1996 Canadian Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 8 of 16 in the 1996 Formula One season
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Date June 16, 1996
Official name XXXIV Grand Prix Molson du Canada
Location Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, Canada
Course Street circuit
4.421 km (2.747 mi)
Distance 69 laps, 305.049 km (189.549 mi)
Weather Sunny
Pole position
Driver United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault
Time 1:21.059
Fastest lap
Driver Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault
Time 1:21.916 on lap 67
Podium
First United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault
Second Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault
Third France Jean Alesi Benetton-Renault
Jacques Villeneuve's Williams-Renault during his home Grand Prix. He would eventually finish 2nd.

The 1996 Canadian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 16, 1996. The race was won by Damon Hill ahead of home hero Jacques Villeneuve, Gilles' son.

Michael Schumacher started from the back of the grid, as his crew were still working on his car as the field set off on the warm-up lap. This started a run of mechanical problems for the reigning double World Champion.

For the second successive race, Gerhard Berger spun off while trying to pass team mate Jean Alesi on lap 43. Alesi continued to third place, while further behind Martin Brundle, running fourth following Berger's exit, had to pit for a new nose-cone following a collision with Pedro Lamy's Minardi when Lamy inadvertently hit Brundle's front wing as he attempted to rejoin the track after a spin on lap 45, dropping Brundle to seventh and handing fourth place to David Coulthard's McLaren. Brundle eventually recovered to sixth place behind Mika Häkkinen in the sister McLaren after getting past Johnny Herbert courtesy of a faster final pit stop.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 5 United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault 1:21.059
2 6 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault 1:21.079 +0.020
3 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:21.198 +0.139
4 3 France Jean Alesi Benetton-Renault 1:21.529 +0.470
5 2 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ferrari 1:21.657 +0.598
6 7 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1:21.807 +0.748
7 4 Austria Gerhard Berger Benetton-Renault 1:21.926 +0.867
8 11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Peugeot 1:21.982 +0.923
9 12 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Jordan-Peugeot 1:22.321 +1.262
10 8 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:22.332 +1.273
11 9 France Olivier Panis Ligier-Mugen-Honda 1:22.481 +1.422
12 15 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Ford 1:22.875 +1.816
13 17 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Footwork-Hart 1:23.067 +2.008
14 19 Finland Mika Salo Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:23.118 +2.059
15 14 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Sauber-Ford 1:23.201 +2.142
16 21 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Minardi-Ford 1:23.519 +2.460
17 18 Japan Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:23.599 +2.540
18 10 Brazil Pedro Diniz Ligier-Mugen-Honda 1:23.959 +2.900
19 20 Portugal Pedro Lamy Minardi-Ford 1:24.262 +3.203
20 22 Italy Luca Badoer Forti-Ford 1:25.012 +3.953
21 16 Brazil Ricardo Rosset Footwork-Hart 1:25.193 +4.134
22 23 Italy Andrea Montermini Forti-Ford 1:26.109 +5.050
107% time: 1:26.733

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault 69 1:36:03.465 1 10
2 6 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault 69 + 4.183 2 6
3 3 France Jean Alesi Benetton-Renault 69 + 54.656 4 4
4 8 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 69 + 1:03.673 10 3
5 7 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 68 + 1 Lap 6 2
6 12 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Jordan-Peugeot 68 + 1 Lap 9 1
7 14 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Sauber-Ford 68 + 1 Lap 15  
8 21 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Minardi-Ford 67 + 2 Laps 16  
Ret 20 Portugal Pedro Lamy Minardi-Ford 44 Collision 19  
Ret 22 Italy Luca Badoer Forti-Ford 44 Gearbox 20  
Ret 4 Austria Gerhard Berger Benetton-Renault 42 Spun off 7  
Ret 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 41 Halfshaft 3  
Ret 9 France Olivier Panis Ligier-Mugen-Honda 39 Engine 11  
Ret 19 Finland Mika Salo Tyrrell-Yamaha 39 Engine 14  
Ret 10 Brazil Pedro Diniz Ligier-Mugen-Honda 38 Engine 18  
Ret 11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Peugeot 22 Clutch 8  
Ret 23 Italy Andrea Montermini Forti-Ford 22 Electrical 22  
Ret 15 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Ford 19 Gearbox 12  
Ret 17 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Footwork-Hart 10 Engine 13  
Ret 16 Brazil Ricardo Rosset Footwork-Hart 6 Collision 21  
Ret 18 Japan Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 6 Collision 17  
Ret 2 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ferrari 1 Suspension 5  

Notes[edit]

  • Fastest Lap: Jacques Villeneuve 1:21.916
  • 150th Grand Prix for Martin Brundle

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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