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The 1997 Monaco Grand Prix, officially known as the LV Grand Prix de Monaco, was the fifth round of the 1997 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Circuit de Monaco in Monte Carlo, Monaco, on the 11 May 1997.[1] The race would see Michael Schumacher sweep to victory, in a race that celebrated the 700th anniversary of Monaco's foundation as an independent nation.[1]

Qualifying would see Schumacher almost secure pole position, only for Heinz-Harald Frentzen to beat his early effort to secure top spot.[1] Schumacher himself made a mess of his final run and had to settle for second, while Championship leader Jacques Villeneuve lined up in third.[1]

Rain on race morning ensured there was confusion on the grid, with teams having to decide on whether to adopt a wet or dry setup.[1] The two Williams-Renaults would ultimately stick with a fully dry setup, Ferrari and Schumacher gambled on a wet setup, while the Jordan-Peugeots and David Coulthard opted to take intermediate tyres.[1]

Ultimately it was those who opted for wet/intermediate setups and tyres that made the best starts, with Schumacher sprinting into an early lead.[1] Frentzen and Villeneuve, in contrast, would make awful starts, allowing Giancarlo Fisichella to leap into second, while Ralf Schumacher slithered ahead of Villeneuve.[1]

Behind, however, there would be chaos, with numerous minor collisions eventually resulting in Pedro Diniz, on slicks, being pushed into the wall.[1] Coulthard was another early victim, spinning out at the chicane, prompting teammate Mika Häkkinen, on slicks, to slide straight into the back of Jean Alesi as both tried to avoid the stricken McLaren-Mercedes.[1] A similar incident also saw Damon Hill remove himself from the race on the back of Eddie Irvine.[1]

Out front, meanwhile, Schumacher was simply running away with the race win, pulling out a twenty second lead before the end of lap five.[1] Behind, his brother Ralf managed to dart past Frentzen to secure third behind Fisichella, with the two Jordan-Peugeots running two-three throughout the early laps.[1]

That was, until Rubens Barrichello danced his Stewart-Ford Cosworth around the pair of them, the Brazilian looking inspired on the circuit that had kick-started his legendary compatriot Ayrton Senna's career.[1] Indeed, had Schumacher not got such a good early run Barrichello may have been able to challenge, although by the time he cleared the Jordans the Brazilian was over half a minute behind.[1]

Elsewhere, Villeneuve would skate into the barriers at the chicane, while Frentzen would do likewise after stopping for wets.[1] Irvine, meanwhile, would battle his way up the order to secure third mid-race, as the Ralf Schumacher spun out, and Fisichella's pace collapsed once he opted to preserve his tyres.[1]

Michael Schumacher, meanwhile, would remain unchallenged through to the chequered flag, which appeared sixteen laps early due to the two-hour time limit.[1] Barrichello duly secured an impressive maiden podium finish for Stewart ahead of Irvine, with Olivier Panis, Mika Salo and Fisichella securing the remaining points.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Heinz-Harald Frentzen shot into the top three after his maiden victory, leaving San Marino four behind compatriot Michael Schumacher, who had himself moved into second. However, both were still a fair way shy of early Championship leader Jacques Villeneuve, with the Canadian ace holding a six point lead over Schumacher with a quarter of the season gone. Behind, David Coulthard was level with Frentzen on ten points and a win, while Eddie Irvine, Gerhard Berger and Mika Häkkinen also having claimed ten points.

In the Constructors Championship it was Williams-Renault who once again ended a race weekend on top, moving onto 30 points with three race wins. Ferrari had moved into second, six behind the Anglo-French alliance, while McLaren-Mercedes slipped to third, ten off the lead. Benetton-Renault were next ahead of Jordan-Peugeot, while Prost-Mugen-Honda and Sauber-Petronas completing the score sheet.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 1997 Monaco 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 Nicola Larini 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 Italy Jarno Trulli 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

ReportEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap Ave. Speed
1 4 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1:18.216 154.925 km/h
2 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:18.235 +0.019s 154.887 km/h
3 3 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1:18.583 +0.367s 154.201 km/h
4 12 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 1:18.665 +0.449s 154.041 km/h
5 10 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:18.779 +0.563s 153.818 km/h
6 11 Germany Ralf Schumacher Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 1:18.943 +0.727s 153.498 km/h
7 16 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:19.105 +0.889s 153.184 km/h
8 9 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:19.119 +0.903s 153.157 km/h
9 7 France Jean Alesi Italy Benetton-Renault 1:19.263 +1.047s 152.878 km/h
10 22 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 1:19.295 +1.079s 152.817 km/h
11 17 Italy Nicola Larini Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:19.468 +1.252s 152.484 km/h
12 14 France Olivier Panis France Prost-Mugen-Honda 1:19.626 +1.410s 152.181 km/h
13 1 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Arrows-Yamaha 1:19.674 +1.458s 152.090 km/h
14 19 Finland Mika Salo United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:19.694 +1.478s 152.052 km/h
15 6 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Italy Ferrari 1:19.723 +1.507s 151.996 km/h
16 2 Brazil Pedro Diniz United Kingdom Arrows-Yamaha 1:19.860 +1.644s 151.736 km/h
17 8 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Benetton-Renault 1:20.199 +1.983s 151.094 km/h
18 21 Italy Jarno Trulli Italy Minardi-Hart 1:20.349 +2.133s 150.812 km/h
19 23 Denmark Jan Magnussen United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 1:20.516 +2.300s 150.499 km/h
20 20 Japan Ukyo Katayama Italy Minardi-Hart 1:20.606 +2.390s 150.331 km/h
21 15 Japan Shinji Nakano France Prost-Mugen-Honda 1:20.961 +2.745s 149.672 km/h
22 18 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:21.290 +3.074s 149.066 km/h
107% Time: 1:23.691[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
2 Heinz-Harald Frentzen
Michael Schumacher ______________
Row 2 ______________ 3
4 Jacques Villeneuve
Giancarlo Fisichella ______________
Row 3 ______________ 5
6 David Coulthard
Ralf Schumacher ______________
Row 4 ______________ 7
8 Johnny Herbert
Mika Häkkinen ______________
Row 5 ______________ 9
10 Jean Alesi
Rubens Barrichello ______________
Row 6 ______________ 11
12 Nicola Larini
Olivier Panis ______________
Row 7 ______________ 13
14 Damon Hill
Mika Salo ______________
Row 8 ______________ 15
16 Eddie Irvine
Pedro Diniz ______________
Row 9 ______________ 17
18 Gerhard Berger
Jarno Trulli ______________
Row 10 ______________ 19
20 Jan Magnussen
Ukyo Katayama ______________
Row 11 ______________ 21
22 Shinji Nakano
Jos Verstappen ______________

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 62 2:00:05.654 2 10
2 22 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 62 +53.306s 10 6
3 6 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Italy Ferrari 62 +1:22.108 15 4
4 14 France Olivier Panis France Prost-Mugen-Honda 62 +1:44.402 12 3
5 19 Finland Mika Salo United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 61 +1 lap 14 2
6 12 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 61 +1 lap 4 1
7 23 Denmark Jan Magnussen United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 61 +1 lap 19
8 18 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 60 +2 laps 22
9 8 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Benetton-Renault 60 +2 laps 17
10 20 Japan Ukyo Katayama Italy Minardi-Hart 60 +2 laps 20
Ret 4 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen United Kingdom Williams-Renault 39 Accident 1
Ret 15 Japan Shinji Nakano France Prost-Mugen-Honda 36 Spun off 21
Ret 17 Italy Nicola Larini Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 24 Puncture 11
Ret 7 France Jean Alesi Italy Benetton-Renault 16 Spun off 9
Ret 3 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom Williams-Renault 16 Accident 3
Ret 11 Germany Ralf Schumacher Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 10 Spun off 6
Ret 16 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 9 Accident 7
Ret 21 Italy Jarno Trulli Italy Minardi-Hart 7 Accident 18
Ret 10 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1 Collision 5
Ret 9 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1 Collision 8
Ret 1 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Arrows-Yamaha 1 Collision 13
Ret 2 Brazil Pedro Diniz United Kingdom Arrows-Yamaha 0 Spun off 16
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Michael Schumacher moved to the top of the Championship after his first win of the season, moving four clear of former leader Jacques Villeneuve. Eddie Irvine was next, leaping up to third ahead of Heinz-Harald Frentzen, with the German racer still level with four other drivers on ten points. Behind that cluster came Olivier Panis, while Rubens Barrichello had shot into to top ten with his podium finish.

In the Constructors Championship it was Ferrari who ended the day at the head of the hunt, establishing an eight point lead. Williams-Renault had made way for them, continuing their run of race win or retirement, while McLaren-Mercedes had likewise lost ground in third, slipping eighteen off the lead. Benetton-Renault were next ahead of Prost-Mugen-Honda to complete the top five, with nine constructors on the board.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Germany Michael Schumacher 24 ▲1
2 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 20 ▼1
3 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 14 ▲2
4 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 10 ▼1
5 United Kingdom David Coulthard 10 ▼1
6 Austria Gerhard Berger 10
7 Finland Mika Häkkinen 10
8 France Olivier Panis 9
9 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 6 ▲12
10 Germany Ralf Schumacher 4 ▼1
11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 4
12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert 3 ▼2
13 France Jean Alesi 3 ▼1
14 Finland Mika Salo 2 ▲1
15 Italy Nicola Larini 1 ▼2
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Italy Ferrari 38 ▲1
2 United Kingdom Williams-Renault 30 ▼1
3 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 20
4 Italy Benetton-Renault 13
5 France Prost-Mugen-Honda 9 ▲1
6 Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 8 ▼1
7 United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 6 ▲4
8 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 4 ▼1
9 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 2 ▼1

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

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