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The 1997 French Grand Prix (formally the LXXXIII French Grand Prix) was a Formula One motor race held at Circuit de Nevers, Magny-Cours, France on 29 June 1997. It was the eighth race of the 1997 Formula One World Championship.

1997 French Grand Prix
Race 8 of 17 in the 1997 Formula One World Championship
Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours (1992-2002).svg
Race details
Date 29 June 1997
Official name LXXXIII French Grand Prix
Location Circuit de Nevers
Magny-Cours, France
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 4.250 km (2.641 mi)
Distance 72 laps, 306.000 km (190.140 mi)
Weather Dry at first, rain in closing stages
Pole position
Driver Ferrari
Time 1:14.548
Fastest lap
Driver Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Time 1:17.910 on lap 37
Podium
First Ferrari
Second Williams-Renault
Third Ferrari

The 72-lap race was won from pole position by Michael Schumacher, driving a Ferrari, with Heinz-Harald Frentzen second in a Williams-Renault and Eddie Irvine third in the other Ferrari. The win, Schumacher's third of the season and second in succession, gave him a 14-point lead in the Drivers' Championship over Jacques Villeneuve, who finished fourth in the other Williams-Renault.

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Race summaryEdit

At the start, Michael Schumacher led away from pole with Frentzen in the Williams behind him all the way. It was a bad start for Damon Hill, who lost his wing at the first corner after going off and didn't feature much after that.

The race was relatively uneventful until towards the end when a nearby thunderstorm caused rain around the circuit. Some drivers pitted for wet tyres whilst others stayed on their dry tyres. Several drivers spun under the conditions, including Michael Schumacher. Schumacher maintained his big lead, however

In the end, Michael crossed the line well ahead of Frentzen but on the last couple of laps a huge battle was going on between Ralf Schumacher, David Coulthard and Jean Alesi. At the same time Jacques Villeneuve was reeling in Eddie Irvine for the final podium spot.

Ralf Schumacher spun, losing sixth place, but as mentioned in the notes, Michael Schumacher (who had lapped him), allowed him back through at the final corner. At the time, commentator Murray Walker said that it was a silly move. However, on the last lap Alesi pushed Coulthard straight off, costing Coulthard fifth place, thus giving Ralf Schumacher the final point because he had unlapped himself.

Meanwhile, at the last corner, Villeneuve had caught Irvine. In a desperate lunge at the final corner he spun off, rejoined, and held off Alesi at the flag.

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 5   Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:14.548
2 4   Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Renault 1:14.749 +0.201
3 11   Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Peugeot 1:14.755 +0.207
4 3   Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault 1:14.800 +0.252
5 6   Eddie Irvine Ferrari 1:14.860 +0.312
6 14   Jarno Trulli Prost-Mugen-Honda 1:14.957 +0.409
7 8   Alexander Wurz Benetton-Renault 1:14.986 +0.438
8 7   Jean Alesi Benetton-Renault 1:15.228 +0.680
9 10   David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:15.270 +0.722
10 9   Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1:15.339 +0.791
11 12   Giancarlo Fisichella Jordan-Peugeot 1:15.453 +0.905
12 15   Shinji Nakano Prost-Mugen-Honda 1:15.857 +1.309
13 22   Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 1:15.876 +1.328
14 16   Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas 1:16.018 +1.470
15 23   Jan Magnussen Stewart-Ford 1:16.149 +1.601
16 2   Pedro Diniz Arrows-Yamaha 1:16.536 +1.988
17 1   Damon Hill Arrows-Yamaha 1:16.729 +2.181
18 18   Jos Verstappen Tyrrell-Ford 1:16.941 +2.393
19 19   Mika Salo Tyrrell-Ford 1:17.256 +2.708
20 17   Norberto Fontana Sauber-Petronas 1:17.538 +2.990
21 20   Ukyo Katayama Minardi-Hart 1:17.563 +3.015
22 21   Tarso Marques Minardi-Hart 1:18.280 +3.732
107% time: 1:19.766
Source: [1]

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5   Michael Schumacher Ferrari 72 1:38:50.492 1 10
2 4   Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Renault 72 +23.537 2 6
3 6   Eddie Irvine Ferrari 72 +1:14.801 5 4
4 3   Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault 72 +1:21.784 4 3
5 7   Jean Alesi Benetton-Renault 72 +1:22.735 8 2
6 11   Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Peugeot 72 +1:29.871 3 1
7 10   David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 71 Collision 9  
8 16   Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas 71 +1 lap 14  
9 12   Giancarlo Fisichella Jordan-Peugeot 71 +1 lap 11  
10 14   Jarno Trulli Prost-Mugen-Honda 70 +2 laps 6  
11 20   Ukyo Katayama Minardi-Hart 70 +2 laps 21  
12 1   Damon Hill Arrows-Yamaha 69 +3 laps 17  
Ret 19   Mika Salo Tyrrell-Ford 61 Electrical 19  
Ret 8   Alexander Wurz Benetton-Renault 60 Spun off 7  
Ret 2   Pedro Diniz Arrows-Yamaha 58 Spun off 16  
Ret 17   Norberto Fontana Sauber-Petronas 40 Spun off 20  
Ret 22   Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 36 Engine 13  
Ret 23   Jan Magnussen Stewart-Ford 33 Brakes 15  
Ret 9   Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 18 Engine 10  
Ret 18   Jos Verstappen Tyrrell-Ford 15 Spun off 18  
Ret 15   Shinji Nakano Prost-Mugen-Honda 7 Spun off 12  
Ret 21   Tarso Marques Minardi-Hart 5 Engine 22  
Source:[2]

NotesEdit

  • Pedro Diniz outqualified team-mate Damon Hill for the first time.
  • Michael allowed his brother Ralf to overtake him and unlap himself on the last corner. Ralf subsequently gained the last point of the day as a result, rising from 7th to 6th after Jean Alesi ran David Coulthard off the road.
  • Jarno Trulli switched from Minardi to Prost replacing the injured Olivier Panis.
  • Trulli's seat at Minardi went to Tarso Marques.
  • Norberto Fontana replaced Gianni Morbidelli at Sauber. Morbidelli had suffered from a broken arm.

Championship standings after the raceEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ F1, STATS. "France 1997 - Qualifications • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  2. ^ "1997 French Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 29 October 2014. Retrieved 24 December 2015.
  3. ^ a b "France 1997 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 17 March 2019.


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