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Benetton B197

Benetton B197
Category Formula One
Constructor Benetton
Team/s Mild Seven Benetton Renault
Designers Pat Symonds
Nick Wirth
Drivers 7. Jean Alesi
8. Gerhard Berger & Alexander Wurz
Chassis carbon-fibre and honeycomb composite structure
Suspension (front) double wishbones, pushrod, triple damper
Suspension (rear) double wishbones, pushrod, double damper
Engines Renault RS9, RS9A and RS9B 71-degree V10s
Gearbox Benetton six-speed longitudinal semi-automatic
Fuel Agip
Tyres Goodyear
Debut 1997 Australian Grand Prix
Races competed 17
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0
Race victories 1
Pole positions 2
Fastest laps 2

The Benetton B197 was the car with which the Benetton Formula One team competed in the 1997 Formula One season. It was driven by Jean Alesi and Gerhard Berger, who were both in their second season with the team. However, Berger was forced to sit out three races in the middle of the season due to sinus problems, and compatriot Alexander Wurz made his F1 début by deputising for him, starting at the 1997 Canadian Grand Prix.

The car was a development of the B196, which both drivers had found difficult to extract maximum performance from in 1996. The B197 proved competitive at nearly every race, but only scored one win when Berger made his faultless return to the cockpit at Hockenheim. The main problem with the car was its inability to bring its tyres up to temperature on low-grip circuits, particularly in qualifying. However, Berger and Alesi did secure one pole position each during the course of the season. By the end of the season, it was clear that Benetton would adopt a new driver line-up for 1998, with Berger retiring and Alesi moving to Sauber.

The team eventually finished third in the Constructors' Championship, with 67 points.

The B197 being driven by Alexander Wurz at the 1997 British Grand Prix.


Complete Formula One results

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position)

Year Team Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Points WCC
1997 Benetton Renault V10 G AUS BRA ARG SMR MON ESP CAN FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA AUT LUX JPN EUR 67 3rd
Jean Alesi Ret 6 7 5 Ret 3 2 5 2 6 11 8 2 Ret 2 5 13
Gerhard Berger 4 2 6 Ret 9 10 Inj Inj Inj 1 8 6 7 10 4 8 4
Alexander Wurz Ret Ret 3


References


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B186 | B187 | B188 | B189 | B189B | B190 | B190B | B191 | B191B | B192 | B193 | B193B | B194 | B195 | B196 | B197 | B198 | B199 | B200 | B201


<center>Cars that competed in the 1997 Formula One season
Williams FW19 • Ferrari F310B • Benetton B197 • McLaren MP4/12 • Jordan 197 • Prost JS45 • Sauber C16 • Arrows A18 • Stewart SF01 • Tyrrell 025 • Minardi M197 • Lola T97/30