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The 1997 Luxembourg Grand Prix, otherwise officially known as the V Großer Preis von Luxemburg, was the fifteenth round of the 1997 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Nürburgring near Nürburg, Germany, on the 28 September 1997.[1] The race would see Jacques Villeneuve secure victory to claim the lead in the Championship, as former leader Michael Schumacher was taken out at the first corner.[1]

Qualifying had seen the Mercedes engined McLaren of Mika Häkkinen secure pole position, the first for a Mercedes engine since the 1955 Italian Grand Prix.[1] Villeneuve was a close second ahead of his Williams-Renault teammate Heinz-Harald Frentzen, while Schumacher found himself down in fifth behind Giancarlo Fisichella.[1]

The warm-up saw the two McLaren-Mercedes dominate, with Häkkinen almost a second clear of teammate David Coulthard at the head of the field.[1] Home hero Schumacher, meanwhile, was still off the pace of title rival Villeneuve, meaning it was advantage Canada ahead of the race.[1]

The start saw Häkkinen leap into an early lead, while poor starts for Villenueve and Fisichella compressed the field enough that Coulthard was able to streak into second from sixth.[1] Significantly, Schumacher would end up alongside Fisichella as they charged into turn one, with his brother Ralf Schumacher appearing alongside the sister Jordan-Peugeot.[1]

What resulted was a bizarre collision, with Ralf Schumacher squeezing teammate Fisichella, only for contact between the two to flick the #12 car into the air.[1] Ralf's car duly came slamming down on the front of brother Michael's Ferrari, destroying his suspension and his race.[1] Fisichella, meanwhile, would join them in retirement after an unsighted Ukyo Katayama ploughed into his car amid the smoke.[1]

As the two brothers collided the two Williams-Renaults also made contact, with Villeneuve miraculously escaping unharmed while Frentzen knocked his ignition switch.[1] That destroyed his momentum and dumped him back down the field, with the German finally getting back up to speed having dropped to thirteenth.[1]

Out front, meanwhile, Häkkinen would ease clear at the head of the field, dropping teammate Coulthard by almost a second a lap during the early stages.[1] Indeed, Coulthard was instead having to look in his mirrors to track Villeneuve, who had been told of Schumacher's strife and knew he would have to make the best of the German's absence.[1]

Ultimately, however, the order remained static through to the pitstops, with Häkkinen and Villeneuve, on two-stops, sweeping in on the same lap, albeit some ten seconds apart.[1] Coulthard, meanwhile, stayed out for an extra three laps, and a stellar pitstop ensured that the Scot remained ahead of Villeneuve when he rejoined.[1]

With that the race looked to be over, with Häkkinen and Coulthard now easing clear of Villeneuve, who had settled for third.[1] However, on lap 42 the race would be completely turned on its head by two engine failures, the first befalling Coulthard, before Häkkinen's blew apart a few moments later.[1]

That left Villeneuve at the head of the field with a comfortable lead, with the Canadian racer duly cruising across the line to claim victory.[1] Behind, Jean Alesi was surprised to claim second ahead of Frentzen, while Gerhard Berger secured fourth to make it a Renault engined 1-2-3-4.[1]

Incredibly, this would be Villeneuve's final F1 victory, as well as the last for Renault until the 2003 Hungarian Grand Prix.

BackgroundEdit

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.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 1997 Luxembourg 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 France Olivier Panis 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 Luxembourg Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap Ave. Speed
1 9 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:16.602 214.068 km/h
2 3 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1:16.691 +0.089s 213.819 km/h
3 4 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1:16.741 +0.139s 213.680 km/h
4 12 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 1:17.289 +0.687s 212.165 km/h
5 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:17.385 +0.783s 211.902 km/h
6 10 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:17.387 +0.785s 211.896 km/h
7 8 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Benetton-Renault 1:17.587 +0.985s 211.350 km/h
8 11 Germany Ralf Schumacher Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 1:17.595 +0.993s 211.328 km/h
9 22 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 1:17.614 +1.012s 211.276 km/h
10 7 France Jean Alesi Italy Benetton-Renault 1:17.620 +1.018s 211.260 km/h
11 14 France Olivier Panis France Prost-Mugen-Honda 1:17.650 +1.048s 211.178 km/h
12 23 Denmark Jan Magnussen United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 1:17.722 +1.120s 210.983 km/h
13 1 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Arrows-Yamaha 1:17.795 +1.193s 210.785 km/h
14 6 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Italy Ferrari 1:17.855 +1.253s 210.622 km/h
15 2 Brazil Pedro Diniz United Kingdom Arrows-Yamaha 1:18.128 +1.526s 209.886 km/h
16 16 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:18.303 +1.701s 209.417 km/h
17 15 Japan Shinji Nakano France Prost-Mugen-Honda 1:18.699 +2.097s 208.364 km/h
18 21 Brazil Tarso Marques Italy Minardi-Hart 1:19.347 +2.745s 206.662 km/h
19 17 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:19.490 +2.888s 206.290 km/h
20 19 Finland Mika Salo United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:19.526 +2.924s 206.197 km/h
21 18 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:19.531 +2.929s 206.184 km/h
22 20 Japan Ukyo Katayama Italy Minardi-Hart 1:20.615 +4.013s 203.411 km/h
107% Time: 1:21.964[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 ______________
Mika Häkkinen 2
______________ Jacques Villeneuve
Row 2 3 ______________
Heinz-Harald Frentzen 4
______________ Giancarlo Fisichella
Row 3 5 ______________
Michael Schumacher 6
______________ David Coulthard
Row 4 7 ______________
Gerhard Berger 8
______________ Ralf Schumacher
Row 5 9 ______________
Rubens Barrichello 10
______________ Jean Alesi
Row 6 11 ______________
Olivier Panis 12
______________ Jan Magnussen
Row 7 13 ______________
Damon Hill 14
______________ Eddie Irvine
Row 8 15 ______________
Pedro Diniz 16
______________ Johnny Herbert
Row 9 17 ______________
Shinji Nakano 18
______________ Tarso Marques
Row 10 19 ______________
Gianni Morbidelli 20
______________ Mika Salo
Row 11 21 ______________
Jos Verstappen 22
______________ Ukyo Katayama

