1997 Hungarian Grand Prix

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Hungary  1997 Hungarian Grand Prix
Race details
Race 11 of 17 in the 1997 Formula One season
Circuit Hungaroring1999.png
Date August 10, 1997
Official name XIII Marlboro Magyar Nagydij
Location Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary
Course Permanent racing facility
3.986 km (2.475 mi)
Distance 77 laps, 305.536 km (190.603 mi)
Weather Sunny, Dry Track, 27°C
Pole position
Driver Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Time 1:14.672
Fastest lap
Driver Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Renault
Time 1:18.372 on lap 25
Podium
First Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault
Second United Kingdom Damon Hill Arrows-Yamaha
Third United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas

The 1997 Hungarian Grand Prix (formally the XIII Marlboro Magyar Nagydij) was a Formula One motor race held at Hungaroring Budapest, Hungary on 10 August 1997. It was the eleventh round of the 1997 Formula One season. The race, contested over 77 laps, was won by Jacques Villeneuve driving for the Williams team. Damon Hill finished second driving an Arrows car, with Johnny Herbert third driving for the Sauber team. Villeneuve's victory was his fifth of the season and the sixth for the Williams team.

The race is notable for the defending world champion Damon Hill leading most of the race by over 35 seconds in an uncompetitive and unreliable Arrows-Yamaha until the car suffered a hydraulic failure and was passed on the final lap by Jacques Villeneuve.

As a consequence of the race, Villeneuve reduced Schumacher's lead in the Drivers' Championship to three points, with nearest competitor Jean Alesi, driving for Benetton, a further twenty-eight behind. In the World Constructors' Championship, Williams reduced Ferrari's lead to just two points.

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

Heading into the eleventh round of the season, Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher was leading the Drivers' Championship with 53 points; ahead of Williams driver Jacques Villeneuve on 43 points, and the two Benetton drivers, Jean Alesi and Gerhard Berger, on 22 and 20 points respectively. The Constructors' Championship was closer at the front, with Ferrari on 71 points leading Williams on 62 points.

Practice and qualifying[edit]

Hill, as defending world champion, until then had experienced a bad year in the back runner Arrows-Yamaha car and was 17th in overall championship standings. But arriving at Hungary he set the fifth fastest time on Friday practice after just a single flying lap, after sitting for 55 minutes in the garage while his mechanics tore the gearbox off the car, looking for an electronic sensor problem. Later Hill qualified in 3rd place behind Villeneuve with Michael Schumacher claiming pole position. Hill's teammate Pedro Diniz qualified in 18th position.[1]

Damon Hill lead most of the race in the Arrows Yamaha

Race[edit]

Hill made a strong start from his third position, overtaking Villeneuve, and he then caught race leader Michael Schumacher on lap 6. By then both drivers had pulled away from the rest of the field. On lap 11 Hill overtook Schumacher, and would eventually be leading the race by over 35 seconds from Villeneuve. On lap 74, with three laps left, the hydraulic pump failed on Hill's car, causing it to become stuck in third gear and have an intermittent throttle. As a result, Hill started losing time and was overtaken by Villeneuve part-way through the final lap. Villeneuve won the race with Hill finishing second, and Johnny Herbert took the third place on the podium.[2]

The problem, which denied Arrows, Bridgestone and Yamaha their first ever victories (in the case of Arrows and Yamaha, their only ever victories), was found to have been caused by the failure of a washer valued at 50 pence.[3]

Highlights[edit]

Johnny Herbert scored his only podium of the season, while Shinji Nakano equalled his career-best finish of 6th. Gianni Morbidelli returned for Sauber in place of Norberto Fontana after missing three races through injury. Hill's second position also marked the best ever result for Yamaha engines in Formula One.

With Villeneuve's win, the Williams team achieved its milestone 100th Grand Prix victory.

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Difference
1 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:14.672
2 3 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault 1:14.859 + 0.187
3 1 United Kingdom Damon Hill Arrows-Yamaha 1:15.044 + 0.372
4 9 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1:15.140 + 0.468
5 6 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ferrari 1:15.424 + 0.752
6 4 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Renault 1:15.520 + 0.848
7 8 Austria Gerhard Berger Benetton-Renault 1:15.699 + 1.027
8 10 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:15.705 + 1.033
9 7 France Jean Alesi Benetton-Renault 1:15.905 + 1.233
10 16 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas 1:16.138 + 1.466
11 22 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 1:16.138 + 1.466
12 14 Italy Jarno Trulli Prost-Mugen-Honda 1:16.297 + 1.625
13 12 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Jordan-Peugeot 1:16.300 + 1.628
14 11 Germany Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Peugeot 1:16.686 + 2.014
15 17 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Sauber-Petronas 1:16.766 + 2.094
16 15 Japan Shinji Nakano Prost-Mugen-Honda 1:16.784 + 2.112
17 23 Denmark Jan Magnussen Stewart-Ford 1:16.858 + 2.186
18 18 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Tyrrell-Ford 1:17.095 + 2.423
19 2 Brazil Pedro Diniz Arrows-Yamaha 1:17.118 + 2.446
20 20 Japan Ukyo Katayama Minardi-Hart 1:17.232 + 2.560
21 19 Finland Mika Salo Tyrrell-Ford 1:17.482 + 2.810
22 21 Brazil Tarso Marques Minardi-Hart 1:18.020 + 3.348

Classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 3 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault 77 1:45:47.149 2 10
2 1 United Kingdom Damon Hill Arrows-Yamaha 77 +9.079 3 6
3 16 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas 77 +20.445 10 4
4 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 77 +30.501 1 3
5 11 Germany Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Peugeot 77 +30.715 14 2
6 15 Japan Shinji Nakano Prost-Mugen-Honda 77 +41.512 16 1
7 14 Italy Jarno Trulli Prost-Mugen-Honda 77 +1:15.552 12  
8 8 Austria Gerhard Berger Benetton-Renault 77 +1:16.409 7  
9 6 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ferrari 76 Spun off 5  
10 20 Japan Ukyo Katayama Minardi-Hart 76 +1 Lap 20  
11 7 France Jean Alesi Benetton-Renault 76 +1 Lap 9  
12 21 Brazil Tarso Marques Minardi-Hart 75 +2 Laps 22  
13 19 Finland Mika Salo Tyrrell-Ford 75 +2 Laps 21  
Ret 10 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 65 Electrical 8  
Ret 18 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Tyrrell-Ford 61 Gearbox 18  
Ret 2 Brazil Pedro Diniz Arrows-Yamaha 53 Electrical 19  
Ret 12 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Jordan-Peugeot 42 Spun off 13  
Ret 4 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Renault 29 Fuel leak 6  
Ret 22 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 29 Engine 11  
Ret 9 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 12 Hydraulics 4  
Ret 17 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Sauber-Petronas 7 Engine 15  
Ret 23 Denmark Jan Magnussen Stewart-Ford 5 Accident 17  

Notes[edit]

Standings after Grand Prix[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Grand Prix Report – 1997 Hungarian GP". http://www.grandprix.com. 1997. 
  2. ^ The Broken Arrow, ESPN, 2008, retrieved 2012-08-20 
  3. ^ Hungarian GP factfile, ITV F1, 2008, retrieved 2009-04-04 
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