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The 1996 Italian Grand Prix was a Formula One race held on September 8, 1996 at Monza.

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Pre-race

To stop cars kerb-hopping at chicanes due to ongoing track modifications at the time of the race, tyre barriers were erected at each chicane.

Race

Jean Alesi made an excellent start from sixth to lead polesitter Damon Hill into the first corner, but ran wide and struck a tyre stack between the two Lesmos on the opening lap and lost the lead to Hill. Alesi was fortunate to escape with his own car undamaged, but his error caused a tyre to fall on the track and break the front wing of Mika Häkkinen's McLaren. Häkkinen was forced to pit for a new nose-cone, dropping him to seventeenth on the track.

Jacques Villeneuve sent a tyre spinning into David Coulthard's car at the Ascari chicane on the opening lap in a similar incident while trying to pass Michael Schumacher. Villeneuve was able to continue, although the collision with the tyre stack bent his suspension, which slowed his car and forced him to pit for a new set of tyres, a new nose-cone and a new steering wheel, dropping him to sixteenth place and putting him a lap behind. Coulthard was less fortunate, and immediately spun off with a broken suspension pushrod. Villeneuve apologised to Coulthard after the race.

Hill was leading by four seconds on lap six when he hit the tyre barriers at the first chicane and retired with broken suspension. Eddie Irvine ran in third place for most of the first half of the race before having a similar accident. In all, eight cars made contact with the tyre barriers after running wide on the track, of which five (Hill, Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Olivier Panis, Ricardo Rosset and Irvine) retired.

Michael Schumacher also hit a tyre stack in the closing stages but continued without damage to his car and won the race. Alesi, who re-took the lead following Hill's exit, finished second after losing out to Schumacher in the pit stops, and Häkkinen eventually recovered to third place thanks in part to Irvine's retirement. The Jordan-Peugeots of Martin Brundle and Rubens Barrichello finished in fourth and fifth positions respectively after a race-long battle for fourth place, Brundle overtaking at the Parabolica corner after Barrichello accidentally turned his engine off while trying to investigate a clutch problem. Pedro Diniz finished sixth ahead of Villeneuve, who only managed seventh place after Johnny Herbert's engine cut out on the final lap.

Classification

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 53 1:17:43.632 3 10
2 3 France Jean Alesi Benetton-Renault 53 + 18.265 6 6
3 7 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 53 + 66.635 4 4
4 12 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Jordan-Peugeot 53 + 85.217 9 3
5 11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Peugeot 53 + 85.475 10 2
6 10 Brazil Pedro Diniz Ligier-Mugen-Honda 52 + 1 Lap 14 1
7 6 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault 52 + 1 Lap 2  
8 17 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Footwork-Hart 52 + 1 Lap 15  
9 14 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Sauber-Ford 51 Engine 12  
10 18 Japan Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 51 + 2 Laps 16  
Ret 16 Brazil Ricardo Rosset Footwork-Hart 36 Spun off 19  
Ret 2 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ferrari 23 Spun off 7  
Ret 20 Portugal Pedro Lamy Minardi-Ford 12 Engine 18  
Ret 19 Finland Mika Salo Tyrrell-Yamaha 9 Engine 17  
Ret 15 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Ford 7 Spun off 13  
Ret 5 United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault 5 Spun off 1  
Ret 21 Italy Giovanni Lavaggi Minardi-Ford 5 Engine 20  
Ret 4 Austria Gerhard Berger Benetton-Renault 4 Hydraulics 8  
Ret 9 France Olivier Panis Ligier-Mugen-Honda 2 Spun off 11  
Ret 8 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1 Spun Off 5  

Notes

  • Pole position: Damon Hill 1:24.204
  • Fastest lap: Michael Schumacher 1:26.110
Previous race:
1996 Belgian Grand Prix
FIA Formula One World Championship
1996 season
Next race:
1996 Portuguese Grand Prix
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1995 Italian Grand Prix
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1997 Italian Grand Prix
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