9/3/1997

Australian Grand Prix, Melbourne. Won by David Coulthard in a McLaren.

David Coulthard was the McLaren victor this time at Melbourne. From 4th on the grid he went on to win ahead of Michael Schumacher, 20 seconds behind and Mika Hakkinen finished third, 2.1 seconds later. Frentzen set fastest lap of the race. Jacques Villeneuve sat on pole, unfortunately, he was out with an accident even before he got a lap in. This was the first Mercedes powered F1 victory since Juan Fangio won the 1955 Italian Grand Prix.