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The 1997 Canadian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on 15 June 1997.

1997 Canadian Grand Prix
Race 7 of 17 in the 1997 Formula One World Championship
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve (1996-2001).svg
Race details
Date 15 June 1997
Official name Grand Prix Players du Canada
Location Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Course Temporary street circuit
Course length 4.421 km (2.747 mi)
Distance 54 laps, 238.734 km (148.342 mi)
Scheduled distance 69 laps, 305.049 km (189.549 mi)
Weather Clear and mild with temperatures approaching 22.7 °C (72.9 °F); wind speeds up to 4.1 kilometres per hour (2.5 mph)[1]
Pole position
Driver Ferrari
Time 1:18.095
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes
Time 1:19.635 on lap 37
Podium
First Ferrari
Second Benetton-Renault
Third Jordan-Peugeot
Barrichello on his way to third on the grid, but would retire in the race.

The race was stopped early on lap 54 after a big crash involving Olivier Panis, who broke his legs and would be unable to start the next seven Grands Prix.

Michael Schumacher won ahead of Jean Alesi in the Benetton and Giancarlo Fisichella in the Jordan. David Coulthard had been leading, but was delayed for over a lap by a clutch problem during his second pit stop, shortly before Panis's crash. On lap 2, local driver Jacques Villeneuve crashed into the wall on the exit of the final corner. This wall would later be known as the 'Wall of Champions', after three former World Champions, including Villeneuve, crashed into it separately in the 1999 race.

It also marked the debut of Alexander Wurz, driving for Benetton in place of his compatriot Gerhard Berger. Berger had been suffering from a sinus illness for some time and during his time off his father was killed in a light aircraft accident.[2]

Contents

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 5   Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:18.095
2 3   Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault 1:18.108 +0.013
3 22   Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 1:18.388 +0.293
4 4   Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Renault 1:18.464 +0.369
5 10   David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:18.466 +0.371
6 12   Giancarlo Fisichella Jordan-Peugeot 1:18.750 +0.655
7 11   Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Peugeot 1:18.869 +0.774
8 7   Jean Alesi Benetton-Renault 1:18.899 +0.804
9 9   Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1:18.916 +0.821
10 14   Olivier Panis Prost-Mugen-Honda 1:19.034 +0.939
11 8   Alexander Wurz Benetton-Renault 1:19.286 +1.191
12 6   Eddie Irvine Ferrari 1:19.503 +1.408
13 16   Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas 1:19.622 +1.527
14 18   Jos Verstappen Tyrrell-Ford 1:20.102 +2.007
15 1   Damon Hill Arrows-Yamaha 1:20.129 +2.034
16 2   Pedro Diniz Arrows-Yamaha 1:20.175 +2.080
17 19   Mika Salo Tyrrell-Ford 1:20.336 +2.241
18 17   Gianni Morbidelli Sauber-Petronas 1:20.357 +2.262
19 15   Shinji Nakano Prost-Mugen-Honda 1:20.370 +2.275
20 21   Jarno Trulli Minardi-Hart 1:20.370 +2.275
21 23   Jan Magnussen Stewart-Ford 1:20.491 +2.396
22 20   Ukyo Katayama Minardi-Hart 1:21.034 +2.939
107% time: 1:23.562
Source: [3]

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5   Michael Schumacher Ferrari 54 1:17:40.646 1 10
2 7   Jean Alesi Benetton-Renault 54 +2.565 8 6
3 12   Giancarlo Fisichella Jordan-Peugeot 54 +3.219 6 4
4 4   Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Renault 54 +3.768 4 3
5 16   Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas 54 +4.716 13 2
6 15   Shinji Nakano Prost-Mugen-Honda 54 +36.701 19 1
7 10   David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 54 +37.753 5  
8 2   Pedro Diniz Arrows-Yamaha 53 +1 lap 16  
9 1   Damon Hill Arrows-Yamaha 53 +1 lap 15  
10 17   Gianni Morbidelli Sauber-Petronas 53 +1 lap 18  
11 14   Olivier Panis Prost-Mugen-Honda 51 Accident 10  
Ret 19   Mika Salo Tyrrell-Ford 46 Engine 17  
Ret 18   Jos Verstappen Tyrrell-Ford 42 Gearbox 14  
Ret 8   Alexander Wurz Benetton-Renault 35 Transmission 11  
Ret 22   Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 33 Gearbox 3  
Ret 21   Jarno Trulli Minardi-Hart 32 Engine 20  
Ret 11   Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Peugeot 14 Accident 7  
Ret 20   Ukyo Katayama Minardi-Hart 5 Throttle 22  
Ret 3   Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault 1 Accident 2  
Ret 9   Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 0 Collision 9  
Ret 6   Eddie Irvine Ferrari 0 Collision 12  
Ret 23   Jan Magnussen Stewart-Ford 0 Accident 21  
Source:[4]

NotesEdit

Championship standings after the raceEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Weather information for the "1997 Canadian Grand Prix"". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2013-11-11.
  2. ^ "McLaren's 50 Greatest Drivers". Vodafone McLaren Mercedes. Archived from the original on 15 January 2012. Retrieved 2018-07-26.
  3. ^ F1, STATS. "Canada 1997 - Qualifications • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  4. ^ "1997 Canadian Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 29 October 2014. Retrieved 24 December 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Canada 1997 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 14 March 2019.


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