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The 1997 Spanish Grand Prix, otherwise officially known as the XXXIX Gran Premio Marlboro de España, was the sixth round of the 1997 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged on the 25 May 1997 at the Circuit de Catalunya near Barcelona, Spain.[1] The race would see Jacques Villeneuve secure his third win of the season to reclaim the Championship lead, in a race dictated by tyre use.[1]

Villeneuve had started the weekend with another minor win, beating Williams-Renault teammate Heinz-Harald Frentzen to pole position during qualifying.[1] Best of the rest was David Coulthard in third, a second off of Villeneuve's effort, with Jean Alesi sharing the second row with the Scot.[1]

The start would see Villeneuve bolt into an early lead, while a poor start for Frentzen saw the German racer tumble down the field.[1] As he tumbled his compatriot Michael Schumacher surged forward, ending the opening lap in second as the closest thing to a challenge to Villeneuve.[1]

Yet, even Schumacher could not match Villeneuve's early pace, with the Canadian racer quickly building a twenty second lead.[1] Indeed, Schumacher's pace was soon found to be so poor that he had a queue of cars behind him, with Coulthard, Alesi, Mika Häkkinen, Frentzen and Johnny Herbert all stuck behind the #5 Ferrari.[1]

Tyre wear was to come into play soon after, with a fair number of the Goodyear shod drivers opting for a three stop strategy.[1] That played a significant part in breaking up Schumacher's train, with the German racer soon slipping down behind Herbert.[1]

In the resulting shuffles it was Olivier Panis who emerged best, his Bridgestone tyres proving longer lasting and able to run at a quick pace.[1] Indeed, after Villeneuve completed his second stop the Canadian looked vulnerable to the now second placed Frenchman, although the Prost-Mugen-Honda would constantly get mired in traffic.[1]

Elsewhere, Schumacher's pace picked up during his second stint, allowing him to briefly lead on his two-stop strategy before falling back into line behind Alesi in third.[1] Herbert, meanwhile, would jump both McLaren-Mercedes after his second stop, while Frentzen tumbled to eighth lacking any confidence in his tyres.[1]

Out front, meanwhile, Villeneuve would cruise across the line to claim victory, Panis' impressive pace not enough to threaten the Canadian.[1] Alesi duly completed the podium ahead of Schumacher, while Herbert and Coulthard claimed the remaining points.[1]

BackgroundEdit

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.

Entry listEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap Ave. Speed
1 3 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1:16.525 223.374 km/h
2 4 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen United Kingdom Williams-Renault 1:16.791 +0.266s 221.604 km/h
3 10 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:17.521 +0.996s 219.517 km/h
4 7 France Jean Alesi Italy Benetton-Renault 1:17.717 +1.192s 218.964 km/h
5 9 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:17.737 +1.212s 218.907 km/h
6 8 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Benetton-Renault 1:18.041 +1.516s 218.055 km/h
7 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Benetton-Renault 1:18.313 +1.788s 217.297 km/h
8 12 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 1:18.385 +1.860s 217.098 km/h
9 11 Germany Ralf Schumacher Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 1:18.423 +1.898s 216.992 km/h
10 16 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:18.494 +1.969s 216.796 km/h
11 6 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Italy Ferrari 1:18.873 +2.348s 215.754 km/h
12 14 France Olivier Panis France Prost-Mugen-Honda 1:19.157 +2.632s 214.980 km/h
13 17 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:19.323 +2.798s 214.530 km/h
14 19 Finland Mika Salo United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:20.079 +3.554s 212.505 km/h
15 1 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Arrows-Yamaha 1:20.089 +3.564s 212.479 km/h
16 15 Japan Shinji Nakano France Prost-Mugen-Honda 1:20.103 +3.578s 212.442 km/h
17 22 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 1:20.255 +3.730s 212.039 km/h
18 21 Italy Jarno Trulli Italy Minardi-Hart 1:20.452 +3.927s 211.520 km/h
19 18 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:20.582 +4.057s 211.179 km/h
20 20 Japan Ukyo Katayama Italy Minardi-Hart 1:20.672 +4.147s 210.943 km/h
21 2 Brazil Pedro Diniz United Kingdom Arrows-Yamaha 1:21.029 +4.504s 210.014 km/h
22 23 Denmark Jan Magnussen United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 1:21.060 +4.535s 209.933 km/h
107% Time: 1:21.882[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 ______________
David Coulthard 4
______________ Jean Alesi
Row 3 5 ______________
Mika Häkkinen 6
______________ Gerhard Berger
Row 4 7 ______________
Michael Schumacher 8
______________ Giancarlo Fisichella
Row 5 9 ______________
Ralf Schumacher* 10
______________ Johnny Herbert
Row 6 11 ______________
Eddie Irvine 12
______________ Olivier Panis
Row 7 13 ______________
Gianni Morbidelli 14
______________ Mika Salo
Row 8 15 ______________
Damon Hill 16
______________ Shinji Nakano
Row 9 17 ______________
Rubens Barrichello 18
______________ Jarno Trulli
Row 10 19 ______________
Jos Verstappen 20
______________ Ukyo Katayama
Row 11 21 ______________
Pedro Diniz 22
______________ Jan Magnussen
  • * Schumacher would start from the back of the grid after stalling on the formation lap.[5]

