Michael Schumacher celebrated in Monaco for the third time on this day in 1997 and took the championship lead from Jacques Villeneuve while his future teammate Rubens Barrichello in Stewart and his current team-mate Eddie Irvine completed the podium.

Monaco was fifth race of the championship and Villeneuve (20 points) was leading ahead of Schumacher in Ferrari (14), Coulthard in McLaren (10), and Frentzen (10) in Williams while Williams was six points ahead of Ferrari.

Frentzen won pole position, first in his career (he will win the second in France in 1999 in Jordan Mugen Honda) and Schumacher was only 0.019 seconds slower in second place. Villeneuve was the third, Fisichella fourth and Coulthard fifth.

Warm up was held in dry conditions, but half an hour before the start rain started to fall and intensified during the warm up lap. Williams decided to start on dry tires while Schumacher set up his car for the rain and after the first round he led by astonishing 6,654 seconds ahead of Fisichella in Jordan and 8,512 seconds ahead of Ralf in second Jordan. After just five laps, Schumacher was already leading for 22 seconds.

Rubens Barrichello started 10th in Stewart, but he stormed through the field thanks to Bridgestone tyres that were better than Goodyear in wet conditions and he was already second at the end of lap 6.

Barrichello Stewart Monaco F1 1997 FOto F1fanatic
Barrichello claimed his third from 68 podiums in Monaco 1997. (Photo: F1Fanatic)

The Williams drivers both retired after having to change dry tires at the beginning of the race – Villeneuve struck the wall in the lap 17 and Frentzenhit the barrier in the chicane in lap 39.

Schumacher was leading comfortably in front of Barrichello, but he made a mistake in the lap 53 in the first corner where he continued on the escape road and lost 10 seconds, but still kept the lead. The race was interrupted in the lap 62 (instead of 78) due to a two-hour limit, so Schumacher celebrated with 53.306 seconds ahead of Barrichello and 1:22.108 ahead of Irvine.

The three drivers were standing together on the podium for the first time and this happened two more times when Barrichello was driving for Ferrari and Irvine for Jaguar – in Monaco 2001 (Schumacher, Barrichello, Irvine) and Italy 2002 (Barrichello, Schumacher, Irvine).

It was a fifth race for the new Stewart team and first podium (and points), but that were only points they scored in that season which they ended in the 9th place ahead of Tyrrell in their last season.

Last year’s Monaco GP winner Olivier Panis finished fourth in Prost Mugen Honda, Mika Salo was fifth in Tyrrell Ford and sixth was Fisichella in Jordan Peugeot.

STARTING GRID

1 4 H-H.Frentzen Williams/Renault 1:18.216
2 5 M.Schumacher Ferrari 1:18.235 0.019
3 3 J.Villeneuve Williams/Renault 1:18.583 0.367
4 12 G.Fisichella Jordan/Peugeot 1:18.665 0.449
5 10 David Coulthard McLaren/Mercedes 1:18.779 0.563
6 11 Ralf Schumacher Jordan/Peugeot 1:18.943 0.727
7 16 Johnny Herbert Sauber/Petronas 1:19.105 0.889
8 9 Mika Häkkinen McLaren/Mercedes 1:19.119 0.903
9 7 Jean Alesi Benetton/Renault 1:19.263 1.047
10 22 R.Barrichello Stewart/Ford 1:19.295 1.079
11 17 Nicola Larini Sauber/Petronas 1:19.468 1.252
12 14 Olivier Panis Prost/Mugen-Honda 1:19.626 1.410
13 1 Damon Hill Arrows/Yamaha 1:19.674 1.458
14 19 Mika Salo Tyrrell/Ford 1:19.694 1.478
15 6 Eddie Irvine Ferrari 1:19.723 1.507
16 2 Pedro Diniz Arrows/Yamaha 1:19.860 1.644
17 8 Gerhard Berger Benetton/Renault 1:20.199 1.983
18 21 Jarno Trulli Minardi/Hart 1:20.349 2.133
19 23 Jan Magnussen Stewart/Ford 1:20.516 2.300
20 20 Ukyo Katayama Minardi/Hart 1:20.606 2.390
21 15 Shinji Nakano Prost/Mugen-Honda 1:20.961 2.745
22 18 Jos Verstappen Tyrrell/Ford 1:21.290 3.074

RACE RESULTS

1 5 M.Schumacher Ferrari 62 2:00:05.654
2 22 R.Barrichello Stewart/Ford 62 2:00:58.960 53.306
3 6 Eddie Irvine Ferrari 62 2:01:27.762 1:22.108
4 14 Olivier Panis Prost/Mugen-Honda 62 2:01:50.056 1:44.402
5 19 Mika Salo Tyrrell/Ford 61 2:00:18.245 1 Lap
6 12 G.Fisichella Jordan/Peugeot 61 2:00:25.206 1 Lap
7 23 Jan Magnussen Stewart/Ford 61 2:01:52.517 1 Lap
8 18 Jos Verstappen Tyrrell/Ford 60 2:00:20.197 2 Laps
9 8 Gerhard Berger Benetton/Renault 60 2:00:44.161 2 Laps
10 20 Ukyo Katayama Minardi/Hart 60 2:01:49.612 2 Laps
(9) 4 H-H.Frentzen Williams/Renault 39 1:18:05.457 Spun off
(11) 15 Shinji Nakano Prost/Mugen-Honda 36 1:12:25.302 Spun off
(13) 17 Nicola Larini Sauber/Petronas 24 52:34.058 Spun off
(7) 7 Jean Alesi Benetton/Renault 16 31:58.092 Spun off
(12) 3 J.Villeneuve Williams/Renault 16 32:45.509 Spun off
(3) 11 Ralf Schumacher Jordan/Peugeot 10 19:40.756 Spun off
(5) 16 Johnny Herbert Sauber/Petronas 9 17:53.876 Spun off
(15) 21 Jarno Trulli Minardi/Hart 7 14:52.676 Spun off
(7) 10 David Coulthard McLaren/Mercedes 1 2:11.201 Spun off
(10) 9 Mika Häkkinen McLaren/Mercedes 1 2:15.786 Collision
(13) 1 Damon Hill Arrows/Yamaha 1 2:17.648 Spun off
2 Pedro Diniz Arrows/Yamaha 0 Spun off

Fastest lap: Michael Schumacher – 1:53.315 (lap 26)

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP

1 Michael Schumacher 24   6 2 6 10
2 Jacques Villeneuve 20   10 10
3 Eddie Irvine 14   6 4 4
4 David Coulthard 10   10
4 Heinz-Harald Frentzen 10   10
6 Gerhard Berger 10   3 6 1
7 Mika Häkkinen 10   4 3 2 1
8 Olivier Panis 9   2 4 3
9 Rubens Barrichello 6   6
10 Ralf Schumacher 4   4
11 Giancarlo Fisichella 4   3 1
12 Johnny Herbert 3   3
13 Jean Alesi 3   1 2
14 Mika Salo 2   2
15 Nicola Larini 1   1

CONSTRUCTORS’ CHAMPIONSHIP

1 Ferrari 38   6 2 6 10 14
2 Williams/Renault 30   10 10 10
3 McLaren/Mercedes 20   14 3 2 1
4 Benetton/Renault 13   3 7 1 2
5 Prost/Mugen-Honda 9   2 4 3
6 Jordan/Peugeot 8   4 3 1
7 Stewart/Ford 6   6
8 Sauber/Petronas 4   1 3
9 Tyrrell/Ford 2   2

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