1994 French Grand Prix

Grand Prix de France

Sunday, July 3, 1994
Round:
7
Weather:
Hot, dry and sunny
Laps:
72
Fastest Lap:
Hill, 1m19.678
Country:
France
Circuit:
1994 season:
Report

Two into three won't go

Damon Hill and prodigal Nigel Mansell dominated qualifying for Williams, but come the race smart tactics made it business as usual for Michael Schumacher and that Benetton

If ever a 1994 race must have made Max Mosley rub his hands with glee and say 'I told you refuelling would create some great race strategies,' then the French GP at Magny-Cours was it.

Of the front runners, nobody spent more time in the pits than Michael Schumacher, three pit visits accounting for a cumulative stop time of 1m 10.767s. But there's nothing wrong with that, so long as your car is the fastest when it's running. Schumacher's was, and Benetton also sold Williams a great dummy with its fuel stop strategy.

Most teams were expected to make two stops (bar Christian Fittipaldi and Footwork who always seem to love the one-stop plan, although this time Blundell joined him). Certainly, Williams wasn't expecting Benetton to throw in that extra one.

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