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Germany  1997 German Grand Prix
Race details
Race 9 of 17 in the 1997 Formula One season
Hockenheimring prior to 2002.svg
Date July 27, 1997
Location Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Course Permanent racing facility
6.823 km (4.256 mi)
Distance 45 laps, 307.035 km (191.537 mi)
Weather Sunny, Dry Track
Pole position
Driver Austria Gerhard Berger Benetton-Renault
Time 1:41.873
Fastest lap
Driver Austria Gerhard Berger Benetton-Renault
Time 1:45.747 on lap 9
Podium
First Austria Gerhard Berger Benetton-Renault
Second Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Third Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes
Michael Schumacher (Ferrari 310B) finished second, behind Gerhard Berger.

The 1997 German Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Hockenheimring on July 27, 1997. It was won by Austrian driver Gerhard Berger in a Benetton. This race proved to be his final victory and final pole position, while he retired at the end of the season. Berger had missed the previous 3 races due to sinus problems, and the death of his father Johann. His countryman Alexander Wurz had deputised for 3 races. Despite beating local hero Michael Schumacher, Berger's win was well received by the crowd and the majority of the F1 world.

Giancarlo Fisichella took his first ever front-row start, and was challenging Berger for the win until he punctured a tyre on the debris of Jan Magnussen's blown engine. This same incident had helped him gain the lead, as the smoke from the engine delayed Berger prior to his pit stop. Fisichella only led for two laps before Berger repassed him. After Fisichella broke down due to damage from the flailing tyre (caused while he tried to drive back to the pits), Michael Schumacher gave him a lift back to the pits after the race.

Championship leader Jacques Villenueve had a disastrous race, spinning off while trying to overtake rookie Jarno Trulli, thus losing championship ground to Schumacher. Their respective team-mates Eddie Irvine and Heinz Harald Frentzen collided at the first corner, with David Coulthard also forced out by damage from the incident.

Berger's last win was also Benetton's last win, just like Berger's first had been Benetton's first.

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Classification

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Qualifying

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 8 Austria Gerhard Berger Benetton-Renault 1:41.873
2 12 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Jordan-Peugeot 1:41.896 +0.023
3 9 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1:42.034 +0.161
4 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:42.181 +0.308
5 4 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Renault 1:42.421 +0.548
6 7 France Jean Alesi Benetton-Renault 1:42.493 +0.620
7 11 Germany Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Peugeot 1:42.498 +0.625
8 10 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:42.687 +0.814
9 3 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault 1:42.967 +1.094
10 6 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ferrari 1:43.209 +1.336
11 14 Italy Jarno Trulli Prost-Mugen-Honda 1:43.226 +1.353
12 22 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 1:43.272 +1.399
13 1 United Kingdom Damon Hill Arrows-Yamaha 1:43.361 +1.488
14 16 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas 1:43.660 +1.787
15 23 Denmark Jan Magnussen Stewart-Ford 1:43.927 +2.054
16 2 Brazil Pedro Diniz Arrows-Yamaha 1:44.069 +2.196
17 15 Japan Shinji Nakano Prost-Mugen-Honda 1:44.112 +2.239
18 17 Argentina Norberto Fontana Sauber-Petronas 1:44.552 +2.679
19 18 Finland Mika Salo Tyrrell-Ford 1:45.372 +3.499
20 19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Tyrrell-Ford 1:45.811 +3.938
21 21 Brazil Tarso Marques Minardi-Hart 1:45.942 +4.069
22 20 Japan Ukyo Katayama Minardi-Hart 1:46.499 +4.626

Race

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 8 Austria Gerhard Berger Benetton-Renault 45 1:20:59.046 1 10
2 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 45 +17.527 4 6
3 9 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 45 +24.770 3 4
4 14 Italy Jarno Trulli Prost-Mugen-Honda 45 +27.165 11 3
5 11 Germany Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Peugeot 45 +29.995 7 2
6 7 France Jean Alesi Benetton-Renault 45 +34.717 6 1
7 15 Japan Shinji Nakano Prost-Mugen-Honda 45 +1:19.722 17  
8 1 United Kingdom Damon Hill Arrows-Yamaha 44 +1 Lap 13  
9 17 Argentina Norberto Fontana Sauber-Petronas 44 +1 Lap 18  
10 18 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Tyrrell-Ford 44 +1 Lap 20  
11 12 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Jordan-Peugeot 40 +5 Laps 2  
Ret 22 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 33 Engine 12  
Ret 19 Finland Mika Salo Tyrrell-Ford 33 Clutch 19  
Ret 3 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault 33 Spun off 9  
Ret 23 Denmark Jan Magnussen Stewart-Ford 27 Engine 15  
Ret 20 Japan Ukyo Katayama Minardi-Hart 23 Out of fuel 22  
Ret 16 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas 8 Accident 14  
Ret 2 Brazil Pedro Diniz Arrows-Yamaha 8 Accident 16  
Ret 10 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1 Transmission 8  
Ret 4 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Renault 1 Collision 5  
Ret 6 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ferrari 1 Collision 10  
Ret 21 Brazil Tarso Marques Minardi-Hart 0 Gearbox 21  

Notes

  • Fastest Lap: Gerhard Berger 1m 45.747s
  • Last win - Benetton.
  • Last pole position, fastest lap, win and podium - Gerhard Berger
  • This would be the last time until the 2009 British Grand Prix that the Austrian national anthem would be played on the podium.
  • Only win for Benetton as an Italian team
  • First points: Jarno Trulli
Previous race:
1997 British Grand Prix
FIA Formula One World Championship
1997 season
Next race:
1997 Hungarian Grand Prix
Previous race:
1996 German Grand Prix
German Grand Prix Next race:
1998 German Grand Prix

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