1996 Argentine Grand Prix

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Argentina  1996 Argentine Grand Prix
Race details
Race 3 of 16 in the 1996 Formula One season
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Date April 7, 1996
Location Autódromo Oscar Alfredo Gálvez, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Course Permanent race track
4.259 km (2.657 mi)
Distance 72 laps, 306.648 km (191.296 mi)
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault
Time 1:30.346
Fastest lap
Driver France Jean Alesi Benetton-Renault
Time 1:29.413 on lap 66
Podium
First United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault
Second Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault
Third France Jean Alesi Benetton-Renault

The 1996 Argentine Grand Prix was a Formula One race held on April 7, 1996 at Autódromo Oscar Alfredo Gálvez, Buenos Aires. Despite suffering a bout of food poisoning, Damon Hill made it three wins out of three, with Jacques Villeneuve helping Williams complete their second one-two of the season. Jos Verstappen scored his only point of the season, Andrea Montermini his only finish of the season.

Pedro Diniz was involved in two major incidents during the race. First he collided with Luca Badoer, whose Forti was flipped and landed upside down in the gravel, forcing the marshalls to bring out the safety car. Trackside marshals were heavily criticized for their delay in aiding Badoer's escape from the car; ultimately the Italian was forced to crawl out from underneath the Forti (the explanation for which was later given by the marshalls that an uncharacteristic delay in the safety car picking up the race leader had caused confusion on the trackside). Diniz managed to continue and made a pit stop as the safety car was preparing to pull in - only to retire when he came back onto the circuit and his Ligier burst into flames, because a safety-valve in the fuel tank had jammed open, with the safety car staying out for three extra laps as a result. The UK's The Sun newspaper used the memorable headline "Diniz in the oven" for their report on this incident.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 5 United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault 1:30.346
2 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:30.598 +0.252
3 6 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault 1:30.907 +0.561
4 3 France Jean Alesi Benetton-Renault 1:31.038 +0.692
5 4 Austria Gerhard Berger Benetton-Renault 1:31.262 +0.916
6 11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Peugeot 1:31.404 +1.058
7 17 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Footwork-Hart 1:31.615 +1.269
8 7 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1:31.801 +1.455
9 8 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:32.001 +1.655
10 2 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ferrari 1:32.058 +1.712
11 15 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Ford 1:32.130 +1.784
12 9 France Olivier Panis Ligier-Mugen-Honda 1:32.177 +1.831
13 18 Japan Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:32.407 +2.061
14 21 Brazil Tarso Marques Minardi-Ford 1:32.502 +2.156
15 12 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Jordan-Peugeot 1:32.696 +2.350
16 19 Finland Mika Salo Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:32.903 +2.557
17 14 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Sauber-Ford 1:33.256 +2.910
18 10 Brazil Pedro Diniz Ligier-Mugen-Honda 1:33.424 +3.078
19 20 Portugal Pedro Lamy Minardi-Ford 1:33.727 +3.381
20 16 Brazil Ricardo Rosset Footwork-Hart 1:33.752 +3.406
21 22 Italy Luca Badoer Forti-Ford 1:34.830 +4.484
22 23 Italy Andrea Montermini Forti-Ford 1:35.651 +5.305
107% time: 1:36.670

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault 72 1:54:55.322 1 10
2 6 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault 72 +12.167 3 6
3 3 France Jean Alesi Benetton-Renault 72 +14.754 4 4
4 11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Peugeot 72 +55.131 6 3
5 2 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ferrari 72 +1:04.991 10 2
6 17 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Footwork-Hart 72 +1:08.913 7 1
7 8 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 72 +1:13.400 9  
8 9 France Olivier Panis Ligier-Mugen-Honda 72 +1:14.295 12  
9 14 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Sauber-Ford 71 +1 Lap 17  
10 23 Italy Andrea Montermini Forti-Ford 69 +3 Laps 22  
Ret 4 Austria Gerhard Berger Benetton-Renault 56 Suspension 5  
Ret 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 46 Broken wing 2  
Ret 20 Portugal Pedro Lamy Minardi-Ford 39 Transmission 19  
Ret 19 Finland Mika Salo Tyrrell-Yamaha 36 Throttle 16  
Ret 12 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Jordan-Peugeot 34 Collision 15  
Ret 21 Brazil Tarso Marques Minardi-Ford 33 Collision 14  
Ret 15 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Ford 32 Spun off 11  
Ret 10 Brazil Pedro Diniz Ligier-Mugen-Honda 29 Fire 18  
Ret 18 Japan Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 28 Transmission 13  
Ret 16 Brazil Ricardo Rosset Footwork-Hart 24 Oil pump 20  
Ret 22 Italy Luca Badoer Forti-Ford 24 Collision 21  
Ret 7 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 19 Throttle 8  

Standings after Grand Prix[edit]

  • Bold text indicates who still has a theoretical chance of becoming World Champion.
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.


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