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The 1995 Pacific Grand Prix, otherwise officially known as the II Pacific Grand Prix, was the fifteenth round of the 1995 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the TI Circuit in Aida, Okayama Prefecture, Japan, on the 22 October 1995.[1] The race would see Michael Schumacher secure his second World Championship title with his eighth victory of the season, having masterfully grabbed the lead from David Coulthard despite having an inferior pit-strategy.[1]

The weekend was heralded by five driver changes, with Ukyo Katayama returning after injury, while Bertrand Gachot and Gianni Morbidelli were restored to seats they had lost to (better funded) pay drivers.[1] Elsewhere, Aguri Suzuki returned to claim the second Ligier-Mugen-Honda seat for the first of two home races, while Danish racer Jan Magnussen was handed his F1 debut with McLaren-Mercedes, replacing Mika Häkkinen who was out with appendicitis.[1]

Qualifying would see David Coulthard once again secure pole position, ahead of teammate Damon Hill by two tenths of a second.[1] Champion-elect Schumacher would start from third ahead of Jean Alesi, while Gerhard Berger would share the third row with Eddie Irvine.[1]

The start saw Coulthard sprint into an early lead, while Hill made a poor getaway, and hence opted to run Schumacher out of road as they turned into turn one.[1] The ploy partially worked as Schumacher bounced across the grass back to fifth, although Hill himself would slip behind Alesi, who had suddenly found the track empty in front of him.[1]

Coulthard duly established a small lead at the head of the field, while Schumacher would lose a lot of time before passing Berger for fourth on lap five.[1] He duly caught onto the back of Hill within a few laps, but his first attempted lunge at the hairpin on lap eleven was aggressively swatted aside by the Englishman.[1]

In truth Hill was behind held up by Alesi, as shown by the pace of Coulthard who had built a fourteen second lead by the end of lap eighteen.[1] It was at this point that Alesi, Hill and Schumacher, all on three stop strategies, swept into the pits for the first stops, with Schumacher jumping both of his immediate rivals.[1]

Now released, Schumacher began hunting down Coulthard, whose strategy was retroactively changed to a two stop after issues for Hill's stop.[1] That, combined with a series of strong laps from Schumacher, left the Scot in an increasingly vulnerable position, and a series of mesmerising laps from the German ace would ultimately settle the race.[1]

Indeed, the decisive part of the race came when Schumacher made his third and final stop, with the German ace's in-lap some two seconds faster than anyone had managed to that point.[1] He duly sprinted out of the pits without losing the lead, having been almost certain to slip behind Coulthard at the start of his in-lap, leaving him in prime position to win the race.[1]

And so it proved, with Schumacher cruising home to claim victory, and the Championship, by a quarter of a minute, while Coulthard was left frustrated at another opportunity lost.[1] Hill, meanwhile, would finish a lonely and equally annoyed third, but would get partial revenge on Schumacher by revealing what the German ace had said to him after the race.[1] Indeed, while Schumacher appeared courteous and magnanimous to the press, Hill's comments demonstrated the German's less-than-sporting nature.[1]

Regardless, Schumacher was World Champion for the second time, becoming the youngest driver to claim multiple titles.[1]

BackgroundEdit

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.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 1995 Pacific 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 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

Practice ResultsEdit

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

No. Driver Constructor FP1 FP2 Warm-Up
Time Pos. Time Pos. Time Pos.
1 Germany Michael Schumacher United Kingdom Benetton-Renault 1:16.057 1 1:16.681 6 1:18.181 8
2 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Benetton-Renault 1:18.372 10 1:16.833 7 1:18.316 11
3 Japan Ukyo Katayama United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:19.904 17 1:18.003 14 1:20.173 20
4 Finland Mika Salo United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:19.137 14 1:18.933 17 1:19.716 16
5 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1:16.417 2 1:16.086 2 1:17.534 3
6 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1:16.480 3 1:15.730 1 1:16.831 1
7 United Kingdom Mark Blundell United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:17.995 6 1:17.744 11 1:18.293 10
8 Denmark Jan Magnussen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:19.394 15 1:17.872 12 1:18.972 13
9 Italy Gianni Morbidelli United Kingdom Footwork-Hart 1:20.323 19 1:17.872 12 1:18.972 13

