1996 Belgian Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 13 of 16 in the 1996 Formula One season
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Date August 25, 1996
Official name LIV Grand Prix de Belgique
Location Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium
Course Permanent racing facility
6.968 km (4.330 mi)
Distance 44 laps, 306.592 km (190.507 mi)
Weather Overcast, dry
Pole position
Driver Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault
Time 1:50.574
Fastest lap
Driver Austria Gerhard Berger Benetton-Renault
Time 1:53.067 on lap 36
Podium
First Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Second Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault
Third Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes

The 1996 Belgian Grand Prix was a Formula One race held on August 25, 1996 at Spa-Francorchamps.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Diff.
1 6 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault 1:50.574
2 5 United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault 1:50.980 +0.406
3 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:51.778 +1.204
4 8 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:51.884 +1.310
5 4 Austria Gerhard Berger Benetton-Renault 1:51.960 +1.386
6 7 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1:52.318 +1.744
7 3 France Jean Alesi Benetton-Renault 1:52.354 +1.780
8 12 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Jordan-Peugeot 1:52.977 +2.403
9 2 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ferrari 1:53.043 +2.469
10 11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Peugeot 1:53.152 +2.578
11 15 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Ford 1:53.199 +2.625
12 14 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Sauber-Ford 1:53.993 +3.419
13 19 Finland Mika Salo Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:54.095 +3.521
14 9 France Olivier Panis Ligier-Mugen-Honda 1:54.220 +3.646
15 10 Brazil Pedro Diniz Ligier-Mugen-Honda 1:54.700 +4.126
16 17 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Footwork-Hart 1:55.150 +4.576
17 18 Japan Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:55.371 +4.797
18 16 Brazil Ricardo Rosset Footwork-Hart 1:56.286 +5.712
19 20 Portugal Pedro Lamy Minardi-Ford 1:56.830 +6.256
107% time: 1:58.314
DNQ 21 Italy Giovanni Lavaggi Minardi-Ford 1:58.579 +8.005

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 44 1:28:15.125 3 10
2 6 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault 44 + 5.602 1 6
3 7 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 44 + 15.710 6 4
4 3 France Jean Alesi Benetton-Renault 44 + 19.125 7 3
5 5 United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault 44 + 29.179 2 2
6 4 Austria Gerhard Berger Benetton-Renault 44 + 29.896 5 1
7 19 Finland Mika Salo Tyrrell-Yamaha 44 + 1:00.754 13  
8 18 Japan Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 44 + 1:40.227 17  
9 16 Brazil Ricardo Rosset Footwork-Hart 43 + 1 Lap 18  
10 20 Portugal Pedro Lamy Minardi-Ford 43 + 1 Lap 19  
Ret 8 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 37 Spun off 4  
Ret 12 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Jordan-Peugeot 34 Engine 8  
Ret 2 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ferrari 29 Gearbox 9  
Ret 11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Peugeot 29 Suspension 10  
Ret 10 Brazil Pedro Diniz Ligier-Mugen-Honda 22 Electrical 15  
Ret 17 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Footwork-Hart 11 Accident 16  
Ret 15 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Ford 0 Collision 11  
Ret 14 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Sauber-Ford 0 Collision 12  
Ret 9 France Olivier Panis Ligier-Mugen-Honda 0 Collision 14  
DNQ 21 Italy Giovanni Lavaggi Minardi-Ford   DNQ  

Notes[edit]

  • The start of the race was catastrophic for the Sauber team, with both of their drivers Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Johnny Herbert eliminated immediately after a collision at the first corner while trying to avoid hitting Olivier Panis, who was attempting to rejoin the track having spun off at the same corner in a separate incident when he ran into Rubens Barrichello. Panis was also forced to retire on the spot; Barrichello was able to continue, although he had to pit to repair his suspension, putting him two laps behind; however, this proved all to no avail as his suspension collapsed completely on lap 29, forcing him out of the race altogether.
  • On lap 10, Jos Verstappen pitted with a sticking throttle. No damage was found and the Dutchman was released from the pits, but spun straight off on his return. The incident brought out the safety car for seven laps, during which time all the drivers besides the McLaren's of Mika Häkkinen and David Coulthard (both running a one-stop strategy) made pit stops
  • Williams driver Jacques Villeneuve, leading the race when the safety car came out, missed his stop on lap 13 (later explaining that he misunderstood the radio instruction to come in due to the confusion brought about by the arrival of the safety car), and Damon Hill in the sister Williams was already on his way into the pits when radioed to stay out on the following lap. Having been forced to ground his car near the pit lane entrance, Hill was held stationary by the marshalls until the track cleared. He continued with the aid of a push start, but went down to thirteenth when he finally got to make his pit stop on lap 16; however, he eventually recovered to 5th place by the end of the race, partly due to David Coulthard spinning his McLaren out of 5th place six laps from the end.
  • Footwork/Arrows' team boss Tom Walkinshaw confirmed after the race that the throttle problem that had caused Verstappen to stop shortly before his crash had not recurred, and that the crash was caused by a faulty wheel.
  • The Tyrrells of Mika Salo and Ukyo Katayama finished in seventh and eighth places respectively. A fast early stop during the safety car period saw Salo running as high as third at one point.
  • Running in fourth place at half distance, Gerhard Berger spun off in his Benetton while trying to pass Eddie Irvine and grounded his car near the pit lane entrance, in a similar manner to Damon Hill's stoppage on lap 14 - as a result the marshals held Berger stationary until the track was clear, which dropped him to 12th place. Berger continued with the aid of a push start, and after setting a string of fastest laps he eventually recovered, coincidentally thanks in part to Irvine's retirement with gearbox problems, to 6th place by the end of the race.

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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