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The 1996 Japanese Grand Prix, otherwise officially known as the XXII Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix (XXII フジテレビ日本グランプリ in Japanese), was the sixteenth and final round of the 1996 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Suzuka Circuit in Mie Prefecture, Japan, on the 13 October.[1] The race would be dominated by Damon Hill, with the Brit also creating history by becoming the first son of a former Champion to win a World Championship.[1]

The only man who could have denied Hill heading into the finale was his Williams-Renault teammate Jacques Villeneuve, and it was the Canadian racer who claimed pole position ahead of Hill.[1] Michael Schumacher was a second off the pace in third for Ferrari, with a further second separating Schumacher from his teammate Eddie Irvine in sixth.[1]

It had rained for most of the weekend, and so when it dawned bright and warm on Sunday there was some confusion over how to setup the cars.[1] Regardless, Villeneuve had topped the warm-up to suggest he was in the best position, although he knew the fate of his title hopes would be settled at the start.[1]

The start itself would be rather anti-climatic, largely because David Coulthard stalled and caused it to be aborted.[1] The field were duly sent around on a second formation lap, with the Scot lining up at the back, with tensions rising again as they lined-up on the grid once again.[1]

Ultimately it was Hill who mastered his nerves best, making a perfect getaway to launch into the lead, while Villeneuve made a miserable start.[1] Indeed, as Hill disappeared into the first corner all on his own Villeneuve was swamped by Gerhard Berger, a fast starting Mika Häkkinen and the two Ferraris.[1]

Hill instantly eased off the pace, allowing Berger and co. to remain with him during the early laps.[1] That tactic may have been rather foolish as it left him vulnerable to attack, as proved by an overly ambitious lunge from Berger that resulted in the front wing of the Benetton-Renault getting chewed apart by the rear wheel of Hill's Williams.[1]

Miraculously Hill escaped without picking up a puncture, and with Berger having to complete a full lap, was able to establish a four second lead.[1] Berger, meanwhile, would stop at the end of lap four to replace his nose, promoting Häkkinen into second, and Villeneuve, having got ahead of Irvine, into fourth behind Schumacher.[1]

The race would, however, develop into a procession, with Villeneuve unable to get ahead of the two drivers in front, while Hill was cruising out front.[1] Indeed, the order would go unchanged through the first and second pit phases, before Villeneuve's title bid came to an end.[1]

Indeed, five laps into his second stint the Canadian would be sent into a huge spin heading into turn one, his right-rear wheel having flown off the car.[1] Villeneuve's hopes duly came to an end as he slid to a stop in huge cloud of gravel, leaving the Canadian to make a slow march back to the pits.[1]

On track, meanwhile, Hill was left to claim an impressive victory, pacing himself against those behind to maintain a small lead to the chequered flag.[1] Schumacher, meanwhile, would claim second having jumped Häkkinen at the stops, although the Finn did his best to harass the Ferrari through to the chequered flag.[1]

That brought an end to the 1996 FIA Formula One World Championship, which had seen one man emulate his father, and another set himself on the path to best his father. It would also be the final race for Ligier, which would sell itself to a new project headlined by Alain Prost, as well as the end of BBC Sport's live television coverage of F1 until 2009.

BackgroundEdit

Jacques Villeneuve scored his fourth win of the season to keep his title hopes alive, although with Damon Hill finishing second the Canadian's task was made all the more difficult. Indeed, Hill held a nine point advantage heading into the finale in Japan, meaning he would win the title if he finished in the points, regardless of what Villeneuve could achieve. For Villeneuve, however, no result other than victory would earn him the title, with the Canadian racer also needing Hill to fail to score.

