JACQUES VILLENEUVE - WILLIAMS

F1 WORLD CHAMPION 1997


17 FULL RACES 1997 F1 SEASON
                          

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NameDateCountryCircuit
Qantas Australian Grand PrixMarch 9th 1997Australia AustraliaAlbert Park Grand Prix Circuit
26o Grande Premio do BrasilMarch 30th 1997Brazil BrazilAutodromo Jose Carlos Pace
Gran Premio Marlboro de ArgentinaApril 13th 1997Argentina ArgentinaAutodromo Oscar Alferedo Galvez
17o Gran Premio di San MarinoApril 27th 1997San Marino San MarinoAutodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari
Grand Prix de MonacoMay 11th 1997Monaco MonacoCircuit de Monaco
Gran Premio Marlboro de EspanaMay 25th 1997Spain SpainCircuit de Catalunya
Grand Prix Player's du CanadaJune 15th 1997Canada CanadaCircuit Gilles Villeneuve
Grand Prix de FranceJune 29th 1997France FranceCircuit de Nevers-Magny Cours
RAC British Grand PrixJuly 13th 1997Great-Britain Great-BritainSilverstone Circuits Ltd.
Grosser Mobil 1 Preis von DeutschlandJuly 27th 1997Germany GermanyHockenheimring
Marlboro Magyar NagydijAugust 10th 1997Hungary HungaryHungaroring
Belgian Grand PrixAugust 24th 1997Belgium BelgiumCircuit National de Francorchamps
68o Gran Premio Campari d'ItaliaSeptember 7th 1997Italy ItalyAutodromo Nazionale di Monza
Grosser Preis von OsterreichSeptember 21st 1997Austria AustriaA1-Ring
Grosser Preis von LuxemburgSeptember 28th 1997Germany GermanyNurburgring
Fuji Television Japanese Grand PrixOctober 12th 1997Japan JapanSuzuka International Racing Course
Grand Prix of EuropeOctober 26th 1997Spain SpainCircuito Permanente de Jerez

1997 Formula One season







Jacques Villeneuve (pictured in 2008), won the championship in only his second year of F1 participation.
Villeneuve's team-mate, Heinz-Harald Frentzen, was runner-up following Michael Schumacher's disqualification from the standings at the end of the year.
David Coulthard (pictured in 2007), finished the season ranked third.

The 1997 Formula One season was the 48th FIA Formula One World Championship season. It commenced on March 9, 1997, and ended on October 26 after seventeen races.

Contents

Season summary

The season started in Australia, with Canadian Jacques Villeneuve taking the fourth pole position of his F1 career. The moment was short-lived, however, as Villeneuve was out at the first corner after colliding with Johnny Herbert. McLaren's David Coulthard went on to win the race, the second of his career, with Michael Schumacher finishing second and Mika Häkkinen finishing in third place.

Villeneuve once again took pole position in Brazil, and once again he was off at the first corner. Luckily for him the race was restarted, and the Canadian took the lead on lap 49 from Gerhard Berger. The Austrian finished second and Olivier Panis continued his impressive form from 1996 with third place.

For the third time in a row, Jacques Villeneuve was again on pole position for Argentina. However, he was spared another first corner collision, and instead it was Michael Schumacher who collided with Rubens Barrichello. With Schumacher out, Eddie Irvine went on to challenge Villeneuve for the lead, and he made several attempts to pass the Canadian's Williams but failed on all his attempts and had to settle for second. Ralf Schumacher, in his first full season, managed to get onto the podium after he finished third.

Villeneuve continued his run of consecutive pole positions in San Marino. Villeneuve's German team-mate, Frentzen, won his first and only, Grand Prix for Williams after he finished just over a second ahead of Michael Schumacher, with Eddie Irvine coming third.

