1997 British Grand Prix
|Race 9 of 17 in the 1997 Formula One season|
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|
|Time||1:24.480 on lap 34|
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.
- Lap leaders: Jacques Villeneuve 36 (1-22, 38-44, 53-59), Michael Schumacher 15 (23-37), Mika Häkkinen 8 (45-52)
Standings after Grand Prix
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
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