The Constructors Championship had seen Williams-Renault open out a 100 point lead after their fifth one-two of the season, leaving Portugal on 165 points. Behind, however, there was just a point between Benetton-Renault in second and Ferrari in third, with those two set to duel for the runner-up spot at the finale. McLaren-Mercedes, meanwhile, were out of the fight for second and third, but had secured fourth ahead of Jordan-Peugeot.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 1996 Japanese 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

Free Practice 1Edit

Free Practice 2Edit

Warm-UpEdit

Practice ResultsEdit

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

No. Driver Constructor FP1 FP2 Warm-Up
Time Pos. Time Pos. Time Pos.
1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:43.321 3 1:42.368 7 1:53.677 7
2 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Italy Ferrari 1:44.092 8 1:41.916 4 2:04.512 15
3 France Jean Alesi Italy Benetton-Renault 1:43.860 7 1:43.643 15 1:49.373 3
4 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Benetton-Renault 1:42.350 1 1:43.445 14 1:58.753 13
5 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1:43.747 5 1:41.980 5 1:51.390 4
6 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1:43.372 4 1:40.534 1 1:48.664 1
7 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:42.954 2 1:41.136 2 2:23.659 17
8 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:45.471 13 1:42.009 6 4:49.078 18
9 France Olivier Panis France Ligier-Mugen-Honda 1:45.893 15 1:42.672 8 1:53.537 6
10 Brazil Pedro Diniz France Ligier-Mugen-Honda 2:02.130 20 1:43.106 13 1:54.526 9
11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 1:44.441 9 1:41.842 3 1:48.937 2
12 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 1:43.845 6 1:42.905 12 1:56.763 12
14 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Switzerland Sauber-Ford Cosworth 1:45.194 12 1:42.714 9 2:02.452 14
15 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Switzerland Sauber-Ford Cosworth 1:44.598 10 1:42.839 11 1:54.896 11
16 Brazil Ricardo Rosset United Kingdom Footwork-Hart 1:47.285 17 1:45.198 17 23:38.561 19
17 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Footwork-Hart 1:46.105 16 1:45.653 18 2:05.863 16
18 Japan Ukyo Katayama United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:45.789 14 1:44.340 16 1:52.013 5
19 Finland Mika Salo United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:44.971 11 1:42.759 10 1:53.957 8
20 Portugal Pedro Lamy Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:48.724 18 1:48.082 20 1:54.781 10
21 Italy Giovanni Lavaggi Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:50.227 19 1:47.473 19 DNP

QualifyingEdit

ReportEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap Ave. Speed
1 6 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1:38.909 213.433 km/h
2 5 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1:39.370 +0.461s 212.442 km/h
3 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:40.071 +1.162s 210.954 km/h
4 4 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Benetton-Renault 1:40.364 +1.455s 210.338 km/h
5 7 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:40.458 +1.549s 210.142 km/h
6 2 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Italy Ferrari 1:41.005 +2.096s 209.004 km/h
7 15 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Switzerland Sauber-Ford Cosworth 1:41.277 +2.368s 208.442 km/h
8 8 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:41.384 +2.475s 208.222 km/h
9 3 France Jean Alesi Italy Benetton-Renault 1:41.562 +2.653s 207.857 km/h
10 12 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 1:41.600 +2.691s 207.780 km/h
11 11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 1:41.919 +3.010s 207.129 km/h
12 9 France Olivier Panis France Ligier-Mugen-Honda 1:42.206 +3.297s 206.548 km/h
13 14 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Switzerland Sauber-Ford Cosworth 1:42.658 +3.749s 205.638 km/h
14 18 Japan Ukyo Katayama United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:42.711 +3.802s 205.532 km/h
15 19 Finland Mika Salo United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:42.840 +3.931s 205.274 km/h
16 10 Brazil Pedro Diniz France Ligier-Mugen-Honda 1:43.196 +4.287s 204.566 km/h
17 17 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Footwork-Hart 1:43.383 +4.474s 204.196 km/h
18 20 Portugal Pedro Lamy Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:44.874 +5.965s 201.293 km/h
19 16 Brazil Ricardo Rosset United Kingdom Footwork-Hart 1:45.412 +6.503s 200.266 km/h
107% time: 1:45.833
NC 21 Italy Giovanni Lavaggi Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:46.795T +7.886s 196.672 km/h
Source:[3][4]
  • 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 ______________
Jacques Villeneuve 2
______________ Damon Hill
Row 2 3 ______________
Michael Schumacher 4
______________ Gerhard Berger
Row 3 5 ______________
Mika Häkkinen 6
______________ Eddie Irvine
Row 4 7 ______________
Heinz-Harald Frentzen 8
______________ David Coulthard
Row 5 9 ______________
Jean Alesi 10
______________ Martin Brundle
Row 6 11 ______________
Rubens Barrichello 12
______________ Olivier Panis
Row 7 13 ______________
Johnny Herbert 14
______________ Ukyo Katayama
Row 8 15 ______________
Mika Salo 16
______________ Pedro Diniz
Row 9 17 ______________
Jos Verstappen 18
______________ Pedro Lamy
Row 10 19 ______________
Ricardo Rosset 20
______________