Frentzen managed to end Villeneuve's run of pole positions in Monaco. For the second time in successive seasons, the Monaco Grand Prix was raced under very wet conditions. Michael Schumacher won his first race of the season with his future Ferrari team-mate, Rubens Barrichello finishing in second and earning Stewart's not only their first podium finish, but their first points finish and their first finish of any kind. Irvine took the final step on the podium for the second time in a row.

In Spain, Williams continued to dominate the qualifying session, as Villeneuve, for the fifth time this season, took pole and Frentzen made sure Williams occupied both slots on the front row. Villeneuve went on to win the Grand Prix, with fellow French-speaking drivers, Olivier Panis and Jean Alesi, coming second and third respectively.

Williams' run of consecutive pole positions was broken in Canada where Michael Schumacher took pole; Rubens Barrichello's Stewart split the two Williams in third place. Schumacher went on to win the Grand Prix, with ex-Ferrari driver Jean Alesi finishing second and Giancarlo Fisichella coming in third. Schumacher earned his second pole of the season in France; he was accompanied by Frentzen on the front row. The two would stay in their respective positions at the end of the race, with Eddie Irvine in third.

Villeneuve earned his sixth pole of the season in Britain, with team-mate Frentzen partnering him on the front row. After Hakkinen retired from the lead, Villeneuve went on to win the race with Alesi and young Alexander Wurz coming third to make it an all Renault-powered podium. Michael Schumacher failed to complete the race after he retired with a wheel bearing problem.

Gerhard Berger, who hadn't competed at the previous Grand Prix because of the illness and the death of his father, managed to get pole position for the German Grand Prix. Fastest lap and race victory followed, which would ultimately be Berger's and Benetton's final win. Michael Schumacher came second and Mika Häkkinen came third.

The next race, in Hungary, was one of the most memorable races in the 1997 season. Michael Schumacher took pole with Villeneuve partnering him on the front row. Damon Hill, in an Arrows which hadn't qualified as high as ninth before the Hungarian Grand Prix, qualified up in third place. The start of the race saw Hill overtake Villeneuve's Williams and on lap ten, the Brit overtook Schumacher to take the lead. Hill kept the lead for the final rounds of pit stops, but coming into the finale of the race, Hill reported that his Arrows was having problems, and in the end, Jacques Villeneuve took the lead on the final lap of the race and went on to win the race, achieving the milestone 100th Grand Prix victory for Williams.

After two very exciting Grands Prix, fans were hoping that Belgium would prove to be an exciting one as well. Villeneuve took pole position with Alesi's Benetton completing the front row. The race was wet and Villeneuve dropped down to fifth place, while his championship rival, Michael Schumacher, won the race by starting an intermediate tyres (as opposed to full wet). Fisichella came second, followed by Frentzen in third.

Alesi got his first, and only, pole position of the season in Italy with Frentzen coming second. David Coulthard won the race; his second of the season, pole sitter Alesi came second and Frentzen came third.

In Austria, Villeneuve managed to get his seventh pole position of the 1997 season; the Canadian was partnered on the front row by Finnish driver, Mika Häkkinen. Villeneuve went onto win the Grand Prix with Coulthard and Frentzen joining him on the podium in second and third respectively. Michael Schumacher finished 6th after receiving a drive-through penalty.

The next race was the so-called "Luxembourg Grand Prix", actually staged at the Nürburgring in Germany. Mika Häkkinen, who had qualified second at the previous Grand Prix, managed to earn pole. McLaren looked set for a 1-2 finish until both cars broke down in quick succession. Villeneuve was therefore gifted a win, while title rival M.Schumacher was taken out at the first corner. Alesi and Frentzen completed the podium, making it, for the second time in the 1997 season, an all Renault-powered podium.

Japan saw Villeneuve, for the eighth time that season, take pole position. Villeneuve was disqualified from the race, after failing to slow down under yellow flags during qualifying. He raced under appeal, but finished only fifth. Michael Schumacher won the race, while Frentzen came second and Irvine came third. Villeneuve's Williams team dropped his appeal after the race, leaving Schumacher one point ahead of Villeneuve in the Drivers' championship, meaning that the title would be decided at the season finale in Jerez.

