1997 British Grand Prix

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United Kingdom  1997 British Grand Prix
Race details
Race 9 of 17 in the 1997 Formula One season
Silverstone Circuit in its 1997 configuration
Silverstone Circuit in its 1997 configuration
Date 13 July 1997
Official name L RAC British Grand Prix
Location Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire, England
Course Permanent racing facility
5.140 km (3.194 mi)
Distance 59 laps, 303.260 km (188.437 mi)
Scheduled Distance 60 laps, 308.400 km (191.631 mi)
Weather Sunny, Dry Track
Pole position
Driver Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault
Time 1:21.598
Fastest lap
Driver Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Time 1:24.480 on lap 34
Podium
First Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault
Second France Jean Alesi Benetton-Renault
Third Austria Alexander Wurz Benetton-Renault

The 1997 British Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Silverstone on 13 July 1997. It was the ninth round of the 1997 Formula One season. Jacques Villeneuve won the race despite being stuck in the pitlane for half a minute during his first pitstop, after a wheelnut problem.

Two previous leaders retired from the race due to mechanical failures. Michael Schumacher led by over 40 seconds before a wheel bearing failure caused retirement. Mika Häkkinen seemed set for his first win but his engine blew while he was holding off Villeneuve, having made one stop to the French-Canadian's two (a strategy ITV's Martin Brundle had earlier commented was unlikely to be a race-winner). The Finn threw his race gloves into the crowd and lapped their applause.

Further back, Alexander Wurz scored his first podium finish in only his 3rd Grand Prix, also briefly leading the race during the pitstops. David Coulthard ran 3rd early on, but faded with braking problems. Schumacher's team-mate Eddie Irvine was close behind Villeneuve when both made their second pitstop, but his car failed as he exited the pits. The race was a disaster for Heinz-Harald Frentzen. He stalled on the grid with the race about to begin, forcing the race start to be aborted and having him to start from the back of the grid. Then on the first lap Jos Verstappen crashed into the back of his Williams car at Becketts' corner ending the German's race immediately.

Damon Hill finally scored his first points for the Arrows team after a late retirement for Shinji Nakano.

The 1997 British Grand Prix at Silverstone is also notable for being the first GP in which Martin Brundle performed his now customary pre-race grid walk.[1]

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 3 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault 1:21.598
2 4 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Renault 1:21.732 +0.134
3 9 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1:21.797 +0.199
4 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:21.977 +0.379
5 11 Germany Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Peugeot 1:22.277 +0.679
6 10 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:22.279 +0.681
7 6 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ferrari 1:22.342 +0.744
8 8 Austria Alexander Wurz Benetton-Renault 1:22.344 +0.746
9 16 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas 1:22.368 +0.770
10 12 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Jordan-Peugeot 1:22.371 +0.773
11 7 France Jean Alesi Benetton-Renault 1:22.392 +0.794
12 1 United Kingdom Damon Hill Arrows-Yamaha 1:23.271 +1.673
13 14 Italy Jarno Trulli Prost-Mugen-Honda 1:23.366 +1.768
14 15 Japan Shinji Nakano Prost-Mugen-Honda 1:23.887 +2.289
15 23 Denmark Jan Magnussen Stewart-Ford 1:24.067 +2.469
16 2 Brazil Pedro Diniz Arrows-Yamaha 1:24.239 +2.641
17 19 Finland Mika Salo Tyrrell-Ford 1:24.478 +2.880
18 20 Japan Ukyo Katayama Minardi-Hart 1:24.553 +2.955
19 18 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Tyrrell-Ford 1:25.010 +3.412
20 21 Brazil Tarso Marques Minardi-Hart 1:25.154 +3.556
21 22 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 1:25.525 +3.927
22 17 Argentina Norberto Fontana Sauber-Petronas No Time
Damon Hill driving the Arrows A18 during the Grand Prix
Alexander Wurz passes a yellow flag during the race.

Race Results[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 3 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault 59 1:28:01.665 1 10
2 7 France Jean Alesi Benetton-Renault 59 +10.205 11 6
3 8 Austria Alexander Wurz Benetton-Renault 59 +11.296 8 4
4 10 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 59 +31.229 6 3
5 11 Germany Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Peugeot 59 +31.880 5 2
6 1 United Kingdom Damon Hill Arrows-Yamaha 59 +1:13.552 12 1
7 12 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Jordan-Peugeot 58 +1 Lap 10  
8 14 Italy Jarno Trulli Prost-Mugen-Honda 58 +1 Lap 13  
9 17 Argentina Norberto Fontana Sauber-Petronas 58 +1 Lap 14  
10 21 Brazil Tarso Marques Minardi-Hart 58 +1 Lap 21  
11 15 Japan Shinji Nakano Prost-Mugen-Honda 57 Engine 15  
Ret 9 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 52 Engine 3  
Ret 23 Denmark Jan Magnussen Stewart-Ford 50 Engine 16  
Ret 18 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Tyrrell-Ford 45 Engine 20  
Ret 6 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ferrari 44 Halfshaft 7  
Ret 19 Finland Mika Salo Tyrrell-Ford 44 Engine 18  
Ret 16 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas 42 Electrical 9  
Ret 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 38 Wheel Bearing 4  
Ret 22 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 37 Engine 22  
Ret 2 Brazil Pedro Diniz Arrows-Yamaha 29 Engine 17  
Ret 4 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Renault 0 Collision 2  
Ret 20 Japan Ukyo Katayama Minardi-Hart 0 Accident 19  

Notes[edit]

Standings after Grand Prix[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Martin Brundle’s first F1 grid walk". AUSmotive. 22 June 2012. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 

"1997 British GP". Formula One Database. Retrieved 2007-07-31. 
"1997 British GP". Grand Prix Racing. Archived from the original on 14 August 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-30. 
"1997 British GP Qualifying". Grand Prix Racing. Retrieved 2007-08-01. 
"1997 British GP". Formula One Database. Retrieved 2007-08-01. 

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