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The 1997 Italian Grand Prix, otherwise known as the LXVIII Gran Premio Campari d'Italia, was the thirteenth round of the 1997 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza in Monza, Italy, on the 7 September 1997.[1] The race would see David Coulthard sweep to victory for McLaren-Mercedes, as title pretenders Michael Schumacher and Jacques Villeneuve struggled throughout the weekend.[1]

Qualifying had seen the usual order of things completely dismantled, with Giancarlo Fisichella leading the way for most of the session for Jordan-Peugeot.[1] He would, however, be beaten to pole position by the ever popular Jean Alesi of Benetton-Renault, with Heinz-Harald Frentzen sneaked into second ahead of the Italian.[1] Behind, Villeneuve would claim fourth, while Schumacher found himself down in a lowly ninth for Ferrari.[1]

The warm-up passed without issue, with conditions remaining dry and warm, and with Ferrari off the overall pace.[1] There were, however, to be discussions over the race start, with several drivers asking whether it was okay to go over the white lines on the start/finish straight, which outline the side of the circuit.[1]

The officials opted to allow the use of the extra tarmac, a decision which proved crucial to the fates of Coulthard and Irvine.[1] Indeed, both blitzed their starts to leap up the order, with Coulthard settling into third behind Alesi and Frentzen, while Irvine claimed eighth behind Schumacher having been baulked by the Scot.[1]

Miraculously the field made it through the Rettifilo without issue, and would power through the rest of the opening lap without issue.[1] Out front, meanwhile, Alesi, Frentzen and Coulthard would break away from the rest, with Fisichella in fourth unable to match their pace.[1]

Yet, it quickly became clear that the race would not be a classic, quickly turning to a procession as the top three broke away.[1] Indeed, the only changes to the order came during the stops, with Villeneuve and Frentzen the first callers, a decision which ultimately ruled Frentzen out of the reckoning.[1]

Frentzen's early stop opened the door for Coulthard, who duly latched onto the back of Alesi before sweeping into the pits behind the Sicilian born Frenchman.[1] McLaren duly got the Scot back out on fresh tyres and fuel quicker than Benetton could service Alesi, allowing Coulthard to shoot away in the lead.,ref name=GP></ref>

With that the race was effectively over, for Coulthard had enough pace to keep Alesi at arm's length without straining his car.[1] Alesi hence had to look behind to keep an eye on Frentzen, although the German racer was providing no threat to the Benetton.[1]

Elsewhere, Mika Häkkinen and Schumacher would have brief stints in the lead, opting for longer first stints, which would carry the Finn into fourth and Schumacher to seventh.[1] Unfortunately for Häkkinen his race would be ruined by a delaminated tyre, promoting Schumacher into the points.[1]

That really was the last drama of the race, with Coulthard cruising home to claim victory, which he dedicated to Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales, whom had been killed in an accident on 31 August prior to the race.[1] Alesi and Frentzen completed the podium, with Fisichella, Villeneuve and Schumacher claiming the remaining points.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Michael Schumacher moved eleven points clear atop the Championship after his fourth win of the campaign, leaving Belgium with 66 points. Jacques Villeneuve had therefore lost ground, and was now more than a win behind, with the Canadian ace remaining the only major pretender to Schumacher with five rounds to go. Heinz-Harald Frentzen, meanwhile, had moved into third, with just two points covering the German, Jean Alesi and fifth placed Gerhard Berger.

