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The XL Großer Preis von Europa, otherwise known as the 1995 European Grand Prix, was the fourteenth round of the 1995 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Nürburgring in Nürburg, Germany, on the 1 October 1995.[1] The race would see Michael Schumacher claim victory on home soil for the second time in 1995, leaving him just three points away from his second World Championship title.[1]

Qualifying would see David Coulthard dictate the pace, claiming pole position for the third race in succession ahead of teammate Damon Hill.[1] Schumacher was next ahead of Gerhard Berger, Eddie Irvine and Jean Alesi, amid news that both Ferrari drivers were to lose their seats for 1996.[1]

The race would begin in damp conditions, resulting in Coulthard spinning into the gravel en-route to the grid, forcing him to jump in the spare Williams-Renault.[1] Fortunately for the Scot he would be able to control the race from the start, sprinting clear of the rest of the field as teammate Hill struggled on the dirty side of the grid.[1]

Indeed, Hill's start was so poor that it allowed Schumacher to charge into second unopposed, although with the two Ferrari drivers having gambled on slicks, the Englishman would run getaway in third.[1] The Ferraris themselves, meanwhile, would slip down to sixth and tenth, with the only other cars on slicks, the two McLaren-Mercedes, tumbling right to the back of the field.[1]

However, it was not long before the slick shod cars began to out-pace those on wets, prompting Coulthard, Schumacher and Hill all to pit early on.[1] That left Alesi with a twenty second lead over the trio, with Hill moving in to challenge Schumacher for third.[1]

Their battle would somewhat inevitably provide more questions about Schumacher's defensive tactics, with the Benetton-Renault dancing across the circuit any time the Williams-Renault got close.[1] Indeed, one particularly late dive in the braking zone from Schumacher forced Hill to take avoiding action, although the Englishman would eventually sell the German a dummy and grab the position.[1]

Yet, Hill would never get the chance to chase after teammate Coulthard, immediately slipping behind Schumacher having jumped on the throttle out of the Coca-Cola Kurve too early.[1] Schumacher duly blasted past and went streaking off after Coulthard, whose pace collapsed a few laps later as he struggled to adapt to the spare Williams on low fuel.[1]

Out front, meanwhile, it appeared to be Alesi's race to lose, pitting and rejoining in the lead as Schumacher dived in for a second stop.[1] Hill duly launched a challenge at the #27 Ferrari for the lead, but would only succeed in running wide and smashing the nose of his car.[1] A pit for repairs saw the Englishman rejoin in third, before ultimately ending his race in a heavy accident a few laps later.[1]

With Hill out, Schumacher could freely attack Alesi for the lead without harming his title hopes, with the German ace delivering a staggeringly quick series of laps to catch the Frenchman.[1] Once they were together it seemed only a matter of time before the #1 Benetton claimed the lead, with Schumacher duly catching Alesi by surprise with a lunge around the outside of the chicane.[1]

That, ultimately, proved to be the final, and decisive move of the race, with Schumacher easing clear during the closing stages to claim victory, leaving him on the verge of the Championship.[1] Alesi was a frustrated second ahead of a disheartened Coulthard, while Rubens Barrichello, Johnny Herbert and Eddie Irvine claimed the remaining points.[1]

BackgroundEdit

With Damon Hill slipping behind Michael Schumacher during the race there was little surprise that the German ace left Portugal with an enhanced lead in the Championship. Indeed, the top two in the Championship were now split by seventeen points with four rounds to go, with Hill needing to win the majority of the races to challenge. Behind, the fight for third had got more intense, with David Coulthard having moved ahead of Johnny Herbert and Jean Alesi, with just five points between the trio.

