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The 1996 European Grand Prix, otherwise known as the XLI Großer Preis von Europa, was the fourth round of the 1996 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Nürburgring near Nürburg, Germany, on the 28 April 1996.[1] The race would see Jacques Villeneuve sweep to his first Grand Prix victory in only his fourth race, almost fifteen years after his father Gilles Villeneuve's final win in 1981.[1]

The weekend would begin in a similar fashion to the previous rounds in 1996, with Damon Hill sweeping to pole position, three quarters of a second clear of Williams-Renault teammate Villeneuve.[1] Michael Schumacher was best of the rest in third for Ferrari, with Jean Alesi completing the top four for Benetton-Renault.[1]

Raceday dawned cold and misty, although the worst of the mist would burn off before the start despite the skies remaining rather dull.[1] Fortunately the start would be anything but dull, with Hill, Schumacher and Alesi making poor getaways.[1]

That allowed Villeneuve to take the lead off the grid, although it was David Coulthard who stole the show, streaking from sixth to second in the McLaren-Mercedes.[1] Another man to make an impressive start was Rubens Barrichello, streaking up to third, while Schumacher scrambled ahead of Hill to secure fourth.[1]

With Coulthard behind him Villeneuve was able to escape up the road, for the McLaren, while fast on the straight, was not able to match the Williams in the corners.[1] However, it also made the Scot hard to pass, with Barrichello, Schumacher and Hill unable to get past.[1]

Indeed, Schumacher was so focused on passing Barrichello's Jordan-Peugeot that he almost forgot the presence of Hill, and hence slipped wide after a lunge around the outside of the McLaren and let Hill slip through to fourth.[1] Hill then tried in vain to find a way past the Brazilian, before the #5 Williams began to drop back from the Jordan shortly before the stops.[1]

Hill duly made an early stop for a quick check on his car, resulting in both Patrick Head and Adrian Newey sliding under the car in the pitlane for a look.[1] They could not see anything and so Hill was released, albeit having lost twelve seconds to the Coulthard company.[1]

Indeed, there would be some other major shuffles, with Schumacher leaping into second after a stunning stop from Ferrari, while Barrichello slipped back towards Mika Häkkinen after a slow stop.[1] Villeneuve, meanwhile, would look imperious out front, although after the stops it was Schumacher who dictated the pace.[1]

Schumacher duly caught the back of the Canadian with fifteen laps to go, and steadily wound up the pressure in a bid to claim the lead.[1] As their fight played out Hill would lose more time with a trip through the gravel, having aborted an attempt to pass Pedro Diniz, and hence had to work his way back up the order from tenth.[1]

Out front, meanwhile, Villeneuve would resist Schumacher through to the chequered flag, securing a memorable maiden victory on the German's home soil.[1] Coulthard, meanwhile, would have to work hard in the closing stages to keep Hill at bay to complete the podium, with Rubens Barrichello having also joined their fight.[1] Less than a second covered the trio as they crossed the finish line.[1]

BackgroundEdit

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.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 1996 European 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 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Minardi F1 Team Minardi M195B Ford Cosworth EDM 3.0 V8 G
22 Italy Luca Badoer Italy Forti Corse Forti FG03 Ford Cosworth EDD 3.0 V8 G
23 Italy Andrea Montermini Italy Forti Corse Forti FG03 Ford Cosworth EDD 3.0 V8 G
Source:[2]

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

ReportEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap Ave. Speed
1 5 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1:18.941 207.770 km/h
2 6 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1:19.721 +0.780s 205.738 km/h
3 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:20.149 +1.208s 204.639 km/h
4 3 France Jean Alesi Italy Benetton-Renault 1:20.711 +1.770s 203.214 km/h
5 11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 1:20.818 +1.877s 202.945 km/h
6 8 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:20.888 +1.947s 202.769 km/h
7 2 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Italy Ferrari 1:20.931 +1.990s 202.662 km/h
8 4 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Benetton-Renault 1:21.054 +2.113s 202.354 km/h
9 7 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:21.078 +2.137s 202.294 km/h
10 15 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Switzerland Sauber-Ford Cosworth 1:21.113 +2.172s 202.207 km/h
11 12 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 1:21.177 +2.236s 202.047 km/h
12 14 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Switzerland Sauber-Ford Cosworth 1:21.210 +2.269s 201.965 km/h
13 17 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Footwork-Hart 1:21.367 +2.426s 201.576 km/h
14 19 Finland Mika Salo United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:21.458 +2.517s 201.350 km/h
15 9 France Olivier Panis France Ligier-Mugen-Honda 1:21.509 +2.568s 201.224 km/h
16 18 Japan Ukyo Katayama United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:21.812 +2.871s 200.479 km/h
17 10 Brazil Pedro Diniz France Ligier-Mugen-Honda 1:22.733 +3.792s 198.247 km/h
18 21 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:22.921 +3.980s 197.798 km/h
19 20 Portugal Pedro Lamy Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:23.139 +4.198s 197.279 km/h
20 16 Brazil Ricardo Rosset United Kingdom Footwork-Hart 1:23.620 +4.679s 196.144 km/h
107% Time: 1:24.467[3]
NC 23 Italy Andrea Montermini Italy Forti-Ford Cosworth 1:25.053 +6.112s 192.840 km/h
NC 22 Italy Luca Badoer Italy Forti-Ford Cosworth 1:25.840 +6.899s 191.072 km/h
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 ______________
Damon Hill 2
______________ Jacques Villeneuve
Row 2 3 ______________
Michael Schumacher 4
______________ Jean Alesi
Row 3 5 ______________
Rubens Barrichello 6
______________ David Coulthard
Row 4 7 ______________
Eddie Irvine 8
______________ Gerhard Berger
Row 5 9 ______________
Mika Häkkinen 10
______________ Heinz-Harald Frentzen
Row 6 11 ______________
Martin Brundle 12
______________ Johnny Herbert
Row 7 13 ______________
Jos Verstappen 14
______________ Mika Salo
Row 8 15 ______________
Olivier Panis 16
______________ Ukyo Katayama
Row 9 17 ______________
Pedro Diniz 18
______________ Giancarlo Fisichella
Row 10 19 ______________
Pedro Lamy 20
______________ Ricardo Rosset

