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The LXXXI Grand Prix de France, otherwise known as the 1995 French Grand Prix, was the seventh round of the 1995 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours in Magny-Cours, France, on the 2 July 1995.[1] The race would go down as one of the dullest in F1 history, as Michael Schumacher claimed victory at a canter for Benetton-Renault.[1]

The build-up to the weekend had been anything but dull, with Benetton boss Flavio Briatore involving himself in a legal battle between Minardi and their third part engine suppliers.[1] However, Briatore was on the verge of losing his lead driver for 1996, with Schumacher reportedly very close to signing a contract with Ferrari with a wage estimated at $20 million.[1]

Qualifying too was also full of intrigue, with Schumacher fighting throughout the session with the two Williams-Renaults of Damon Hill and David Coulthard.[1] Ultimately it was Hill who prevailed to claim pole position, a last-gasp running seeing the Brit find a quarter of a second on the German, while Coulthard was three quarters of a second down in third.[1]

Unfortunately practice had revealed that the only feasible strategy for the race would be a two stop, meaning everyone would have the same pit rotation.[1] That meant that all of the pressure would be at the start of the race, with drivers effectively having one shot at improving their position.[1]

It was Hill who got away form the grid best, sprinting away from Schumacher to claim the lead.[1] Rubens Barrichello also got a good launch to sweep ahead of Coulthard and Jean Alesi, although the Brazilian was quickly put under investigation for a jump start.[1]

Hill and Schumacher quickly cleared off at the head of the field, leaving Coulthard to try and find a way past Barrichello's stubborn Jordan-Peugeot.[1] Unfortunately for the Scot he would lose any chance of challenging for victory in the eleven laps he was stuck behind the Brazilian, and would only get past once Barrichello was slapped with a stop-go penalty for jumping the start.[1]

Further back Alesi was defending heavily from a frustrated Johnny Herbert, who was fighting for his future at Benetton.[1] The Frenchman and the Brit duly collided in the midst of their fight, Herbert getting sent straight into the barriers, gifting Martin Brundle fourth place for Ligier-Mugen-Honda as Gerhard Berger, who had been behind the pair, had to take avoiding action.[1]

Out front, meanwhile, the race would be decided during the first pitstop window, with Schumacher staying out a few laps longer than Hill and delivering a series of fastest laps.[1] He duly claimed an eight second lead with his overcut, and would spend the rest of the afternoon easing clear of the #5 Williams.[1]

With that the race was effectively over, with Schumacher cruising home thirty seconds clear of Hill to extend his Championship lead.[1] Coulthard was next, but had to fend off a late charge from Brundle late on, while Alesi and Barrichello claimed the remaining points.[1]

BackgroundEdit

In-spite of his late race failure, Michael Schumacher would leave the Canadian Grand Prix with his lead having been enhanced to seven points, having claimed 36 points across the opening six races. Damon Hill remained his closest challenger, although race winner Jean Alesi had made ground, moving onto 24 points for the season. Gerhard Berger was next ahead of Johnny Herbert, with thirteen drivers on the board.

In the Constructors Championship there had been another shuffle at the top of the field, with Ferrari taking a turn at the top of the table on 41 points. They hence bumped Benetton-Renault down to second, who dropped three behind the Scuderia, while Williams-Renault slipped to third, nine off the lead. A twenty point gap then followed to Jordan-Peugeot, fresh from their strongest weekend, with McLaren-Mercedes completing the top five.

Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 1995 French 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 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 RS7B 3.0 V10 G
6 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom Rothmans Williams Renault Williams FW17 Renault RS7B 3.0 V10 G
7 United Kingdom Mark Blundell United Kingdom Marlboro McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4/10B Mercedes FO 110 3.0 V10 G
8 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom Marlboro McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4/10B 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
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
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 United Kingdom Martin Brundle 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 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 French Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 5 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1:18.556 1:17.225
2 1 Germany Michael Schumacher United Kingdom Benetton-Renault 1:18.893 1:17.512 +0.287s
3 6 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1:18.585 1:17.925 +0.700s
4 27 France Jean Alesi Italy Ferrari 1:19.254 1:18.761 +1.536s
5 14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 1:19.763 1:18.810 +1.585s
6 26 France Olivier Panis France Ligier-Mugen-Honda 1:19.466 1:19.047 +1.822s
7 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 1:19.051 1:19.295 +1.826s
8 8 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:20.218 1:19.238 +2.013s
9 25 United Kingdom Martin Brundle France Ligier-Mugen-Honda 1:19.384 1:19.524 +2.159s
10 2 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Benetton-Renault 1:19.555 1:20.000 +2.330s
11 15 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 1:20.713 1:19.845 +2.620s
12 30 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Switzerland Sauber-Ford Cosworth 1:21.111 1:20.309 +3.084s
13 7 United Kingdom Mark Blundell United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:20.804 1:20.527 +3.302s
14 4 Finland Mika Salo United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:21.921 1:20.796 +3.571s
15 29 France Jean-Christophe Boullion Switzerland Sauber-Ford Cosworth 1:22.382 1:20.943 +3.718s
16 9 Italy Gianni Morbidelli United Kingdom Footwork-Hart 1:21.756 1:21.076 +3.851s
17 24 Italy Luca Badoer Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:21.323 +4.098s
18 10 Japan Taki Inoue United Kingdom Footwork-Hart 1:23.355 1:21.894 +4.669s
19 3 Japan Ukyo Katayama United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:22.959 1:21.930 +4.705s
20 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:22.104 +4.879s
21 17 Italy Andrea Montermini United Kingdom Pacific-Ford Cosworth 1:24.172 1:23.466 +6.241s
22 16 France Bertrand Gachot United Kingdom Pacific-Ford Cosworth 1:24.509 1:23.647 +6.422s
23 21 Brazil Pedro Diniz Italy Forti-Ford Cosworth 1:25.787 1:24.184 +6.959s
24 22 Brazil Roberto Moreno Italy Forti-Ford Cosworth 1:26.445 1:24.865 +7.640s
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
Jean Alesi ______________
Row 3 ______________ 5
6 Rubens Barrichello
Olivier Panis ______________
Row 4 ______________ 7
8 Gerhard Berger
Mika Häkkinen ______________
Row 5 ______________ 9
10 Martin Brundle
Johnny Herbert ______________
Row 6 ______________ 11
12 Eddie Irvine
Heinz-Harald Frentzen ______________
Row 7 ______________ 13
14 Mark Blundell
Mika Salo ______________
Row 8 ______________ 15
16 Jean-Christophe Boullion
Gianni Morbidelli ______________
Row 9 ______________ 17
18 Luca Badoer
Taki Inoue ______________
Row 10 ______________ 19
20 Ukyo Katayama
Pierluigi Martini ______________
Row 11 ______________ 21
22 Andrea Montermini
Bertrand Gachot ______________
Row 12 ______________ 23
24 Pedro Diniz
Roberto Moreno ______________

