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The 1996 German Grand Prix, otherwise officially known as the LVIII Großer Mobil 1 Preis von Deutschland, was the eleventh round of the 1996 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Hockenheimring in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, on the 28 July 1996.[1] The race would see Damon Hill secure his twentieth career victory on his march to the 1996 World Championship, albeit a win that came in fortuitous circumstances.[1]

The Brit, as usual, would grab pole position during qualifying, although it took a last gasp run effort from the #5 Williams-Renault pilot to do so.[1] Indeed, Hill's late run would break the hearts of the hoard of fans supporting Michael Schumacher, with the defending World Champion having to settle for second ahead of Gerhard Berger.[1]

Raceday dawned dark but dry, with the warm-up resulting in the two Mercedes engined McLarens at the top of the timesheets.[1] However, heavy rain swept across the circuit to ensure that an additional session was held, with teams trying hastily prepared wet setups.[1]

Yet, when the race start time did arrive the circuit was dry, meaning all nineteen starters would use full slick tyres.[1] Hill duly lined-up on pole to start as the overwhelming favourite, only to make a mess of his launch.[1]

Fortunately for Hill his poor start was matched by Schumacher, and hence allowed the two Benetton-Renaults of Berger and Jean Alesi to charge into the lead.[1] Mika Häkkinen tried to go with them only for Schumacher to squeeze him towards the pitwall, allowing Hill to get away in third ahead of Schumacher, while Häkkinen tumbled down to eighth.[1]

The two Benettons tried their best to escape from Hill, with the top three quickly breaking clear.[1] Behind, Jacques Villeneuve tried his best to get ahead of Schumacher, only to lose out to David Coulthard at the first chicane.[1]

Back with the leaders and Hill was stuck behind the Benettons, clearly faster but unable to launch an attack into the chicanes.[1] Williams therefore decided to alter the Brit's strategy, making him run longer on his first stint, before trying a short sprint mid-race while the Benetton's were in the pit lane.[1]

The ploy seemed to work, with Hill setting consecutive new lap records after his stop, which translated to a sixteen second lead after Berger made his stop.[1] However, when Hill rejoined from his second stop he would appear behind Berger, but crucially ahead of Alesi.[1]

That left Berger to defend from Hill alone, with the Brit quickly pulling onto the back of the Benetton and begin his bid for the lead.[1] However, Berger would resist the #5 Williams' first attacks, and as the laps ticked away Hill looked less and less likely to get past the Benetton.[1]

Behind, Alesi was in a lonely third, while Villeneuve had finally broken clear of Schumacher and Coulthard to secure fourth during the stops.[1] That had left the German and the Scot to fight amongst themselves, with the McLaren weaving around in the Ferrari's mirrors as the race wore on.[1]

Indeed, it seemed as if that would be how the top six finished, only for Berger's engine to fail on the run to the Clark chicane with just three laps to go.[1] Hill duly swept past to secure the lead, with a frustrated Berger left to rue his luck at the side of the circuit.[1]

That was the final action of the race, with Hill sweeping across the line to secure victory, in spite of the fact that Olivier Panis had accidentally been shown the chequered flag first.[1] Behind Hill came Alesi and Villeneuve, while Schumacher fended off Coulthard to secure fourth with Rubens Barrichello rounding out the scorers.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Jacques Villeneuve had cut the gap to the top of the Championship after his second victory of the campaign, leaving Silverstone fifteen behind Damon Hill out front. Indeed, while it was still the Brit's Championship to lose, Villeneuve's win ensured that he was the man most likely to take the crown away from Hill in the remaining six rounds. Behind Michael Schumacher and Jean Alesi had held station in third and fourth, while Gerhard Berger had leapt up to fifth.

In the Constructors Championship Williams-Renault had inched closer to the title, leaving Silverstone with 111 points to their name. Benetton-Renault had secured second, but had also slipped 70 points behind, with 96 points left to fight for across the rest of the campaign. Ferrari, meanwhile, had slipped six behind the Benetton team, with McLaren-Mercedes closing in in fourth, leaving their home race just three behind the fabled Scuderia.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 1996 German 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 MP4/11B Mercedes FO 110D 3.0 V10 G
8 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom Marlboro McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4/11B 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 Giovanni Lavaggi 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 German Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap Ave. Speed
1 5 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1:43.912 236.381 km/h
2 4 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Benetton-Renault 1:44.299 +0.387s 235.504 km/h
3 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:44.477 +0.565s 235.102 km/h
4 7 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:44.644 +0.732s 234.727 km/h
5 3 France Jean Alesi Italy Benetton-Renault 1:44.670 +0.758s 234.669 km/h
6 6 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1:44.842 +0.930s 234.284 km/h
7 8 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:44.951 +1.039s 234.041 km/h
8 2 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Italy Ferrari 1:45.389 +1.477s 233.068 km/h
9 11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 1:45.452 +1.540s 232.929 km/h
10 12 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 1:45.876 +1.964s 231.996 km/h
11 10 Brazil Pedro Diniz France Ligier-Mugen-Honda 1:46.575 +2.663s 230.474 km/h
12 9 France Olivier Panis France Ligier-Mugen-Honda 1:46.746 +2.834s 230.105 km/h
13 15 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Switzerland Sauber-Ford Cosworth 1:46.899 +2.987s 229.776 km/h
14 14 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Switzerland Sauber-Ford Cosworth 1:47.711 +3.799s 228.044 km/h
15 19 Finland Mika Salo United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:48.139 +4.227s 227.141 km/h
16 18 Japan Ukyo Katayama United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:48.381 +4.469s 226.634 km/h
17 17 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Footwork-Hart 1:48.512 +4.600s 226.360 km/h
18 20 Portugal Pedro Lamy Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:49.461 +5.549s 224.398 km/h
19 16 Brazil Ricardo Rosset United Kingdom Footwork-Hart 1:49.551 +5.639s 224.213 km/h
107% Time: 1:51.186[3]
NC 21 Italy Giovanni Lavaggi Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:51.357 +7.445s 220.577 km/h
WD* 22 Italy Luca Badoer Italy Forti-Ford Cosworth Withdrawn
WD* 23 Italy Andrea Montermini Italy Forti-Ford Cosworth Withdrawn
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.
  • * Berger and Montermini were both withdrawn as Forti had no engines.[3]

