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The XIX Gran Premio Marlboro de la Republica Argentina, otherwise known as the 1996 Argentine Grand Prix, was the third round of the 1996 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Autódromo Juan y Oscar Gálvez in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on the 7 April 1996.[1] The race would see Damon Hill secure his third straight victory of the campaign, surviving a mid-race safety car caused by two incidents involving Pedro Diniz.[1]

The build-up to the weekend would be dominated by complaints about the track surface, which was found to be extremely bumpy.[1] As a result the organisers opted to simply grind away the worst limps, only to create a washboard like surface that proved even more troublesome for the drivers during practice.[1]

Regardless, it was Hill who swept to pole position during qualifying, threading his way around the bumps the quickest to beat Michael Schumacher by two tenths.[1] Hill's Williams-Renault teammate Jacques Villeneuve was next ahead of Jean Alesi, with two seconds covering the top half of the field.[1]

Raceday dawned bright and warm, with Hill acing the start to claim an early lead, with Schumacher stalking him in second.[1] Villeneuve gave chase in third ahead of the Benetton-Renaults, with the rest of the field getting away largely in grid order.[1]

Hill and Schumacher would ease clear during the early stages, with the Ferrari unable to seriously threaten the Williams.[1] Indeed, once the pair were clear of the rest Hill began pushing on, and duly opened out a six second lead in the space of four laps.[1]

The leaders all made their stops in the same four lap window, with Hill rejoining with a four second lead over Schumacher, with Gerhard Berger, having jumped Villeneuve and Alesi at the stops.[1] However, before Schumacher could attack or Hill pull away the race would be interrupted by a rare appearance for the safety car.[1]

The cause would be Diniz, who managed to collide with Luca Badoer and send the Italian spiralling into the air.[1] Badoer's car was left upside down at the side of the track, the Italian having to pull himself out of the wreckage, while Diniz carried on, only for his car to catch fire after a safety valve in the fuel tank failed.[1]

At the restart Hill would get the jump on Schumacher and re-establish a small lead, while Martin Brundle and Tarso Marques collided.[1] Debris from that incident was then flicked up by Hill on the following lap, which duly smashed into the rear wing of Schumacher's car.[1]

Although the German seemed to have got away with it the Ferrari's rear wing would slowly begin to fall apart, ultimately causing him to retire twelve laps after the impact.[1] That promoted Berger into second ahead of Villeneuve, only for a suspension failure to end his hopes.[1]

With that the race was over, barring a ferocious duel for fifth between Eddie Irvine and Jos Verstappen on the final lap.[1] That duly ended with the #2 Ferrari ahead of the #17 Footwork-Hart, with those two trailing Rubens Barrichello in fourth by ten seconds.[1]

Out front, meanwhile, Hill would cruise across the line with a twelve second lead over Villeneuve, scoring his third win of the season.[1] Alesi, meanwhile, would claim third having run out of time to catch the Canadian late on, with ten drivers making it to the finish.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Two races down and Damon Hill had continued his perfect start to the season, leaving Brazil with twenty points to his name and a handsome fourteen point lead. Jacques Villeneuve and Jean Alesi were his closest challengers, level on six points, while Mika Häkkinen was a point further back in fourth. Defending World Champion Michael Schumacher then completed the top five ahead of Eddie Irvine, with nine drivers on the board.

