1995 Canadian Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 6 of 17 in the 1995 Formula One season
Gilles Villeneuve Circuit Montreal (94-95).svg
Date June 11, 1995
Official name XXXIII Grand Prix Molson du Canada
Location Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, Canada
Course Street circuit
4.430 km (2.768 mi)
Distance 68 laps, 301.240 km (188.275 mi)
Scheduled Distance 69 laps, 305.670 km (190.992 mi)
Weather Sunny with temperatures reaching up to 24.3 °C (75.7 °F); wind speeds up to 8 kilometres per hour (5.0 mph)[1]
Pole position
Driver Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Renault
Time 1:27.661
Fastest lap
Driver Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Renault
Time 1:29.174 on lap 67
Podium
First France Jean Alesi Ferrari
Second Brazil Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Peugeot
Third United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Jordan-Peugeot
Johnny Herbert's Benetton-Renault during qualifying.
Jean Alesi scored the only win of his Formula One career.

The 1995 Canadian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on June 11, 1995 at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal. It was the sixth race of the 1995 Formula One season.

It is notable for having produced the only Grand Prix victory for French driver Jean Alesi. This was seen as a popular victory, as Alesi had waited over five years for a victory and he was driving the red number 27 Ferrari, as famously driven by Canadian hero Gilles Villeneuve. Adding to the victory was the fact that the win also occurred on Alesi's 31st birthday. This race also marked the last time to date that a Grand Prix was won by a car with a V12 engine.

Michael Schumacher led until a late problem with his gearbox necessitated a long pit stop. Several other regular front-runners had problems, allowing both Jordans to finish on the podium for the first time in their history. Jordan had scored their first-ever GP points in Montreal 4 years earlier.

After Alesi crossed the finished line, race fans broke through the fences and charged the pit area. Race officials put out the black flag, effectively requiring all drivers to immediately stop on the track. However, Alesi was now entering the hairpin at the far end of the circuit on his victory lap. Running out of fuel, he removed his steering wheel, stood on top of the car and "surfed" it to a stop. Schumacher, approaching from behind, stopped and famously gave Alesi a lift back to the pits on top of his car.

Also, that Sunday evening, the first rumours started circulating that Michael Schumacher had signed a multi-million dollar contract with Ferrari for 1996.

The race was run over 69 laps, but the results were declared after 68 laps because of crowd invasion just after Alesi had finished. In original results, Luca Badoer finished in 7th, ahead of Mika Salo who had stopped next to the pit wall to avoid hitting spectators.

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

One thing that was noted in the build-up to the race weekend was the bumpiness of the circuit, with the drivers in the post-qualifying press conference noting that the circuit should be resurfaced.[2] It was also noted that overtaking into the new chicane was banned, although the length of the ban was unclear, with Michael Schumacher and Damon Hill unclear whether the drivers were not allowed to overtake into the chicane for just the first lap, or for every lap.[3]

Practice and qualifying[edit]

Schumacher's pole position was the 100th for a Renault powered car and the ninth of his career.[4]

Race day[edit]

The 30-minute warm-up session was held in wet conditions, with rain constantly falling since the early morning, the first time rain had fell over the Grand Prix weekend.[5] Hill was one of the few drivers to make a mistake, spinning at the newly installed chicane.[6] Hill's Williams team-mate David Coulthard spun at the previous corner later in the session, while Bertrand Gachot also ran into the gravel trap.[7] After a brief stay in the pits, an animated Hill went back onto the track, only to go off into the gravel trap, beaching his car.[3] Due to the changing weather conditions, the order was mixed, with the Ferraris of Jean Alesi and Gerhard Berger in first and third. Rubens Barrichello split them in second, with Schumacher fourth. Mika Häkkinen was fifth. The Saubers of Heinz Harald Frentzen and Jean-Christophe Boullion were 6th and 7th, with Luca Badoer in the Minardi rounding out the top 8.[8] The two Williams drivers eventually finished in 12th and 16th.[8]

