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1995 Formula One season

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The 1995 Formula One season was the 46th FIA Formula One World Championship season. It began on March 26, 1995 included 17 races, and ended on November 12. The Drivers' Championship was won by Michael Schumacher of Benetton for the second year in a row, beating Damon Hill of WilliamsF1 by 33 points. Benetton won the Constructor's Championship, beating Williams by a comfortable 29 points. The season was highlighted by the rivalry between Schumacher and Hill, with Schumacher winning nine races and Hill winning four races. Benetton and Williams drivers dominated the field, victorious in all but one race.

Background

The calendar was initially announced at the beginning of 1995, with the European Grand Prix now at the Nürburgring circuit. The Argentine Grand Prix was the only newly announced race, with it taking place at the Autódromo Oscar Alfredo Gálvez circuit. The circuit was due to kick off the calendar on March 12, but there were doubts over whether the circuit would be ready in time. There were also doubts over round two at Brazil, with the previous year's death of Ayrton Senna hitting Brazil motorsport very hard. The third race in Japan was also under threat, as it was due to take place at the TI Circuit. However, the circuit was badly affected after the Great Hanshin earthquake, which hit the local infrastructure hard. The San Marino round, Spanish round and the Italian round were also under threat, with safety works taking place and the Circuit de Catalunya in financial difficulty.

On February 6, a revised calendar was announced, with the Argentine Grand Prix moved to April 9, despite the fact it had now received official clearance from FIA safety inspector Roland Bruynseraede. The Pacific round was moved due to the Kobe earthquake, with it now one week before the Japanese Grand Prix. The European Grand Prix was moved forward seven days, leaving just a seven day gap between the Portuguese and European rounds. However, some tracks still needed clearance to race.

At the end of the 1994 season, the famous Lotus name disappeared from the grid along with Larrousse. Only one new team entered Formula One and that was Forti.

Larrousse were included in the official FIA entry list for the 1995 season, but because of financial struggles and friction between shareholders meant that the production of the new car was delayed. No funding ever arrived and it was too late for them to build a car for the season. There were some arrangements with the DAMS Formula 3000 team, but DAMS bosses wanted to buy Larrousse and run the team themselves. However, on February 13, the boss of DAMS, Jean-Paul Driot announced that they had abandoned plans to enter Formula One for 1995, as he could not find a good amount of sponsorship to run the team at a competitive level. Driot said he intended to return to Formula 3000 and prepare for an F1 bid in 1996.

Minardi had been expected to run with Mugen-Honda engines, but at the last minute, Ligier boss Flavio Briatore persuaded the Japanese engine supplier to supply Ligier, leaving Minardi in a mess. Their car was designed for the Honda V10 and parts were already being made. The Minardi team had to work flat out to build a brand new car with a Ford ED engine. Team owner Giancarlo Minardi announced he was taking legal action against the Japanese supplier.

The status of Ligier and who its owners were was coming under scrutiny. The news that Martin Brundle had signed with them for 1995 brought up rumours that Tom Walkinshaw was the new boss of the team. Walkinshaw's move to Ligier is part of the deal hammered out the previous year by Flavio Briatore and FIA's Max Mosley to get Benetton off the hook for the use of an illegal fuel filter in the 1994 German Grand Prix. Benetton admitted that the filter was illegal and was let off, on the understanding that major changes would be made within the team. Briatore appeared to have asked Walkinshaw to control Ligier.

Season review

The 1995 F1 Season featured several dramatic incidents, including seven Grands Prix affected by rain and 4 Grands Prix were red-flagged on the first lap of the race.

The Formula One regulations changed prior to the 1995 season. The most significant change was the to the engine capacity. This was reduced from 3.5 Litres to 3.0 Litres, in order to reduce speeds. All of the cars were fitted with cockpit side protection, and the cockpit opening was made larger than the 1994-spec cars. The front and rear wings of were modified to reduce downforce, thereby reducing cornering speeds. These changes were in reaction to the deaths of Roland Ratzenberger and Ayrton Senna at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix, who both died of head and neck injuries. Some of the F1 circuits were changed, with larger run-off areas featuring at tracks such as Monza and Imola.

