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
Course length 3.968 km (2.466 mi)
Distance 77 laps, 305.536 km (189,851 mi)
Weather Sunny, Dry Track, 27°C
Pole position
Driver Ferrari
Time 1:14.672
Fastest lap
Driver Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Renault
Time 1:18.372 on lap 25
Podium
First Williams-Renault
Second Arrows-Yamaha
Third 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. The race, contested over 77 laps, was the eleventh race of the 1997 Formula One season and was won by Jacques Villeneuve, driving a Williams-Renault, with Damon Hill second in an Arrows-Yamaha and Johnny Herbert third in a Sauber-Petronas.

Defending World Champion Hill, who had been having a poor year in the uncompetitive and unreliable Arrows, had led comfortably for most of the race, after qualifying third behind championship challengers Michael Schumacher and Villeneuve. However, a hydraulic failure resulted in Villeneuve passing him on the final lap. It was to be the closest the Arrows team ever came to a Grand Prix victory.

The win was Villeneuve's fifth of the season and moved him to within three points of Schumacher in the Drivers' Championship, the Ferrari driver having only managed fourth in the race.

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 19th 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]

After the race the problem, which denied Arrows, Bridgestone and Yamaha their first ever victories (in the case of Arrows and Yamaha, their only ever victories), was diagnosed as a throttle linkage failure, caused by a broken washer worth 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.

Classification[edit]

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

Race[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  
Source:[4]

Notes[edit]

Championship standings after the race[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Grand Prix Results: Hungarian GP, 1997". grandprix.com. Retrieved 10 January 2016. 
  2. ^ Medland, Chris (2012-08-20). "The Broken Arrow". ESPN. Retrieved 2015-11-19. 
  3. ^ Hungarian GP factfile, ITV F1, 2008-07-30, archived from the original on 2008-08-06, retrieved 2015-11-19 
  4. ^ "1997 Hungarian Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 29 October 2014. Retrieved 24 December 2015. 
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