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The 1997 San Marino Grand Prix, otherwise known as the 17° Gran Premio di San Marino, was the fourth round of the 1997 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Imola, Italy, on the 27 April 1997.[1] The race would see Heinz-Harald Frentzen secure a maiden victory at the wheel of his Williams-Renault, fending off a late challenge from compatriot Michael Schumacher.[1]

Frentzen had impressed during qualifying, daring the challenge Championship leading teammate Jacques Villeneuve for pole position, although it would be a battle won by the Canadian.[1] Third would go to Schumacher as usual, ahead of Olivier Panis, with the two Jordan-Peugeots of Ralf Schumacher and Giancarlo Fisichella sharing the third row.[1]

Rain would make the warm-up a wash-out on race day, although as the start time approached the clouds drifted away and the circuit dried.[1] There would also be some late changes to the grid, with Jarno Trulli suffering a gearbox failure on the formation lap, while Damon Hill had to start from the pitlane.[1]

Incredibly the start at Imola would be the first of the season not to feature a major collision, with Villeneuve sprinting clear of Frentzen.[1] Indeed, Frentzen's start was not among the best, and hence left him vulnerable to an aggressive lunge by Schumacher into Tosa.[1]

With Schumacher up into second Villeneuve was left to blast clear at the head of the field, with the German racer simply unable to match his pace.[1] The only man who looked likely to challenge the Canadian was his teammate, although Frentzen simply could not find a way past the #5 Ferrari.[1]

Indeed, it was only when Schumacher made a rare mistake that Frentzen finally got a chance to attack, the German racer sliding wide at Variante Alta.[1] Frentzen, however, contrived to get on the wrong side of the Ferrari and slide onto the grass, hence allowing Schumacher to retain second.[1]

That seemed to awaken Schumacher, who was able to match Villeneuve's pace from that moment on, although the Canadian's pace was being hampered by lapped traffic.[1] However, Schumacher's hopes of victory essentially disappeared after his stop on lap 24, with Frentzen setting a stunning series of fastest laps to try and overcut his compatriot.[1]

The plan worked, just, for a quicker stop for Schumacher had ensured that Frentzen had to battle the Ferrari as he rejoined.[1] Regardless, Frentzen duly seized the advantage and began to ease away, while Villeneuve had slipped down behind the pair of them, almost unnoticed.[1]

Villeneuve's race was to end completely soon after, a gearbox failure dumping him out of the race having tried his best to get ahead of Schumacher.[1] With that the race for the win was over, with Frentzen able to keep Schumacher at arm's length through to the chequered flag.[1]

Behind them to complete the podium would be Eddie Irvine, who picked his way up the order as others hit trouble ahead of him.[1] Giancarlo Fisichella was next, having battled Irvine throughout, with Jean Alesi and Mika Häkkinen claiming the remaining points after quiet afternoons of their own.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Jacques Villeneuve established a ten point lead atop the Championship after his second win of the season, leaving Argentina with twenty points to his name. David Coulthard therefore slipped to second, level with Gerhard Berger, although the Scot was ahead of the Austrian courtesy of his win in Australia. Mika Häkkinen and Michael Schumacher completed the top five, with eleven scorers after the opening three rounds.

Williams-Renault moved to the top of the Constructors Championship after Villeneuve's second win of the campaign, establishing a one point lead over McLaren-Mercedes. A five point gap then followed before Ferrari appeared in third, with Benetton-Renault ending the day down in fourth. Prost-Mugen-Honda, Jordan-Peugeot and Sauber-Petronas were the only other scorers.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 1997 San Marino 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

