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The 1996 Portuguese Grand Prix, otherwise officially known as the XXV Grande Prémio de Portugal, was the fifteenth and penultimate round of the 1996 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged on the 22 September 1996 at the Autódromo do Estoril in Estoril, Portugal.[1] The race, which was the 25th and final Portuguese Grand Prix to be staged, would see Jacques Villeneuve sweep to victory to keep his title hopes alive.[1]

The two Williams-Renaults had duelled for pole position as usual in qualifying, with Damon Hill edging out Villeneuve by just 0.009s.[1] A huge gap then followed before Jean Alesi appeared in third on the grid, with the Frenchman hoping not to get involved in the title fight ahead of him.[1]

The start of the race seemed to have ensured that Hill would win the title, with a strong start for the Brit seeing him sprint away to claim the lead.[1] He would, however, have to defend from a fast starting Alesi, who found himself brushing the grass in a bid to take the lead, while Michael Schumacher got the jump Villeneuve to relegate the Canadian down to fourth.[1]

With Alesi dealt with Hill was away, pulling out a ten second lead in the early stages, while Villeneuve remained stuck behind Alesi and Schumacher.[1] Indeed, Villeneuve could see his Championship hopes drifting away with every lap he remained behind the duo, and so he was left to try an audacious move.[1]

That move came on lap sixteen, when the trio came to lap a slow Minardi-Ford Cosworth of Giovanni Lavaggi towards the end of the lap.[1] Alesi sneaked through before Schumacher had to back off as they entered the long, fast, final corner, allowing Villeneuve to sweep right around the outside of the Ferrari to claim third.[1]

A couple of laps later and Villeneuve was in for his first stop, the Williams team opting to stop the Canadian early in hopes of jumping the Frenchman during the stops.[1] The ploy worked and Villeneuve swept past the pits as Alesi exited from his stop on lap 22, leaving the Canadian clear to chase Hill.[1]

Hill would maintain a fifteen second lead over his teammate, although that would be cut considerably when the Brit got caught behind Ukyo Katayama and Ricardo Rosset as they squabbled at the back of the field.[1] Indeed, further traffic issues for Hill saw his lead all but disappear by the time he made his second stop, with Villeneuve emerging from his second stop right on the Brit's tail.[1]

The #6 Williams remained glued to the tail of the sister car through to their third and final round of stops, where a poor out-lap for Hill, who stopped first, ultimately determined the fate of the race.[1] Indeed, Villeneuve would manage to just ease out of the pits from his stop as Hill, initially thinking it was a Tyrrell, came past the pits.[1]

With that the race was over, with Hill unable to match Villeneuve's pace during the closing stages.[1] Behind, Alesi and Schumacher enjoyed a spirited duel for third, even surviving a mid-race clash, before Schumacher grabbed the position late on with a superior strategy.[1]

Villeneuve, meanwhile, would be unconcerned, sweeping to victory ahead of Hill to close the gap to the Brit to nine points ahead of the final race.[1] Schumacher was third ahead of Alesi to grab the advantage in their fight for third in the Championship, with the remaining points heading to Eddie Irvine and Gerhard Berger, despite the pair having a collision with each other on the final tour.[1]

The results meant that Hill simply had to finish in the points in Japan to claim his maiden Championship, while Villeneuve would have to win the race.[1]

BackgroundEdit

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.

