Canadian GP 1995
JUNE 11, 1995
Canadian GP, 1995
Ferrari star Jean Alesi celebrated his 31st birthday by winning the Canadian Grand Prix - his first win in 91 Formula 1 starts. Jean was beside himself with joy and much of the paddock shared the sentiment for he is a popular man. The Canadian fans loved it too but they nearly spoiled the day by invading the circuit. There were several terrifying near-misses as cars raced to the finishing line. It had been a lucky win for Jean because the race had been dominated by Michael Schumacher, who ended in fifth position. You can say the German was unlucky but he somehow manages to score points even when things don't work out in his favour.
Michael was surfing along on a seemingly endless wave of self-confidence when he arrived in Montreal. Everyone was saying the same. The Benetton-Renault was not as good a car as the Williams-Renault, but the driver was making the difference. In qualifying Michael started out ahead and he never really looked threatened. He even had time for a quick spin before taking pole position. Second was Damon Hill with David Coulthard third ahead of the two Ferraris and Johnny Herbert and then came the jumbled McLarens and Jordans as usual. The grid in Canada was down to 24 cars with the disappearance of Simtek, buried beneath an avalanche of debt.
In the race all the front runners chose a one-stop strategy, wiping out any artificial excitement which might have been generated by the pit stops. Schumacher led from the start, leaving his rivals to pill over one another as usual. At the hairpin Hakkinen took out Herbert. In the same place on lap two Coulthard dropped the ball and spun into a sandtrap.
Hill was struggling with a car which was clearly not competitive and he dropped to third behind Alesi and then to fourth behind Berger. When it came to the pit stops, Ferrari screwed up and Berger ran out of gas and had to cruise round to get to the pits. Frustrated Gerhard ended his race by nerfing Martin Brundle into a sandtrap in a daft manoeuvre at the first corner.
Then Hill disappeared - with yet another gearbox hydraulic failure. This left Schumacher with a half minute advantage over Alesi, who was a long way clear of the two Jordans. With 11 laps to go, however, Michael's Benetton faltered with an electrical problem. The car stuck in third gear. He came into the pits and the team decided that it might be a problem with the gearchange flippers on the back of the steering wheel. The wheel was swapped, the system reset and Michael sent on his way. He set the fastest lap of the race as he chased Olivier Panis's Ligier for fourth place. The two were still fighting when the crowds invaded the track.
While Alesi celebrated his victory, down at Jordan there was jubilation as well as Rubens Barrichello and Eddie Irvine came home second and third. And down in sixth place Gianni Morbidelli collected Arrows's first point of the year. One race later, in France, Gianni was dropped because the sponsorship money he brought to the team ran out.
|1||27||Jean Alesi||Ferrari 412T2||68||1h46m31.333s||5|
|2||14||Rubens Barrichello||Jordan-Peugeot 195||68||1h47m03.020s||9|
|3||15||Eddie Irvine||Jordan-Peugeot 195||68||1h47m04.603s||8|
|4||26||Olivier Panis||Ligier-Mugen Honda JS41||68||1h47m07.839s||11|
|5||1||Michael Schumacher||Benetton-Renault B195||68||1h47m08.393s||1|
|6||9||Gianni Morbidelli||Footwork-Hart FA16||67||13|
|7||4||Mika Salo||Tyrrell-Yamaha 023||67||15|
|8||24||Luca Badoer||Minardi-Cosworth M195||67||19|
|9||10||Taki Inoue||Footwork-Hart FA16||66||22|
|10r||25||Martin Brundle||Ligier-Mugen Honda JS41||61||Accident||14|
|11r||28||Gerhard Berger||Ferrari 412T2||61||Accident||4|
|r||23||Pierluigi Martini||Minardi-Cosworth M195||60||Throttle Cable||17|
|r||22||Roberto Moreno||Forti-Cosworth FG01-95||54||Out Of Fuel (refuelling Failure)||23|
|r||5||Damon Hill||Williams-Renault FW17||50||Gearbox Hydraulic Pump||2|
|r||7||Mark Blundell||McLaren-Mercedes MP4/10||47||Engine||10|
|r||3||Ukyo Katayama||Tyrrell-Yamaha 023||42||Engine Air Pressure||16|
|r||16||Bertrand Gachot||Pacific-Cosworth PR02||36||Battery||20|
|r||30||Heinz-Harald Frentzen||Sauber-Cosworth C14||26||Engine||12|
|r||21||Pedro Diniz||Forti-Cosworth FG01-95||26||Gearbox||24|
|r||29||Jean-Christophe Boullion||Sauber-Cosworth C14||19||Spin||18|
|r||17||Andrea Montermini||Pacific-Cosworth PR02||5||Gearbox Hydraulics||21|
|r||6||David Coulthard||Williams-Renault FW17||1||Spin||3|
|r||2||Johnny Herbert||Benetton-Renault B195||0||Accident||6|
|r||8||Mika Hakkinen||McLaren-Mercedes MP4/10||0||Accident||7|