QualifyingEdit

Friday QualifyingEdit

Saturday QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 6 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1:14.182 1:14.013
2 5 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1:14.289 1:14.213 +0.200s
3 1 Germany Michael Schumacher United Kingdom Benetton-Renault 1:14.524 1:14.284 +0.271s
4 27 France Jean Alesi Italy Ferrari 1:14.919 1:15.131 +0.906s
5 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 1:14.974 1:15.125 +0.961s
6 15 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 1:15.696 1:15.354 +1.341s
7 2 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Benetton-Renault 1:15.561 1:15.556 +1.543s
8 30 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Switzerland Sauber-Ford Cosworth 1:15.942 1:15.561 +1.548s
9 26 France Olivier Panis France Ligier-Mugen-Honda 1:17.071 1:15.621 +1.608s
10 7 United Kingdom Mark Blundell United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:15.652 1:16.166 +1.639s
11 14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 1:16.263 1:15.774 +1.761s
12 8 Denmark Jan Magnussen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:16.339 1:16.368 +2.326s
13 25 Japan Aguri Suzuki France Ligier-Mugen-Honda 1:17.019 1:16.519 +2.506s
14 23 Portugal Pedro Lamy Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:17.224 1:16.596 +2.583s
15 29 France Jean-Christophe Boullion Switzerland Sauber-Ford Cosworth 1:16.646 1:23.791 +2.633s
16 24 Italy Luca Badoer Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:17.612 1:16.887 +2.874s
17 3 Japan Ukyo Katayama United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:17.265 1:17.014 +3.001s
18 4 Finland Mika Salo United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:17.213 1:17.235 +3.200s
19 9 Italy Gianni Morbidelli United Kingdom Footwork-Hart 1:18.288 1:18.114 +4.101s
20 10 Japan Taki Inoue United Kingdom Footwork-Hart 1:19.471 1:18.212 +4.199s
21 21 Brazil Pedro Diniz Italy Forti-Ford Cosworth 1:20.555 1:19.579 +5.566s
22 22 Brazil Roberto Moreno Italy Forti-Ford Cosworth 1:19.745 1:19.779 +5.732s
23 17 Italy Andrea Montermini United Kingdom Pacific-Ford Cosworth 1:22.096 1:20.093 +6.080s
24 16 France Bertrand Gachot United Kingdom Pacific-Ford Cosworth 1:22.710 1:21.405 +7.392s
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
______________ Jean Alesi
Row 3 5 ______________
Gerhard Berger 6
______________ Eddie Irvine
Row 4 7 ______________
Johnny Herbert 8
______________ Heinz-Harald Frentzen
Row 5 9 ______________
Olivier Panis 10
______________ Mark Blundell
Row 6 11 ______________
Rubens Barrichello 12
______________ Jan Magnussen
Row 7 13 ______________
Aguri Suzuki 14
______________ Pedro Lamy
Row 8 15 ______________
Jean-Christophe Boullion 16
______________ Luca Badoer
Row 9 17 ______________
Ukyo Katayama 18
______________ Mika Salo
Row 10 19 ______________
Gianni Morbidelli 20
______________ Taki Inoue
Row 11 21 ______________
Pedro Diniz 22
______________ Roberto Moreno
Row 12 23 ______________
Andrea Montermini 24
______________ Bertrand Gachot

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher United Kingdom Benetton-Renault 83 1:48:49.972 3 10
2 6 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom Williams-Renault 83 +14.920s 1 6
3 5 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Williams-Renault 83 +48.333s 2 4
4 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 82 +1 Lap 5 3
5 27 France Jean Alesi Italy Ferrari 82 +1 Lap 4 2
6 2 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Benetton-Renault 82 +1 Lap 7 1
7 30 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Switzerland Sauber-Ford Cosworth 82 +1 Lap 8
8 26 France Olivier Panis France Ligier-Mugen-Honda 81 +2 Laps 9
9 7 United Kingdom Mark Blundell United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 81 +2 Laps 10
10 8 Denmark Jan Magnussen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 81 +2 Laps 12
11 15 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 81 +2 Laps 6
12 4 Finland Mika Salo United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 80 +3 Laps 18
13 23 Portugal Pedro Lamy Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 80 +3 Laps 14
14 3 Japan Ukyo Katayama United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 80 +3 Laps 17
15 24 Italy Luca Badoer Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 80 +3 Laps 16
16 22 Brazil Roberto Moreno Italy Forti-Ford Cosworth 78 +5 Laps 21
17 21 Brazil Pedro Diniz Italy Forti-Ford Cosworth 77 +6 Laps 21
Ret 14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 67 Electrical 11
Ret 9 Italy Gianni Morbidelli United Kingdom Footwork-Hart 63 Engine 19
Ret 10 Japan Taki Inoue United Kingdom Footwork-Hart 38 Electrical 20
Ret 17 Italy Andrea Montermini United Kingdom Pacific-Ford Cosworth 14 Gearbox 23
Ret 25 Japan Aguri Suzuki France Ligier-Mugen-Honda 10 Spin 13
Ret 29 France Jean-Christophe Boullion Switzerland Sauber-Ford Cosworth 7 Spin 15
Ret 16 France Bertrand Gachot United Kingdom Pacific-Ford Cosworth 2 Gearbox 24
Source:[6]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

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.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Germany Michael Schumacher 92
2 United Kingdom Damon Hill 59
3 United Kingdom David Coulthard 49
4 France Jean Alesi 42 ▲1
5 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert 41 ▼1
6 Austria Gerhard Berger 31
7 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 15
8 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 11
9 Finland Mika Häkkinen 11
10 United Kingdom Mark Blundell 10
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 123
2 United Kingdom Williams-Renault 102
3 Italy Ferrari 73
4 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 21
5 Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 18
6 Switzerland Sauber-Ford Cosworth 18
7 France Ligier-Mugen-Honda 16
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:

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  2. 'Pacific 1995: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1995/pacifique/engages.aspx, (Accessed 11/08/2019)
  3. 'Pacific Grand Prix - QUALIFYING 1', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/1995/races/635/pacific/qualifying-1.html, (Accessed 11/08/2019)
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V T E Pacific Community Pacific Grand Prix
Circuits TI Circuit Aida
Circuit TI (Aida)
Races 19941995
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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