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The 1997 Hungarian Grand Prix, otherwise officially known as the XIII Marlboro Magyar Nagydij, was the eleventh round of the 1997 FIA Formula One World Championship, held at the Hungaroring near Budapest, Hungary, on 10 August 1997.[1] The race would see Jacques Villeneuve secure a rather fortunate victory, overtaking a limping Damon Hill on the final lap after the Brit suffered a hydraulic failure.[1]

It was Championship leader Michael Schumacher who started the weekend the strongest, sweeping to pole position ahead of Villeneuve in qualifying.[1] Hill, meanwhile, would claim a surprisingly strong third in the otherwise off-pace Arrows-Yamaha, with Bridgestone equipped cars particularly strong on the hard wearing circuit.[1]

Sunday proved to be the warmest day of the weekend, meaning those on softer tyres, which incorporated almost all of the Goodyear runners, would struggle to maintain their tyres.[1] As such, those on Bridgestones, as well as Heinz-Harald Frentzen on harder Goodyears, had the advantage, although it would all depend on their starts.[1]

Ultimately Hill would make a strong start, sprinting ahead of Villeneuve to sit in second behind Schumacher.[1] Elsewhere, Eddie Irvine streaked through to third, with Villeneuve slotting into fifth behind Mika Häkkinen, while Jean Alesi inadvertently forced teammate Gerhard Berger onto the grass through turn two.[1]

Schumacher and Hill quickly established a gap over third placed Irvine, although the German racer was pushing his Goodyear shod Ferrari far harder than Hill.[1] Within six laps the Ferrari's rear tyres were showing signs of blistering, with Hill's Arrows remaining glued to its tail with no sign of weakness.[1]

Indeed, come lap eleven Schumacher was in serious trouble, and was hence almost powerless to prevent Hill from sweeping past to claim the lead into turn one.[1] The German racer would try, however, squeezing the Arrows-Yamaha right onto the white line on the inside of the right-hander, before ultimately relenting on the exit.[1]

With that Hill was away, prompting Schumacher to come in for his first stop a few laps later, catching Ferrari out somewhat.[1] Häkkinen duly took up the hunt of the Arrows, Irvine having stopped on lap seven for fresh rubber, although an engine failure for the McLaren-Mercedes left Villeneuve and Frentzen at the head of the pack.[1]

Villeneuve began the pit sequence on lap 24, with Hill coming in a lap later to cover the Canadian's stop.[1] Frentzen stayed out for four laps but his hopes were curtailed by a damaged fuel rig, meaning Hill was left with a handsome, and ever growing, lead over Villeneuve.[1]

Hill duly escaped at a consistent rate from the lead Williams-Renault, stopping for a second time on lap 51 without losing the lead.[1] Indeed, as soon as his advantage had grown to thirty seconds the Brit began to pace himself against those behind him, with Arrows, Yamaha and Bridgestone looking set for their maiden victory.[1]

That was, until the Brit's pace collapsed with two and a half laps to go, a hydraulic leak causing Hill's car to jam in third gear.[1] Villeneuve hence began to close at a rapid rate, and duly charged past the weaving Arrows on the final lap as they headed out past the paddock.[1]

With that the race was run, with Villeneuve streaking across the line to claim a surprise win, while Hill was a heartbroken second.[1] Johnny Herbert secured a surprising third for Sauber-Petronas, their best finish of the campaign, with Schumacher, Ralf Schumacher and Shinji Nakano claiming the remaining points.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Michael Schumacher extended his Championship lead as a result of his podium finish, moving ten clear of Jacques Villeneuve in second. The Canadian racer was therefore still in prime position to attack, although his startling lack of pace in Germany suggested that all may not be well with the Canadian's title bid. Behind, Jean Alesi had retained third, Gerhard Berger had leapt into fourth with victory, while Heinz-Harald Frentzen slipped to fifth.

In the Constructors Championship Ferrari had inched away from Williams-Renault at the head of the hunt, leaving Germany nine ahead. The Anglo-French squad were still their closest challengers, while both had been slightly reeled in by Benetton-Renault, although they were still a fair way back. McLaren-Mercedes were in an increasingly distant fourth, while Prost-Mugen-Honda had just kept Jordan-Peugeot at bay to retain fifth.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 1997 Hungarian 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 OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ReportEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap Ave. Speed
1 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:14.672 191.391 km/h
2 3 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1:14.859 +0.187s 190.823 km/h
3 1 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Arrows-Yamaha 1:15.044 +0.372s 190.352 km/h
4 9 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:15.140 +0.468s 190.109 km/h
5 6 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Italy Ferrari 1:15.424 +0.752s 189.393 km/h
6 4 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1:15.520 +0.848s 189.153 km/h
7 8 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Benetton-Renault 1:15.699 +1.027s 188.705 km/h
8 10 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:15.705 +1.033s 188.690 km/h
9 7 France Jean Alesi Italy Benetton-Renault 1:15.905 +1.233s 188.193 km/h
10 16 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:16.138 +1.466s 187.617 km/h
11 22 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 1:16.138 +1.466s 187.617 km/h
12 14 Italy Jarno Trulli France Prost-Mugen-Honda 1:16.297 +1.625s 187.226 km/h
13 12 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 1:16.300 +1.628s 187.219 km/h
14 11 Germany Ralf Schumacher Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 1:16.686 +2.014s 186.277 km/h
15 17 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:16.766 +2.094s 186.082 km/h
16 15 Japan Shinji Nakano France Prost-Mugen-Honda 1:16.784 +2.112s 186.039 km/h
17 23 Denmark Jan Magnussen United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 1:16.858 +2.186s 185.860 km/h
18 18 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:17.095 +2.423s 185.288 km/h
19 2 Brazil Pedro Diniz United Kingdom Arrows-Yamaha 1:17.118 +2.446s 185.223 km/h
20 20 Japan Ukyo Katayama Italy Minardi-Hart 1:17.232 +2.560s 184.960 km/h
21 19 Finland Mika Salo United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:17.482 +2.810s 184.363 km/h
22 21 Brazil Tarso Marques Italy Minardi-Hart 1:18.020 +3.348s 183.092 km/h
107% Time: 1:19.899[3]
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.

