Benetton B196

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Benetton B196
Jean Alesi - Imola 1996 (3).jpg
CategoryFormula One
ConstructorBenetton Formula Ltd.
Designer(s)Ross Brawn
Rory Byrne
Technical specifications[1]
ChassisCarbon fibre monocoque
Suspension (front)Double wishbone, pushrod
Suspension (rear)Double wishbone, pushrod
EngineRenault RS8/RS8B, 3,000 cc (183.1 cu in), 72° V10, NA, mid-engine, longitudinally mounted
TransmissionBenetton transverse 6-speed semi-automatic
Competition history
Notable entrantsItaly Mild Seven Benetton Renault
Notable drivers3. France Jean Alesi
4. Austria Gerhard Berger
Debut1996 Australian Grand Prix
Constructors' Championships0
Drivers' Championships0

The Benetton B196 was the car with which the Benetton team competed in the 1996 Formula One season. It was driven by the experienced pairing of Jean Alesi and Gerhard Berger, who both moved from Ferrari to replace departing 1994 and 1995 champion Michael Schumacher and his number two, Johnny Herbert.

Many thought, Benetton and Alesi included, that this could well be the Frenchman's year to seriously challenge for the title - something many had been predicting he would do since he signed for Ferrari in 1991. However, after achieving the double of Drivers' and Constructors' Championships in 1995, the 1996 season saw the team slip slightly from its position of eminence. A direct development of the B195, the new drivers found the B196 difficult to drive, as it had been designed with Schumacher's unusual driving style in mind, but managed to score a series of points and podium finishes. The biggest disappointment was not winning a race for the first time since 1988, although Berger was extremely unlucky to lose the German GP when his engine failed with three laps to go. Alesi was also leading the Monaco Grand Prix when he had to retire due to mechanical failure.

The team lost second place in the Constructors' Championship at the final Grand Prix of the season, at which both drivers made mistakes. This allowed Ferrari to take the advantage.

This was the first Benetton car to race under Italian nationality.

This car is also the second and last F1 car that Alessandro Nannini test-drove, after his helicopter crash injuries 7 years prior, which ended his F1 career.[2]

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Points WCC
1996 Mild Seven Benetton Renault Renault V10 G AUS BRA ARG EUR SMR MON ESP CAN FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA POR JPN 68 3rd
Jean Alesi Ret 2 3 Ret 6 Ret 2 3 3 Ret 2 3 4 2 4 Ret
Gerhard Berger 4 Ret Ret 9 3 Ret Ret Ret 4 2 13 Ret 6 Ret 6 4


  1. ^ "Benetton B196 • STATS F1". Retrieved 2012-11-09.
  2. ^ "Sandro's Benetton test". 1996-11-25. Retrieved 2014-11-16.