Some commentators recalled the 1994 finale, which saw a title deciding collision between Schumacher and Damon Hill. At Jerez, the qualifying session was noteworthy, as three drivers, Villeneuve, Schumacher, and Frentzen, all registered the same fastest qualifying time; Villeneuve was awarded pole position since he had set the time first; this would be the final pole of his F1 career. At the start of the race, Schumacher had a good start, overtaking Villeneuve to take the lead. By lap 48 Villeneuve was catching up to Schumacher and attempted to overtake. Braking later than the German at the Dry Sac corner, Villeneuve had the inside line and was slightly ahead when Schumacher turned into him, his front right wheel connecting with the sidepod of the Williams car. Schumacher retired on the spot and Villeneuve went to take third place and earn four points, enough to take the 1997 title. Schumacher was later punished by the FIA for causing an avoidable accident and was disqualified from the Championship, although his race results (grid position, finishing position, points) still counted towards his official statistics. In the race itself, Mika Häkkinen went on to take his first ever career victory. If it was on the current points scoring system (10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1), Schumacher would have been champion even with one race to go. The same could be said of the 1994 championship, however, where under the current points system Damon Hill would have been champion.

 Drivers and constructors

The following teams and drivers competed in the 1997 FIA Formula One World Championship.

EntrantConstructorChassisEngineTyreNoDriverTest driver(s)
Flag of the United Kingdom Danka Arrows YamahaArrowsA18Yamaha OX11A 3.0 V10B1Flag of the United Kingdom Damon HillFlag of Germany Jörg Müller
2Flag of Brazil Pedro Diniz
Flag of the United Kingdom Rothmans Williams RenaultWilliamsFW19Renault RS9 3.0 V10G3Flag of Canada Jacques VilleneuveFlag of France Jean-Christophe Boullion
Flag of Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
4Flag of Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen
Flag of Italy Scuderia Ferrari MarlboroFerrariF310BFerrari 046/2 3.0 V10G5Flag of Germany Michael SchumacherFlag of Italy Gianni Morbidelli
6Flag of the United Kingdom Eddie Irvine
Flag of Italy Mild Seven Benetton RenaultBenettonB197Renault RS9 3.0 V10G7Flag of France Jean AlesiFlag of Austria Alexander Wurz
8Flag of Austria Gerhard Berger
Flag of Austria Alexander Wurz
Flag of the United Kingdom West McLaren MercedesMcLarenMP4/12Mercedes FO110E 3.0 V10
Mercedes FO110F 3.0 V10
G9Flag of Finland Mika Häkkinenn/a
10Flag of the United Kingdom David Coulthard
Flag of Ireland B&H Total Jordan PeugeotJordan197Peugeot A14 3.0 V10G11Flag of Germany Ralf Schumachern/a
12Flag of Italy Giancarlo Fisichella
Flag of France Prost Gauloises BlondesProstJS45Mugen-Honda MF-301HB 3.0 V10B14Flag of France Olivier PanisFlag of France Emmanuel Collard
Flag of Italy Jarno Trulli
15Flag of Japan Shinji Nakano
Flag of Switzerland Red Bull Sauber PetronasSauberC16Petronas SPE-01 3.0 V10G16Flag of the United Kingdom Johnny HerbertFlag of Argentina Norberto Fontana
17Flag of Italy Nicola Larini
Flag of Italy Gianni Morbidelli
Flag of Argentina Norberto Fontana
Flag of the United Kingdom PIAA TyrrellTyrrell025Ford ED4 3.0 V8
Ford ED5 3.0 V8
G18Flag of the Netherlands Jos Verstappenn/a
19Flag of Finland Mika Salo
Flag of Italy Minardi Team SpAMinardiM197Hart 830 AV7 3.0 V8B20Flag of Japan Ukyo KatayamaFlag of Brazil Tarso Marques
21Flag of Italy Jarno Trulli
Flag of Brazil Tarso Marques
Flag of the United Kingdom HSBC Malaysia Stewart FordStewartSF01Ford VJ Zetec-R 3.0 V10B22Flag of Brazil Rubens Barrichellon/a
23Flag of Denmark Jan Magnussen
Flag of the United Kingdom MasterCard Lola F1 TeamLolaT97/30Ford ECA Zetec-R 3.0 V8B24Flag of Italy Vincenzo SospiriFlag of Italy Andrea Montermini[1]
25Flag of Brazil Ricardo Rosset

