1997 Formula 1 Line Up At the moment the situation is rather volatile, with more vacant seat than I remember by this time of year. Even drivers with "firm" contracts could end up driving elsewhere - look at Irvine for 1996 who was signed as ...
1997 Formula 1 Line Up
At the moment the situation is rather volatile, with more vacant seat than I remember by this time of year. Even drivers with "firm" contracts could end up driving elsewhere - look at Irvine for 1996 who was signed as a Jordan driver this time last year....
Of this years entries....
(x) mean exclusive use of engine (f) means factory deal (c) means customer deal
Title Team Engine Driver 1 Driver 2 Test Sponsor Tyres
(Brand) Arrows Yamaha Damon Hill Pedro Diniz ? - Bridgestone (f)
Japanese Tobacco (Mild Gerhard Seven) Berger Benetton Renault (year 2 of Jean Alesi ? or Goodyear V10 (f) a 2 year according (f) deal) to current rumours Philip Morris (Marlboro)
Michael Schumacher Eddie Irvine Philip Ferrari Ferrari (year 2 of (year 2 of a Nicola Morris Goodyear V10 (x) a now 3 2 year deal) Larini? (Marlboro) (f) year deal)
Forti - - - - - -
Gallahers Jordan Peugeot Ralf ? ? (Benson & Goodyear V10 (x) Schumacher Hedges) (f)
Mugen Ligier Honda Olivier ? ? Sieta ? V10 (x) Panis (Gauloise)
David Coulthard McLaren Mercedes (year 2 of Mika ? Reemtsma Goodyear V10 (x) a 2 year Hakkinen (West) (f) deal)
Minardi ? ? ? ? ? ?
Red Bull & Sauber ? Johnny ? ? Petronas Goodyear Herbert (deals (f) until 2000)
Mika Salo (Tyrrell Japanese Tyrrell Ford ED taken up ? ? Tobacco ? 4 V8 option (Mild 3rd year) Seven)
Jacques Villeneuve Williams Renault (2nd year Heinz-Harald ? Rothmans Goodyear V10 (f) of a 2 year Frentzen (f) deal)
New teams for next year
Team Engine Driver 1 Driver Test Sponsor Tyres Comments 2 Brand new team with factory Ford Stewart HSBC plus Rumours link engines, and Grand Ford V10 Jan ? ? others to it to Jackie Stewart Prix (x) Magnussen be Bridgestone on the team. announced.
No drivers confirmed.
Team recently reported that still Lola planning for Lola? Factory ? ? ? ? ? '97, and engine. preparing own engine with a budget of $5 million over 5 years.
Rumoured to be entering next year (with reports Durango - - - - - - of confirmation from the team) with Christian Pescatori.
Drivers on the sidelines....
Giancarlo Fisichella Minardi or Ligier (depending or where Flavio slots him in)
Toranosuke Takagi Minardi or Ligier (with Mugen-Honda engines) Martin Brundle, Rubens Barrichello Stewart & Jordan Jos Verstappen Arrows, Stewart
Last updated on October 12, 1996
-- Stephen M Baines
"[The Autosport sticker] started to peel off in the middle of Eau Rouge and it distracted me. In fact it was the first thing to hit the barrier" Tiff Needell - Jaguar XJR-15 Challenge - Interview with Autosport