather Sunny
Pole Position
Driver Flag of Canada.svg.png Daniel Moreno Williams-Renault
Time 1:15.587
Fastest Lap
Driver Flag of Canada.svg.png Daniel Moreno Williams-Renault
Time 1:16.909
Podium
First Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Jack Christopherson Williams-Renault
Second Flag of Germany svg.png Leonhard von Gottorp Jordan-Hart
Third Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Poppy Whitechapel Tyrrell-Yamaha


The 1994 F1RGP2C French Grand Prix was the seventh round of the 1994 F1RGP2C season. The race was won by Jack Christopherson for Williams-Renault after rivals Daniel Moreno and John Zimmer both failed to finish.

Race Report

Qualifying

Daniel Moreno took his third consecutive pole and his fourth of the season on Saturday by 0.276 seconds over his teammate Jack Christopherson. John Zimmer lined up third for Benetton next to Douglas Mann's McLaren. Damon Cannon delivered another brilliant effort to qualify 14th in the underpowered Lotus. Sebastien Belo failed to perform on home soil, qualifying nine tenths behind his teammate.

Race

At the start, Daniel Moreno dashed off into the lead. Mann shot into second as Zimmer held third. Christopherson fell back to fifth as O'Connell took fourth. Pippa Mann collided with her teammate at the first turn and knocked off her front wing. Zimmer quickly re-passed Douglas Mann and chased after Daniel Moreno. Moreno's lead dwindled to three seconds but Zimmer was unable to make the move. Zimmer's teammate Kazuhiko Takagi retired on Lap 4 with the first of seven Ford engine failures on the day. Masta Valsattis was the second for Minardi on Lap 11. Once again, reliability drastically affected the points runners as Douglas Mann retired on Lap 14 from fifth with an engine problem and Pieter Kickert retired on Lap 18. Zimmer gradually fell back and he pitted on Lap 26. George Tramontani became the third For failure on Lap 27. Moreno pitted his Williams on Lap 30 and rturned in the lead.

Unfortunately, in a scene reminiscent of the Spanish Grand Prix, Moreno pulled off the track with a terminal transmission problem. This gave John Zimmer the lead with Christopherson in second and von Gottorp in third. The race became very processional as the drivers just tried to make it to the end of the race without breaking their cars. Four more drivers with Ford engines found themselves out of the race, the most notable being leader John Zimmer who retired on Lap 54. Jack Christopherson, who had been a complete non-factor to that point, took the lead. He managed to finish the race and won by seven seconds over von Gottorp. Poppy Whitechapel finally broke through to finish on the podium for Tyrrell. Dennis Mignolet survived an early electrical problem to finish in fourth. Samael Meerwick somehow brought his Lotus home in fifth. Rory McAllister did not finish the race but he was awarded sixth after a late-race engine failure. Ford won Reject of the Race. Christopherson's win moved him up to first in the standings with Zimmer second and Moreno third.

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 Jack Christopherson 28
2 Flag of Australia svg.png John Zimmer 24
=3 Flag of Canada.svg.png Daniel Moreno 19
=3 Flag of Germany svg.png Leonhard von Gottorp 19
5 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Tom Douglas 18
Constructors' Championship standings
Pos Constructor Points
1 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Williams-Renault 47
2 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Benetton-Ford 30
3 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png McLaren-Peugeot 29
4 Flag of Ireland svg.png Jordan-Hart 27
5 Flag of Italy svg.png Ferrari 14
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
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