|Team/s||Mild Seven Benetton Renault|
|Designers|| Pat Symonds|
|Drivers|| 7. Jean Alesi|
8. Gerhard Berger & Alexander Wurz
|Chassis||carbon-fibre and honeycomb composite structure|
|Suspension (front)||double wishbones, pushrod, triple damper|
|Suspension (rear)||double wishbones, pushrod, double damper|
|Engines||Renault RS9, RS9A and RS9B 71-degree V10s|
|Gearbox||Benetton six-speed longitudinal semi-automatic|
|Debut||1997 Australian Grand Prix|
The car was a development of the B196, which both drivers had found difficult to extract maximum performance from in . The B197 proved competitive at nearly every race, but only scored one win when Berger made his faultless return to the cockpit at Hockenheim. The main problem with the car was its inability to bring its tyres up to temperature on low-grip circuits, particularly in qualifying. However, Berger and Alesi did secure one pole position each during the course of the season. By the end of the season, it was clear that Benetton would adopt a new driver line-up for , with Berger retiring and Alesi moving to Sauber.
The team eventually finished third in the Constructors' Championship, with 67 points.