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The 1995 San Marino Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 30 April 1995 at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola. It was the third race of the 1995 Formula One season.

1995 San Marino Grand Prix
Race 3 of 17 in the 1995 Formula One World Championship
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Race details
Date 30 April 1995
Official name 15º Gran Premio di San Marino
Location Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 4.895 km (3.059 mi)
Distance 63 laps, 308.385 km (192.740 mi)
Weather Heavy rain before the start, before brightening up
Pole position
Driver Benetton-Renault
Time 1:27.274
Fastest lap
Driver Austria Gerhard Berger Ferrari
Time 1:29.568 on lap 57
Podium
First Williams-Renault
Second Ferrari
Third Ferrari

Following the deaths of Roland Ratzenberger and Ayrton Senna at Imola the previous year, the track was heavily modified for 1995. New chicanes were built at Tamburello and Villeneuve corners, Acque Minerali chicane was removed and replaced by a right-hand corner, Rivazza was eased and the final corner became a single chicane, rather than the 5th-gear sweep previously.

Williams-Renault driver Damon Hill scored an emotional victory at the track at which his teammate Senna died a year earlier, while the Ferraris of Jean Alesi and Gerhard Berger finished second and third respectively.

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Race reportEdit

Michael Schumacher secured pole position with his time on Friday, in an exciting qualifying session. David Coulthard had looked to have set the fastest time on Friday but it only lasted for a few seconds before it was snatched back by Schumacher. Moments later Gerhard Berger - who was on a stupendously fast lap in his Ferrari - screamed towards the start-finish line and looked set to send the local Ferrari fans into raptures. Berger came agonisingly close to securing pole position and a mere 0.008 seconds separated the Austrian's Ferrari from Schumacher's Benetton.

Berger's performance guaranteed massive crowds for the rest of the weekend but on Saturday the weather was hotter and the track a lot slower. None of the fast men improved. Nigel Mansell, making his return to F1 with McLaren, qualified ninth, three places down on teammate Häkkinen.

Before the race, all the drivers participated in a one-minute silence in the memory of Roland Ratzenberger and Ayrton Senna who had died a year earlier at the same track.[1]

The weather took a turn on race day and Sunday morning was greeted with steady rain but the rain did not deter the fans and the hillsides of Imola were packed with the joyful Ferrari fans from dawn onwards. As the grid lined up teams had to decide whether to race on slick tyres or on wets. Six drivers chose wet tyres: the first five on the grid and Rubens Barrichello in 10th place. By the end of the first lap the men on wet tyres were lying 1-2-3-4-5-6 and everyone else was waiting for the track to dry. The drivers on wets gained about five seconds a lap on their rivals. Then they started coming in. Schumacher's race lasted only half a lap after his pit stop because, on the way up to the top of the circuit, the Benetton snapped suddenly to the right and hit the wall hard. It looked like a driver of a very sensitive car making a mistake on slicks in damp conditions, but Schumacher said it was a car problem.

With Schumacher out of the way Berger led Hill, Coulthard and Alesi. The latter pair put on a good show, ducking and weaving as they dived through the backmarkers.

The fight became more significant when Berger's Ferrari stalled during his next pit stop. This left Hill in the lead with Coulthard and Alesi on his tail. During the exciting pit stop sequence Coulthard and Alesi brushed but the Williams team did not spot a damaged front wing. An over-eager Coulthard exceeded the speed-limit when exiting the pits, resulting in the Williams driver receiving a 10-second penalty. Unfortunately for Coulthard the rules meant that the Williams team would be unable to change his now obviously damaged front wing when he returned to the pits to serve his penalty and so had to make a third trip to the pits to replace his damaged front wing, by which time his race was ruined. There was nearly disaster for Hill when a refuelling hose stuck during his final pit stop but he managed to get out ahead of Alesi.

In the midfield the returning Mansell collided with Eddie Irvine in the Jordan and both had to pit.

Hill won, with Alesi and Berger coming second and third. Coulthard was fourth and Häkkinen fifth, the McLaren a lap down, while Heinz-Harald Frentzen gave Sauber another unexpected point by finishing sixth. The Ferrari fans and the team itself were left asking what might have been had Berger not stalled in the pits while he was involved in a titanic struggle with Hill.

