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Team Lotus Press Release - 16 October 1994 TEAM LOTUS powered by Mugen Honda FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP GRAND PRIX EUROPEAN GRAND PRIX CIRCUIT JEREZ DATE SUNDAY 16 OCTOBER 1994 ALESSANDRO...

Team Lotus Press Release - 16 October 1994

TEAM LOTUS powered by Mugen Honda

FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

        GRAND PRIX  EUROPEAN GRAND PRIX
           CIRCUIT  JEREZ
              DATE  SUNDAY 16 OCTOBER 1994
ALESSANDRO ZANARDI  16TH
      ERIC BERNARD  18TH

RACE RESULT 1st Schumacher Benetton 2nd Hill Williams 3rd Hakkinen McLaren 4th Irvine Jordan 5th Berger Ferrari 6th Frentzen Sauber 7th Katayama Tyrrell 8th Herbert Ligier 9th Panis Ligier 10th Alesi Ferrari 16th Zanardi TEAM LOTUS 18th Bernard TEAM LOTUS

CONSTRUCTORS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 1st Benetton 97 pts 2nd Williams 95 pts 3rd Ferrari 60 pts 4th McLaren 38 pts 5th Jordan 23 pts 6th Tyrrell 13 pts 7th Ligier 11 pts 8th Sauber 11 pts 9th Footwork 9 pts 10th Minardi 5 pts 11th Larrouse 2 pts

DRIVERS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 1st Schumacher 86 pts 2nd Hill 81 pts 3rd Berger 35 pts 4th Hakkinen 26 pts 5th Alesi 19 pts 6th Barrichello 16 pts 7th Coulthard 14 pts 8th Brundle 12 pts 9th Verstappen 10 pts 10th Blundell 8 pts 11th Panis 7 pts 12th Larini 6 pts

Friday 14 October - Free Practice & Qualifying Alessandro Zanardi: "This morning we tried a set-up based on the one that worked well for us in testing in Portugal, but it was not the right way to go for this track. We changed things quite a lot for this afternoon and we now know more about a suitable set-up for Jerez. The car is still difficult to drive because it is sliding around too much at the rear." Eric Bernard: "It's been a little bit difficult for me today, because this is the first time I have driven this car and everything has come together very quickly in the last two days. I think this afternoon that we made good progress in these circumstances, because each time I went out it felt better, but I still need to improve the balance for tomorrow. I hope then to have the new engine in my car, and that should help me to progress further." Peter Collins: "I'm very impressed with the calm and methodical manner in which Alessandro worked steadily to improve the car for qualifying. And I'm pleased with the sensible approach displayed by Eric as he has been learning about his car."

Saturday 15 October - Free Practice & Qualifying Alessandro Zanardi: "The car is very difficult to drive, but I am still convinced that there is more to come. We are moving in the right directions, but although the grip is not bad I still had problems finding a balance. I could swap it from the front to the rear, but I could never get it even. You could say it [Jerez] is the sort that tends to highlight the problems in the car, whereas Monza showed its best points." Eric Bernard: "I am happy that we have made progress throughout the weekend, although I was hoping for a better position on the grid. On my first set of tyres I pushed a lot - probably too hard as I came very close to crashing in one fast corner! I would like to thank my engineer and all my mechanics who have been such great support for me this weekend. The team has made me feel very welcome." Peter Collins: "Alex made a strong contribution by tackling things in a calm and logical manner, which has been a great help this weekend. Eric has adapted well to his new environment and done a good and professional job. I am pleased with his input."

Sunday 16 October - The Race Alessandro Zanardi: "I am pleased with this interesting test, because the car was very good in some corners. In the high-speed turns I could stay with the best cars. In the medium corners it was reasonable too, but in the slow corners and on initial acceleration I was losing 70 or 80 metres every time. We definitely need to improve that. I hope that we can use all the information we have gathered to make the car better for Suzuka, which should suit us better." Eric Bernard: "It was terrific to finish the race, because after 20 laps it was very difficult physically for me. Not because I am not fit, but because my seating position wasn't right. My arms, legs and back were all completely numb, and I have to admit that I felt it was too dangerous to keep pushing really hard. However, because the people on the team have given me such a very warm welcome, I felt I couldn't let anyone down. From somewhere I found some reserve energy and managed to finish." Peter Collins: "We know that the car is not so good in slow-speed corners, but I am encouraged how well it went in the faster curves and am confident that this will stand us in very good stead for the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka."

ROUND 15 - Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka - Sunday 6 November 1994

-- Alan F. Perry Internet Lotus Cars Mailing List esprit@netcom.com

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Peter Collins
Teams Ferrari , Team Lotus , Sauber , McLaren , Williams , Benetton , Minardi , Jordan