The 1995 Italian Grand Prix (formally the Pioneer 66o Gran Premio d'Italia) was a Formula One motor race held on 10 September 1995 at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Monza, Italy. It was the twelfth race of the 1995 Formula One World Championship.
|1995 Italian Grand Prix|
|Race 12 of 17 in the 1995 Formula One World Championship|
|Date||10 September 1995|
|Official name||Pioneer 66o Gran Premio d'Italia|
Autodromo Nazionale di Monza|
Monza, Lombardy, Italy
|Course||Permanent racing facility|
|Course length||5.770 km (3.585 mi)|
|Distance||53 laps, 305.810 km (190.022 mi)|
|Time||1:26.419 on lap 24|
The 53-lap race was won by Johnny Herbert, driving a Benetton-Renault, after starting from eighth position. Mika Häkkinen was second in a McLaren-Mercedes, with Heinz-Harald Frentzen third in a Sauber-Ford, achieving both his and the Sauber team's first F1 podium finish.
Pole-sitter David Coulthard spun off on the formation lap exiting the Ascari chicane, and retired in the pitlane as the grid formed for the start. However, the race was stopped after a first lap collision at the same spot (on dust he had dragged onto the corner when attempting to rejoin) involving Max Papis, Jean-Christophe Boullion, Roberto Moreno, and Andrea Montermini; resulting in a blocked track. Coulthard was able to take the restart from pole again (in a spare car set up for Damon Hill), whilst Moreno and Montermini failed to take the restart due to a lack of spare cars.
Coulthard led until his wheel bearing failed, leaving Gerhard Berger in the lead. Behind, Hill and Michael Schumacher had their second major collision of the season; the previous one having happened at the British Grand Prix. As Hill attempted to lap Taki Inoue's Footwork, Hill crashed into the back of Schumacher when braking for the second chicane, causing both to retire. Schumacher ran over to the Williams to confront Hill whilst the British driver sat in his cockpit, but was immediately pulled away by marshals. Schumacher later apologised to Hill when Inoue admitted the incident was his fault, as he had slid in front of Hill while being passed by Schumacher, causing Hill to take evasive action and inadvertently run into the back of Schumacher's car. Hill was subsequently given a one race suspended ban for his part in the collision.
After the pitstops the Ferraris were running first and second. However Berger suffered a bizarre retirement when a TV camera on Jean Alesi's rear wing flew off and destroyed Berger's suspension. Alesi looked set to win his second Grand Prix but subsequently retired with a wheel bearing failure with just 8 laps to go. Alesi had also retired from the lead the previous year.
This succession of retirements handed a second victory to Johnny Herbert, and then best-ever results to Mika Häkkinen and Heinz-Harald Frentzen - the first podium finish for the Sauber team in F1. Papis was on course for his first points finish, until he was overtaken by Boullion on the final lap.
|Pos||No||Driver||Constructor||Q1 Time||Q2 Time||Gap|
|15||9||Massimiliano Papis||Footwork-Hart||No time||1:28.870||+4.408|
|2||8||Mika Häkkinen||McLaren-Mercedes||53||+ 17.779||7||6|
|3||30||Heinz-Harald Frentzen||Sauber-Ford||53||+ 24.321||10||4|
|4||7||Mark Blundell||McLaren-Mercedes||53||+ 28.223||9||3|
|5||4||Mika Salo||Tyrrell-Yamaha||52||+ 1 Lap||16||2|
|6||29||Jean-Christophe Boullion||Sauber-Ford||52||+ 1 Lap||14||1|
|7||9||Massimiliano Papis||Footwork-Hart||52||+ 1 Lap||15|
|8||10||Taki Inoue||Footwork-Hart||52||+ 1 Lap||20|
|9||21||Pedro Diniz||Forti-Ford||50||+ 3 Laps||23|
|10||3||Ukyo Katayama||Tyrrell-Yamaha||47||+ 6 Laps||17|
|Ret||27||Jean Alesi||Ferrari||45||Wheel Bearing||5|
|Ret||26||Olivier Panis||Ligier-Mugen-Honda||20||Spun Off||13|
|Ret||6||David Coulthard||Williams-Renault||13||Wheel Bearing||1|
|Ret||16||Giovanni Lavaggi||Pacific-Ford||6||Spun Off||24|
Championship standings after the raceEdit
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
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- "Motor Racing Programme Covers: 1995". The Programme Covers Project. Retrieved 12 November 2017.
- "1995 Italian Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 2 November 2014. Retrieved 24 December 2015.
- Derick Allsop (11 September 1995). "Hill and Schumacher hit boiling point". The Independent. Retrieved 16 January 2020.
- "Murray's Memories: Johnny Herbert wins the 1995 Italian GP". BBC Sport. 4 September 2013. Retrieved 23 October 2013.
- "Italy 1995 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 18 March 2019.