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1996 Formula One season

1996 FIA Formula One World Championship season
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The 1996 Formula One season was the 47th FIA Formula One World Championship season. It commenced on March 10, 1996, and ended on October 13 after sixteen races.

Damon Hill took his solitary World Championship two years after being pipped by a point by Michael Schumacher, beating off Jacques Villeneuve after a season long battle. Olivier Panis took the only victory of his career at the Monaco Grand Prix. 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 Grands Prix.

The season also saw the car numbering system change. Previously teams had kept the same two numbers from season to season, only exchanging with the previous champion's team. Now the number were based on the teams' performance in the previous Constructor's Championship.

Forti went bankrupt after the British Grand Prix.

Drivers and constructors

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

Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre No Driver Test driver(s)
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari F310 Ferrari 046 3.0 V10 G 1 22px-Flag of Germany.png Michael Schumacher 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Nicola Larini
2 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Eddie Irvine
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Mild Seven Benetton Renault Benetton B196 Renault RS8 3.0 V10 G 3 22px-Flag of France.png Jean Alesi 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Vincenzo Sospiri
4 22px-Flag of Austria.png Gerhard Berger
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Rothmans Williams Renault Williams FW18 Renault RS8 3.0 V10 G 5 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Damon Hill 22px-Flag of France.png Jean-Christophe Boullion
6 22px-Flag of the Canada.png Jacques Villeneuve
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Marlboro McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4/11
MP4/11B
Mercedes FO 110 3.0 V10 G 7 22px-Flag of Finland.png Mika Häkkinen 22px-Flag of Denmark.png Jan Magnussen
8 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png David Coulthard
22px-Flag of France.png Ligier Gauloises Blondes Ligier JS43 Mugen-Honda MF-301 HA 3.0 V10 G 9 22px-Flag of France.png Olivier Panis 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Kelvin Burt
10 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Pedro Diniz
22px-Flag of Ireland.png B&H Total Jordan Peugeot Jordan 196 Peugeot A12 EV5 3.0 V10 G 11 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Rubens Barrichello 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Gianni Morbidelli
12 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Martin Brundle
20px-Flag of Switzerland.png Red Bull Sauber Ford Sauber C15 Ford JD Zetec-R 3.0 V10 G 14 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Johnny Herbert 22px-Flag of Argentina.png Norberto Fontana
15 22px-Flag of Germany.png Heinz-Harald Frentzen
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Footwork Hart Footwork FA17 Hart 830 3.0 V8 G 16 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Ricardo Rosset n/a
17 22px-Flag of the Netherlands.png Jos Verstappen
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Tyrrell Yamaha Tyrrell 024 Yamaha OX11A 3.0 V10 G 18 22px-Flag of Japan.png Ukyo Katayama 22px-Flag of France.png Emmanuel Collard
19 22px-Flag of Finland.png Mika Salo
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Minardi Team Minardi M195B Ford EDM2 3.0 V8
Ford EDM3 3.0 V8
G 20 22px-Flag of Portugal.png Pedro Lamy n/a
21 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Giancarlo Fisichella
22px-Flag of Brazil.png Tarso Marques
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Giovanni Lavaggi
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Forti Grand Prix Forti FG01B
FG03
Ford ECA Zetec-R 3.0 V10 G 22 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Luca Badoer 22px-Flag of France.png Franck Lagorce
23 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Andrea Montermini

Season review

Grands Prix

Rnd Race Date Location Winning Driver Constructor Report
1 22px-Flag of Australia.png Australian Grand Prix March 10 Melbourne 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Damon Hill 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Williams-Renault Report
2 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Brazilian Grand Prix March 31 Interlagos 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Damon Hill 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Williams-Renault Report
3 22px-Flag of Argentina.png Argentine Grand Prix April 7 Oscar Gálvez 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Damon Hill 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Williams-Renault Report
4 22px-Flag of Europe.png European Grand Prix April 28 Nürburgring 22px-Flag of the Canada.png Jacques Villeneuve 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Williams-Renault Report
5 22px-Flag of San Marino.png San Marino Grand Prix May 5 Imola 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Damon Hill 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Williams-Renault Report
6 22px-Flag of Monaco.png Monaco Grand Prix May 19 Monaco 22px-Flag of France.png Olivier Panis 22px-Flag of France.png Ligier-Mugen-Honda Report
7 22px-Flag of Spain.png Spanish Grand Prix June 2 Catalunya 22px-Flag of Germany.png Michael Schumacher 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Ferrari Report
8 22px-Flag of the Canada.png Canadian Grand Prix June 16 Circuit Gilles Villeneuve 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Damon Hill 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Williams-Renault Report
9 22px-Flag of France.png French Grand Prix June 30 Magny-Cours 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Damon Hill 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Williams-Renault Report
10 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png British Grand Prix July 14 Silverstone 22px-Flag of the Canada.png Jacques Villeneuve 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Williams-Renault Report
11 22px-Flag of Germany.png German Grand Prix July 28 Hockenheimring 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Damon Hill 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Williams-Renault Report
12 22px-Flag of Hungary.png Hungarian Grand Prix August 11 Hungaroring 22px-Flag of the Canada.png Jacques Villeneuve 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Williams-Renault Report
13 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Belgian Grand Prix August 25 Spa-Francorchamps 22px-Flag of Germany.png Michael Schumacher 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Ferrari Report
14 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Italian Grand Prix September 8 Monza 22px-Flag of Germany.png Michael Schumacher 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Ferrari Report
15 22px-Flag of Portugal.png Portuguese Grand Prix September 22 Estoril 22px-Flag of the Canada.png Jacques Villeneuve 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Williams-Renault Report
16 22px-Flag of Japan.png Japanese Grand Prix October 13 Suzuka 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Damon Hill 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Williams-Renault Report

