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The 1995 Japanese Grand Prix, otherwise officially known as the XXI Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix (XXIフジテレビ日本グランプリ in Japanese) was the sixteenth and penultimate round of the 1995 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Suzuka Circuit in Mie Prefecture, Japan, on the 29 October 1995.[1] The race would see Michael Schumacher collect his ninth win of the season, securing the Constructors Championship for Benetton-Renault with a race to spare.[1]

The entire weekend would be dominated by Schumacher, with the German double Champion sweeping to pole position ahead of Jean Alesi of Ferrari.[1] Mika Häkkinen was next for McLaren-Mercedes, while the two Williams-Renaults of Damon Hill and David Coulthard, widely believed to be the fastest car in the field, would line-up in fourth and sixth respectively.[1]

Wet tyres would be the order of the day for the start of the race, with pre-race rain ensuring that the circuit was very damp.[1] Regardless, it was Schumacher who slithered off the line best to claim an early lead, while Alesi was slapped with a ten second stop-go for jumping the start.[1]

Alesi served his penalty at the start of the fourth lap, before coming in a lap later for slicks, knowing he had to gamble having thrown away his chance of victory by jumping the start.[1] However, that gamble would quickly pay off, with Alesi soon catching the back markers while almost matching Schumacher's times out front.[1]

Indeed, Alesi's charge would only be interrupted by Pedro Lamy, who clumsily ran the Frenchman off the circuit having misread where the #27 Ferrari was attacking from.[1] Despite that, however, Alesi would be just six seconds behind Schumacher when the German ace rejoined from his slick stop, despite having effectively served two stops to Schumacher's one.[1]

Alesi ran in a comfortable second for the foreseeable future, until a rather predictable mechanical failure ended his race.[1] That put the two Williams-Renaults into second and third, just in time for them to throw their race away.[1]

First to go was Hill, who suddenly went off at Spoon as rain returned to the circuit, and duly had to stop for a new front wing and have gravel cleared from his car.[1] Coulthard inherited second and then slid into the gravel at the exact same spot, and would rejoin with gravel filling his radiators.[1] That gravel then shot out of the front of the Williams when he hit the brakes for 130R, and hence caused the Scot to spin out of the race on his own detritus.[1]

Hill, meanwhile, would rejoin in third behind Häkkinen, and was pushing hard having been told that he had received a penalty for speeding in the pitlane.[1] That, however, would have no impact on the Englishman's race, for he would go skating off the circuit on the gravel left by Coulthard at Spoon and crash out of the race.[1]

With that the race was effectively over, with Schumacher cruising home to secure Benetton-Renaults eleventh win of the season.[1] Häkkinen was a strong second to show the progress that Mercedes had made across the season, while Johnny Herbert completed the podium in the second Benetton.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Michael Schumacher was declared as the 1995 FIA Formula One World Championship Champion with two rounds to spare in Okayama, having scored 92 points in fifteen races. Damon Hill was therefore too far back to challenge, with 33 points separating the pair, and only 20 left to fight for at the final two rounds. The Englishman was therefore in a fight to secure second, heading into the final phase of the season just ten ahead of David Coulthard.

It was, however, still all to play for in the Constructors Championship, although Benetton-Renault were in prime position to win the crown. Indeed, if Williams-Renault failed to outscore Benetton by six points in Suzuka the title would be theirs, with 21 points separating the pair with two rounds to go. Ferrari, meanwhile, had now secured third place, and still had a mathematical chance of beating Williams, although it would require a major reversal in pace and fortune.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 1995 Japanese 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 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 MP4/10B Mercedes FO 110 3.0 V10 G
8 Denmark Jan Magnussen 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 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 Japan Aguri Suzuki 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 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 Japanese Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher United Kingdom Benetton-Renault 1:38.428 1:38.023
2 27 France Jean Alesi Italy Ferrari 1;39.127 1:38.888 +0.865s
3 8 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:39.127 1:38.954 +0.931s
4 5 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1:39.032 1:39.158 +1.009s
5 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 1:40.305 1:39.040 +1.017s
6 6 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1:39.155 1:39.368 +1.132s
7 15 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 1:40.153 1:39.621 +1.598s
8 30 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Switzerland Sauber-Ford Cosworth 1:40.010 1:40.380 +1.987s
9 2 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Benetton-Renault 1:40.349 1:40.391 +2.326s
10 14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 1:40.381 1:40.413 +2.358s
11 26 France Olivier Panis France Ligier-Mugen-Honda 1:40.838 1:41.081 +2.815s
12 4 Finland Mika Salo United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:41.355 1:41.637 +3.332s
13* 25 Japan Aguri Suzuki France Ligier-Mugen-Honda 1:42.561 1:41.592 +3.569s
14 3 Japan Ukyo Katayama United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:41.977 1:42.273 +3.954s
15 9 Italy Gianni Morbidelli United Kingdom Footwork-Hart 1:42.623 1:42.059 +4.035s
16 29 Austria Karl Wendlinger Switzerland Sauber-Ford Cosworth 1:43.634 1:42.912 +4.889s
17 23 Portugal Pedro Lamy Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:43.387 1:43.102 +5.079s
18 24 Italy Luca Badoer Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:43.940 1:43.542 +5.519s
19 10 Japan Taki Inoue United Kingdom Footwork-Hart 1:44.386 1:44.074 +6.051s
20 17 Italy Andrea Montermini United Kingdom Pacific-Ford Cosworth 1:46.869 1:46.097 +8.074s
21 21 Brazil Pedro Diniz Italy Forti-Ford Cosworth 1:46.654 1:47.166 +8.631s
22 22 Brazil Roberto Moreno Italy Forti-Ford Cosworth 1:50.097 1:48.267 +10.244s
23 16 France Bertrand Gachot United Kingdom Pacific-Ford Cosworth 1:48.824 1:48.289 +10.266s
24 7 United Kingdom Mark Blundell United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 16:42.640 +15:04.617
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.
  • * Suzuki was unable to start the race due to a crash in the warm-up.[5]