Team Changes

Three new teams came into Formula One in 1997: Prost, who replaced Ligier; Stewart and Lola, the latter of which only entered the 1997 Australian Grand Prix after the team's dismal performance in the Grand Prix which saw a lack of sponsorship for the next Grand Prix in Brazil. Footwork changed their name to "Arrows" and switched from the Hart engines used the previous year to Yamaha engines. Tyrrell changed their engines as well, swapping the Yamaha engines in preference to the Ford engines. Jordan-Peugeot signed up highly-rated British engineer, Dr. John Davis. He helped the team with its new windtunnel facility at Brackley, the tunnel itself was funded by Ferrari inexchange for Eddie Irvine who moved to Ferrari the previous year.

 Driver Changes

Notable changes
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 Formula One 1997 race schedule

RndRaceDateLocation
1Flag of Australia Australian Grand PrixMarch 9Melbourne
2Flag of Brazil Brazilian Grand PrixMarch 30Interlagos
3Flag of Argentina Argentine Grand PrixApril 13Oscar Gálvez
4Flag of San Marino San Marino Grand PrixApril 27Imola
5Flag of Monaco Monaco Grand PrixMay 11Monaco
6Flag of Spain Spanish Grand PrixMay 25Catalunya
7Flag of Canada Canadian Grand PrixJune 15Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
8Flag of France French Grand PrixJune 29Magny-Cours
9Flag of the United Kingdom British Grand PrixJuly 13Silverstone
10Flag of Germany German Grand PrixJuly 27Hockenheimring
11Flag of Hungary Hungarian Grand PrixAugust 10Hungaroring
12Flag of Belgium Belgian Grand PrixAugust 24Spa-Francorchamps
13Flag of Italy Italian Grand PrixSeptember 7Monza
14Flag of Austria Austrian Grand PrixSeptember 21A1-Ring
15Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg Grand PrixSeptember 28Nürburgring
16Flag of Japan Japanese Grand PrixOctober 12Suzuka
17Flag of Spain European Grand PrixOctober 26Jerez

