1997 Formula Nippon season

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1997 Formula Nippon season
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The 1997 Formula Nippon season was contested over 10 rounds. 17 different teams, 37 different drivers, 3 different chassis and 2 different engines competed.

Teams and drivers[edit]

Team # Driver Chassis Engine Rounds
Team LeMans 1 Argentina Norberto Fontana Reynard 96D
Reynard 97D
Mugen MF308 All
2 Argentina Esteban Tuero Reynard 96D 1–6
Germany Michael Krumm 8
Japan Yuji Tachikawa 9–10
Asahi Kiko Sports 3 Japan Atsushi Kawamoto Reynard 96D Mugen MF308 All
Team 5ZIGEN 5 Belgium Marc Goossens Reynard 96D Judd KV2
Mugen MF308
All
6 Finland Risto Virtanen Reynard 95D
Reynard 96D
Judd KV2 1–3
Japan Eiichi Tajima 4–10
Team Anabuki Dome with Mugen 8 Japan Juichi Wakisaka Dome F104 Mugen MF308 All
Shionogi Team Nova 9 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Lola T97/51 Mugen MF308 All
10 Japan Akira Iida All
Team Cerumo 11 Japan Hidetoshi Mitsusada Lola T96/52 Mugen MF308 1–9
Germany Michael Krumm 10
12 Republic of Ireland Sarah Kavanagh Reynard 95D
Lola T94/50
Cosworth AC
Mugen MF308
1–2
Japan Shinsuke Shibahara 8–10
Team TMS 17 Japan Masahiko Kondo Reynard 97D Mugen MF308 All
18 Republic of Ireland Ralph Firman All
Team Impul 19 Japan Takuya Kurosawa Lola T96/52 Mugen MF308 All
20 Japan Masahiko Kageyama Reynard 96D
Lola T95/50
All
Be Brides Racing 21 Japan Tetsuya Tanaka Lola T95/50 Mugen MF308 1, 5–10
Navi Connection Racing Team 27 Japan Masami Kageyama Reynard 96D
Reynard 97D
Mugen MF308 All
28 Japan Katsumi Yamamoto Reynard 95D
Reynard 96D
All
Mirai 32 Italy Vincenzo Sospiri Reynard 95D Mugen MF308 9–10
33 Japan Toshio Suzuki Reynard 95D All
Autech Stellar
STP Stellar
34 Italy Mauro Martini Reynard 96D Mugen MF308 3
United Kingdom Andrew Gilbert-Scott 4, 6, 9
Italy Andrea Boldrini 7–8, 10
35 Germany Michael Krumm Reynard 96D 1–3
Italy Marco Apicella 4–10
Takagi B-1 Racing Team 36 Japan Tetsuji Tamanaka Lola T95/50 Mugen MF308 All
37 Japan Masao Yamada Lola T94/50 1–5, 7–10
Funai Super Aguri 55 Japan Katsutomo Kaneishi Reynard 96D Mugen MF308 All
56 Japan Satoshi Motoyama Reynard 94D
Reynard 97D
Reynard 95D
1–9
Japan Ryo Michigami 10
Team LeyJun 62 Japan Tetsushi Toda Reynard 94D Mugen MF308 4–8
63 Sri Lanka Dilantha Malagamuwa Reynard 96D 1–5
Japan Osamu 6–10
PIAA Nakajima Racing 64 Japan Toranosuke Takagi Reynard 97D Mugen MF308 All
65 Japan Koji Yamanishi All

Calendar[edit]

