1996 European Grand Prix
|1996 European Grand Prix|
|Race 4 of 16 in the 1996 Formula One World Championship|
The Nürburgring in its 1996 configuration
|Date||28 April 1996|
|Official name||XL Grand Prix of Europe|
Nürburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
|Course||Permanent racing facility|
|Course length||4.556 km (2.842 mi)|
|Distance||67 laps, 305.252 km (190.425 mi)|
|Weather||Cloudy, but dry|
|Time||1:21.363 on lap 55|
The 67-lap race was won by Jacques Villeneuve, driving a Williams-Renault. Villeneuve beat teammate and pole-sitter Damon Hill off the line and led all 67 laps, taking his first F1 victory in only his fourth race. Local driver Michael Schumacher finished second in a Ferrari, with David Coulthard third in a McLaren-Mercedes, just ahead of Hill.
Both Benetton cars made extremely slow starts, due to the brakes locking on. Berger was forced to pit for fresh tyres after a flat-spot was caused, while Alesi finished lap 1 in 13th place and spun while trying to recover.
The Tyrrells were disqualified for separate infringements - Salo finished 10th but his car was found post-race to be underweight, while Katayama finished 12th but was disqualified for receiving an illegal push-start on the parade lap.
- Mika Häkkinen gained two pit lane speeding penalties due to a problem with his pit speed limiter.
Championship standings after the raceEdit
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
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