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1997 drivers, engines and sponsors as of 96-10-12

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....

Driver Rumours...

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

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