GridEdit

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 1 ______________
Michael Schumacher 2
______________ Jean Alesi
Row 2 3 ______________
Mika Häkkinen 4
______________ Damon Hill
Row 3 5 ______________
Gerhard Berger 6
______________ David Coulthard
Row 4 7 ______________
Eddie Irvine 8
______________ Heinz-Harald Frentzen
Row 5 9 ______________
Johnny Herbert 10
______________ Rubens Barrichello
Row 6 11 ______________
Olivier Panis 12
______________ Mika Salo
Row 7 13 ______________
Ukyo Katayama 14
______________ Gianni Morbidelli
Row 8 15 ______________
Karl Wendlinger 16
______________ Pedro Lamy
Row 9 17 ______________
Luca Badoer 18
______________ Taki Inoue
Row 10 19 ______________
Andrea Montermini 20
______________ Pedro Diniz
Row 11 21 ______________
Roberto Moreno* 22
______________ Bertrand Gachot
Row 12 23 ______________
Mark Blundell 24
______________
  • * Moreno would start the race from the pitlane.[5]

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher United Kingdom Benetton-Renault 53 1:36:52.930 1 10
2 8 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 53 +19.337s 3 6
3 2 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Benetton-Renault 53 +1:23.804 9 4
4 15 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 53 +1:42.136 7 3
5 26 France Olivier Panis France Ligier-Mugen-Honda 52 +1 Lap 11 2
6 4 Finland Mika Salo United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 52 +1 Lap 12 1
7 7 United Kingdom Mark Blundell United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 52 +1 Lap 23
8 30 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Switzerland Sauber-Ford Cosworth 52 +1 Lap 8
9 24 Italy Luca Badoer Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 51 +2 Laps 17
10 29 Austria Karl Wendlinger Switzerland Sauber-Ford Cosworth 51 +2 Laps 15
11 23 Portugal Pedro Lamy Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 51 +2 Laps 16
12 10 Japan Taki Inoue United Kingdom Footwork-Hart 51 +2 Laps 18
Ret 5 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Williams-Renault 40 Spin 4
Ret 6 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom Williams-Renault 39 Spin 6
Ret 21 Brazil Pedro Diniz Italy Forti-Ford Cosworth 32 Spin 20
Ret 27 France Jean Alesi Italy Ferrari 24 Transmission 2
Ret 17 Italy Andrea Montermini United Kingdom Pacific-Ford Cosworth 23 Spin 19
Ret 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 16 Electrical 5
Ret 14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 15 Spin 10
Ret 3 Japan Ukyo Katayama United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 12 Spin 13
Ret 16 France Bertrand Gachot United Kingdom Pacific-Ford Cosworth 6 Halfshaft 22
Ret 22 Brazil Roberto Moreno Italy Forti-Ford Cosworth 1 Gearbox 21
Ret 9 Italy Gianni Morbidelli United Kingdom Footwork-Hart 0 Spin 14
DNS 25 Japan Aguri Suzuki France Ligier-Mugen-Honda
Source:[6]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.

MilestonesEdit


StandingsEdit

Michael Schumacher added to his already all-conquering tally with victory in Japan, leaving Suzuka with 102 points to his name. Damon Hill, meanwhile, had secured second in the Championship for a second successive season, although he would be out to beat Schumacher at the season finale to reverse his recent run of relatively poor form. David Coulthard, meanwhile, would face a fight to hold third at the finale, with Johnny Herbert and Jean Alesi both within striking distance.

A second double-podium of the season for Benetton-Renault ensured that they claimed the Constructors Championship with a race to spare, ending the weekend on 137 points. Williams-Renault would therefore have to settle for second on 102 points, while Ferrari were confirmed in third on 73. The intrigue heading into the finale would therefore be on the fight to complete the top five, with McLaren-Mercedes and Jordan-Peugeot leading that fight ahead of the trip to Australia.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Germany Michael Schumacher 102
2 United Kingdom Damon Hill 59
3 United Kingdom David Coulthard 49
4 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert 45 ▲1
5 France Jean Alesi 42 ▼1
6 Austria Gerhard Berger 31
7 Finland Mika Häkkinen 17 ▲2
8 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 15 ▼1
9 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 11 ▼1
10 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 10 ▲3
11 France Olivier Panis 10
12 United Kingdom Mark Blundell 10 ▼2
13 United Kingdom Martin Brundle 7 ▼1
14 Finland Mika Salo 3 ▲1
15 France Jean-Christophe Boullion 3 ▼1
16 Japan Aguri Suzuki 1
17 Italy Gianni Morbidelli 1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Benetton-Renault 137
2 United Kingdom Williams-Renault 102
3 Italy Ferrari 73
4 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 27
5 Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 21
6 France Ligier-Mugen-Honda 18 ▲1
7 Switzerland Sauber-Ford Cosworth 18 ▼1
8 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 3
9 United Kingdom Footwork-Hart 1

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

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V T E Japan Japanese Grand Prix
Circuits Fuji (1976–1977, 2007–2008), Suzuka (1987–2006, 2009–present)
SuzukaCircuit2005
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See also Pacific Grand Prix
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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