Formula One Legends: World Championship 1996

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 March 10, 1996, and ended on October 13 after sixteen races. Two World Championship titles were awarded, one for Drivers and one for Constructors.

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.

The 1996 season of Formula 1 brought back the dominance of the Williams team. Under command of drivers Damon Hill and Jacques Villeneuve, the McLaren found no opponents in the league.

While Michael Schumacher, who left Benetton for Ferrari, has made a reasonable and temporarily managed only third place, 38 points behind champion Damon Hill.

Already mate Schumacher, Eddie Irvine (ex-colleague Rubens Barrichello at Jordan), was only in 10th place. Rubens still in Jordan, finished the championship in 8th place.

Grand Prix Date Winning Driver Team Laps Time
Australia 10/03/1996 Damon Hill Williams-Renault 58 1:32’50.491
Brazil 31/03/1996 Damon Hill Williams-Renault 71 1:49’52.976
Argentina 07/04/1996 Damon Hill Williams-Renault 72 1:54’55.322
Europe 28/04/1996 Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault 67 1:33’26.473
San Marino 05/05/1996 Damon Hill Williams-Renault 63 1:35’26.156
Monaco 19/05/1996 Olivier Panis Ligier-Mugen-Honda 75 2:00’45.629
Spain 02/06/1996 Michael Schumacher Ferrari 65 1:59’49.307
Canada 16/06/1996 Damon Hill Williams-Renault 69 1:36’03.465
France 30/06/1996 Damon Hill Williams-Renault 72 1:36’28.795
Great Britain 14/07/1996 Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault 61 1:33’00.874
Germany 28/07/1996 Damon Hill Williams-Renault 45 1:21’43.417
Hungary 11/08/1996 Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault 77 1:46’21.134
Belgium 25/08/1996 Michael Schumacher Ferrari 44 1:28’15.125
Italy 08/09/1996 Michael Schumacher Ferrari 53 1:17’43.632
Portugal 22/09/1996 Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault 70 1:40’22.915
Japan 13/10/1996 Damon Hill Williams-Renault 52 1:32’33.791

Drivers Championship final standings

Pos Name Nat. Team Points Wins
1st Damon Hill GB William 97 8
2nd Jacques Villeneuve Can. Williams 78 4
3rd Michael Schumacher Ger. Ferrari 59 3
4th Jean Alesi Fr. Beneton 47
5th Mika Hakkinen Fin. Mclaren 31
6th Gerhard Berger Aus. Beneton 21
7th David Coulthard GB McLaren 18
8th Rubens Barrichello Bra. Jordan 14
9th Oliver Panis Fr. Ligier 13 1
10th Eddie Irvine GB Ferrari 11

Constructors Championship final standings

Pos Team Points Wins
1st Rothmans Williams 175 12
2nd Ferrari 70 3
3rd Mild Seven Benetton Renault 68
4th Mclaren Mercedes 49
5th Jordan Peugeot 22
6th Ligier 15 1
7th Sauber Ford 11
8th Tyrrell Yamaha 5
9th Arrows Hart 1
10th Minardi 0


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