The XXI Großer Preis von Österreich, otherwise known as the 1997 Austrian Grand Prix, was the fourteenth round of the 1997 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the A1 Ring in Spielberg, Austria, on the 21 September 1997.[1] The race, which was the first to be held in Austria since 1987, would see Jacques Villeneuve secure a strong victory to re-ignite his title hopes.[1]

The return of the Austrian Grand Prix brought with it the return of the ever popular Österreichring to the F1 calendar, although the circuit had been heavily revised.[1] Indeed, the new layout cut out the old Hella-Licht chicane completely, while the pit-complex had been completely rebuilt amid a major branding deal with A1 Telekom Austria.[1]

Qualifying had seen Villeneuve secure pole position late on, snatching top spot on the grid from Mika Häkkinen in the dying moments.[1] It was Jarno Trulli, however, who caused the biggest stir, grabbing third in the spare Prost-Mugen-Honda, despite the fact that the car had been setup for teammate Shinji Nakano, who was down in sixteenth.[1]

There would be heartbreak for the home fans even before the start of the race, for soon-to-be-retired Austrian ace Gerhard Berger was forced to enter the pits after an issue on the formation lap.[1] He duly took off from the pits after the field had launched away from the grid, only to spin as he rejoined on cold tyres.[1]

On track, meanwhile, it was Häkkinen who streaked into the lead off the grid, while Trulli also managed to scramble ahead of Villeneuve to secure second.[1] However, Häkkinen's lead was not to last, with his Mercedes engine destroying itself before the end of the opening tour.[1]

Trulli therefore led a race for the first time in his F1 career, and was able build his advantage with a series of fastest laps.[1] Behind, Villeneuve had managed to slip behind Rubens Barrichello in the Stewart-Ford Cosworth, and was forced to spend the opening laps fending off Jan Magnussen in the second Stewart.[1]

By lap 24 Villeneuve would finally manage to get clear of Barrichello, although he now found himself over ten seconds behind Trulli.[1] With that, however, the Canadian racer began to push on, with a series of fastest laps, combined with a worsening engine issue for Trulli, carrying him back onto the Italian's tail.[1]

Ultimately, however, their battle would be decided in the pitlane, with a stunning in-lap for Villeneuve doing the damage.[1] Indeed, the Canadian ace emerged from the pitlane just ahead of a long running Giancarlo Fisichella, who was doing his best to keep his compatriot Trulli at bay.[1]

With that the race for the win was over, for Villeneuve was able to ease clear of Trulli, before the Italian's race was ended by an engine failure.[1] By that stage the Prost had slipped into the sights of David Coulthard, who had vaulted past the Stewarts during the stops, with the Mugen-Honda duly spraying the Scot with oil when it expired.[1]

Villeneuve duly cruised home to claim a comfortable victory, even surviving a brief scare when Berger dramatically slowed in front of him.[1] Coulthard settled for second ahead of Frentzen, who benefited from a poor decision from Michael Schumacher, who passed the German under yellow flags.[1] The officials duly slapped the #5 Ferrari with a ten second stop-go, dumping the German back to sixth behind Fisichella and Ralf Schumacher.[1]

Background[edit | edit source]

With neither of the title protagonists scoring major points there had been little change atop the Championship standings, with Michael Schumacher remaining at the head of the hunt. Jacques Villeneuve had managed to reduce the German's advantage, leaving Italy ten behind, with more than double the points of Jean Alesi in third. The Frenchman himself was in an intense fight for third, with Heinz-Harald Frentzen, David Coulthard, Gerhard Berger and Eddie Irvine all within ten points of Alesi.

In the Constructors Championship Williams-Renault had done some serious damage, leaving Italy just a point off the lead. Indeed, it had been a fairly dismal day for the tifosi, with Ferrari's solitary point the only reason that they still held the lead. Behind, Benetton-Renault had maintained their hold on third, with McLaren-Mercedes only able to inch slightly closer in fourth.

