1995 German Grand Prix

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Sunday, July 30, 1995
Hot, dry and sunny
Fastest Lap:
Schumacher, 1m48.824
1995 season:

From the Motor Sport Archive

The race in brief

Damon Hill makes a blistering start to lead Michael Schumacher and David Coulthard, pulling out nearly two seconds over the German’s Benetton on the first lap. Massimiliano Papis’ Footwork fails to make it across the line because of gearbox problems, whilst Mika Salo’s Tyrrell lasts only a few metres more until it loses drive.

Entering the first corner on lap 2 Hill’s Williams slews sideways and slides into the gravel trap, eventually hitting the tyre wall hard. Subsequently, Williams reveals that a left-hand driveshaft showed unusual signs of wear. Schumacher now leads from Coulthard, Gerhard Berger, Rubens Barrichello, Mika Hakkinen and Eddie Irvine.

Gerhard Berger pits on lap 5 for a stop-go penalty, which drops him to 14th. Mark Blundell moves into sixth.

After starting in the spare brake problems force Pedro Dinzi’s Forti out on lap 9.

Footwork’s interest in the race ends with Taki Inoue’s gearbox malady on lap 10.

Jean Alesi makes an early stop with engine problems on lap 11, having previously taken sixth from Blundell. Pier-Luigi Martini’s season ends when his Minardi’s engine lets go.

Alesi pits again on lap 12, this time for good.

On lap 14 Olivier Panis’ Ligier becomes the eighth retirement.

On lap 15 Barrichello is the first to make a planned pit stop, dripping his Jordan to fifth.

Blundell retires his McLaren on lap 18 with an engine problem. Barrichello now back to fourth.

On lap 19 Schumacher makes the first of his two stops and rejoins over 15 seconds behind Coulthard. Hakkinen is still third from Barrichello, Berger and Johnny Herbert.