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1996 Formula One season

1996 FIA Formula One
World Championship season
Drivers' Champion: Damon Hill
Constructors' Champion: Williams-Renault
Previous: 1995 Next: 1997
File:Jacques Villeneuve 2002.jpg
Hill's team-mate, Jacques Villeneuve (pictured in 2002), finished as runner-up in only his first year of F1 participation.

The 1996 Formula One season was the 47th season of FIA Formula One motor racing. It featured the 1996 FIA Formula One World Championship, which commenced on 10 March 1996, and ended on 13 October after sixteen races. Two World Championship titles were awarded, one for Drivers and one for Constructors.

Damon Hill won the Drivers Championship two years after being beaten by a point by Michael Schumacher, making him the only son of a World Champion to have won the title. Hill, who had finished runner-up for the past two seasons, was seriously threatened only by his teammate, newcomer Jacques Villeneuve. Williams Renault easily won the Constructors title, as there was no other competitor strong enough to post a consistent challenge throughout the championship. This was also the beginning of the end of Williams' 1990s dominance, as it was announced that Hill and designer Adrian Newey would depart at the conclusion of the season, with engine manufacturer Renault also leaving after 1997.

Two-time defending drivers' title holder Schumacher had moved to Ferrari and despite numerous reliability problems, they had gradually developed into a front-running team by the end of the season. Defending Constructors champions Benetton Renault began their decline towards the middle of the grid, having lost key personnel due to Schumacher's departure, and failed to win a race. Olivier Panis took the only victory of his career at the Monaco Grand Prix.

Teams and drivers

The numbering system used since 1974 was dropped. Ferrari was given the numbers 1 and 2 after hiring the defending champion Michael Schumacher. Benetton received numbers 3 and 4 for winning the Constructors Championship. Williams got numbers 5 and 6 for finishing second, McLaren got 7 and 8 for finishing fourth, Ligier and 9 and 10 for finishing fifth, and so on. The defending constructors´ champion Benetton officially became an Italian constructor, though continued to be based in Britain.

The following teams and drivers competed in the 1996 FIA Formula One World Championship.

Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre No. Driver Rounds
23x15px Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari F310 Ferrari 046 3.0 V10 G 1 23x15px Michael Schumacher All
2 23x15px Eddie Irvine All
23x15px Mild Seven Benetton Renault Benetton-Renault B196 Renault RS8 3.0 V10 G 3 23x15px Jean Alesi All
4 23x15px Gerhard Berger All
23x15px Rothmans Williams Renault Williams-Renault FW18 Renault RS8 3.0 V10 G 5 23x15px Damon Hill All
6 23x15px Jacques Villeneuve All
23x15px Marlboro McLaren Mercedes McLaren-Mercedes MP4/11
MP4/11B
Mercedes FO 110/3 3.0 V10 G 7 23x15px Mika Häkkinen All
8 23x15px David Coulthard All
23x15px Ligier Gauloises Blondes Ligier-Mugen-Honda JS43 Mugen-Honda MF-301 HA 3.0 V10 G 9 23x15px Olivier Panis All
10 23x15px Pedro Diniz All
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Jordan-Peugeot 196 Peugeot A12 EV5 3.0 V10 G 11 23x15px Rubens Barrichello All
12 23x15px Martin Brundle All
23x16px Red Bull Sauber Ford Sauber-Ford C15 Ford JD Zetec-R 3.0 V10 G 14 23x15px Johnny Herbert All
15 23x15px Heinz-Harald Frentzen All
23x15px Footwork Hart Footwork-Hart FA17 Hart 830 3.0 V8 G 16 23x15px Ricardo Rosset All
17 23x15px Jos Verstappen All
23x15px Tyrrell Yamaha Tyrrell-Yamaha 024 Yamaha OX11A 3.0 V10 G 18 Template:Country data JPN Ukyo Katayama All
19 23x15px Mika Salo All
23x15px Minardi Team Minardi-Ford M195B Ford ED2 3.0 V8
Ford ED3 3.0 V8
G 20 23x15px Pedro Lamy All
21 23x15px Giancarlo Fisichella 1, 4–10
23x15px Tarso Marques 2–3
23x15px Giovanni Lavaggi 11–16
23x15px Forti Grand Prix Forti-Ford FG01B
FG03
Ford ECA Zetec-R 3.0 V8 G 22 23x15px Luca Badoer 1–10
23 23x15px Andrea Montermini 1–10

Forti Grand Prix were declared bankrupt after the British Grand Prix and took no further part in the championship.