Race No Track Country Date Laps Distance Time Speed Winner Pole Position Fastest Race Lap
1 Suzuka  Japan 27 April 1997 35 5.864=205.241 km 1'03:21.391 194.368 km/h Pedro de la Rosa Toranosuke Takagi Katsutomo Kaneishi
2 Mine  Japan 18 May 1997 62 3.239=200.818 km 1'21:52.463 147.165 km/h Pedro de la Rosa Toranosuke Takagi Katsumi Yamamoto
3 Fuji  Japan 1 June 1997 45 4.470=201.15 km 0'59:08.195 204.087 km/h Takuya Kurosawa Takuya Kurosawa (ss)
Pedro de la Rosa (fq)
Takuya Kurosawa
4 Suzuka  Japan 6 July 1997 35 5.864=205.241 km 1'03:54.672 192.681 km/h Toranosuke Takagi Toranosuke Takagi (ss)
Pedro de la Rosa (fq)
Masahiko Kageyama
5 Sugo  Japan 3 August 1997 54 3.704=200.016 km 1'09:24.918 172.886 km/h Pedro de la Rosa Pedro de la Rosa (ss)
Masahiko Kageyama (fq)
Norberto Fontana
6 Fuji  Japan 31 August 1997 45 4.470=201.15 km 0'59:22.035 203.294 km/h Pedro de la Rosa Pedro de la Rosa Pedro de la Rosa
7 Mine  Japan 14 September 1997 62 3.239=200.818 km 1'21:57.038 147.029 km/h Norberto Fontana Toranosuke Takagi Pedro de la Rosa
8 Motegi  Japan 28 September 1997 43 4.796=206.228 km 1'09:34.297 177.855 km/h Pedro de la Rosa Pedro de la Rosa Masami Kageyama
9 Fuji  Japan 19 October 1997 45 4.470=201.15 km 1'01:29.628 196.264 km/h Katsutomo Kaneishi Katsutomo Kaneishi (ss)
Norberto Fontana (fq)
Pedro de la Rosa
10 Suzuka  Japan 9 November 1997 35 5.864=205.241 km 1'02:07.829 198.203 km/h Pedro de la Rosa Pedro de la Rosa Masahiko Kageyama

Note:

Race 2 first finisher Norberto Fontana 1'21:51.024/147.209 km/h, but 1 minute penalty.

(ss) indicate the winner of the special stage, who started from pole - (fq) indicate the original fastest qualifier. In all other races, the fastest qualifier was also the winner of the special stage.

Championship standings[edit]

Drivers' Championship[edit]

Scoring system
Position 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
Points 10 6 4 3 2 1
Rank Name SUZ MIN FUJ SUZ SGO FUJ MIN MOT FUJ SUZ Points
1 Spain Pedro de la Rosa 1 1 2 3 1 1 2 1 2 1 82
2 Japan Takuya Kurosawa 2 2 1 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 2 28
3 Argentina Norberto Fontana 9 8 6 Ret 7 2 1 3 Ret Ret 21
4 Japan Hidetoshi Mitsusada 3 7 4 4 Ret 3 3 9 5 20
5 Japan Masami Kageyama 11 9 11 5 6 4 7 2 3 4 19
6 Japan Toranosuke Takagi Ret DNS 3 1 Ret Ret 5 Ret Ret 5 18
7 Japan Masahiko Kageyama Ret Ret 5 2 3 Ret 15 Ret 12 3 16
8 Republic of Ireland Ralph Firman Ret 4 15 6 2 13 Ret 5 Ret 11 12
9 Japan Katsutomo Kaneishi 7 Ret Ret 10 Ret 18 8 Ret 1 Ret 10
10 Japan Akira Iida 6 3 Ret 7 Ret 5 10 11 Ret 13 7
11 Japan Satoshi Motoyama 4 DNS Ret Ret Ret Ret 6 Ret 4 7
12 Italy Marco Apicella 8 5 8 4 Ret 6 8 6
13 Japan Toshio Suzuki 8 5 7 Ret 4 16 9 8 Ret 9 5
14 Japan Juichi Wakisaka 12 6 Ret Ret Ret 7 11 4 Ret Ret 4
15 Japan Koji Yamanishi 5 Ret 8 Ret Ret Ret Ret 17 Ret 7 2
16 Argentina Esteban Tuero Ret Ret 9 11 Ret 6 1
17 Germany Michael Krumm Ret 13 Ret 6 10 1
18 Japan Tetsuya Tanaka Ret Ret 11 14 Ret 13 6 1
19 Japan Katsumi Yamamoto 10 Ret Ret 9 Ret 12 Ret 14 7 Ret 0
20 Italy Andrea Boldrini 13 7 Ret 0
21 Japan Atsushi Kawamoto Ret 10 16 15 9 Ret 12 15 8 14 0
22 Japan Masahiko Kondo 15 DNS 12 14 8 14 Ret 13 11 Ret 0
23 Japan Eiichi Tajima 13 Ret 9 Ret Ret Ret 12 0
24 Japan Yuji Tachikawa 9 Ret 0
25 Belgium Marc Goossens Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 10 Ret 10 Ret Ret 0
26 Sri Lanka Dilantha Malagamuwa Ret 11 14 Ret 10 0
27 Japan Shinsuke Shibahara 12 10 Ret 0
28 Finland Risto Virtanen Ret Ret 10 0
29 United Kingdom Andrew Gilbert-Scott 12 Ret 14 0
30 Japan Masao Yamada Ret 12 Ret Ret DSQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
31 Japan Tetsuji Tamanaka 13 Ret 13 16 Ret Ret Ret Ret DNQ DNQ 0
32 Republic of Ireland Sarah Kavanagh 14 Ret 0
33 Japan Osamu 15 16 16 Ret 16 0
34 Italy Vincenzo Sospiri Ret 15 0
35 Japan Tetsushi Toda 17 Ret 17 17 DNQ 0
36 Italy Mauro Martini Ret 0
37 Japan Ryo Michigami Ret 0

