Argentine GP 1995
APRIL 9, 1995
Argentine GP, 1995
Grand Prix racing's return to Buenos Aires after 14 years away was greeted with great passion by the locals who have a strong tradition in Formula 1. The circus was impressed with the town and if the famous Autodromo was not quite as challenging as once it had been, it was at least ready for action. The problem was the Buenos Aires autumn weather which was - at best - miserable. From Thursday morning - there being an extra day of running because no-one had raced at the track before - rain clouds swirled around the track. At regular tracks practice is usually started on Fridays.
Qualifying was packed with incident as car after car gyrated into the lush green grass or the claggy red earth sandtraps. Thursday was bad. Friday was awful. There were a few minutes at the end of that first qualifying session when the track was vaguely dry and David Coulthard took provisional pole position. But if the Williams-Renaults seemed to take the wet in their stride, the Benettons were dreadful, both spinning several times and ending the day ninth and tenth.
The weather on Saturday was not much better and final qualifying began in the middle of a torrential downpour. It was only in the final 10 minutes of the session that the track suddenly became as quick as it had been the previous day. There was a rush as cars came out and three days of practice were condensed into 10 frantic minutes. Coulthard confirmed his promise - winning his first F1 pole position - ahead of Damon Hill and Michael Schumacher. The Renault-engined cars again dominated, while Eddie Irvine was fourth fastest for Jordan-Peugeot.
On race day the rains finally went away and the weather looked good. The crowd was huge and President Carlos Mennem turned up to watch the show.
This race took a lot of starting. At the first attempt - as Schumacher was engulfed by the pack after a poor start - Jean Alesi spun his Ferrari and caused mayhem in the midfield. The race was red-flagged and halted. At the second attempt Schumacher made a better getaway and grabbed second place from Hill while behind the pair there was further chaos as Mika Hakkinen took out Irvine with an ill-judged manoeuvre on the run down to the first corner.
Coulthard was away and gone up front and it was quickly clear that Schumacher would not be competing with DC. In fact he could barely keep Hill behind him. It was only when Coulthard's engine suddenly missed a beat that David looked vulnerable. He dropped to third place, making the Schumacher-Hill battle become a fight for the lead. For five laps Michael doggedly fought off Damon but it was inevitable that he would have to give way. Once through Damon disappeared up the road and Schumacher dropped back into the clutches of a recovering Coulthard. The Scotsman did not last much longer, his engine dying under him.
Hill and Schumacher chose the same pit stop strategy but Michael never looked like a threat and when he was delayed by a fuel hose refusing to connect to his car, Hill was left unchallenged. Schumacher finished third behind Jean Alesi. Herbert was fourth and Sauber had a good day with Heinz-Harald Frentzen picking up his first points of the year for fifth place.
|1||5||Damon Hill||Williams-Renault FW17||72||1h53m14.532s||2|
|2||27||Jean Alesi||Ferrari 412T2||72||1h53m20.939s||6|
|3||1||Michael Schumacher||Benetton-Renault B195||72||1h53m47.908s||3|
|4||2||Johnny Herbert||Benetton-Renault B195||71||11|
|5||30||Heinz-Harald Frentzen||Sauber-Cosworth C14||70||9|
|6||28||Gerhard Berger||Ferrari 412T2||70||18|
|7||26||Olivier Panis||Ligier-Mugen Honda JS41||70||18|
|8||3||Ukyo Katayama||Tyrrell-Yamaha 023||69||15|
|9||11||Mimmo Schiattarella||Simtek-Cosworth S951||68||20|
|nc||21||Pedro Diniz||Forti-Cosworth FG01-95||63||25|
|nc||22||Roberto Moreno||Forti-Cosworth FG01-95||63||24|
|r||4||Mika Salo||Tyrrell-Yamaha 023||48||Accident||7|
|r||25||Aguri Suzuki||Ligier-Mugen Honda JS41||47||Accident||19|
|r||23||Pierluigi Martini||Minardi-Cosworth M195||44||Spin||16|
|r||9||Gianni Morbidelli||Footwork-Hart FA16||43||Electrics||12|
|r||10||Taki Inoue||Footwork-Hart FA16||40||Spin||26|
|r||14||Rubens Barrichello||Jordan-Peugeot 195||33||Oil Leak/engine||10|
|r||12||Jos Verstappen||Simtek-Cosworth S951||23||Gearbox||14|
|r||6||David Coulthard||Williams-Renault FW17||16||Throttle||1|
|r||7||Mark Blundell||McLaren-Mercedes MP4/10||9||Gearbox Casing/oil Loss||17|
|r||15||Eddie Irvine||Jordan-Peugeot 195||6||Engine||4|
|r||17||Andrea Montermini||Pacific-Cosworth PR02||1||Accident/suspension||22|
|r||8||Mika Hakkinen||McLaren-Mercedes MP4/10||0||Accident||5|
|r||16||Bertrand Gachot||Pacific-Cosworth PR02||0||Accident||23|
|r||29||Karl Wendlinger||Sauber-Cosworth C14||0||Accident||21|
|r||24||Luca Badoer||Minardi-Cosworth M195||0||Accident||13|