GridEdit

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 1 ______________
Michael Schumacher 2
______________ Jacques Villeneuve
Row 2 3 ______________
Damon Hill 4
______________ Mika Häkkinen
Row 3 5 ______________
Eddie Irvine 6
______________ Heinz-Harald Frentzen
Row 4 7 ______________
Gerhard Berger 8
______________ David Coulthard
Row 5 9 ______________
Jean Alesi 10
______________ Johnny Herbert
Row 6 11 ______________
Rubens Barrichello 12
______________ Jarno Trulli
Row 7 13 ______________
Giancarlo Fisichella 14
______________ Ralf Schumacher
Row 8 15 ______________
Gianni Morbidelli 16
______________ Shinji Nakano
Row 9 17 ______________
Jan Magnussen 18
______________ Jos Verstappen
Row 10 19 ______________
Pedro Diniz 20
______________ Ukyo Katayama
Row 11 21 ______________
Mika Salo 22
______________ Tarso Marques

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

Jacques Villeneuve won the race after Damon Hill's Arrows slowed on the final laps while in the lead. This was the closest Arrows had ever came to scoring a victory, after Hill had led most of the Grand Prix.

On lap 42, Giancarlo Fisichella, who was behind Michael Schumacher, tried to overtake Michael, but he spun out coming into the 1st corner. He got stuck in the gravel trap and would retire from the race.

At the final lap of the race, Eddie Irvine was pushed off by Shinji Nakano en route to a points finish. Nakano would eventually be 6th.

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 3 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom Williams-Renault 77 1:45:47.149 2 10
2 1 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Arrows-Yamaha 77 +9.079s 3 6
3 16 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 77 +20.445s 10 4
4 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 77 +30.501s 1 3
5 11 Germany Ralf Schumacher Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 77 +30.715s 14 2
6 15 Japan Shinji Nakano France Prost-Mugen-Honda 77 +41.512s 16 1
7 14 Italy Jarno Trulli France Prost-Mugen-Honda 77 +1:15.552 12
8 8 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Benetton-Renault 77 +1:16.409 7
9* 6 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Italy Ferrari 76 Spun off 5
10 20 Japan Ukyo Katayama Italy Minardi-Hart 76 +1 Lap 20
11 7 France Jean Alesi Italy Benetton-Renault 76 +1 Lap 9
12 21 Brazil Tarso Marques Italy Minardi-Hart 75 +2 Laps 22
13 19 Finland Mika Salo United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 75 +2 Laps 21
Ret 10 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 65 Electrical 8
Ret 18 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 61 Gearbox 18
Ret 2 Brazil Pedro Diniz United Kingdom Arrows-Yamaha 53 Electrical 19
Ret 12 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 42 Spun off 13
Ret 4 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen United Kingdom Williams-Renault 29 Fuel leak 6
Ret 22 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 29 Engine 11
Ret 9 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 12 Hydraulics 4
Ret 17 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 7 Engine 15
Ret 23 Denmark Jan Magnussen United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 5 Accident 17
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Irvine was still classified despite retiring as he had completed 90% of the race distance.[5]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Jacques Villeneuve used his fifth win of the season to close the gap to Michael Schumacher at the head of the Championship, leaving Hungary just three behind the German racer. Those two were now the only real contenders for the title, with Jean Alesi now 31 points behind Villeneuve, the equivalent to three race wins. The Frenchman was therefore in a fight to retain third, with six drivers covered by seven points in that particular squabble.

In the Constructors Championship it had been a positive day for Williams-Renault, who were able to carve into Ferrari's lead. Indeed, Williams ended the afternoon just two points behind the Scuderia, with those two, like their lead drivers, set to duel for the crown amongst themselves. Behind, Benetton-Renault were in an increasingly lonely third, with a fair gap back to McLaren-Mercedes in fourth.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Germany Michael Schumacher 56
2 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 53
3 France Jean Alesi 22
4 Austria Gerhard Berger 20
5 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 19
6 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 18
7 France Olivier Panis 15
8 United Kingdom David Coulthard 14
9 Finland Mika Häkkinen 14
10 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert 11 ▲2
11 Germany Ralf Schumacher 11 ▼1
12 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 8 ▼1
13 United Kingdom Damon Hill 7 ▲4
14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 6 ▼1
15 Austria Alexander Wurz 4 ▼1
16 Italy Jarno Trulli 3 ▼1
17 Finland Mika Salo 2 ▼1
18 Japan Shinji Nakano 2 ▲1
19 Italy Nicola Larini 1 ▼1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Italy Ferrari 74
2 United Kingdom Williams-Renault 72
3 Italy Benetton-Renault 46
4 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 28
5 France Prost-Mugen-Honda 20
6 Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 19
7 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 12
8 United Kingdom Arrows-Yamaha 7 ▲2
9 United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 6 ▼1
10 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 2 ▼1

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

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