In the Constructors Championship it was Ferrari who had won the day, eking out their lead to six points at the head of the hunt. Williams-Renault had, however, effectively kept pace wit their Italian rivals, with Benetton-Renault having lost ground to both in third. They were, however, in a now secure third place, nineteen ahead of McLaren-Mercedes in fourth.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 1997 Italian 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 Italian Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap Ave. Speed
1 7 France Jean Alesi Italy Benetton-Renault 1:22.990 250.295 km/h
2 4 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1:23.042 +0.052s 250.138 km/h
3 12 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 1:23.066 +0.076s 250.066 km/h
4 3 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1:23.231 +0.241s 249.570 km/h
5 9 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:23.340 +0.350s 249.244 km/h
6 10 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:23.347 +0.357s 249.223 km/h
7 8 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Benetton-Renault 1:23.443 +0.453s 248.936 km/h
8 11 Germany Ralf Schumacher Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 1:23.603 +0.613s 248.460 km/h
9 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:23.624 +0.634s 248.398 km/h
10 6 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Italy Ferrari 1:23.891 +0.901s 247.607 km/h
11 22 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 1:24.177 +1.187s 246.766 km/h
12 16 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:24.242 +1.252s 246.575 km/h
13 23 Denmark Jan Magnussen United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 1:24.394 +1.404s 246.131 km/h
14 1 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Arrows-Yamaha 1:24.482 +1.492s 245.875 km/h
15 15 Japan Shinji Nakano France Prost-Mugen-Honda 1:24.553 +1.563s 245.668 km/h
16 14 Italy Jarno Trulli France Prost-Mugen-Honda 1:24.567 +1.577s 245.628 km/h
17 2 Brazil Pedro Diniz United Kingdom Arrows-Yamaha 1:24.639 +1.649s 245.419 km/h
18 17 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:24.735 +1.745s 245.141 km/h
19 19 Finland Mika Salo United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:25.693 +2.703s 242.400 km/h
20 18 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:25.845 +2.855s 241.971 km/h
21 20 Japan Ukyo Katayama Italy Minardi-Hart 1:26.655 +3.665s 239.709 km/h
22 21 Brazil Tarso Marques Italy Minardi-Hart 1:27.677 +4.687s 236.915 km/h
107% Time: 1:28.799[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 ______________
Jean Alesi 2
______________ Heinz-Harald Frentzen
Row 2 3 ______________
Giancarlo Fisichella 4
______________ Jacques Villeneuve
Row 3 5 ______________
Mika Häkkinen 6
______________ David Coulthard
Row 4 7 ______________
Gerhard Berger 8
______________ Ralf Schumacher
Row 5 9 ______________
Michael Schumacher 10
______________ Eddie Irvine
Row 6 11 ______________
Rubens Barrichello 12
______________ Johnny Herbert
Row 7 13 ______________
Jan Magnussen 14
______________ Damon Hill
Row 8 15 ______________
Shinji Nakano 16
______________ Jarno Trulli
Row 9 17 ______________
Pedro Diniz 18
______________ Gianni Morbidelli
Row 10 19 ______________
Mika Salo 20
______________ Jos Verstappen
Row 11 21 ______________
Ukyo Katayama 22
______________ Tarso Marques

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 10 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 53 1:17:04.609 6 10
2 7 France Jean Alesi Italy Benetton-Renault 53 +1.937s 1 6
3 4 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen United Kingdom Williams-Renault 53 +4.343s 2 4
4 12 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 53 +5.871s 3 3
5 3 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom Williams-Renault 53 +6.416s 4 2
6 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 53 +11.481s 9 1
7 8 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Benetton-Renault 53 +12.471s 7
8 6 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Italy Ferrari 53 +17.639s 10
9 9 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 53 +49.373s 5
10 14 Italy Jarno Trulli France Prost-Mugen-Honda 53 +1:02.706 16
11 15 Japan Shinji Nakano France Prost-Mugen-Honda 53 +1:03.327 15
12 17 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 52 +1 Lap 18
13 22 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 52 +1 Lap 11
14 21 Brazil Tarso Marques Italy Minardi-Hart 50 +3 Laps 22
Ret 1 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Arrows-Yamaha 46 Engine 14
Ret 11 Germany Ralf Schumacher Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 39 Collision 8
Ret 16 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 38 Collision 12
Ret 19 Finland Mika Salo United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 33 Engine 19
Ret 23 Denmark Jan Magnussen United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 31 Transmission 13
Ret 18 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 12 Gearbox 20
Ret 20 Japan Ukyo Katayama Italy Minardi-Hart 8 Wheel 21
Ret 2 Brazil Pedro Diniz United Kingdom Arrows-Yamaha 4 Suspension 17
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

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.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Germany Michael Schumacher 67
2 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 57
3 France Jean Alesi 28 ▲1
4 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 27 ▼1
5 United Kingdom David Coulthard 24 ▲3
6 Austria Gerhard Berger 21 ▼1
7 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 18 ▼1
8 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 17 ▲1
9 France Olivier Panis 15 ▼1
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 Italy Ferrari 85
2 United Kingdom Williams-Renault 84
3 Italy Benetton-Renault 53
4 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 38
5 Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 28
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.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

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  2. 'Italy 1997: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1997/italie/engages.aspx, (Accessed 23/08/2019)
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