1996 Portuguese Grand Prix
|Race 15 of 16 in the 1996 Formula One season|
|Date||September 22, 1996|
|Official name||XXV Grande Prémio de Portugal|
|Location||Autódromo do Estoril in Estoril, Portugal|
|Course||Permanent racing facility
4.360 km (2.725 mi)
|Distance||71 laps, 309.560 km (193.475 mi)|
|Time||1:22.873 on lap 37|
Williams' Jacques Villeneuve won the race from team-mate Damon Hill and Ferrari's Michael Schumacher, having overtaken the latter on the outside of the final corner while the two were lapping the slow-moving back-marking Minardi of Giovanni Lavaggi (who at the time was famously described by BBC TV commentator Jonathan Palmer as "desperately slow" and "there because of his money"). This victory, Villeneuve's fourth of the season, ensured that the Drivers' Championship battle between him and Hill went to the final round in Japan three weeks later.
Benetton's Jean Alesi finished fourth, just behind Schumacher, while Eddie Irvine in the second Ferrari and Gerhard Berger in the second Benetton survived a last-lap collision to take fifth and sixth respectively.
As of 2014, this Portuguese Grand Prix was the last to be held. Though the event was on the 1997 calendar, it was cancelled as renovation work at Estoril could not be completed in time. This was also the last one-two finish for Williams until the 2002 Malaysian Grand Prix.
Standings after Grand Prix
- 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.
- "F1 News – Grandprix.com > GP Encyclopedia > Races > Portuguese GP, 1996". Grandprix.com. Retrieved 2013-04-18.
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