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1997 Benetton B197

The Benetton B197 was a development of the B196. The Renault-powered car was very competitive in nearly every race it competed, though it scored only one win - at Hockenheim. The drivers of the B196 had stated it was difficult to extract maximum performance from the car, and complaints about the B197 was that it was difficult to bring the tires up to temperature on low-grip circuits.

The Benetton B197 was used during the 1997 Formula One racing season. It was driven by Jean Alesi and Gerhard Berger, who were both in their second season with the team. While Berger was sidelined for three races due to sinus problems, Alexander Wurz took over his driving duties.

Berger and Alesi was able to secure on pole position each during the course of the season. Berger was responsible for the cars sole victory.

The following season, Benetton switched things up by recruiting new drivers. Berger retired and Alesi moved to Sauber.


By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2011



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