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Team Lotus Press Release - 6 November 1994 TEAM LOTUS powered by Mugen Honda FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP GRAND PRIX JAPANESE GRAND PRIX CIRCUIT SUZUKA DATE SUNDAY 6 NOVEMBER 1994 ALESSANDRO...

Team Lotus Press Release - 6 November 1994

TEAM LOTUS powered by Mugen Honda

FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

        GRAND PRIX  JAPANESE GRAND PRIX
           CIRCUIT  SUZUKA
              DATE  SUNDAY 6 NOVEMBER 1994
ALESSANDRO ZANARDI  13TH
         MIKA SALO  10TH

RACE RESULT 1st Hill Williams 2nd Schumacher Benetton 3rd Alesi Ferrari 4th Mansell Williams 5th Irvine Jordan 6th Frentzen Sauber 7th Hakkinen McLaren 8th Fittipaldi Footwork 9th Comas Larrousse 10th Salo TEAM LOTUS 11th Panis Ligier 13th Zanardi TEAM LOTUS

CONSTRUCTORS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 1st Williams 108 pts 2nd Benetton 103 pts 3rd Ferrari 64 pts 4th McLaren 38 pts 5th Jordan 25 pts 6th Tyrrell 13 pts 7th Sauber 12 pts 8th Ligier 11 pts 9th Footwork 9 pts 10th Minardi 5 pts 11th Larrouse 2 pts

DRIVERS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 1st Schumacher 92 pts 2nd Hill 91 pts 3rd Berger 35 pts 4th Hakkinen 26 pts 5th Alesi 23 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 Frentzen 7 pts

Friday 4 November - Free Practice & Qualifying Alessandro Zanardi: 17th 1:39.721 "This morning the car was difficult to drive, with the back end sliding too much. That's why I spun in the first corner at the end of free practice. Then this afternoon I had a car in front of me on each of my quick laps. I'm really pleased with the work that we did, because we identified the way to improve the car. It's now easier to drive, and though it's still not quite the way I want it, we have a good direction to pursue tomorrow." Mika Salo: 25th 1:41.805 "I was making a few little mistakes on every lap as today is the first time that I have driven an F1 car and at the end of my run I was getting used to the semi-automatic gearchange. There isn't enough grip at the rear yet so the car is quite difficult to drive, but I didn't spin. Physically I didn't have any problem so I was able to acclimatise myself without too much trouble. Knowing the circuit was a help too" Peter Collins: "There's a little more to come from the car, and we hope to find that tomorrow. Mika did an exceptional job today, considering that this is a very difficult circuit and that he has never driven an F1 car before."

Saturday 5 November - Free Practice & Qualifying Alessandro Zanardi: 17th 1:39.721 "The car felt more stable, and if there had been less traffic I think I could have done a time in the high 1m 38s. If it hadn't rained this afternoon, I am confident we would have improved. Whether it rains tomorrow or not, I'm confident I'll be able to overtake a lot of people, because the engine is really good. Mika Salo: 25th 1:41.805 "It was very slippy out there! It's unfortunate that I lost so much time yesterday and again this morning with electrical problems, because that cost me a lot of laps in the car, but I am happy enough. I feel comfortable with the way things are going." Peter Collins: "I'm very pleased with the progress that we made with the set-up in free practice this morning, but that makes it more frustrating that the weather changed this afternoon. But for that, I am confident that we would have qualified both cars in significantly higher positions on the grid."

Sunday 6 November - Race Alessandro Zanardi: "The whole rear section of my car's diffusor was completely broken by the end of the race. even the floor at the back. Right the way through I was having a real problem handling it without any downforce. My other problem is that right from the restart I lost both mirrors. At the end I was driving looking to each side all the time. I could see the blue flag and I expected Damon Hill and Michael Schumacher to come by me at any moment. I wanted desperately not to be the one who might accidentally determine the outcome of the World Championship." Mika Salo: "I had no grip at all at the back of the car, but it was really quick in a straightline! This car is easy to spin in these conditions, so I am pleased that I haven't spun it all weekend. I'm delighted to finish my first Grand Prix with 10th place. It was very busy at the start, but to be honest it was a bit boring towards the end."

Team Lotus is pleased to confirm that Mika Salo will continue to partner Alessandro Zanardi in next weekend's Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide.

ROUND 16 - AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX, ADELAIDE - SUNDAY 13 NOVEMBER 1994

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

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Michael Schumacher , Mika Salo , Peter Collins , Damon Hill
Teams Ferrari , Team Lotus , Sauber , McLaren , Williams , Benetton , Minardi , Jordan