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The 1996 Hungarian Grand Prix, otherwise officially advertised as the XII Marlboro Magyar Nagydíj, was the twelfth round of the 1996 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Hungaroring near Budapest, Hungary, on the 11 August 1996.[1] The race would see Jacques Villeneuve beat teammate Damon Hill to victory to secure the World Constructors Championship for Williams-Renault, leaving Williams level with Ferrari on the all-time list with eight titles.[1]

Qualifying had seen the two Williams' beaten to pole position, however, with Michael Schumacher sneaking to top spot by just 0.053s.[1] Championship leader Hill was his closest challenger ahead of Villeneuve, before a 1.3 second gap back to Eddie Irvine in fourth.[1]

Strategy would play a big part in the race, with Villeneuve opting for a three stop race, while Hill tried a two stop.[1] Schumacher, meanwhile, would opt for a three stop the same as Villeneuve, knowing that the Hungaroring was one of the hardest circuits to pass on, regardless of pace difference.[1]

The start of the race would be dictated by which side of the grid a driver started, with those on the clean side having far better getaways.[1] Indeed, Schumacher, Villeneuve and Jean Alesi, starting first, third and fifth, would head into the first corner first, second and third, while Hill, Irvine and Gerhard Berger slipped to fourth, fifth and sixth.[1]

Hill's hopes of victory evaporated during those early laps, with the Brit simply unable to get past Alesi, in spite of the Frenchman almost throwing his car off at the first corner.[1] Indeed, Alesi's lack of pace compared to those around him was dramatically shown by Schumacher and Villeneuve, who sprinted clear of the Benetton-Renault by over a second a lap.[1]

Indeed, it was only when Alesi ventured into the pits for his first stop that Hill finally showed his pace, setting fastest lap before getting mired in lapped traffic.[1] That, ultimately, saw Hill slip back behind Alesi as he ventured out of the pits, with the Frenchman dramatically swinging across the circuit to prevent Hill lunging inside of the Benetton into turn one.[1]

Out front, meanwhile, it was a similar battle, with Villeneuve able to extend his first stint and still remain glued to the slower Ferrari's tail.[1] When Schumacher stopped the Canadian was released, and two quick laps prior to his stop ensured that the #6 Williams emerged ahead of the #1 Ferrari, despite spending more time in the pits.[1]

With that Villeneuve was away, Schumacher simply unable to match the pace of the fuelled up Williams.[1] Behind Alesi finally made a mistake to gift Hill third place, the Frenchman sliding wide at turn one, with the Brit instantly lapping two seconds a lap faster in his pursuit of Schumacher.[1]

However, Williams had different ideas, and moments after Schumacher and Villeneuve made their second stops, Hill was brought into the pits, the team deciding to try and avoid any traffic rather than go for track position.[1] The Brit was hence sent out with a smaller fuel load then planned and told to hunt down Schumacher, with twelve seconds separating them.[1]

Williams' new plan was to pit Hill the moment that he caught the back of the Ferrari, although that was hastily reverted when someone realised that Ferrari would simply pit Schumacher at the same time to remain ahead.[1] The Williams crew therefore charged into the pitlane and forced Ferraris hand, only to tell Hill to stay out.[1]

Ferrari fell for their trick beautifully, with Schumacher sweeping into the pitlane while Hill charged past.[1] The Brit duly set a succession of fastest laps before coming in for a splash and dash eleven laps later, a charge that brought him perilously close to teammate Villeneuve after the Canadian had a slow third stop.[1]

Ultimately Hill would catch Villeneuve on the penultimate lap, resulting in a two lap high-speed duel through backmarkers.[1] Yet, Villeneuve would hang on to claim victory ahead of his teammate, a result which left Williams as Constructors Champions with four races to spare.[1]

Behind, Schumacher was set for third, only for a throttle issue in the closing stages to end his race prematurely.[1] Alesi was hence promoted onto the podium ahead of Mika Häkkinen, while Olivier Panis and Rubens Barrichello completed the scorers.[1]

