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The 2007 Formula One season was the 58th FIA Formula One World Championship season. It began on 18 March and ended on 21 October after seventeen Grands Prix. The Drivers' Championship was won by Ferrarimarker driver Kimi Räikkönen by one point at the final race of the season, making Räikkönen the third Finnish driver to take the title. An appeal by McLarenmarker regarding the legality of some cars in the final race could have altered the championship standings, but on 16 November, the appeal was reportedly rejected by the International Court of Appeal, confirming the championship results. Räikkönen entered the final race in third position in the drivers' standings, but emerged as champion after the chequered flag, a feat that had been accomplished only by Giuseppe Farina in 1950.

A major talking point of the season had been an espionage controversy involving Ferrari and McLarenmarker, which led to McLaren being excluded from the World Constructors' Championship. As a result, Ferrari clinched the championship at the Belgian Grand Prix.

The 2007 season was significant in that it heralded the end of the existing Concorde Agreement between the existing Formula One constructors and Bernie Ecclestone. In particular, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Honda (collectively the Grand Prix Manufacturers' Association) had a number of outstanding disagreements with the FIA and Ecclestone on financial and technical grounds. They had threatened to boycott Formula One from the 2008 season onwards and instead stage their own rival series, before signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) at the 2006 Spanish Grand Prix.

The 2007 Australian Grand Prix was the first time since the 1986 Spanish Grand Prix that there was a Formula One field without a Cosworth engine.

This was the last season for all the race cars to use traction control since 2001.

Honda F1 ran with an "Earth livery" on their RA107 car, the first time since 1968, when sponsorship in the sport became widespread, that a team ran sponsor-free for an entire season.

Pre-season testing

Pre-season testing began in November 2006 at the Circuit de Catalunyamarker, with ten of the eleven teams participating in the test sessions. The most notable absentees were Fernando Alonso and Kimi Räikkönen, who were still under contract at Renaultmarker and McLarenmarker respectively. Jenson Button was also absent as he had suffered a hairline fracture on his ribs after a go-karting accident in preparations for the November tests. Lewis Hamilton made his first appearance in a McLaren since being confirmed as Alonso's team-mate for 2007.

Felipe Massa topped the times on the first two days of testing. Massa's testing partner, Luca Badoer, took the fastest time on the third day, although interest was on the fact that double World Champion Mika Häkkinen joined Hamilton and de la Rosa at McLaren for a one off test, although the Finnishmarker driver was over three seconds slower then Badoer's time, completing 79 laps of the Spanishmarker circuit. He hopes to be of continued benefit to McLaren over the coming winter.

The other big story of 2007 is the return to a single tyre formula (Bridgestone). It is possible that this accounts for some of the reason why Ferrari led the most recent test, although it has been claimed by Bridgestone that the 2007 tyre is of a completely new build, thus minimising any real benefit for the 2006 Bridgestone teams (Ferrari, Toyota, Williams, Midland/Spyker and Super Aguri).

Toyota was the only team out for the fourth day of testing at Barcelona, as the Japanesemarker works team chose to miss the first day of testing. Both Ralf Schumacher and Jarno Trulli's fastest laps were quicker than Massa and Badoer's times during the previous three sessions. Testing resumed on December 6 at Jerezmarker, with the majority of teams attending the session. Both Ferraris of Massa and Badoer were first and second fastest, with McLaren's Lewis Hamilton making up the top three in third. Hamilton improved on his position the following day by taking the fastest time, a second faster than Renault's Giancarlo Fisichella.

Japanese works teams Honda and Toyota topped the times for the next two days of testing: Honda's Rubens Barrichello and Toyota's Franck Montagny were fastest, although Toyota had the Jerez track to themselves when Montagny took the fastest time. Heikki Kovalainen and Pedro de la Rosa took the fastest times on the fourth and fifth day of testing at Jerez. Also of note, on the last day of testing Fernando Alonso made his McLaren testing debut after an agreement with manager Flavio Briatore. This did not call for an end to his agreement (which ended on the 31st of December).

Teams and drivers

The following teams and drivers participated in the 2007 Formula One season. Drivers are numbered as per the official FIA 2007 entry list. All team details are as per the Formula 1 Official Website, except where noted. Note that there is no driver number 13 as per the historical tradition.

Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine1 Tyre No. Race Drivers Races No. Test Driver(s)
Vodafone McLarenmarker Mercedes McLarenmarker MP4-22 Mercedes FO 108T 1 Fernando Alonso 1-17 31 Pedro de la Rosa
Gary Paffett
2 Lewis Hamilton 1-17
ING Renault F1 Teammarker Renaultmarker R27 Renaultmarker RS27 3 Giancarlo Fisichella 1-17 32 Ricardo Zonta
Nelson Piquet Jr.
4 Heikki Kovalainen 1-17
Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F2007 Ferrari 056 5 Felipe Massa 1-17 33 Luca Badoer
Marc Gené
6 Kimi Räikkönen 1-17
Honda Racing F1 Team Honda RA107 Honda RA807E 7 Jenson Button 1-17 34 Christian Klien
James Rossiter
Mike Conway

8 Rubens Barrichello 1-17
BMW Sauber F1 Team BMW Sauber F1.07 BMW P86/7 9 Nick Heidfeld 1-17 35 Sebastian Vettel
Timo Glock
Ho-Pin Tung

10 Robert Kubica 1-6, 8-17
Sebastian Vettel 7
Panasonic Toyota Racing Toyota TF107 Toyota RVX-07 11 Ralf Schumacher 1-17 36 Franck Montagny
Kohei Hirate

Kamui Kobayashi
12 Jarno Trulli 1-17
Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB3 Renaultmarker RS27 14 David Coulthard 1-17 37 Robert Doornbos
Michael Ammermüller
15 Mark Webber 1-17
AT&T Williams Williams FW29 Toyota RVX-07 16 Nico Rosberg 1-17 38 Narain Karthikeyan
Kazuki Nakajima
17 Alexander Wurz 1-16
Kazuki Nakajima 17
Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR2 Ferrari 056 18 Vitantonio Liuzzi 1-17 39 Neel Jani
19 Scott Speed 1-10
Sebastian Vettel 11-17
Etihad Aldar Spyker F1 Team Spyker F8-VII

F8-VIIB
Ferrari 056 20 Adrian Sutil 1-17 40 Mohamed Fairuz Fauzy
Adrián Vallés
Markus Winkelhock
Giedo van der Garde


21 Christijan Albers 1-9
Markus Winkelhock 10
Sakon Yamamoto 11-17
Super Aguri F1 Super Aguri SA07 Honda RA807E 22 Takuma Sato 1-17 41 Sakon Yamamoto
James Rossiter
23 Anthony Davidson 1-17
Notes
  • All engines conform to the Formula One 2.4L V8 specifications introduced in 2006.

  • Test drivers in bold have taken part in Friday practices during Grand Prix weekends


New car launches

The following teams launched their 2007 entries as below.

Constructor Chassis Launch Date Launch Location
Toyota TF107 January 12 Cologne, Germanymarker
Ferrari F2007 January 14 Fiorano Circuitmarker, Maranellomarker, Italymarker
McLarenmarker-Mercedes MP4-22 January 15 Circuit de Valenciamarker, Spainmarker
BMW Sauber F1.07 January 16 Circuit de Valenciamarker, Spainmarker
Renaultmarker R27 January 24 Amsterdammarker, Netherlandsmarker
Red Bull-Renaultmarker RB3 January 26 Circuit de Catalunyamarker, Spainmarker
Williams-Toyota FW29 February 2 Grove, Oxfordshiremarker, United Kingdommarker
Spyker-Ferrari F8-VII February 5 Silverstone Circuitmarker, United Kingdommarker
Toro Rosso-Ferrari STR2 February 13 Circuit de Catalunyamarker, Spainmarker
Honda RA107 February 26 Londonmarker, United Kingdommarker
Super Aguri-Honda SA07 March 14 Melbournemarker, Australia