The Benetton team had Renault engines for the first time, after running Ford V8s for several years. Michael Schumacher won nine out of the seventeen Grands Prix, and won his second World Championship. Schumacher's main title rival was Damon Hill, who was driving for Williams-Renault. Hill and Schumacher were involved in some very close battles at numerous races, including at the 1995 Belgian Grand Prix, where the two championship contenders fought wheel-to-wheel for extended periods.

Johnny Herbert, Schumacher's team mate, won his first Formula One race at the 1995 British Grand Prix. He also went on to win the 1995 Italian Grand Prix, after a collision between Hill and Schumacher. Herbert complained about the Benetton B195's handling, which was very twitchy, but the car suited his team mate Schumacher.

Damon Hill received criticism during 1995, after several incidents that were attributed to driving errors. The 1995 British Grand Prix was overshadowed by a controversial collision between Hill and Schumacher, and Hill was widely blamed for the accident. Hill also suffered with mechanical problems in his Williams-Renault.

Jean Alesi won the 1995 Canadian Grand Prix, which was his first and only victory in Formula One. Alesi also nearly won the European and Japanese Grand Prix, only being passed by Schumacher with a few laps to go in the former, and retiring with a driveshaft bearing failure in the latter.

Nigel Mansell made a brief return to Formula One with McLaren. The McLaren-Mercedes cockpit was initially too small for Mansell, and he had to miss the first two races whilst McLaren redesigned the monocoque. His eventual return for the 1995 San Marino Grand Prix was disappointing, and he was outpaced by Häkkinen. After another disappointing race at the Spanish Grand Prix Mansell and McLaren parted ways, and Mark Blundell drove the second McLaren for the remainder of 1995. Mika Häkkinen was seriously injured in a crash during practice for the 1995 Australian Grand Prix. The fast actions of the medical crew saved his life, and he later returned to the track in . Later that year, Mansell revealed that he intended to "fight for the championship with Williams", but the Williams team chose David Coulthard instead.

One of the rookies for 1995 was Taki Inoue who drove for Footwork Arrows. During First Qualifying for the 1995 Monaco Grand Prix his car stalled on the track, and the session was stopped in order to recover the car. A course car driven by Jean Ragnotti was travelling too fast and Ragnotti was unsighted by the barriers on the twisty circuit. Ragnotti's car crashed into Inoue's stranded car, flipping the Arrows. Inoue was knocked unconscious but he recovered and took part in the race on Sunday. At the 1995 Hungarian Grand Prix Inoue's car retired with a mechanical problem. He got out of his car and grabbed a fire extinguisher in order to put out a small fire on his car. Inoue then walked into the path of a course car, and was knocked over. Inoue bounced off the front of the car and collapsed on to the grass. He suffered minor leg injuries.

Drivers and constructors

The following teams and drivers competed in the 1995 FIA Formula One World Championship.

Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre No Driver Test driver(s)
Mild Seven Benetton Renault Benetton B195 Renault RS7 3.0 V10 1 Michael Schumacher Emmanuel Collard
2 Johnny Herbert
Nokia Tyrrell Yamaha Tyrrell 023 Yamaha OX10C 3.0 V10 3 Ukyo Katayama Gabriele Tarquini
Gabriele Tarquini
4 Mika Salo
Rothmans Williams Renault Williams FW17
FW17B
Renault RS7 3.0 V10 5 Damon Hill Jean-Christophe Boullion
6 David Coulthard
Marlboro McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-10
MP4-10B
MP4-10C
Mercedes FO 110 3.0 V10 7 Mark Blundell Jan Magnussen
Nigel Mansell
8 Mika Häkkinen
Jan Magnussen
Footwork Hart Footwork FA16 Hart 830 3.0 V8 9 Max Papis n/a
Gianni Morbidelli
10 Taki Inoue
MTV Simtek Ford Simtek S951 Ford EDB 3.0 V8 11 Domenico Schiattarella Hideki Noda
12 Jos Verstappen
Total Jordan Peugeot
B&H Total Jordan Peugeot
Jordan 195 Peugeot A10 3.0 V10 14 Rubens Barrichello n/a
15 Eddie Irvine
Pacific Grand Prix Ltd Pacific PR02 Ford EDC 3.0 V8 16 Bertrand Gachot Oliver Gavin
Giovanni Lavaggi
Jean-Denis Délétraz
17 Andrea Montermini
Parmalat Forti Ford Forti FG01 Ford EDD 3.0 V8 21 Pedro Diniz n/a
22 Roberto Moreno
Minardi Scuderia Italia Minardi M195 Ford EDM 3.0 V8 23 Pierluigi Martini Giancarlo Fisichella
Pedro Lamy
24 Luca Badoer
Ligier Gitanes Blondes Ligier JS41 Mugen-Honda MF-301 3.0 V10 25 Aguri Suzuki Franck Lagorce
Martin Brundle
26 Olivier Panis
Scuderia Ferrari SpA Ferrari 412T2 Ferrari 044/1 3.0 V12 27 Jean Alesi Nicola Larini
28 Gerhard Berger
Red Bull Sauber Ford Sauber C14 Ford ECA Zetec-R 3.0 V8 29 Karl Wendlinger Norberto Fontana
Jean-Christophe Boullion
30 Heinz-Harald Frentzen

