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1997 International Formula 3000 Championship

1997 FIA International Formula 3000 Championship
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The 1997 International Formula 3000 season was the thirty-first season of the second-tier of Formula One feeder championship and also thirteenth season under the International Formula 3000 Championship moniker. The championship[1] was a ten-round series contested from 11 May to 25 October 1997. The Drivers' Championship was won by Brazilian Ricardo Zonta of Super Nova Racing, who won three races.

Drivers and teamsEdit

The following teams and drivers contested the 1997 FIA Formula 3000 International Championship. The Lola T96/50 Zytek-Judd was used by all teams,[2] as was mandatory under the championship regulations.

Team No. Driver Rounds
  RSM Marko 1   Craig Lowndes All
2   Juan Pablo Montoya All
  Super Nova Racing 3   Ricardo Zonta All
4   Laurent Redon All
  Team Astromega 5   Boris Derichebourg All
6   Soheil Ayari All
  Draco Engineering 7   Cyrille Sauvage All
8   Pedro Couceiro All
  Apomatox 9   Fabrizio Gollin 1-3, 9
  Emmanuel Clérico 4
10   Jean-Philippe Belloc 1-4
  Edenbridge Racing 11   Werner Lupberger All
12   Max Wilson All
  Pacific Racing 14   Oliver Tichy 1-8
15   Marc Gené 1-2
  DAMS 16   Grégoire de Galzain All
17   Jamie Davies All
  Durango Formula 18   Stephen Watson All
19   Gareth Rees All
  Auto Sport Racing 20   Gastón Mazzacane All
21   Tom Kristensen All
  Nordic Racing 22   Thomas Biagi 1-3
  Marc Gené 4-6, 10
  Mario Waltner 7-8
  Gianluca Paglicci 9
23   Rui Águas All
  Bob Salisbury Engineering 24   Oliver Gavin 1-3
  James Taylor 4-10
25   Thomas Schie All
  Den Blå Avis 26   Jason Watt All
  DC Cook Motorsport 27   David Cook All
28   Patrick Lemarié 9-10
  Coloni Motorsport 29   Markus Friesacher All
30   Emiliano Spataro 1-9
  Oliver Tichy 10
  Ravarotto Racing 31   Anthony Beltoise 1-7
32   Patrick Lemarié 1-4, 6
  GP Racing 33   Thomas Biagi 4-10
  Elide Racing 34   Miguel Ángel de Castro 10
  Arden International 35   Christian Horner All
  KTR 36   Kurt Mollekens All
  Redman & Bright F3000 37   Gonzalo Rodríguez 1, 3-7, 9-10
  DKS Racing 38   Dino Morelli 1-4

CalendarEdit

Round Circuit Date Laps Distance Time Speed Pole Position Fastest Lap Winner
1   Silverstone Circuit 11 May 40 5.14=205.60 km 1'21:15.501 151.990 km/h   Ricardo Zonta   Marc Gené   Tom Kristensen
2   Pau Grand Prix 19 May 75 2.76=207.00 km 1'32:44.230 133.927 km/h   Juan Pablo Montoya   Juan Pablo Montoya   Juan Pablo Montoya
3   Helsinki Thunder 25 May 65 3.18=206.7 km 1'38:32.881 125.847 km/h   Juan Pablo Montoya   Juan Pablo Montoya   Soheil Ayari
4   Nürburgring 29 June 4 4.556=18.224 km 0'07:57.334 137.443 km/h   Ricardo Zonta   Ricardo Zonta   Ricardo Zonta
5   Autodromo di Pergusa 20 July 41 4.95=202.95 km 1'04:48.310 187.902 km/h   Jamie Davies   Jamie Davies   Jamie Davies
6   Hockenheimring 26 July 31 6.823=211.513 km 1'04:33.262 196.591 km/h   Tom Kristensen   Juan Pablo Montoya   Ricardo Zonta
7   A1 Ring 3 August 48 4.319=207.312 km 1'12:39.794 171.183 km/h   Juan Pablo Montoya   Ricardo Zonta   Juan Pablo Montoya
8   Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps 22 August 29 6.968=202.072 km 1'05:19.036 185.622 km/h   Tom Kristensen   Rui Águas   Jason Watt
9   Mugello Circuit 29 September 40 5.245=209.8 km 1'09:03.576 182.277 km/h   Ricardo Zonta   Ricardo Zonta   Ricardo Zonta
10   Circuito de Jerez 25 October 44 4.428=194.832 km 1'13:47.224 158.428 km/h   Ricardo Zonta   Ricardo Zonta   Juan Pablo Montoya

