On this day in 1997, the closest qualifying session ever was held at the European Grand Prix. Identical times are rare, but not unheard of. But to have a 3-way tie for pole position has never happened. The tie-up was between Williams’ Jacques Villeneuve and Heinz-Harald Frentzen, and Ferrari’s Michael Schumacher, and pole position was decided by who set the 1:21.072 time first which was Villeneuve followed by Schumacher and Frentzen respectively.
Jacques Villeneuve & Jenson Button (BAR-Honda), Giancarlo Fisichella & Ralph Firman (Jordan-Ford), Jarno Trulli & Fernando Alonso (Renault).
Ralf Schumacher & Juan Pablo Montoya (Williams-BMW), Nick Heidfeld & Heinz-Harald Frentzen (Sauber-Petronas), David Coulthard & Kimi Räikkönen (McLaren-Mercedes), Cristiano Da Matta & Olivier Panis (Toyota).
Mark Webber & Antonio Pizzonia (Jaguar), Michael Schumacher & Rubens Barrichello (Ferrari), Jos Verstappen & Justin Wilson (Minardi).