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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 PersonnelEdit

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 WinsEdit

No.EventDriver
1 1997 Australian Grand PrixUnited Kingdom David Coulthard
2 1997 Italian Grand PrixUnited Kingdom David Coulthard
3 1997 European Grand PrixFinland Mika Häkkinen

Complete Formula One ResultsEdit

Complete Formula One results
YearDriverTyre1234567891011121314151617 Pts. Pos.
1997 Flag of Australia Flag of Brazil Flag of Argentina Flag of San Marino Flag of Monaco Flag of Spain Flag of Canada Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Austria Flag of Luxembourg Flag of Japan Flag of Europe 63 4th
Finland Häkkinen G 3rd4th5th6thRet7thRetRetRet3rdRetDSQ9thRetRet4th1st
United Kingdom Coulthard1st10thRetRetRet6th7th7th4thRetRetRet1st2ndRet10th2nd

NotesEdit

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 McLarenLogo McLaren Racing
Founder
Bruce McLaren
Notable Personnel
Éric Boullier · Ron Dennis · Tim Goss · Jonathan Neale · Neil Oakley · Peter Prodromou
Former Notable Personnel
John Barnard · Gordon Coppuck · Pat Fry · Norbert Haug · Robin Herd · Paddy Lowe · Neil Martin · Teddy Mayer · Sam Michael · Gordon Murray · Adrian Newey · Steve Nichols · Jo Ramirez · Nicholas Tombazis · Martin Whitmarsh
Drivers
2. Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne · 14. Spain Fernando Alonso
World Champions
Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi (1974) · United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton (2008) · United Kingdom James Hunt (1976) · Finland Mika Häkkinen (1998, 1999) ·
Austria Niki Lauda (1984) · France Alain Prost (1985, 1986, 1989) · Brazil Ayrton Senna (1988, 1990, 1991)
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