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1995 Portuguese Grand Prix

The 1995 Portuguese Grand Prix (formally the XXIV Grande Prémio de Portugal) was a Formula One motor race held on 24 September 1995 at the Autódromo do Estoril, Estoril, Portugal. It was the thirteenth race of the 1995 Formula One season.[1] The 71-lap race was the first Formula One win for David Coulthard of the Williams team after starting from pole position. Michael Schumacher was second in a Benetton, with Damon Hill third in the latter Williams car.[2] After several controversial incidents previously involving Schumacher and Hill in the 1995 season, including collisions at Silverstone, Spa and Monza (the latter two of which saw confrontations between the two drivers respectively on the podium and at track-side), Schumacher and Hill shook hands with each other at the podium presentation following this race.

1995 Portuguese Grand Prix
Race 13 of 17 in the 1995 Formula One World Championship
Estoril track map.svg
Race details[1]
Date 24 September 1995
Official name XXIV Grande Prémio de Portugal
Location Autódromo do Estoril in Estoril, Portugal
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 4.360 km (2.725 mi)
Distance 71 laps, 309.560 km (193.475 mi)
Weather Sunny
Pole position
Driver Williams-Renault
Time 1:20.537
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom David Coulthard Williams-Renault
Time 1:23.220 on lap 2
Podium
First Williams-Renault
Second Benetton-Renault
Third Williams-Renault

ReportEdit

BackgroundEdit

To optimise their chances of winning at the Autódromo do Estoril, Williams brought an upgraded chassis to the race, a "B" specification of their FW17 car. The upgraded chassis would be used throughout the remainder of the season.[3]

Practice and qualifyingEdit

Two practice sessions were held before the race; the first was held on Friday morning and the second on Saturday morning. Both sessions lasted 1 hour and 45 minutes with weather conditions dry throughout.[4] Häkkinen set the fastest time in the first session, posting a lap of 1:23.073, one-tenth of a second quicker than Hill and Schumacher, in second and third places respectively. Coulthard was fourth, with the Ferrari cars fifth and sixth fastest; Gerhard Berger ahead of Jean Alesi.[1] Häkkinen was eleventh in the second practice session, two seconds slower than Hill, who was fastest with a time of 1:21.443. Coulthard was second in the Williams, eight-tenths of a second behind Hill. Schumacher was third, with Alesi fourth, both over a second behind Hill. Heinz-Harald Frentzen in a Sauber was fifth with Martin Brundle in the Ligier, Eddie Irvine in a Jordan and Berger rounding out the top eight positions.[1]

RaceEdit

As the race began from its standing start, Ukyo Katayama who qualified in 16th moved into the racing path of Luca Badoer, whose Minardi began in 18th. The contact caused Katayama's Tyrrell to launch airborne and spin several times upside down along the start/finish straight. Katayama was extracted from the car and hospitalized for two days[5] with what was later diagnosed with a strained neck and bruising in the crash.[6][7]

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Time Q2 Time Gap
1 6   David Coulthard Williams-Renault 1:21.423 1:20.537
2 5   Damon Hill Williams-Renault 1:21.322 1:20.905 +0.368
3 1   Michael Schumacher Benetton-Renault 1:21.885 1:21.301 +0.764
4 28   Gerhard Berger Ferrari 1:22.281 1:21.970 +1.433
5 30   Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Ford 1:23.485 1:22.226 +1.689
6 2   Johnny Herbert Benetton-Renault 1:23.786 1:22.322 +1.785
7 27   Jean Alesi Ferrari 1:22.656 1:22.391 +1.854
8 14   Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Peugeot 1:23.142 1:22.538 +2.001
9 25   Martin Brundle Ligier-Mugen-Honda 1:23.244 1:22.588 +2.051
10 15   Eddie Irvine Jordan-Peugeot 1:22.957 1:22.831 +2.294
11 26   Olivier Panis Ligier-Mugen-Honda 1:23.284 1:22.904 +2.367
12 7   Mark Blundell McLaren-Mercedes 1:24.583 1:22.914 +2.377
13 8   Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1:23.064 1:23.114 +2.527
14 29   Jean-Christophe Boullion Sauber-Ford no time 1:23.934 +3.397
15 4   Mika Salo Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:24.942 1:23.936 +3.399
16 3   Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:24.631 1:24.287 +3.750
17 23   Pedro Lamy Minardi-Ford 1:26.210 1:24.657 +4.120
18 24   Luca Badoer Minardi-Ford 1:25.746 1:24.778 +4.241
19 10   Taki Inoue Footwork-Hart 1:24.883 1:25.031 +4.346
20 9   Massimiliano Papis Footwork-Hart 1:25.696 1:25.179 +4.642
21 17   Andrea Montermini Pacific-Ford 1:27.659 1:26.172 +5.634
22 21   Pedro Diniz Forti-Ford 1:29.137 1:27.292 +6.755
23 22   Roberto Moreno Forti-Ford 1:28.672 1:27.523 +6.986
24 16   Jean-Denis Délétraz Pacific-Ford no time 1:32.769 +12.232
Source:[1]

