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Belgian Grand Prix
Spa-Francorchamps

Qualifying - Race - Analysis

Spa-Francorchamps
4.33 miles

Qualifying : Warm & sunny

1996 Pole: Jacques Villeneuve (Williams) 1m 50.574s

The Starting Grid

Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault 1m 49.450s
Jean Alesi Benetton-Renault 1m 49.759s
Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1m 50.293s
Gianni Fisichella Jordan-Peugeot 1m 50.470s
Mika Hakkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1m 50.503s
Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Peugeot 1m 50.520s
Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Renault 1m 50.656s
Pedro Diniz TWR Arrows-Yamaha 1m 50.853s
Damon Hill TWR Arrows-Yamaha 1m 50.970s
David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1m 51.410s
Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas 1m 51.725s
Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 1m 51.916s
Gianni Morbidelli Sauber-Petronas 1m 52.094s
Jarno Trulli Prost-Mugen 1m 52.274s
Gerhard Berger Benetton-Renault 1m 52.391s
Shinji Nakano Prost-Mugen 1m 52.749s
Eddie Irvine Ferrari 1m 52.793s
Jan Magnussen Stewart-Ford 1m 52.886s
Mika Salo Tyrrell-Ford 1m 52.897s
Ukyo Katayama Minardi-Hart 1m 53.544s
Jos Verstappen Tyrrell-Ford 1m 53.725s
Tarso Marques Minardi-Hart 1m 54.505s

107 % rule time: 1m 57.111s

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Race : 44 laps
Very wet, drying, then showers

1996 Winner: Michael Schumacher (Ferrari) 1h 28m 15.125s

The Result

Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1h 33m 46.717s
Gianni Fisichella Jordan-Peugeot 1h 34m 13.470s
Mika Hakkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1h 34m 17.573s
Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Renault 1h 34m 18.864s
Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas 1h 34m 25.742s
Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault 1h 34m 28.820s

Gerhard Berger Benetton-Renault 1h 34m 50.458s
Pedro Diniz TWR Arrows-Yamaha 1h 35m 12.648s
Jean Alesi Benetton-Renault 1h 35m 28.725s
Gianni Morbidelli Sauber-Petronas 1h 35m 29.299s
Eddie Irvine Ferrari 43 laps - collision with Diniz
Mika Salo Tyrrell-Ford 1 lap down
Jan Magnussen Stewart-Ford 1 lap down
Damon Hill TWR Arrows-Yamaha 42 laps - loose wheel
Ukyo Katayama Minardi-Hart 42 laps - engine failure
Jarno Trulli Prost-Mugen 2 laps down
Jos Verstappen Tyrrell-Ford 25 laps - spun off
Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Peugeot 21 laps - spun off
David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 20 laps - spun off
Tarso Marques Minardi-Hart 18 laps - spun off
Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 8 laps - collision with Frentzen
Shinji Nakano Prost-Mugen 5 laps - spun off

Fastest Lap

1997 : Jacques Villeneuve (Williams) 1m 52.692s
Lap Record: () 1m .s ()

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Analysis :
Once again, Micheal Schumacher out-thought his rivals before the start and then out-drove them in the rain.

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