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The LXVII Pioneer Gran Premio d'Italia, otherwise known as the 1996 Italian Grand Prix, was the fourteenth race of the 1996 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza in Monza, Italy, on the 8 September 1996.[1] The race would see Michael Schumacher sweep to a popular victory for Ferrari, their first on home soil since 1988, as the two Williams-Renaults crashed out.[1]

As usual the two Williams' had been the men to dominate qualifying, with Championship leader Damon Hill claiming pole position ahead of teammate Jacques Villeneuve.[1] Schumacher was half a second away in third ahead of Mika Häkkinen in his McLaren-Mercedes, while Eddie Irvine in the sister Ferrari was down in seventh.[1]

Overnight on Sunday there would be a re-positioning of tyre barriers at the two chicanes, with large bundles moved right to the edge of the apexes to prevent kerb hopping.[1] The drivers were particularly unhappy with the change, although the Grand Prix Drivers' Association failed to muster a challenge.[1]

The start of the race itself saw all of the top four drivers make poor starts, resulting in Jean Alesi streaking through into third.[1] That appeared to be as far as the Frenchman would get, only for an aggressive defensive move from Hill to defend from Villeneuve to open the door for Alesi into the Rettifilo.[1]

Alesi was hence gifted the lead through Curva Grande, with Hill, Villeneuve, Häkkinen, Coulthard and Schumacher falling into line behind.[1] However, Hill, who could win the title in Italy, was determined to escape from Villeneuve, and duly scythed past Alesi through Lesmo to claim the lead.[1]

Villeneuve was passed by Häkkinen on the run out of Parabolica, before bending his front suspension by clipping the tyre bundle at the second chicane.[1] The tyres duly rebounded on their mounting point and smacked into Coulthard, destroying the Scot's steering.[1]

Schumacher was hence left in fourth, while Hill, out front was easing clear of Alesi at an impressive pace.[1] Indeed, Alesi was throwing his Benetton-Renault around as hard as he could in hopes of remaining with the Williams, and duly clipped the barriers at the second chicane.[1]

Once again the tyres rebounded and smacked into the car behind, smashing the front wing on Häkkinen's McLaren.[1] The Finn completed a full lap before coming in to replace his nose, slumping to the back of the pack as Schumacher move into third.[1]

A couple of laps later and Hill was out completely, a rear-wheel clip on the tyre barriers at the first chicane pitching the Brit's Williams into an engine stalling spin.[1] Alesi was hence left in the lead ahead of Schumacher, with the German knowing that his best hope of getting ahead of the Benetton would come during the pitstops.[1]

That ultimately, proved to be the key, with a three lap period between Alesi and Schumacher's stops seeing the German go from 0.6s behind the Benetton, to over five seconds in front.[1] However, as Schumacher pulled clear on fresh tyres he very nearly managed to have the same accident as Hill at the first chicane, meaning he could hardly relax.[1]

With that the race was over, with Schumacher nursing his car, unsure of how damaged it was to the chequered flag, causing an eruption from the thousands of tifosi lining the circuit.[1] Alesi was a content second ahead of Häkkinen, while Martin Brundle, Rubens Barrichello and Pedro Diniz secured the remaining points having survived to the end.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Damon Hill had seen his Championship lead cut to thirteen points after his pit issues, although teammate Jacques Villeneuve believed he should have taken more out of the Brit's lead. Indeed, Villeneuve was genuinely expecting to challenge for the title in his maiden F1 season, although he knew he would have to take more than four points a race out of Hill's advantage. Behind Michael Schumacher had moved back into third, a point ahead of Jean Alesi, with Mika Häkkinen completing the top five.

In the Constructors Championship Williams-Renault had ended the weekend on 149 points, moving them 94 points clear of second placed Benetton-Renault. Indeed, the now Italian registered team had also lost ground to Ferrari in third, with just seven point separating the two with three rounds to go. McLaren-Mercedes were seven further back in fourth, meaning they were still in the hunt, while Jordan-Peugeot were a distant fifth.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 1996 Italian 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
Source:[2]