BackgroundEdit

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.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 1996 Hungarian 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 Hungarian Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap Ave. Speed
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:17.129 185.207 km/h
2 5 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1:17.182 +0.053s 185.079 km/h
3 6 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1:17.259 +0.130s 184.895 km/h
4 2 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Italy Ferrari 1:18.617 +1.488s 181.701 km/h
5 3 France Jean Alesi Italy Benetton-Renault 1:18.754 +1.625s 181.385 km/h
6 4 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Benetton-Renault 1:18.794 +1.665s 181.293 km/h
7 7 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:19.116 +1.987s 180.555 km/h
8 14 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Switzerland Sauber-Ford Cosworth 1:19.292 +2.163s 180.154 km/h
9 8 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:19.384 +2.255s 179.946 km/h
10 15 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Switzerland Sauber-Ford Cosworth 1:19.436 +2.307s 179.828 km/h
11 9 France Olivier Panis France Ligier-Mugen-Honda 1:19.538 +2.409s 179.597 km/h
12 12 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 1:19.828 +2.699s 178.945 km/h
13 11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 1:19.966 +2.837s 178.636 km/h
14 18 Japan Ukyo Katayama United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:20.499 +3.370s 177.453 km/h
15 10 Brazil Pedro Diniz France Ligier-Mugen-Honda 1:20.665 +3.536s 177.088 km/h
16 19 Finland Mika Salo United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:20.678 +3.549s 177.059 km/h
17 17 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Footwork-Hart 1:20.781 +3.652s 176.834 km/h
18 16 Brazil Ricardo Rosset United Kingdom Footwork-Hart 1:21.590 +4.461s 175.080 km/h
19 20 Portugal Pedro Lamy Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:21.713 +4.584s 174.817 km/h
20 21 Italy Giovanni Lavaggi Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:22.468 +5.339s 173.216 km/h
107% Time: 1:22.528[3]
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.

GridEdit

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

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 6 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom Williams-Renault 77 1:46:21.134 3 10
2 5 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Williams-Renault 77 +0.771s 2 6
3 3 France Jean Alesi Italy Benetton-Renault 77 +1:24.212 5 4
4 7 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 76 +1 Lap 7 3
5 9 France Olivier Panis France Ligier-Mugen-Honda 76 +1 Lap 11 2
6 11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 75 +2 Laps 13 1
7 18 Japan Ukyo Katayama United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 74 +3 Laps 14
8 16 Brazil Ricardo Rosset United Kingdom Footwork-Hart 74 +3 Laps 18
9* 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 70 Throttle 1
10* 21 Italy Giovanni Lavaggi Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 69 Spin 20
Ret 4 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Benetton-Renault 64 Engine 6
Ret 15 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Switzerland Sauber-Ford Cosworth 50 Electrical 10
Ret 14 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Switzerland Sauber-Ford Cosworth 35 Engine 8
Ret 2 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Italy Ferrari 31 Gearbox 4
Ret 20 Portugal Pedro Lamy Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 24 Suspension 19
Ret 8 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 23 Engine 9
Ret 17 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Footwork-Hart 10 Spin 17
Ret 12 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 5 Spin 12
Ret 10 Brazil Pedro Diniz France Ligier-Mugen-Honda 1 Collision 15
Ret 19 Finland Mika Salo United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 0 Collision 16
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.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Victory for Jacques Villeneuve ensured that the battle for Championship was still an active one with four rounds to go, the Canadian racer leaving Hungary seventeen behind his teammate. Indeed, Damon Hill would all but win the Championship in Belgium if he won with Villeneuve failing to score, with the Canadian now officially the only man who could deny him a maiden title. Behind Jean Alesi had inched away from Michael Schumacher in third, while Mika Häkkinen moved into the top five.

The fight for the Constructors Championship, meanwhile, was officially over, with Williams-Renault leaving Budapest with a 90 point lead over Benetton-Renault. With only 64 points left to fight for it was therefore impossible for the Italian registered team to get back on terms, meaning Williams had their fourth title in five seasons. Benetton were therefore in a fight to finish second, having inched further away from Ferrari and McLaren-Mercedes.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Damon Hill 79
2 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 62
3 France Jean Alesi 35
4 Germany Michael Schumacher 29
5 Finland Mika Häkkinen 19 ▲2
6 United Kingdom David Coulthard 18 ▼1
7 Austria Gerhard Berger 16 ▼1
8 France Olivier Panis 13
9 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 12
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 141
2 Italy Benetton-Renault 51
3 Italy Ferrari 38
4 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 37
5 Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 15
6 France Ligier-Mugen-Honda 14
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 1.24 1.25 'Hungarian GP, 1996', grandprix.com, (Inside F1 Inc., 2014), https://www.grandprix.com/gpe/rr593.html, (Accessed 15/08/2019)
  2. 'Hungary 1996: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1996/hongrie/engages.aspx, (Accessed 15/08/2019)
  3. 3.0 3.1 'Hungary 1996: Qualifications', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1996/hongrie/qualification.aspx, (Accessed 15/08/2019)
  4. 'Marlboro Magyar Nagydij - QUALIFYING', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/1996/races/649/hungary/qualifying-0.html, (Accessed 15/08/2019)
  5. 'Hungary 1996: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1996/hongrie/classement.aspx, (Accessed 15/08/2019)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 '12. Hungary 1996', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1996/hongrie.aspx, (Accessed 16/08/2019)

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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
Tyres Goodyear
Races Australia • Brazil • Argentina • Europe • San Marino • Monaco • Spain • Canada • France • Britain • Germany • Hungary • Belgium • Italy • Portugal • Japan
See also 1995 Formula One Season • 1997 Formula One Season • Category
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