Formula One 2007 race schedule

Rd. Official Race Title Grand Prix Circuit Date Time
Local UTC
1 ING Australian Grand Prixmarker Australian GPmarker Albert Park Grand Prix Circuitmarker, Melbournemarker 18 March 14:00 03:00
2 Petronas Malaysian Grand Prixmarker Malaysian GPmarker Sepang International Circuitmarker, Kuala Lumpurmarker 8 April 15:00 07:00
3 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prixmarker Bahrain GPmarker Bahrain International Circuitmarker, Sakhirmarker 15 April 14:30 11:30
4 Gran Premio de Españamarker Telefónica Spanish GPmarker Circuit de Catalunyamarker, Barcelonamarker 13 May 14:00 12:00
5 Grand Prix de Monaco Monaco GP Circuit de Monacomarker, Monte-Carlomarker 27 May 14:00 12:00
6 Grand Prix du Canadamarker Canadian GPmarker Circuit Gilles Villeneuvemarker, Montrealmarker 10 June 13:00 17:00
7 United States Grand Prix United States GP Indianapolis Motor Speedwaymarker 17 June 13:00 17:00
8 Grand Prix de Francemarker French GPmarker Circuit de Neversmarker, Magny-Coursmarker 1 July 14:00 12:00
9 Santander British Grand Prixmarker British GPmarker Silverstone Circuitmarker 8 July 13:00 12:00
10

Grand Prix of Europemarker European GPmarker Nürburgringmarker 22 July 14:00 12:00
11 Magyar Nagydíjmarker Hungarian GPmarker Hungaroringmarker, Budapestmarker 5 August 14:00 12:00
12 Petrol Ofisi Turkish Grand Prixmarker Turkish GPmarker Istanbul Parkmarker 26 August 15:00 12:00
13 Gran Premio d'Italiamarker Italian GPmarker Autodromo Nazionale Monzamarker 9 September 14:00 12:00
14 ING Belgian Grand Prixmarker Belgian GPmarker Circuit de Spa-Francorchampsmarker, Spamarker 16 September 14:00 12:00
15 Fuji Televisionmarker Japanese Grand Prix Japanese GP Fuji Speedwaymarker, Oyamamarker 30 September 13:30 04:30
16 Sinopec Chinese Grand Prixmarker Chinese GPmarker Shanghai International Circuitmarker 7 October 14:00 06:00
17 Grande Prêmio do Brasilmarker Brazilian GPmarker Autódromo José Carlos Pacemarker, São Paulomarker 21 October 14:00 16:00


  • On 29 August 2006, The FIA published a provisional calendar for the 2007 Formula One season. The San Marinomarker and Europeanmarker Grands Prix were excluded, although the European round would later make a comeback (see below). The final calendar (above), which confirmed that the San Marino Grand Prix would not return, was released on October 18, 2006.
  • For the first time in nearly half a century, there was not a German Grand Prixmarker in 2007 after the 2 Grands Prix previously held in Germanymarker begin to alternate between Hockenheimmarker and Nürburgringmarker. Hockenheim controls the descriptor "German Grand Prixmarker" and an agreement could not be reached between the two circuits for the naming rights. The Nürburgring event therefore retained its usual Grand Prix of Europemarker title.
  • It had been suggested that the Italian Grand Prix might do the same, swapping between Monzamarker and Imolamarker, but this now appears to have been rejected with the possibility that Imolamarker could again host the San Marino Grand Prixmarker in 2008.
  • After twenty years, the Japanese Grand Prix will move from the Honda-owned Suzuka Circuitmarker to Toyota's rebuilt Fuji Speedwaymarker, a circuit that F1 has not raced at since 1977.
  • For the first time since 1975, all races are held in different countries (only one race for any one nation).