In the Constructors Championship Williams-Renault already had a daunting lead, leaving Brazil with seventeen points in hand. Indeed, that meant that Benetton-Renault, the team in second, already had to claim a one-two finish without Williams scoring just to get back on terms, and hence affirmed Williams' position as favourites. Ferrari, meanwhile, were sat in third ahead of McLaren-Mercedes, with Tyrrell-Yamaha and Ligier-Mugen-Honda completing the score sheet.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 1996 Argentine Grand Prix is outlined below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari F310 Ferrari 046 3.0 V10 G
2 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari F310 Ferrari 046 3.0 V10 G
3 France Jean Alesi Italy Mild Seven Benetton Renault Benetton B196 Renault RS8 3.0 V10 G
4 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Mild Seven Benetton Renault Benetton B196 Renault RS8 3.0 V10 G
5 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Rothmans Williams Renault Williams FW18 Renault RS8 3.0 V10 G
6 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom Rothmans Williams Renault Williams FW18 Renault RS8 3.0 V10 G
7 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom Marlboro McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4/11 Mercedes FO 110D 3.0 V10 G
8 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom Marlboro McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4/11 Mercedes FO 110D 3.0 V10 G
9 France Olivier Panis France Equipe Ligier Gauloises Blondes Ligier JS43 Mugen-Honda MF301HA 3.0 V10 G
10 Brazil Pedro Diniz France Equipe Ligier Gauloises Blondes Ligier JS43 Mugen-Honda MF301HA 3.0 V10 G
11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ireland B&H Total Jordan Peugeot Jordan 196 Peugeot A12 3.0 V10 G
12 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Ireland B&H Total Jordan Peugeot Jordan 196 Peugeot A12 3.0 V10 G
14 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Switzerland Red Bull Sauber Ford Sauber C15 Ford Cosworth JD Zetec-R 3.0 V8 G
15 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Switzerland Red Bull Sauber Ford Sauber C15 Ford Cosworth JD Zetec-R 3.0 V8 G
16 Brazil Ricardo Rosset United Kingdom Footwork Hart Footwork FA17 Hart 830 3.0 V8 G
17 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Footwork Hart Footwork FA17 Hart 830 3.0 V8 G
18 Japan Ukyo Katayama United Kingdom Tyrrell Yamaha Tyrrell 024 Yamaha OX11A 3.0 V10 G
19 Finland Mika Salo United Kingdom Tyrrell Yamaha Tyrrell 024 Yamaha OX11A 3.0 V10 G
20 Portugal Pedro Lamy Italy Minardi F1 Team Minardi M195B Ford Cosworth EDM 3.0 V8 G
21 Brazil Tarso Marques Italy Minardi F1 Team Minardi M195B Ford Cosworth EDM 3.0 V8 G
22 Italy Luca Badoer Italy Forti Corse Forti FG01B Ford Cosworth EDD 3.0 V8 G
23 Italy Andrea Montermini Italy Forti Corse Forti FG01B Ford Cosworth EDD 3.0 V8 G
Source:[2]

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

ReportEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

The full qualifying results for the 1996 Argentine Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap Ave. Speed
1 5 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1:30.346 169.708 km/h
2 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:30.598 +0.252s 169.236 km/h
3 6 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1:30.907 +0.561s 168.660 km/h
4 3 France Jean Alesi Italy Benetton-Renault 1:31.038 +0.692s 168.418 km/h
5 4 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Benetton-Renault 1:31.262 +0.916s 168.004 km/h
6 11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 1:31.404 +1.058s 167.743 km/h
7 17 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Footwork-Hart 1:31.615 +1.269s 167.357 km/h
8 7 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:31.801 +1.455s 167.018 km/h
9 8 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:32.001 +1.655s 166.655 km/h
10 2 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Italy Ferrari 1:32.058 +1.712s 166.552 km/h
11 15 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Switzerland Sauber-Ford Cosworth 1:32.130 +1.784s 166.421 km/h
12 9 France Olivier Panis France Ligier-Mugen-Honda 1:32.177 +1.831s 166.336 km/h
13 18 Japan Ukyo Katayama United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:32.407 +2.061s 165.922 km/h
14 21 Brazil Tarso Marques Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:32.502 +2.156s 165.752 km/h
15 12 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 1:32.696 +2.350s 165.405 km/h
16 19 Finland Mika Salo United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:32.903 +2.557s 165.037 km/h
17 14 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Switzerland Sauber-Ford Cosworth 1:33.256 +2.910s 164.412 km/h
18 10 Brazil Pedro Diniz France Ligier-Mugen-Honda 1:33.424 +3.078s 164.116 km/h
19 20 Portugal Pedro Lamy Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:33.727 +3.381s 163.586 km/h
20 16 Brazil Ricardo Rosset United Kingdom Footwork-Hart 1:33.752 +3.406s 163.542 km/h
21 22 Italy Luca Badoer Italy Forti-Ford Cosworth 1:34.830 +4.484s 161.683 km/h
22 23 Italy Andrea Montermini Italy Forti-Ford Cosworth 1:35.651 +5.305s 160.295 km/h
107% Time: 1:36.670[3]
Source:[4][3]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car to set their best time in that session.
  • Bold indicates a driver's best/qualifying time.