Note:

  • The Silverstone round was the Autosport International Trophy [2]
  • The Pau round was the 57th Grand Prix Automobile du Pau [2]
  • The Pergusa-Enna round was the 35th Gran Premio del Mediterraneo [2]

Season summaryEdit

After finishing the season with two wins in the last three races of 1996, Brazil's Ricardo Zonta entered 1997 as the pre-season title favourite with the Super Nova team. However, he endured a frustrating start with no points from the first three races. The early pace in the championship battle was set by Denmark's Tom Kristensen, who inherited the race victory at a damp Silverstone from the disqualified Zonta, and then finished behind Juan Pablo Montoya on the street circuit at Pau. After an attritional race in Helsinki won by Soheil Ayari, where most of the major title contenders failed to finish and just nine drivers made it to the chequered flag, the field endured another wet race at the Nurburgring. It was marred by a serious accident involving British drivers Dino Morelli and Gareth Rees, in which Morelli suffered severe leg injuries which would keep him out of racing for the rest of the season.[3] With the race abandoned after just four laps, Zonta was declared the winner, but with only half-points awarded.

By mid-season, the competitive start to the season left the championship battle wide open, with Kristensen and Enna winner Jamie Davies leading the standings halfway through the season ahead of Montoya, Zonta and Ayari. Zonta became the first driver to win twice with a dominant drive at Hockenheim, but left Germany a point behind the consistent Davies, who had been on the podium in four of the six races so far. However, at the A1-Ring, a disastrous qualifying left the British driver down in 24th place on the grid, leaving him out of contention for points. Montoya led home Zonta, who became the new championship leader.

The race at Spa-Francorchamps was another overshadowed by a large crash, as Kristensen crashed heavily while leading at the high-speed Blanchimont corner, triggering a pile-up, though no drivers were seriously injured.[4] Denmark's Jason Watt took his first Formula 3000 race win to enter title contention, as Zonta could only manage to finish fifth, and his rivals all failed to score points. However, a month later, a controversial round at Mugello settled the championship - Kristensen was excluded from the event for running an illegal spacer, while Davies and DAMS team mate Gregoire de Galzain were also excluded for failure to attend the drivers' briefing. Zonta's race win, with Montoya only finishing third behind Watt, meant that the Brazilian was declared champion. The Auto Sport and Durango teams protested Zonta and Watt's results for allegedly having used illegal fuel and car parts, but this protest was quashed and the results stood.[5] Montoya went on to win the final round at Jerez, securing second place in the championship. Watt finished third ahead of Davies, who had failed to score any points since taking the lead of the championship with four races to go.

None of the drivers who participated in the 1997 season were able to take seats on the 1998 Formula One grid. Zonta moved to the AMG Mercedes team in the FIA GT Championship, which he won jointly with Klaus Ludwig, and went on to drive for BAR in Formula One in 1999. Kristensen, who had won the 1997 24 Hours of Le Mans, moved into sportscar racing, while the remaining major contenders would return to Formula 3000 in 1998.