Qualifying ReportEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap Ave. Speed
1 3 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1:23.303 213.054 km/h
2 4 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1:23.646 +0.343s 212.180 km/h
3 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:23.955 +0.652s 211.399 km/h
4 14 France Olivier Panis France Prost-Mugen-Honda 1:24.075 +0.772s 211.097 km/h
5 11 Germany Ralf Schumacher Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 1:24.081 +0.778s 211.082 km/h
6 12 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 1:24.596 +1.293s 209.797 km/h
7 16 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:24.723 +1.420s 209.483 km/h
8 9 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:24.812 +1.509s 209.263 km/h
9 6 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Italy Ferrari 1:24.861 +1.558s 209.142 km/h
10 10 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:25.077 +1.774s 208.611 km/h
11 8 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Benetton-Renault 1:25.371 +2.068s 207.893 km/h
12 17 Italy Nicola Larini Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:25.544 +2.241s 207.472 km/h
13 22 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 1:25.579 +2.276s 207.387 km/h
14 7 France Jean Alesi Italy Benetton-Ford Cosworth 1:25.729 +2.426s 207.024 km/h
15 1 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Arrows-Yamaha 1:25.743 +2.440s 206.991 km/h
16 23 Denmark Jan Magnussen United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 1:26.192 +2.889s 205.912 km/h
17 2 Brazil Pedro Diniz United Kingdom Arrows-Yamaha 1:26.253 +2.950s 205.767 km/h
18 15 Japan Shinji Nakano France Prost-Mugen-Honda 1:26.712 +3.409s 204.678 km/h
19 19 Finland Mika Salo United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:26.852 +3.549s 204.348 km/h
20 21 Italy Jarno Trulli Italy Minardi-Hart 1:26.960 +3.657s 204.094 km/h
21 18 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:27.428 +4.125s 203.001 km/h
22 20 Japan Ukyo Katayama Italy Minardi-Hart 1:28.727 +5.424s 200.029 km/h
107% Time: 1:29.134[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 ______________
Jacques Villeneuve 2
______________ Heinz-Harald Frentzen
Row 2 3 ______________
Michael Schumacher 4
______________ Olivier Panis
Row 3 5 ______________
Ralf Schumacher 6
______________ Giancarlo Fisichella
Row 4 7 ______________
Johnny Herbert 8
______________ Mika Häkkinen
Row 5 9 ______________
Eddie Irvine 10
______________ David Coulthard
Row 6 11 ______________
Gerhard Berger 12
______________ Nicola Larini
Row 7 13 ______________
Rubens Barrichello 14
______________ Jean Alesi
Row 8 15 ______________
Damon Hill* 16
______________ Jan Magnussen
Row 9 17 ______________
Pedro Diniz 18
______________ Shinji Nakano
Row 10 19 ______________
Mika Salo 20
______________ Jarno Trulli
Row 11 21 ______________
Jos Verstappen 22
______________ Ukyo Katayama
  • * Hill would start from the pitlane after switching to his spare car.[3]
  • Trulli was unable to start the race due to a gearbox failure on the formation lap.[5]

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 4 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen United Kingdom Williams-Renault 62 1:31:00.673 2 10
2 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 62 +1.237s 3 6
3 6 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Italy Ferrari 62 +1:18.343 9 4
4 12 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 62 +1:23.388 6 3
5 7 France Jean Alesi Italy Benetton-Renault 61 +1 Lap 14 2
6 9 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 61 +1 Lap 8 1
7 17 Italy Nicola Larini Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 61 +1 Lap 12
8 14 France Olivier Panis France Prost-Mugen-Honda 61 +1 Lap 4
9 19 Finland Mika Salo United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 60 +2 Laps 19
10 18 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 60 +2 Laps 21
11 20 Japan Ukyo Katayama Italy Minardi-Hart 59 +3 Laps 22
Ret 2 Brazil Pedro Diniz United Kingdom Arrows-Yamaha 53 Gearbox 17
Ret 3 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom Williams-Renault 40 Gearbox 1
Ret 10 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 38 Engine 10
Ret 22 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 32 Engine 13
Ret 16 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 18 Electrical 7
Ret 11 Germany Ralf Schumacher Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 17 Transmission 5
Ret 15 Japan Shinji Nakano France Prost-Mugen-Honda 11 Collision 18
Ret 1T United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Arrows-Yamaha 11 Collision 15
Ret 8 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Benetton-Renault 4 Spin 11
Ret 23 Denmark Jan Magnussen United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 2 Spin 16
DNS* 21 Italy Jarno Trulli Italy Minardi-Hart
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Trulli was unable to start the race due to a gearbox failure on the formation lap.[5]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

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.

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

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

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