The 1995 Canadian Grand Prix
was a Formula One
motor race held on June 11, 1995 at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
. It was the sixth race of the 1995 Formula One season
It is notable for having produced the only Grand Prix victory for French driver Jean Alesi
. This was seen as a popular victory, as Alesi had waited over five years for a victory and he was driving the red number 27 Ferrari, as famously driven by Canadian hero Gilles Villeneuve
. Adding to the victory was the fact that the win also occurred on Alesi's 31st birthday.
Michael Schumacher led until a late problem with his gearbox necessitated a long pit stop. Several other regular front-runners had problems, allowing both Jordans to finish on the podium for the first time in their history. Jordan had scored their first-ever GP points in Montreal 4 years earlier.
After Alesi crossed the finished line, race fans broke through the fences and charged the pit area. Race officials put out the black flag, effectly requiring all drivers to immediately stop on the track. However, Alesi was now entering the hairpin at the far end of the circuit on his victory lap. Running out of fuel, he removed his steering wheel, stood on top of the car and "surfed" it to a stop. Schumacher, approaching from behind, stopped and famously gave Alesi a lift back to the pits on top of his car.
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