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The 1996 Spanish Grand Prix, otherwise officially known as the XXXVIII Gran Premio Marlboro de España, was the seventh round of the 1996 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Circuit de Catalunya near Barcelona, Spain, on the 2 June 1996.[1] The race would see Michael Schumacher put together a performance that would go down in F1 folklore, securing the first of 72 victories for Ferrari in heavy rain.[1]

The German ace's chances of victory had looked very slim after qualifying, for Damon Hill had swept to pole position by almost half a second over his Williams-Renault teammate Jacques Villeneuve.[1] Schumacher, meanwhile, was almost a second off the pace in third, ahead of the two Benetton-Renaults of Jean Alesi and Gerhard Berger.[1]

Rain on Sunday morning confused things, with the order with full wet setups remaining unclear as a huge accident for Heinz-Harald Frentzen resulted in the warm-up being ended prematurely.[1] The conditions also brought talk of a Safety Car start, which the drivers were informed of during the pre-race drivers' briefing, although when it came to start the race the safety car was sent to the back of the grid as usual.[1]

Hill and Schumacher duly made poor starts, allowing Villeneuve to slither into the lead ahead of Alesi.[1] Hill eventually secured third ahead of Berger, while Schumacher tumbled to seventh behind Rubens Barrichello and his teammate Eddie Irvine.[1]

Behind a multi-car accident thinned the field, with David Coulthard smacking into Irvine, before spinning across the circuit.[1] The sliding McLaren-Mercedes then caused further clashes between the two Minardi-Ford Cosworth, Ricardo Rosset in his Footwork-Hart, Ukyo Katayama's Tyrrell-Yamaha, and the Ligier-Mugen-Honda of Olivier Panis.[1]

Irvine dropped out on the second lap, beaching himself on a grass verge, leaving Schumacher clear to attack and pass Barrichello.[1] The #1 Ferrari duly swept onto the back of Berger a few moments later to begin an attack for fourth, which soon became a battle for third as Hill spun down the order.[1]

Indeed, it was the beginning of a miserable afternoon for the Championship leader, with a second spin a few laps later dropping him down behind Jos Verstappen.[1] A third and final spin resulted in the Williams-Renault smashing into the pitwall, with Hill climbing out and hopping over the barrier to make a very short walk back to the Williams pitbox.[1]

Hill's misfortunes would fuel the Schumacher fans, who cheered loudly every time they saw the #5 Williams in strife.[1] Schumacher himself would also get them on their feet, with a seven lap burst seeing the German pass Berger, Alesi and Villeneuve in short order.[1]

Once Schumacher was clear of Villeneuve the race was over, with a series of fastest laps seeing the German ace establish a huge lead.[1] He duly pitted without losing the lead mid-race, with Alesi getting the jump on Villeneuve during the same wet tyre swap.[1]

That, ultimately, was how it stayed for the rest of the race, with Schumacher cruising across the line three quarters of a minute clear of Alesi to secure victory.[1] Villeneuve completed the podium ahead of Frentzen in the spare Sauber-Ford Cosworth, with Mika Häkkinen and Pedro Diniz completing the top six as the only other finishers.[1]

BackgroundEdit

There were no changes atop the Championship as a result of the Monaco Grand Prix, with none of the title protagonists managing to score. Damon Hill hence retained his 21 point lead over Jacques Villeneuve, while Michael Schumacher remained six behind the Canadian in third. Instead, the big winner, literally, was Olivier Panis, who shot into fourth after his maiden victory.

It was a similar story in the Constructors Championship, with none of the lead trio managing to get a car to the finish. As a result, Williams-Renault held their 40 point lead over Ferrari, with Benetton-Renault seven off the Scuderia in third. McLaren-Mercedes had, however, inched closer to Benetton in fourth, while Ligier-Mugen-Honda were up to fifth after their shock win.

Entry listEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap Ave. Speed
1 5 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1:20.650 211.001 km/h
2 6 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1:21.084 +0.434s 209.871 km/h
3 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:21.587 +0.937s 208.577 km/h
4 3 France Jean Alesi Italy Benetton-Renault 1:22.061 +1.411s 207.373 km/h
5 4 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Benetton-Renault 1:22.125 +1.475s 207.211 km/h
6 2 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Italy Ferrari 1:22.333 +1.683s 206.687 km/h
7 11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 1:22.379 +1.729s 206.572 km/h
8 9 France Olivier Panis France Ligier-Mugen-Honda 1:22.685 +2.035s 205.808 km/h
9 14 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Switzerland Sauber-Ford Cosworth 1:23.027 +2.377s 204.960 km/h
10 7 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:23.070 +2.420s 204.854 km/h
11 15 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Switzerland Sauber-Ford Cosworth 1:23.195 +2.545s 204.546 km/h
12 19 Finland Mika Salo United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:23.224 +2.574s 204.475 km/h
13 17 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Footwork-Hart 1:23.371 +2.721s 204.114 km/h
14 8 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:23.416 +2.766s 204.004 km/h
15 12 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 1:23.438 +2.788s 203.950 km/h
16 18 Japan Ukyo Katayama United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:24.401 +3.751s 201.623 km/h
17 10 Brazil Pedro Diniz France Ligier-Mugen-Honda 1:24.468 +3.818s 201.463 km/h
18 20 Portugal Pedro Lamy Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:25.274 +4.624s 199.559 km/h
19 21 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:25.531 +4.881s 198.959 km/h
20 16 Brazil Ricardo Rosset United Kingdom Footwork-Hart 1:25.621 +4.971s 198.750 km/h
107% Time: 1:26.296[3]
NC 22 Italy Luca Badoer Italy Forti-Ford Cosworth 1:26.615 +5.965s 196.469 km/h
NC 23 Italy Andrea Montermini Italy Forti-Ford Cosworth 1:27.358 +6.708s 194.798 km/h
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
______________ Jean Alesi
Row 3 5 ______________
Gerhard Berger 6
______________ Eddie Irvine
Row 4 7 ______________
Rubens Barrichello 8
______________ Olivier Panis
Row 5 9 ______________
Johnny Herbert 10
______________ Mika Häkkinen
Row 6 11 ______________
Heinz-Harald Frentzen 12
______________ Mika Salo*
Row 7 13 ______________
Jos Verstappen 14
______________ David Coulthard
Row 8 15 ______________
Martin Brundle 16
______________ Ukyo Katayama
Row 9 17 ______________
Pedro Diniz 18
______________ Pedro Lamy
Row 10 19 ______________
Giancarlo Fisichella 20
______________ Ricardo Rosset
  • * Salo would start the race from the pitlane.[3]

