1997 German Grand Prix
|Race 10 of 17 in the 1997 Formula One season|
|Date||July 27, 1997|
|Official name||Grosser Mobil 1 Preis von Deutschland|
|Location||Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany|
|Course||Permanent racing facility
6.823 km (4.256 mi)
|Distance||45 laps, 307.035 km (191.537 mi)|
|Weather||Sunny, Dry Track|
|Time||1:45.747 on lap 9|
The 1997 German Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Hockenheimring on July 27, 1997. It was won by Austrian driver Gerhard Berger in a Benetton. This race proved to be his final victory and final pole position, as he retired at the end of the season. Berger had missed the previous three races due to sinus problems, and the death of his father Johann. His countryman Alexander Wurz had deputised for those three races. Despite beating local hero Michael Schumacher, Berger's win was well-received by the crowd and the majority of the F1 world.
Giancarlo Fisichella took his first ever front-row start, and was challenging Berger for the win until he punctured a tyre on the debris of Jan Magnussen's blown engine. This same incident had helped him gain the lead, as the smoke from the engine delayed Berger prior to his pit stop. Fisichella only led for two laps before Berger repassed him. After Fisichella broke down due to damage from the flailing tyre (caused while he tried to drive back to the pits), Michael Schumacher gave him a lift back to the pits after the race.
Jacques Villeneuve had a disastrous race, spinning off while trying to overtake rookie Jarno Trulli, thus losing championship ground to Schumacher. The latter's team-mate Eddie Irvine and Villeneuve's team-mate Heinz-Harald Frentzen collided at the first corner, with David Coulthard also forced out by damage from the incident.
Berger's last win would also be the last for Benetton, just as Berger's first win had been the team's first.
- Fastest Lap: Gerhard Berger 1m 45.747s
- Last win - Benetton.
- Last pole position, fastest lap, win and podium - Gerhard Berger
- This would be the last time until the 2009 British Grand Prix that the Austrian national anthem would be played on the podium.
- Only win for Benetton as an Italian team
- First win for an Italian constructor other than Ferrari since Maserati´s win at the 1957 German Grand Prix
- First points: Jarno Trulli
Standings after Grand Prix
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
1997 British Grand Prix
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1997 Hungarian Grand Prix
1996 German Grand Prix
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1998 German Grand Prix