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 3 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom Williams-Renault 67 1:31:27.843 2 10
2 7 France Jean Alesi Italy Benetton-Renault 67 +11.770s 10 6
3 4 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen United Kingdom Williams-Renault 67 +13.480s 10 4
4 8 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Benetton-Renault 67 +16.416s 7 3
5 2 Brazil Pedro Diniz United Kingdom Arrows-Yamaha 67 +43.147s 15 2
6 14 France Olivier Panis France Prost-Mugen-Honda 67 +43.750s 11 1
7 16 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 67 +44.354s 16
8 1 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Arrows-Yamaha 67 +44.777s 13
9 17 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 66 +1 Lap 19
10 19 Finland Mika Salo United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 66 +1 Lap 20
Ret 18 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 50 Spin 21
Ret 9 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 43 Engine 1
Ret 22 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 43 Gearbox 9
Ret 10 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 42 Engine 6
Ret 23 Denmark Jan Magnussen United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 40 Halfshaft 12
Ret 6 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Italy Ferrari 22 Engine 14
Ret 15 Japan Shinji Nakano France Prost-Mugen-Honda 16 Engine 17
Ret 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 2 Damage 5
Ret 21 Brazil Tarso Marques Italy Minardi-Hart 1 Engine 18
Ret 20 Japan Ukyo Katayama Italy Minardi-Hart 1 Collision 22
Ret 12 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 0 Collision 4
Ret 11 Germany Ralf Schumacher Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 0 Collision 8
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Victory for Jacques Villeneuve ensured that the Canadian ace left Luxembourg at the head of the Championship hunt, establishing a nine point lead. Michael Schumacher had made way for the Canadian racer, and would likely have to outscore the Canadian racer in Japan to keep his title hopes alive. Behind, Heinz-Harald Frentzen had retained third, although Jean Alesi had closed to within a point of the German racer.

In the Constructors Championship it was advantage Williams-Renault, who needed just a handful of points in Japan to retain their crown. Indeed, Ferrari had slipped 26 points behind at the Nürburgring, meaning they would have to outscore Williams by eleven points in Suzuka if they were to challenge for the title at the season finale. Behind Benetton-Renault had delivered a significant blow in the fight for third, moving eighteen clear of McLaren-Mercedes with two rounds to go.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 77 ▲1
2 Germany Michael Schumacher 68 ▼1
3 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 35
4 France Jean Alesi 34 ▲1
5 United Kingdom David Coulthard 30 ▼1
6 Austria Gerhard Berger 24
7 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 20
8 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 18
9 France Olivier Panis 16
10 Finland Mika Häkkinen 14
11 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert 14
12 Germany Ralf Schumacher 13
13 United Kingdom Damon Hill 7
14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 6
15 Austria Alexander Wurz 4
16 Italy Jarno Trulli 3
17 Brazil Pedro Diniz 2 ▲3
18 Finland Mika Salo 2 ▼1
19 Japan Shinji Nakano 2 ▼1
20 Italy Nicola Larini 1 ▼1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Williams-Renault 112
2 Italy Ferrari 86
3 Italy Benetton-Renault 62
4 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 44
5 Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 33
6 France Prost-Mugen-Honda 21
7 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 15
8 United Kingdom Arrows-Yamaha 9
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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V T E 1997 Formula One Season
Teams Arrows • Williams • Ferrari • Benetton • McLaren • Jordan • Prost • Sauber • Tyrrell • Minardi • Stewart • Lola
Engines Ferrari • Ford • Hart • Mercedes • Mugen-Honda • Petronas • Peugeot • Renault • Yamaha
Drivers Hill • 2 Diniz • 3 Villeneuve • 4 Frentzen • 5 M. Schumacher • 6 Irvine • 7 Alesi • 8 Berger • 8 Wurz • 9 Häkkinen • 10 Coulthard • 11 R. Schumacher • 12 Fisichella • 14 Panis • 14 Trulli • 15 Nakano • 16 Herbert • 17 Larini • 17 Morbidelli • 17 Fontana • 18 Verstappen • 19 Salo • 20 Katayama • 21 Trulli • 21 Marques • 22 Barrichello • 23 Magnussen • 24 Sospiri • 25 Rosset
Other Drivers Badoer • Brundle • Montermini • Montoya • Takagi • Tuero
Cars Williams FW19 • Ferrari F310B • Benetton B197 • McLaren MP4/12 • Jordan 197 • Prost JS45 • Sauber C16 • Arrows A18 • Stewart SF01 • Tyrrell 025 • Minardi M197 • Lola T97/30
Tyres Goodyear • Bridgestone
Races Australia • Brazil • Argentina • San Marino • Monaco • Spain • Canada • France • Britain • Germany • Hungary • Belgium • Italy • Austria • Luxembourg • Japan • Europe
See also 1996 Formula One Season • 1998 Formula One Season • Category
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