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MasterCard Lola were a British Formula One that competed at the start of the 1997 Formula One Season. While the team intended to begin racing in F1 in 1998, pressure from main sponsor MasterCard lead to a début in 1997. This lead to a seriously under-prepared car and the forced use of an old Ford engine rather than the Lola engine being designed.

At the Australian Grand Prix, Vincenzo Sospiri was eleven seconds off pole and five seconds off the 107% time, and Ricardo Rosset was a further two seconds behind him. While the team arrived at the Brazilian Grand Prix, they did not run and were never heard from again.


Background[]

Prior to Formula One World Championship[]

Formula One World Championship[]

F1 Summary[]

Year Car Engine Tyre No. Drivers Rounds WCC Pts WCC Pos Test drivers Report
1997 T97/30 Ford B 24
25
Italy Vincenzo Sospiri
Brazil Ricardo Rosset
1–2
1–2
0 NC Italy Andrea Montermini Report

Statistics[]

Entries 2
Starts 0
Pole Positions 0
Front Row Starts 0
Race Wins 0
Podiums 0
Fastest laps 0
Points 0
Laps Raced 0
Distance Raced 0 km (0 mi)
Races Led 0
Laps Led 0
Distance Led 0 km (0 mi)

Complete Formula One Results[]

Complete Formula One results
Driver Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 WCC Pts WCC Pos
1997 Flag of Australia.svg Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of Argentina.svg Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Great Britain.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Austria.svg Flag of Luxembourg.svg Flag of Japan.svg Flag of Europe.svg
Sospiri T97/30 DNQ DNP 0 NC
Rosset DNQ DNP
Key
Symbol Meaning Symbol Meaning
1st Winner Ret Retired
2nd Podium finish DSQ Disqualified
3rd DNQ Did not qualify
5th Points finish DNPQ Did not pre-qualify
14th Non-points finish TD Test driver
Italics Scored point(s) for Fastest Lap DNS Did not start
18th Classified finish (retired with >90% race distance) NC Non-classified finish (<90% race distance)
4thP Qualified for pole position [+] More Symbols

Notes[]


V T E Lola F1 logo.png Lola Cars
Personnel
Eric Broadley
Cars
United Kingdom Lola (1962–1963, 1967–1968): Mk4/Mk4A · T100 · T102
Japan Honda (1967–1968): RA300 · RA301
United Kingdom Embassy Hill (1973–1975): T370 · T371
United States Haas Lola (1985–1986): THL1 · THL2
France Larrousse (1987–1991): LC87 · LC88/LC88C · LC89/LC89B · LC90 · LC91
Italy BMS Scuderia Italia (1993): T93/30
United Kingdom MasterCard Lola (1997): T97/30
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