The 1996 Formula One season was the 47th season of the FIA Formula One World Championship. It began on March 10th at the Australian GP in Melbourne, and finished on October 13th at the Japanese GP at Suzuka after sixteen races. The World Champion was Damon Hill, of Williams-Renault, who won the constructors' title.

Teams and Drivers[edit | edit source]


Entry list[edit | edit source]

Constructor Chassis Tyre No. Driver Rounds Test/Reserve Drivers
Team Engine
Ferrari F310 G 1 Germany Michael Schumacher All
Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari Type 046 3.0 V10 2 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine All
Benetton-Renault B196 G 3 France Jean Alesi All
United Kingdom Mild Seven Benetton Renault Renault RS8 3.0 V10 4 Austria Gerhard Berger All
Williams-Renault FW18 G 5 United Kingdom Damon Hill All
United Kingdom Rothmans Williams Renault Renault RS8 3.0 V10 6 Canada Jacques Villeneuve All
McLaren-Mercedes MP4/11
MP4/11B
G 7 Finland Mika Häkkinen All Denmark Jan Magnussen
United Kingdom Marlboro McLaren Mercedes Mercedes FO110/3 3.0 V10 8 United Kingdom David Coulthard All
Ligier-Mugen-Honda JS43 G 9 France Olivier Panis All
France Ligier Gauloises Blondes Mugen-Honda MF-301 HA 3.0 V10 10 Brazil Pedro Diniz All
Jordan-Peugeot 196 G 11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello All
Ireland Benson & Hedges Total Jordan Peugeot Peugeot A12 EV5 3.0 V10 12 United Kingdom Martin Brundle All
Sauber-Ford C14 G 14 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert All
Switzerland Red Bull Sauber Ford Ford JD Zetec-R 3.0 V10 15 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen All
Footwork-Hart FA17 G 16 Brazil Ricardo Rosset All
United Kingdom Footwork Hart Hart 830 3.0 V8 17 Netherlands Jos Verstappen All
Tyrrell-Yamaha 024 G 18 Japan Ukyo Katayama All
United Kingdom Tyrrell Yamaha Yamaha OX11A 3.0 V10 19 Finland Mika Salo All
Minardi-Ford M195B G 20 Portugal Pedro Lamy All
Italy Minardi Team Ford ED2 3.0 V8
Ford ED3 3.0 V8
21 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 1, 4-10
21 Brazil Tarso Marques 2-3
21 Italy Giovanni Lavaggi 11-16
Forti-Ford Cosworth FG01B
FG03
G 22 Italy Luca Badoer 1-10
Italy Forti Grand Prix Ford ECA Zetec-R 3.0 V8 23 Italy Andrea Montermini 1-10

Changes from last season[edit | edit source]

Team changes[edit | edit source]

Driver changes[edit | edit source]

Mid-season Changes[edit | edit source]

Team changes[edit | edit source]

  • Forti were declared bankrupt after the British Grand Prix, taking no further part in the championship.

Driver changes[edit | edit source]

Driver Standings[edit | edit source]

Driver Placings
Pos Driver Flag of Australia.svg Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of Argentina.svg Flag of Europe.svg Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Great Britain.png Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Portugal.svg Flag of Japan.svg Pts
1st Hill 1st 1st 1st 4th 1st Ret Ret 1st 1st Ret 1st 2nd 5th Ret 2nd 1st 97
2nd Villeneuve 2nd Ret 2nd 1st 11th Ret 3rd 2nd 2nd 1st 3rd 1st 2nd 7th 1st Ret 78
3rd Schumacher Ret 3rd Ret 2nd 2nd Ret 1st Ret DNS Ret 4th 9th 1st 1st 3rd 2nd 59
4th Alesi Ret 2nd 3rd Ret 6th Ret 2nd 3rd 3rd Ret 2nd 3rd 4th 2nd 4th Ret 47
5th Häkkinen 5th 4th Ret 8th 8th 6th 5th 5th 5th 3rd Ret 4th 3rd 3rd Ret 3rd 31
6th Berger 4th Ret Ret 9th 3rd Ret Ret Ret 4th 2nd 13th Ret 6th Ret 6th 4th 21
7th Coulthard Ret Ret 7th 3rd Ret 2nd Ret 4th 6th 5th 5th Ret Ret Ret 13th 8th 18
8th Barrichello Ret Ret 4th 5th 5th Ret Ret Ret 9th 4th 6th 6th Ret 5th Ret 9th 14
9th Panis 7th 6th 8th Ret Ret 1st Ret Ret 7th Ret 7th 5th Ret Ret 10th 7th 13
10th Irvine 3rd 7th 5th Ret 4th 7th Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 5th Ret 11
11th Brundle Ret 12th Ret 6th Ret Ret Ret 6th 8th 6th 10th Ret Ret 4th 9th 5th 8
12th Frentzen 8th Ret Ret Ret Ret 4th 4th Ret Ret 8th 8th Ret Ret Ret 7th 6th 7
13th Salo 6th 5th Ret DSQ Ret 5th DSQ Ret 10th 7th 9th Ret 7th Ret 11th Ret 5
14th Herbert Ret Ret 9th 7th Ret 3rd Ret 7th DSQ 9th Ret Ret Ret 9th 8th 10th 4
15th Diniz 10th 8th Ret 10th 7th Ret 6th Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 6th Ret Ret 2
16th Verstappen Ret Ret 6th Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 10th Ret Ret Ret 8th Ret 11th 1
NC Katayama 11th 9th Ret DSQ Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 7th 8th 10th 12th Ret 0
NC Rosset 9th Ret Ret 11th Ret Ret Ret Ret 11th Ret 11th 8th 9th Ret 14th 13th 0
NC Fisichella Ret 13th Ret Ret Ret 8th Ret 11th 0
NC Lamy Ret 10th Ret 12th 9th Ret Ret Ret 12th Ret 12th Ret 10th Ret 16th 12th 0
NC Badoer DNQ 11th Ret DNQ 10th Ret DNQ Ret Ret DNQ DNP 0
NC Lavaggi DNQ 10th DNQ Ret 15th DNQ 0
NC Montermini DNQ Ret 10th DNQ DNQ DNS DNQ Ret Ret DNQ DNP 0
NC Marques Ret Ret 0

