1997 Canadian Grand Prix

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Canada  1997 Canadian Grand Prix
Race details
Race 7 of 17 in the 1997 Formula One season
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Date June 15, 1997
Official name Grand Prix Players du Canada
Location Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, Canada
Course Temporary street circuit
4.421 km (2.747 mi)
Distance 54 laps, 238.734 km (148.342 mi)
Scheduled Distance 69 laps, 305.049 km (189.549 mi)
Weather Clear with temperatures reaching up to 22.7 °C (72.9 °F); wind speeds up to 4.1 kilometres per hour (2.5 mph)[1]
Pole position
Driver Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Time 1:18.095
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes
Time 1:19.635 on lap 37
Podium
First Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Second France Jean Alesi Benetton-Renault
Third Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Jordan-Peugeot
Barrichello on his way to third on the grid, but would retire in the race.

The 1997 Canadian Grand Prix was a Formula One race held at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 15, 1997.

The race was marred by a big crash involving Olivier Panis, who broke his legs and would be unable to start the next seven grands prix. It has been argued that this crash affected Panis's performance after returning to the cockpit later that season.[citation needed] The race ended under red flag conditions on lap 54 due to this crash.

Michael Schumacher won ahead of Jean Alesi in the Benetton and Giancarlo Fisichella in the Jordan. David Coulthard had been leading, but was delayed for over a lap by a clutch problem during his second pit stop, shortly before Panis's crash. On lap 2, local hero Jacques Villeneuve crashed into the wall on the exit of the final corner. This wall would later be known as the 'Wall of Champions', after three former World Champions, including Villeneuve, crashed into it separately in 1999.

It also marked the debut of Alexander Wurz, driving for Benetton in place of his compatriot Gerhard Berger. He had been suffering from a sinus illness for some time and during his time off his father was killed in a plane crash.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:18.095
2 3 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault 1:18.108 +0.013
3 22 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 1:18.388 +0.293
4 4 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Renault 1:18.464 +0.369
5 10 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:18.466 +0.371
6 12 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Jordan-Peugeot 1:18.750 +0.655
7 11 Germany Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Peugeot 1:18.869 +0.774
8 7 France Jean Alesi Benetton-Renault 1:18.899 +0.804
9 9 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1:18.916 +0.821
10 14 France Olivier Panis Prost-Mugen-Honda 1:19.034 +0.939
11 8 Austria Alexander Wurz Benetton-Renault 1:19.286 +1.191
12 6 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ferrari 1:19.503 +1.408
13 16 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas 1:19.622 +1.527
14 18 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Tyrrell-Ford 1:20.102 +2.007
15 1 United Kingdom Damon Hill Arrows-Yamaha 1:20.129 +2.034
16 2 Brazil Pedro Diniz Arrows-Yamaha 1:20.175 +2.080
17 19 Finland Mika Salo Tyrrell-Ford 1:20.336 +2.241
18 17 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Sauber-Petronas 1:20.357 +2.262
19 15 Japan Shinji Nakano Prost-Mugen-Honda 1:20.370 +2.275
20 21 Italy Jarno Trulli Minardi-Hart 1:20.370 +2.275
21 23 Denmark Jan Magnussen Stewart-Ford 1:20.491 +2.396
22 20 Japan Ukyo Katayama Minardi-Hart 1:21.034 +2.939

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 54 1:17:40.646 1 10
2 7 France Jean Alesi Benetton-Renault 54 +2.565 8 6
3 12 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Jordan-Peugeot 54 +3.219 6 4
4 4 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Renault 54 +3.768 4 3
5 16 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas 54 +4.716 13 2
6 15 Japan Shinji Nakano Prost-Mugen-Honda 54 +36.701 19 1
7 10 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 54 +37.753 5  
8 2 Brazil Pedro Diniz Arrows-Yamaha 53 +1 lap 16  
9 1 United Kingdom Damon Hill Arrows-Yamaha 53 +1 lap 15  
10 17 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Sauber-Petronas 53 +1 lap 18  
11 14 France Olivier Panis Prost-Mugen-Honda 51 Accident 10  
Ret 19 Finland Mika Salo Tyrrell-Ford 46 Engine 17  
Ret 18 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Tyrrell-Ford 42 Gearbox 14  
Ret 8 Austria Alexander Wurz Benetton-Renault 35 Transmission 11  
Ret 22 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 33 Gearbox 3  
Ret 21 Italy Jarno Trulli Minardi-Hart 32 Engine 20  
Ret 11 Germany Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Peugeot 14 Accident 7  
Ret 20 Japan Ukyo Katayama Minardi-Hart 5 Throttle 22  
Ret 3 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault 1 Accident 2  
Ret 9 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 0 Collision 9  
Ret 6 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ferrari 0 Collision 12  
Ret 23 Denmark Jan Magnussen Stewart-Ford 0 Accident 21  

Notes[edit]

Standings after Grand Prix[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Weather information for the "1997 Canadian Grand Prix"". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2013-11-11. 


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