It happened today – 11 June

It happened today - 11 June

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On 11th June 1995, the Canadian Grand Prix was held at Montreal’s Gilles Villeneuve circuit. Qualifying was dominated as usual by Benetton and Williams with Michael Schumacher, Damon Hill and David Coulthard ahead of the Ferraris of Gerhard Berger and Jean Alesi.

The race got off to a relatively straightforward start with Benetton’s German driver pulling away, while behind him, Mika Hakkinen crashed his McLaren into Johnny Herbert in the other Benetton at the chicane putting him out of the race. David Coulthard also dropped out and, in the second part of the race, Damon Hill also stopped with a gearbox problem.

Schumacher therefore had a huge lead over Alesi in the 412 T2. The German then suffered an electrical problem which meant his car was stuck in third gear, forcing him to put, where it was decided to change the steering wheel. Before sending him out back on track, the engineers had to reset the car’s software, which meant Alesi took the lead ahead of the two Jordans of Rubens Barrichello and Eddie Irvine.

Jean took the flag to take his first and only Formula 1 win, to celebrate his 31st birthday in the best way possible. The Ferrari victory led to a total track invasion from fans of the Prancing Horse, many of them almost getting knocked down by cars still racing to the end. Alesi had to abandon his car on the track and got a lift back to the pits from Michael Schumacher in the Benetton.

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