Constructor Standings[edit | edit source]

Team Placings
Pos Team Flag of Australia.svg Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of Argentina.svg Flag of Europe.svg Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Great Britain.png Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Portugal.svg Flag of Japan.svg Pts
1st Williams Hill 1st 1st 1st 4th 1st Ret Ret 1st 1st Ret 1st 2nd 5th Ret 2nd 1st 175
Villeneuve 2nd Ret 2nd 1st 11th Ret 3rd 2nd 2nd 1st 3rd 1st 2nd 7th 1st Ret
2nd Ferrari Schumacher Ret 3rd Ret 2nd 2nd Ret 1st Ret DNS Ret 4th 9th 1st 1st 3rd 2nd 70
Irvine 3rd 7th 5th Ret 4th 7th Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 5th Ret
3rd Benetton Alesi Ret 2nd 3rd Ret 6th Ret 2nd 3rd 3rd Ret 2nd 3rd 4th 2nd 4th Ret 68
Berger 4th Ret Ret 9th 3rd Ret Ret Ret 4th 2nd 13th Ret 6th Ret 6th 4th
4th McLaren Häkkinen 5th 4th Ret 8th 8th 6th 5th 5th 5th 3rd Ret 4th 3rd 3rd Ret 3rd 49
Coulthard Ret Ret 7th 3rd Ret 2nd Ret 4th 6th 5th 5th Ret Ret Ret 13th 8th
5th Jordan Barrichello Ret Ret 4th 5th 5th Ret Ret Ret 9th 4th 6th 6th Ret 5th Ret 9th 22
Brundle Ret 12th Ret 6th Ret Ret Ret 6th 8th 6th 10th Ret Ret 4th 9th 5th
6th Ligier Panis 7th 6th 8th Ret Ret 1st Ret Ret 7th Ret 7th 5th Ret Ret 10th 7th 15
Diniz 10th 8th Ret 10th 7th Ret 6th Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 6th Ret Ret
7th Sauber Herbert Ret Ret 9th 7th Ret 3rd Ret 7th DSQ 9th Ret Ret Ret 9th 8th 10th 11
Frentzen 8th Ret Ret Ret Ret 4th 4th Ret Ret 8th 8th Ret Ret Ret 7th 6th
8th Tyrrell Katayama 11th 9th Ret DSQ Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 7th 8th 10th 12th Ret 5
Salo 6th 5th Ret DSQ Ret 5th DSQ Ret 10th 7th 9th Ret 7th Ret 11th Ret
9th Footwork Rosset 9th Ret Ret 11th Ret Ret Ret Ret 11th Ret 11th 8th 9th Ret 14th 13th 1
Verstappen Ret Ret 6th Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 10th Ret Ret Ret 8th Ret 11th
10th Minardi Fisichella Ret 13th Ret Ret Ret 8th Ret 11th 0
Lamy Ret 10th Ret 12th 9th Ret Ret Ret 12th Ret 12th Ret 10th Ret 16th 12th
Lavaggi DNQ 10th DNQ Ret 15th DNQ
Marques Ret Ret
11th Forti Badoer DNQ 11th Ret DNQ 10th Ret DNQ Ret Ret DNQ DNP 0
Montermini DNQ Ret 10th DNQ DNQ DNS DNQ Ret Ret DNQ DNP

Calendar[edit | edit source]

Schedule[edit | edit source]

Round Race Title Grand Prix Circuit Date
1 Transurban Australian Grand Prix Australian GP Australia Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne March 10
2 Grande Prêmio do Brasil Brazilian GP Brazil Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo March 31
3 Gran Premio Marlboro de
la Republica Argentina
Argentine GP Argentina Autódromo Juan y Oscar Gálvez, Buenos Aires April 7
4 Grand Prix of Europe European GP Germany Nürburgring, Nürburg April 28
5 Gran Premio di San Marino San Marino GP Italy Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola May 5
6 Grand Prix Automobile de Monaco Monaco GP Monaco Circuit de Monaco, Monte-Carlo May 19
7 Gran Premio Marlboro de España Spanish GP Spain Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona June 2
8 Grand Prix Molson du Canada Canadian GP Canada Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal June 16
9 Grand Prix de France French GP France Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours, Magny-Cours June 30
10 British Grand Prix British GP United Kingdom Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone July 14
11 Großer Mobil 1 Preis von Deutschland German GP Germany Hockenheimring, Hockenheim July 28
12 Marlboro Magyar Nagydíj Hungarian GP Hungary Hungaroring, Budapest August 11
13 Grand Prix de Belgique Belgian GP Belgium Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Spa August 25
14 Pioneer Gran Premio d'Italia Italian GP Italy Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza September 8
15 Grande Prémio de Portugal Portuguese GP Portugal Autódromo do Estoril, Estoril September 22
16 Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix Japanese GP Japan Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka October 13


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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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