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The 1995 Brazilian Grand Prix, otherwise known as the XXIV Grande Prêmio do Brasil, was the opening round of the 1995 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace in São Paulo, Brazil, on the 26 March 1995.[1] The race would see Michael Schumacher claim victory ahead of David Coulthard, albeit after both were reinstated by an FIA Court of Appeal tribunal having both been disqualified for using illegal fuel.[1]

The winter of 1994 had seen a major shift in regulations, resulting in less aerodynamically efficient cars.[1] This resulted in a lot more lateral movement, with cars sliding a lot more than the had done in 1994, with more enforcement on the banning of driver aids further enhancing the difficulty of driving.[1]

Elsewhere, Benetton had secured an engine deal with Renault, taken from Ligier, and were given parity with defending Constructors Champions Williams.[1] Benetton would also retain their driver line-up of defending Champion Michael Schumacher and Johnny Herbert, while Williams opted to place David Coulthard alongside Damon Hill.[1]

That decision left Nigel Mansell without a seat, resulting in the 1992 World Champion moving to McLaren, only to find he could not fit in their 1995 car.[1] He was hence replaced by Mark Blundell at the season opener.[1] Elsewhere, former Champions Lotus had merged with Pacific, with the latter listed as the official chassis constructor to end Lotus' 36 year involvement in F1.[1]

Qualifying would be dominated by Renault engined cars, with Hill edging out Schumacher to claim pole position.[1] Their teammates Coulthard and Herbert shared the second row, with Gerhard Berger and Jean Alesi sharing the third row for Ferrari.[1]

The start of the race would see Schumacher get the best start, sprinting clear of Hill to claim an early lead.[1] Those two quickly pulled away from their squabbling teammates, with the rest of the field making it through the first corner without issue.[1]

The race quickly settled into a procession, with Hill biding his time to make a move, knowing that the pair were on different strategies.[1] Indeed, Schumacher would make an early stop, Benetton opting for a three stop strategy, gifting the lead to Hill who was on a two stop.[1]

Unfortunately their strategic battle would not play out, for Hill would retire shortly after his first stop with a suspension failure.[1] Schumacher was hence left with a small lead over Coulthard, although the Scot would fall away from the German ace in closing stages due to the #1 Benetton's fresher tyres.[1]

They duly finished first and second on the track, only to both be thrown out of the race after post-race scrutineering, which found both cars to be using illegal fuel.[1] The handed Berger the win for Ferrari ahead of Mika Häkkinen and Alesi, although both Benetton and Williams protested the result.[1]

