|1995 Canadian Grand Prix|
|Race 6 of 17 in the 1995 Formula One World Championship|
|Date||11 June 1995|
|Official name||XXXIII Grand Prix Molson du Canada|
|Location||Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Course length||4.430 km (2.753 mi)|
|Distance||68 laps, 301.240 km (187.182 mi)|
|Scheduled distance||69 laps, 305.670 km (189.935 mi)|
Cloudy at start, sunny later with temperatures reaching up to 24.3 °C (75.7 °F)|
Wind speeds up to 8 km/h (5.0 mph)
|Time||1:29.174 on lap 67|
It produced the only Grand Prix victory for French driver Jean Alesi. This was seen as a popular victory, as Alesi had waited over five years for a victory and he was driving the red number 27 Ferrari, as driven by Canadian Gilles Villeneuve. Adding to the victory was the fact that the win also occurred on Alesi's 31st birthday, plus with Alesi being French, the local crowd had an affinity for him due to Québec's sentimental connection with France.[original research?] This race also marked the last time to date that a Grand Prix was won by a car with a V12 engine, as well as the only race of the season won by a non-Renault-powered car.
Michael Schumacher led until a late problem with his gearbox necessitated a long pit stop. Several other regular front-runners had problems, allowing both Jordans to finish on the podium for the first time in their history. Jordan had scored their first-ever GP points in Montreal four years earlier.
After Alesi crossed the finished line, race fans broke through the fences and charged the pit area. Race officials put out the black flag, effectively requiring all drivers to immediately stop on the track. However, Alesi was now entering the hairpin at the far end of the circuit on his victory lap. Running out of fuel, he removed his steering wheel, stood on top of the car and "surfed" it to a stop. Schumacher, approaching from behind, stopped and gave Alesi a lift back to the pits on top of his car.
Also, that Sunday evening, the first rumours started circulating that Michael Schumacher had signed a multimillion-dollar contract with Ferrari for 1996.
The race was run over 69 laps, but the results were declared after 68 laps because of crowd invasion just after Alesi had finished. In original results, Luca Badoer finished in 7th, ahead of Mika Salo who had stopped next to the pit wall to avoid hitting spectators.
One thing that was noted in the build-up to the race weekend was the bumpiness of the circuit, with the drivers in the post-qualifying press conference noting that the circuit should be resurfaced. It was also noted that overtaking into the new chicane was banned, although the length of the ban was unclear, with Michael Schumacher and Damon Hill unclear whether the drivers were not allowed to overtake into the chicane for just the first lap, or for every lap.
The 30-minute warm-up session was held in wet conditions, with rain constantly falling since the early morning, the first time rain had fallen over the Grand Prix weekend. Hill was one of the few drivers to make a mistake, spinning at the newly installed chicane. Hill's Williams teammate David Coulthard spun at the previous corner later in the session, while Bertrand Gachot also ran into the gravel trap. After a brief stay in the pits, an animated Hill went back onto the track, only to go off into the gravel trap, beaching his car. Due to the changing weather conditions, the order was mixed, with the Ferraris of Jean Alesi and Gerhard Berger in first and third. Rubens Barrichello split them in second, with Schumacher fourth. Mika Häkkinen was fifth. The Saubers of Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Jean-Christophe Boullion were 6th and 7th, with Luca Badoer in the Minardi rounding out the top 8. The two Williams drivers eventually finished in 12th and 16th.
The race started at 14:00 EDT (UTC-4). Michael Schumacher led most of the Grand Prix however an electrical problem with his Benetton-Renault towards the end of lap 57 forced him into the pits and allowed Jean Alesi who was second at the time to take the lead. The 70-second pit stop to change a steering wheel and perform an on-board computer adjustment meant that Schumacher rejoined the race in seventh place. He eventually made his way back to fifth place.
|6||9||Gianni Morbidelli||Footwork-Hart||67||+1 Lap||13||1|
|7||4||Mika Salo||Tyrrell-Yamaha||67||+1 Lap||15|
|8||24||Luca Badoer||Minardi-Ford||67||+1 Lap||19|
|9||10||Taki Inoue||Footwork-Hart||66||+2 Laps||22|
|Ret||22||Roberto Moreno||Forti-Ford||54||Fuel system||23|
|Ret||29||Jean-Christophe Boullion||Sauber-Ford||19||Spun Off||18|
|Ret||6||David Coulthard||Williams-Renault||1||Spun Off||3|
Another point that the drivers' were making in the post-qualifying press conference yesterday is just how bumpy the track is as well, and they were saying even for dry conditions they could do with the track being resurfaced.