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1995 Italian Grand Prix

Grand PrixItalian
Official NameLXVI Pioneer Gran Premio d'Italia
DateSeptember 10
Race No12
Season No17
LocationAutodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy
CoursePermanent racing facility
Course Mi3.585
Course Km5.770
Distance Laps53
Distance Mi190.022
Distance Km305.810
Pole DriverDavid Coulthard
Pole TeamWilliams-Renault
Pole Time1:24.462
Pole CountryUnited Kingdom
Fast DriverGerhard Berger
Fast TeamFerrari
Fast Time1:26.419
Fast Lap24
Fast CountryAustria
First DriverJohnny Herbert
First TeamBenetton-Renault
First CountryUnited Kingdom
Second DriverMika Häkkinen
Second TeamMcLaren-Mercedes
Second CountryFinland
Third DriverHeinz-Harald Frentzen
Third TeamSauber-Ford
Third CountryGermany

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The 1995 Italian Grand Prix (formally the LXVI Pioneer Gran Premio d'Italia) was a Formula One motor race held on September 10, 1995 at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy. It was the twelfth race of the 1995 Formula One season. The race, contested over 53 laps, was won by Johnny Herbert for the Benetton team after starting from eighth position. Mika Häkkinen was second in a McLaren, with Heinz-Harald Frentzen third for Sauber.

Pole-sitter David Coulthard spun off on the warm up lap, and initially retired from the race. However, when the race was stopped after a second lap collision (on dust he had dragged onto the corner when attempting to rejoin) he was able to start the race on pole again (in a spare car set up for Damon Hill).

Hill and Michael Schumacher had their second collision of the season. As both cars attempted to lap Taki Inoue's Footwork, Hill crashed into the back of Schumacher, causing both to retire. Schumacher ran to the Williams to confront Hill whilst the British driver sat in his cockpit but was pulled away by stewards immediately. Schumacher later apologised to Hill when Inoue admitted the incident was his fault, as he had slid in front of Hill while being passed by Schumacher, causing Hill to take evasive action and inadvertently run into the back of Schumacher's car.

This briefly left the Ferraris running first and second. However, Gerhard Berger suffered a bizarre retirement when a TV camera on Jean Alesi's car flew off and destroyed Berger's suspension. Alesi led the race with just 7 laps to go but subsequently retired with wheel bearing trouble.

This succession of retirements handed a second victory to Johnny Herbert, and then best-ever results to Mika Häkkinen and Heinz-Harald Frentzen - first podium position for Sauber team in Formula 1. Massimiliano Papis was on course for his first points finish, until he was overtaken by Jean-Christophe Boullion on the final lap.

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