Entry list[edit | edit source]

The full entry list for the 1997 Austrian Grand Prix is outlined below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
1 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Danka Arrows Yamaha Arrows A18 Yamaha OX11A 3.0 V10 B
2 Brazil Pedro Diniz United Kingdom Danka Arrows Yamaha Arrows A18 Yamaha OX11A 3.0 V10 B
3 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom Rothmans Williams Renault Williams FW19 Renault RS9 3.0 V10 G
4 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen United Kingdom Rothmans Williams Renault Williams FW19 Renault RS9 3.0 V10 G
5 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F310B Ferrari 046/2 3.0 V10 G
6 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F310B Ferrari 046/2 3.0 V10 G
7 France Jean Alesi Italy Mild Seven Benetton Renault Benetton B197 Renault RS9 3.0 V10 G
8 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Mild Seven Benetton Renault Benetton B197 Renault RS9 3.0 V10 G
9 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom West McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4/12 Mercedes FO 110E 3.0 V10 G
10 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom West McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4/12 Mercedes FO 110E 3.0 V10 G
11 Germany Ralf Schumacher Ireland B&H Total Jordan Peugeot Jordan 197 Peugeot A14 3.0 V10 G
12 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ireland B&H Total Jordan Peugeot Jordan 197 Peugeot A14 3.0 V10 G
14 Italy Jarno Trulli France Prost Gauloises Blondes Prost JS45 Mugen-Honda MF-301HB 3.0 V10 B
15 Japan Shinji Nakano France Prost Gauloises Blondes Prost JS45 Mugen-Honda MF-301HB 3.0 V10 B
16 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Switzerland Red Bull Sauber Petronas Sauber C16 Petronas SPE-01 3.0 V10 G
17 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Switzerland Red Bull Sauber Petronas Sauber C16 Petronas SPE-01 3.0 V10 G
18 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom PIAA Tyrrell Tyrrell 025 Ford Cosworth ED4 3.0 V10 G
19 Finland Mika Salo United Kingdom PIAA Tyrrell Tyrrell 025 Ford Cosworth ED4 3.0 V10 G
20 Japan Ukyo Katayama Italy Minardi Team Minardi M197 Hart 830 AV7 3.0 V10 B
21 Brazil Tarso Marques Italy Minardi Team Minardi M197 Hart 830 AV7 3.0 V10 B
22 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom HSBC Malaysia Stewart Ford Stewart SF01 Ford Cosworth VJ Zetec-R 3.0 V10 B
23 Denmark Jan Magnussen United Kingdom HSBC Malaysia Stewart Ford Stewart SF01 Ford Cosworth VJ Zetec-R 3.0 V10 B
Source:[2]

Practice Overview[edit | edit source]

Qualifying[edit | edit source]

Qualifying Report[edit | edit source]

Qualifying Results[edit | edit source]

The full qualifying results for the 1997 Austrian Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap Ave. Speed
1 3 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1:10.304 221.364 km/h
2 9 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:10.398 +0.094s 221.069 km/h
3 14 Italy Jarno Trulli France Prost-Mugen-Honda 1:10.511 +0.207s 220.714 km/h
4 4 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1:10.670 +0.366s 220.218 km/h
5 22 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 1:10.700 +0.396s 220.124 km/h
6 23 Denmark Jan Magnussen United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 1:10.893 +0.589s 219.525 km/h
7 1 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Arrows-Yamaha 1:11.025 +0.721s 219.117 km/h
8 6 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Italy Ferrari 1:11.051 +0.747s 219.037 km/h
9 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:11.056 +0.752s 219.022 km/h
10 10 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:11.076 +0.772s 218.960 km/h
11 11 Germany Ralf Schumacher Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 1:11.186 +0.882s 218.622 km/h
12 16 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:11.210 +0.906s 218.548 km/h
13 17 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:11.261 +0.957s 218.392 km/h
14 12 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 1:11.299 +0.995s 218.275 km/h
15 7 France Jean Alesi Italy Benetton-Renault 1:11.382 +1.078s 218.021 km/h
16 15 Japan Shinji Nakano France Prost-Mugen-Honda 1:11.596 +1.292s 217.370 km/h
17 2 Brazil Pedro Diniz United Kingdom Arrows-Yamaha 1:11.615 +1.311s 217.312 km/h
18 8 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Benetton-Renault 1:11.620 +1.316s 217.297 km/h
19 20 Japan Ukyo Katayama Italy Minardi-Hart 1:12.036 +1.732s 216.042 km/h
20 18 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:12.230 +1.926s 215.462 km/h
21 19 Finland Mika Salo United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:14.246 +3.942s 209.611 km/h
107% Time: 1:15.225[3]
EXC* 21 Brazil Tarso Marques Italy Minardi-Hart 1:12.304 +2.000s 215.241 km/h
Source:[4][3]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car to set their best time in that session.
  • Bold indicates a driver's best/qualifying time.
  • * Marques was excluded from the results of qualifying as his car was underweight.[3]

Grid[edit | edit source]

