1996 European Grand Prix

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Germany  1996 European Grand Prix
Race details
Race 4 of 16 in the 1996 Formula One season
The Nürburgring in its 1996 configuration
The Nürburgring in its 1996 configuration
Date April 28, 1996
Official name XL Grand Prix of Europe
Location Nürburgring, Nürburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
Course Permanent race track
4.556 km (2.842 mi)
Distance 67 laps, 305.252 km (190.425 mi)
Weather Cloudy, but dry
Pole position
Driver United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault
Time 1:18.941
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault
Time 1:21.363 on lap 55
Podium
First Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault
Second Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Third United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes

The 1996 European Grand Prix was a Formula One race held on April 28, 1996 at Nürburgring. Jacques Villeneuve scored his first Formula One victory in his fourth Formula One start.

Both Benetton cars made extremely slow starts, due to the brakes locking on. Berger was forced to pit for fresh tyres after a flat-spot was caused, while Alesi finished lap 1 in 13th place and spun while trying to recover.

The Tyrrells were disqualified for separate infringements - Salo finished 10th but his car was found post-race to be underweight, while Katayama finished 12th but was disqualified for receiving an illegal push-start on the parade lap.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 5 United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault 1:18.941
2 6 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault 1:19.721 +0.780
3 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:20.149 +1.208
4 3 France Jean Alesi Benetton-Renault 1:20.711 +1.770
5 11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Peugeot 1:20.818 +1.877
6 8 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:20.888 +1.947
7 2 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ferrari 1:20.931 +1.990
8 4 Austria Gerhard Berger Benetton-Renault 1:21.054 +2.113
9 7 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1:21.078 +2.137
10 15 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Ford 1:21.113 +2.172
11 12 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Jordan-Peugeot 1:21.177 +2.236
12 14 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Sauber-Ford 1:21.210 +2.269
13 17 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Footwork-Hart 1:21.367 +2.426
14 19 Finland Mika Salo Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:21.458 +2.517
15 9 France Olivier Panis Ligier-Mugen-Honda 1:21.509 +2.568
16 18 Japan Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:21.812 +2.871
17 10 Brazil Pedro Diniz Ligier-Mugen-Honda 1:22.733 +3.792
18 21 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Minardi-Ford 1:22.921 +3.980
19 20 Portugal Pedro Lamy Minardi-Ford 1:23.139 +4.198
20 16 Brazil Ricardo Rosset Footwork-Hart 1:23.620 +4.679
107% time: 1:24.467
DNQ 23 Italy Andrea Montermini Forti-Ford 1:25.053 +6.112
DNQ 22 Italy Luca Badoer Forti-Ford 1:25.840 +6.899

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 6 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault 67 1:33:26.473 2 10
2 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 67 +0.762 3 6
3 8 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 67 +32.834 6 4
4 5 United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault 67 +33.511 1 3
5 11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Peugeot 67 +33.713 5 2
6 12 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Jordan-Peugeot 67 +55.567 11 1
7 14 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Sauber-Ford 67 +1:18.027 12  
8 7 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 67 +1:18.438 9  
9 4 Austria Gerhard Berger Benetton-Renault 67 +1:21.061 8  
10 10 Brazil Pedro Diniz Ligier-Mugen-Honda 66 +1 Lap 17  
11 16 Brazil Ricardo Rosset Footwork-Hart 65 +2 Laps 20  
12 20 Portugal Pedro Lamy Minardi-Ford 65 +2 Laps 19  
13 21 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Minardi-Ford 65 +2 Laps 18  
DSQ 19 Finland Mika Salo Tyrrell-Yamaha 66 Disqualified 14  
DSQ 18 Japan Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 65 Disqualified 16  
Ret 15 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Ford 59 Brakes 10  
Ret 17 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Footwork-Hart 38 Engine 13  
Ret 9 France Olivier Panis Ligier-Mugen-Honda 6 Collision 15  
Ret 2 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ferrari 6 Electrical 7  
Ret 3 France Jean Alesi Benetton-Renault 1 Collision 4  
DNQ 23 Italy Andrea Montermini Forti-Ford   107% Rule 21  
DNQ 22 Italy Luca Badoer Forti-Ford   107% Rule 22  

Notes[edit]

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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