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 6   David Coulthard Williams-Renault 71 1:41:52.145 1 10
2 1   Michael Schumacher Benetton-Renault 71 +7.248 3 6
3 5   Damon Hill Williams-Renault 71 +22.121 2 4
4 28   Gerhard Berger Ferrari 71 +1:24.879 4 3
5 27   Jean Alesi Ferrari 71 +1:25.429 7 2
6 30   Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Ford 70 +1 Lap 5 1
7 2   Johnny Herbert Benetton-Renault 70 +1 Lap 6  
8 25   Martin Brundle Ligier-Mugen-Honda 70 +1 Lap 9  
9 7   Mark Blundell McLaren-Mercedes 70 +1 Lap 12  
10 15   Eddie Irvine Jordan-Peugeot 70 +1 Lap 10  
11 14   Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Peugeot 70 +1 Lap 8  
12 29   Jean-Christophe Boullion Sauber-Ford 70 +1 Lap 14  
13 4   Mika Salo Tyrrell-Yamaha 69 +2 Laps 15  
14 24   Luca Badoer Minardi-Ford 68 +3 Laps 18  
15 10   Taki Inoue Footwork-Hart 68 +3 Laps 19  
16 21   Pedro Diniz Forti-Ford 66 +5 Laps 22  
17 22   Roberto Moreno Forti-Ford 64 +7 Laps 23  
Ret 17   Andrea Montermini Pacific-Ford 53 Gearbox 21  
Ret 8   Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 44 Engine 13  
Ret 16   Jean-Denis Délétraz Pacific-Ford 14 Physical 24  
Ret 26   Olivier Panis Ligier-Mugen-Honda 10 Spun off 11  
Ret 23   Pedro Lamy Minardi-Ford 7 Gearbox 17  
Ret 3   Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 0 Collision 16  
Ret 9   Massimiliano Papis Footwork-Hart 0 Gearbox 20  
Source:[2]

Championship standings after the raceEdit

  • Bold text indicates who still has a theoretical chance of becoming World Champion.
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e Henry, Alan (1995). "1995 Grands Prix: Portuguese Grand Prix". Autocourse 1995-96. Hazleton Publishing. pp. 198–199. ISBN 1-874557-36-5.
  2. ^ a b "1995 Portuguese Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 2 November 2014. Retrieved 24 December 2015.
  3. ^ Henry, Alan (1995). "1995 Grands Prix: Grand Prix of Europe". Autocourse 1995-96. Hazleton Publishing. p. 201. ISBN 1-874557-36-5.
  4. ^ "F1 Grand Prix of Portugal - 95". Gale Force F1. Archived from the original on 2006-08-12. Retrieved 2009-04-09.
  5. ^ "27 Sep 1995, Page 37 - The Age at Newspapers.com". Retrieved 2016-08-16.
  6. ^ Henry, Alan (December 1995) [1995]. "1995 Grands Prix: Portuguese Grand Prix". Autocourse 1995-96. Hazleton Publishing. p. 194. ISBN 1-874557-36-5.
  7. ^ "Tyrrell drive up for grabs". GrandPrix.com. Inside F1. 1995-10-02. Retrieved 2019-08-18.
  8. ^ a b "Portugal 1995 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
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