Changes

Rule changes

  • Although the FIA had planned to introduce a regulation single tyre manufacturer from 2008, there will be a sole supplier (Bridgestone) from 2007 to 2010, since Bridgestone's only rival, Michelin, ended their participation in Formula One after the 2006 season.
  • Tyres are supplied in accordance with the revised Sporting Regulations, which provide for a total of 14 sets of dry weather tyres per driver over the race weekend: four sets for Friday only, and 10 for the rest of the weekend.
  • Also, during the race, both compounds of tyre (hard and soft) have to be used at least once during the race. Initially, in the Australian Grand Prix, soft tyres were marked with a white spot. However, this was difficult to see when the car was in motion and, as of the Malaysian Grand Prix, one of the four grooves in the soft compound tyre is painted white.
  • The teams finishing 5th–11th in the previous seasons' Constructors' Championship are no longer allowed to run a third car on Friday following a rule change. The teams that finish 1st–4th are already banned from doing so.
  • Engine development is frozen from the 2006 Japanese Grand Prix, with these engines being used for the whole of 2007 and 2008. This is described as engine "homologation" by the FIA. It was previously set to be introduced in 2008.
  • All cars are fitted with red, blue and yellow cockpit lights. The purpose is to give drivers information concerning track signals or conditions. The lights must be LEDs each with a minimum diameter of 5 mm and which are fitted in order that they are directly in the driver’s normal line of sight.
  • In order to give rescue crews an immediate indication of accident severity each car must be fitted with a warning light which is connected to the FIA data logger. The light must face upwards and be recessed into the top of the survival cell no more than 150 mm from the car centre line and the front of the cockpit opening and as near to the marshal neutral switch as is practical.
  • The two Friday practice sessions expanded from 60 minutes to 90 minutes. All teams are allowed to use two cars, which may be driven by either the two race drivers or a nominated third driver.
  • The engine penalty is now only applied in the second day of the grand prix weekend. Any engine change in the first day is not penalised.
  • No car is allowed to enter the pits to refuel during a safety car period until all cars are in the group following the safety car and they have been advised that the pit lane is now open. This prevents drivers from racing to the pits immediately after a safety car is deployed. In addition, any lapped cars in front of a car on the lead lap are required to pass the safety car and restart at the end of the line-up instead of maintaining their physical position.
  • The Formula One teams have unanimously agreed to the voluntary early introduction of the testing agreement scheduled for 2008. This limits each team to an annual limit of 30,000 km.
  • The team's second car now has to run with a yellow coloured roll bar instead of a black one. The first cars will still run with a red/orange roll bar. This is intended to help spectators distinguish between first and second cars at further distances.


Driver changes



Team changes



Television coverage



Circuits

  • A new chicane has been inserted into the straight between Europcar and New Holland (final corner) at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona. This was installed in order to slow the cars down before the long main straight, and provide more overtaking opportunities into turn 1.
  • Spa has also undergone track changes, with a new paddock area, a reprofiled Bus Stop Chicane, an extension of the start-finish straight and a change to La Source hairpin.
  • The largest-scale repair in the last 35 years will be done to Autódromo José Carlos Pacemarker in São Paulomarker, Brazilmarker, to fundamentally solve problem of the asphalt. All present asphalt will be removed and replaced with new asphalt. At the same time, the pit lane entrance will be enhanced to improve safety. The circuit is closed and no event held for five months to work, from June to October, until immediately before the event.


Results, standings and statistics

Grands Prix

Rd. Grand Prix Pole Position Fastest Lap Winning Driver Constructor Report
1 Australian Grand Prixmarker Kimi Räikkönen Kimi Räikkönen Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari Report
2 Malaysian Grand Prixmarker Felipe Massa Lewis Hamilton Fernando Alonso McLarenmarker-Mercedes Report
3 Bahrain Grand Prixmarker Felipe Massa Felipe Massa Felipe Massa Ferrari Report
4 Spanish Grand Prixmarker Felipe Massa Felipe Massa Felipe Massa Ferrari Reportmarker
5 Monaco Grand Prix Fernando Alonso Fernando Alonso Fernando Alonso McLarenmarker-Mercedes Report
6 Canadian Grand Prixmarker Lewis Hamilton Fernando Alonso Lewis Hamilton McLarenmarker-Mercedes Report
7 United States Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton Kimi Räikkönen Lewis Hamilton McLarenmarker-Mercedes Report
8 French Grand Prixmarker Felipe Massa Felipe Massa Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari Report
9 British Grand Prixmarker Lewis Hamilton Kimi Räikkönen Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari Report
10 European Grand Prixmarker Kimi Räikkönen Felipe Massa Fernando Alonso McLarenmarker-Mercedes Report
11 Hungarian Grand Prixmarker Lewis Hamilton Kimi Räikkönen Lewis Hamilton McLarenmarker-Mercedes‡* Report
12 Turkish Grand Prixmarker Felipe Massa Kimi Räikkönen Felipe Massa Ferrari Reportmarker
13 Italian Grand Prixmarker Fernando Alonso Fernando Alonso Fernando Alonso McLarenmarker-Mercedes Report
14 Belgian Grand Prixmarker Kimi Räikkönen Felipe Massa Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari Report
15 Japanese Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton Lewis Hamilton Lewis Hamilton McLarenmarker-Mercedes Report
16 Chinese Grand Prixmarker Lewis Hamilton Felipe Massa Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari Report
17 Brazilian Grand Prixmarker Felipe Massa Kimi Räikkönen Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari Report
  • Fernando Alonso qualified in pole position but was demoted 5 places due to blocking Lewis Hamilton in the pit lane.
  • McLarenmarker were not awarded a trophy on the podium.
  • ‡* McLarenmarker were not awarded constructors points or a trophy on the podium.


