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The 1996 European Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at the Nürburgring in Germany on 28 April 1996. It was the fourth race of the 1996 Formula One World Championship.

1996 European Grand Prix
Race 4 of 16 in the 1996 Formula One World Championship
The Nürburgring in its 1996 configuration
The Nürburgring in its 1996 configuration
Race details
Date 28 April 1996
Official name XL Grand Prix of Europe
Location Nürburgring
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
Pole position
Driver Williams-Renault
Time 1:18.941
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault
Time 1:21.363 on lap 55
Podium
First Williams-Renault
Second Ferrari
Third McLaren-Mercedes

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.

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 5   Damon Hill Williams-Renault 1:18.941
2 6   Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault 1:19.721 +0.780
3 1   Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:20.149 +1.208
4 3   Jean Alesi Benetton-Renault 1:20.711 +1.770
5 11   Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Peugeot 1:20.818 +1.877
6 8   David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:20.888 +1.947
7 2   Eddie Irvine Ferrari 1:20.931 +1.990
8 4   Gerhard Berger Benetton-Renault 1:21.054 +2.113
9 7   Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1:21.078 +2.137
10 15   Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Ford 1:21.113 +2.172
11 12   Martin Brundle Jordan-Peugeot 1:21.177 +2.236
12 14   Johnny Herbert Sauber-Ford 1:21.210 +2.269
13 17   Jos Verstappen Footwork-Hart 1:21.367 +2.426
14 19   Mika Salo Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:21.458 +2.517
15 9   Olivier Panis Ligier-Mugen-Honda 1:21.509 +2.568
16 18   Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:21.812 +2.871
17 10   Pedro Diniz Ligier-Mugen-Honda 1:22.733 +3.792
18 21   Giancarlo Fisichella Minardi-Ford 1:22.921 +3.980
19 20   Pedro Lamy Minardi-Ford 1:23.139 +4.198
20 16   Ricardo Rosset Footwork-Hart 1:23.620 +4.679
107% time: 1:24.467
DNQ 23   Andrea Montermini Forti-Ford 1:25.053 +6.112
DNQ 22   Luca Badoer Forti-Ford 1:25.840 +6.899

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 6   Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault 67 1:33:26.473 2 10
2 1   Michael Schumacher Ferrari 67 + 0.762 3 6
3 8   David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 67 + 32.834 6 4
4 5   Damon Hill Williams-Renault 67 + 33.511 1 3
5 11   Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Peugeot 67 + 33.713 5 2
6 12   Martin Brundle Jordan-Peugeot 67 + 55.567 11 1
7 14   Johnny Herbert Sauber-Ford 67 + 1:18.027 12  
8 7   Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 67 + 1:18.438 9  
9 4   Gerhard Berger Benetton-Renault 67 + 1:21.061 8  
10 10   Pedro Diniz Ligier-Mugen-Honda 66 + 1 Lap 17  
11 16   Ricardo Rosset Footwork-Hart 65 + 2 Laps 20  
12 20   Pedro Lamy Minardi-Ford 65 + 2 Laps 19  
13 21   Giancarlo Fisichella Minardi-Ford 65 + 2 Laps 18  
DSQ 19   Mika Salo Tyrrell-Yamaha 66 Underweight 14  
DSQ 18   Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 65 Push Start 16  
Ret 15   Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Ford 59 Brakes 10  
Ret 17   Jos Verstappen Footwork-Hart 38 Engine 13  
Ret 9   Olivier Panis Ligier-Mugen-Honda 6 Collision 15  
Ret 2   Eddie Irvine Ferrari 6 Electrical 7  
Ret 3   Jean Alesi Benetton-Renault 1 Collision 4  
DNQ 23   Andrea Montermini Forti-Ford    
DNQ 22   Luca Badoer Forti-Ford    
Source:[1]

NotesEdit

  • 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.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1996 European Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 1 November 2014. Retrieved 24 December 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Europe 1996 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 15 March 2019.


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