There has long been a discussion about the 1994 Formula 1 season, and about how Senna would (could) have won it, had he not been tragically killed at Imola. However, is this true? A large proportion of this discussion is down to the fact that Hill and Schumacher were only separated by 1 point at the end of the season. This is not a thread to discuss whether Senna would have won or not, but more to discuss whether 1994 was a close season, or whether it was just an illusion! I have to confess, that at the time I was a die-hard Damon Hill fan, and truly believed that he deserved the title after the controversial end to the championship in Adelaide. However, we need to examine this season in detail. First of all, I believe that 1994 was the season where Schumacher laid down a level of individual dominance not seen before and not seen since. (Not even when Schumacher and Ferrari were winning everything left, right and centre). So, how was this dominance shown? 1994 was a 16 race season, and after 4 races, Schumacher had 4 victories. In the fifth race, he was in the lead of the race, when his gearbox failed, and left him stuck in 5th gear. Result? He caressed the car home in second place. Race 6 brought us back to the status-quo, with another 2 victories for Schumacher. However, when we arrived in Silverstone for race 8, the establishment started to unravel Schumacher's season. Schumacher's repeated aggressive overtaking on the 2 warm up laps led to a stop go penalty being handed down to Schumacher. Benetton ignored this request, and Schumacher was disqualified. Again, this instruction was ignored, and eventually Schumacher served the penalty. Whilst we cannot say for certain, it is still likely that Schumacher would have won this race without the stop-go penalty. Following the race though, the FIA ruled that this was in controvention of the rules, and excluded Schumacher from Silverstone, and 2 more races. (He appealed, so that he could attend his home GP). This was a harsh penalty, considering that an identical offence (Mansell at Estoril in 1989) only merited a 1 race ban. At Hockenheim, despite having a power disadvantage, Schumacher still looked solid, but was likely heading for a second place before his engine expired. A dominant win followed at Hungary and again at Belgium.... However, again he was disqualified from Belgium for "an undersized skid block"... Forced to sit out 2 races (Monza and Estoril), Schumacher was caught up by Damon Hill, who had won the two races (Albeit in unconvincing style). So it was, with 3 races to go, there was but 1 point between Schumacher and Hill. At Jerez, Schumacher again won the race, but at Japan, neither car ran into mechanical problems, and for the first time that season, Schumacher was beaten, on the road, when he had a healthy car. Then, we all know what happened at Adelaide. So, 1994... Schumacher essentially had 12 races he was not disqualified from, won 8 of them, finished 2nd twice and retired from 2, and was only once beaten fair and square once by another car. This sounds like sheer domination to me!