Drivers

Pos Driver AUS

MAL

BHR

ESPmarker

MON

CAN

USA

FRA

GBR

EUR

HUN

TURmarker

ITA

BEL

JPN

CHN

BRA

Pts
1 Kimi Räikkönen 1 3 3 Ret 8 5 4 1 1 Ret 2 2 3 1 3 1 1 110
2 Lewis Hamilton 3 2 2 2 2 1 1 3 3 9 1 5 2 4 1 Ret 7 109
3 Fernando Alonso 2 1 5 3 1 7 2 7 2 1 4 3 1 3 Ret 2 3 109
4 Felipe Massa 6 5 1 1 3 DSQ 3 2 5 2 13 1 Ret 2 6 3 2 94
5 Nick Heidfeld 4 4 4 Ret 6 2 Ret 5 6 6 3 4 4 5 14† 7 6 61
6 Robert Kubica Ret 18 6 4 5 Ret Inj 4 4 7 5 8 5 9 7 Ret 5 39
7 Heikki Kovalainen 10 8 9 7 13† 4 5 15 7 8 8 6 7 8 2 9 Ret 30
8 Giancarlo Fisichella 5 6 8 9 4 DSQ 9 6 8 10 12 9 12 Ret 5 11 Ret 21
9 Nico Rosberg 7 Ret 10 6 12 10 16† 9 12 Ret 7 7 6 6 Ret 16 4 20
10 David Coulthard Ret Ret Ret 5 14 Ret Ret 13 11 5 11 10 Ret Ret 4 8 9 14
11 Alexander Wurz Ret 9 11 Ret 7 3 10 14 13 4 14 11 13 Ret Ret 12 13
12 Mark Webber 13 10 Ret Ret Ret 9 7 12 Ret 3 9 Ret 9 7 Ret 10 Ret 10
13 Jarno Trulli 9 7 7 Ret 15 Ret 6 Ret Ret 13 10 16 11 11 13 13 8 8
14 Sebastian Vettel 8 16 19 18 Ret Ret 4 Ret 6
15 Jenson Button 15 12 Ret 12 11 Ret 12 8 10 Ret Ret 13 8 Ret 11† 5 Ret 6
16 Ralf Schumacher 8 15 12 Ret 16 8 Ret 10 Ret Ret 6 12 15 10 Ret Ret 11 5
17 Takuma Sato 12 13 Ret 8 17 6 Ret 16 14 Ret 15 18 16 15 15† 14 12 4
18 Vitantonio Liuzzi 14 17 Ret Ret Ret Ret 17† Ret 16† Ret Ret 15 17 12 9 6 13 3
19 Adrian Sutil 17 Ret 15 13 Ret Ret 14 17 Ret Ret 17 21† 19 14 8 Ret Ret 1
20 Rubens Barrichello 11 11 13 10 10 12 Ret 11 9 11 18 17 10 13 10 15 Ret 0
21 Scott Speed Ret 14 Ret Ret 9 Ret 13 Ret Ret Ret 0
22 Kazuki Nakajima 10 0
23 Anthony Davidson 16 16 16† 11 18 11 11 Ret Ret 12 Ret 14 14 16 Ret Ret 14 0
24 Sakon Yamamoto Ret 20 20 17 12 17 Ret 0
25 Christijan Albers Ret Ret 14 14 19† Ret 15 Ret 15 0
Markus Winkelhock Ret 0
Pos Driver AUS

MAL

BHR

ESPmarker

MON

CAN

USA

FRA

GBR

EUR

HUN

TURmarker

ITA

BEL

JPN

CHN

BRA

Pts


  • † Driver did not finish but was classified, having completed more than 90% of race distance.


