1994 brought some big changes for McLaren. Firstly their top driver Ayrton Senna went to Williams and was replaced by Martin Brundle. Later that year Senna died in an accident at Imola and was replaced by Williams' test driver David Coulthard. The Ford engines McLaren used for one year went to Benetton and were replaced by Peugeot engines which made their debut in F1. The engines proved to be fast by Mika's 2nd place on the grid that year in Monaco. Their not being reliable was shown by the lot of "did not finishes" by Mika as well as Martin Brundle: 7 times Mika DNF and 9 times Martin! However, if Mika finished, he was almost always on the podium: 3rd in San Marino, England, Italy, Portugal, GP of Europe (Jerez) and 2nd in Spa-Franchorchamps, Belgium, his best result in F1 until then.
Mika Häkkinen driving the1994 McLaren-Peugeot MP4/9 car nr.7
Because of 'careless driving' in the GP of England as well as in the GP of Germany, Mika was fined one race ban and was replaced by Philip Aliot in Hungary. With 6 podium finishes Mika gathered 26 points and became 4th in the championship after Michael Schumacher (Benetton-Ford) 1st, Damon Hill (Williams-Renault) 2nd and Gerhard Berger (Ferrari) 3rd. Martin Brundle was on the podium twice (Monaco 2nd and Australia 3rd) and earned a total of 18 points.
1994 picture gallery
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