1997 Italian Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 13 of 17 in the 1997 Formula One season
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Date September 7, 1997
Location Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy
Course Permanent racing facility
5.770 km (3.585 mi)
Distance 53 laps, 305.810 km (190.022 mi)
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver France Jean Alesi Benetton-Renault
Time 1:22.990
Fastest lap
Driver Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes
Time 1:24.808 on lap 49
Podium
First United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes
Second France Jean Alesi Benetton-Renault
Third Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Renault

The 1997 Italian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza on September 7, 1997. It was the thirteenth round of the 1997 Formula One season. The race, contested over 53 laps, was won by David Coulthard driving for McLaren after a sixth position start. Jean Alesi finished second for Benetton after starting from pole position, while Heinz-Harald Frentzen finished third in a Williams car.

Alesi led the race until the halfway stage; however, Coulthard, who had jumped from sixth on the grid into third place coming out of the first corner, got ahead of the Frenchman courtesy of a faster pit-stop, and held on to win the race by less than two seconds, gaining some measure of revenge for an incident in the French Grand Prix earlier that season, in which Alesi recklessly pushed Coulthard off the track on the final lap to rob the Scot of his fifth place. The top five finishers and Mika Häkkinen ran in two separate processional orders throughout - Häkkinen dropped out of the points when he flat spotted his front tyres after his pitstop; before his pitstop he ran out of fuel just metres from the entrance of the pits, thus costing him a chance to come out in the lead because he was the last car among the top teams to come in after being out the longest.

Classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 10 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 53 1:17:04.609 6 10
2 7 France Jean Alesi Benetton-Renault 53 +1.937 1 6
3 4 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Renault 53 +4.343 2 4
4 12 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Jordan-Peugeot 53 +5.871 3 3
5 3 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault 53 +6.416 4 2
6 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 53 +11.481 9 1
7 8 Austria Gerhard Berger Benetton-Renault 53 +12.471 7  
8 6 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ferrari 53 +17.639 10  
9 9 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 53 +49.373 5  
10 14 Italy Jarno Trulli Prost-Mugen-Honda 53 +1:02.706 16  
11 15 Japan Shinji Nakano Prost-Mugen-Honda 53 +1:03.327 15  
12 17 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Sauber-Petronas 52 +1 Lap 18  
13 22 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 52 +1 Lap 11  
14 21 Brazil Tarso Marques Minardi-Hart 50 +3 Laps 22  
Ret 1 United Kingdom Damon Hill Arrows-Yamaha 46 Engine 14  
Ret 11 Germany Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Peugeot 39 Collision 8  
Ret 16 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas 38 Collision 12  
Ret 19 Finland Mika Salo Tyrrell-Ford 33 Engine 19  
Ret 23 Denmark Jan Magnussen Stewart-Ford 31 Transmission 13  
Ret 18 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Tyrrell-Ford 12 Gearbox 20  
Ret 20 Japan Ukyo Katayama Minardi-Hart 8 Spun Off 21  
Ret 2 Brazil Pedro Diniz Arrows-Yamaha 4 Suspension 17  

Notes[edit]

Standings after Grand Prix[edit]

  • Bold text indicates who still has a theoretical chance of becoming World Champion.
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Italian Grand Prix Review". atlasf1.autosport.com. 1997-09-10. Retrieved 2009-12-15. 

External links[edit]


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