1996 Constructors Championship final standings

Pos Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre Points Wins Podiums Poles
1 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Williams-Renault FW18 Renault G 175 12 21 12
2 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Ferrari F310 Ferrari G 70 3 9 4
3 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Benetton-Renault B196 Renault G 68 10
4 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png McLaren-Mercedes MP4/11
MP4/11B
Mercedes G 49 6
5 22px-Flag of Ireland.png Jordan-Peugeot 196 Peugeot G 22
6 22px-Flag of France.png Ligier-Mugen-Honda JS43 Mugen-Honda G 15 1 1
7 20px-Flag of Switzerland.png Sauber-Ford C15 Ford G 11 1
8 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Tyrrell-Yamaha 024 Yamaha G 5
9 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Footwork-Hart FA17 Hart G 1
10 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Minardi-Ford M195B Ford G 0
11 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Forti-Ford FG01B
FG03
Ford G 0

1996 Drivers Championship final standings

Pos Driver AUS 22px-Flag of Australia.png BRA 22px-Flag of Brazil.png ARG 22px-Flag of Argentina.png EUR 22px-Flag of Europe.png SMR 22px-Flag of San Marino.png MON 22px-Flag of Monaco.png ESP 22px-Flag of Spain.png CAN 22px-Flag of the Canada.png FRA 22px-Flag of France.png GBR 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png GER 22px-Flag of Germany.png HUN 22px-Flag of Hungary.png BEL 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png ITA 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif POR 22px-Flag of Portugal.png JPN 22px-Flag of Japan.png Points
1 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Hill 1 1 1 4 1 Ret Ret 1 1 Ret 1 2 5 Ret 2 1 97
2 22px-Flag of the Canada.png Villeneuve 2 Ret 2 1 11 Ret 3 2 2 1 3 1 2 7 1 Ret 78
3 22px-Flag of Germany.png M.Schumacher Ret 3 Ret 2 2 Ret 1 Ret DNS Ret 4 9 1 1 3 2 59
4 22px-Flag of France.png Alesi Ret 2 3 Ret 6 Ret 2 3 3 Ret 2 3 4 2 4 Ret 47
5 22px-Flag of Finland.png Häkkinen 5 4 Ret 8 8 6 5 5 5 3 Ret 4 3 3 Ret 3 31
6 22px-Flag of Austria.png Berger 4 Ret Ret 9 3 Ret Ret Ret 4 2 13 Ret 6 Ret 6 4 21
7 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Coulthard Ret Ret 7 3 Ret 2 Ret 4 6 5 5 Ret Ret Ret 13 8 18
8 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Barrichello Ret Ret 4 5 5 Ret Ret Ret 9 4 6 6 Ret 5 Ret 9 14
9 22px-Flag of France.png Panis 7 6 8 Ret Ret 1 Ret Ret 7 Ret 7 5 Ret Ret 10 7 13
10 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Irvine 3 7 5 Ret 4 7 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 5 Ret 11
11 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Brundle Ret 12 Ret 6 Ret Ret Ret 6 8 6 10 Ret Ret 4 9 5 8
12 22px-Flag of Germany.png Frentzen 8 Ret Ret Ret Ret 4 4 Ret Ret 8 8 Ret Ret Ret 7 6 7
13 22px-Flag of Finland.png Salo 6 5 Ret DSQ Ret 5 DSQ Ret 10 7 9 Ret 7 Ret 11 Ret 5
14 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Herbert Ret Ret 9 7 Ret 3 Ret 7 DSQ 9 Ret Ret Ret 9 8 10 4
15 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Diniz 10 8 Ret 10 7 Ret 6 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 6 Ret Ret 2
16 22px-Flag of the Netherlands.png Verstappen Ret Ret 6 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 10 Ret Ret Ret 8 Ret 11 1
17 22px-Flag of Japan.png Katayama 11 9 Ret DSQ Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 7 8 10 12 Ret 0
18 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Rosset 9 Ret Ret 11 Ret Ret Ret Ret 11 Ret 11 8 9 Ret 14 13 0
19 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Fisichella Ret 13 Ret Ret Ret 8 Ret 11 0
20 22px-Flag of Portugal.png Lamy Ret 10 Ret 12 9 Ret Ret Ret 12 Ret 12 Ret 10 Ret 16 12 0
21 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Badoer DNQ 11 Ret DNQ 10 Ret DNQ Ret Ret DNQ 0
22 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Lavaggi DNQ 10 DNQ Ret 15 DNQ 0
23 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Montermini DNQ Ret 10 DNQ DNQ DNS DNQ Ret Ret DNQ 0
22px-Flag of Brazil.png Marques Ret Ret 0
Pos Driver AUS 22px-Flag of Australia.png BRA 22px-Flag of Brazil.png ARG 22px-Flag of Argentina.png EUR 22px-Flag of Europe.png SMR 22px-Flag of San Marino.png MON 22px-Flag of Monaco.png ESP 22px-Flag of Spain.png CAN 22px-Flag of the Canada.png FRA 22px-Flag of France.png GBR 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png GER 22px-Flag of Germany.png HUN 22px-Flag of Hungary.png BEL 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png ITA 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif POR 22px-Flag of Portugal.png JPN 22px-Flag of Japan.png Points
Color Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Finished, in points
Blue Finished, no points
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Blank Did not participate
Blank Injured (INJ)
Blank Excluded (EX)


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