1996 Argentine Grand Prix
|1996 Argentine Grand Prix|
|Race 3 of 16 in the 1996 Formula One World Championship|
|Date||7 April 1996|
|Location||Autódromo Oscar Alfredo Gálvez, Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Course||Permanent race track|
|Course length||4.259 km (2.657 mi)|
|Distance||72 laps, 306.648 km (191.296 mi)|
|Weather||Dry with temperatures reaching up to 21 °C (70 °F)|
|Time||1:29.413 on lap 66|
The 1996 Argentine Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 7 April 1996 at Autódromo Oscar Alfredo Gálvez, Buenos Aires. Despite suffering a bout of food poisoning, Damon Hill made it three wins out of three, with Jacques Villeneuve helping Williams complete their second one-two of the season. Jos Verstappen scored his only point of the season, Andrea Montermini his only finish of the season. This was the first race of 1996 where no drivers failed to meet the 107% time.
Pedro Diniz was involved in two major incidents during the race. First he collided with Luca Badoer, whose Forti was flipped and landed upside down in the gravel, forcing the marshals to bring out the safety car. Trackside marshals were heavily criticized for their delay in aiding Badoer's escape from the car; ultimately the Italian was forced to crawl out from underneath the Forti (the explanation for which was later given by the marshals that an uncharacteristic delay in the safety car picking up the race leader had caused confusion on the trackside). Diniz managed to continue and made a pit stop as the safety car was preparing to pull in - only to retire when he came back onto the circuit and his Ligier burst into flames, because a safety-valve in the fuel tank had jammed open, with the safety car staying out for three extra laps as a result.
|9||14||Johnny Herbert||Sauber-Ford||71||+1 Lap||17|
|10||23||Andrea Montermini||Forti-Ford||69||+3 Laps||22|
|Ret||1||Michael Schumacher||Ferrari||46||Broken wing||2|
|Ret||15||Heinz-Harald Frentzen||Sauber-Ford||32||Spun off||11|
|Ret||16||Ricardo Rosset||Footwork-Hart||24||Oil pump||20|
Championship standings after the race
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.