Minardi M197

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Minardi M197
Category Formula One
Constructor Minardi
Designer(s) Gabriele Tredozi
Predecessor M195B
Successor M198
Technical specifications
Chassis carbon-fibre monocoque
Suspension (front) double wishbones, pushrod
Suspension (rear) as front
Engine Hart 830 3-litre 72° V8 normally aspirated
Transmission Minardi/Xtrac six-speed longitudinal semi-automatic
Fuel Petroscience
Tyres Bridgestone
Competition history
Notable entrants Minardi Team
Notable drivers 20. Japan Ukyo Katayama
21. Italy Jarno Trulli
21. Brazil Tarso Marques
Debut 1997 Australian Grand Prix
Races Wins Poles F.Laps
17 0 0 0
Teams' Championships 0
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0

The Minardi M197 was the car with which the Minardi Formula One team competed in the 1997 Formula One season. It was initially driven by Ukyo Katayama, who moved from Tyrrell, and Jarno Trulli, the reigning German Formula Three champion. However, Trulli would be called up to Prost Grand Prix following Olivier Panis' serious accident in Montréal, and the team would select part-time 1996 driver Tarso Marques to take over his vacated seat.

The year saw investment from Fondmetal, ensuring the team's budget, but the car was unresponsive. Combined with an underpowered (albeit well-prepared) V8 engine from Brian Hart, it left the team at the bottom of the grid, although the newly acquired Bridgestone tyres did allow them to occasionally challenge Tyrrell. Minardi also had the satisfaction of comfortably beating debutants MasterCard Lola, despite the British team's experience in motor racing.

The team were unclassified in the Constructors' Championship, with no points.

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position)

Year Team Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Points WCC
1997 Minardi Hart V8 B AUS BRA ARG SMR MON ESP CAN FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA AUT LUX JPN EUR 0 NC
Jarno Trulli 9 12 9 DNS Ret 15 Ret
Tarso Marques Ret 10 Ret 12 Ret 14 EX Ret Ret 15
Ukyo Katayama Ret 18 Ret 11 10 Ret Ret 11 Ret Ret 10 14 Ret 11 Ret Ret 17

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