1997 Italian Grand Prix

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1997 Italian Grand Prix
Race 13 of 17 in the 1997 Formula One World Championship
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Race details
Date 7 September 1997
Location Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 5.770 km (3.585 mi)
Distance 53 laps, 305.810 km (190.022 mi)
Weather Dry with temperatures reaching up to 29 °C (84 °F)[1]
Pole position
Driver Benetton-Renault
Time 1:22.990
Fastest lap
Driver Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes
Time 1:24.808 on lap 49
Podium
First McLaren-Mercedes
Second Benetton-Renault
Third Williams-Renault

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

Report[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Fisichella set the early pace in qualifying. Alesi got pole position on his second set of tyres. Frentzen moved into second late in the session. The rest of the top six was Fisichella third, Villeneuve fourth, Häkkinen fifth and Coulthard sixth. The Ferraris of Michael Schumacher and Eddie Irvine qualified ninth and tenth respectively.

Race[edit]

At the start Alesi led with Frentzen in second and Coulthard moving from sixth on the grid into third place. The top three stayed this way until lap 28 when Frentzen pitted. On lap 32 Alesi and Coulthard pitted together, when Coulthard moved ahead of Alesi courtesy of a faster pit-stop. This left Mika Häkkinen in the lead until he pitted a couple of laps later. Coulthard took the lead on lap 34 when Michael Schumacher pitted. The top three after Michael Schumacher pitted was Coulthard first, Alesi second and Frentzen third. Häkkinen was fourth until he got a puncture on lap 36. The top six after Häkkinen's puncture was Coulthard first, Alesi second, Frentzen third, Fisichella fourth, Villeneuve fifth and Michael Schumacher in sixth. The top six stayed in that order for the rest of the race and was won by Coulthard by just under two seconds. This was the only race of the season where neither Jacques Villeneuve nor Michael Schumacher was on the podium.

Post-race[edit]

David Coulthard dedicated his win in this race to Princess Diana.[2]

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 7 France Jean Alesi Benetton-Renault 1:22.990
2 4 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Renault 1:23.042 +0.052
3 12 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Jordan-Peugeot 1:23.066 +0.076
4 3 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault 1:23.231 +0.241
5 9 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1:23.340 +0.350
6 10 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:23.347 +0.357
7 8 Austria Gerhard Berger Benetton-Renault 1:23.443 +0.453
8 11 Germany Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Peugeot 1:23.603 +0.613
9 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:23.624 +0.634
10 6 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ferrari 1:23.891 +0.901
11 22 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 1:24.177 +1.187
12 16 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas 1:24.242 +1.252
13 23 Denmark Jan Magnussen Stewart-Ford 1:24.394 +1.404
14 1 United Kingdom Damon Hill Arrows-Yamaha 1:24.482 +1.492
15 15 Japan Shinji Nakano Prost-Mugen-Honda 1:24.553 +1.563
16 14 Italy Jarno Trulli Prost-Mugen-Honda 1:24.567 +1.577
17 2 Brazil Pedro Diniz Arrows-Yamaha 1:24.639 +1.649
18 17 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Sauber-Petronas 1:24.735 +1.745
19 19 Finland Mika Salo Tyrrell-Ford 1:25.693 +2.703
20 18 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Tyrrell-Ford 1:25.845 +2.855
21 20 Japan Ukyo Katayama Minardi-Hart 1:26.655 +3.665
22 21 Brazil Tarso Marques Minardi-Hart 1:27.677 +4.687
107% time: 1:28.799
Source:[3]

Race[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 Loose Wheel 21  
Ret 2 Brazil Pedro Diniz Arrows-Yamaha 4 Suspension 17  
Source:[4]

Championship standings after the race[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 Weather Information". Weather Underground. Retrieved 2014-09-09.
  2. ^ "Italian Grand Prix Review". atlasf1.autosport.com. 1997-09-10. Retrieved 2009-12-15.
  3. ^ "Italy 1997 - Qualifications". StatsF1. Retrieved 27 March 2016.
  4. ^ "1997 Italian Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 29 October 2014. Retrieved 24 December 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Italy 1997 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 18 March 2019.

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