1996 Monaco Grand Prix

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Monaco  1996 Monaco Grand Prix
Race details
Race 6 of 16 in the 1996 Formula One season
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Date May 19, 1996
Official name LIV Grand Prix Automobile de Monaco
Location Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo
Course Street circuit
3.328 km (2.068 mi)
Distance 75 laps, 249.600 km (155.094 mi)
Scheduled Distance 78 laps, 259.584 km (161.298 mi)
Weather Overcast, mild, wet at first, drying later, light rain at finish
Pole position
Driver Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Time 1:20.356
Fastest lap
Driver France Jean Alesi Benetton-Renault
Time 1:25.205 on lap 59
Podium
First France Olivier Panis Ligier-Mugen-Honda
Second United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes
Third United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Sauber-Ford
JS43 of the type driven by Olivier Panis at the 1996 Monaco Grand Prix, on display.
Formation lap

The 1996 Monaco Grand Prix (formally the LIV Grand Prix Automobile de Monaco) was a Formula One motor race held at Monaco on May 19, 1996. It was the sixth race of the 1996 Formula One season. The race was run in wet weather, causing significant attrition and setting a record for the fewest number of cars (3) to be running at the end of a Grand Prix race. Olivier Panis scored his sole career Formula One victory, earning the last ever Formula One victory for the Ligier team (and the first ever for engine manufacturer Mugen Motorsports) after switching to slick tyres in a well-timed pitstop.

Report[edit]

Practice and qualifying[edit]

Michael Schumacher had taken pole position but had caused minor controversy on his slowing down lap when he impeded Gerhard Berger right at the end of the session. Coming out of the tunnel Schumacher was cruising slowly, acknowledging the crowd, while Berger was on a hot lap. Schumacher tried to get out of Berger's way but the Austrian was going too fast and had to spin at high speed to avoid the Ferrari, entering the chicane backwards.

The Ligiers were 14th and 17th in qualifying, both below their expectations after the team had mis-firing issues, preventing a top six position.[1]

Race day[edit]

Olivier Panis was fastest in the warm-up.[2] Jacques Villeneuve was 18th after running a wet-setup in preparation for the expected rain.[3]

Between the warm-up session and the race, heavy rain fell at the circuit. An additional 15-minute session was added to allow the drivers to get use to the changed conditions as it was the first time rain had fallen over the race weekend.[4][5][6] The session took place at 13:15 CEST (GMT +2).[7] Several drivers went off during the session, including Pedro Lamy, Pedro Diniz and Giancarlo Fisichella, but all continued.[8][9][10] The only two drivers to escape with damage were Mika Häkkinen and Andrea Montermini, who suffered damage to their car.[11][12] Jean Alesi suffered a puncture at the end of the session, but was able to return to the pitlane.[13] Several drivers opted to skip the session. The Footwork team chose not to participate as they did not have any spare parts, and any crash would have marked the end of their weekend.[14] Häkkinen was fastest, setting his time before his crash, with Alesi, Rubens Barrichello and Johnny Herbert behind. The two Williams cars were 7th and 8th, Villeneuve ahead of Damon Hill with Schumacher behind them in 9th.[15]

The race started at 14:30 CEST.[16]

In the warm-up Montermini crashed his Forti coming out of the tunnel, and the team's lack of a spare car meant the Italian was unable to start the wet race, therefore 21 cars would take the start. Hill got the jump on Schumacher into Ste Devote while further back there was trouble already. Jos Verstappen, who had opted to start the race on slicks, slid straight into the wall. The two Minardis were then eliminated when they tangled coming out of the first corner. And so 18 cars climbed the hill on the first lap. Hill began to pull away while polesitter Schumacher lost control coming out of Lower Mirabeau and hit the wall, leaving 17 cars running. Coming into the Rascasse, Barrichello's race was over as he spun. After five laps, there were only 13 cars remaining as Ukyo Katayama (accident), Ricardo Rosset (accident) and Diniz (transmission) joined the list of retirements. A significant gap began to open between the leaders and Eddie Irvine in fourth. Indeed there was a queue of eight cars behind the slow Ferrari. Berger retired from third place on the 10th lap with gearbox trouble leaving 12 cars while Heinz-Harald Frentzen damaged his front wing trying to pass Irvine, dropping to second last, ahead of Luca Badoer.