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 3 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom Williams-Renault 64 1:30:35.896 1 10
2 14 France Olivier Panis France Prost-Mugen-Honda 64 +5.804s 12 6
3 7 France Jean Alesi Italy Benetton-Renault 64 +12.534s 4 4
4 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 64 +17.979s 7 3
5 16 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 64 +27.986s 10 2
6 10 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 64 +29.744s 3 1
7 9 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 64 +48.785s 5
8 4 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen United Kingdom Williams-Renault 64 +1:04.139 2
9 12 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 64 +1:04.767 8
10 8 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Benetton-Renault 64 +1:05.670 6
11 18 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 63 +1 Lap 19
12 6 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Italy Ferrari 63 +1 Lap 11
13 23 Denmark Jan Magnussen United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 63 +1 Lap 22
14 17 Italy Gianni Morbidelli Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 62 +2 Laps 13
15 21 Italy Jarno Trulli Italy Minardi-Hart 62 +2 Laps 18
Ret 2 Brazil Pedro Diniz United Kingdom Arrows-Yamaha 53 Engine 21
Ret 11 Germany Ralf Schumacher Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 50 Engine 9
Ret 22 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 37 Engine 17
Ret 19 Finland Mika Salo United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 35 Puncture 14
Ret 15 Japan Shinji Nakano France Prost-Mugen-Honda 34 Gearbox 16
Ret 1 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Arrows-Yamaha 17 Engine 15
Ret 20 Japan Ukyo Katayama Italy Minardi-Hart 11 Gearbox 20
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

A third win of the campaign carried Jacques Villeneuve back to the top of the Championship standings, the Canadian ace leaving Spain with a three point lead. Michael Schumacher had made way for Villeneuve and slipped to second, while Olivier Panis rocketed up to third, although he only had half the number of points of Villeneuve. Eddie Irvine and David Coulthard completed the top five, with fifteen drivers on the score sheet.

In the Constructors Championship Ferrari had just held onto their lead, although it had been cut to just a single point. Williams-Renault were the team to do the damage, ending the weekend on 40 points, with almost double the number of points of McLaren-Mercedes in third. Behind McLaren were Benetton-Renault and Prost-Mugen-Honda, the only other teams in double figures after the opening third of the season.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 30 ▲1
2 Germany Michael Schumacher 27 ▼1
3 France Olivier Panis 15 ▲5
4 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 14 ▼1
5 United Kingdom David Coulthard 11
6 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 10 ▼2
7 Austria Gerhard Berger 10 ▼1
8 Finland Mika Häkkinen 10 ▼1
9 France Jean Alesi 7 ▲4
10 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 6 ▼1
11 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert 5 ▲1
12 Germany Ralf Schumacher 4 ▼2
13 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 4 ▼2
14 Finland Mika Salo 2
15 Italy Nicola Larini 1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Italy Ferrari 41
2 United Kingdom Williams-Renault 40
3 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 21
4 Italy Benetton-Renault 17
5 France Prost-Mugen-Honda 15
6 Ireland Jordan-Peugeot 8
7 United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 6
8 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 6
9 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 2

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 'Spanish GP, 1997', grandprix.com, (Inside F1 Inc., 2014), https://www.grandprix.com/gpe/rr603.html, (Accessed 20/08/2019)
  2. 'Spain 1997: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1997/espagne/engages.aspx, (Accessed 20/08/2019)
  3. 3.0 3.1 'Spain 1997: Qualifications', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1997/espagne/qualification.aspx, (Accessed 20/08/2019)
  4. 'Gran Premio Marlboro de España 1997 - QUALIFYING', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/1997/races/659/spain/qualifying-0.html, (Accessed 20/08/2019)
  5. 5.0 5.1 'Spain 1997: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1997/espagne/classement.aspx, (Accessed 20/08/2019)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 '6. Spain 1997', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1997/espagne.aspx, (Accessed 20/08/2019)
  7. '1997 Spanish GP', chicanef1.com, (Chicane F1, 2014), http://www.chicanef1.com/racetit.pl?year=1997&gp=Spanish%20GP&r=1, (Accessed 20/08/2019)
V T E Spain Spanish Grand Prix
Circuits Pedralbes (1951, 1954), Jarama (1967-1968, 1970, 1972, 1974, 1976-1981), Montjuïc (1969, 1971, 1973, 1975), Jerez (1986-1990), Catalunya (1991-Present)
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Non-Championship Races 19231924–1925192619271928–192919301931–19321933193419351936–196619671968–19791980
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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