Drivers statistics

Pos Driver Constructor(s) Starts Wins Podiums Poles F.Laps Points
1 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 17 6 12 3 6 110
2 Lewis Hamilton McLarenmarker-Mercedes 17 4 12 6 2 109
3 Fernando Alonso McLarenmarker-Mercedes 17 4 12 2 3 109
4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 17 3 10 6 6 94
5 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 17 0 2 0 0 61
6 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 16 0 0 0 0 39
7 Heikki Kovalainen Renaultmarker 17 0 1 0 0 30
8 Giancarlo Fisichella Renaultmarker 17 0 0 0 0 21
9 Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 17 0 0 0 0 20
10 David Coulthard Red Bull-Renaultmarker 17 0 0 0 0 14
11 Alexander Wurz Williams-Toyota 16 0 1 0 0 13
12 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renaultmarker 17 0 1 0 0 10
13 Jarno Trulli Toyota 17 0 0 0 0 8
14 Sebastian Vettel BMW Sauber
Toro Rosso-Ferrari
8 0 0 0 0 6
15 Jenson Button Honda 17 0 0 0 0 6
16 Ralf Schumacher Toyota 17 0 0 0 0 5
17 Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 17 0 0 0 0 4
18 Vitantonio Liuzzi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 17 0 0 0 0 3
19 Adrian Sutil Spyker-Ferrari 17 0 0 0 0 1
20 Rubens Barrichello Honda 17 0 0 0 0 0
21 Scott Speed Toro Rosso-Ferrari 10 0 0 0 0 0
22 Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota 1 0 0 0 0 0
23 Anthony Davidson Super Aguri-Honda 17 0 0 0 0 0
24 Sakon Yamamoto Spyker-Ferrari 7 0 0 0 0 0
25 Christijan Albers Spyker-Ferrari 9 0 0 0 0 0
Markus Winkelhock Spyker-Ferrari 1 0 0 0 0 0


Constructors

Pos Constructor Car

No.
AUS

MAL

BHR

ESPmarker

MON

CAN

USA

FRA

GBR

EUR

HUN

TURmarker

ITA

BEL

JPN

CHN

BRA

Pts
1 Ferrari 5 6 5 1 1 3 DSQ 3 2 5 2 13 1 Ret 2 6 3 2 204
6 1 3 3 Ret 8 5 4 1 1 Ret 2 2 3 1 3 1 1
2 BMW Sauber 9 4 4 4 Ret 6 2 Ret 5 6 6 3 4 4 5 14† 7 6 101
10 Ret 18 6 4 5 Ret 8 4 4 7 5 8 5 9 7 Ret 5
3 Renaultmarker 3 5 6 8 9 4 DSQ 9 6 8 10 12 9 12 Ret 5 11 Ret 51
4 10 8 9 7 13 4 5 15 7 8 8 6 7 8 2 9 Ret
4 Williams-Toyota 16 7 Ret 10 6 12 10 Ret 9 12 Ret 7 7 6 6 Ret 16 4 33
17 Ret 9 11 Ret 7 3 10 14 13 4 14 11 13 Ret Ret 12 10
5 Red Bull-Renaultmarker 14 Ret Ret Ret 5 14 Ret Ret 13 11 5 11 10 Ret Ret 4 8 9 24
15 13 10 Ret Ret Ret 9 7 12 Ret 3 9 Ret 9 7 Ret 10 Ret
6 Toyota 11 8 15 12 Ret 16 8 Ret 10 Ret Ret 6 12 15 10 Ret Ret 11 13
12 9 7 7 Ret 15 Ret 6 Ret Ret 13 10 16 11 11 13 13 8
7 Toro Rosso-Ferrari 18 14 17 Ret Ret Ret Ret 17 Ret 16 Ret Ret 15 17 12 9 6 13 8
19 Ret 14 Ret Ret 9 Ret 13 Ret Ret Ret 16 19 18 Ret Ret 4 Ret
8 Honda 7 15 12 Ret 12 11 Ret 12 8 10 Ret Ret 13 8 Ret 11 5 Ret 6
8 11 11 13 10 10 12 Ret 11 9 11 18 17 10 13 10 15 Ret
9 Super Aguri-Honda 22 12 13 Ret 8 17 6 Ret 16 14 Ret 15 18 16 15 15 14 12 4
23 16 16 16 11 18 11 11 Ret Ret 12 Ret 14 14 16 Ret Ret 14
10 Spyker-Ferrari 20 17 Ret 15 13 Ret Ret 15 17 Ret Ret 17 21 19 14 8 Ret Ret 1
21 Ret Ret 14 14 19 Ret 14 Ret 15 Ret Ret 20 20 17 12 17 Ret
EX McLarenmarker-Mercedes 1 2 1 5 3 1 7 2 7 2 1 4† 3 1 3 Ret 2 3 0‡ (203†) (218)
2 3 2 2 2 2 1 1 3 3 9 1 5 2 4 1 Ret 7
Pos Constructor Car