Team changes

At the end of the 1994 season, the famous Lotus name disappeared from the grid along with Larrousse, with Forti entering the fray. Minardi had been expected to run with Mugen-Honda engines, but at the last minute, Ligier boss Flavio Briatore persuaded the Japanese engine supplier to supply Ligier, leaving Minardi in a mess.

The status of Ligier and who it's owners were was coming under scrutiny. The news that Martin Brundle had signed with them for 1995 brought up rumours that Tom Walkinshaw was the new boss of the team. Walkinshaw's move to Ligier is part of the deal hammered out last year by Flavio Briatore and FIA's Max Mosley to get Benetton off the hook for the use of an illegal fuel filter in the 1994 German Grand Prix. Briatore appeared to have asked Walkinshaw to control Ligier.

Driver changes

At the start of the season

During the season

Formula One 1995 race schedule

Round Race Date Location
1 Brazilian Grand Prix March 26 Interlagos
2 Argentine Grand Prix April 9 Oscar Gálvez
3 San Marino Grand Prix April 30 Imola
4 Spanish Grand Prix May 14 Catalunya
5 Monaco Grand Prix May 28 Monaco
6 Canadian Grand Prix June 11 Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
7 French Grand Prix July 2 Magny-Cours
8 British Grand Prix July 16 Silverstone
9 German Grand Prix July 30 Hockenheimring
10 Hungarian Grand Prix August 13 Hungaroring
11 Belgian Grand Prix August 27 Spa-Francorchamps
12 Italian Grand Prix September 10 Monza
13 Portuguese Grand Prix September 24 Estoril
14 European Grand Prix October 1 Nürburgring
15 Pacific Grand Prix October 22 TI Circuit, Aida
16 Japanese Grand Prix October 29 Suzuka
17 Australian Grand Prix November 12 Adelaide

Results and Standings

Grands Prix

Round Grand Prix Pole Position Fastest Lap Winning Driver Winning Constructor Report
1 Brazilian Grand Prix Damon Hill Michael Schumacher Michael Schumacher Benetton-Renault Report
2 Argentine Grand Prix David Coulthard Michael Schumacher Damon Hill Williams-Renault Report
3 San Marino Grand Prix Michael Schumacher Gerhard Berger Damon Hill Williams-Renault Report
4 Spanish Grand Prix Michael Schumacher Damon Hill Michael Schumacher Benetton-Renault Report
5 Monaco Grand Prix Damon Hill Jean Alesi Michael Schumacher Benetton-Renault Report
6 Canadian Grand Prix Michael Schumacher Michael Schumacher Jean Alesi Ferrari Report
7 French Grand Prix Damon Hill Michael Schumacher Michael Schumacher Benetton-Renault Report
8 British Grand Prix Damon Hill Damon Hill Johnny Herbert Benetton-Renault Report
9 German Grand Prix Damon Hill Michael Schumacher Michael Schumacher Benetton-Renault Report
10 Hungarian Grand Prix Damon Hill Damon Hill Damon Hill Williams-Renault Report
11 Belgian Grand Prix Gerhard Berger David Coulthard Michael Schumacher Benetton-Renault Report
12 Italian Grand Prix David Coulthard Gerhard Berger Johnny Herbert Benetton-Renault Report
13 Portuguese Grand Prix David Coulthard David Coulthard David Coulthard Williams-Renault Report
14 European Grand Prix David Coulthard Michael Schumacher Michael Schumacher Benetton-Renault Report
15 Pacific Grand Prix David Coulthard Michael Schumacher Michael Schumacher Benetton-Renault Report
16 Japanese Grand Prix Michael Schumacher Michael Schumacher Michael Schumacher Benetton-Renault Report
17 Australian Grand Prix Damon Hill Damon Hill Damon Hill Williams-Renault Report

