Formula 1 Grid Talk Episode 32: The 1994 Benetton Conspiracy

Welcome to Episode 32 of Formula 1 Grid Talk, hosted by George Howson!

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In this episode joining George we have F1 expert Alex Booth, engineering student Owain Medford, and master of engineering Jack Watson.

This week we go back I time to look at the ‘Benetton Conspiracy’ of 1994 that surrounded Michael Schumacher’s first championship, and also review the recent announcements of the cancellation of the 2020 Dutch Grand Prix, as well as the ongoing issues surrounding Williams.

In This Episode

[00.49] Cancellation of the 2020 Dutch Grand Prix

[03.50] Williams lost their title sponsor ROKiT, now what?

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[05.08] Do Williams need manufacturer support to become competitive again?

[07.33] A look back to the controversial 1994 Formula 1 season.

[08.24] Ayrton Senna was first to suspect Benetton had traction control in 1994

[09.38] The start of the 1994 French Grand Prix looked suspicious…

[11.07] Rev limiters, throttle maps, and bending the rules of traction control

[13.14] Ferrari and McLaren may have benefited from driver aides in the 1994 Formula 1 season

[14.33] Michael Schumacher was one of the first to master left-foot braking

[15.18] The 1994 investigations into McLaren, Ferrari, and Benetton

[20.21] Jos Verstappen’s 1994 German Grand Prix pit lane fire

[26.28] Controversy surrounded Michael Schumacher ignoring black flags at the 1994 British Grand Prix

[28.46] Michael Schumacher won the 1994 Formula 1 Drivers Championship despite the long list of controversies

[32.19] Driver aides were removed in 1994, but the cars weren’t slowed down at all

[35.06] The 1994 Formula 1 season saw a lot of inconsistencies in the application of the rules

[39.28] Did Benetton cheat in the 1994 Formula 1 season, or were they treated harshly?

For more information surrounding the incredible 1994 Formula 1 season, visit 1994f1.com and pick up a copy of 1994 The Untold Story of a Tragic and Controversial F1 Season

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