Model produced by: Paul’s Model Art (Minichamps)
Driver: Jacques Villeneuve (Canada)
Team: Williams Renault
Car: Williams FW19
Results: 7 wins, 8 podiums, 10 poles, 3 fastest laps
Hill was dropped by Williams for 1997, making Villeneuve the team’s lead driver. German Heinz-Harald Frentzen was brought into replace Hill. Villeneuve once again challenged for the title, but instead of Hill, the Canadian found himself battling with then double World Champion Michael Schumacher.
Coulthard took the opening race in Australia but Villeneuve took the next two wins in Brazil and Argentina. Five more victories came that season at the Spanish, British, Hungarian, Austrian and Luxembourg Grand Prix. Villeneuve also claimed ten pole positions. His main rival Schumacher had five wins of his own to set up a showdown at the final race of the season.
The title was decided at the final round in Jerez. Villeneuve came out on top and won the World Championship in only his second season, but the race was remembered for a collision between himself and title rival Schumacher. Similar to Adelaide 1994, Schumacher was leading the championship before the last race and he was also leading the race. Villeneuve catched him and as he passed Schumacher at the Dry–Sac corner during the 48th lap, the German turned into the Canadian’s car; leaving Villeneuve with a damaged sidepod. Villeneuve recovered however and took third place and the title while Schumacher retired and was disqualified from the Championship.
At Jerez, the qualifying session was noteworthy, as three drivers, Villeneuve, Schumacher, and Frentzen, all registered the same fastest qualifying time; Villeneuve was awarded pole position since he had set the time first.