An FIA Court of Appeal hearing held on the 13 April would ultimately reinstate the duo, declaring that it was the teams fault that their Elf fuel was illegal, not the drivers.[1] Schumacher and Coulthard hence claimed their points as well as trophies, while Benetton and Williams were not awarded constructors points as punishment instead.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 1995 Brazilian Grand Prix is outlined below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
1 Germany Michael Schumacher United Kingdom Mild Seven Benetton Renault Benetton B195 Renault RS7 3.0 V10 G
2 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Mild Seven Benetton Renault Benetton B195 Renault RS7 3.0 V10 G
3 Japan Ukyo Katayama United Kingdom Nokia Tyrrell Yamaha Tyrrell 023 Yamaha OX10C 3.0 V10 G
4 Finland Mika Salo United Kingdom Nokia Tyrrell Yamaha Tyrrell 023 Yamaha OX10C 3.0 V10 G
5 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Rothmans Williams Renault Williams FW17 Renault RS7 3.0 V10 G
6 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom Rothmans Williams Renault Williams FW17 Renault RS7 3.0 V10 G
7 United Kingdom Mark Blundell United Kingdom Marlboro McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4/10 Mercedes FO 110 3.0 V10 G
8 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom Marlboro McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4/10 Mercedes FO 110 3.0 V10 G
9 Italy Gianni Morbidelli United Kingdom Footwork Hart Footwork FA16 Hart 830 3.0 V8 G
10 Japan Taki Inoue United Kingdom Footwork Hart Footwork FA16 Hart 830 3.0 V8 G
11 Italy Domenico Schiattarella United Kingdom MTV Simtek Ford Simtek S951 Ford Cosworth EDB 3.0 V8 G
12 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom MTV Simtek Ford Simtek S951 Ford Cosworth EDB 3.0 V8 G
14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ireland Total Jordan Peugeot Jordan 195 Peugeot A10 3.0 V10 G
15 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ireland Total Jordan Peugeot Jordan 195 Peugeot A10 3.0 V10 G
16 France Bertrand Gachot United Kingdom Pacific Grand Prix Ltd. Pacific PR02 Ford Cosworth EDC 3.0 V8 G
17 Italy Andrea Montermini United Kingdom Pacific Grand Prix Ltd. Pacific PR02 Ford Cosworth EDC 3.0 V8 G
19 France Christophe Bouchut France Junior Larrousse F1 Larrousse LH95 Ford Cosworth EDD 3.0 V8 G
20 France Érik Comas France Junior Larrousse F1 Larrousse LH95 Ford Cosworth EDD 3.0 V8 G
21 Brazil Pedro Diniz Italy Parmalat Forti Ford Forti FG01 Ford Cosworth EDD 3.0 V8 G
22 Brazil Roberto Moreno Italy Parmalat Forti Ford Forti FG01 Ford Cosworth EDD 3.0 V8 G
23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Italy Minardi Scuderia Italia Minardi M195 Ford Cosworth EDM 3.0 V8 G
24 Italy Luca Badoer Italy Minardi Scuderia Italia Minardi M195 Ford Cosworth EDM 3.0 V8 G
25 Japan Aguri Suzuki France Ligier Gitanes Blondes Ligier JS41 Mugen-Honda MF301 3.0 V10 G
26 France Olivier Panis France Ligier Gitanes Blondes Ligier JS41 Mugen-Honda MF301 3.0 V10 G
27 France Jean Alesi Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 412T2 Ferrari 044/1 3.0 V12 G
28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 412T2 Ferrari 044/1 3.0 V12 G
29 Austria Karl Wendlinger Switzerland Red Bull Sauber Ford Sauber C14 Ford Cosworth ECA Zetec-R 3.0 V8 G
30 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Switzerland Red Bull Sauber Ford Sauber C14 Ford Cosworth ECA Zetec-R 3.0 V8 G
Source:[2]

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Friday QualifyingEdit

Saturday QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

The full qualifying results for the 1995 Brazilian Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 5 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1:20.081 1:20.429
2 1 Germany Michael Schumacher United Kingdom Benetton-Renault 1:22.131 1:20.382 +0.301s
3 6 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1:21.343 1:20.422 +0.341s
4 2 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Benetton-Renault 1:20.888 +0.807s
5 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 1:21.015 1:20.906 +0.825s
6 27 France Jean Alesi Italy Ferrari 1:21.655 1:21.041 +0.960s
7 8 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:22.017 1:21.399 +1.318s
8 15 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 1:22.370 1:21.749 +1.668s
9 7 United Kingdom Mark Blundell United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:22.821 1:21.779 +1.698s
10 26 France Olivier Panis France Ligier-Mugen-Honda 1:22.208 1:21.914 +1.833s
11 3 Japan Ukyo Katayama United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:24.165 1:22.325 +2.244s
12 4 Finland Mika Salo United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:23.470 1:22.416 +2.335s
13 9 Italy Gianni Morbidelli United Kingdom Footwork-Hart 1:23.403 1:22.468 +2.387s
14 30 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Switzerland Sauber-Ford Cosworth 1:24.065 1:22.872 +2.791s
15 25 Japan Aguri Suzuki France Ligier-Mugen-Honda 1:23.251 1:22.971 +2.890s
16 14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 1:23.350 1:22.975 +2.894s
17 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:56.532 1:24.383 +4.302s
18 24 Italy Luca Badoer Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:24.443 1:25.205 +4.362s
19 29 Austria Karl Wendlinger Switzerland Sauber-Ford Cosworth 1:24.723 1:25.161 +4.642s
20 16 France Bertrand Gachot United Kingdom Pacific-Ford Cosworth 1:25.819 1:25.127 +5.046s
21 10 Japan Taki Inoue United Kingdom Footwork-Hart 1:27.036 1:25.225 +5.144s
22 17 Italy Andrea Montermini United Kingdom Pacific-Ford Cosworth 1:27.440 1:25.886 +5.805s
23 22 Brazil Roberto Moreno Italy Forti-Ford Cosworth 1:27.204 1:26.269 +6.188s
24 12 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Pacific-Ford Cosworth 2:01.610 1:27.323 +7.242s
25 21 Brazil Pedro Diniz Italy Forti-Ford Cosworth 1:27.792 +7.711s
26 11 Italy Domenico Schiattarella United Kingdom Pacific-Ford Cosworth 1:28.106 +8.025s
WD 19 France Christophe Bouchut France Larrousse-Ford Cosworth Withdrawn
WD 20 France Érik Comas France Larrousse-Ford Cosworth Withdrawn
Source:[3][4][5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car to set their best time in that session.
  • Bold indicates a driver's best/qualifying time.