Formula One 1996 race schedule

Rnd Race Date Location
1 Australian Grand Prix 10 March 23x15px Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne
2 Brazilian Grand Prix 31 March 23x15px Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo
3 Argentine Grand Prix 7 April 23x15px Autódromo Oscar Alfredo Gálvez, Buenos Aires
4 European Grand Prix 28 April 23x15px Nürburgring, Nürburg
5 San Marino Grand Prix 5 May 23x15px Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola
6 Monaco Grand Prix 19 May 23x15px Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo
7 Spanish Grand Prix 2 June 23x15px Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona
8 Canadian Grand Prix 16 June 23x15px Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal
9 French Grand Prix 30 June 23x15px Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours, Magny-Cours
10 British Grand Prix 14 July 23x15px Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone
11 German Grand Prix 28 July 23x15px Hockenheimring, Hockenheim
12 Hungarian Grand Prix 11 August 23x15px Hungaroring, Budapest
13 Belgian Grand Prix 25 August 23x15px Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot
14 Italian Grand Prix 8 September 23x15px Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza
15 Portuguese Grand Prix 22 September 23x15px Autodromo do Estoril, Cascais
16 Japanese Grand Prix 13 October Template:Country data JPN Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka

Rule changes

The race weekend schedule was changed for the 1996 season compared to 1995. The number of free practice sessions was increased from the two to three with the number of laps allocated for each day increased from 23 to 30. Also, to increase the spectacle, the Friday qualifying session was dropped, with the FIA World Motor Sport Council opting to have only one qualifying session, held on Saturday afternoon.[1]

The previous system of having a red and green light to start the race was replaced by the current system of five red lights turning on sequentially, then all going out simultaneously after an indeterminate period of time to start the race.[2]

This year saw the introduction of the "107% rule", which meant all cars had to be within 107% of the pole position time in order to qualify for the race.[2]

A new numbering system for cars was adopted for 1996 and remained in place until the end of 2013, when a new system was introduced. Previously, the reigning Drivers Champion's team had simply swapped car numbers with the previous Drivers Champion's team to carry numbers 1 and 2, with all other teams retaining their existing numbers. For 1996 the reigning Drivers Champion was given number 1 and his team-mate number 2 with the rest of the teams numbered in the order of their finishing position in the previous year's Constructors' Championship. Any new teams were allocated the following numbers.

In 1995, the cars' cockpit opening was made larger and the sides were raised in order to provide better head protection for the driver; these sides were raised even higher (to mid-helmet height) for 1996, along with a wraparound head restraint made of foam to prevent head injuries such as those suffered by Mika Häkkinen during qualifying for the 1995 Australian Grand Prix. Needle-like nosecone designs with a sharp point, such as the 1995 McLaren MP4/10, were also banned in favour of more blunt nose sections.[2]

Safety Car

The Safety Car on duty for this season again varied depending on race location. It included a special edition Renault Clio Williams and the C36 AMG sedan, which was first deployed at the Belgium Grand Prix and also served during 1998. It is from this point that Mercedes-Benz's long-term supply of Safety Cars begins.[3]

Grands Prix

Round Grand Prix Pole Position Fastest Lap Winning Driver Winning Constructor Report
1 23x15px Australian Grand Prix 23x15px Jacques Villeneuve 23x15px Jacques Villeneuve 23x15px Damon Hill 23x15px Williams-Renault Report
2 23x15px Brazilian Grand Prix 23x15px Damon Hill 23x15px Damon Hill 23x15px Damon Hill 23x15px Williams-Renault Report
3 23x15px Argentine Grand Prix 23x15px Damon Hill 23x15px Jean Alesi 23x15px Damon Hill 23x15px Williams-Renault Report
4 23x15px European Grand Prix 23x15px Damon Hill 23x15px Damon Hill 23x15px Jacques Villeneuve 23x15px Williams-Renault Report
5 23x15px San Marino Grand Prix 23x15px Michael Schumacher 23x15px Damon Hill 23x15px Damon Hill 23x15px Williams-Renault Report
6 23x15px Monaco Grand Prix 23x15px Michael Schumacher 23x15px Jean Alesi 23x15px Olivier Panis 23x15px Ligier-Mugen-Honda Report
7 23x15px Spanish Grand Prix 23x15px Damon Hill 23x15px Michael Schumacher 23x15px Michael Schumacher 23x15px Ferrari Report
8 23x15px Canadian Grand Prix 23x15px Damon Hill 23x15px Jacques Villeneuve 23x15px Damon Hill 23x15px Williams-Renault Report
9 23x15px French Grand Prix 23x15px Michael Schumacher 23x15px Jacques Villeneuve 23x15px Damon Hill 23x15px Williams-Renault Report
10 23x15px British Grand Prix 23x15px Damon Hill 23x15px Jacques Villeneuve 23x15px Jacques Villeneuve 23x15px Williams-Renault Report
11 23x15px German Grand Prix 23x15px Damon Hill 23x15px Damon Hill 23x15px Damon Hill 23x15px Williams-Renault Report
12 23x15px Hungarian Grand Prix 23x15px Michael Schumacher 23x15px Damon Hill 23x15px Jacques Villeneuve 23x15px Williams-Renault Report
13 23x15px Belgian Grand Prix 23x15px Jacques Villeneuve 23x15px Gerhard Berger 23x15px Michael Schumacher 23x15px Ferrari Report
14 23x15px Italian Grand Prix 23x15px Damon Hill 23x15px Michael Schumacher 23x15px Michael Schumacher 23x15px Ferrari Report
15 23x15px Portuguese Grand Prix 23x15px Damon Hill 23x15px Jacques Villeneuve 23x15px Jacques Villeneuve 23x15px Williams-Renault Report
16 Template:Country data JPN Japanese Grand Prix 23x15px Jacques Villeneuve 23x15px Jacques Villeneuve 23x15px Damon Hill 23x15px Williams-Renault Report

