British GP 1995

British GP, 1995

The fortnight between the French and British Grands Prix had seen Arrows give in to financial desperation and replace Gianni Morbidelli with pay-driver Max Papis, but otherwise the field was the same as usual and the battle for pole position was a familiar one as Damon Hill in his Williams-Renault pipped Michael Schumacher in his Benetton-Renault to pole by 0.2s. David Coulthard was third in the second Williams while Gerhard Berger took fourth in his Ferrari edging out the second Benetton driven by Johnny Herbert. Jean Alesi's Ferrari was sixth but it was the Frenchman who made the best start to take second behind Hill at the first corner. Hill built a 20sec lead while Alesi held up everyone for 18 laps.

Benetton decided to go for a one-stop strategy while Hill went for two stops and this meant that Hill dropped behind after his second stop. He was much faster than Schumacher and tried a risky move on lap 46. The German turned into his path. This left Herbert in the lead, Benetton having beaten Williams and Ferrari in the pits. Behind him were Alesi and Coulthard, the Williams driver having been unable to get past the Ferrari because of electronic trouble during his first stop. At his second stop he did get ahead and closed quickly on Herbert but he was awarded as 10sec stop-go penalty for speeding in the pitlane. His automatic speed limiter was out of action.

Coulthard took the lead briefly before he pitted for the penalty. He rejoined third. Further back Rubens Barrichello's Jordan and Mark Blundell's McLaren collided on the penultimate lap while fighting for fourth place. Blundell had to do the last lap on three wheels which meant he lost fourth to Olivier Panis's Ligier, while Heinz-Harald Frentzen finished sixth for Sauber. Johnny Herbert, whose future at Benetton is uncertain, obtained his first Grand Prix victory, in front of his home crowd.

Johnny Herbert Benetton-Renault B195 61 1h34m35.093s  
27 Jean Alesi Ferrari 412T2 61 1h34m51.572s  
David Coulthard Williams-Renault FW17 61 1h34m58.981s  
26 Olivier Panis Ligier-Mugen Honda JS41 61 1h36m08.261s  13 
Mark Blundell McLaren-Mercedes MP4/10 61 1h36m23.265s  10 
30 Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Cosworth C14 60  12 
23 Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Cosworth M195 60  15 
Mika Salo Tyrrell-Yamaha 023 60  23 
29 Jean-Christophe Boullion Sauber-Cosworth C14 60  16 
10 24 Luca Badoer Minardi-Cosworth M195 60  18 
11r 14 Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Peugeot 195 59 Accident/front Suspension 
12 16 Bertrand Gachot Pacific-Cosworth PR02 58  21 
22 Roberto Moreno Forti-Cosworth FG01-95 48  Pneumatic Valve Fluid Pressure 22 
Michael Schumacher Benetton-Renault B195 45 Accident 
Damon Hill Williams-Renault FW17 45 Accident 
Max Papis Footwork-Hart FA16 28 Accident/front Suspension 17 
Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 023 22 Fuel Starvation 14 
17 Andrea Montermini Pacific-Cosworth PR02 21 Spin 24 
Mika Hakkinen McLaren-Mercedes MP4/10 20 Gearbox Electronic Control Unit 
28 Gerhard Berger Ferrari 412T2 20 Front Left Wheel Loose 
25 Martin Brundle Ligier-Mugen Honda JS41 16 Spin 11 
10 Taki Inoue Footwork-Hart FA16 16 Spin 19 
21 Pedro Diniz Forti-Cosworth FG01-95 13 Gear Selection 20 
15 Eddie Irvine Jordan-Peugeot 195 Crankshaft Sensor