1996 Canadian Grand Prix
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|1996 Canadian Grand Prix|
|Race 8 of 16 in the 1996 Formula One World Championship|
|Date||16 June 1996|
|Official name||XXXIV Grand Prix Molson du Canada|
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve|
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
|Course length||4.421 km (2.747 mi)|
|Distance||69 laps, 305.049 km (189.549 mi)|
|Weather||Mostly sunny and warm with temperatures approaching 26 °C (79 °F)|
|Time||1:21.916 on lap 67|
The 69-lap race was won from pole position by Englishman Damon Hill, driving a Williams-Renault. Local driver Jacques Villeneuve, Hill's teammate and the son of Gilles, finished second, with Frenchman Jean Alesi third in a Benetton-Renault.
Michael Schumacher started from the back of the grid, as his crew were still working on his car as the field set off on the warm-up lap. This started a run of mechanical problems for the reigning double World Champion.
Eddie Irvine became the first retirement from 4th position in the leading Ferrari on lap 2 when his suspension failed, he was then followed out by Ukyo Katayama in the second Tyrrell and Ricardo Rosset in the second Footwork when they collided at the final chicane on lap 7 due to Katayama missing his braking point. Before Rosset's teammate Jos Verstappen in the leading Footwork retired in the pits on lap 11 when his engine failed. Rubens Barrichello in the second Jordan after passing Mika Hakkinen for 6th position would also be forced the retire on lap 23 in the pits after his first pit stop when his clutch failed. Michael Schumacher after starting at the back of the grid due to a clutch problem, was able to fight his way up to 13th position, but would soon retire due to driveshaft failure on lap 42 which started the first of three consecutive races which both Ferrari's would fail to finish a race due to mechanical failures. For the second successive race, Gerhard Berger spun off and hit the wall while trying to pass teammate Jean Alesi on lap 43 at turn 4. Alesi continued to third place, while further behind Martin Brundle, running fourth following Berger's exit, had to pit for a new nose-cone following a collision with Pedro Lamy's Minardi when Lamy inadvertently hit Brundle's front wing as he attempted to rejoin the track after a spin on lap 45, dropping Brundle to seventh and handing fourth place to David Coulthard's McLaren. Brundle eventually recovered to sixth place behind Mika Häkkinen in the sister McLaren after getting past Johnny Herbert courtesy of a faster final pit stop.
|2||6||Jacques Villeneuve||Williams-Renault||69||+ 4.183||2||6|
|3||3||Jean Alesi||Benetton-Renault||69||+ 54.656||4||4|
|4||8||David Coulthard||McLaren-Mercedes||69||+ 1:03.673||10||3|
|5||7||Mika Häkkinen||McLaren-Mercedes||68||+ 1 Lap||6||2|
|6||12||Martin Brundle||Jordan-Peugeot||68||+ 1 Lap||9||1|
|7||14||Johnny Herbert||Sauber-Ford||68||+ 1 Lap||15|
|8||21||Giancarlo Fisichella||Minardi-Ford||67||+ 2 Laps||16|
|Ret||4||Gerhard Berger||Benetton-Renault||42||Spun Off||7|
|Ret||16||Ricardo Rosset||Footwork-Hart||6||Collision Damage||21|
Championship standings after the raceEdit
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
- "Weather information, 1996 Canadian Grand Prix". The Old Farmer's Almanac. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
- "1996 Canadian Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 1 November 2014. Retrieved 24 December 2015.
- "Canada 1996 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 14 March 2019.