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The 1995 Portuguese Grand Prix, otherwise known as the XXIV Grande Prémio de Portugal, was the thirteenth round of the 1995 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Autódromo do Estoril in Estoril, Portugal, on the 24 September 1995.[1] The race would see David Coulthard secure an impressive maiden victory, as Damon Hill effectively gave up on the Championship by allowing Michael Schumacher to pass without too much resistance.[1]

The race was heralded by a couple of new-spec cars, with both Williams-Renault and McLaren-Mercedes bringing new equipment.[1] However, while the updated Williams FW17B was given a stamp of approval, McLaren were found to be completely confused by the rushed MP4/10C, resulting in the team rebuilding four different specifications of car during Saturday night.[1]

Into the weekend itself and Coulthard demonstrated the raw speed of the new FW17B perfectly, sweeping to pole position ahead of teammate Hill.[1] Schumacher was best of the rest in third ahead of Gerhard Berger, while the two McLarens of Mark Blundell and Mika Häkkinen found themselves down in twelfth and thirteenth respectively.[1]

Williams ultimately decided to use the established FW17 for the race itself, deciding that reliability would be a better weapon than raw speed.[1] Regardless, it would be formation flying from the Williams' at the start, although the race would barely get underway before it was red flagged.[1]

The cause was Ukyo Katayama, who had a huge accident after darting across the nose of Luca Badoer, resulting in the Tyrrell-Yamaha getting flipped upside down and skating across the circuit.[1] The race was instantly red flagged after the upside-down Japanese racer slammed into Andrea Montermini, and would be pulled from his car unconscious.[1] Fortunately, Katayama would wake-up en-route to hospital, and was later diagnosed with a strained neck and bruising.[1]

The wrecked Tyrrell was swept away and the field reset to qualifying order, with a full restart from the starting grid.[1] This time Coulthard would get a storming start to claim an early lead, while Hill lost out to Schumacher as the pair jousted on the brakes for turn one.[1]

Hill's relatively poor start prompted Williams to swap his strategy early on, putting the Englishman on a two stop.[1] He duly backed off to conserve his fuel and tyres, meaning Coulthard and Schumacher, both on three stops, would quickly pull clear of the #5 Williams.[1]

Ultimately the ploy would work, with Hill rising to second once the pitstop window was complete, equi-distant between Coulthard in first and Schumacher in third.[1] However, it quickly became clear that Schumacher had far superior pace, and would Coulthard too far ahead for team orders to come into effect, it was down to Hill to defend second.[1]

It therefore came as a huge surprise when Hill completely failed to recognise Schumacher's first attack, leaving the inside line at Gancho undefended.[1] The German ace duly dived inside the Brit to claim second, before powering away on much fresher rubber to chase after Coulthard.[1]

Further down the field Ferrari were doing their best to divide and conquer their own drivers, first by ordering Jean Alesi to move aside for Berger, before deliberately delaying Alesi during one of his stops.[1] That would get Berger ahead of the Frenchman, although it also allowed Heinz-Harald Frentzen in the Sauber-Ford Cosworth to get past the #27 Ferrari.[1]

With that the race was over, with Coulthard able to keep Schumacher at arm's length to claim his maiden victory, collecting fastest lap as well.[1] Schumacher was second ahead of a very quiet Hill, with Berger in fourth ahead of Alesi and Frentzen, the Frenchman having quickly got back ahead of the German before hunting down his teammate in the closing stages.[1]

BackgroundEdit

There was no change to the top of the Championship standings as a result of the Italian Grand Prix, with Schumacher and Hill still separated by fifteen points, and both holding a suspended one-race ban. Behind, however, there had been some significant changes, with Johnny Herbert having leapt up to third ahead of Jean Alesi and David Coulthard, with nine points covering the trio. Elsewhere, Mika Häkkinen had shot into the top ten behind Heinz-Harald Frentzen, with seventeen drivers on the board.

