Sauber C16 designed by Leo Ress and powered by Petronas (re-badged Ferrari) V10 engine, was quite competitive car enabling to score regular points. Sauber No.1 in 1997 was Johnny Herbert, whose season culminated in the team’s third-ever podium finish at the 1997 Hungarian Grand Prix. Johnny finished the season on 10th position in the Driver’s Championship with 15 points. The second seat in the team was initially given to Ferrari test driver Nicola Larini, but he left the team after 5 races being unhappy with the car’s performance. Larini was replaced by Gianni Morbidelli, but when Italian broke his arm, the seat was given to Argentinian rookie Norberto Fontana while Morbidelli recovered. Fontana drove in 4 races for Sauber (his whole career in F1) with lot of adventures (fines, spins, missing red light) and finished best as 9th in Great Britain and Germany.
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