Drivers' ChampionshipEdit

Pos Driver SIL
 
PAU
 
HEL
 
NÜR
 
PER
 
HOC
 
A1R
 
SPA
 
MUG
 
JER
 
Points
1   Ricardo Zonta DSQ Ret Ret 1 2 1 2 5 1 Ret 39
2   Juan Pablo Montoya Ret 1 Ret 4 11 5 1 DSQ 3 1 37.5
3   Jason Watt 4 12 DNS 2 Ret 4 Ret 1 2 Ret 25
4   Jamie Davies 3 3 Ret 8 1 3 9 8 EX Ret 22
5   Max Wilson Ret 7 Ret 5 3 2 8 2 4 10 21
6   Tom Kristensen 1 2 Ret 3 Ret Ret 6 Ret EX Ret 19
7   Oliver Tichy 8 8 2 9 Ret 7 5 Ret 2 14
8   Soheil Ayari Ret 6 1 19 Ret Ret 10 Ret 6 Ret 12
9   Laurent Redon Ret 4 Ret 21 6 Ret 3 14 5 11 10
10   Rui Águas Ret 9 5 7 Ret DSQ 4 9 12 5 7
11   Pedro Couceiro 2 Ret Ret 15 DNS Ret 11 7 Ret Ret 6
12   Dino Morelli 5 11 3 Ret 6
13   Cyrille Sauvage 7 5 Ret Ret 8 Ret Ret 4 9 DSQ 5
14   Gareth Rees Ret Ret Ret Ret 16 11 Ret Ret 7 3 4
15   Boris Derichebourg 12 15 8 Ret 9 DNQ 13 3 22 15 4
16   Patrick Lemarié 6 13 4 13 Ret 14 DNQ 4
17   Craig Lowndes 14 Ret Ret Ret 4 Ret Ret Ret 21 9 3
18   Werner Lupberger 11 DNQ DNQ 18 Ret 14 Ret 13 11 4 3
19   Kurt Mollekens EX 10 Ret DNQ 5 6 Ret Ret Ret Ret 3
20   Stephen Watson 15 DNQ 6 16 7 12 Ret 6 15 Ret 2
21   Christian Horner 16 DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 16 DNQ 17 6 1
22   Gonzalo Rodríguez DNQ Ret 6 Ret 17 7 8 Ret 0.5
23   David Cook Ret DNQ 7 DNQ Ret DNQ 14 Ret Ret 7 0
24   Grégoire de Galzain DNQ DNQ DNQ 17 Ret 9 15 Ret EX 8 0
25   Marc Gené 13 DNQ DNQ Ret 8 Ret 0
26   Anthony Beltoise Ret Ret 9 14 12 13 Ret 0
27   Jean-Philippe Belloc 9 Ret Ret 20 0
28   Gastón Mazzacane 10 DNQ Ret 10 15 10 17 11 10 Ret 0
29   Thomas Schie DNQ 14 DNQ DNQ DNQ 15 DNQ 10 18 Ret 0
30   Emiliano Spataro DNQ DNQ DNQ 11 13 16 12 Ret Ret 0
31   Thomas Biagi DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 14 18 Ret Ret 16 12 0
32   Emmanuel Clérico 12 0
33   James Taylor DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 12 DNQ DNQ 0
34   Fabrizio Gollin Ret Ret Ret 13 0
35   Markus Friesacher DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 17 DNQ DNQ Ret 19 DNQ 0
36   Gianluca Paglicci 20 0
 –   Miguel Ángel de Castro DNQ 0
 –   Mario Waltner DNQ DNQ 0
  Oliver Gavin DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
Pos Driver SIL
 
PAU
 
HEL
 
NÜR
 
PER
 
HOC
 
A1R
 
SPA
 
MUG
 
JER
 
Points
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Retired (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate (DNP)
Excluded (EX)

Bold � Pole
Italics � Fastest lap

NotesEdit

Complete OverviewEdit

first column of every race 10 = grid position
second column of every race 10 = race result

R24=retired, but classified R=retired NS=did not start NQ=did not qualify NT=no time set in qualifying DIS(1)=disqualified after finishing as winner (13)=place after practice, but grid position not held free DIS=disqualified in practice