Teams' Championship[edit]

Rank Name Car SUZ MIN FUJ SUZ SGO FUJ MIN MOT FUJ SUZ Points
1 Shionogi Nova 9 1 1 2 3 1 1 2 1 2 1 89
10 6 3 Ret 7 Ret 5 10 11 Ret 13
2 Impul 19 2 2 1 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 2 44
20 Ret Ret 5 2 3 Ret 15 Ret 12 3
3 LeMans 1 9 8 6 Ret 7 2 1 3 Ret Ret 23
2 Ret Ret 9 11 Ret 6 6 9 Ret
4 PIAA Nakajima 64 Ret DNS 3 1 Ret Ret 5 Ret Ret 5 20
65 5 Ret 8 Ret Ret Ret Ret 17 Ret 7
5 Cerumo 11 3 7 4 4 Ret 3 3 9 5 10 20
12 14 Ret 12 10 Ret
6 Navi Connection 27 11 9 11 5 6 4 7 2 3 4 19
28 10 Ret Ret 9 Ret 12 Ret 14 7 Ret
7 Funai Super Aguri 55 7 Ret Ret 10 Ret 18 8 Ret 1 Ret 17
56 4 DNS Ret Ret Ret Ret 6 Ret 4 Ret
8 Team TMS 17 15 DNS 12 14 8 14 Ret 13 11 Ret 12
18 Ret 4 15 6 2 13 Ret 5 Ret 11
9 Stellar 34 Ret 12 Ret 13 7 14 Ret 6
35 Ret 13 Ret 8 5 8 4 Ret 6 8
10 Mirai 32 Ret 15 5
33 8 5 7 Ret 4 16 9 8 Ret 9
11 Dome with Mugen 8 12 6 Ret Ret Ret 7 11 4 Ret Ret 4
12 Be Brides 21 Ret Ret 11 14 Ret 13 6 1
13 Asahi Kiko Sports 3 Ret 10 16 15 9 Ret 12 15 8 14 0
14 5ZIGEN 5 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 10 Ret 10 Ret Ret 0
6 Ret Ret 10 13 Ret 9 Ret Ret Ret 12
15 Team LeyJUN 62 17 Ret 17 17 DNQ 0
63 Ret 11 14 Ret 10 15 16 16 Ret 16
16 Takagi B-1 Racing 36 13 Ret 13 16 Ret Ret Ret Ret DNQ DNQ 0
37 Ret 12 Ret Ret DSQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ

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