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The 1996 French Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 30 June 1996 at Circuit de Nevers, Magny-Cours, France. It was the ninth race of the 1996 Formula One season. Michael Schumacher qualified in pole position but his engine blew on the warm-up lap and he did not start the race. The 72-lap race was won by Damon Hill for the Williams team, from a second position start. Jacques Villeneuve finished second in the other Williams, with Jean Alesi third for the Benetton team.

1996 French Grand Prix
Race 9 of 16 in the 1996 Formula One World Championship
Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours (1992-2002).svg
Race details
Date 30 June 1996
Official name LXXXII French Grand Prix
Location Circuit de Nevers, Magny-Cours, France
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 4.250 km (2.641 mi)
Distance 72 laps, 306.000 km (190.140 mi)
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver Ferrari
Time 1:15.989
Fastest lap
Driver Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault
Time 1:18.610 on lap 48
Podium
First Williams-Renault
Second Williams-Renault
Third Benetton-Renault

This was the last Grand Prix where a Forti car started the race as they would fail to qualify for the remaining Grand Prix they would enter, however both cars were forced to retire.[1]

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 1   Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:15.989
2 5   Damon Hill Williams-Renault 1:16.058 +0.069
3 3   Jean Alesi Benetton-Renault 1:16.310 +0.321
4 4   Gerhard Berger Benetton-Renault 1:16.592 +0.603
5 7   Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1:16.634 +0.645
6 6   Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault 1:16.905 +0.916
7 8   David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:17.007 +1.018
8 12   Martin Brundle Jordan-Peugeot 1:17.187 +1.198
9 9   Olivier Panis Ligier-Mugen-Honda 1:17.390 +1.401
10 11   Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Peugeot 1:17.665 +1.676
11 10   Pedro Diniz Ligier-Mugen-Honda 1:17.676 +1.687
12 15   Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Ford 1:17.739 +1.750
13 19   Mika Salo Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:18.021 +2.032
14 18   Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:18.242 +2.253
15 17   Jos Verstappen Footwork-Hart 1:18.324 +2.335
16 14   Johnny Herbert Sauber-Ford 1:18.556 +2.567
17 21   Giancarlo Fisichella Minardi-Ford 1:18.604 +2.615
18 20   Pedro Lamy Minardi-Ford 1:19.210 +3.221
19 16   Ricardo Rosset Footwork-Hart 1:19.242 +3.253
20 22   Luca Badoer Forti-Ford 1:20.562 +4.573
21 23   Andrea Montermini Forti-Ford 1:20.647 +4.658
107% time: 1:21.308
22 2   Eddie Irvine Ferrari    
Source:[2][3]

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5   Damon Hill Williams-Renault 72 1:36:28.795 2 10
2 6   Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault 72 + 8.127 6 6
3 3   Jean Alesi Benetton-Renault 72 + 46.442 3 4
4 4   Gerhard Berger Benetton-Renault 72 + 46.859 4 3
5 7   Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 72 + 1:02.774 5 2
6 8   David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 71 + 1 Lap 7 1
7 9   Olivier Panis Ligier-Mugen-Honda 71 + 1 Lap 9  
8 12   Martin Brundle Jordan-Peugeot 71 + 1 Lap 8  
9 11   Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Peugeot 71 + 1 Lap 10  
10 19   Mika Salo Tyrrell-Yamaha 70 + 2 Laps 13  
11 16   Ricardo Rosset Footwork-Hart 69 + 3 Laps 19  
12 20   Pedro Lamy Minardi-Ford 69 + 3 Laps 18  
DSQ 14   Johnny Herbert Sauber-Ford 70 Bodywork Irregularities 16  
Ret 15   Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Ford 56 Throttle 12  
Ret 18   Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 33 Engine 14  
Ret 22   Luca Badoer Forti-Ford 29 Fuel System 20  
Ret 10   Pedro Diniz Ligier-Mugen-Honda 28 Engine 11  
Ret 17   Jos Verstappen Footwork-Hart 10 Steering 15  
Ret 2   Eddie Irvine Ferrari 5 Gearbox 22  
Ret 21   Giancarlo Fisichella Minardi-Ford 2 Fuel Pump 17  
Ret 23   Andrea Montermini Forti-Ford 2 Electrical 21  
DNS 1   Michael Schumacher Ferrari 0 Engine 1  
Source:[4]

NotesEdit

  • Jacques Villeneuve crashed heavily at Estoril corner in qualifying, when the front end of his Williams went wide and smashed the left side of his car in the barriers. The car was repaired in time for race day.
  • Eddie Irvine had qualified 10th, but was stripped of his qualifying times and put to the back of the grid after one of the air deflectors on his Ferrari was found to be too tall.[5]
  • Pole-sitter Michael Schumacher retired on the formation lap when his engine failed.
  • Ferrari's misfortunes weren't any better when Schumacher's teammate Eddie Irvine retired from the race after 5 laps when his gearbox failed.
  • Herbert was disqualified from 11th because of bodywork irregularities.
  • As of March 2019, this was the last time no former World Champion started in an F1 race.
  • This was the first race in which the cars fitted with Renault engines occupied the first four places.
  • This was also the last Grand Prix start for Andrea Montermini.

Championship standings after the raceEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Forti - Grands Prix started 1996 • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  2. ^ "France 1996 - Qualifications • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  3. ^ "France 1996 - Starting grid • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  4. ^ "1996 French Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 1 November 2014. Retrieved 24 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Grand Prix Results: French GP, 1996". Grandprix.com. Retrieved 18 April 2013.
  6. ^ a b "France 1996 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 12 February 2019.


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