The race started at 14:00 EDT (GMT -4).[9] Michael Schumacher led most of the Grand Prix however an electrical problem with his Benetton-Renault towards the end of lap 57 forced him into the pit and allowed Jean Alesi who was second at the time to take the lead. The 70 second pit stop to change a steering wheel and perform an on-board computer adjustment meant that Schumacher rejoined the race in seventh place. He eventually made his way back to fifth place.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Gap
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Renault 1:27.661 1:27.708
2 5 United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault 1:28.039 1:28.552 +0.378
3 6 United Kingdom David Coulthard Williams-Renault 1:28.590 1:28.091 +0.430
4 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari 1:28.247 1:28.189 +0.528
5 27 France Jean Alesi Ferrari 1:28.525 1:28.474 +0.813
6 2 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Benetton-Renault 1:29.295 1:28.498 +0.837
7 8 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1:29.406 1:28.910 +1.249
8 15 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Jordan-Peugeot 1:29.021 1:29.259 +1.360
9 14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Peugeot 1:29.393 1:29.171 +1.510
10 7 United Kingdom Mark Blundell McLaren-Mercedes 1:30.279 1:29.641 +1.980
11 26 France Olivier Panis Ligier-Mugen-Honda 1:29.809 1:30.345 +2.148
12 30 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Ford 1:30.285 1:30.017 +2.356
13 9 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Footwork-Hart 1:30.854 1:30.159 +2.498
14 25 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Ligier-Mugen-Honda 1:30.880 1:30.255 +2.594
15 4 Finland Mika Salo Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:30.657 1:30.695 +2.996
16 3 Japan Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:31.958 1:31.382 +3.721
17 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 1:31.859 1:31.445 +3.784
18 29 France Jean-Christophe Boullion Sauber-Ford 1:31.925 1:31.838 +4.177
19 24 Italy Luca Badoer Minardi-Ford 1:32.453 1:31.853 +4.192
20 16 France Bertrand Gachot Pacific-Ford 1:33.866 1:32.841 +5.180
21 17 Italy Andrea Montermini Pacific-Ford 1:33.910 1:32.894 +5.233
22 10 Japan Taki Inoue Footwork-Hart 1:32.995 +5.334
23 22 Brazil Roberto Moreno Forti-Ford 1:34.000 1:35.559 +6.339
24 21 Brazil Pedro Diniz Forti-Ford 1:36.187 1:34.982 +7.321

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 27 France Jean Alesi Ferrari 68 1:44:54.171 5 10
2 14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Peugeot 68 +31.687 9 6
3 15 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Jordan-Peugeot 68 +33.270 8 4
4 26 France Olivier Panis Ligier-Mugen-Honda 68 +36.506 11 3
5 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Benetton-Renault 68 +37.060 1 2
6 9 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Footwork-Hart 67 +1 Lap 13 1
7 4 Finland Mika Salo Tyrrell-Yamaha 67 +1 Lap 15  
8 24 Italy Luca Badoer Minardi-Ford 67 +1 Lap 19  
9 10 Japan Taki Inoue Footwork-Hart 66 +2 Laps 22  
10 25 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Ligier-Mugen-Honda 61 Collision 14  
11 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari 61 Collision 4  
Ret 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 60 Throttle 17  
Ret 22 Brazil Roberto Moreno Forti-Ford 54 Fuel system 23  
Ret 5 United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault 50 Gearbox 2  
Ret 7 United Kingdom Mark Blundell McLaren-Mercedes 47 Engine 10  
Ret 3 Japan Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 42 Engine 16  
Ret 16 France Bertrand Gachot Pacific-Ford 36 Battery 20  
Ret 30 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Ford 26 Engine 12  
Ret 21 Brazil Pedro Diniz Forti-Ford 26 Gearbox 24  
Ret 29 France Jean-Christophe Boullion Sauber-Ford 19 Spun Off 18  
Ret 17 Italy Andrea Montermini Pacific-Ford 5 Gearbox 21  
Ret 6 United Kingdom David Coulthard Williams-Renault 1 Spun Off 3  
Ret 2 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Benetton-Renault 0 Collision 6  
Ret 8 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 0 Collision 7  

Standings after the race[edit]

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Weather information for the "1995 Canadian Grand Prix"". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2013-11-10. 
  2. ^ Edwards, Ben (Commentator) (1995-06-11). Canadian Grand Prix: Warm-Up Session Live (Television production). London, England: Eurosport. Event occurs at 01:09-01:15 (excluding commercials). "Another point that the drivers' were making in the post-qualifying press conference yesterday is just how bumpy the track is as well, and they were saying even for dry conditions they could do with the track being resurfaced." 
  3. ^ a b Edwards, Ben (Commentator) (1995-06-11). Canadian Grand Prix: Warm-Up Session Live (Television production). London, England: Eurosport. Event occurs at 27:30-29:00 (excluding commercials). 
  4. ^ Edwards, Ben (Commentator) (1995-06-11). Canadian Grand Prix: Warm-Up Session Live (Television production). London, England: Eurosport. Event occurs at 01:09-01:15 (excluding commercials). 
  5. ^ Edwards, Ben; Watson, John (Commentators) (1995-06-11). Canadian Grand Prix: Warm-Up Session Live (Television production). London, England: Eurosport. Event occurs at 00:05-01:00 (excluding commercials). 
  6. ^ Canadian Grand Prix: Warm-Up Session Live (Television production). London, England: Eurosport. 1995-06-11. Event occurs at 10:40-11:00 (excluding commercials). 
  7. ^ Canadian Grand Prix: Warm-Up Session Live (Television production). London, England: Eurosport. 1995-06-11. Event occurs at 13:41-17:00 (excluding commercials). 
  8. ^ a b Canadian Grand Prix: Warm-Up Session Live (Television production). London, England: Eurosport. 1995-06-11. Event occurs at 29:04 (excluding commercials). 
  9. ^ Watson, John (Commentator) (1995-06-11). Canadian Grand Prix: Warm-Up Session Live (Television production). London, England: Eurosport. Event occurs at 19:10-19:25 (excluding commercials). 


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