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 1 ______________
Jacques Villeneuve 2
______________ Mika Häkkinen
Row 2 3 ______________
Jarno Trulli 4
______________ Heinz-Harald Frentzen
Row 3 5 ______________
Rubens Barrichello 6
______________ Jan Magnussen
Row 4 7 ______________
Damon Hill 8
______________ Eddie Irvine
Row 5 9 ______________
Michael Schumacher 10
______________ David Coulthard
Row 6 11 ______________
Ralf Schumacher 12
______________ Johnny Herbert
Row 7 13 ______________
Gianni Morbidelli 14
______________ Giancarlo Fisichella
Row 8 15 ______________
Jean Alesi 16
______________ Shinji Nakano
Row 9 17 ______________
Pedro Diniz 18
______________ Gerhard Berger*
Row 10 19 ______________
Ukyo Katayama 20
______________ Jos Verstappen
Row 11 21 ______________
Mika Salo 22
______________
  • * Berger would start the race from the pitlane after an issue on the formation lap.[3]

Race[edit | edit source]

Report[edit | edit source]

Results[edit | edit source]

The full results for the 1997 Austrian Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 3 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom Williams-Renault 71 1:27:35.999 1 10
2 10 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 71 +2.909s 10 6
3 4 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen United Kingdom Williams-Renault 71 +3.962s 4 4
4 12 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 71 +12.127s 14 3
5 11 Germany Ralf Schumacher Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 71 +31.859s 11 2
6 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 71 +33.410s 9 1
7 1 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Arrows-Yamaha 71 +37.207s 7
8 16 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 71 +49.057s 12
9 17 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 71 +1:06.455 13
10 8 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Benetton-Renault 70 +1 Lap 18
11 20 Japan Ukyo Katayama Italy Minardi-Hart 69 +2 Laps 19
12 18 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 69 +2 Laps 20
13* 2 Brazil Pedro Diniz United Kingdom Arrows-Yamaha 67 Suspension 17
14* 22 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 64 Spin 5
Ret 14 Italy Jarno Trulli France Prost-Mugen-Honda 58 Engine 3
Ret 23 Denmark Jan Magnussen United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 58 Engine 6
Ret 15 Japan Shinji Nakano France Prost-Mugen-Honda 57 Engine 16
Ret 19 Finland Mika Salo United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 48 Gearbox 21
Ret 6 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Italy Ferrari 38 Damage 8
Ret 7 France Jean Alesi Italy Benetton-Renault 37 Collision 15
Ret 9 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1 Engine 2
EXC 21 Brazil Tarso Marques Italy Minardi-Hart
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Diniz and Barrichello were still classified despite retiring as they had completed 90% of the race distance.[5]

Milestones[edit | edit source]

Standings[edit | edit source]

Another difficult weekend for Michael Schumacher had seen his Championship lead all but eliminated with three rounds to go, leaving Austria with just a point in hand. Jacques Villeneuve had been the man to do the damage, his sixth win of the season moving him onto 67 points, with those two now mathematically the only title pretenders. Behind, Heinz-Harald Frentzen had moved back into third, a point ahead of David Coulthard.

In the Constructors Championship it had been a positive day for Williams-Renault once again, with the Anglo-French alliance moving to the top of the standings. They left Austria with a twelve point lead over former leaders Ferrari, with those two, like their lead drivers, set to duel for the crown among themselves. Behind, Benetton-Renault had lost out to McLaren-Mercedes in the fight for third, although the Italian registered squad still held a nine point advantage over their Anglo-German rivals.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Germany Michael Schumacher 68
2 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 67
3 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 31 ▲1
4 United Kingdom David Coulthard 30 ▲1
5 France Jean Alesi 28 ▼2
6 Austria Gerhard Berger 21
7 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 20 ▲1
8 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 18 ▼1
9 France Olivier Panis 15
10 Finland Mika Häkkinen 14
11 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert 14
12 Germany Ralf Schumacher 11
13 United Kingdom Damon Hill 7
14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 6
15 Austria Alexander Wurz 4
16 Italy Jarno Trulli 3
17 Finland Mika Salo 2
18 Japan Shinji Nakano 2
19 Italy Nicola Larini 1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Williams-Renault 98 ▲1
2 Italy Ferrari 86 ▼1
3 Italy Benetton-Renault 53
4 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 44
5 Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 33
6 France Prost-Mugen-Honda 20
7 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 15
8 United Kingdom Arrows-Yamaha 7
9 United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 6
10 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 2

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

References[edit | edit source]

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