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The 1997 Australian Grand Prix was the opening round of the 1997 Formula One Season, held at Albert Park Circuit on March 9, 1997. It was the 12th running of the Australian Grand Prix with the second to be held in Melbourne.


BackgroundEdit

Entry listEdit

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
1 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Danka Arrows Yamaha Arrows A18 Yamaha OX11A V10 3.0 B
2 Brazil Pedro Diniz United Kingdom Danka Arrows Yamaha Arrows A18 Yamaha OX11A V10 3.0 B
3 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom Rothmans Williams Renault Williams FW19 Renault RS9 V10 3.0 G
4 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen United Kingdom Rothmans Williams Renault Williams FW19 Renault RS9 V10 3.0 G
5 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F310B Ferrari 046/2 V10 3.0 G
6 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F310B Ferrari 046/2 V10 3.0 G
7 France Jean Alesi Italy Mild Seven Benetton Renault Benetton B197 Renault RS9 V10 3.0 G
8 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Mild Seven Benetton Renault Benetton B197 Renault RS9 V10 3.0 G
9 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom West McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4/12 Mercedes FO110E V10 3.0 G
10 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom West McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4/12 Mercedes FO110E V10 3.0 G
11 Germany Ralf Schumacher Ireland Benson & Hedges Jordan Peugeot Jordan 197 Peugeot A14 V10 3.0 G
12 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ireland Benson & Hedges Jordan Peugeot Jordan 197 Peugeot A14 V10 3.0 G
14 France Olivier Panis France Prost Gauloises Blondes Prost JS45 Mugen-Honda MF-301HB V10 3.0 B
15 Japan Shinji Nakano France Prost Gauloises Blondes Prost JS45 Mugen-Honda MF-301HB V10 3.0 B
16 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Switzerland Red Bull Sauber Petronas Sauber C16 Petronas SPE-01 V10 3.0 G
17 Italy Nicola Larini Switzerland Red Bull Sauber Petronas Sauber C16 Petronas SPE-01 V10 3.0 G
18 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom PIAA Tyrrell Ford Tyrrell 025 Ford Cosworth ED4 V8 3.0 G
19 Finland Mika Salo United Kingdom PIAA Tyrrell Ford Tyrrell 025 Ford Cosworth ED4 V8 3.0 G
20 Japan Ukyo Katayama Italy Minardi Team Minardi M197 Hart 830 AV7 V8 3.0 B
21 Italy Jarno Trulli Italy Minardi Team Minardi M197 Hart 830 AV7 V8 3.0 B
22 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom HSBC Malaysia Stewart Ford Stewart SF01 Ford Cosworth VJ Zetec-R V10 3.0 B
23 Denmark Jan Magnussen United Kingdom HSBC Malaysia Stewart Ford Stewart SF01 Ford Cosworth VJ Zetec-R V10 3.0 B
24 Italy Vincenzo Sospiri United Kingdom MasterCard Lola F1 Team Lola T97/30 Ford Cosworth ECA Zetec-R V8 3.0 B
25 Brazil Ricardo Rosset United Kingdom MasterCard Lola F1 Team Lola T97/30 Ford Cosworth ECA Zetec-R V8 3.0 B

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

Pos No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 3 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault 1:29.369
2 4 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Renault 1:31.123 + 1.754
3 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:31.472 + 2.103
4 10 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:31.531 + 2.162
5 6 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ferrari 1:31.881 + 2.512
6 9 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1:31.971 + 2.602
7 16 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas 1:32.287 + 2.918
8 7 France Jean Alesi Benetton-Renault 1:32.593 + 3.224
9 14 France Olivier Panis Prost-Mugen-Honda 1:32.842 + 3.473
10 8 Austria Gerhard Berger Benetton-Renault 1:32.870 + 3.501
11 22 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 1:33.075 + 3.706
12 11 Germany Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Peugeot 1:33.130 + 3.761
13 17 Italy Nicola Larini Sauber-Petronas 1:33.327 + 3.958
14 12 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Jordan-Peugeot 1:33.552 + 4.183
15 20 Japan Ukyo Katayama Minardi-Hart 1:33.798 + 4.429
16 15 Japan Shinji Nakano Prost-Mugen-Honda 1:33.989 + 4.620
17 21 Italy Jarno Trulli Minardi-Hart 1:34.120 + 4.751
18 19 Finland Mika Salo Tyrrell-Ford 1:34.229 + 4.680
19 23 Denmark Jan Magnussen Stewart-Ford 1:34.623 + 5.254
20 1 United Kingdom Damon Hill Arrows-Yamaha 1:34.806 + 5.437
21 18 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Tyrrell-Ford 1:34.943 + 5.574
22 2 Brazil Pedro Diniz Arrows-Yamaha 1:35.972 + 6.603
DNQ 24 Italy Vincenzo Sospiri Lola-Ford 1:40.972 + 11.603
DNQ 25 Brazil Ricardo Rosset Lola-Ford 1:42.086 + 12.717

