1997 San Marino Grand Prix

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Italy  1997 San Marino Grand Prix
Race details
Race 4 of 17 in the 1997 Formula One season
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Date April 27, 1997
Official name XVII Gran Premio di San Marino
Location Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Course Permanent Racing Facility
4.930 km (3.065 mi)
Distance 62 laps, 305.660 km (190.030 mi)
Weather Cloudy, Dry
Pole position
Driver Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault
Time 1:23.303
Fastest lap
Driver Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Renault
Time 1:25.531 on lap 42
Podium
First Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Renault
Second Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Third United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ferrari

The 1997 San Marino Grand Prix was a Formula One race held at Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Italy on April 27, 1997. It was the fourth race of the 1997 Formula One season.

Summary[edit]

Pre-race[edit]

In the early practice sessions the Ferrari and Benetton teams dominated, with a large majority of the field experiencing some sort of problem with their car, or going off. One of the drivers was David Coulthard, who had a major off in the Saturday morning session, destroying the car. However, the Williams soon regained the top spot in the later sessions.

Qualifying[edit]

Jacques Villeneuve made it four pole positions in a row after once again taking pole. His teammate joined him on the front row, followed by Michael Schumacher, another strong performance by Olivier Panis, and in fifth Michael's younger brother Ralf.

Race[edit]

Jacques Villeneuve driving in the San Marino Grand Prix

Heinz-Harald Frentzen took his maiden Formula One win driving for Williams after he held of a late charge from Michael Schumacher.[1] Jacques Villeneuve retired from third place with a gearbox failure.

Gerhard Berger started his 200th grand prix, however it ended in disappointment when he spun off early on.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 3 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault 1:23.303
2 4 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Renault 1:23.646 +0.343
3 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:23.955 +0.652
4 14 France Olivier Panis Prost-Mugen-Honda 1:24.075 +0.772
5 11 Germany Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Peugeot 1:24.081 +0.778
6 12 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Jordan-Peugeot 1:24.596 +1.293
7 16 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas 1:24.723 +1.420
8 9 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1:24.812 +1.509
9 6 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ferrari 1:24.862 +1.558
10 10 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:25.077 +1.774
11 8 Austria Gerhard Berger Benetton-Renault 1:25.371 +2.068
12 17 Italy Nicola Larini Sauber-Petronas 1:25.554 +2.241
13 22 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 1:25.579 +2.276
14 7 France Jean Alesi Benetton-Renault 1:25.729 +2.426
15 1 United Kingdom Damon Hill Arrows-Yamaha 1:25.743 +2.440
16 23 Denmark Jan Magnussen Stewart-Ford 1:26.192 +2.889
17 2 Brazil Pedro Diniz Arrows-Yamaha 1:26.253 +2.950
18 15 Japan Shinji Nakano Prost-Mugen-Honda 1:26.712 +3.409
19 19 Finland Mika Salo Tyrrell-Ford 1:26.852 +3.549
20 21 Italy Jarno Trulli Minardi-Hart 1:26.960 +3.657
21 18 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Tyrrell-Ford 1:27.428 +4.125
22 20 Japan Ukyo Katayama Minardi-Hart 1:28.727 +5.424

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 4 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Renault 62 1:31:00.673 2 10
2 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 62 +1.237 3 6
3 6 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ferrari 62 +1:18.343 9 4
4 12 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Jordan-Peugeot 62 +1:23.388 6 3
5 7 France Jean Alesi Benetton-Renault 61 +1 Lap 14 2
6 9 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 61 +1 Lap 8 1
7 17 Italy Nicola Larini Sauber-Petronas 61 +1 Lap 12  
8 14 France Olivier Panis Prost-Mugen-Honda 61 +1 Lap 4  
9 19 Finland Mika Salo Tyrrell-Ford 60 +2 Laps 19  
10 18 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Tyrrell-Ford 60 +2 Laps 21  
11 20 Japan Ukyo Katayama Minardi-Hart 59 +3 Laps 22  
Ret 2 Brazil Pedro Diniz Arrows-Yamaha 53 Gearbox 17  
Ret 3 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault 40 Gearbox 1  
Ret 10 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 38 Engine 10  
Ret 22 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 32 Engine 13  
Ret 16 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas 18 Electrical 7  
Ret 11 Germany Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Peugeot 17 Transmission 5  
Ret 15 Japan Shinji Nakano Prost-Mugen-Honda 11 Collision 18  
Ret 1 United Kingdom Damon Hill Arrows-Yamaha 11 Collision 15  
Ret 8 Austria Gerhard Berger Benetton-Renault 4 Spun off 11  
Ret 23 Denmark Jan Magnussen Stewart-Ford 2 Spun off 16  
DNS 21 Italy Jarno Trulli Minardi-Hart 0 Gearbox 20  

Notes[edit]

Standings after Grand Prix[edit]

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

References[edit]

Race Details
"1997 San Marino GP". Chicane F1. Retrieved 2007-08-06. 

Classification
Qualifying
"1997 San Marino GP Qual". Chicane F1. Retrieved 2007-08-08. 

Race
"1997 San Marino GP Race". Chicane F1. Retrieved 2007-08-08. 


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