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French Grand Prix
Circuit de Nevers, Magny Cours

Qualifying - Race - Analysis

Magny Cours
2.64 miles

Qualifying : Sunny, slightly windy

Schumacher goes for pole

1996 Pole: Michael Schumacher (Ferrari) 1m 15.989s

The Starting Grid

Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1m 14.548s
Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Renault 1m 14.749s
Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Peugeot 1m 14.755s
Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault 1m 14.800s
Eddie Irvine Ferrari 1m 14.860s
Jarno Trulli Prost-Mugen 1m 14.957s
Alex Wurz Benetton-Renault 1m 14.986s
Jean Alesi Benetton-Renault 1m 15.228s
David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1m 15.270s
Mika Hakkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1m 15.339s
Gianni Fisichella Jordan-Peugeot 1m 15.453s
Shinji Nakano Prost-Mugen 1m 15.857s
Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 1m 15.876s
Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas 1m 16.018s
Jan Magnussen Stewart-Ford 1m 16.149s
Pedro Diniz TWR Arrows-Yamaha 1m 16.536s
Damon Hill TWR Arrows-Yamaha 1m 16.729s
Jos Verstappen Tyrrell-Ford 1m 16.941s
Mika Salo Tyrrell-Ford 1m 17.256s
Norberto Fontana Sauber-Petronas 1m 17.538s
Ukyo Katayama Minardi-Hart 1m 17.536s
Tarso Marques Minardi-Hart 1m 18.280s

107 % rule time: 1m 19.766s

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Hakkinen spins

Race : 72 laps
Cloudy, rain then clearing

1996 Winner: Damon Hill (Williams) 1h 36m 28.795s

The Result

Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1h 38m 50.492s
Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Renault 1h 39m 14.029s
Eddie Irvine Ferrari1h 40m 05.293s
Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault 1h 40m 12.276s
Jean Alesi Benetton-Renault 1h 40m 13.227s
Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Peugeot 1h 39m 20.363s

David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1 lap down
Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas 1 lap down
Gianni Fisichella Jordan-Peugeot 1 lap down
Jarno Trulli Prost-Mugen 2 laps down
Ukyo Katayama Minardi-Hart 2 laps down
Damon HillTWR Arrows-Yamaha 3 laps down
Mika SaloTyrrell-Ford 64 laps - ECU failure
Pedro DinizTWR Arrows-Yamaha 62 laps - spun off
Alex Wurz Benetton-Renault 62 laps - spun off
Norberto Fontana Sauber-Petronas 42 laps -
Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 36 laps - mechanical
Jan Magnussen Stewart-Ford 64 laps - mechanical
Mika Hakkinen McLaren-Mercedes 14 laps - engine failure
Jos Verstappen Tyrrell-Ford 13 laps - throttle stuck & spun off
Shinji Nakano Prost-Mugen 9 laps - spun off
Tarso Marques Minardi-Hart 4 laps - engine failure

Fastest Lap

1997 : Michael Schumacher (Ferrari) 1m 17.910s
Lap Record: Nigel Mansell (Williams) 1m 17.070s (1992)

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Alesi in action

Analysis :

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Schumacher on podium

Villeneuve spins - animated gif This image courtesy of RTL
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