GridEdit

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 ______________ 1
2 Damon Hill
Michael Schumacher ______________
Row 2 ______________ 3
4 David Coulthard
Johnny Herbert ______________
Row 3 ______________ 5
6 Gerhard Berger
Jean Alesi ______________
Row 4 ______________ 7
8 Mika Häkkinen
Eddie Irvine ______________
Row 5 ______________ 9
10 Mark Blundell
Olivier Panis ______________
Row 6 ______________ 11
12 Ukyo Katayama
Mika Salo ______________
Row 7 ______________ 13
14 Gianni Morbidelli
Heinz-Harald Frentzen ______________
Row 8 ______________ 15
16 Aguri Suzuki
Rubens Barrichello ______________
Row 9 ______________ 17
18 Pierluigi Martini*
Luca Badoer ______________
Row 10 ______________ 19
20 Karl Wendlinger
Bertrand Gachot ______________
Row 11 ______________ 21
22 Taki Inoue
Andrea Montermini ______________
Row 12 ______________ 23
24 Roberto Moreno
Jos Verstappen ______________
Row 13 ______________ 25
26 Pedro Diniz
Domenico Schiattarella ______________
  • * Martini was unable to start the race due to a gearbox failure.[5]

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

The full results for the 1995 Brazilian Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1* 1 Germany Michael Schumacher United Kingdom Benetton-Renault 71 1:38:34.154 2 10
2* 6 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom Williams-Renault 71 +11.060s 6
3 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 70 +1 Lap 5 4
4 8 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 70 +1 Lap 7 3
5 27 France Jean Alesi Italy Ferrari 70 +1 Lap 6 2
6 7 United Kingdom Mark Blundell United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 70 +1 Lap 9 1
7 4 Finland Mika Salo United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 69 +2 Laps 12
8 25 Japan Aguri Suzuki France Ligier-Mugen-Honda 69 +2 Laps 15
9 17 Italy Andrea Montermini United Kingdom Pacific-Ford Cosworth 65 +6 Laps 22
10 21 Brazil Pedro Diniz Italy Forti-Ford Cosworth 64 +7 Laps 25
Ret 9 Italy Gianni Morbidelli United Kingdom Footwork-Hart 62 Engine 13
Ret 10 Japan Taki Inoue United Kingdom Footwork-Hart 48 Engine 21
Ret 24 Italy Luca Badoer Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 47 Engine 18
Ret 22 Brazil Roberto Moreno Italy Forti-Ford Cosworth 47 Spin 23
Ret 29 Austria Karl Wendlinger Switzerland Sauber-Ford Cosworth 41 Electrical 19
Ret 5 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Williams-Renault 30 Gearbox 1
Ret 2 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Benetton-Renault 30 Collision 4
Ret 16 France Bertrand Gachot United Kingdom Pacific-Ford Cosworth 23 Gearbox 20
Ret 14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 16 Gearbox 16
Ret 12 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Simtek-Ford Cosworth 16 Gearbox 24
Ret 3 Japan Ukyo Katayama United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 15 Spin 11
Ret 15 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 15 Clutch 8
Ret 11 Italy Domenico Schiattarella United Kingdom Simtek-Ford Cosworth 12 Steering 26
Ret 30 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Switzerland Sauber-Ford Cosworth 10 Electrical 14
Ret 26 France Olivier Panis France Ligier-Mugen-Honda 0 Collision 10
DNS 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth
WD 19 France Christophe Bouchut France Larrousse-Ford Cosworth
WD 20 France Érik Comas France Larrousse-Ford Cosworth
Source:[6]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Schumacher and Coulthard were reinstated in first and second after an FIA Court of Appeal meeting. However, Williams and Benetton were not awarded Constructors Championship points.[1]
  • Martini was unable to start the race due to a gearbox failure.[6]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Victory, albeit one that was retroactively re-awarded, would see Michael Schumacher claim an early Championship lead after the opening round, four points ahead of David Coulthard in second. Gerhard Berger was next ahead of Mika Häkkinen, while Jean Alesi and Mark Blundell were the only other scorers at the opening round.