No.
AUS

MAL

BHR

ESPmarker

MON

CAN

USA

FRA

GBR

EUR

HUN

TURmarker

ITA

BEL

JPN

CHN

BRA

Pts


  • † After an incident at the end of Qualifying Session 3 at the Hungarian Grand Prix, an FIA decision was made that, due to team infringements during qualifying, McLaren would not be awarded any points. The drivers, however, do retain the points won. (Alonso was demoted five places from pole on the start grid).

    15 points were lost by the team in this event. This punishment could have been appealed, but the team did not following the greater punishment later.
  • ‡ McLaren lost all their points in the Constructors Championship as a result of a World Motorsport Council decision over the espionage controversy.


Constructors statistics

Pos Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre Starts Wins Podiums Poles F.Laps Points
1 Ferrari F2007 Ferrari 17 9 22 9 12 204
2 BMW Sauber F1.07 BMW 17 0 2 0 0 101
3 Renaultmarker R27 Renaultmarker 17 0 1 0 0 51
4 Williams FW29 Toyota 17 0 1 0 0 33
5 Red Bull RB3 Renaultmarker 17 0 1 0 0 24
6 Toyota TF107 Toyota 17 0 0 0 0 13
7 Toro Rosso STR2 Ferrari 17 0 0 0 0 8
8 Honda RA107 Honda 17 0 0 0 0 6
9 Super Aguri SA07 Honda 17 0 0 0 0 4
10 Spyker F8-VII Ferrari 17 0 0 0 0 1
EX McLarenmarker MP4-22 Mercedes 17 8 24 8 5 0‡ (203† / 218)
  • † After an incident at the end of Qualifying Session 3 at the Hungarian Grand Prix, an FIA decision was made that, due to team infringements during qualifying, McLaren would not be awarded any points. The drivers, however, do retain the points won. (Alonso was demoted five places from pole on the start grid).

    15 points were lost by the team in this event. This punishment could have been appealed, but the team did not following the greater punishment later.
  • ‡ McLaren lost all their points in the Constructors Championship as a result of a World Motorsport Council decision over the espionage controversy.


Season review

Races

First races without Michael Schumacher

The season started at Albert Park in Australia on 18 March and Kimi Räikkönen took a lights to flag victory there with Fernando Alonso coming second and debutant Lewis Hamilton finishing 3rd. Felipe Massa took his first pole of the season in Malaysia but Fernando Alonso won his first race with McLaren with rookie, Lewis Hamilton, continuing his excellent pace to finish second. Felipe Massa won from lights to flag in Bahrain and Spain and in both races Lewis Hamilton finished second, becoming the first rookie to finish on the podium in more than his first two outings. McLaren would dominate Monaco with Fernando Alonso winning from Lewis Hamilton after the pair had lapped everybody apart from themselves and Felipe Massa, who was not too far from being lapped.

