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Results from the 1997 Formula One French Grand Prixmarker held at Magny-Coursmarker on June 29, 1997.

Race Summary

At the start Michael Schumacher led away from pole with Frentzen in the Williams behind him all the way. It was a bad start for Damon Hill who lost his wing at the first corner after going off and didn't feature much after that.

Not to much happened in the race until towards the end rain hit causing some drivers to spin off, even Michael Schumacher had an off but managed to continue and maintained his big lead, but he did not pit for wet tyres.

In the end Michael crossed the line well ahead of Frentzen but on the last couple of laps a huge battle was going on between Ralf Schumacher, David Coulthard and Jean Alesi. At the same time Jaques Villeneuve was reeling in Eddie Irvine for the final podium spot.

Ralf Schumacher spun seemingly throwing away 6th place but as mentioned in the notes, Michael Schumacher (who had lapped him), allowed him back through at the final corner. At the time Murray Walker famously said it was a silly move, it allowed Ralf Schumacher to gain back 6th place on the final lap.

On the last lap Alesi pushed Coulthard straight off costing David 5th place and thus giving Ralf Schumacher the final point.

Meanwhile at the last corner Villenuve had caught Irvine, in a desperate lunge at the final corner he spun off, rejoining somehow holding off Alesi at the flag.

Classification

Qualifying

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 5 Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:14.548
2 4 Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Renaultmarker 1:14.749 +0.201
3 11 Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Peugeot 1:14.755 +0.207
4 3 Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renaultmarker 1:14.800 +0.252
5 6 Eddie Irvine Ferrari 1:14.860 +0.312
6 14 Jarno Trulli Prost-Mugen-Honda 1:14.957 +0.409
7 8 Alexander Wurz Benetton-Renaultmarker 1:14.986 +0.438
8 7 Jean Alesi Benetton-Renaultmarker 1:15.228 +0.680
9 10 David Coulthard McLarenmarker-Mercedes 1:15.270 +0.722
10 9 Mika Häkkinen McLarenmarker-Mercedes 1:15.339 +0.791
11 12 Giancarlo Fisichella Jordan-Peugeot 1:15.453 +0.905
12 22 Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 1:15.876 +1.328
13 15 Shinji Nakano Prost-Mugen-Honda 1:15.876 +1.328
14 16 Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas 1:16.018 +1.470
15 23 Jan Magnussen Stewart-Ford 1:16.149 +1.601
16 2 Pedro Diniz Arrows-Yamaha 1:16.536 +1.988
17 1 Damon Hill Arrows-Yamaha 1:16.729 +2.181
18 19 Jos Verstappen Tyrrell-Ford 1:16.941 +2.393
19 18 Mika Salo Tyrrell-Ford 1:17.256 +2.708
20 17 Norberto Fontana Sauber-Petronas 1:17.538 +2.990
21 20 Ukyo Katayama Minardi-Hart 1:17.563 +3.015
22 21 Tarso Marques Minardi-Hart 1:18.280 +3.732


Race

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 Michael Schumacher Ferrari 72 1:38:50.492 1 10
2 4 Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Renaultmarker 72 +23.537 2 6
3 6 Eddie Irvine Ferrari 72 +1:14.801 5 4
4 3 Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renaultmarker 72 +1:21.784 4 3
5 7 Jean Alesi Benetton-Renaultmarker 72 +1:22.735 8 2
6 11 Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Peugeot 72 +1:29.871 3 1
7 10 David Coulthard McLarenmarker-Mercedes 71 Collision 9  
8 16 Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas 71 +1 lap 14  
9 12 Giancarlo Fisichella Jordan-Peugeot 71 +1 lap 11  
10 14 Jarno Trulli Prost-Mugen-Honda 70 +2 laps 6  
11 20 Ukyo Katayama Minardi-Hart 70 +2 laps 21  
12 1 Damon Hill Arrows-Yamaha 69 +3 laps 17  
Ret 19 Mika Salo Tyrrell-Ford 61 Electrical 19  
Ret 8 Alexander Wurz Benetton-Renaultmarker 60 Spun off 7  
Ret 2 Pedro Diniz Arrows-Yamaha 58 Spun off 16  
Ret 17 Norberto Fontana Sauber-Petronas 40 Spun off 20  
Ret 22 Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 36 Engine 13  
Ret 23 Jan Magnussen Stewart-Ford 33 Brakes 15  
Ret 9 Mika Häkkinen McLarenmarker-Mercedes 18 Engine 10  
Ret 18 Jos Verstappen Tyrrell-Ford 15 Spun off 18  
Ret 15 Shinji Nakano Prost-Mugen-Honda 7 Spun off 12  
Ret 21 Tarso Marques Minardi-Hart 5 Engine 22  


Notes

  • Fastest Lap: Michael Schumacher 1m 17.910s
  • Michael allowed his brother Ralf to overtake him and unlap himself on the last corner, Ralf subsequently gained the last point of the day as a result rising from 7th to 6th after Jean Alesi ran David Coulthard off the road.
  • Jarno Trulli switched from Minardi to Prost replacing the injured Panis
  • Trulli's seat at Minardi went to Tarso Marques.
  • Norberto Fontana replaced Gianni Morbidelli at Sauber, Morbidelli was suffering from a broken arm.
  • This was the youngest grid in Formula One history.



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