Brazilian Grand Prix


Analysis :
After a lucky win two weeks earlier, Damon Hill totally dominated the field en route to his 15th GP win here in Sao Paulo as the track slowly changed from wet and dry. In atrocious starting conditions he pulled quickly away from teammate Jacques Villeneuve who held second for a large portion of the race before falling foul of the wet track as he fought off a challenge from Jean Alesi.

Alesi was the only driver to come close to Hill, but the early advantage was too much for the Frenchman to make up. Hill also had the pleasure of lapping Micheal Schumacher, who's Ferrari was not as impressive here as it had been in Australia. Mika Hakkinen had a great run in the McLaren from way back on the grid up to fourth, once again followed home by countryman Mika Salo, in the Tyrrell. Picking up the final point was Olivier Panis who kept his Ligier rolling as many drivers spun off, including both Rubens Barricello and Martin Brundle in the final laps, ending a promising run for the Jordan team.

Eddie Irvine was unable to get the second Ferrari into the points, while Gerhard Berger will be hoping that things cannot get any worse for him at Benetton. David Coulthard once again had a disastrous weekend, which ended after he gambled on slick tyres long before the rest of the field. Johnny Herbert again had problems at the start and made no impression, while Sauber team leader Heinz-Harald Frentzen ran well in the rain before his Ford V10 let him down.

With just a week separating the next race in Argentina it may be very hard to stop the Williams steamroller!


Qualifying :
Cloudy, dry
PosDriverNat.TeamTime m:ss.sss
1Damon HillGBRWilliams-Renault1:18.111
2Rubens BarrichelloBRAJordan-Peugeot1:19.092
3Jacques Villeneuve CAN Williams-Renault1:19.254
4Michael Schumacher GERFerrari1:19.474
5Jean AlesiFRABenetton-Renault1:19.484
6Martin BrundleGBRJordan-Puegeot1:19.519
7Eddie IrvineIRLFerrari1:19.591
8Mika HakkinenFINMcLaren-Mercedes1:19.607
9Gerhard BergerAUTBenetton-Renault1:19.762
10H-H FrentzenGER Sauber-Ford1:19.799
11Mika SaloFINTyrrell-Yamaha1:20.000
12Johnny HerbertGBRSauber-Ford1:20.144
13Jos VerstappenNEDArrows-Hart1:20.157
14David CoulthardGBRMcLaren-Mercedes1:20.167
15Olivier PanisFRALigier-Mugen1:20.426
16Ukyo KatayamaJAPTyrrell-Yamaha1:20.427
17Ricardo Rosset BRAArrows-Hart1:20.440
18Pedro DinizBRALigier-Mugen1:20.873
19Tarso MarquesBRAMinardi-Ford1:21.421
20Pedro LamyPORMinardi-Ford1:21.491
21Luca Badoer ITAForti-Ford1:23.174
22Andrea MonterminiITAForti-Ford1:23.454

107 % rule:
All cars qualified


Race : 71 laps
Heavy rain, light rain, no rain !!!
PosDriverNat.CarTime h:mm:ss.sss
1Damon HillGBRWilliams-Renault1:49:52.976
2Jean AlesiFRABenetton-Renault1:50:10.958
3Michael Schumacher GERFerrari1 lap down
4Mika HakkinenFINMcLaren-Mercedes1 lap down
5Mika SaloFINTyrrell-Yamaha1 lap down
6Olivier PanisFRALigier-Mugen1 lap down
7Eddie IrvineIRLFerrari1 lap down
8Pedro DinizBRALigier-Mugen2 laps down
9Ukyo KatayamaJAPTyrrell-Yamaha2 laps down
10Pedro LamyPORMinardi-Ford3 laps down
11Luca BadoerITAForti-Ford4 laps down
12Martin BrundleGBRJordan-Puegeot64 laps - spun off
13Rubens BarrichelloBRAJordan-Peugeot59 laps - spun off
14H-H FrentzenGER Sauber-Ford36 laps - engine
15David CoulthardGBRMcLaren-Mercedes29 laps - spun off
16Johnny HerbertGBRSauber-Ford28 laps - engine
17Andrea MonterminiITAForti-Ford26 laps - ???
18Gerhard BergerAUTBenetton-Renault26 laps - electronics
19Jacques Villeneuve CAN Williams-Renault26 laps - spun off
20Ricardo Rosset BRAArrows-Hart24 laps - accident
21Jos VerstappenNEDArrows-Hart19 laps - engine
22Tarso MarquesITAMinardi-Ford0 laps - accident


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