The 1995 F1 season brought a raft of changes with it. The season saw the biggest engine amendment in over 5 years as the capacity was decreased to 3.0L from 3.5L. New regulations also ensured improved safety for both drivers and spectators. On the track, the season was likely to be dominated by Benetton and Williams, leading to another mega tussle between Michael Schumacher in his Benetton and Hill in his Williams.
The season started off in bright fashion for defending champion Schumi as he took the lead from Hill on the first corner of the race never to look back. Next race was the first in Argentina since 1981. A 7-second fuel delay meant that Schumi could only finish 3rd as Hill won. Schumacher spun out in the San Marino Grand Prix as Hill secured a 2nd consecutive win. Schumi bounced back winning the next two races, the Spanish Grand Prix and the Monaco Grand Prix in succession. Hill could only finish 4th in Spain and was 2nd in Monaco. In Canada, Schumi could only finish 5th despite leading the race at one time due to gearbox issues, while Hill retired due to engine problems resulting in Schumi extending his Championship lead.
He again led a 1-2 from Hill in France. The next race from Britain turned out to be the most controversial race of the season. In lap 46, with Schumi leading, Hill attempted to overtake, but Schumi turned to grab the racing line and the two crashed leading to both retiring from the race. This was another addition to the long list of incidents between the two, though this time around, Hill was to blame as per most critics.
Michael became to first German driver to win his home Grand Prix as Hill spun off. At end of the 9/17 race of the season, Schumi had a 21 point lead over Hill. The next race took place in Hungary where an Engine failure meant that Michael was classified 11th, and a Hill victory cut the gap on the top to 11 points.
The Belgium Grand Prix saw one of the best races of Schumi’s career as he stormed to take victory from 16th on the grid. Hill again crashed into Schumi in Italy but this time the blame lied with neither, as it was the fault of rookie Inoue. Schumacher finished 2nd in Portugal and it was a Williams in front of him, but not the one of Hill but of Coulthard.
Michael won the next race from the Nürburgring. Hill’s retirement meant that the title was effectively sealed for Michael as he had a 27 point lead at the top with only 30 to play for. He duly sealed the title in the next race from Aida itself becoming the youngest ever two-time world champion.
He followed this up with another win in Japan sealing the constructor’s championship for Benetton-Renault, and this was Benetton’s first and only Constructor title. Michael crashed out of the season finale in Australia but it didn’t really matter. He finished the season with 102 points, Hill was again second in the Championship despite arguably driving the better car.
Two things made this championship sweeter for Michael than the debut title win. Unlike last season, there was no controversy associated with this win, and second; this time around the margin of the title win was 33 points compared to a single point in the last season.