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 6 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom Williams-Renault 67 1:33:26.473 2 10
2 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 67 +0.762s 3 6
3 8 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 67 +32.834s 6 4
4 5 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom Williams-Renault 67 +33.511s 1 3
5 11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 67 +33.713s 5 2
6 12 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 67 +55.567s 11 1
7 14 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Switzerland Sauber-Ford Cosworth 67 +1:18.027 12
8 7 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 67 +1:18.438 9
9 4 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Benetton-Renault 67 +1:21.061 8
10 10 Brazil Pedro Diniz France Ligier-Mugen-Honda 66 +1 Lap 17
11 16 Brazil Ricardo Rosset United Kingdom Footwork-Hart 65 +2 Laps 20
12 20 Portugal Pedro Lamy Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 65 +2 Laps 19
13 21 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 65 +2 Laps 18
DSQ* 19 Finland Mika Salo United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 66 Disqualified 14
DSQ 18 Japan Ukyo Katayama United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 65 Disqualified 16
Ret 15 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Switzerland Sauber-Ford Cosworth 59 Brakes 10
Ret 17 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Footwork-Hart 38 Engine 13
Ret 9 France Olivier Panis France Ligier-Mugen-Honda 6 Collision 15
Ret 2 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Italy Ferrari 6 Electrical 7
Ret 3 France Jean Alesi Italy Benetton-Renault 1 Collision 4
DNQ 23 Italy Andrea Montermini Italy Forti-Ford Cosworth
DNQ 22 Italy Luca Badoer Italy Forti-Ford Cosworth
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Salo was disqualified from the results of the race after his car was found to be underweight.[5]
  • Katayama was disqualified from the results of the race after receiving a push-start.[5]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Damon Hill left the Nürburgring with his Championship lead largely intact, although Jacques Villeneuve had cut the gap down to eleven points. Indeed, it seemed as if the Canadian racer would be the only real challenger to the Brit with a quarter of the season down, with third placed Jean Alesi now 23 points back. The Frenchman was not alone in third, however, with Michael Schumacher level with Alesi on ten points, and with an identical race record.

In the Constructors Championship, meanwhile, it looked to be Williams-Renault's Championship to lose, leaving the European Grand Prix with 55 points to their name. That translated into a crushing 39 point lead over Ferrari in second, meaning the Anglo-French squad could afford to miss two rounds and still hold a fair lead. Ferrari themselves, meanwhile, had moved ahead of Benetton-Renault, while McLaren-Mercedes and Jordan-Peugeot retained their places in the top five.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Damon Hill 33
2 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 22
3 France Jean Alesi 10
4 Germany Michael Schumacher 10 ▲2
5 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 6 ▼1
6 Finland Mika Häkkinen 5 ▼1
7 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 5 ▲2
8 United Kingdom David Coulthard 4 ▲4
9 Austria Gerhard Berger 3 ▼2
10 Finland Mika Salo 3 ▼1
11 France Olivier Panis 1 ▼1
12 United Kingdom Martin Brundle 1 ▲8
13 Netherlands Jos Verstappen 1 ▼2
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Williams-Renault 55
2 Italy Ferrari 16 ▲1
3 Italy Benetton-Renault 13 ▼1
4 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 9
5 Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 6
6 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 3
7 France Ligier-Mugen-Honda 1
8 United Kingdom Footwork-Hart 1

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

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V T E Europe European Grand Prix
Circuits Brands Hatch (1983, 1985), Nürburgring (1984, 1995–1996, 1999–2007), Donington (1993), Jerez (1994, 1997), Valencia (2008–2012), Baku (2016) Baku City Circuit
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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
Races Australia • Brazil • Argentina • Europe • San Marino • Monaco • Spain • Canada • France • Britain • Germany • Hungary • Belgium • Italy • Portugal • Japan
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