THE BRITISH GRAND PRIX: THE TEAMS ON THE GRID

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Benetton-Renault

1 Michael Schumacher (Ger)

Age 26, GPs 59, wins 14

2 Johnny Herbert (GB)

Age 31, GPs 70, wins 0

Inevitable early teething problems for the new alliance have been cured and world champion Schumacher has regained his momentum. Herbert is still seeking to play his full part in the team effort.

Tyrrell-Yamaha

3 Ukyo Katayama (Japan)

Age 32, GPs 53, wins 0

4 Mika Salo (Fin)

Age 28, GPs 9, wins 0

It has been, by their own admission, a disappointing season so far for the team. They urgently require an upturn in performance for the second half of the campaign.

Williams-Renault

5 Damon Hill (GB)

Age 34, GPs 41, wins 11

6 David Coulthard (GB)

Age 24, GPs 15, wins 0

The constructors' champions are still a match for Schumacher in qualifying, but in danger of losing contact in the races, much to Hill's frustration. A crucial weekend for them.

McLaren-Mercedes

7 Mark Blundell (GB)

Age 29, GPs 51, wins 0

8 Mika Hakkinen (Fin)

Age 26, GPs 55, wins 0

A miserable year for the former champions, compounded by the embarrassing, ill-starred signing of Nigel Mansell. They appear reduced to a damage limitation exercise for the rest of '95.

Footwork-Hart

9 Max Papis (It)

Age 25, GPs 0

10 Taki Inoue (Japan)

Age 31, GPs 8, wins 0

Another season of midfield anonymity. Gianni Morbidelli's occasional spark showed promise but his money has run out and Papis comes in.

Jordan-Peugeot

14 Rubens Barrichello (Bra)

Age 23, GPs 38, wins 0

15 Eddie Irvine (GB)

Age 29, GPs 22, wins 0

Living, vibrant proof that new teams can make it in Formula One, and now an expanding operation. Disappointing early in the season but their luck changed with second and third places in Canada.

Pacific-Ford

16 Bertrand Gachot (Fr)

Age32, GPs 43, wins 0

17 Andrea Montermini (It)

Age 31, GPs 6, wins 0

Defied the odds to reach a second season, though the car has not been as competitive as they anticipated and a still tight budget has restricted their testing capabilities.

Forti-Ford

21 Pedro Diniz (Bra)

Age 25, GPs 7, wins 0

22 Roberto Moreno (Bra)

Age 36, GPs 32, wins 0

The newest team to F1 and, to no one's great surprise, generally bringing up the rear of the field. They will face even greater pressure under next year's stringent qualifying rules.

Minardi-Ford

23 Pierluigi Martini (It)

Age 34, GPs 117, wins 0

24 Luca Badoer (It)

Age 24, GPs 19, wins 0

The Italian team have learned to live on a knife edge but this year has proved even more traumatic, with rows and legal wrangles, let alone the uphill struggle on the track.

Ligier-Mugen Honda

25 Martin Brundle (GB)

Age 36, GPs 135, wins 0

26 Olivier Panis (Fr)

Age 28, GPs 23, wins 0

The last French team in F1 are showing signs of improvement under the guidance of Tom Walkinshaw, and Brundle's new lease of life has reinforced the British connection.

Ferrari

27 Jean Alesi (Fr)

Age 31, GPs 92, wins 1

28 Gerhard Berger (Aut)

Age, 35, GPs 170, wins 9

Consistent progress was checked in France, though it is thought that was an isolated slip. Strong pairing and now both drivers are winners, a fact no other team can boast.

Sauber-Ford Zetec

29 Jean-Christophe Boullion (Fr)

Age 25, GPs 3, wins 0

30 Heinz-Harald Frentzen (Ger)

Age 28, GPs 22, wins 0.

One of the season's under-achievers and doubtless a big disappointment to Ford, who last year had Benetton as their flagship. Will be hard pressed to keep Frentzen.

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