Benetton-Renault broke through the 100 point barrier in Portugal, although their lead atop the Constructors Championship had been reduced. Indeed, Williams-Renault had left Estoril twelve points behind their compatriots, and with Ferrari 38 points off the lead in third, seemed to be Benetton's only challengers to the throne. Ferrari themselves, meanwhile, were set to finish no lower than third, with almost three times the number of points of McLaren-Mercedes in fourth.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 1995 European 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 RS7B 3.0 V10 G
2 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Mild Seven Benetton Renault Benetton B195 Renault RS7B 3.0 V10 G
3 Italy Gabriele Tarquini 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 FW17B Renault RS7B 3.0 V10 G
6 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom Rothmans Williams Renault Williams FW17B Renault RS7B 3.0 V10 G
7 United Kingdom Mark Blundell United Kingdom Marlboro McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4/10C Mercedes FO 110 3.0 V10 G
8 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom Marlboro McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4/10C Mercedes FO 110 3.0 V10 G
9 Italy Max Papis 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
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 Switzerland Jean-Denis Délétraz United Kingdom Pacific Grand Prix Pacific PR02 Ford Cosworth EDC 3.0 V8 G
17 Italy Andrea Montermini United Kingdom Pacific Grand Prix Pacific PR02 Ford Cosworth EDC 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 Portugal Pedro Lamy 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 United Kingdom Martin Brundle France Ligier Gitanes Blondes Ligier JS41 Mugen-Honda MF-301 3.0 V10 G
26 France Olivier Panis France Ligier Gitanes Blondes Ligier JS41 Mugen-Honda MF-301 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 France Jean-Christophe Boullion 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 European Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 6 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1:18.738 1:19.913
2 5 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1:18.972 1:19.607 +0.234s
3 1 Germany Michael Schumacher United Kingdom Benetton-Renault 1:19.470 1:19.150 +0.412s
4 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 1:19.821 1:21.083 +1.083s
5 15 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 1:20.488 1:21.426 +1.750s
6 27 France Jean Alesi Italy Ferrari 1:20.521 1:20.510 +1.772s
7 2 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Benetton-Renault 1:20.653 1:21.236 +1.915s
8 30 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Switzerland Sauber-Ford Cosworth 1:20.762 1:20.749 +2.011s
9 8 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:20.866 1:20.968 +2.128s
10 7 United Kingdom Mark Blundell United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:20.909 1:21.583 +2.171s
11 14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 1:21.350 1:21.211 +2.473s
12 25 United Kingdom Martin Brundle France Ligier-Mugen-Honda 1:21.541 1:22.062 +2.803s
13 29 France Jean-Christophe Boullion Switzerland Sauber-Ford Cosworth 1:22.059 1:34.210 +3.321s
14 26 France Olivier Panis France Ligier-Mugen-Honda 1:22.062 1:22.565 +3.324s
15 4 Finland Mika Salo United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:23.058 1:23.079 +4.320s
16 23 Portugal Pedro Lamy Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:23.328 1:24.087 +4.590s
17 9 Italy Max Papis United Kingdom Footwork-Hart 1:23.689 1:24.134 +4.951s
18 24 Italy Luca Badoer Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:23.760 1:26.406 +5.022s
19 3 Italy Gabriele Tarquini United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:24.286 1:24.352 +5.548s
20 17 Italy Andrea Montermini United Kingdom Pacific-Ford Cosworth 1:24.696 1:26.102 +5.958s
21 10 Japan Taki Inoue United Kingdom Footwork-Hart 1:26.667 1:24.900 +6.162s
22 21 Brazil Pedro Diniz Italy Forti-Ford Cosworth 1:25.647 1:25.157 +6.419s
23 22 Brazil Roberto Moreno Italy Forti-Ford Cosworth 1:26.784 1:26.098 +7.360s
24 16 Switzerland Jean-Denis Délétraz United Kingdom Pacific-Ford Cosworth 1:27.853 1:29.677 +9.115s
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 ______________
David Coulthard 2
______________ Damon Hill
Row 2 3 ______________
Michael Schumacher 4
______________ Gerhard Berger
Row 3 5 ______________
Eddie Irvine 6
______________ Jean Alesi
Row 4 7 ______________
Johnny Herbert 8
______________ Heinz-Harald Frentzen
Row 5 9 ______________
Mika Häkkinen 10
______________ Mark Blundell
Row 6 11 ______________
Rubens Barrichello 12
______________ Martin Brundle
Row 7 13 ______________
Jean-Christophe Boullion 14
______________ Olivier Panis
Row 8 15 ______________
Mika Salo 16
______________ Pedro Lamy
Row 9 17 ______________
Max Papis 18
______________ Luca Badoer
Row 10 19 ______________
Gabriele Tarquini 20
______________ Andrea Montermini
Row 11 21 ______________
Taki Inoue 22
______________ Pedro Diniz
Row 12 23 ______________
Roberto Moreno 24
______________ Jean-Denis Délétraz

