Australian GP 1995
NOVEMBER 12, 1995
Australian GP, 1995
Damon Hill won the Australian Grand Prix by two complete laps over the opposition. That has only been achieved once before in the history of the Formula 1 World Championship, at the 1969 Spanish Grand Prix when Jackie Stewart took his Matra to a two lap victory over Bruce McLaren at Montjuich Park in Barcelona. Damon had answered his critics in the best possible way.
The Adelaide weekend, which boasted the biggest race day crowd in F1 history - 210,000 people - was overshadowed by the accident which befell Mika Hakkinen on Friday afternoon at Brewery Bend when his McLaren suffered a rear left puncture (caused by wreckage) and crashed heavily. Mika suffered head injuries and was rushed to hospital.
At the start Coulthard took the lead from Hill while Schumacher's hopes of challenging the Williams pair went out of the window, his Benetton being engulfed by the two Ferraris. It took him four laps to pass Alesi and then Berger and his tyres were shot by the time he had and he could not challenge Coulthard and Hill.
At the first pit stops Coulthard came into the tight pitlane entry too fast and ran into the pitwall. His race was over.
Schumacher and Alesi collided after their pit stops and both were forced to retire. This gave Hill a half minute advantage over Herbert - who had not pitted - and so when the Benetton finally did pit he had nearly a minute's advantage over Berger. The Ferrari then blew up. Frentzen moved into second - holding off Herbert - until the Sauber's gearbox graunched horribly and died.
This left Olivier Panis in second place in the Ligier with Gianni Morbidelli third for Arrows. In the closing laps Panis's Mugen Honda engine was pumping out oil and he was lapped for a second time by Hill. In third place Morbidelli held off Blundell's McLaren and there was much celebrating down at the Arrows pit.
The paddock would have been bubbling with end-of-season happiness but for the fact that Hakkinen - a popular man in the F1 world - was dangerously ill in hospital, a reminder that F1 is and always will be a dangerous sport, no matter how good the safety measures.
There were still the usual parties on Sunday night - F1 never stops moving - and in the morning the crews shipped out and headed back to base to begin work for next season...
|1||5||Damon Hill||Williams-Renault FW17||81||1h49m15.936s||1|
|2||26||Olivier Panis||Ligier-Mugen Honda JS41||79||12|
|3||9||Gianni Morbidelli||Footwork-Hart FA16||79||13|
|4||7||Mark Blundell||McLaren-Mercedes MP4/10||79||10|
|5||4||Mika Salo||Tyrrell-Yamaha 023||78||14|
|6||23||Pedro Lamy||Minardi-Cosworth M195||78||17|
|7||21||Pedro Diniz||Forti-Cosworth FG01-95||77||21|
|8||16||Bertrand Gachot||Pacific-Cosworth PR02||76||23|
|r||3||Ukyo Katayama||Tyrrell-Yamaha 023||70||Oil Pressure/engine||16|
|r||2||Johnny Herbert||Benetton-Renault B195||69||Drive Shaft||8|
|r||15||Eddie Irvine||Jordan-Peugeot 195||62||Engine Hydraulic Pressure||9|
|r||30||Heinz-Harald Frentzen||Sauber-Cosworth C14||39||Gearbox||6|
|r||28||Gerhard Berger||Ferrari 412T2||34||Engine||4|
|r||25||Martin Brundle||Ligier-Mugen Honda JS41||29||Accident||11|
|r||1||Michael Schumacher||Benetton-Renault B195||25||Accident/rear Suspension||3|
|r||27||Jean Alesi||Ferrari 412T2||23||Accident/front Suspension||5|
|r||22||Roberto Moreno||Forti-Cosworth FG01-95||21||Accident||20|
|r||14||Rubens Barrichello||Jordan-Peugeot 195||20||Accident||7|
|r||6||David Coulthard||Williams-Renault FW17||19||Accident||2|
|r||10||Taki Inoue||Footwork-Hart FA16||15||Accident||19|
|r||29||Karl Wendlinger||Sauber-Cosworth C14||8||Withdrew (neck Injury)||18|
|r||17||Andrea Montermini||Pacific-Cosworth PR02||2||Gearbox/spin||22|
|ns||24||Luca Badoer||Minardi-Cosworth M195||Electronics On Dummy Grid||23|
|ns||8||Mika Hakkinen||McLaren-Mercedes MP4/10||Tire/accident/injury||24|