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1997 Monaco Grand Prix

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The 1997 Monaco Grand Prix (formally the LV Grand Prix de Monaco) was a Formula One race held on May 11, 1997 at the Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco. It was the fifth round of the 1997 Formula One season. The race, contested over 62 laps, was won by Michael Schumacher for the Scuderia Ferrari team after starting from second position. Rubens Barrichello, who started the Grand Prix from tenth position, finished second in a Stewart car, with Eddie Irvine third in the other Ferrari. Schumacher's win saw him take over the lead of the World Driver's championship from Williams driver Jacques Villeneuve.[1] Ferrari also took over the lead of the Constructors' Championship from Williams.

Heinz-Harald Frentzen, driving for Williams, started from pole position ahead of Schumacher. However, Frentzen and team-mate Villeneuve both made poor starts down to a case of tyre strategy made by Williams and both drivers later retired from the race from separate accidents. Schumacher won the race comfortably, with a gap of 53 seconds from Barrichello who scored the first podium slot for the Stewart team in only their 5th Grand Prix. The race had been scheduled for 78 laps, but was only run for 62 laps due to the race taking longer than 2 hours to complete. This was largely down to rainy conditions that the drivers encountered during the Grand Prix.

Report

Background

Heading into the 5th race of the season, Williams driver Jacques Villeneuve was leading the Drivers' Championship with 20 points, Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher was second on 14 points, 6 points behind Villeneuve. Behind Villeneuve and Schumacher in the Driver's Championship, Heinz-Harald Frentzen, driving for Williams, David Coulthard, driving for McLaren and Eddie Irvine, driving for Ferrari, were all on 10 points. In the Constructors' Championship, Williams were leading on 30 points and Ferrari were on 24 points.

Qualifying

Qualifying saw Heinz-Harald Frentzen qualify on pole in his Williams-Renault in front of Michael Schumacher in the Ferrari; third was Jacques Villeneuve in the other Williams. Fourth was Giancarlo Fisichella in the Jordan-Peugeot, while the fifth place was taken by David Coulthard in the McLaren-Mercedes and the sixth by Ralf Schumacher in the second Jordan, showing the good setup the team had found on the circuit.

Race

The warm-up session was dry, with Williams taking first and second places. But about 30 minutes to go before the start, rain began to fall; Williams decided to run both cars with dry tyres, thinking the weather would improve, while Michael Schumacher set the car for intermediate weather conditions. During the warm up lap, the weather worsened, and at the start, Schumacher was quickest.[2] He led by 22 seconds on lap 5. Behind him the Jordans, which both had the car set for rain, took second and third spots, until they were both passed by Rubens Barrichello in the Stewart, who benefited from the Bridgestone wet tyres, which were better than Goodyear's under those conditions.

The start of the race was catastrophic for the Arrows team, as Pedro Diniz, who had opted to start the race on slick tyres, slid straight into the wall on the opening lap, while Diniz' team-mate Damon Hill was involved in a collision with Mika Häkkinen's McLaren on the second lap, eliminating both cars on the spot.

Both Willams drivers went out of the race after they had to pit to change their tyres. Frentzen hit a barrier at the chicane on lap 39, while Villeneuve hit a wall and had to retire on lap 17. Schumacher continued to build his lead until he had about 30 seconds advantage over Barrichello; then he backed off and began to maintain the gap. He made an error on lap 53 at the Sainte Devote corner, in which he went down the escape road and lost 10 seconds, but did not lose his lead. The race was stopped on lap 62 instead of the 78 scheduled because of the time limit of 2 hours, and Schumacher won with a 53-second margin over Barrichello.[3] Eddie Irvine finished third after overtaking Olivier Panis, exacting some measure of revenge for Panis' overtaking manoeuvre that had seen him get past Irvine a year earlier. After losing third place to Irvine, Panis backed off in the closing stages and settled for fourth place. Mika Salo finished fifth despite denting his front wing on debris left from Mika Häkkinen's accident early on, and also despite not making a single pit stop during the race. Giancarlo Fisichella, who at one point was running as high as second place, finished in sixth. The race was the first win for a Ferrari driver since the 1981 running of the Monaco Grand Prix.[4]