 Season review

 Grands Prix

Round  ↓Grand Prix  ↓Pole Position  ↓Fastest Lap  ↓Winning Driver  ↓Winning Constructor  ↓Report  ↓
1Flag of Australia Australian Grand PrixFlag of Canada Jacques VilleneuveFlag of Germany Heinz-Harald FrentzenFlag of the United Kingdom David CoulthardFlag of the United Kingdom McLaren-MercedesReport
2Flag of Brazil Brazilian Grand PrixFlag of Canada Jacques VilleneuveFlag of Canada Jacques VilleneuveFlag of Canada Jacques VilleneuveFlag of the United Kingdom Williams-RenaultReport
3Flag of Argentina Argentine Grand PrixFlag of Canada Jacques VilleneuveFlag of Austria Gerhard BergerFlag of Canada Jacques VilleneuveFlag of the United Kingdom Williams-RenaultReport
4Flag of San Marino San Marino Grand PrixFlag of Canada Jacques VilleneuveFlag of Germany Heinz-Harald FrentzenFlag of Germany Heinz-Harald FrentzenFlag of the United Kingdom Williams-RenaultReport
5Flag of Monaco Monaco Grand PrixFlag of Germany Heinz-Harald FrentzenFlag of Germany Michael SchumacherFlag of Germany Michael SchumacherFlag of Italy FerrariReport
6Flag of Spain Spanish Grand PrixFlag of Canada Jacques VilleneuveFlag of Italy Giancarlo FisichellaFlag of Canada Jacques VilleneuveFlag of the United Kingdom Williams-RenaultReport
7Flag of Canada Canadian Grand PrixFlag of Germany Michael SchumacherFlag of the United Kingdom David CoulthardFlag of Germany Michael SchumacherFlag of Italy FerrariReport
8Flag of France French Grand PrixFlag of Germany Michael SchumacherFlag of Germany Michael SchumacherFlag of Germany Michael SchumacherFlag of Italy FerrariReport
9Flag of the United Kingdom British Grand PrixFlag of Canada Jacques VilleneuveFlag of Germany Michael SchumacherFlag of Canada Jacques VilleneuveFlag of the United Kingdom Williams-RenaultReport
10Flag of Germany German Grand PrixFlag of Austria Gerhard BergerFlag of Austria Gerhard BergerFlag of Austria Gerhard BergerFlag of Italy Benetton-RenaultReport
11Flag of Hungary Hungarian Grand PrixFlag of Germany Michael SchumacherFlag of Germany Heinz-Harald FrentzenFlag of Canada Jacques VilleneuveFlag of the United Kingdom Williams-RenaultReport
12Flag of Belgium Belgian Grand PrixFlag of Canada Jacques VilleneuveFlag of Canada Jacques VilleneuveFlag of Germany Michael SchumacherFlag of Italy FerrariReport
13Flag of Italy Italian Grand PrixFlag of France Jean AlesiFlag of Finland Mika HäkkinenFlag of the United Kingdom David CoulthardFlag of the United Kingdom McLaren-MercedesReport
14Flag of Austria Austrian Grand PrixFlag of Canada Jacques VilleneuveFlag of Canada Jacques VilleneuveFlag of Canada Jacques VilleneuveFlag of the United Kingdom Williams-RenaultReport
15Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg Grand PrixFlag of Finland Mika HäkkinenFlag of Germany Heinz-Harald FrentzenFlag of Canada Jacques VilleneuveFlag of the United Kingdom Williams-RenaultReport
16Flag of Japan Japanese Grand PrixFlag of Canada Jacques VilleneuveFlag of Germany Heinz-Harald FrentzenFlag of Germany Michael SchumacherFlag of Italy FerrariReport
17Flag of Spain European Grand PrixFlag of Canada Jacques VilleneuveFlag of Germany Heinz-Harald FrentzenFlag of Finland Mika HäkkinenFlag of the United Kingdom McLaren-MercedesReport

1997 Constructors Championship final standings

Championship points were awarded on a 10-6-4-3-2-1 basis to the top six finishers at each round.

Pos  ↓Constructor  ↓Chassis  ↓Engine  ↓Tyre  ↓Points  ↓Wins  ↓Podiums  ↓Poles  ↓
1WilliamsFW19RenaultV10G12381511
2FerrariF310BFerrariV10G1025133
3BenettonB197RenaultV10G67182
4McLarenMP4-12MercedesV10G63371
5Jordan197PeugeotV10G33
3
6ProstJS45Mugen-HondaV10B21
2
7SauberC16PetronasV10G16
1
8ArrowsA18YamahaV10B9
1
9StewartSF01FordV10B6
1
10Tyrrell025FordV8G2


11MinardiM197HartV8B



12MasterCard LolaT97/30FordV8B



1997 Drivers Championship final standings

Championship points were awarded on a 10-6-4-3-2-1 basis to the top six finishing drivers at each round.

