Renault-powered B196 was used by Benetton team in the 1996 season. By receiving an Italian licence the defending Constructors’ Champion Benetton officially became an Italian constructor, though it continued to operate from the same base in Britain. The car was driven by experienced pairing of Jean Alesi and Gerhard Berger, who swapped with Michael Schumacher who moved from Benetton to Ferrari. Both drivers scored a lot of podium places, but no wins, and the team finished third in the Constructors Championship. For Alesi it was one of his best seasons in F1. With four second and four third places Alesi finished fourth in the drivers’ championship with 47 points, the best result of his career.
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