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British Grand Prix 1997

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.

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.

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1997 British Grand Prix
Race 9 of 17 in the 1997 Formula One World Championship
Silverstone Circuit in its 1997 configuration
Race details
Date13 July 1997
Official nameL RAC British Grand Prix
LocationSilverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire, England
CoursePermanent racing facility
Course length5.140 km (3.194 mi)
Distance59 laps, 303.260 km (188.437 mi)
Scheduled distance60 laps, 308.400 km (191.631 mi)
WeatherSunny, Dry Track
Pole position
Driver
  • Jacques Villeneuve
Williams-Renault
Time1:21.598
Fastest lap
Driver Michael SchumacherFerrari
Time1:24.480 on lap 34
Podium
First
  • Jacques Villeneuve
Williams-Renault
Second
  • Jean Alesi
Benetton-Renault
Third
  • Alexander Wurz
Benetton-Renault
Lap leaders

Classification

Qualifying

PosNoDriverConstructorTimeGapGrid
13 Jacques VilleneuveWilliams-Renault1:21.5981
24 Heinz-Harald FrentzenWilliams-Renault1:21.732+0.1342
39 Mika HäkkinenMcLaren-Mercedes1:21.797+0.1993
45 Michael SchumacherFerrari1:21.977+0.3794
511 Ralf SchumacherJordan-Peugeot1:22.277+0.6795
610 David CoulthardMcLaren-Mercedes1:22.279+0.6816
76 Eddie IrvineFerrari1:22.342+0.7447
88 Alexander WurzBenetton-Renault1:22.344+0.7468
916 Johnny HerbertSauber-Petronas1:22.368+0.7709
1012 Giancarlo FisichellaJordan-Peugeot1:22.371+0.77310
117 Jean AlesiBenetton-Renault1:22.392+0.79411
121 Damon HillArrows-Yamaha1:23.271+1.67312
1314 Jarno TrulliProst-Mugen-Honda1:23.366+1.76813
1417 Norberto FontanaSauber-Petronas1:23.790+2.19222
1515 Shinji NakanoProst-Mugen-Honda1:23.887+2.28914
1623 Jan MagnussenStewart-Ford1:24.067+2.46915
172 Pedro DinizArrows-Yamaha1:24.239+2.64116
1819 Mika SaloTyrrell-Ford1:24.478+2.88017
1920 Ukyo KatayamaMinardi-Hart1:24.553+2.95518
2018 Jos VerstappenTyrrell-Ford1:25.010+3.41219
2121 Tarso MarquesMinardi-Hart1:25.154+3.55620
2222 Rubens BarrichelloStewart-Ford1:25.525+3.92721
107% time: 1:27.310
Source:

Race

PosNoDriverConstructorLapsTime/RetiredGridPoints
13 Jacques VilleneuveWilliams-Renault591:28:01.665110
27 Jean AlesiBenetton-Renault59+10.205116
38 Alexander WurzBenetton-Renault59+11.29684
410 David CoulthardMcLaren-Mercedes59+31.22963
511 Ralf SchumacherJordan-Peugeot59+31.88052
61 Damon HillArrows-Yamaha59+1:13.552121
712 Giancarlo FisichellaJordan-Peugeot58+1 Lap10
814 Jarno TrulliProst-Mugen-Honda58+1 Lap13
917 Norberto FontanaSauber-Petronas58+1 Lap22
1021 Tarso MarquesMinardi-Hart58+1 Lap20
1115 Shinji NakanoProst-Mugen-Honda57Engine14
Ret9 Mika HäkkinenMcLaren-Mercedes52Engine3
Ret23 Jan MagnussenStewart-Ford50Engine15
Ret18 Jos VerstappenTyrrell-Ford45Engine19
Ret6 Eddie IrvineFerrari44Halfshaft7
Ret19 Mika SaloTyrrell-Ford44Engine17
Ret16 Johnny HerbertSauber-Petronas42Electrical9
Ret5 Michael SchumacherFerrari38Wheel Bearing4
Ret22 Rubens BarrichelloStewart-Ford37Engine21
Ret2 Pedro DinizArrows-Yamaha29Engine16
Ret4 Heinz-Harald FrentzenWilliams-Renault0Collision2
Ret20 Ukyo KatayamaMinardi-Hart0Accident/Spun Off18
Source:
Drivers’ Championship standings
PosDriverPoints
1 Michael Schumacher47
2 Jacques Villeneuve43
3 Jean Alesi21
4 Heinz-Harald Frentzen19
5 Eddie Irvine18
Source:
Constructors’ Championship standings
PosConstructorPoints
1 Ferrari65
2 Williams-Renault62
3 Benetton-Renault35
4 McLaren-Mercedes24
5 Prost-Mugen-Honda16
Source:

PosDriverPoints
1 Michael Schumacher47
2 Jacques Villeneuve43
3 Jean Alesi21
4 Heinz-Harald Frentzen19
5 Eddie Irvine18
Source:
PosConstructorPoints
1 Ferrari65
2 Williams-Renault62
3 Benetton-Renault35
4 McLaren-Mercedes24
5 Prost-Mugen-Honda16
Source:

References

Previous race:
1997 French Grand Prix
FIA Formula One World Championship
1997 season
Next race:
1997 German Grand Prix
Previous race:
1996 British Grand Prix
British Grand PrixNext race:
1998 British Grand Prix

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