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1995 Pacific Grand Prix

Grand PrixPacific
Official NameII Pacific Grand Prix
DateOctober 22
Race No15
Season No17
LocationTI Circuit, Aida, Japan
CoursePermanent racing facility
Course Mi2.314
Course Km3.704
Distance Laps83
Distance Mi192.093
Distance Km307.349
WeatherCloudy, dry
Pole DriverDavid Coulthard
Pole TeamWilliams-Renault
Pole Time1:14.013
Pole CountryUnited Kingdom
Fast DriverMichael Schumacher
Fast TeamBenetton-Renault
Fast Time1:16.374
Fast Lap40
Fast CountryGermany
First DriverMichael Schumacher
First TeamBenetton-Renault
First CountryGermany
Second DriverDavid Coulthard
Second TeamWilliams-Renault
Second CountryUnited Kingdom
Third DriverDamon Hill
Third TeamWilliams-Renault
Third CountryUnited Kingdom

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The 1995 Pacific Grand Prix (formally the II Pacific Grand Prix) was a Formula One motor race held on October 22, 1995 at the TI Circuit, Aida, Japan. It was the fifteenth round of the 1995 Formula One season. The race, contested over 83 laps, was won by Michael Schumacher for the Benetton team after starting from third position. David Coulthard, who started the Grand Prix from pole position, finished second in a Williams car, with Damon Hill third in the other Williams. Schumacher's win confirmed him as 1995 Drivers' Champion as Hill could not pass Schumacher's points total with only two races remaining.

Hill started the race alongside Coulthard on the front row, amidst pressure from the British media for not being "forceful" enough in battles. Schumacher attempted to drive around the outside of Hill at the first corner, but Hill held Schumacher off as Jean Alesi, driving for Ferrari, got past both on the inside line to take second position. As a result, Hill dropped down to third and Schumacher dropped down to fifth behind Gerhard Berger. Schumacher managed to get past Alesi and Hill during the first of three pit stops. This allowed him, on a new set of slick tyres, to close on Coulthard who was on a two-stop strategy. Schumacher opened up a gap of 21 seconds by lapping two seconds faster per lap than Coulthard, so that when his third stop came, he still led the race.

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