Benetton B194

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Benetton B194
Category Formula One
Constructor Benetton
Team/s Mild Seven Benetton Ford
Designer Rory Byrne
Drivers 5. Michael Schumacher
J.J. Lehto
6. Jos Verstappen
J.J. Lehto
Johnny Herbert
Chassis carbon-fibre and honeycomb composite structure
Suspension (front) double carbon wishbones, pushrod, triple damper
Suspension (rear) double wishbones, pushrod, double damper
Engine Ford (Zetec-R), 75-degree V8
Gearbox Benetton six-speed longitudinal semi-automatic
Fuel Elf
Tyres Goodyear
Debut 1994 Brazilian Grand Prix
Races competed 16
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 1 (1994, Michael Schumacher)
Race victories 8
Pole positions 6
Fastest laps 8

The Benetton B194 was designed by Rory Byrne for the 1994 F1 season. The car was closely based on the previous Benetton B192/3 and powered by a Ford Zetec-RV8 engine (produced by Cosworth but badged as a Ford). The electronic driver aids that had had such an effect on F1 over the previous seasons were banned, so the car had to be redesigned with the new rules in mind. The B194 was a light and nimble car that handled well and was most competitive on twisty tracks.

Jos Verstappen driving the B194.
The B194 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The car was very competitive in the hands of Michael Schumacher, for which the B194 was specifically designed to suit his driving style. Schumacher won six of the first seven races of the season after his main rival, Ayrton Senna was tragically killed at the San Marino Grand Prix. Other teams suspected the B194 was not legal, due to the high competitiveness of such a comparatively underpowered car. The FIA launched an investigation and indeed banned software was discovered in the cars' onboard computer systems, but the governing body could not prove the systems had been used so the complaints were dropped. Schumacher himself was subject to controversy, after being disqualified from the British Grand Prix and then the Belgian Grand Prix which allowed Damon Hill to cut into the German's points lead and as they came to the final race in Australia, Hill and Schumacher were separated by one point.

A contentious collision between the two drivers ended the 1994 drivers' title in Schumacher's favour, and the B194 was retired at the end of the season with eight wins and second place in the constructors' championship. The car was replaced by the Benetton B195 for 1995.

Complete Formula One results

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position)

Year Chassis Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Points WCC
Michael Schumacher 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 DSQ Ret 1 DSQ EX EX 1 2 Ret
Jos Verstappen Ret Ret Ret 8 Ret 3 3 Ret 5 Ret
J.J. Lehto Ret 7 Ret 6 9 Ret
Johnny Herbert Ret Ret

Cars which competed in the 1994 Formula One season
Williams FW16 • Williams FW16B • Tyrrell 022 • Benetton B194 • McLaren MP4-9 • Footwork FA15 • Lotus 107C • Lotus 109 • Jordan 194 • Larrousse LH94 • Minardi M193B • Minardi M194 • Ligier JS39B • Ferrari 412T • Sauber C13 • Simtek S941 • Pacific PR01

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