On lap 31, Martin Brundle spun off, which left only 11 cars in the race. Three laps later, Irvine was eventually passed when Panis forced his way through at the Loews hairpin in an electrifying move. Irvine lost control, became stuck and had even undone his seatbelts before he restarted his car with the assistance of the marshals. Hill, meanwhile, had briefly lost the lead to Alesi when he made a pit stop on lap 30 to change to slicks as the track began to dry, but regained the lead a lap later when he overtook the Frenchman (who was still on wet tyres) on the track. Alesi made his pit stop shortly afterwards, allowing Hill to extend his lead to nearly 30 seconds and continue untroubled at the front until the 40th lap, when a gearbox mistake led to engine failure coming out of the tunnel, his first retirement of the season. Alesi took over the lead after otherwise having a quiet race in second. He lasted 20 laps in the lead when his suspension failed, handing the lead to Panis. Luca Badoer was running six laps down in the Forti when he collided with Villeneuve at Mirabeau, retiring both drivers.

The race did not run its full distance as the 2 hour time limit came into effect. Panis was leading David Coulthard by a small margin with only five other cars behind them. Irvine capped an eventful afternoon by spinning at the same point that teammate Schumacher crashed. As he tried to rejoin, he was hit by Mika Salo, who was in turn hit by Häkkinen. All three cars retired and the marshals had their work cut out to clear the track. Fortunately there were only four cars circulating, with Frentzen running last. The German, who so easily could have been leading the race, decided to pull into the pits on the penultimate lap as he was running last anyway, and everyone else had already seen the checkered flag. Therefore only Panis, Coulthard and Herbert were counted as finishing the race (even though Frentzen was the last car still racing), with the Frenchman winning his one and only Grand Prix and Ligier's first win in 15 seasons. Frentzen, Salo and Häkkinen were classified in the final points positions with Irvine credited with seventh place.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Diff.
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:20.356
2 5 United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault 1:20.866 +0.510
3 3 France Jean Alesi Benetton-Renault 1:20.918 +0.562
4 4 Austria Gerhard Berger Benetton-Renault 1:21.067 +0.711
5 8 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:21.460 +1.104
6 11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Peugeot 1:21.504 +1.148
7 2 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ferrari 1:21.542 +1.186
8 7 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1:21.688 +1.332
9 15 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Ford 1:21.929 +1.573
10 6 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault 1:21.963 +1.607
11 19 Finland Mika Salo Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:22.235 +1.879
12 17 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Footwork-Hart 1:22.327 +1.971
13 14 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Sauber-Ford 1:22.346 +1.990
14 9 France Olivier Panis Ligier-Mugen-Honda 1:22.358 +2.002
15 18 Japan Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:22.460 +2.104
16 12 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Jordan-Peugeot 1:22.519 +2.163
17 10 Brazil Pedro Diniz Ligier-Mugen-Honda 1:22.682 +2.326
18 21 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Minardi-Ford 1:22.684 +2.328
19 20 Portugal Pedro Lamy Minardi-Ford 1:23.350 +2.994
20 16 Brazil Ricardo Rosset Footwork-Hart 1:24.976 +4.620
21 22 Italy Luca Badoer Forti-Ford 1:25.059 +4.703
22 23 Italy Andrea Montermini Forti-Ford 1:25.393 +5.037
107% time: 1:25.981