Place Name Team SIL
 
PAU
 
HEL
 
NÜR
 
PER
 
HOC
 
OST
 
SPA
 
MUG
 
JER
 
1   Ricardo Zonta SuperNova Racing 1 DIS(1) 8 R 8 R 1 1 2 2 2 1 2 2 5 5 1 1 1 R
2   Juan Pablo Montoya RSM Marko 2 R 1 1 1 R 4 4 6 11 15 5 1 1 4 R 2 3 4 1
3   Jason Watt Den Blå Avis 3 4 15 12 (13) NS 3 2 8 R 5 4 9 R 2 1 4 2 6 R
4   Jamie Davies DAMS 23 3 4 3 2 R 13 8 1 1 6 3 24 9 15 8 DIS - 3 R
5   Max Wilson Edenbridge Racing 8 R 11 7 21 R 5 5 4 3 3 2 14 8 8 2 3 4 9 10
6   Tom Kristensen Auto Sport Racing 12 1 2 2 6 R 2 3 10 R 1 R 3 6 1 R DIS - 2 R
7   Oliver Tichy Pacific Racing 7 8 9 8 3 2 17 9 9 R 17 7 16 5 21 R - -
Coloni Motorsport 7 2
8   Soheil Ayari Team Astromega 4 R 5 6 9 1 8 19 13 R 8 R 6 10 3 R 7 6 8 R
9   Laurent Rédon SuperNova Racing 10 R 3 4 11 R 7 21 11 6 9 R 5 3 9 14 6 5 16 11
10   Rui Águas Nordic Racing 5 R 12 9 18 5 12 7 7 R 4 R 8 4 17 9 13 12 10 5
11   Pedro Couceiro Draco Engineering 22 2 7 R 19 R 14 15 (12) NS 24 R 13 11 16 7 17 R 19 R
  Dino Morelli DKS Racing 11 5 19 11 7 3 16 R24 - - - - - - - - - - - -
13   Cyrille Sauvage Draco Engineering 13 7 6 5 4 R 15 R23 3 8 13 R 7 R 24 4 9 9 5 DIS(2)
14   Patrick Lemarié Ravarotto Racing 25 6 17 13 13 4 11 13 - - 16 R - - - -
D C Cook Motorsport 19 14 27 NQ
  Boris Derichebourg Team Astromega 20 12 21 15 22 8 6 R 16 9 27 NQ 22 13 6 3 11 22 15 R
  Gareth Rees Durango Formula 15 R 16 R 12 R 9 R22 20 16 19 11 18 R 11 R 5 7 11 3
17   Craig Lowndes RSM Marko 6 14 14 R 20 R 23 R25 15 4 10 R 10 R 20 R 10 21 13 9
  Kurt Mollekens KTR DIS - 13 10 5 R 32 NQ 12 5 26 6 12 R 18 R 24 R 21 R
  Werner Lupberger Edenbridge Racing 26 11 28 NQ 30 NQ 19 18 21 R 23 14 15 R 10 13 14 11 14 4
20   Stephen Watson Durango Formula 21 15 25 NQ 15 6 18 16 19 7 18 12 21 R 7 6 18 15 22 R
21   Christian Horner Arden International 24 R16 33 NQ 29 NQ 33 NQ 30 NQ 29 NQ 25 16 27 NQ 22 17 24 6
22   Gonzalo Rodríguez Redman & Bright F3000 31 NQ - - 14 R 10 6 5 R 7 17 4 7 - - 8 8 12 R
-   David Cook D C Cook Motorsport 14 R 31 NQ 24 7 30 NQ 26 R 30 NQ 26 14 22 R 16 R 26 7
-   Grégoire de Galzain DAMS 29 NQ 32 NQ 32 NQ 26 17 23 R 20 9 23 15 23 R DIS - 17 8
-   Marc Gené Pacific Racing 16 13 23 NQ - -
Nordic Racing 31 NQ 12 R10 11 8 - - - - - - 20 R
-   Anthony Beltoise Ravarotto Racing 17 R 18 R 16 9 22 14 22 12 21 13 17 R - - - - - -
-   Jean-Philippe Belloc Apomatox 19 9 22 R 17 R 24 20 - - - - - - - - - - - -
-   Gastón Mazzacane Auto Sport Racing 9 10 24 NQ 23 R 20 10 17 15 12 10 11 17 19 11 12 10 18 R
-   Thomas Schie BSE Salisbury Engineering 32 NQ 20 14 26 NQ 28 NQ 28 NQ 22 15 27 NQ 13 10 23 18 25 R
-   Emiliano Spataro Coloni Motorsport 32 NQ 29 NQ 27 NQ 21 11 24 13 25 16 23 15 20 12 15 R - -
-   Thomas Biagi Nordic Racing 28 NQ 26 NQ 31 NQ
GP Racing 27 NQ 18 14 14 18 19 R 25 R 20 16 23 12
-   Emmanuel Clérico Apomatox - - - - - - 25 12 - - - - - - - - - - - -
-   James Taylor BSE Salisbury Engineering - - - - - - 34 NQ 29 NQ 31 NQ NT - 26 12 27 NQ 30 NQ
-   Fabrizio Gollin Apomatox 18 R 10 R 10 R - - - - - - - - - - 21 13 - -
-   Markus Friesacher Coloni Motorsport 27 NQ 30 NQ 28 NQ 29 NQ 25 17 28 NQ 28 NQ 14 R 26 19 28 NQ
-   Gianluca Paglicci Nordic Racing - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 25 20 - -
-   Oliver Gavin BSE Salisbury Engineering 30 NQ 27 NQ 33 NQ - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
-   Mario Waltner Nordic Racing - - - - - - - - - - - - 29 NQ 28 NQ - - - -
-   Miguel Ángel de Castro Elide Racing - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 29 NQ

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Official 1997 FIA Formula 3000 International Championship results Retrieved from web.archive.org on 15 March 2009
  2. ^ a b c d Autocourse, 1997-98, page 273
  3. ^ "1997 F3000 Nurburgring - Morelli Massive Crash".
  4. ^ "1997 F3000 Spa - Huge Pile Up".
  5. ^ "Mugello results". Retrieved 2018-09-05.

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