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The 1997 San Marino Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Italy on 27 April 1997. It was the fourth race of the 1997 Formula One season. The 62-lap race was won by Williams driver Heinz-Harald Frentzen after he started from second position. Michael Schumacher finished second for the Ferrari team with his teammate Eddie Irvine third.

1997 San Marino Grand Prix
Race 4 of 17 in the 1997 Formula One World Championship
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Race details
Date 27 April 1997
Official name XVII Gran Premio di San Marino
Location Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Course Permanent Racing Facility
Course length 4.930 km (3.065 mi)
Distance 62 laps, 305.660 km (190.030 mi)
Weather Cloudy, Dry, 17 °C
Pole position
Driver Williams-Renault
Time 1:23.303
Fastest lap
Driver Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Renault
Time 1:25.531 on lap 42
Podium
First Williams-Renault
Second Ferrari
Third Ferrari

SummaryEdit

Pre-raceEdit

In the early practice sessions the Ferrari and Benetton teams dominated, with a large majority of the field experiencing some sort of problem with their car, or going off. One of the drivers was David Coulthard, who had a major off in the Saturday morning session, destroying the car. However, the Williams soon regained the top spot in the later sessions.

QualifyingEdit

Jacques Villeneuve made it four pole positions in a row after once again taking pole. His teammate joined him on the front row, followed by Michael Schumacher, another strong performance by Olivier Panis, and in fifth Michael's younger brother Ralf.

RaceEdit

 
Jacques Villeneuve driving in the San Marino Grand Prix

Heinz-Harald Frentzen took his maiden Formula One win driving for Williams after he held off a late charge from Michael Schumacher.[1] Jacques Villeneuve retired from third place with a gearbox failure.

Gerhard Berger started his 200th grand prix, however it ended in disappointment when he spun off early on.

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 3   Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault 1:23.303
2 4   Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Renault 1:23.646 +0.343
3 5   Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:23.955 +0.652
4 14   Olivier Panis Prost-Mugen-Honda 1:24.075 +0.772
5 11   Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Peugeot 1:24.081 +0.778
6 12   Giancarlo Fisichella Jordan-Peugeot 1:24.596 +1.293
7 16   Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas 1:24.723 +1.420
8 9   Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1:24.812 +1.509
9 6   Eddie Irvine Ferrari 1:24.862 +1.558
10 10   David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:25.077 +1.774
11 8   Gerhard Berger Benetton-Renault 1:25.371 +2.068
12 17   Nicola Larini Sauber-Petronas 1:25.554 +2.241
13 22   Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 1:25.579 +2.276
14 7   Jean Alesi Benetton-Renault 1:25.729 +2.426
15 1   Damon Hill Arrows-Yamaha 1:25.743 +2.440
16 23   Jan Magnussen Stewart-Ford 1:26.192 +2.889
17 2   Pedro Diniz Arrows-Yamaha 1:26.253 +2.950
18 15   Shinji Nakano Prost-Mugen-Honda 1:26.712 +3.409
19 19   Mika Salo Tyrrell-Ford 1:26.852 +3.549
20 21   Jarno Trulli Minardi-Hart 1:26.960 +3.657
21 18   Jos Verstappen Tyrrell-Ford 1:27.428 +4.125
22 20   Ukyo Katayama Minardi-Hart 1:28.727 +5.424
107% time : 1:29.134
Source:[1]

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 4   Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Renault 62 1:31:00.673 2 10
2 5   Michael Schumacher Ferrari 62 +1.237 3 6
3 6   Eddie Irvine Ferrari 62 +1:18.343 9 4
4 12   Giancarlo Fisichella Jordan-Peugeot 62 +1:23.388 6 3
5 7   Jean Alesi Benetton-Renault 61 +1 Lap 14 2
6 9   Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 61 +1 Lap 8 1
7 17   Nicola Larini Sauber-Petronas 61 +1 Lap 12  
8 14   Olivier Panis Prost-Mugen-Honda 61 +1 Lap 4  
9 19   Mika Salo Tyrrell-Ford 60 +2 Laps 19  
10 18   Jos Verstappen Tyrrell-Ford 60 +2 Laps 21  
11 20   Ukyo Katayama Minardi-Hart 59 +3 Laps 22  
Ret 2   Pedro Diniz Arrows-Yamaha 53 Gearbox 17  
Ret 3   Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault 40 Gearbox 1  
Ret 10   David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 38 Engine 10  
Ret 22   Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 32 Engine 13  
Ret 16   Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas 18 Electrical 7  
Ret 11   Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Peugeot 17 Transmission 5  
Ret 15   Shinji Nakano Prost-Mugen-Honda 11 Collision 18  
Ret 1   Damon Hill Arrows-Yamaha 11 Collision 15  
Ret 8   Gerhard Berger Benetton-Renault 4 Spun off 11  
Ret 23   Jan Magnussen Stewart-Ford 2 Spun off 16  
DNS 21   Jarno Trulli Minardi-Hart 0 Gearbox 20  
Source:[2][3]

NotesEdit

Championship standings after the raceEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1997 San Marino GP Qual". Chicane F1. Retrieved 2007-08-08.
  2. ^ "1997 San Marino Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 1 November 2014. Retrieved 24 December 2015.
  3. ^ "1997 San Marino GP Race". Chicane F1. Retrieved 2007-08-08.
  4. ^ a b "San Marino 1997 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 20 March 2019.

Race Details: "1997 San Marino GP". Chicane F1. Retrieved 2007-08-06.


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