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1995 Canadian Grand Prix

1995 Canadian Grand Prix
Grand PrixCanadian
Official NameXXXIII Grand Prix Molson du Canada
DateJune 11
Race No6
Season No17
LocationCircuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, Canada
CourseStreet circuit
Course Mi2.768
Course Km4.430
Distance Laps68
Distance Mi188.275
Distance Km301.240
Scheduled Laps69
Scheduled Mi190.992
Scheduled Km305.670
Pole DriverMichael Schumacher
Pole TeamBenetton-Renault
Pole Time1:27.661
Pole CountryGermany
Fast DriverMichael Schumacher
Fast TeamBenetton-Renault
Fast Time1:29.174
Fast Lap67
Fast CountryGermany
First DriverJean Alesi
First TeamFerrari
First CountryFrance
Second DriverRubens Barrichello
Second TeamJordan-Peugeot
Second CountryBrazil
Third DriverEddie Irvine
Third TeamJordan-Peugeot
Third CountryUnited Kingdom

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The 1995 Canadian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on June 11, 1995 at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal. It was the sixth race of the 1995 Formula One season.

It is notable for having 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 famously driven by Canadian hero Gilles Villeneuve. Adding to the victory was the fact that the win also occurred on Alesi's 31st birthday.

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 4 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, effectly 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 famously 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 multi-million 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.

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