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 65 1:59:49.307 3 10
2 3 France Jean Alesi Italy Benetton-Renault 65 +45.302s 4 6
3 6 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom Williams-Renault 65 +48.388s 2 4
4 15T Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Switzerland Sauber-Ford Cosworth 64 +1 Lap 11 3
5 7 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 64 +1 Lap 10 2
6 10 Brazil Pedro Diniz France Ligier-Mugen-Honda 63 +2 Laps 17 1
Ret 17 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Footwork-Hart 47 Spin 13
Ret 11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 45 Differential 7
Ret 4 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Benetton-Renault 44 Spin 5
Ret 14 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Switzerland Sauber-Ford Cosworth 20 Spin 9
Ret 12 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 17 Differential 15
DSQ 19T Finland Mika Salo United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 16 Disqualified 12
Ret 5 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Williams-Renault 10 Accident 1
Ret 18 Japan Ukyo Katayama United Kingdom Tyrrell-Yamaha 8 Electrical 16
Ret 2 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Italy Ferrari 1 Spin 6
Ret 9 France Olivier Panis France Ligier-Mugen-Honda 1 Collision 8
Ret 21 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1 Collision 19
Ret 8 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 0 Collision 14
Ret 20 Portugal Pedro Lamy Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 0 Collision 18
Ret 16 Brazil Ricardo Rosset United Kingdom Footwork-Hart 0 Collision 20
DNQ 22 Italy Luca Badoer Italy Forti-Ford Cosworth
DNQ 23 Italy Andrea Montermini Italy Forti-Ford Cosworth
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Salo was disqualified from the race after making an illegal car change.[5]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Damon Hill had seen his Championship lead marginally eroded as a result of the rain in Spain, although he still held a daunting seventeen point advantage. Two drivers were now within that margin, with Michael Schumacher having moved level with Jacques Villeneuve in second, although was counted behind by virtue of the Canadian ace having one eleventh place finish. Behind, Jean Alesi was back up to fourth ahead of Olivier Panis, with sixteen drivers on the score sheet.

In the Constructors Championship it had been another neutral day for Williams-Renault, who ended the weekend on 69 points at the head of the field. Ferrari were still their closest challengers, and had reduced the gap to 34 points, still more that two entire weekend's worth of points. Benetton-Renault, meanwhile, had made a little ground in third ahead of McLaren-Mercedes, while Ligier-Mugen-Honda completed the top five.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Damon Hill 43
2 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 26
3 Germany Michael Schumacher 26
4 France Jean Alesi 17 ▲1
5 France Olivier Panis 11 ▼1
6 United Kingdom David Coulthard 10
7 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 9
8 Finland Mika Häkkinen 8 ▲2
9 Austria Gerhard Berger 7 ▼1
10 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 7 ▼1
11 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 6 ▲2
12 Finland Mika Salo 5 ▼1
13 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert 4 ▼1
14 Brazil Pedro Diniz 1 ▲2
15 United Kingdom Martin Brundle 1 ▼1
16 Netherlands Jos Verstappen 1 ▼1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Williams-Renault 69
2 Italy Ferrari 35
3 Italy Benetton-Renault 24
4 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 18
5 France Ligier-Mugen-Honda 12
6 Switzerland Sauber-Ford Cosworth 10 ▲1
7 Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 8 ▼1
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 'Spanish GP, 1996', grandprix.com, (Inside F1 Inc., 2014), https://www.grandprix.com/gpe/rr588.html, (Accessed 14/08/2019)
  2. 'Spain 1996: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1996/espagne/engages.aspx, (Accessed 14/08/2019)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 'Spain 1996: Qualifications', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1996/espagne/qualification.aspx, (Accessed 14/08/2019)
  4. 'Gran Premio Marlboro de España - QUALIFYING', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/1996/races/644/spain/qualifying-0.html, (Accessed 14/08/2019)
  5. 5.0 5.1 'Spain 1996: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1996/espagne/classement.aspx, (Accessed 14/08/2019)
  6. '1996 Spanish GP', chicanef1.com, (Chicane F1, 2014), http://www.chicanef1.com/racetit.pl?year=1996&gp=Spanish%20GP&r=1, (Accessed 14/08/2019)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 '7 Spain 1996', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1996/espagne.aspx, (Accessed 14/08/2019)
V T E Spain Spanish Grand Prix
Circuits Pedralbes (1951, 1954), Jarama (1967-1968, 1970, 1972, 1974, 1976-1981), Montjuïc (1969, 1971, 1973, 1975), Jerez (1986-1990), Catalunya (1991-Present)
Catalunya2007
Races 19511952–195319541955–1967196819691970197119721973197419751976197719781979198019811982–19871986198719881989199019911992199319941995199619971998199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019
Non-Championship Races 19231924–1925192619271928–192919301931–19321933193419351936–196619671968–19791980
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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