1997 Italian Grand Prix
The 1997 Italian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza on September 7, 1997. It was the thirteenth round of the 1997 Formula One season. The race, contested over 53 laps, was won by David Coulthard driving for McLaren after a sixth position start. Jean Alesi finished second for Benetton after starting from pole position, while Heinz-Harald Frentzen finished third in a Williams car.
Alesi led the race until the halfway stage; however, Coulthard, who had jumped from sixth on the grid into third place coming out of the first corner, got ahead of the Frenchman courtesy of a faster pit-stop, and held on to win the race by less than two seconds, gaining some measure of revenge for an incident in the French Grand Prix earlier that season, in which Alesi recklessly pushed Coulthard off the track on the final lap to rob the Scot of his fifth place. The top five finishers and Mika Häkkinen ran in two separate processional orders throughout - Häkkinen dropped out of the points when he flat spotted his front tyres after his pitstop; before his pitstop he ran out of fuel just metres from the entrance of the pits, thus costing him a chance to come out in the lead because he was the last car among the top teams to come in after being out the longest.
- Lap leaders: Jean Alesi 31 (1-31), Mika Häkkinen 2 (32-33), Michael Schumacher 1 (34), David Coulthard 19 (35-53)
- Last pole position: Jean Alesi
- David Coulthard dedicated this race to Princess Diana.
Standings after Grand Prix
- Bold text indicates who still has a theoretical chance of becoming World Champion.
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
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