GridEdit

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 ______________ 1
2 Damon Hill
Michael Schumacher ______________
Row 2 ______________ 3
4 Jacques Villeneuve
Jean Alesi ______________
Row 3 ______________ 5
6 Gerhard Berger
Rubens Barrichello ______________
Row 4 ______________ 7
8 Jos Verstappen
Mika Häkkinen ______________
Row 5 ______________ 9
10 David Coulthard
Eddie Irvine ______________
Row 6 ______________ 11
12 Heinz-Harald Frentzen
Olivier Panis ______________
Row 7 ______________ 13
14 Ukyo Katayama
Tarso Marques ______________
Row 8 ______________ 15
16 Martin Brundle
Mika Salo ______________
Row 9 ______________ 17
18 Johnny Herbert
Pedro Diniz ______________
Row 10 ______________ 19
20 Pedro Lamy
Ricardo Rosset ______________
Row 11 ______________ 21
22 Luca Badoer
Andrea Montermini ______________

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

The full results for the 1996 Argentine Grand Prix are outlined below:

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

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Victory for Damon Hill saw the British racer continue his dominant start to the season, leaving Argentina with a maximum score of 30 points. Jacques Villeneuve remained the closest thing to a challenger to the Brit, albeit already eighteen points behind after three races. Jean Alesi, meanwhile, would end the weekend in third ahead of Eddie Irvine, with Mika Häkkinen completing the top five.

In the Constructors Championship it was Williams-Renault who had once again proved to be the class of the field, leaving Argentina with 42 points to their name. Benetton-Renault were now their closest challengers, 29 points behind, with Ferrari three points further back in third. McLaren-Mercedes were next ahead of Jordan-Peugeot, with eight constructors on the board after three rounds.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Damon Hill 30
2 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 12
3 France Jean Alesi 10
4 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 6 ▲2
5 Finland Mika Häkkinen 5 ▼1
6 Germany Michael Schumacher 4 ▼1
7 Austria Gerhard Berger 3
8 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 3 ▲10
9 Finland Mika Salo 3 ▼1
10 France Olivier Panis 1 ▼1
11 Netherlands Jos Verstappen 1 ▲7
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Williams-Renault 42
2 Italy Benetton-Renault 13
3 Italy Ferrari 10
4 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 5
5 Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 3 ▲5
6 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 3 ▼1
7 France Ligier-Mugen-Honda 1 ▼1
8 United Kingdom Footwork-Hart 1 ▼1

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 'Argentine GP, 1996', grandprix.com, (Inside F1 Inc., 2014), https://www.grandprix.com/gpe/rr584.html, (Accessed 13/08/2019)
  2. 'Argentina 1996: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1996/argentine/engages.aspx, (Accessed 13/08/2019)
  3. 3.0 3.1 'Argentina 1996: Qualifications', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1996/argentine/qualification.aspx, (Accessed 13/08/2019)
  4. 'Gran Premio Marlboro de Argentina - QUALIFYING', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/1996/races/640/argentina/qualifying-0.html, (Accessed 13/08/2019)
  5. 'Argentina 1996: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1996/argentine/classement.aspx, (Accessed 13/08/2019)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 '1996 Argentine GP', chicanef1.com, (Chicane F1, 2014), http://www.chicanef1.com/racetit.pl?year=1996&gp=Argentine%20GP&r=1, (Accessed 13/08/2019)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 '3. Argentina 1996', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1996/argentine.aspx, (Accessed 13/08/2019)
V T E Argentina Argentine Grand Prix
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V T E 1996 Formula One Season
Teams Ferrari • Benetton • Williams • McLaren • Ligier • Jordan • Sauber • Footwork • Tyrrell • Minardi • Forti
Engines Ferrari • Ford • Hart • Mercedes • Mugen-Honda • Peugeot • Renault • Yamaha
Drivers M. Schumacher • 2 Irvine • 3 Alesi • 4 Berger • 5 Hill • 6 Villeneuve • 7 Häkkinen • 8 Coulthard • 9 Panis • 10 Diniz • 11 Barrichello • 12 Brundle • 14 Herbert • 15 Frentzen • 16 Rosset • 17 Verstappen • 18 Katayama • 19 Salo • 20 Lamy • 21 Fisichella • 21 Marques • 21 Lavaggi • 22 Badoer • 23 Montermini
Other Drivers Magnussen • Mansell • McNish • Prost • R. Schumacher • Tuero
Cars Ferrari F310 • Benetton B196 • Williams FW18 • McLaren MP4/11 • Ligier JS43 • Jordan 196 • Sauber C15 • Footwork FA17 • Tyrrell 024 • Minardi 195B • Forti FG01B • Forti FG03
Tyres Goodyear
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