After Silverstone, Jacques Villeneuve and the World Championship are back on nodding terms, but his victory - the 100th for Williams - was anything but clear-cut. From the pole, Villeneuve narrowly led Michael Schumacher's Ferrari, but a loose wheel, and then a disastrously slow pitstop, seemed to have put him out of the reckoning.
Schumacher then took up the lead, and appeared set for his third win on the trot, but a rear wheel bearing failure put him out 20 laps from the end, and towards the end it was Mika Hakkinen's McLaren, on only a one-stop strategy, which was left to fend off the recovered Villeneuve. Six laps from the end, sadly, Mika's Mercedes V10 blew up, and thus it was a cruise for Jacques.
The Benettons of Jean Alesi and Alexander Wurz, steady rather than swift, claimed the other podium positions, with David Coulthard a disappointing fourth, Ralf Schumacher fifth - and Damon Hill sixth, the world champion in his tardy Arrows-Yamaha at last taking a 1997 point. The crowed loved that.