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1995 British Grand Prix

CountryUnited Kingdom
Grand PrixBritish
Official NameXLVIII British Grand Prix
CaptionSilverstone Circuit (as modified in 1994)
DateJuly 16
Race No8
Season No17
LocationSilverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Northamptonshire, England
CoursePermanent racing facility
Course Mi3.160
Course Km5.057
Distance Laps61
Distance Mi191.678
Distance Km308.477
WeatherWarm, cloudy, windy
Pole DriverDamon Hill
Pole TeamWilliams-Renault
Pole Time1:28.124
Pole CountryUnited Kingdom
Fast DriverDamon Hill
Fast TeamWilliams-Renault
Fast Time1:29.752
Fast Lap37
Fast CountryUnited Kingdom
First DriverJohnny Herbert
First TeamBenetton-Renault
First CountryUnited Kingdom
Second DriverJean Alesi
Second TeamFerrari
Second CountryFrance
Third DriverDavid Coulthard
Third TeamWilliams-Renault
Third CountryUnited Kingdom

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The 1995 British Grand Prix (formally the XLVIII British Grand Prix) was a Formula One motor race held on July 16, 1995 at Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Northamptonshire, England. It was the eighth round of the 1995 Formula One season. The race, contested over 61 laps, was won by Johnny Herbert for the Benetton team after starting from fifth position. Jean Alesi finished second in a Ferrari, with David Coulthard third in a Williams car. The remaining points-scoring positions were filled by Olivier Panis (Ligier), Mark Blundell (McLaren) and Heinz-Harald Frentzen (Sauber). Herbert's victory was his first in Formula One, and the Benetton team's fifth of the season.

The race was dominated, however, by the fight between World Drivers' Championship protagonists, Michael Schumacher (Benetton) and Damon Hill (Williams). Hill, who started from a pole position achieved during qualifying sessions held in variable weather conditions, retained his lead during the opening stages of the race whilst Schumacher, who was alongside him on the starting grid, fell behind Alesi in the run to the first corner. Despite being held up behind the slower Ferrari until it pitted, Schumacher used a more favourable one-stop strategy to move ahead of Hill, who made two pit stops for fuel and tyres, on lap 41. Four laps later, Hill attempted to pass Schumacher, but the two collided and were forced to retire from the race. This promoted Herbert and Coulthard, who were battling for third place, into the fight for the lead. Coulthard passed Herbert, but dropped back to third, behind Alesi, after incurring a stop-go penalty for speeding in the pit lane.

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