• British Grand Prix 1994

Hill benefits from Schumacher's error

Martin Williamson July 10, 1994
Damon Hill celebrates victory © Getty Images
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What started as a poor weekend for Damon Hill when the suspension on his Williams fell apart on the first practice lap finished with him winning the British Grand Prix, something his father never managed. But yet again it was controversy surrounding Michael Schumacher which dominated the next day's headlines.

Schumacher was in a good position when he was slapped with a five-second stop-go penalty for twice overtaking Hill on the parade lap, but his Benetton team refused to call him in arguing the notification of the punishment was not handled properly. Eventually he was black flagged but he ignored that as well, claiming he hadn't seen it, and it took a visit to the Benetton pit by the race director to finally bring the team to heel. That allowed Hill to take the lead and Schumacher, $25,000 worse off after an FIA fine, finished second before his disqualification - promoting Jean Alesi.

Rubens Barrichello collided with Mika Hakkinen on the final lap, Hakkinen finding a way out of sand to just beat Barrichello who limped home on three wheels.

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Martin Williamson is managing editor of digital media ESPN EMEA Martin Williamson, who grew up in the era of James Hunt, Niki Lauda and sideburns, became managing editor of ESPN EMEA Digital Group in 2007 after spells with Sky Sports, Sportal and Cricinfo