Drivers

Pos Driver BRA
ARG
SMR
ESP
MON
CAN
FRA
GBR
GER
HUN
BEL
ITA
POR
EUR
PAC
JPN
AUS
Points
1 Michael Schumacher 1 3 Ret 1 1 5 1 Ret 1 11 1 Ret 2 1 1 1 Ret 102
2 Damon Hill Ret 1 1 4 2 Ret 2 Ret Ret 1 2 Ret 3 Ret 3 Ret 1 69
3 David Coulthard 2 Ret 4 Ret Ret Ret 3 3 2 2 Ret Ret 1 3 2 Ret Ret 49
4 Johnny Herbert Ret 4 7 2 4 Ret Ret 1 4 4 7 1 7 5 6 3 Ret 45
5 Jean Alesi 5 2 2 Ret Ret 1 5 2 Ret Ret Ret Ret 5 2 5 Ret Ret 42
6 Gerhard Berger 3 6 3 3 3 11 12 Ret 3 3 Ret Ret 4 Ret 4 Ret Ret 31
7 Mika Häkkinen 4 Ret 5 Ret Ret Ret 7 Ret Ret Ret Ret 2 Ret 8 2 DNS 17
8 Olivier Panis Ret 7 9 6 Ret 4 8 4 Ret 6 9 Ret Ret Ret 8 5 2 16
9 Heinz-Harald Frentzen Ret 5 6 8 6 Ret 10 6 Ret 5 4 3 6 Ret 7 8 Ret 15
10 Mark Blundell 6 Ret 5 Ret 11 5 Ret Ret 5 4 9 Ret 9 7 4 13
11 Rubens Barrichello Ret Ret Ret 7 Ret 2 6 11 Ret 7 6 Ret 11 4 Ret Ret Ret 11
12 Eddie Irvine Ret Ret 8 5 Ret 3 9 Ret 9 13 Ret Ret 10 6 11 4 Ret 10
13 Martin Brundle 9 Ret 10 4 Ret Ret 3 Ret 8 7 Ret 7
14 Gianni Morbidelli Ret Ret 13 11 9 6 14 Ret Ret 3 5
15 Mika Salo 7 Ret Ret 10 Ret 7 15 8 Ret Ret 8 5 13 10 12 6 5 5
16 Jean-Christophe Boullion 8 Ret Ret 9 5 10 11 6 12 Ret Ret 3
17 Aguri Suzuki 8 Ret 11 6 Ret DNS 1
18 Pedro Lamy 9 10 Ret Ret 9 13 11 6 1
19 Pierluigi Martini Ret Ret 12 14 7 Ret Ret 7 Ret 0
20 Ukyo Katayama Ret 8 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 7 Ret Ret NC Ret 14 Ret Ret 0
21 Pedro Diniz 10 NC NC Ret 10 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 13 9 16 13 17 Ret 7 0
22 Massimiliano Papis Ret Ret Ret Ret 7 Ret 12 0
23 Luca Badoer Ret Ret 14 Ret Ret 8 13 10 Ret 8 Ret Ret 14 11 15 9 DNS 0
24 Taki Inoue Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 9 Ret Ret Ret Ret 12 8 15 Ret Ret 12 Ret 0
25 Andrea Montermini 9 Ret Ret DNS DSQ Ret NC Ret 8 12 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 0
26 Bertrand Gachot Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 12 Ret Ret 8 0
27 Domenico Schiattarella Ret 9 Ret 15 Ret 0
28 Karl Wendlinger Ret Ret Ret 13 10 Ret 0
29 Nigel Mansell 10 Ret 0
30 Jan Magnussen 10 0
31 Jos Verstappen Ret Ret Ret 12 Ret 0
32 Roberto Moreno Ret NC NC Ret Ret Ret 16 Ret Ret Ret 14 Ret 17 Ret 16 Ret Ret 0
33 Gabriele Tarquini 14 0
34 Jean-Denis Délétraz Ret 15 0
Giovanni Lavaggi Ret Ret Ret Ret 0
Pos Driver BRA
ARG
SMR
ESP
MON
CAN
FRA
GBR
GER
HUN
BEL
ITA
POR
EUR
PAC
JPN
AUS
Pts

(*) Driver did not finish the race but was classified, having raced more than 90% of race distance.