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Time Q2 Time Gap
1 1   Michael Schumacher Benetton-Renault 1:27.274 1:27.413
2 28   Gerhard Berger Ferrari 1:27.282 1:38.801 +0.008
3 6   David Coulthard Williams-Renault 1:27.459 1:27.600 +0.185
4 5   Damon Hill Williams-Renault 1:27.537 1:27.512 +0.238
5 27   Jean Alesi Ferrari 1:27.813 1:28.431 +0.539
6 8   Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1:28.343 no time +1.069
7 15   Eddie Irvine Jordan-Peugeot 1:28.516 1:41.247 +1.242
8 2   Johnny Herbert Benetton-Renault 1:29.403 1:29.350 +2.076
9 7   Nigel Mansell McLaren-Mercedes 1:29.517 1:29.966 +2.243
10 14   Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Peugeot 1:29.580 1:29.551 +2.277
11 9   Gianni Morbidelli Footwork-Hart 1:29.582 1:31.147 +2.308
12 26   Olivier Panis Ligier-Mugen-Honda 1:30.801 1:30.760 +3.486
13 4   Mika Salo Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:31.221 1:31.035 +3.761
14 30   Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Ford 1:31.358 1:31.423 +4.084
15 3   Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:31.630 1:31.736 +4.356
16 25   Aguri Suzuki Ligier-Mugen-Honda 1:32.297 1:31.913 +4.639
17 12   Jos Verstappen Simtek-Ford 1:32.156 1:32.425 +4.882
18 23   Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 1:32.445 1:33.832 +5.171
19 10   Taki Inoue Footwork-Hart 1:32.988 1:32.710 +5.436
20 24   Luca Badoer Minardi-Ford 1:33.071 1:33.430 +5.797
21 29   Karl Wendlinger Sauber-Ford 1:33.494 1:33.554 +6.220
22 16   Bertrand Gachot Pacific-Ford 1:33.892 1:35.253 +6.618
23 11   Domenico Schiattarella Simtek-Ford 1:33.965 1:34.064 +6.691
24 17   Andrea Montermini Pacific-Ford 1:35.169 1:35.282 +7.895
25 22   Roberto Moreno Forti-Ford 1:37.612 1:36.065 +8.791
26 21   Pedro Diniz Forti-Ford 1:36.686 1:36.624 +9.350

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5   Damon Hill Williams-Renault 63 1:41:42.522 4 10
2 27   Jean Alesi Ferrari 63 + 18.510 5 6
3 28   Gerhard Berger Ferrari 63 + 43.116 2 4
4 6   David Coulthard Williams-Renault 63 + 51.890 3 3
5 8   Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 62 + 1 Lap 6 2
6 30   Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Ford 62 + 1 Lap 14 1
7 2   Johnny Herbert Benetton-Renault 61 + 2 Laps 8  
8 15   Eddie Irvine Jordan-Peugeot 61 + 2 Laps 7  
9 26   Olivier Panis Ligier-Mugen-Honda 61 + 2 Laps 12  
10 7   Nigel Mansell McLaren-Mercedes 61 + 2 Laps 9  
11 25   Aguri Suzuki Ligier-Mugen-Honda 60 + 3 Laps 16  
12 23   Pierluigi Martini Minardi-Ford 59 + 4 Laps 18  
13 9   Gianni Morbidelli Footwork-Hart 59 + 4 Laps 11  
14 24   Luca Badoer Minardi-Ford 59 + 4 Laps 20  
NC 21   Pedro Diniz Forti-Ford 56 + 7 Laps 26  
NC 22   Roberto Moreno Forti-Ford 56 + 7 Laps 25  
Ret 29   Karl Wendlinger Sauber-Ford 43 Wheel 21  
Ret 16   Bertrand Gachot Pacific-Ford 36 Gearbox 22  
Ret 11   Domenico Schiattarella Simtek-Ford 35 Suspension 23  
Ret 14   Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Peugeot 31 Transmission 10  
Ret 3   Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 23 Spun Off 15  
Ret 4   Mika Salo Tyrrell-Yamaha 19 Engine 13  
Ret 17   Andrea Montermini Pacific-Ford 15 Gearbox 24  
Ret 12   Jos Verstappen Simtek-Ford 14 Gearbox 17  
Ret 10   Taki Inoue Footwork-Hart 12 Spun Off 19  
Ret 1   Michael Schumacher Benetton-Renault 10 Accident 1  
Source:[2]

Championship standings after the raceEdit

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Formula One World Championship Grand Prix Review 1995 (VHS Video Presentation). 1995. Event occurs at 37:23-37:47.
  2. ^ "1995 San Marino Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 2 November 2014. Retrieved 24 December 2015.
  3. ^ a b "San Marino 1995 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 20 March 2019.


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