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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.

1996 Argentine Grand Prix
Race 3 of 16 in the 1996 Formula One World Championship
Autódromo Oscar y Juan Gálvez Circuito N° 6 por Senna.svg
Race details
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)[1]
Pole position
Driver Williams-Renault
Time 1:30.346
Fastest lap
Driver France Jean Alesi Benetton-Renault
Time 1:29.413 on lap 66
Podium
First Williams-Renault
Second Williams-Renault
Third Benetton-Renault

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.

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ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 5   Damon Hill Williams-Renault 1:30.346
2 1   Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:30.598 +0.252
3 6   Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault 1:30.907 +0.561
4 3   Jean Alesi Benetton-Renault 1:31.038 +0.692
5 4   Gerhard Berger Benetton-Renault 1:31.262 +0.916
6 11   Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Peugeot 1:31.404 +1.058
7 17   Jos Verstappen Footwork-Hart 1:31.615 +1.269
8 7   Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1:31.801 +1.455
9 8   David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:32.001 +1.655
10 2   Eddie Irvine Ferrari 1:32.058 +1.712
11 15   Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Ford 1:32.130 +1.784
12 9   Olivier Panis Ligier-Mugen-Honda 1:32.177 +1.831
13 18   Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:32.407 +2.061
14 21   Tarso Marques Minardi-Ford 1:32.502 +2.156
15 12   Martin Brundle Jordan-Peugeot 1:32.696 +2.350
16 19   Mika Salo Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:32.903 +2.557
17 14   Johnny Herbert Sauber-Ford 1:33.256 +2.910
18 10   Pedro Diniz Ligier-Mugen-Honda 1:33.424 +3.078
19 20   Pedro Lamy Minardi-Ford 1:33.727 +3.381
20 16   Ricardo Rosset Footwork-Hart 1:33.752 +3.406
21 22   Luca Badoer Forti-Ford 1:34.830 +4.484
22 23   Andrea Montermini Forti-Ford 1:35.651 +5.305
107% time: 1:36.670

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5   Damon Hill Williams-Renault 72 1:54:55.322 1 10
2 6   Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault 72 +12.167 3 6
3 3   Jean Alesi Benetton-Renault 72 +14.754 4 4
4 11   Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Peugeot 72 +55.131 6 3
5 2   Eddie Irvine Ferrari 72 +1:04.991 10 2
6 17   Jos Verstappen Footwork-Hart 72 +1:08.913 7 1
7 8   David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 72 +1:13.400 9  
8 9   Olivier Panis Ligier-Mugen-Honda 72 +1:14.295 12  
9 14   Johnny Herbert Sauber-Ford 71 +1 Lap 17  
10 23   Andrea Montermini Forti-Ford 69 +3 Laps 22  
Ret 4   Gerhard Berger Benetton-Renault 56 Suspension 5  
Ret 1   Michael Schumacher Ferrari 46 Broken wing 2  
Ret 20   Pedro Lamy Minardi-Ford 39 Transmission 19  
Ret 19   Mika Salo Tyrrell-Yamaha 36 Throttle 16  
Ret 12   Martin Brundle Jordan-Peugeot 34 Collision 15  
Ret 21   Tarso Marques Minardi-Ford 33 Collision 14  
Ret 15   Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Ford 32 Spun off 11  
Ret 10   Pedro Diniz Ligier-Mugen-Honda 29 Fire 18  
Ret 18   Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 28 Transmission 13  
Ret 16   Ricardo Rosset Footwork-Hart 24 Oil pump 20  
Ret 22   Luca Badoer Forti-Ford 24 Collision 21  
Ret 7   Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 19 Throttle 8  
Source:[2]

Championship standings after the raceEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Weather info for the 1996 Argentine Grand Prix at Weather Underground
  2. ^ "1996 Argentine Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 1 November 2014. Retrieved 24 December 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Argentina 1996 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 6 March 2019.


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