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The 1997 British Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Silverstone on 13 July 1997. It was the ninth round of the 1997 Formula One season. Jacques Villeneuve won the race despite being stuck in the pitlane for half a minute during his first pitstop, after a wheelnut problem.

1997 British Grand Prix
Race 9 of 17 in the 1997 Formula One World Championship
Silverstone Circuit in its 1997 configuration
Silverstone Circuit in its 1997 configuration
Race details
Date 13 July 1997
Official name L RAC British Grand Prix
Location Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire, England
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 5.140 km (3.194 mi)
Distance 59 laps, 303.260 km (188.437 mi)
Scheduled distance 60 laps, 308.400 km (191.631 mi)
Weather Sunny, Dry Track
Pole position
Driver Williams-Renault
Time 1:21.598
Fastest lap
Driver Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Time 1:24.480 on lap 34
Podium
First Williams-Renault
Second Benetton-Renault
Third Benetton-Renault

Two previous leaders retired from the race due to mechanical failures. Michael Schumacher led by over 40 seconds before a wheel bearing failure caused retirement. Mika Häkkinen seemed set for his first win but his engine blew while he was holding off Villeneuve, having made one stop to the Canadian's two.

Further back, Alexander Wurz scored his first podium finish in his third Grand Prix, also briefly leading the race during the pitstops. David Coulthard ran 3rd early on, but faded with braking problems. Schumacher's team-mate Eddie Irvine was close behind Villeneuve when both made their second pitstop, but his car failed as he exited the pits. The race was a disaster for Heinz-Harald Frentzen. He stalled on the grid with the race about to begin, forcing the race start to be aborted and having him to start from the back of the grid. Then on the first lap Jos Verstappen crashed into the back of his Williams car at Becketts' corner ending the German's race immediately.

Damon Hill finally scored his first points for the Arrows team after a late retirement for Shinji Nakano.

Contents

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap Grid
1 3   Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault 1:21.598 1
2 4   Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Renault 1:21.732 +0.134 2
3 9   Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1:21.797 +0.199 3
4 5   Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:21.977 +0.379 4
5 11   Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Peugeot 1:22.277 +0.679 5
6 10   David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:22.279 +0.681 6
7 6   Eddie Irvine Ferrari 1:22.342 +0.744 7
8 8   Alexander Wurz Benetton-Renault 1:22.344 +0.746 8
9 16   Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas 1:22.368 +0.770 9
10 12   Giancarlo Fisichella Jordan-Peugeot 1:22.371 +0.773 10
11 7   Jean Alesi Benetton-Renault 1:22.392 +0.794 11
12 1   Damon Hill Arrows-Yamaha 1:23.271 +1.673 12
13 14   Jarno Trulli Prost-Mugen-Honda 1:23.366 +1.768 13
14 17   Norberto Fontana Sauber-Petronas 1:23.790 +2.192 22 1
15 15   Shinji Nakano Prost-Mugen-Honda 1:23.887 +2.289 14
16 23   Jan Magnussen Stewart-Ford 1:24.067 +2.469 15
17 2   Pedro Diniz Arrows-Yamaha 1:24.239 +2.641 16
18 19   Mika Salo Tyrrell-Ford 1:24.478 +2.880 17
19 20   Ukyo Katayama Minardi-Hart 1:24.553 +2.955 18
20 18   Jos Verstappen Tyrrell-Ford 1:25.010 +3.412 19
21 21   Tarso Marques Minardi-Hart 1:25.154 +3.556 20
22 22   Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 1:25.525 +3.927 21
107% time: 1:27.310
Source: [1][2]
Notes
 
Damon Hill driving the Arrows A18 during the Grand Prix
 
Alexander Wurz passes a yellow flag during the race.

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 3   Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault 59 1:28:01.665 1 10
2 7   Jean Alesi Benetton-Renault 59 +10.205 11 6
3 8   Alexander Wurz Benetton-Renault 59 +11.296 8 4
4 10   David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 59 +31.229 6 3
5 11   Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Peugeot 59 +31.880 5 2
6 1   Damon Hill Arrows-Yamaha 59 +1:13.552 12 1
7 12   Giancarlo Fisichella Jordan-Peugeot 58 +1 Lap 10  
8 14   Jarno Trulli Prost-Mugen-Honda 58 +1 Lap 13  
9 17   Norberto Fontana Sauber-Petronas 58 +1 Lap 22  
10 21   Tarso Marques Minardi-Hart 58 +1 Lap 20  
11 15   Shinji Nakano Prost-Mugen-Honda 57 Engine 14  
Ret 9   Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 52 Engine 3  
Ret 23   Jan Magnussen Stewart-Ford 50 Engine 15  
Ret 18   Jos Verstappen Tyrrell-Ford 45 Engine 19  
Ret 6   Eddie Irvine Ferrari 44 Halfshaft 7  
Ret 19   Mika Salo Tyrrell-Ford 44 Engine 17  
Ret 16   Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas 42 Electrical 9  
Ret 5   Michael Schumacher Ferrari 38 Wheel Bearing 4  
Ret 22   Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 37 Engine 21  
Ret 2   Pedro Diniz Arrows-Yamaha 29 Engine 16  
Ret 4   Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Renault 0 Collision 2  
Ret 20   Ukyo Katayama Minardi-Hart 0 Accident/Spun Off 18  
Source:[3]


Championship standings after the raceEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ F1, STATS. "Britain 1997 - Qualifications • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  2. ^ a b F1, STATS. "Britain 1997 - Starting grid • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  3. ^ "1997 British Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 29 October 2014. Retrieved 24 December 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Britain 1997 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 14 March 2019.

"1997 British GP". Formula One Database. Archived from the original on 10 October 2007. Retrieved 31 July 2007.
"1997 British GP". Grand Prix Racing. Archived from the original on 14 August 2007. Retrieved 30 July 2007.
"1997 British GP Qualifying". Grand Prix Racing. Archived from the original on 28 October 2007. Retrieved 1 August 2007.
"1997 British GP". Formula One Database. Archived from the original on 10 October 2007. Retrieved 1 August 2007.

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