GridEdit

GridEdit

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
1 ______________
Jacques Villeneuve 2
______________ Heinz-Harald Frentzen
3 ______________
Michael Schumacher 4
______________ David Coulthard
5 ______________
Eddie Irvine 6
______________ Mika Häkkinen
7 ______________
Johnny Herbert 8
______________ Jean Alesi
9 ______________
Olivier Panis 10
______________ Gerhard Berger
11 ______________
Rubens Barrichello 12
______________ Ralf Schumacher
13 ______________
Nicola Larini 14
______________ Giancarlo Fisichella
15 ______________
Ukyo Katayama 16
______________ Shinji Nakano
17 ______________
Jarno Trulli 18
______________ Mika Salo
19 ______________
Jan Magnussen 20
______________ Damon Hill*
21 ______________
Jos Verstappen 22
______________ Pedro Diniz
23 ______________
** 24
**

* - Did not start
** - Vincenzo Sospiri (23rd) and Ricardo Rosset (24th) did not qualify.

RaceEdit

ResultsEdit

Pos No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts
1 10 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 58 1:30:28.718 4 10
2 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 58 + 20.046 3 6
3 9 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 58 + 22.177 6 4
4 8 Austria Gerhard Berger Benetton-Renault 58 + 22.841 10 3
5 14 France Olivier Panis Prost-Mugen-Honda 58 + 1:00.308 9 2
6 17 Italy Nicola Larini Sauber-Petronas 58 + 1:36.040 13 1
7 15 Japan Shinji Nakano Prost-Mugen-Honda 56 + 2 Laps 16
8 4 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Renault 55 Brakes 2
9 21 Italy Jarno Trulli Minardi-Hart 55 + 3 Laps 17
10 2 Brazil Pedro Diniz Arrows-Yamaha 54 + 4 Laps 22
Ret 22 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 49 Engine 11
Ret 19 Finland Mika Salo Tyrrell-Ford 42 Engine 18
Ret 23 Denmark Jan Magnussen Stewart-Ford 36 Suspension 19
Ret 7 France Jean Alesi Benetton-Renault 34 Out of Fuel 8
Ret 20 Japan Ukyo Katayama Minardi-Hart 32 Electrical 15
Ret 12 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Jordan-Peugeot 14 Spun off 14
Ret 18 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Tyrrell-Ford 2 Spun off 21
Ret 11 Germany Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Peugeot 1 Gearbox 12
Ret 3 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault 0 Collision 1
Ret 6 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ferrari 0 Collision 5
Ret 16 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas 0 Collision 7
DNS 1 United Kingdom Damon Hill Arrows-Yamaha 0 Throttle 20
DNQ 24 Italy Vincenzo Sospiri Lola-Ford 107% Rule
DNQ 25 Brazil Ricardo Rosset Lola-Ford 107% Rule

MilestonesEdit

Standings after raceEdit

Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
1 United Kingdom David Coulthard 10
2 Germany Michael Schumacher 6
3 Finland Mika Häkkinen 4
4 Austria Gerhard Berger 3
5 France Olivier Panis 2
6 Italy Nicola Larini 1
7 Japan Shinji Nakano 0
8 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 0
9 Italy Jarno Trulli 0
10 Brazil Pedro Diniz 0
Constructors' Championship standings
Pos Constructor Points
1 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 14
2 Italy Ferrari 6
3 Italy Benetton-Renault 3
4 France Prost-Mugen-Honda 2
5 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1
6 United Kingdom Williams-Renault 0
7 Italy Minardi-Hart 0
8 United Kingdom Arrows-Yamaha 0
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
V T E Australia Australian Grand Prix
Circuits Adelaide Street Circuit (1985–1995) • Albert Park Circuit (1996–present)
Albert Park
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