The 1994 Italian Grand Prix was held on 11 September 1994 at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Monza. It was the twelfth race of the 1994 Formula One World Championship.
The 53-lap race was won by British driver Damon Hill, driving a Williams-Renault, with Austria’s Gerhard Berger second.
On race morning Gerhard Berger had a huge crash in the warm-up and had to go to hospital for x-rays before returning to start the race.
Jean Alesi led teammate Gerhard Berger into the first corner while Herbert was third ahead of Hill, Coulthard and the rest. Irvine made a mistake and punted Herbert from behind and the Lotus spun in front of the pack, causing numerous crashes which resulted in a red flag which stopped the race. Although Herbert started in the spare from the pitlane, it was the end of the road for Lotus. They went into receivership the day afterwards.
At the second start Alesi took the lead from Berger. The Frenchman led in dominant fashion until he pitted on lap 15. When he tried to rejoin the Ferrari refused to engage a gear and a furious Alesi departed without a word to the team. Berger led until he pitted and then Hill took the lead until his stop. This was slower than that of his team mate David Coulthard and so the Scotsman was ahead after the stops. Hill quickly caught him and on lap 29 Coulthard moved over to let Hill go into the lead.
On the last lap Coulthard ran out of fuel on the run to the flag from the last corner and so Gerhard Berger finished second with Hakkinen third, Rubens Barrichello fourth for Jordan and Martin Brundle’s McLaren fifth.
Gerhard Berger’s crash in worm-up: