1995 F1 World Championship

  • 1995
  • F1
  • F1 World Championship
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With Formula 1 still recovering from the tragedies of the previous spring, Michael Schumacher firmly established himself as the best driver in the world. Schumacher displayed all the attributes of a Grand Prix driver who would dominate his generation – he was tactically aware, ruthless and, above all, quick. Benetton joined Williams in adopting Renault engines for the new season and these two teams would once again fight it out for the World Championship.

Conventional wisdom was that the Williams FW17 was the better car, but Benetton had the best driver and it generally out-manoeuvred Williams with superior race strategy. The result was nine GP victories for Schumacher who took his second world title by a decisive 33-point margin.

The contest between Schumacher and Williams’s Damon Hill was a sometimes bitter one with the German accusing his rival of “brake testing” him while running in traffic in France. The animosity grew a fortnight later at the British GP when they crashed together as Hill attempted to take the lead. The two cars again made contact during the races at Spa-Francorchamps and Monza, earning a rebuke from F1 ringmaster Bernie Ecclestone.

Johnny Herbert continued as Schumacher’s team-mate having joined Benetton for the final two races of 1994. He benefited from the collision between Schumacher and Hill at Silverstone to score a popular home victory and followed that up with another win at Monza.

Williams passed up the opportunity to sign Nigel Mansell, preferring to invest in the youthful promise of David Coulthard instead. Though unquestionably fast, Coulthard’s season was marred by mistakes. Even so, he defeated both Schumacher and Hill in a straight fight in Portugal to score his breakthrough victory and he was third in the final standings.

Gerhard Berger and Jean Alesi remained at Ferrari for another season of frustration. However, Alesi scored his first win in Canada when Schumacher experienced gearbox trouble – Ferrari’s sole triumph of the year.

Schumacher’s Canadian misfortunes also benefited the Jordan team, with drivers Rubens Barrichello and Eddie Irvine both finishing on the podium. This was the team’s first year with a works Peugeot engine and the combination proved fast but unreliable. Irvine also suffered a frightening fire during a refuelling pitstop during the Belgian GP.

McLaren, now using engines from Mercedes-Benz, signed Nigel Mansell in his full-time return to F1. The combination soon turned into a disaster and Mansell, who originally could not fit into the MP4/10, only raced twice before finally leaving the sport. In contrast, his team-mate Mika Hakkinen confirmed his talent by finishing second in Italy and Japan although his season ended with a stark reminder of the sport’s perils. Hakkinen was seriously injured while practising for the Australian GP although he eventually made a full recovery.

Heinz-Harald Frentzen showed maturity in the Sauber, now powered by the works Ford engine that had won the championship just 12 months previously. Several fine performances, including a podium finish at Monza, suggested that he could challenge Schumacher if armed with a competitive car.

Races

Round Race name Date Circuit Laps Winner

1

Grande Premio do Brasil

26/03/1995

Interlagos

71

Michael Schumacher

Mild Seven Benetton Renault

2

Gran Premio Marlboro de Argentina

09/04/1995

Buenos Aires

72

Damon Hill

Rothmans Williams Renault

3

Gran Premio di San Marino

30/04/1995

Imola

63

Damon Hill

Rothmans Williams Renault

4

Gran Premio Marlboro de Espana

14/05/1995

Catalunya

65

Michael Schumacher

Mild Seven Benetton Renault

5

Grand Prix de Monaco

28/05/1995

Monte Carlo

78

Michael Schumacher

Mild Seven Benetton Renault

6

Grand Prix Molson du Canada

11/06/1995

Montreal

68

Jean Alesi

Scuderia Ferrari

7

Grand Prix de France

02/07/1995

Magny-Cours

72

Michael Schumacher

Mild Seven Benetton Renault

8

British Grand Prix

16/07/1995

Silverstone

61

Johnny Herbert

Mild Seven Benetton Renault

9

Grosser Mobil 1 Preis von Deutschland

30/07/1995

Hockenheim

45

Michael Schumacher

Mild Seven Benetton Renault

10

Marlboro Magyar Nagydij

13/08/1995

Hungaroring

77

Damon Hill

Rothmans Williams Renault

11

Grand Prix de Belgique

27/08/1995

Spa-Francorchamps

44

Michael Schumacher

Mild Seven Benetton Renault

12

Pioneer Gran Premio d'Italia

10/09/1995

Monza

53

Johnny Herbert

Mild Seven Benetton Renault

13

Grande Premio de Portugal

24/09/1995

Estoril

71

David Coulthard

Rothmans Williams Renault

14

Grosser Preis von Europa

01/10/1995

Nurburgring

67

Michael Schumacher

Mild Seven Benetton Renault

15

Pacific Grand Prix

22/10/1995

TI Circuit-Aida

83

Michael Schumacher

Mild Seven Benetton Renault

16

Fuji Television Japan Grand Prix

29/10/1995

Suzuka

53

Michael Schumacher

Mild Seven Benetton Renault

17

EDS Australian Grand Prix

12/11/1995

Adelaide

81

Damon Hill

Rothmans Williams Renault

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