Championship results

Drivers Championship

Pos.[4] Driver[4] AUS
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BRA
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ARG
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EUR
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SMR
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MON
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ESP
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CAN
23x15px
FRA
23x15px
GBR
23x15px
GER
23x15px
HUN
23x15px
BEL
23x15px
ITA
23x15px
POR
23x15px
JPN
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Points [4]
1 23x15px Damon Hill 1 1 1 4 1 Ret Ret 1 1 Ret 1 2 5 Ret 2 1 97
2 23x15px Jacques Villeneuve 2 Ret 2 1 11 Ret 3 2 2 1 3 1 2 7 1 Ret 78
3 23x15px Michael Schumacher Ret 3 Ret 2 2 Ret 1 Ret DNS Ret 4 9 1 1 3 2 59
4 23x15px Jean Alesi Ret 2 3 Ret 6 Ret 2 3 3 Ret 2 3 4 2 4 Ret 47
5 23x15px Mika Häkkinen 5 4 Ret 8 8 6 5 5 5 3 Ret 4 3 3 Ret 3 31
6 23x15px Gerhard Berger 4 Ret Ret 9 3 Ret Ret Ret 4 2 13 Ret 6 Ret 6 4 21
7 23x15px David Coulthard Ret Ret 7 3 Ret 2 Ret 4 6 5 5 Ret Ret Ret 13 8 18
8 23x15px Rubens Barrichello Ret Ret 4 5 5 Ret Ret Ret 9 4 6 6 Ret 5 Ret 9 14
9 23x15px Olivier Panis 7 6 8 Ret Ret 1 Ret Ret 7 Ret 7 5 Ret Ret 10 7 13
10 23x15px Eddie Irvine 3 7 5 Ret 4 7 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 5 Ret 11
11 23x15px Martin Brundle Ret 12 Ret 6 Ret Ret Ret 6 8 6 10 Ret Ret 4 9 5 8
12 23x15px Heinz-Harald Frentzen 8 Ret Ret Ret Ret 4 4 Ret Ret 8 8 Ret Ret Ret 7 6 7
13 23x15px Mika Salo 6 5 Ret DSQ Ret 5 DSQ Ret 10 7 9 Ret 7 Ret 11 Ret 5
14 23x15px Johnny Herbert Ret Ret 9 7 Ret 3 Ret 7 DSQ 9 Ret Ret Ret 9 8 10 4
15 23x15px Pedro Diniz 10 8 Ret 10 7 Ret 6 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 6 Ret Ret 2
16 23x15px Jos Verstappen Ret Ret 6 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 10 Ret Ret Ret 8 Ret 11 1
Template:Country data JPN Ukyo Katayama 11 9 Ret DSQ Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 7 8 10 12 Ret 0
23x15px Ricardo Rosset 9 Ret Ret 11 Ret Ret Ret Ret 11 Ret 11 8 9 Ret 14 13 0
23x15px Giancarlo Fisichella Ret 13 Ret Ret Ret 8 Ret 11 0
23x15px Pedro Lamy Ret 10 Ret 12 9 Ret Ret Ret 12 Ret 12 Ret 10 Ret 16 12 0
23x15px Luca Badoer DNQ 11 Ret DNQ 10 Ret DNQ Ret Ret DNQ DNP 0
23x15px Giovanni Lavaggi DNQ 10 DNQ Ret 15 DNQ 0
23x15px Andrea Montermini DNQ Ret 10 DNQ DNQ DNS DNQ Ret Ret DNQ DNP 0
23x15px Tarso Marques Ret Ret 0
Pos Driver AUS
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BRA
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ARG
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EUR
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SMR
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MON
23x15px
ESP
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CAN
23x15px
FRA
23x15px
GBR
23x15px
GER
23x15px
HUN
23x15px
BEL
23x15px
ITA
23x15px
POR
23x15px
JPN
Template:Country data JPN
Points
Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Light blue Practiced only (PO)
Friday test driver (TD)
(from 2003 onwards)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)

Bold – Pole
Italics – Fastest lap

Drivers did not finish the Grand Prix, but were classified as they completed over 90% of the race distance.

