1996 French Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 9 of 16 in the 1996 Formula One season
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Date June 30, 1996
Official name LXXXII French Grand Prix
Location Circuit de Nevers, Magny-Cours, France
Course Permanent racing facility
4.250 km (2.641 mi)
Distance 72 laps, 306.000 km (190.140 mi)
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Time 1:15.989
Fastest lap
Driver Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault
Time 1:18.610 on lap 40
Podium
First United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault
Second Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault
Third France Jean Alesi Benetton-Renault

The 1996 French Grand Prix was a Formula One race, held at Magny-Cours on June 30, 1996. It was the ninth race of the 1996 Formula One season.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Diff.
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:15.989
2 5 United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault 1:16.058 +0.069
3 3 France Jean Alesi Benetton-Renault 1:16.310 +0.321
4 4 Austria Gerhard Berger Benetton-Renault 1:16.592 +0.603
5 7 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1:16.634 +0.645
6 6 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault 1:16.905 +0.916
7 8 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:17.007 +1.018
8 12 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Jordan-Peugeot 1:17.187 +1.332
9 9 France Olivier Panis Ligier-Mugen-Honda 1:17.390 +1.401
10 11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Peugeot 1:17.665 +1.676
11 10 Brazil Pedro Diniz Ligier-Mugen-Honda 1:17.676 +1.687
12 15 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Ford 1:17.739 +1.750
13 19 Finland Mika Salo Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:18.021 +2.032
14 18 Japan Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:18.242 +2.253
15 17 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Footwork-Hart 1:18.324 +2.335
16 14 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Sauber-Ford 1:18.556 +2.567
17 21 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Minardi-Ford 1:18.604 +2.615
18 20 Portugal Pedro Lamy Minardi-Ford 1:19.210 +3.221
19 16 Brazil Ricardo Rosset Footwork-Hart 1:19.242 +3.253
20 22 Italy Luca Badoer Forti-Ford 1:20.562 +4.573
21 23 Italy Andrea Montermini Forti-Ford 1:20.647 +4.658
107% time: 1:21.308
22 2 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ferrari    

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault 72 1:36:28.795 2 10
2 6 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault 72 + 8.127 6 6
3 3 France Jean Alesi Benetton-Renault 72 + 46.442 3 4
4 4 Austria Gerhard Berger Benetton-Renault 72 + 46.859 4 3
5 7 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 72 + 1:02.774 5 2
6 8 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 71 + 1 Lap 7 1
7 9 France Olivier Panis Ligier-Mugen-Honda 71 + 1 Lap 9  
8 12 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Jordan-Peugeot 71 + 1 Lap 8  
9 11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Peugeot 71 + 1 Lap 10  
10 19 Finland Mika Salo Tyrrell-Yamaha 70 + 2 Laps 13  
11 16 Brazil Ricardo Rosset Footwork-Hart 69 + 3 Laps 19  
12 20 Portugal Pedro Lamy Minardi-Ford 69 + 3 Laps 18  
DSQ 14 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Sauber-Ford 70 Disqualified 16  
Ret 15 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Ford 56 Throttle 12  
Ret 18 Japan Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 33 Engine 14  
Ret 22 Italy Luca Badoer Forti-Ford 29 Fuel System 20  
Ret 10 Brazil Pedro Diniz Ligier-Mugen-Honda 28 Engine 11  
Ret 17 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Footwork-Hart 10 Steering 15  
Ret 2 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ferrari 5 Gearbox 22  
Ret 21 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Minardi-Ford 2 Fuel Pump 17  
Ret 23 Italy Andrea Montermini Forti-Ford 2 Electrical 21  
DNS 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 0 Engine 1  

Notes[edit]

  • Jacques Villeneuve crashed heavily at Estoril corner in qualifying, when the front end of his Williams went wide and smashed the left side of his car in the barriers. The car was repaired in time for race day.
  • Eddie Irvine had qualified 10th, but was stripped of his qualifying times and put to the back of the grid after one of the air deflectors on his Ferrari was found to be too tall.[1]
  • Pole-sitter Michael Schumacher retired on the formation lap when his engine failed.
  • Herbert was disqualified from 11th because of bodywork irregularities.

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.

References[edit]


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