In the Constructors Championship it had been a positive day for Benetton-Renault, who were the only top three team to score in Italy. Herbert's victory ensured that they established a twenty point lead over Williams-Renault at the head of the field, while Ferrari were now 37 points behind in third. Elsewhere, McLaren-Mercedes had been another big winner, moving into fourth ahead of Sauber-Ford Cosworth, while Jordan-Peugeot slipped to seventh, albeit just seven points off of McLaren in fourth.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 1995 Portuguese 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 MP4/10C 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 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 Portuguese Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 6 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1:21.423 1:20.537
2 5 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1:21.322 1:20.905 +0.368s
3 1 Germany Michael Schumacher United Kingdom Benetton-Renault 1:21.885 1:21.301 +0.764s
4 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 1:22.281 1:21.970 +1.433s
5 30 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Switzerland Sauber-Ford Cosworth 1:23.485 1:22.226 +1.689s
6 2 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Benetton-Renault 1:23.786 1:22.322 +1.785s
7 27 France Jean Alesi Italy Ferrari 1:22.656 1:22.391 +1.854s
8 14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 1:23.142 1:22.538 +2.001s
9 25 United Kingdom Martin Brundle France Ligier-Mugen-Honda 1:23.244 1:22.588 +2.051s
10 15 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 1:22.957 1:22.831 +2.294s
11 26 France Olivier Panis France Ligier-Mugen-Honda 1:23.284 1:22.904 +2.367s
12 7 United Kingdom Mark Blundell United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:24.583 1:22.914 +2.377s
13 8 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:23.064 1:23.114 +2.527s
14 29 France Jean-Christophe Boullion Switzerland Sauber-Ford Cosworth 1:23.934 +3.397s
15 4 Finland Mika Salo United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:24.942 1:23.936 +3.399s
16 3 Japan Ukyo Katayama United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:24.631 1:24.287 +3.750s
17 23 Portugal Pedro Lamy Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:26.210 1:24.657 +4.120s
18 24 Italy Luca Badoer Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:25.746 1:24.778 +4.241s
19 10 Japan Taki Inoue United Kingdom Footwork-Hart 1:24.883 1:25.031 +4.346s
20 9 Italy Max Papis United Kingdom Footwork-Hart 1:25.696 1:25.179 +4.642s
21 17 Italy Andrea Montermini United Kingdom Pacific-Ford Cosworth 1:27.659 1:26.172 +5.634s
22 21 Brazil Pedro Diniz Italy Forti-Ford Cosworth 1:29.137 1:27.292 +6.755s
23 22 Brazil Roberto Moreno Italy Forti-Ford Cosworth 1:28.672 1:27.523 +6.986s
24 16 Switzerland Jean-Denis Délétraz United Kingdom Pacific-Ford Cosworth 1:32.769 +12.232s
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 ______________
Heinz-Harald Frentzen 6
______________ Johnny Herbert
Row 4 7 ______________
Jean Alesi 8
______________ Rubens Barrichello
Row 5 9 ______________
Martin Brundle 10
______________ Eddie Irvine
Row 6 11 ______________
Olivier Panis 12
______________ Mark Blundell
Row 7 13 ______________
Mika Häkkinen 14
______________ Jean-Christophe Boullion
Row 8 15 ______________
Mika Salo 16
______________ Ukyo Katayama
Row 9 17 ______________
Pedro Lamy 18
______________ Luca Badoer
Row 10 19 ______________
Taki Inoue 20
______________ Max Papis
Row 11 21 ______________
Andrea Montermini 22
______________ Pedro Diniz
Row 12 23 ______________
Roberto Moreno 24
______________ Jean-Denis Délétraz

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 6T United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom Williams-Renault 71 1:41:52.145 1 10
2 1 Germany Michael Schumacher United Kingdom Benetton-Renault 71 +7.248s 3 6
3 5T United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Williams-Renault 71 +22.121s 2 4
4 28 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Ferrari 71 +1:24.879 4 3
5 27 France Jean Alesi Italy Ferrari 71 +1:25.429 7 2
6 30 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Switzerland Sauber-Ford Cosworth 70 +1 Lap 5 1
7 2 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Benetton-Renault 70 +1 Lap 6
8 25 United Kingdom Martin Brundle France Ligier-Mugen-Honda 70 +1 Lap 9
9 7 United Kingdom Mark Blundell United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 70 +1 Lap 12
10 15 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 70 +1 Lap 10
11 14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 70 +1 Lap 8
12 29 France Jean-Christophe Boullion Switzerland Sauber-Ford Cosworth 70 +1 Lap 14
13 4 Finland Mika Salo United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 69 +2 Laps 15
14 24 Italy Luca Badoer Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 68 +3 Laps 18
15 10 Japan Taki Inoue United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 68 +3 Laps 19
16 21 Brazil Pedro Diniz Italy Forti-Ford Cosworth 66 +5 Laps 22
17 22 Brazil Roberto Moreno Italy Forti-Ford Cosworth 64 +7 Laps 23
Ret 17 Italy Andrea Montermini United Kingdom Pacific-Ford Cosworth 53 Gearbox 21
Ret 8 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 44 Engine 13
Ret 16 Switzerland Jean-Denis Délétraz United Kingdom Pacific-Ford Cosworth 14 Physical 24
Ret 26 France Olivier Panis France Ligier-Mugen-Honda 10 Spin 11
Ret 23 Portugal Pedro Lamy Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 7 Gearbox 16
Ret 3 Japan Ukyo Katayama United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 0 Collision 16
Ret 9 Italy Max Papis United Kingdom Footwork-Hart 0 Gearbox 20
Source:[6]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

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.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Germany Michael Schumacher 72
2 United Kingdom Damon Hill 55
3 United Kingdom David Coulthard 39 ▲2
4 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert 38 ▼1
5 France Jean Alesi 34 ▼1
6 Austria Gerhard Berger 28
7 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 15
8 Finland Mika Häkkinen 11
9 United Kingdom Mark Blundell 10
10 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 8
11 France Olivier Panis 8
12 United Kingdom Martin Brundle 7
13 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 6
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 100
2 United Kingdom Williams-Renault 88
3 Italy Ferrari 62
4 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 21
5 Switzerland Sauber-Ford Cosworth 18
6 France Ligier-Mugen-Honda 16
7 Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 14
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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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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