Given Ayrton Senna’s tragic passing in the third round of this season, the title chosen for this season review video is perhaps not in the best taste. The 1994 season saw the rise of two drivers – Michael Schumacher and Damon Hill – but it left many wondering just what Senna could have achieved had he survived that black weekend at Imola.
At any rate, a pivotal year in the sport’s history saw Schumacher and Hill arrive at the season-ending race in Adelaide with just a point separating them in the standings. And we all know what happened there…
Despite the many important changes brought to the sport in 1994, this particular review sits in about the middle of the range when compared with its peers.
It was a significant season in many ways – the first major changes to the sport’s safety being one example – but perhaps not as entertaining as some of the championship seasons before or since. The commentary in this review seems a little distant, but the overall video (spanning just over two hours) is well-paced with minimal padding.
In contrast to the 1982 review video where we saw the deaths of Gilles Villeneuve and Ricardo Paletti, footage of Ratzenberger and Senna’s deaths is largely kept out of this edit, and their deaths are handled sensitively.
There is a solid focus on the happenings up and down the field, although much of the on-track action is confined to the battles right at the front of the field. As an historical account of the 1994 season, this stands up by itself as a solid, although largely unspectacular, season review.
HITS: The tense championship stand-off between Hill and Schumacher
MISSES: Controversy reigned supreme in 1994, particular around many of the activities involving the Benetton team. An area where this review lets itself down is a lack of critical analysis covering many of these events; it tends to resort to limited ‘after-the-fact’ reporting.
BEST BITS: Hill kept himself in the championship hunt by dint of misfortune for Schumacher and some stellar drives on his behalf. The two closing races in Japan and Australia are outstanding races, and well covered in this review.
Using our unique ‘Chequered Flags’ rating system, we award the 1994 Formula One World Championship Review…
OUT OF A POSSIBLE FIVE.
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