Drivers Championship points were awarded on a 10-6-4-3-2-1 basis to the top six finishers in each race.

Constructors Championship

File:Jacques Villeneuve 1996.jpg
Williams Renault won the Constructors Championship with the FW18.
File:Ferrari F310 1996 Schumacher.jpg
Ferrari placed second in the Constructors title with the F310.
Pos.[5] Constructor[5] Car
no.
AUS
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BRA
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ARG
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EUR
23x15px
SMR
23x15px
MON
23x15px
ESP
23x15px
CAN
23x15px
FRA
23x15px
GBR
23x15px
GER
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HUN
23x15px
BEL
23x15px
ITA
23x15px
POR
23x15px
JPN
Template:Country data JPN
Points [5]
1 23x15px Williams-Renault 5 1 1 1 4 1 Ret Ret 1 1 Ret 1 2 5 Ret 2 1 175
6 2 Ret 2 1 11 Ret 3 2 2 1 3 1 2 7 1 Ret
2 23x15px Ferrari 1 Ret 3 Ret 2 2 Ret 1 Ret DNS Ret 4 9 1 1 3 2 70
2 3 7 5 Ret 4 7 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 5 Ret
3 23x15px Benetton-Renault 3 Ret 2 3 Ret 6 Ret 2 3 3 Ret 2 3 4 2 4 Ret 68
4 4 Ret Ret 9 3 Ret Ret Ret 4 2 13 Ret 6 Ret 6 4
4 23x15px McLaren-Mercedes 7 5 4 Ret 8 8 6 5 5 5 3 Ret 4 3 3 Ret 3 49
8 Ret Ret 7 3 Ret 2 Ret 4 6 5 5 Ret Ret Ret 13 8
5
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11 Ret Ret 4 5 5 Ret Ret Ret 9 4 6 6 Ret 5 Ret 9 22
12 Ret 12 Ret 6 Ret Ret Ret 6 8 6 10 Ret Ret 4 9 5
6 23x15px Ligier-Mugen-Honda 9 7 6 8 Ret Ret 1 Ret Ret 7 Ret 7 5 Ret Ret 10 7 15
10 10 8 Ret 10 7 Ret 6 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 6 Ret Ret
7 23x16px Sauber-Ford 14 Ret Ret 9 7 Ret 3 Ret 7 DSQ 9 Ret Ret Ret 9 8 10 11
15 8 Ret Ret Ret Ret 4 4 Ret Ret 8 8 Ret Ret Ret 7 6
8 23x15px Tyrrell-Yamaha 19 6 5 Ret DSQ Ret 5 DSQ Ret 10 7 9 Ret 7 Ret 11 Ret 5
18 11 9 Ret DSQ Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 7 8 10 12 Ret
9 23x15px Footwork-Hart 17 Ret Ret 6 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 10 Ret Ret Ret 8 Ret 11 1
16 9 Ret Ret 11 Ret Ret Ret Ret 11 Ret 11 8 9 Ret 14 13
23x15px Minardi-Ford 20 Ret 10 Ret 12 9 Ret Ret Ret 12 Ret 12 Ret 10 Ret 16 12 0
21 Ret Ret Ret 13 Ret Ret Ret 8 Ret 11 DNQ 10 DNQ Ret 15 DNQ
23x15px Forti-Ford 22 DNQ 11 Ret DNQ 10 Ret DNQ Ret Ret DNQ DNP 0
23 DNQ Ret 10 DNQ DNQ DNS DNQ Ret Ret DNQ DNP
Pos Constructor Car
no.
AUS
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BRA
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ARG
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EUR
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SMR
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MON
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ESP
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CAN
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FRA
23x15px
GBR
23x15px
GER
23x15px
HUN
23x15px
BEL
23x15px
ITA
23x15px
POR
23x15px
JPN
Template:Country data JPN
Points

Constructors Championship points were awarded on a 10-6-4-3-2-1 basis to the top six finishers in each race.

References

  1. ^ Henry, Alan (1995). Autocourse 1995–96. Hazelton Publishing. p. 211. ISBN 978-1-874557-36-4. 
  2. ^ a b c "New Regulations for 1996". F1 Formula 1 96: A Champion and a Gentleman!. Duke Video. 1996. Event occurs at time 5:47–6:49.
  3. ^ "Mercedes-AMG GT S: Bernd Mayländers neues Safety-Car". 9 March 2015. Retrieved 3 April 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c FIA Drivers Championship points Retrieved on 9 June 2011
  5. ^ a b c FIA Constructors Championship points Retrieved on 9 June 2011

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