PosDriverAUS
Flag of Australia
BRA
Flag of Brazil
ARG
Flag of Argentina
SMR
Flag of San Marino
MON
Flag of Monaco
ESP
Flag of Spain
CAN
Flag of Canada
FRA
Flag of France
GBR
Flag of the United Kingdom
GER
Flag of Germany
HUN
Flag of Hungary
BEL
Flag of Belgium
ITA
Flag of Italy
AUT
Flag of Austria
LUX
Flag of Luxembourg
JPN
Flag of Japan
EUR
Flag of Spain
Points
1Flag of Canada Jacques VilleneuveRet11RetRet1Ret41Ret15511DSQ381
DSQFlag of Germany Michael Schumacher25Ret21411Ret24166Ret1Ret78
2Flag of Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen89Ret1Ret842RetRetRet33332642
3Flag of the United Kingdom David Coulthard110RetRetRet6774RetRetRet12Ret10236
4Flag of France Jean AlesiRet675Ret325261182Ret251336
5Flag of Austria Gerhard Berger426Ret910


18671048427
6Flag of Finland Mika Häkkinen3456Ret7RetRetRet3RetDSQ9RetRet4127
7Flag of the United Kingdom Eddie IrvineRet1623312Ret3RetRet9108RetRet3524
8Flag of Italy Giancarlo FisichellaRet8Ret46939711Ret244Ret71120
9Flag of France Olivier Panis53Ret84211






6Ret716
10Flag of the United Kingdom Johnny HerbertRet74RetRet558RetRet34Ret876815
11Flag of Germany Ralf SchumacherRetRet3RetRetRetRet6555RetRet5Ret9Ret13
12Flag of the United Kingdom Damon HillDNS17RetRetRetRet91268213Ret7811Ret7
13Flag of Brazil Rubens BarrichelloRetRetRetRet2RetRetRetRetRetRetRet1314RetRetRet6
14Flag of Austria Alexander Wurz





RetRet3







4
15Flag of Italy Jarno Trulli9129RetRet15Ret108471510Ret


3
16Flag of Brazil Pedro Diniz10RetRetRetRetRet8RetRetRetRet7Ret13512Ret2
17Flag of Finland Mika SaloRet13895RetRetRetRetRet1311RetRet10Ret122
18Flag of Japan Shinji Nakano714RetRetRetRet6Ret1176Ret11RetRetRet102
19Flag of Italy Nicola Larini611Ret7Ret











1
NCFlag of Denmark Jan MagnussenRetRet10Ret713RetRetRetRetRet12RetRetRetRet90
NCFlag of the Netherlands Jos VerstappenRet15Ret10811RetRetRet10RetRetRet12Ret13160
NCFlag of Italy Gianni Morbidelli




1410


Ret91299Ret
0
NCFlag of Argentina Norberto Fontana






Ret99





140
NCFlag of Japan Ukyo KatayamaRet18Ret1110RetRet11RetRet1014Ret11RetRet170
NCFlag of Brazil Tarso Marques






Ret10Ret12Ret14EXRetRet150
NCFlag of Brazil Ricardo RossetDNQDNP














0
NCFlag of Italy Vincenzo SospiriDNQDNP














0
PosDriverAUS
Flag of Australia
BRA
Flag of Brazil
ARG
Flag of Argentina
SMR
Flag of San Marino
MON
Flag of Monaco
ESP
Flag of Spain
CAN
Flag of Canada
FRA
Flag of France
GBR
Flag of the United Kingdom
GER
Flag of Germany
HUN
Flag of Hungary
BEL
Flag of Belgium
ITA
Flag of Italy
AUT
Flag of Austria
LUX
Flag of Luxembourg
JPN
Flag of Japan
EUR
Flag of Spain
Points
ColourResult
GoldWinner
Silver2nd place
Bronze3rd place
GreenPoints finish
BlueNon-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
PurpleDid not finish (Ret)
RedDid not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
BlackDisqualified (DSQ)
WhiteDid not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Light bluePracticed only (PO)
Friday test driver (TD)
(from 2003 onwards)
BlankDid not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)
Withdrew entry before the event (WD)
  • Michael Schumacher was disqualified due to dangerous driving in the European GP, where he caused an avoidable collision with Villeneuve. Thus, he was excluded from the championship standings

 


            


   
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