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1995 Japanese Grand Prix

TypeF1
CountryJapan
Grand PrixJapanese
Official NameXXI Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix
DateOctober 29
Year1995
Race No16
Season No17
LocationSuzuka Circuit, Suzuka, Mie, Japan
CoursePermanent racing facility
Course Mi3.665
Course Km5.864
Distance Laps53
Distance Mi194.245
Distance Km310.792
WeatherRain, later dried out
Pole DriverMichael Schumacher
Pole TeamBenetton-Renault
Pole Time1:38.023
Pole CountryGermany
Fast DriverMichael Schumacher
Fast TeamBenetton-Renault
Fast Time1:42.976
Fast Lap33
Fast CountryGermany
First DriverMichael Schumacher
First TeamBenetton-Renault
First CountryGermany
Second DriverMika Häkkinen
Second TeamMcLaren-Mercedes
Second CountryFinland
Third DriverJohnny Herbert
Third TeamBenetton-Renault
Third CountryUnited Kingdom
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The 1995 Japanese Grand Prix (formally the XXI Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix) was a Formula One motor race held on October 29, 1995 at the Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka. It was the sixteenth and penultimate round of the 1995 Formula One season. The race, contested over 53 laps, was won by Michael Schumacher for the Benetton team after starting from pole position. Mika Häkkinen finished second in a McLaren, and Johnny Herbert third in a Benetton.

Jean Alesi, driving for Ferrari, started second alongside Schumacher. However, Alesi was forced to serve a 10-second stop-and-go penalty because his car moved forward before the start. Alesi climbed up to second, before retiring on lap 25. Schumacher's rival in the Drivers' Championship, Damon Hill, started fourth amidst pressure from the British media after poor performances at previous races. Hill moved up to second because of Alesi's retirement, but spun off the circuit on lap 40.

Schumacher's win was his ninth of the season, matching Nigel Mansell's record for victories in a season that was set in 1992. Benetton were confirmed Constructors' Champions as Williams could not pass Benetton's points total with only one race remaining.


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