Canadian Grand Prix – Montreal, 11 June 1995 – 69 laps of 2.752 mile circuit (189.888 miles)
1: Jean Alesi – Ferrari 412 T2-Ferrari V12 – 1h 46m 31.333s
2: Rubens Barrichello – Jordan 195-Peugeot V10 – 1h 47m 03.020s
3: Eddie Irvine – Jordan 195-Peugeot V10 – 1h 47m 04.603s
4: Olivier Panis – Ligier JS41-Mugen Honda V10 – 1h 47m 07.839s
5: Michael Schumacher – Benneton B195-Renault V10 – 1h 47m 08.393s
6: Gianni Morbidelli – Footwork FA16-Hart V8 – 68 laps
Only 24 cars take part in the Canadian Grand Prix, Simtek having withdrawn its entries. Some 48 hours after the race team is forced into receivership.
Michael Schumacher is as dominant in qualifying as Damon Hill had been in Monaco. He dominates the face, too, until a gearbox problem forces him to make a pit stop and drops him to fifth place.
Schumacher’s trouble promote Jean Alesi to first place. In his 91st race, on his 31st birthday, driving Ferrari number 27 at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, the French-Sicilian finally takes his first F1 victory. He is the first FIA
F3000 Champion to win a Grand Prix, and indeed the first FIA F3000 race-winner to accomplish as much.
Jordan and both hits drivers achieve their best ever Grand Prix results, with Rubens Barrichello and Eddie Irvine joining Alesi on the podium.
Alesi’s victory is greeted by a crowd invasion… which unfortunately sees the track swamped before several cars have finished the race. Mika Salo brakes to a halt to avoid a potential accident, and loses seventh to Luca Badoer’s Martini as a result. Tyrrell lodges a formal complaint.
Williams has a disastrous afternoon: Coulthard spins off on lap two, and Hill drops back behind the Ferraris before stopping with hydraulic trouble.
It is also a disappointing afternoon for Bentton’s Johhny Herbert. He is T-boned by Mika Hakkinen’s McLaren on the opening lap. Both cars retire.
Gerhard Berger runs out of fuel and is only just able to coast in to his pit for his scheduled stop. The Austrian loses a substantial amount of track time, and tangles with Martin Brundle as he fights back through the field. Brundle thus collides with a Ferrari for the second race in succession.
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