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1997 Spanish Grand Prix

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The 1997 Spanish Grand Prix was a Formula One race held on May 25, 1997 at the Circuit de Catalunya.

This classic Spanish Grand Prix[1] is memorable for the great performance of Olivier Panis, starting from 12th on the grid, and finishing 2nd closing on the leader Jacques Villeneuve by 1.5 to 2 seconds per lap at the end of the race.

Race Summary

Michael Schumacher got off to a great start; having started 7th, he ended the first lap in 2nd position, and was challenging Villeneuve (who was in the Williams) for the lead. However, Schumacher, in the spare Ferrari, was unable to stay with the leader and was starting to slow the cars behind him. By lap 13, the gap between him and Villeneuve was approximately 20 seconds, and a train of cars consisting to David Coulthard, Jean Alesi, Mika Häkkinen, Heinz-Harald Frentzen, and Johnny Herbert was behind him. His lap-times were approximately 1:26 while Villeneuve's was 1:22.

In this high tyre wearing race, especially for the Goodyear tyres,[2] the first pit stops started at approximately lap 14, with the final one being on lap 25, which was Olivier Panis, in his finely balanced Prost with Bridgestone tyres. Soon after, beginning from lap 29, three stop runners were starting to pit for the 2nd time. This enabled Panis to gain positions, and by lap 34, he was 4th, and closing on Alesi and Coulthard who were 2nd and 3rd respectively. Soon after, Panis overtook Coulthard, who was on inferior Goodyear tyres, in a fine move on the approach to turn 1. Panis managed to jump to 2nd place ahead of Alesi in the pits.

Panis was gaining on the leader, Villeneuve, taking approximately 1.5 seconds per lap off the leader. By the end of lap 49, the gap was 10.8 seconds, down on the 13 second gap at the end of lap 47. However, during lap 50, Panis was held up by traffic, firstly Ralf Schumacher's Jordan and then the Ferrari of Eddie Irvine. With marshalls not waving the blue flags,[2] Irvine failed to let Panis through, and thus allowing Jean Alesi and Michael Schumacher to catch him up. When Irvine finally yielded on lap 57, Panis's race was ruined, and the gap between him and Villeneuve was back up to 16.1 seconds. Irvine would later get a stop-go penalty for his actions. After Panis cleared the traffic, he was lapping 1.5 to 2 seconds faster than the leader and managed to close the gap to less than 6 seconds by the end of the race but it was too late and Villeneuve took his 3rd victory of the season.

This was Panis's final podium finish in Formula One. It was also a very rare occurrence of an all-French speaking podium.


Classification

Qualifying

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 3 23x15px Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault 1:16.525
2 4 23x15px Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Renault 1:16.791 +0.266
3 10 23x15px David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:17.521 +0.996
4 7 23x15px Jean Alesi Benetton-Renault 1:17.717 +1.192
5 9 23x15px Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1:17.737 +1.212
6 8 23x15px Gerhard Berger Benetton-Renault 1:18.041 +1.516
7 5 23x15px Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:18.313 +1.788
8 12 23x15px Giancarlo Fisichella Jordan-Peugeot 1:18.385 +1.860
9 11 23x15px Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Peugeot 1:18.423 +1.898
10 16 23x15px Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas 1:18.494 +1.969
11 6 23x15px Eddie Irvine Ferrari 1:18.873 +2.348
12 14 23x15px Olivier Panis Prost-Mugen-Honda 1:19.157 +2.632
13 17 23x15px Gianni Morbidelli Sauber-Petronas 1:19.323 +2.798
14 19 23x15px Mika Salo Tyrrell-Ford 1:20.079 +3.554
15 1 23x15px Damon Hill Arrows-Yamaha 1:20.089 +3.564
16 15 Template:Country data Japan Shinji Nakano Prost-Mugen-Honda 1:20.103 +3.578
17 22 23x15px Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 1:20.255 +3.730
18 21 23x15px Jarno Trulli Minardi-Hart 1:20.452 +3.927
19 18 23x15px Jos Verstappen Tyrrell-Ford 1:20.582 +4.057
20 20 Template:Country data Japan Ukyo Katayama Minardi-Hart 1:20.672 +4.147
21 2 23x15px Pedro Diniz Arrows-Yamaha 1:21.029 +4.504
22 23 23x15px Jan Magnussen Stewart-Ford 1:21.060 +4.535

Race

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Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 3 23x15px Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault 64 1:30:35.896 1 10
2 14 23x15px Olivier Panis Prost-Mugen-Honda 64 +5.804 12 6
3 7 23x15px Jean Alesi Benetton-Renault 64 +12.534 4 4
4 5 23x15px Michael Schumacher Ferrari 64 +17.979 7 3
5 16 23x15px Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas 64 +27.986 10 2
6 10 23x15px David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 64 +29.744 3 1
7 9 23x15px Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 64 +48.785 5  
8 4 23x15px Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Renault 64 +1:04.139 2  
9 12 23x15px Giancarlo Fisichella Jordan-Peugeot 64 +1:04.767 8  
10 8 23x15px Gerhard Berger Benetton-Renault 64 +1:05.670 6  
11 18 23x15px Jos Verstappen Tyrrell-Ford 63 +1 Lap 19  
12 6 23x15px Eddie Irvine Ferrari 63 +1 Lap 11  
13 23 23x15px Jan Magnussen Stewart-Ford 63 +1 Lap 22  
14 17 23x15px Gianni Morbidelli Sauber-Petronas 62 +2 Laps 13  
15 21 23x15px Jarno Trulli Minardi-Hart 62 +2 Laps 18  
Ret 2 23x15px Pedro Diniz Arrows-Yamaha 53 Engine 21  
Ret 11 23x15px Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Peugeot 50 Engine 9  
Ret 22 23x15px Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 37 Engine 17  
Ret 19 23x15px Mika Salo Tyrrell-Ford 35 Puncture 14  
Ret 15 Template:Country data Japan Shinji Nakano Prost-Mugen-Honda 34 Gearbox 16  
Ret 1 23x15px Damon Hill Arrows-Yamaha 17 Engine 15  
Ret 20 Template:Country data Japan Ukyo Katayama Minardi-Hart 11 Gearbox 20  

Standings after Grand Prix

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

References

  1. BBC. "Classic Spanish GP". Archived from the original on 8 May 2009. Retrieved 7 May 2009. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Murray Walker, Martin Brundle (Commentators) (1997). ITV F1 - Spanish Grand Prix (Television). Barcelona, Spain: ITV. 
  3. Formula 1.com. "1997 Spanish Grand Prix". Archived from the original on 2009-05-11. Retrieved 2009-05-07. 


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