Post-race

Classification

Qualifying

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 4 23x15px Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Renault 1:18.216
2 5 23x15px Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:18.235 +0.019
3 3 23x15px Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault 1:18.583 +0.367
4 12 23x15px Giancarlo Fisichella Jordan-Peugeot 1:18.665 +0.449
5 10 23x15px David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:18.779 +0.563
6 11 23x15px Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Peugeot 1:18.943 +0.727
7 16 23x15px Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas 1:19.105 +0.889
8 9 23x15px Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1:19.119 +0.903
9 7 23x15px Jean Alesi Benetton-Renault 1:19.263 +1.047
10 22 23x15px Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 1:19.295 +1.079
11 17 23x15px Nicola Larini Sauber-Petronas 1:19.468 +1.252
12 14 23x15px Olivier Panis Prost-Mugen-Honda 1:19.626 +1.410
13 1 23x15px Damon Hill Arrows-Yamaha 1:19.674 +1.458
14 19 23x15px Mika Salo Tyrrell-Ford 1:19.694 +1.478
15 6 23x15px Eddie Irvine Ferrari 1:19.723 +1.507
16 2 23x15px Pedro Diniz Arrows-Yamaha 1:19.860 +1.644
17 8 23x15px Gerhard Berger Benetton-Renault 1:20.199 +1.983
18 21 23x15px Jarno Trulli Minardi-Hart 1:20.349 +2.133
19 23 23x15px Jan Magnussen Stewart-Ford 1:20.516 +2.300
20 20 Template:Country data Japan Ukyo Katayama Minardi-Hart 1:20.606 +2.390
21 15 Template:Country data Japan Shinji Nakano Prost-Mugen-Honda 1:20.961 +2.745
22 18 23x15px Jos Verstappen Tyrrell-Ford 1:21.290 +3.074

Race

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 23x15px Michael Schumacher Ferrari 62 2:00:05.654 2 10
2 22 23x15px Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 62 +53.306 10 6
3 6 23x15px Eddie Irvine Ferrari 62 +1:22.108 15 4
4 14 23x15px Olivier Panis Prost-Mugen-Honda 62 +1:44.402 12 3
5 19 23x15px Mika Salo Tyrrell-Ford 61 +1 Lap 14 2
6 12 23x15px Giancarlo Fisichella Jordan-Peugeot 61 +1 Lap 4 1
7 23 23x15px Jan Magnussen Stewart-Ford 61 +1 Lap 19  
8 18 23x15px Jos Verstappen Tyrrell-Ford 60 +2 Laps 22  
9 8 23x15px Gerhard Berger Benetton-Renault 60 +2 Laps 17  
10 20 Template:Country data Japan Ukyo Katayama Minardi-Hart 60 +2 Laps 20  
Ret 4 23x15px Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Renault 39 Accident 1  
Ret 15 Template:Country data Japan Shinji Nakano Prost-Mugen-Honda 36 Accident 21  
Ret 17 23x15px Nicola Larini Sauber-Petronas 24 Accident 11  
Ret 7 23x15px Jean Alesi Benetton-Renault 16 Spun off 9  
Ret 3 23x15px Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault 16 Accident damage 3  
Ret 11 23x15px Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Peugeot 10 Accident 6  
Ret 16 23x15px Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas 9 Accident 7  
Ret 21 23x15px Jarno Trulli Minardi-Hart 7 Accident 18  
Ret 10 23x15px David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1 Accident 5  
Ret 9 23x15px Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1 Collision 8  
Ret 1 23x15px Damon Hill Arrows-Yamaha 1 Collision 13  
Ret 2 23x15px Pedro Diniz Arrows-Yamaha 0 Spun off 16  

Notes

  • Scheduled for 78 laps but stopped after two-hour mark.
  • Mika Salo did not make a pit-stop.
  • First pole position for Heinz-Harald Frentzen.
  • First point finish and first podium for Stewart.
  • Last points finish for Tyrrell.
  • Last Formula One race for Nicola Larini.
  • Only time in 1997 where both Stewarts finished the race.

Standings after Grand Prix

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

References

  1. ^ "Schumacher is simply stunning". New Straits Times. 12 May 1997. p. 39. 
  2. ^ "Grand Prix Results: Monaco GP, 1997". grandprix.com. 11 May 1997. Retrieved 10 April 2013. 
  3. ^ Richardson, Chris (11 May 1997). "Monaco Grand Prix 1997 - Race Report". Speed Motorsport. Retrieved 10 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Schumacher wins Monaco Grand Prix". Boca Raton News. 12 May 1997. p. 2C. 


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