Pos Driver Constructor(s) Starts Wins Podiums Poles F.Laps Points
1 Michael Schumacher Benetton Renault 17 9 11 4 8 102

2 Damon Hill Williams Renault 17 4 9 7 4 69

3 David Coulthard Williams Renault 17 1 8 5 2 49

4 Johnny Herbert Benetton Renault 17 2 4 0 0 45

5 Jean Alesi Ferrari 17 1 5 0 1 42

6 Gerhard Berger Ferrari 17 0 6 1 2 31

7 Mika Häkkinen McLaren Mercedes 16 0 2 0 0 17

8 Olivier Panis Ligier Mugen-Honda 17 0 1 0 0 16

9 Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber Ford 17 0 1 0 0 15

10 Mark Blundell McLaren Mercedes 15 0 0 0 0 13

11 Rubens Barrichello Jordan Peugeot 17 0 1 0 0 11

12 Eddie Irvine Jordan Peugeot 17 0 1 0 0 10

13 Martin Brundle Ligier Mugen-Honda 11 0 1 0 0 7

14 Gianni Morbidelli Footwork Hart 10 0 1 0 0 5

15 Mika Salo Tyrrell Yamaha 17 0 0 0 0 5

16 Jean-Christophe Boullion Sauber Ford 11 0 0 0 0 3

17 Aguri Suzuki Ligier Mugen-Honda 6 0 0 0 0 1

18 Pedro Lamy Minardi Ford 8 0 0 0 0 1

19 Pierluigi Martini Minardi Ford 9 0 0 0 0 0

20 Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell Yamaha 16 0 0 0 0 0

21 Pedro Diniz Forti Ford 17 0 0 0 0 0

22 Max Papis Footwork Hart 7 0 0 0 0 0

23 Luca Badoer Minardi Ford 17 0 0 0 0 0

24 Taki Inoue Footwork Hart 17 0 0 0 0 0

25 Andrea Montermini Pacific Ford 17 0 0 0 0 0

26 Bertrand Gachot Pacific Ford 11 0 0 0 0 0

27 Domenico Schiattarella Simtek Ford 5 0 0 0 0 0

28 Karl Wendlinger Sauber Ford 6 0 0 0 0 0

29 Nigel Mansell McLaren Mercedes 2 0 0 0 0 0

30 Jan Magnussen McLaren Mercedes 1 0 0 0 0 0

31 Jos Verstappen Simtek Ford 5 0 0 0 0 0

32 Roberto Moreno Forti Ford 17 0 0 0 0 0

33 Gabriele Tarquini Tyrrell Yamaha 1 0 0 0 0 0

34 Jean-Denis Délétraz Pacific Ford 2 0 0 0 0 0

Giovanni Lavaggi Pacific Ford 4 0 0 0 0 0

Constructors

Pos Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre Starts Wins Podiums Poles F.Laps Points
1 Benetton B195 Renault 17 11 15 4 8 147

2 Williams FW17
FW17B
Renault 17 5 17 12 6 118

3 Ferrari 412T Ferrari 17 1 11 1 3 73

4 McLaren MP4/10
MP4/10B
MP4/10C
Mercedes 17 0 2 0 0 30

5 Ligier JS41 Mugen-Honda 17 0 2 0 0 24

6 Jordan 195 Peugeot 17 0 2 0 0 21

7 Sauber C14 Ford 17 0 1 0 0 18

8 Footwork FA16 Hart 17 0 1 0 0 5
9 Tyrrell 023 Yamaha 17 0 0 0 0 5

10 Minardi M195 Ford 17 0 0 0 0 1

11 Forti FG01 Ford 17 0 0 0 0 0

12 Pacific PR02 Ford 17 0 0 0 0 0
13 Simtek S951 Ford 5 0 0 0 0 0

Rumours and speculation

Teams

Drivers

Footnotes

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