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Williams-Renault 52 1:32:33.791 2 10
2 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 52 +1.883s 3 6
3 7 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 52 +3.212s 5 4
4 4 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Benetton-Renault 52 +26.526s 4 3
5 12 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 52 +1:07.120 10 2
6 15 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Switzerland Sauber-Ford Cosworth 52 +1:21.186 7 1
7 9 France Olivier Panis France Ligier-Mugen-Honda 52 +1:24.510 12
8 8 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 52 +1:25.233 8
9 11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 52 +1:41.065 11
10 14 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Switzerland Sauber-Ford Cosworth 52 +1:41.799 13
11 17 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Footwork-Hart 51 +1 lap 17
12 20 Portugal Pedro Lamy Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 50 +2 laps 18
13 16 Brazil Ricardo Rosset United Kingdom Footwork-Hart 50 +2 laps 19
Ret 2 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Italy Ferrari 39 Collision 6
Ret 18 Japan Ukyo Katayama United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 37 Engine 14
Ret 6 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom Williams-Renault 37 Wheel 1
Ret 19 Finland Mika Salo United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 20 Engine 15
Ret 10 Brazil Pedro Diniz France Ligier-Mugen-Honda 13 Spin 16
Ret 3 France Jean Alesi Italy Benetton-Renault 0 Accident 9
DNQ 21 Italy Giovanni Lavaggi Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

With that Damon Hill was crowned as the 1996 FIA Formula One World Championship Champion, ending the season on 97 points. The rookie Jacques Villeneuve ended the season nineteen behind in second on 78 points, while Michael Schumacher was a distant third on 59. Jean Alesi was next on 47 points, while Mika Häkkinen secured fifth on 31 points.

In the Constructors Championship Williams-Renault would round out the season on a crushing tally of 175 points, 105 more than the team in second. That team was Ferrari, who moved two points clear of Benetton-Renault on the final day to finish as runner-up to the Anglo-French effort, with Benetton-Renault hence slipping to third. McLaren-Mercedes were next in a lonely fourth, with Jordan-Peugeot completing the top five.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Damon Hill 97
2 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 78
3 Germany Michael Schumacher 59
4 France Jean Alesi 47
5 Finland Mika Häkkinen 31
6 Austria Gerhard Berger 21
7 United Kingdom David Coulthard 18
8 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 14
9 France Olivier Panis 13
10 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 11
11 United Kingdom Martin Brundle 8 ▲1
12 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 7 ▼1
13 Finland Mika Salo 5
14 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert 4
15 Brazil Pedro Diniz 2
16 Netherlands Jos Verstappen 1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Williams-Renault 175
2 Italy Ferrari 70 ▲1
3 Italy Benetton-Renault 68 ▼1
4 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 49
5 Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 22
6 France Ligier-Mugen-Honda 15
7 Switzerland Sauber-Ford Cosworth 11
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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V T E Japan Japanese Grand Prix
Circuits Fuji (1976–1977, 2007–2008), Suzuka (1987–2006, 2009–present)
SuzukaCircuit2005
Races 197619771978–1986 • 19871988198919901991199219931994 • 1995199619971998199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019
See also Pacific Grand Prix
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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