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 9 France Olivier Panis Ligier-Mugen-Honda 75 2:00:45.629 14 10
2 8 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 75 +4.828 5 6
3 14 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Sauber-Ford 75 +37.503 13 4
4 15 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Ford 74 +1 lap 9 3
5 19 Finland Mika Salo Tyrrell-Yamaha 70 Collision 11 2
6 7 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 70 Collision 8 1
7 2 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ferrari 68 Collision 7  
Ret 6 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault 66 Collision 10  
Ret 3 France Jean Alesi Benetton-Renault 60 Suspension 3  
Ret 22 Italy Luca Badoer Forti-Ford 60 Collision + Electrical 21  
Ret 5 United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault 40 Engine 2  
Ret 12 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Jordan-Peugeot 30 Spun off 16  
Ret 4 Austria Gerhard Berger Benetton-Renault 9 Gearbox 4  
Ret 10 Brazil Pedro Diniz Ligier-Mugen-Honda 5 Transmission 17  
Ret 16 Brazil Ricardo Rosset Footwork-Hart 3 Spun off 20  
Ret 18 Japan Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 2 Spun off 15  
Ret 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 0 Accident 1  
Ret 11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Peugeot 0 Spun off 6  
Ret 20 Portugal Pedro Lamy Minardi-Ford 0 Collision 19  
Ret 21 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Minardi-Ford 0 Collision 18  
Ret 17 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Footwork-Hart 0 Accident 12  
DNS 23 Italy Andrea Montermini Forti-Ford   No Car 22  

Standings after the race[edit]

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

Trivia[edit]

David Coulthard took second place wearing one of Schumacher's helmets, having borrowed it before the race because his was steaming up.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Edwards, Ben (Commentator) (1996-05-19). Monaco Grand Prix: Acclimatisation Session Live (Television production). London, England: Eurosport. Event occurs at 08:25 (excluding commercials). 
  2. ^ Edwards, Ben (Commentator) (1996-05-19). Monaco Grand Prix: Acclimatisation Session Live (Television production). London, England: Eurosport. Event occurs at 08:05 (excluding commercials). 
  3. ^ Edwards, Ben; Watson, John (Commentators) (1996-05-19). Monaco Grand Prix: Acclimatisation Session Live (Television production). London, England: Eurosport. Event occurs at 01:00-01:20 (excluding commercials). 
  4. ^ Edwards, Ben (Commentator) (1996-05-19). Monaco Grand Prix: Acclimatisation Session Live (Television production). London, England: Eurosport. Event occurs at 00:00-00:05. 
  5. ^ Edwards, Ben (Commentator) (1996-05-19). Monaco Grand Prix: Acclimatisation Session Live (Television production). London, England: Eurosport. Event occurs at 00:57. 
  6. ^ Edwards, Ben (Commentator) (1996-05-19). Monaco Grand Prix: Acclimatisation Session Live (Television production). London, England: Eurosport. Event occurs at 02:10-02:15. 
  7. ^ Edwards, Ben (Commentator) (1996-05-19). Monaco Grand Prix: Acclimatisation Session Live (Television production). London, England: Eurosport. Event occurs at 15:37. 
  8. ^ Monaco Grand Prix: Acclimatisation Session Live (Television production). London, England: Eurosport. 1996-05-19. Event occurs at 05:00. 
  9. ^ Monaco Grand Prix: Acclimatisation Session Live (Television production). London, England: Eurosport. 1996-05-19. Event occurs at 07:30. 
  10. ^ Monaco Grand Prix: Acclimatisation Session Live (Television production). London, England: Eurosport. 1996-05-19. Event occurs at 12:45. 
  11. ^ Monaco Grand Prix: Acclimatisation Session Live (Television production). London, England: Eurosport. 1996-05-19. Event occurs at 13:45. 
  12. ^ Monaco Grand Prix: Acclimatisation Session Live (Television production). London, England: Eurosport. 1996-05-19. Event occurs at 15:56. 
  13. ^ Monaco Grand Prix: Acclimatisation Session Live (Television production). London, England: Eurosport. 1996-05-19. Event occurs at 16:56-19:00. 
  14. ^ Watson, John (Commentator) (1996-05-19). Monaco Grand Prix: Acclimatisation Session Live (Television production). London, England: Eurosport. Event occurs at 18:45. 
  15. ^ Monaco Grand Prix: Acclimatisation Session Live (Television production). London, England: Eurosport. 1996-05-19. Event occurs at 19:47. 
  16. ^ Edwards, Ben (Commentator) (1996-05-19). Monaco Grand Prix: Acclimatisation Session Live (Television production). London, England: Eurosport. Event occurs at 00:40. 
  17. ^ "David Coulthard column". BBC Sport. 2009-05-23. Retrieved 27 April 2012. 

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