1997 Brazilian Grand Prix

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Brazil  1997 Brazilian Grand Prix
Race details
Race 2 of 17 in the 1997 Formula One season
Interlagos 1997.jpg
Date March 30, 1997
Official name XXVI Grande Prêmio do Brasil
Location Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, São Paulo, Brazil
Course Permanent Racing Facility
4.292 km (2.667 mi)
Distance 72 laps, 309.024 km (192.019 mi)
Weather Overcast, Dry
Pole position
Driver Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault
Time 1:16.004
Fastest lap
Driver Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault
Time 1:18.397 on lap 28
Podium
First Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault
Second Austria Gerhard Berger Benetton-Renault
Third France Olivier Panis Prost-Mugen-Honda

The 1997 Brazilian Grand Prix was a Formula One race held at Autódromo José Carlos Pace near Interlagos, Brazil on March 30, 1997. It was the second race of the 1997 Formula One season.

Summary[edit]

Pre-race[edit]

The Lola team arrived in Brazil still not having received any money from major sponsor MasterCard. Already several million dollars in debt, the team returned to base without even completing a lap of the circuit. A few days later, the team officially withdrew from the championship.[1]

Qualifying[edit]

Jacques Villeneuve took his third consecutive, and his career fifth, pole position after a 1:16.004, over half a second faster than Michael Schumacher in second. Gerhard Berger and Mika Häkkinen completed the second row.

Race[edit]

The race was red-flagged after several incidents at the original start. As in Australia, Jacques Villeneuve went off the track at the first corner. Behind this, an incident involved several drivers including Damon Hill, Eddie Irvine, Giancarlo Fisichella and Jan Magnussen. Irvine took some blame for the incident. Additionally, Rubens Barrichello's car failed on the line, and the track blockage was what ultimately caused the red flag. Barrichello took the restart in the spare Stewart, causing Magnussen to miss the race.

The race was restarted with all 72 laps still remaining. Villeneuve had a clean start, as did the rest of the field. At the end of the first lap Villeneuve passed Michael Schumacher to retake the lead. Later before the first pit stops Berger would also pass Schumacher down the pit straight into the first corner. Damon Hill was once again affected by reliability issues, his engine failing with four laps remaining. He was running in fourth place at one point, but had slipped down the field before retiring in the pits with an engine bay fire caused by an oil leak.[2] The winner of the previous race, David Coulthard, was off the pace and finished in 10th place.


Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 3 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault 1:16.004
2 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:16.594 +0.590
3 8 Austria Gerhard Berger Benetton-Renault 1:16.644 +0.640
4 9 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1:16.692 +0.688
5 14 France Olivier Panis Prost-Mugen-Honda 1:16.756 +0.752
6 7 France Jean Alesi Benetton-Renault 1:16.757 +0.753
7 12 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Jordan-Peugeot 1:16.912 +0.908
8 4 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Renault 1:16.971 +0.967
9 1 United Kingdom Damon Hill Arrows-Yamaha 1:17.090 +1.086
10 11 Germany Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Peugeot 1:17.175 +1.171
11 22 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 1:17.259 +1.255
12 10 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:17.262 +1.258
13 16 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas 1:17.409 +1.405
14 6 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ferrari 1:17.527 +1.523
15 15 Japan Shinji Nakano Prost-Mugen-Honda 1:17.999 +1.995
16 2 Brazil Pedro Diniz Arrows-Yamaha 1:18.095 +2.091
17 21 Italy Jarno Trulli Minardi-Hart 1:18.336 +2.332
18 20 Japan Ukyo Katayama Minardi-Hart 1:18.557 +2.553
19 17 Italy Nicola Larini Sauber-Petronas 1:18.644 +2.640
20 23 Denmark Jan Magnussen Stewart-Ford 1:18.773 +2.769
21 18 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Tyrrell-Ford 1:18.885 +2.881
22 19 Finland Mika Salo Tyrrell-Ford 1:19.274 +3.270

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 3 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault 72 1:36:06.990 1 10
2 8 Austria Gerhard Berger Benetton-Renault 72 +4.190 3 6
3 14 France Olivier Panis Prost-Mugen-Honda 72 +15.870 5 4
4 9 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 72 +33.033 4 3
5 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 72 +33.731 2 2
6 7 France Jean Alesi Benetton-Renault 72 +34.020 6 1
7 16 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas 72 +50.912 13  
8 12 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Jordan-Peugeot 72 +1:00.639 7  
9 4 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Renault 72 +1:15.402 8  
10 10 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 71 +1 Lap 12  
11 17 Italy Nicola Larini Sauber-Petronas 71 +1 Lap 19  
12 21 Italy Jarno Trulli Minardi-Hart 71 +1 Lap 17  
13 19 Finland Mika Salo Tyrrell-Ford 71 +1 Lap 22  
14 15 Japan Shinji Nakano Prost-Mugen-Honda 71 +1 Lap 15  
15 18 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Tyrrell-Ford 70 +2 Laps 21  
16 6 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ferrari 70 +2 Laps 14  
17 1 United Kingdom Damon Hill Arrows-Yamaha 68 Engine 9  
18 20 Japan Ukyo Katayama Minardi-Hart 67 +5 Laps 18  
Ret 11 Germany Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Peugeot 52 Electrical 10  
Ret 22 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 16 Suspension 11  
Ret 2 Brazil Pedro Diniz Arrows-Yamaha 15 Suspension 16  
Ret 23 Denmark Jan Magnussen Stewart-Ford 0 Collision 20  

Notes[edit]

Race Note

  • Race stopped after first lap accident and restarted for total original distance.
  • Jan Magnussen did not take the race restart.
  • Both Lola cars withdrew for financial reasons and took no further part in the season

Milestones: Eddie Irvine 50th Race entry; Damon Hill 75th Race entry; Rothmans Williams-Renault 100th Race entry and 25th Win.

Standings after Grand Prix[edit]

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

References[edit]

Race Details
"1997 Brazilian GP". Chicane F1. Retrieved 2007-08-03. 

Classification
Qualifying
"1997 Brazilian GP Qualifying". Chicane F1. Retrieved 2007-08-03. 

Race
"1997 Brazilian GP Race". Official Formula One Website. Retrieved 2007-08-04. 

  1. ^ Matthew Teaters (2009). Formula One Famous Failures. Trafford Publishing. p. 78. 
  2. ^ Henry, Alan, ed. (1997). Autocourse 1997–98. Richmond, Surrey: Hazleton Publishing. ISBN 1-874557-47-0. 


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