GridEdit

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

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Williams-Renault 45 1:21:43.417 1 10
2 3 France Jean Alesi Italy Benetton-Renault 45 +11.452s 5 6
3 6 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom Williams-Renault 45 +33.926s 6 4
4 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 45 +41.517s 3 3
5 8 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 45 +42.196s 7 2
6 11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 45 +1:42.099 9 1
7 9 France Olivier Panis France Ligier-Mugen-Honda 45 +1:43.912 12
8 15 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Switzerland Sauber-Ford Cosworth 44 +1 Lap 13
9 19 Finland Mika Salo United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 44 +1 Lap 15
10 12 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 44 +1 Lap 10
11 16 Brazil Ricardo Rosset United Kingdom Footwork-Hart 44 +1 Lap 19
12 20 Portugal Pedro Lamy Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 43 +2 Laps 18
13* 4 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Benetton-Renault 42 Engine 2
Ret 2 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Italy Ferrari 34 Engine 8
Ret 14 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Switzerland Sauber-Ford Cosworth 25 Vibrations 14
Ret 10 Brazil Pedro Diniz France Ligier-Mugen-Honda 19 Engine 11
Ret 18 Japan Ukyo Katayama United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 19 Spin 16
Ret 7 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 13 Gearbox 4
Ret 17 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Footwork-Hart 0 Collision 17
DNQ 21 Italy Giovanni Lavaggi Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth
WD 22 Italy Luca Badoer Italy Forti-Ford Cosworth
WD 23 Italy Andrea Montermini Italy Forti-Ford Cosworth
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Berger was still classified despite retiring as he had completed 90% of the race distance.[5]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Damon Hill moved 21 points clear at the head of the Championship as a result of his seventh win of the season, ending the German weekend on 73 points. Jacques Villeneuve remained his closest challenger, with the Canadian racer himself holding a 21 point lead over the man in third. That driver would be Jean Alesi, who moved two clear of Michael Schumacher, with both needing a strong result in Hungary to stay in the hunt.

In the Constructors Championship the fight was effectively over, with Williams-Renault moving onto 125 points. Benetton-Renault left Germany as the only constructor capable of defeating their similarly engined rivals, although with 78 points splitting the pair at the end of the German weekend. Benetton were therefore set to fight with Ferrari for second, with McLaren-Mercedes not too far behind in fourth.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Damon Hill 73
2 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 52
3 France Jean Alesi 31 ▲1
4 Germany Michael Schumacher 29 ▼1
5 United Kingdom David Coulthard 18 ▲1
6 Austria Gerhard Berger 16 ▼1
7 Finland Mika Häkkinen 16
8 France Olivier Panis 11
9 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 11
10 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 9
11 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 6
12 Finland Mika Salo 5
13 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert 4
14 United Kingdom Martin Brundle 3
15 Brazil Pedro Diniz 1
16 Netherlands Jos Verstappen 1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Williams-Renault 125
2 Italy Benetton-Renault 47
3 Italy Ferrari 38
4 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 34
5 Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 14
6 France Ligier-Mugen-Honda 12
7 Switzerland Sauber-Ford Cosworth 10
8 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 5
9 United Kingdom Footwork-Hart 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 1.22 1.23 'German GP, 1996', grandprix.com, (Inside F1 Inc., 2014), https://www.grandprix.com/gpe/rr592.html, (Accessed 15/08/2019)
  2. 'Germany 1996: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1996/allemagne/engages.aspx, (Accessed 15/08/2019)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 'Germany 1996: Qualifications', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1996/allemagne/qualification.aspx, (Accessed 15/08/2019)
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  5. 5.0 5.1 'Germany 1996: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1996/allemagne/classement.aspx, (Accessed 15/08/2019)
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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
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