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1995 European Grand Prix

Grand PrixEuropean
Official NameXL Grand Prix of Europe
CaptionThe Nürburgring in its 1995 configuration
DateOctober 1
Race No14
Season No17
LocationNürburgring, Nürburg, Germany
CoursePermanent racing facility
Course Mi2.847
Course Km4.556
Distance Laps67
Distance Mi190.782
Distance Km305.252
WeatherRain, later dried out
Pole DriverDavid Coulthard
Pole TeamWilliams-Renault
Pole Time1:18.738
Pole CountryUnited Kingdom
Fast DriverMichael Schumacher
Fast TeamBenetton-Renault
Fast Time1:21.180
Fast Lap57
Fast CountryGermany
First DriverMichael Schumacher
First TeamBenetton-Renault
First CountryGermany
Second DriverJean Alesi
Second TeamFerrari
Second CountryFrance
Third DriverDavid Coulthard
Third TeamWilliams-Renault
Third CountryUnited Kingdom

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The 1995 European Grand Prix (formally the XL Grand Prix of Europe) was a Formula One motor race held on October 1, 1995 at the Nürburgring, Nürburg, Germany. It was the fourteenth round of the 1995 Formula One season and the first to be held there since 1985. The race, contested over 67 laps, was won by Michael Schumacher for the Benetton team after starting from third position. Jean Alesi finished second in a Ferrari, with David Coulthard, who started the Grand Prix from pole position, third in a Williams car.

Damon Hill, Coulthard's team-mate, started the race in second, but dropped down to third behind Schumacher at the start. Hill remained behind Schumacher for the majority of the race, before losing his front wing in a collision with Alesi and dropping back due to the resultant pit stop. He then spun off the track on lap 58 when running in fourth position, leading to his retirement. Alesi looked set to win the race after starting the race with dry weather slick tyres on a damp track, but was held up in lapped traffic and overtaken by Schumacher two laps before the end of the race.

Schumacher's win kept him at the top of the Drivers' Championship, 27 points ahead of Hill. The German driver only needed a further three points to secure the title. Benetton were now 20 points ahead of Williams in the Constructors' Championship following Schumacher's win.

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