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Italian Grand Prix
Autodromo di Monza

Qualifying - Race - Analysis

3.588 miles

Qualifying : Warm, humid


1996 Pole: Damon Hill (Williams) 1m 24.204s

The Starting Grid

Jean Alesi Benetton-Renault 1m 22.990s
Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Renault 1m 23.042s
Gianni Fisichella Jordan-Peugeot 1m 23.066s
Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault 1m 23.231s
Mika Hakkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1m 23.340s
David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1m 23.347s
Gerhard Berger Benetton-Renault 1m 23.443s
Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Peugeot 1m 23.603s
Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1m 23.624s
Eddie Irvine Ferrari 1m 23.891s
Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 1m 24.177s
Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas 1m 24.242s
Jan Magnussen Stewart-Ford 1m 24.394s
Damon Hill TWR Arrows-Yamaha 1m 24.482s
Shinji Nakano Prost-Mugen 1m 24.553s
Jarno Trulli Prost-Mugen 1m 24.567s
Pedro Diniz TWR Arrows-Yamaha 1m 24.639s
Gianni Morbidelli Sauber-Petronas 1m 24.735s
Mika Salo Tyrrell-Ford 1m 25.693s
Jos Verstappen Tyrrell-Ford 1m 25.845s
Ukyo Katayama Minardi-Hart 1m 26.655s
Tarso Marques Minardi-Hart 1m 27.677s

107 % rule time: 1m 28.799s

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Herbert crashes out

Race : 53 laps
Warm and sunny

1996 Winner: Michael Schumacher (Ferrari) 1h 17m 43.632s

The Result

David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1h 17m 04.609s
Jean Alesi Benetton-Renault 1h 17m 06.456s
Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Renault 1h 17m 08.952s
Gianni Fisichella Jordan-Peugeot 1h 17m 10.480s
Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault 1h 17m 11.024s
Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1h 17m 16.090s

Gerhard Berger Benetton-Renault 1h 17m 17.080s
Eddie Irvine Ferrari 1h 17m 22.248s
Mika Hakkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1h 17m 53.982s
Jarno Trulli Prost-Mugen 1h 18m 07.315s
Shinji Nakano Prost-Mugen 1h 18m 07.936s
Gianni Morbidelli Sauber-Petronas 1 lap down
Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 1 lap down
Tarso Marques Minardi-Hart 3 laps down
Damon Hill TWR Arrows-Yamaha 46 laps - engine failure
Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Peugeot 39 laps - collision damage
Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas 38 laps - collision with R.Schumacher
Mika Salo Tyrrell-Ford 33 laps - engine failure
Jan Magnussen Stewart-Ford 31 laps - clutch
Jos Verstappen Tyrrell-Ford 12 laps - gearbox
Ukyo Katayama Minardi-Hart 8 laps - front suspension failure
Pedro Diniz TWR Arrows-Yamaha 4 laps - rear suspension failure

Fastest Lap

1997 : Mika Hakinnen (McLaren) 1m 24.808s
Lap Record: Damon Hill (Williams) 1m 23.575s (1993)

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Analysis :
In an incredibly boring race, the McLaren pit crew won the race for a steady and consistent David Coulthard, allowing him to overtake the polesitting Benetton of Jean Alesi in the pitlane.
The procession behind them included all of the top runners who ran without incident (or overtaking) all afternoon.

The only drama in the entire event occurred when Johnny Herbert was punted off the road at nearly 200mph by Ralf Schumacher in a truly needless and stupid manouever.

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DC on podium

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