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1995 FIA Formula 1 Season
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Champion Constructor: Benetton Renault (IT,1,1)
Putative Constructor: Benetton Renault (IT)
Champion Driver: Michael Schumacher (DE,2,2)
Putative Driver: Michael Schumacher (DE)
Putative Constructor Entry Specification: Model B195, 3.00-liter, ten-cylinder vee, aluminum alloy engine, DOHC, fuel injection, six-speed transverse semi-automatic, ventilated carbon ceramic disc brakes, carbon fibre monocoque, double wishbone independent suspension, 795 horsepower (Rory Byrne, Ross Brawn).

The FIA in 1995, in the interests of safety, reduces the power unit displacement limit to three liters, as well as reduces the size of a given entries aero wings as a means to decrease downforce. 26-year old Benetton driver Michael Schumacher easily speeds away to his second consecutive Formula 1 drivers' title in 1995, becoming the youngest multi-champion in Formula 1 history, and his nine season victories matches the mark set by Nigel Mansell in 1992. Benetton and Williams suffer a loss of result points and the FIA fines each constructor $200,000 USD for running an illegal fuel formulation at Brazil in March. Drivers Michael Schumacher and David Coulthard each escape any sanction for the fuel violation. F1 returns to Argentina in April for the first time in fourteen seasons. Michael Schumacher becomes the first German driver to win an F1 event on home soil since 1939 (Rudy Caracciola) at Hockenheim in July. Michael Schumacher stirs considerable controversy after utilizing unsporting blocking maneuvers in the wet against a swifter Williams beneath Damon Hill at Spa in August. McLaren driver Mika Häkkinen suffers serious injuries after a horrific practice session shunt at the season finale at Adelaide in November.

HeM applies the Putative Model to all racing seasons for two primary purposes: First, to effectively normalize all racing seasons for empirical comparison across the decades, and second, to step clear of series organizers which score season championships primarily out of commercial interest or to attract manufacturer participation. The Putative Model simply scores all seasons in the same fashion as a standard track and field meeting, with the only purpose of tracking what takes place at the finishing stripe If the Putative Champion differs from the nominal Series Champion, please note the (SC) notation below.

Benetton Renault163     Schumacher M127
Williams Renault129     Hill D92
Scuderia Ferrari89     Coulthard67
McLaren Mercedes34     Alesi52
Ligier Mugen27     Herbert J52
Jordan Peugeot24     Berger38

Noteworthy 1995 Races

1995 LIII Grand Prix de Monaco Monte Carlo1995 1995 LIII Grand Prix de Monaco At Monaco for the Grand Prix (259.6 kilometers) in May, the race comes to an Italian Benetton B195 Renault under Michael Schumacher (DE) in 1:53:11.3 (average 85.50 mph), under thirty-five seconds ahead of a Williams entry. Schumacher moves out front on Lap 37 of 78 after passing race leader Jean Alesi in his Ferrari before motoring away for a comfortable victory in the principality for the second consecutive season. Photo Credit: LAT Photographic Archive.
1995 XXXIII Grand Prix Molson du Canada Montréal, Quebec1995 1995 XXXIII Grand Prix Molson du Canada At Gilles Villeneuve for the Canadian Grand Prix (301.5 kilometers) in June, an Italian Scuderia Ferrari 412 T2 under Jean Alesi (FR) takes race honors in 1:44:54.2 (average 107.06 mph), under thirty-two seconds ahead of a Jordan entry. Alesi moves out front after Michael Schumacher in his Benetton, nursing a comfortable lead, stops for service to deal with gremlins in his steering wheel gear changer, allowing Alesi to motor past for his maiden career F1 victory. The cross at the finish by the popular Alesi lures a slew of spectators onto the circuit to share the celebration with the Frenchman, and the cooldown lap involves several near misses between unaware fans and entries just completing the contest. Photo Credit: LAT Photographic Archive.
1995 XLVIII British Grand Prix Silverstone, England1995 1995 XLVIII British Grand Prix At Silverstone for the British Grand Prix (308.5 kilometers) in July, an Italian Benetton B195 Renault under Johnny Herbert (GB) takes the flag in 1:34:35.1 (average 121.59 mph), under seventeen seconds ahead of a Ferrari entry. Damon Hill in his Williams, chasing down race leader Michael Schumacher in his Benetton, attempts a daring pass with fifteen laps remaining and meets with disaster after Schumacher on cue turns his entry into Hill, eliminating both drivers. Herbert later moves out front past successive leader David Coulthard in his Williams four laps later after Race Control issues Coulthard a ten-second penalty for speeding in the service lane, gifting Herbert his maiden career F1 victory on home soil. Photo Credit: Sutton Images.
1995 XL Grand Prix of Europe Nürburg, Germany1995 1995 XL Grand Prix of Europe At the Nürburgring for the Grand Prix of Europe (305.5 kilometers) in October, an Italian Benetton B195 Renault under Michael Schumacher (DE) notches a victory in damp conditions in 1:39:59.04 (average 113.82 mph), under three seconds ahead of a Ferrari driven by Jean Alesi. Schumacher applies the heavy pressure to race leader Alesi in the closing laps, even forcing the latter off the circuit, before moving out front with a daring pass that involves some minor contact at the circuit chicane with only two laps remaining. Photo Credit: Pascal Rondeau.