In the Constructors Championship there would be major implications for Williams-Renault and Benetton-Renault for using "illegal" fuel, with both teams forfeiting their points for the opening round. That meant it was Ferrari who led the way after the opening weekend on six points, with McLaren-Mercedes the only other scorers on four.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Germany Michael Schumacher 10
2 United Kingdom David Coulthard 6
3 Austria Gerhard Berger 4
4 Finland Mika Häkkinen 3
5 France Jean Alesi 2
6 United Kingdom Mark Blundell 1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Italy Ferrari 6
2 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 4

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

  • 1995 Brazilian Grand Prix (Full Race, Part 1)

    1995 Brazilian Grand Prix (Full Race, Part 1)

1995 Brazilian Grand Prix (Full Race, Part 2)

1995 Brazilian Grand Prix (Full Race, Part 2)

1995 Brazilian Grand Prix (Full Race, Part 3)

1995 Brazilian Grand Prix (Full Race, Part 3)


References:

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 'Brazilian GP, 1995', grandprix.com, (Inside F1 Inc., 2014), https://www.grandprix.com/gpe/rr565.html, (Accessed 07/08/2019)
  2. 'Brazil 1995: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1995/bresil/engages.aspx, (Accessed 07/08/2019)
  3. 'Grande Premio do Brasil - QUALIFYING 1', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/1995/races/621/brazil/qualifying-1.html, (Accessed 07/08/2019)
  4. 'Grande Premio do Brasil - QUALIFYING 2', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/1995/races/621/brazil/qualifying-2.html, (Accessed 07/08/2019)
  5. 5.0 5.1 'Brazil 1995: Qualifications', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1995/bresil/qualification.aspx, (Accessed 07/08/2019)
  6. 6.0 6.1 'Brazil 1995: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1995/bresil/classement.aspx, (Accessed 07/08/2019)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 '1995 Brazilian GP', chicanef1.com, (Chicane F1, 2014), http://www.chicanef1.com/racetit.pl?year=1995&gp=Brazilian%20GP&r=1, (Accessed 07/08/2019)
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 '1. Brazil 1995', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1995/bresil.aspx, (Accessed 07/08/2019)
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V T E 1995 Formula One Season
Teams Benetton • Tyrrell • Williams • McLaren • Footwork • Simtek • Jordan • Pacific • Larrousse • Forti • Minardi • Ligier • Ferrari • Sauber
Engines Ferrari • Ford • Hart • Mercedes • Mugen-Honda • Peugeot • Renault • Yamaha
Drivers Schumacher • 2 Herbert • 3 Katayama • 3 Tarquini • 4 Salo • 5 Hill • 6 Coulthard • 7 Blundell • 7 Mansell • 8 Häkkinen • 8 Magnussen • 9 Morbidelli • 9 Papis • 10 Inoue • 11 Schiattarella • 12 Verstappen • 14 Barrichello • 15 Irvine • 16 Gachot • 16 Lavaggi • 16 Délétraz • 17 Montermini • 19 Bouchut • 20 Comas • 21 Diniz • 22 Moreno • 23 Martini • 23 Lamy • 24 Badoer • 25 Suzuki • 25 Brundle • 26 Panis • 27 Alesi • 28 Berger • 29 Wendlinger • 29 Boullion • 30 Frentzen
Other Drivers Fisichella
Cars Benetton B195 • Williams FW17 • Ferrari 412T2 • McLaren MP4/10 • Ligier JS41 • Jordan 195 • Sauber C14 • Footwork FA16 • Tyrrell 023 • Minardi M195 • Forti FG01 • Pacific PR02 • Simtek S951 • Larrousse LH95
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