Drama and controversy

The Canadian GP was a very dramatic affair with 4 safety car periods and one of the biggest crashes of Formula One in recent years. The race started off with the second all McLaren front row with Lewis Hamilton taking his first pole position followed by Fernando Alonso. Alonso made a mistake in turn 1 losing several places while Lewis Hamilton was opening a gap between himself and Nick Heidfeld. On lap 22 the first safety car period began after Adrian Sutil hit the cement wall. The safety car went into the pits on lap 28 but before the lap could be completed Robert Kubica made one of the most bizarre accidents in the history of Formula One. He apparently lost his front wing after hitting Jarno Trulli. He then went wide and hit a bump on the grass that launched him into the air and into a massive impact with the retaining barrier at a peak G Force of 75G. The safety car was once again deployed and went in on lap 35. Lewis Hamilton once again opened up a gap to second placed Nick Heidfeld until lap 50 when Christian Albers left a lot of debris on the track after a crash forcing the deployment of the safety car. The race restarted on lap 55 and was deployed again on lap 56 after Vitantonio Liuzzi hit the so called `Wall of Champions`. The safety car period was extended after Jarno Trulli hit the tyre barrier at the exit of the pitlane after trying to catch up with the field. On the restart Lewis Hamilton led to the finish to claim his maiden win in only his sixth race. The next race at Indianapolis saw Lewis Hamilton take a lights to flag victory after a 300kph side by side battle with Fernando Alonso for the lead. Ferrari took their first 1-2 finish in France with Kimi Räikkönen winning from polesitter, Felipe Massa.

In Britain Lewis Hamilton thrilled his home crowd by taking his third pole position in front of them. It wasn't to last, however, he went on to finish a distant third behind winner, Kimi Räikkönen and Fernando Alonso. Europe (Germany) would see Lewis Hamilton's run of consecutive podiums come to an end. After a mighty crash in qualifying he started in 10th in the race. On lap 4 he aquaplaned off the circuit in a torrential rainstorm but fortunately for him the race was stopped. He restarted after his car was pulled out of the gravel but after taking a gamble to change to dries on a drying track he spun off several times but recovered to finish 9th, just missing out on the final point.

After a controversial qualifying incident between Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton, Alonso was demoted to 6th on the grid at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton then took a lights to flag victory with Raikkönen coming second. In Turkey Felipe Massa took a dominant lights to flag victory followed by Kimi Raikkönen and Fernando Alonso. Lewis Hamilton finished fifth after he suffered a tyre failure while running in 3rd. In Italy Fernando Alonso won from Lewis Hamilton followed by Kimi Raikkönen. In Belgium Raikkönen won from Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso.

Dramatic season conclusion

The Japanese Grand Prix moved to Fuji Speedway and this event was marked by treacherous weather and was started under safety car conditions. Lewis Hamilton survived a brush with Robert Kubica to win from Heikki Kovalainen and Kimi Räikkönen. At the last 3 corners Robert Kubica and Felipe Massa ran side by side in a battle for 6th and Fernando Alonso aquaplaned and crashed on lap 41 of 67. In China Lewis Hamilton won his 6th pole of the season and led up to lap 28 when he was overtaken by Kimi Räikkönen and he then spun off entering the pitlane. The season finale marked the first time since 1986 that 3 drivers had a chance of becoming world champion at the season finale, and the first time since the inaugural season in 1950 that the man stood in third before the final race went on to win the championship, the driver then being Giuseppe Farina. Lewis Hamilton was the favourite with 107 points followed by Fernando Alonso on 103 points and Kimi Räikkönen on 100 points. Lewis Hamilton started 2nd but dropped to the back of the pack after a gearbox problem. He recovered to 7th but Kimi Räikkönen won the race and the championship. The final standings were Räikkönen on 110 points followed by Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso each on 109 points.

References

  1. San Marino, Europe dropped for '07 Formula1.com. Retrieved 29 August 2006
  2. FIA 2006 Technical Regulations FIA.Com Article 22. Retrieved 26 September 2006
  3. Longer Friday practice among 2007 changes. Retrieved October 19, 2006.
  4. Vettel replaces Speed at Toro Rosso autosport.com, retrieved on August 3, 2007.
  5. McLaren hit with constuctors' ban, BBC News article (Retrieved 13 September 2007)


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