Entry listEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap Ave. Speed
1 5 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1:20.330 195.394 km/h
2 6 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1:20.339 +0.009s 195.372 km/h
3 3 France Jean Alesi Italy Benetton-Renault 1:21.088 +0.758s 193.567 km/h
4 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:21.236 +0.906s 193.215 km/h
5 4 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Benetton-Renault 1:21.293 +0.963s 193.079 km/h
6 2 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Italy Ferrari 1:21.362 +1.032s 192.916 km/h
7 7 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:21.640 +1.310s 192.259 km/h
8 8 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:22.066 +1.736s 191.261 km/h
9 11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 1:22.205 +1.875s 190.937 km/h
10 12 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 1:22.324 +1.994s 190.661 km/h
11 15 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Switzerland Sauber-Ford Cosworth 1:22.325 +1.995s 190.659 km/h
12 14 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Switzerland Sauber-Ford Cosworth 1:22.655 +2.325s 189.898 km/h
13 19 Finland Mika Salo United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:22.765 +2.435s 189.645 km/h
14 18 Japan Ukyo Katayama United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:23.013 +2.683s 189.079 km/h
15 9 France Olivier Panis France Ligier-Mugen-Honda 1:23.055 +2.725s 188.983 km/h
16 17 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Footwork-Hart 1:23.531 +3.201s 187.906 km/h
17 16 Brazil Ricardo Rosset United Kingdom Footwork-Hart 1:24.230 +3.900s 186.347 km/h
18 10 Brazil Pedro Diniz France Ligier-Mugen-Honda 1:24.293 +3.963s 186.208 km/h
19 20 Portugal Pedro Lamy Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:24.510 +4.180s 185.729 km/h
20 21 Italy Giovanni Lavaggi Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:25.612 +5.282s 183.339 km/h
107% Time: 1:25.953[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 ______________
Jean Alesi 4
______________ Michael Schumacher
Row 3 5 ______________
Gerhard Berger 6
______________ Eddie Irvine
Row 4 7 ______________
Mika Häkkinen 8
______________ David Coulthard
Row 5 9 ______________
Rubens Barrichello 10
______________ Martin Brundle
Row 6 11 ______________
Heinz-Harald Frentzen 12
______________ Johnny Herbert
Row 7 13 ______________
Mika Salo 14
______________ Ukyo Katayama
Row 8 15 ______________
Olivier Panis 16
______________ Jos Verstappen
Row 9 17 ______________
Ricardo Rosset 18
______________ Pedro Diniz
Row 10 19 ______________
Pedro Lamy 20
______________ Giovanni Lavaggi

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 6 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom Williams-Renault 70 1:40:22.915 2 10
2 5 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Williams-Renault 70 +19.966s 1 6
3 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 70 +53.765s 4 4
4 3 France Jean Alesi Italy Benetton-Renault 70 +55.109s 3 3
5 2 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Italy Ferrari 70 +1:27.389 6 2
6 4 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Benetton-Renault 70 +1:33.141 5 1
7 15 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Switzerland Sauber-Ford Cosworth 69 +1 Lap 11
8 14 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Switzerland Sauber-Ford Cosworth 69 +1 Lap 12
9 12 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 69 +1 Lap 10
10 9 France Olivier Panis France Ligier-Mugen-Honda 69 +1 Lap 15
11 19 Finland Mika Salo United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 69 +1 Lap 13
12 18 Japan Ukyo Katayama United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 68 +2 Laps 14
13 8 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 68 +2 Laps 8
14 16 Brazil Ricardo Rosset United Kingdom Footwork-Hart 67 +3 Laps 17
15 21 Italy Giovanni Lavaggi Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 65 +5 Laps 20
16 20 Portugal Pedro Lamy Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 65 +5 Laps 19
Ret 7 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 52 Collision 7
Ret 17 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Footwork-Hart 47 Engine 16
Ret 10 Brazil Pedro Diniz France Ligier-Mugen-Honda 46 Collision 18
Ret 11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 41 Spin 9
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

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.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Damon Hill 87
2 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 78
3 Germany Michael Schumacher 53
4 France Jean Alesi 47
5 Finland Mika Häkkinen 27
6 Austria Gerhard Berger 18 ▲1
7 United Kingdom David Coulthard 18 ▼1
8 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 14
9 France Olivier Panis 13
10 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 11
11 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 6
12 United Kingdom Martin Brundle 6
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 165
2 Italy Benetton-Renault 65
3 Italy Ferrari 64
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:

  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 'Portuguese GP, 1996', grandprix.com, (Inside F1 Inc., 2014), https://www.grandprix.com/gpe/rr596.html, (Accessed 16/08/2019)
  2. 'Portugal 1996: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1996/portugal/engages.aspx, (Accessed 16/08/2019)
  3. 3.0 3.1 'Portugal 1996: Qualifications', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1996/portugal/qualification.aspx, (Accessed 16/08/2019)
  4. 'Grande Premio de Portugal - QUALIFYING', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/1996/races/652/portugal/qualifying-0.html, (Accessed 16/08/2019)
  5. 'Portugal 1996: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1996/portugal/classement.aspx, (Accessed 16/08/2019)
  6. '1996 Portuguese GP', chicanef1.com, (Chicane F1, 2014), http://www.chicanef1.com/racetit.pl?year=1996&gp=Portuguese%20GP&r=1, (Accessed 16/08/2019)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 '15. Portugal 1996', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1996/portugal.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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