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher United Kingdom Benetton-Renault 72 1:38:28.429 2 10
2 5 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Williams-Renault 72 +31.309s 1 6
3 6 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom Williams-Renault 72 +1:02.826 3 4
4 25 United Kingdom Martin Brundle France Ligier-Mugen-Honda 72 +1:03.293 9 3
5 27 France Jean Alesi Italy Ferrari 72 +1:17.869 4 2
6 14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 71 +1 Lap 5 1
7 8 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 71 +1 Lap 8
8 26 France Olivier Panis France Ligier-Mugen-Honda 71 +1 Lap 6
9 15 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 71 +1 Lap 11
10 30 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Switzerland Sauber-Ford Cosworth 71 +1 Lap 12
11 7 United Kingdom Mark Blundell United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 70 +2 Laps 13
12 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 70 +2 Laps 7
13 24 Italy Luca Badoer Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 69 +3 Laps 17
14 9 Italy Gianni Morbidelli United Kingdom Footwork-Hart 69 +3 Laps 16
15 4 Finland Mika Salo United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 69 +3 Laps 14
16 22 Brazil Roberto Moreno Italy Forti-Ford Cosworth 66 +6 Laps 24
NC* 17 Italy Andrea Montermini United Kingdom Pacific-Ford Cosworth 62 +10 Laps 21
Ret 29 France Jean-Christophe Boullion Switzerland Sauber-Ford Cosworth 48 Gearbox 15
Ret 16 France Bertrand Gachot United Kingdom Pacific-Ford Cosworth 24 Gearbox 22
Ret 23 Italy Pierluigi Martini Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 23 Gearbox 20
Ret 2 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Benetton-Renault 2 Collision 10
Ret 10 Japan Taki Inoue United Kingdom Footwork-Hart 0 Collision 18
Ret 3 Japan Ukyo Katayama United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 0 Collision 19
Ret 21 Brazil Pedro Diniz Italy Forti-Ford Cosworth 0 Spin 23
Source:[6]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Montermini was still classified despite retiring as he had completed 90% of the race distance.[6]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Victory for Michael Schumacher ensured that he left France with a controlling stake in the Championship hunt, with 46 points to his credit after seven races. That translated to an eleven point lead over Damon Hill, meaning Schumacher could afford to miss a race and still lead the Championship. Behind, Jean Alesi had lost more ground in third ahead of teammate Gerhard Berger, while David Coulthard had moved ahead of Johnny Herbert.

In the Constructors Championship it was Benetton-Renault's turn to lead the Championship, moving five points clear on 48 points. Ferrari had hence had to make way for them and dropped to second, and were just a point ahead of Williams-Renault in third. Elsewhere, Jordan-Peugeot kept their tally rolling with another points finish, enhancing their hold on fourth, with McLaren-Mercedes completing the top five.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Germany Michael Schumacher 46
2 United Kingdom Damon Hill 35
3 France Jean Alesi 26
4 Austria Gerhard Berger 17
5 United Kingdom David Coulthard 13 ▲1
6 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert 12 ▼1
7 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 7
8 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 6
9 Finland Mika Häkkinen 5
10 France Olivier Panis 4
11 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 4
12 United Kingdom Martin Brundle 3 ▲8
13 United Kingdom Mark Blundell 3 ▼1
14 Italy Gianni Morbidelli 1 ▼1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Benetton-Renault 48 ▲1
2 Italy Ferrari 43 ▼1
3 United Kingdom Williams-Renault 42
4 Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 13
5 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 8
6 France Ligier-Mugen-Honda 7
7 Switzerland Sauber-Ford Cosworth 4
8 United Kingdom Footwork-Hart 1

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

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  2. 'France 1995: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1995/france/engages.aspx, (Accessed 09/08/2019)
  3. 'Grand Prix de France - QUALIFYING 1', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/1995/races/627/france/qualifying-1.html, (Accessed 09/08/2019)
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V T E France French Grand Prix
Circuits Reims (1950–1951, 1953–1954, 1956, 1958–1961, 1963, 1966)
Rouen-Les-Essarts (1952, 1957, 1962, 1964, 1968)
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Bugatti Circuit (1967)
Circuit Paul Ricard (1971, 1973, 1975–1976, 1978, 1980, 1982–1983, 1985–1990, 2018-present)
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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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