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The 2007 Monaco Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race and was the fifth round of the 2007 Formula One season. It took place from 24-27 May at the Circuit de Monacomarker in Monte Carlomarker. The race itself commenced at 14:00 CET (noon UTC), Sunday, May 27, and lasted about 1 hour and 40 minutes. It was won by Fernando Alonso in a McLarenmarker.

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Background

Testing started a week and a half before the race at Circuit Paul Ricardmarker using the circuit's 2D SC configuration to replicate the Circuit de Monaco. Lewis Hamilton went on to score the fastest times on the days of testing whilst the circuit was in the Monaco configuration.

Hamilton, who had never lost a race on the Monte Carlomarker track (having won there in both GP2 and F3) played down his chances of winning the race, although he still remained "realistic" and optimistic, looking to fight for a win as is "the case with everything (he) competes in."

Practice

The final practice session on Saturday morning was heavily affected by rain. Adrian Sutil of Spyker topped the timesheets for this session due to the conditions.

Qualifying

Kovalainen in Monaco
Qualifying was dominated throughout by the two McLarens of Hamilton and Fernando Alonso. Despite Hamilton setting fastest times for the first session, Alonso outpaced him in the final stages to take pole position, with Hamilton being held up slightly by Mark Webber. Felipe Massa of Ferrari qualified third fastest, posting a time after the clock stopped. Kimi Räikkönen made a mistake and hit the barriers coming out of the Swimming Pool Complex during the second qualifying stage, breaking his right steering arm. The damage inflicted could not be repaired and he qualified sixteenth. Despite provisionally making the top ten, David Coulthard was penalised for impeding Heikki Kovalainen and demoted to thirteenth. Coulthard's demotion allowed Jenson Button to participate in the final qualifying stage, but he failed to move up the field and finished the qualifying session in 10th place.

Of those whose qualifying went well, former Monaco resident Giancarlo Fisichella fared best, putting his Renaultmarker on the second row in fourth place. Nico Rosberg's performance marked a return to form for his Williams team; his fifth place was the British constructor's best qualifying position since Mark Webber's second place at the same track one year before in 2006. Webber himself also fared well, filling the second slot on row three, alongside Rosberg, in sixth place.

Race

The race itself was quite uneventful. From the starting line everyone got away for the first laps, with Hamilton diving in behind Alonso to defend any of the Ferrari's advances. After the race, FIA launched an investigation of the McLaren team for giving out team orders. Ecclestone said McLaren "could be excluded from the championship or they could have points deducted". McLaren were later cleared of any wrongdoing by the FIA.

No other car in the field could keep up with the sheer pace of both of the Mclaren-Mercedes, with Massa, after a competitive first stint in third place, dropping to sixty seconds behind Hamilton. Notably, he was the only car the two McLaren drivers did not lap during the afternoon.

Kimi Räikkönen came back up the field to eighth place to gain one championship point after his poor qualifying performance.

Vitantonio Liuzzi crashed out of the race on the second lap, a fate that befell Spyker driver Adrian Sutil in the second half of the Grand Prix. The other Spyker car, driven by Christijan Albers failed to finish the race due to a mechanical problem. The only other retirement was Mark Webber, whose Red Bull's gearbox failed in the early stages of the race.

Classification

Qualifying

Pos Name Constructor Part 1 Part 2 Part 3
1 Fernando Alonso McLarenmarker-Mercedes 1:16.059 1:15.431 1:15.726
2 Lewis Hamilton McLarenmarker-Mercedes 1:15.685 1:15.479 1:15.905
3 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:16.786 1:16.034 1:15.967
4 Giancarlo Fisichella Renaultmarker 1:17.596 1:16.054 1:16.285
5 Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 1:16.870 1:16.100 1:16.439
6 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renaultmarker 1:17.816 1:16.420 1:16.784
7 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:17.385 1:15.733 1:16.832
8 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 1:17.584 1:15.576 1:16.955
9 Rubens Barrichello Honda 1:17.244 1:16.454 1:17.498
10 Jenson Button Honda 1:17.297 1:16.457* 1:17.939
11 Alexander Wurz Williams-Toyota 1:17.874 1:16.662
12 Vitantonio Liuzzi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:16.720 1:16.703
13 David Coulthard Red Bull-Renaultmarker 1:17.204 1:16.319*
14 Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:17.686 1:16.988
15 Heikki Kovalainen Renaultmarker 1:17.836 1:17.125
16 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:16.251 no time
17 Anthony Davidson Super Aguri-Honda 1:18.250
18 Scott Speed Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:18.390
19 Adrian Sutil Spyker-Ferrari 1:18.418
20 Ralf Schumacher Toyota 1:18.539
21 Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 1:18.554
22 Christijan Albers Spyker-Ferrari no time
* David Coulthard was penalised for blocking Heikki Kovalainen and not allowed to take part in Q3, he was then given a two place grid penalty and started the race in 13th place. Jenson Button, who had qualified 11th in Q2, therefore inherited the final place in Q3.

Race

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Fernando Alonso McLarenmarker-Mercedes 78 1:40:29.329 1 10
2 2 Lewis Hamilton McLarenmarker-Mercedes 78 +4.095 2 8
3 5 Felipe Massa Ferrari 78 +1:09.114 3 6
4 3 Giancarlo Fisichella Renaultmarker 77 +1 Lap 4 5
5 10 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 77 +1 Lap 8 4
6 9 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 77 +1 Lap 7 3
7 17 Alexander Wurz Williams-Toyota 77 +1 Lap 11 2
8 6 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 77 +1 Lap 16 1
9 19 Scott Speed Toro Rosso-Ferrari 77 +1 Lap 18
10 8 Rubens Barrichello Honda 77 +1 Lap 9
11 7 Jenson Button Honda 77 +1 Lap 10
12 16 Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 77 +1 Lap 5
13 4 Heikki Kovalainen Renaultmarker 76 Engine 15
14 14 David Coulthard Red Bull-Renaultmarker 76 +2 Laps 13
15 12 Jarno Trulli Toyota 76 +2 Laps 14
16 11 Ralf Schumacher Toyota 76 +2 Laps 20
17 22 Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 76 +2 Laps 21
18 23 Anthony Davidson Super Aguri-Honda 76 +2 Laps 17
19 21 Christijan Albers Spyker-Ferrari 70 Driveshaft 22
Ret 20 Adrian Sutil Spyker-Ferrari 53 Accident 19
Ret 15 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renaultmarker 17 Gearbox 6
Ret 18 Vitantonio Liuzzi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 2 Accident 12


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