1997 Austrian Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 14 of 17 in the 1997 Formula One season
Circuit A1 Ring.png
Date September 21, 1997
Official name XXI Großer Preis von Österreich
Location A1-Ring, Spielberg, Austria
Course Permanent racing facility
4.323 km (2.697 mi)
Distance 71 laps, 306.933 km (191.474 mi)
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault
Time 1:10.304
Fastest lap
Driver Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault
Time 1:11.814 on lap 36
Podium
First Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault
Second United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes
Third Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Renault

The 1997 Austrian Grand Prix (formally the XXI Großer Preis von Österreich) was a Formula One motor race held at A1-Ring on September 21, 1997. It was the fourteenth race of the 1997 Formula One season. The race, contested over 71 laps, was won by Jacques Villeneuve for the Williams team, from a pole position start. David Coulthard finished second in a McLaren, with Heinz-Harald Frentzen third in the other Williams car.

Qualifying threw up a few surprises, as the Bridgestone tyres used by several smaller teams proved strong, but it was ultimately Jacques Villeneuve who won. Mika Häkkinen had been leading Villeneuve after the start but his engine failed yet again, before he even managed to complete the first lap. Jarno Trulli lead the early laps as a result, and was running 2nd (though still needing to make another pitstop) when his engine also failed.

A spectacular collision occurred between Eddie Irvine and Jean Alesi. As they battled for 4th place on lap 37, Alesi tried to outbrake Irvine into the chicane from approximately eight car-lengths behind[citation needed], and as Irvine took evasive action[citation needed], the Frenchman drove into the Irishman's car at such speed that Alesi's car went over the top of Irvine's while the latter was pitched into a spin. Alesi was placed under investigation by the stewards for dangerous driving after the race[citation needed], although no charges were formally brought against either driver.

Michael Schumacher ran as high as 3rd, but received a stop-go penalty for overtaking Heinz-Harald Frentzen under yellow flags. Schumacher claimed he had not seen them, and TV footage suggested that they were not visible on the inside of the corner[citation needed], where Michael would have been looking as he made the move.

Austrian Formula One veteran Gerhard Berger announced he was to retire at the end of the season, shortly after he qualified 18th on the grid.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 3 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault 1:10.304
2 9 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1:10.398 +0.094
3 14 Italy Jarno Trulli Prost-Mugen-Honda 1:10.511 +0.207
4 4 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Renault 1:10.670 +0.366
5 22 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 1:10.700 +0.396
6 23 Denmark Jan Magnussen Stewart-Ford 1:10.893 +0.589
7 1 United Kingdom Damon Hill Arrows-Yamaha 1:11.025 +0.721
8 6 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ferrari 1:11.051 +0.747
9 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:11.056 +0.752
10 10 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:11.076 +0.772
11 11 Germany Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Peugeot 1:11.186 +0.882
12 16 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas 1:11.210 +0.906
13 17 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Sauber-Petronas 1:11.261 +0.957
14 12 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Jordan-Peugeot 1:11.299 +0.995
15 7 France Jean Alesi Benetton-Renault 1:11.382 +1.078
16 15 Japan Shinji Nakano Prost-Mugen-Honda 1:11.596 +1.292
17 2 Brazil Pedro Diniz Arrows-Yamaha 1:11.615 +1.311
18 8 Austria Gerhard Berger Benetton-Renault 1:11.620 +1.316
19 20 Japan Ukyo Katayama Minardi-Hart 1:12.036 +1.732
20 18 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Tyrrell-Ford 1:12.230 +1.926
21 19 Finland Mika Salo Tyrrell-Ford 1:14.246 +3.942

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 3 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault 71 1:27:35.999 1 10
2 10 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 71 +2.909 10 6
3 4 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Renault 71 +3.962 4 4
4 12 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Jordan-Peugeot 71 +12.127 14 3
5 11 Germany Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Peugeot 71 +31.859 11 2
6 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 71 +33.410 9 1
7 1 United Kingdom Damon Hill Arrows-Yamaha 71 +37.207 7  
8 16 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas 71 +49.057 12  
9 17 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Sauber-Petronas 71 +1:06.455 13  
10 8 Austria Gerhard Berger Benetton-Renault 70 +1 Lap 18  
11 20 Japan Ukyo Katayama Minardi-Hart 69 +2 Laps 19  
12 18 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Tyrrell-Ford 69 +2 Laps 20  
13 2 Brazil Pedro Diniz Arrows-Yamaha 67 Suspension 17  
14 22 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 64 Spun Off 5  
Ret 14 Italy Jarno Trulli Prost-Mugen-Honda 58 Engine 3  
Ret 23 Denmark Jan Magnussen Stewart-Ford 58 Engine 6  
Ret 15 Japan Shinji Nakano Prost-Mugen-Honda 57 Engine 16  
Ret 19 Finland Mika Salo Tyrrell-Ford 48 Gearbox 21  
Ret 6 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ferrari 38 Collision 8  
Ret 7 France Jean Alesi Benetton-Renault 37 Collision 15  
Ret 9 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1 Engine 2  
EXC 21 Brazil Tarso Marques Minardi-Hart   Car underweight in qualifying    

Notes[edit]

Standings after Grand Prix[edit]

  • Bold text indicates who still has a theoretical chance of becoming World Champion.
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.


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