The McLaren MP4/12 was a Formula One car entered by McLaren for the 1997 Formula One season. Driven by Mika Häkkinen and David Coulthard, the Mercedes powered MP4/12 achieved three wins during the 17 race season, leading the team to fourth place in the Constructors' World Championship. Coulthard and Häkkinen finished 3rd and 6th respectively in the Drivers' Championship, following the disqualification of Michael Schumacher.

After the departure of title sponsor Marlboro, McLaren had a new title sponsor: a German cigarette brand West. McLaren launched their interim livery in orange colours, before they unveiled their actual livery in silver and black.

The MP4/12 was a promising car for the team, but due to the troublesome reliability of the FO110E and the FO110F engines, the team could only manage three wins throughout. It could have won seven more races if the Mercedes-Benz engine was reliable. It was succeded in 1998 by the MP4/13.


Team Personnel[edit | edit source]

Position Name
Team Principal Ron Dennis
Engineering Director Adrian Newey
Vice-President of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport Norbert Haug
Director of Operations for Mercedes-Benz Motorsport Hans-Ulrich Maik
Director of Engines for Mercedes-Benz Motorsport Mario Illien
Operations Manager Martin Whitmarsh
Team Manager Dave Ryan
Chief Engineer Tim Goss
Chief Designer Neil Oatley
Head of Aerodynamics Henri Durand
Head of Vehicle Engineering Mark Williams
Chief Race Engineer Steve Hallam
Race Engineer to Mika Häkkinen Dave Brown
Race Engineeer to David Coulthard Pat Fry
Driver Mika Häkkinen
Driver David Coulthard

Race Wins[edit | edit source]

No. Event Driver
1 1997 Australian Grand Prix United Kingdom David Coulthard
2 1997 Italian Grand Prix United Kingdom David Coulthard
3 1997 European Grand Prix Finland Mika Häkkinen

Complete Formula One Results[edit | edit source]

Complete Formula One results
Year Driver Tyre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Pts. 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 the United Kingdom.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 63 4th
Finland Häkkinen G 3rd 4th 5th 6th Ret 7th Ret Ret Ret 3rd Ret DSQ 9th Ret Ret 4th 1st
United Kingdom Coulthard 1st 10th Ret Ret Ret 6th 7th 7th 4th Ret Ret Ret 1st 2nd Ret 10th 2nd

Notes[edit | edit source]

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 Arrows A18 • Williams FW19 • Ferrari F310B • Benetton B197 • McLaren MP4/12 • Jordan 197 • Prost JS45 • Sauber C16 • Tyrrell 025 • Minardi M197 • Stewart SF01 • 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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