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

ReportEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap Ave. Speed
1 5 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1:24.204 246.687 km/h
2 6 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1:24.521 +0.317s 245.761 km/h
3 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:24.781 +0.577s 245.008 km/h
4 7 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:24.939 +0.735s 244.552 km/h
5 8 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:24.976 +0.772s 244.445 km/h
6 3 France Jean Alesi Italy Benetton-Renault 1:25.201 +0.997s 243.800 km/h
7 2 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Italy Ferrari 1:25.226 +1.022s 243.728 km/h
8 4 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Benetton-Renault 1:25.470 +1.266s 243.033 km/h
9 12 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 1:26.037 +1.833s 241.431 km/h
10 11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 1:26.194 +1.990s 240.991 km/h
11 9 France Olivier Panis France Ligier-Mugen-Honda 1:26.206 +2.002s 240.958 km/h
12 14 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Switzerland Sauber-Ford Cosworth 1:26.345 +2.141s 240.570 km/h
13 15 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Switzerland Sauber-Ford Cosworth 1:26.505 +2.301s 240.125 km/h
14 10 Brazil Pedro Diniz France Ligier-Mugen-Honda 1:26.726 +2.522s 239.513 km/h
15 17 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Footwork-Hart 1:27.270 +3.066s 238.020 km/h
16 18 Japan Ukyo Katayama United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:28.234 +4.030s 235.419 km/h
17 19 Finland Mika Salo United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:28.472 +4.268s 234.786 km/h
18 20 Portugal Pedro Lamy Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:28.933 +4.729s 233.569 km/h
19 16 Brazil Ricardo Rosset United Kingdom Footwork-Hart 1:29.181 +4.977s 232.920 km/h
20 21 Italy Giovanni Lavaggi Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:29.833 +5.629s 231.229 km/h
107% Time: 1:30.098[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 ______________
Damon Hill 2
______________ Jacques Villeneuve
Row 2 3 ______________
Michael Schumacher 4
______________ Mika Häkkinen
Row 3 5 ______________
David Coulthard 6
______________ Jean-Pierre Jarier
Row 4 7 ______________
Eddie Irvine 8
______________ Gerhard Berger
Row 5 9 ______________
Martin Brundle 10
______________ Rubens Barrichello
Row 6 11 ______________
Olivier Panis* 12
______________ Johnny Herbert
Row 7 13 ______________
Heinz-Harald Frentzen 14
______________ Pedro Diniz
Row 8 15 ______________
Jos Verstappen 16
______________ Ukyo Katayama
Row 9 17 ______________
Mika Salo 18
______________ Pedro Lamy
Row 10 19 ______________
Ricardo Rosset 20
______________ Giovanni Lavaggi
  • * Panis would start from the back of the grid after stalling on the formation lap.[1]

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 53 1:17:43.632 3 10
2 3 France Jean Alesi Italy Benetton-Renault 53 +18.265s 6 6
3 7 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 53 +1:06.635 4 4
4 12 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 53 +1:25.217 9 3
5 11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 53 +1:25.475 10 2
6 10 Brazil Pedro Diniz France Ligier-Mugen-Honda 52 +1 Lap 14 1
7 6 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom Williams-Renault 52 +1 Lap 2
8 17 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Footwork-Hart 52 +1 Lap 15
9* 14 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Switzerland Sauber-Ford Cosworth 51 Engine 12
10 18 Japan Ukyo Katayama United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 51 +2 Laps 16
Ret 16 Brazil Ricardo Rosset United Kingdom Footwork-Hart 36 Spin 19
Ret 2 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Italy Ferrari 23 Spin 7
Ret 20 Portugal Pedro Lamy Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 12 Engine 18
Ret 19 Finland Mika Salo United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 9 Engine 17
Ret 15 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Switzerland Sauber-Ford Cosworth 7 Spin 13
Ret 5 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Williams-Renault 5 Spin 1
Ret 21 Italy Giovanni Lavaggi Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 5 Engine 20
Ret 4 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Benetton-Renault 4 Hydraulics 8
Ret 9 France Olivier Panis France Ligier-Mugen-Honda 2 Spin 11
Ret 8 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1 Spin 5
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Herbert was still classified despite retiring as he had completed 90% of the race distance.[5]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

With neither Damon Hill nor Jacques Villeneuve managing to score there had been no change atop the Championship, although the results had worked in Hill's favour. Indeed, his thirteen point lead had emerged completely intact from the battle of Monza, meaning he could win the Championship if he finished ahead of Villeneuve in Portugal. Villeneuve, meanwhile, would likely have to win in Estoril just to keep his title hopes alive.

Williams-Renault had failed to score for only the second time in 1996, although they had already won the Constructors Championship. In contrast the fight for second was hotting up, with a home victory for Ferrari leaving them just three points behind Benetton-Renault with two rounds to go. McLaren-Mercedes had also inched closer to the second placed squad, and had essentially secured fourth in the Championship ahead of Jordan-Peugeot.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Damon Hill 81
2 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 68
3 Germany Michael Schumacher 49
4 France Jean Alesi 44
5 Finland Mika Häkkinen 27
6 United Kingdom David Coulthard 18
7 Austria Gerhard Berger 17
8 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 14 ▲1
9 France Olivier Panis 13 ▼1
10 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 9
11 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 6
12 United Kingdom Martin Brundle 6 ▲2
13 Finland Mika Salo 5 ▼1
14 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert 4 ▼1
15 Brazil Pedro Diniz 2
16 Netherlands Jos Verstappen 1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Williams-Renault 149
2 Italy Benetton-Renault 61
3 Italy Ferrari 58
4 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 45
5 Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 20
6 France Ligier-Mugen-Honda 15
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:

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  2. 'Italy 1996: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1996/italie/engages.aspx, (Accessed 16/08/2019)
  3. 3.0 3.1 'Italy 1996: Qualifications', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1996/italie/qualification.aspx, (Accessed 16/08/2019)
  4. 'Pioneer 67° Gran Premio D'Italia - QUALIFYING', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/1996/races/651/italy/qualifying-0.html, (Accessed 16/08/2019)
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