British GP Team Lotus weekend summary

Team Lotus Press Release - July 10, 1994 TEAM LOTUS powered by Mugen Honda FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP GRAND PRIX BRITISH GRAND PRIX CIRCUIT SILVERSTONE DATE SUNDAY 10 JULY 1994 JOHNNY...

Team Lotus Press Release - July 10, 1994

TEAM LOTUS powered by Mugen Honda

FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

        GRAND PRIX  BRITISH GRAND PRIX
           CIRCUIT  SILVERSTONE
              DATE  SUNDAY 10 JULY 1994
    JOHNNY HERBERT  12TH - FASTEST LAP 1:31.711
ALESSANDRO ZANARDI  DNF - FASTEST LAP 1:34.266

RACE RESULT 1st Hill Williams 2nd Schumacher Benetton 3rd Alesi Ferrari 4th Hakkinen McLaren 5th Barrichello Jordan 6th Coulthard Williams 7th Katayama Tyrrell 8th Frentzen Sauber 9th Verstappen Benetton 10th Fittipaldi Footwork 11th Martini Minardi 12th Herbert Lotus

CONSTRUCTORS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 1st Benetton 73 pts 2nd Williams 42 pts 3rd Ferrari 40 pts 4th McLaren 13 pts 5th Jordan 13 pts 6th Sauber 10 pts 7th Tyrrell 8 pts 8th Minardi 5 pts 9th Footwork 3 pts 10th Larrouse 1 pt

DRIVERS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 1st Schumacher 72 pts 2nd Hill 39 pts 3rd Berger 17 pts 4th Alesi 17 pts 5th Barrichello 9 pts 6th Hakkinen 7 pts 7th Larini 6 pts 8th Brundle 6 pts 9th Frentzen 5 pts 10th Blundell 4 pts 11th De Cesaris 4 pts 12th Wendlinger 4 pts

Friday 8 July - Free Practice & Qualifying Johnny Herbert: 18th - 1:29.268 "I ran a little less wing than Alessandro, but the rear end of my car was quite snappy and I made some mistakes as it was difficult to judge the handling. I didn't really get a good lap because of this. I was losing all my time at Bridge, where the car felt really nervous. As soon as I came off the power there I got into a massive twitch." Alessandro Zanardi: 17th - 1:29.240 "I am quite pleased with the handling of my car today. I had a very good balance and it's definitely easier to drive. We are continually changing lots of things in all our testing, and brick by brick you build the house. I still beleive that the 109 has a lot of potential; the engine is very strong and the chassis is very stiff." Peter Collins: "We are continuing to make progress, which is an encouraging sign. The good thing is that we have now been able to bring the 109 to the point where the drivers can push it much harder."

Saturday 10 July - Free Practice & Qualifying Johnny Herbert: 21st 1:26.340 "Whatever changes I made to my car, we just don't seem to be able to make it go any quicker. We improved over yesterday because conditions were better but we seem to be lost, We tried a lot of different set-ups, but it didn't seem to make any difference." Alessandro Zanardi: 19th - 1:28.225 "We are still looking for the mechanical grip we needed yesterday! We did find a little though, and while the balance of the car isn't quite as good as it was then, I like the driveability more. I think we did a good job today because we improved the car. I'm sure there is still some potential in it, but all the time you get close to something, it just gets more and more difficult to improve! You can feel that the potential is there, but then I suppose that all of the drivers here can say that..." Peter Collins: "Again, we made progress today, but as I said yesterday, it is difficult for us to optimize our car with our current mechanical set-up, and that's what has hurt us a little here on a track where high-speed poise is all important."

The Race Johnny Herbert: "Well, I think we made some progress today. I could run with Martini all the time, but it's always very difficult to pass when you are evenly matched, and we were very even. Unfortunately, the brake pedal travel started getting too long after my first stop, and then with 15 laps to go the engine started misfiring, then losing power." Alessandro Zanardi: "On the formation lap I could feel that something was wrong because it felt as if the engine was running on only nine cylinders - I think something had come loose and fallen into the throttle trumpet. The mechanics worked hard to fix the problem on the grid but I started the race from the pit lane exit and was okay until the engine expired just before Bridge on my fifth lap. This is a real shame because the car felt better than it has all year - a lot more responsive - and I'm sure that I could have had a reasonable finish." Peter Collins: "It was a great pity after all Alex's testing efforts, which showed in our overall race performance. We've certainly made some progress and have more to do in the same direction."

ROUND 9 - GERMAN GRAND PRIX, HOCKENHEIM - 31 JULY 1994

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