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher United Kingdom Benetton-Renault 67 1:39:59.044 3 10
2 27 France Jean Alesi Italy Ferrari 67 +2.684s 6 6
3 6T United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom Williams-Renault 67 +35.382s 1 4
4 14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ireland Jordan-Hart 66 +1 Lap 11 3
5 2 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Benetton-Renault 66 +1 Lap 7 2
6 15 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ireland Jordan-Hart 66 +1 Lap 5 1
7 25 United Kingdom Martin Brundle France Ligier-Mugen-Honda 66 +1 Lap 12
8 8 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 65 +2 Laps 9
9 23 Portugal Pedro Lamy Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 64 +3 Laps 16
10 4 Finland Mika Salo United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 64 +3 Laps 15
11 24 Italy Luca Badoer Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 64 +3 Laps 18
12 9 Italy Max Papis United Kingdom Footwork-Hart 64 +3 Laps 17
13 21 Brazil Pedro Diniz Italy Forti-Ford Cosworth 62 +5 Laps 22
14 3 Italy Gabriele Tarquini United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 61 +6 Laps 19
15 16 Switzerland Jean-Denis Délétraz United Kingdom Pacific-Ford Cosworth 60 +7 Laps 24
Ret 5 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Williams-Renault 58 Accident 2
Ret 17 Italy Andrea Montermini United Kingdom Pacific-Ford Cosworth 45 Out of fuel 20
Ret 29 France Jean-Christophe Boullion Switzerland Sauber-Ford Cosworth 44 Collision 13
Ret 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 40 Electrical 4
Ret 22 Brazil Roberto Moreno Italy Forti-Ford Cosworth 22 Halfshaft 23
Ret 30 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Switzerland Sauber-Ford Cosworth 17 Spin 8
Ret 26 France Olivier Panis France Ligier-Mugen-Honda 14 Spin 14
Ret 7 United Kingdom Mark Blundell United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 14 Accident 10
Ret 10 Japan Taki Inoue United Kingdom Footwork-Hart 0 Electrical 21
Source:[6]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Michael Schumacher was left on the verge of his second World Championship crown after his seventh victory of the season, leaving Germany with 82 points to his name. That meant he had opened a 27 point lead over Damon Hill, and therefore would win the title, regardless of what Hill could achieve, if he scored three more points. Hill, for his part, could only win the title if he won all three remaining races, with David Coulthard too far back to challenge in third.

In the Constructors Championship it was a more complex picture, with Benetton-Renault holding a twenty point lead over Williams-Renault with three races to go. That meant that they would head into the fly-away rounds as favourites for the crown, although Williams would remain within striking distance for the Pacific Grand Prix at least. Behind, Ferrari were now almost mathematically out of the fight, although they had all but secured third place instead.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Germany Michael Schumacher 82
2 United Kingdom Damon Hill 55
3 United Kingdom David Coulthard 43
4 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert 40
5 France Jean Alesi 40
6 Austria Gerhard Berger 28
7 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 15
8 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 11 ▲2
9 Finland Mika Häkkinen 11 ▼1
10 United Kingdom Mark Blundell 10 ▼1
11 France Olivier Panis 8
12 United Kingdom Martin Brundle 7
13 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 7
14 France Jean-Christophe Boullion 3
15 Finland Mika Salo 2
16 Japan Aguri Suzuki 1
17 Italy Gianni Morbidelli 1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Benetton-Renault 112
2 United Kingdom Williams-Renault 92
3 Italy Ferrari 68
4 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 21
5 Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 18 ▲2
6 Switzerland Sauber-Ford Cosworth 18 ▼1
7 France Ligier-Mugen-Honda 16 ▼1
8 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 2
9 United Kingdom Footwork-Hart 1

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

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 'European GP, 1995', grandprix.com, (Inside F1 Inc., 2014), https://www.grandprix.com/gpe/rr578.html, (Accessed 11/08/2019)
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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
Tyres Goodyear
Races Brazil • Argentina • San Marino • Spain • Monaco • Canada • France • Britain • Germany • Hungary • Belgium • Italy • Portugal • Europe • Pacific • Japan • Australia
See also 1994 Formula One Season • 1996 Formula One Season • Category
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