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2007 FIA Formula One World Championship season
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The 2007 Formula One season was the 58th season of FIA Formula One motor racing. It featured the 2007 FIA Formula One World Championship, which began on 18 March and ended on 21 October after seventeen events. The Drivers' Championship was won by Ferrari 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 McLaren regarding the legality of some cars in the final race could have altered the championship standings,[1] but on 16 November, the appeal was reportedly rejected by the International Court of Appeal, confirming the championship results.[2] Räikkönen entered the final race in third position in the drivers' standings, but emerged as champion after the chequered flag, a feat first accomplished by Giuseppe Farina in 1950. It has since been accomplished again, by Sebastian Vettel, in 2010.

A major talking point of the season had been an espionage controversy involving Ferrari and McLaren, which led to McLaren being excluded from the 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.[3]

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 engined car.

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,[4] that a team ran sponsor-free for an entire season.

Pre-season testingEdit

Pre-season testing began in November 2006 at the Circuit de Catalunya, 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 Renault and McLaren 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 Finnish driver was over three seconds slower than Badoer's time, completing 79 laps of the Spanish circuit.

The other big story of 2007 was the return to a single tyre formula (Bridgestone). It was perceived that this accounted for some of the reason why Ferrari led the early tests, although it was 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 Japanese 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 Jerez, 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 driversEdit

The following teams and drivers participated in the 2007 Formula One season. Drivers are numbered as per the official FIA 2007 entry list.[5] 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 Engine Tyre No. Race Drivers Rounds No. Test Driver(s)
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Vodafone McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-22 Mercedes FO 108T B 1 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso All 31 22px-Flag of Spain Pedro de la Rosa
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Gary Paffett
2 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton All
22px-Flag of France ING Renault F1 Team Renault R27 Renault RS27 B 3 22px-Flag of Italy Giancarlo Fisichella All 32 25px-Brazilflag Ricardo Zonta
25px-Brazilflag Nelson Piquet, Jr.
4 22px-Flag of Finland Heikki Kovalainen All
22px-Flag of Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F2007 Ferrari 056 B 5 25px-Brazilflag Felipe Massa All 33 22px-Flag of Italy Luca Badoer
22px-Flag of Spain Marc Gené[6]
6 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen All
Flag-of-japansmall Honda Racing F1 Team Honda RA107 Honda RA807E B 7 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jenson Button All 34 22px-Flag of Austria Christian Klien
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom James Rossiter
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Mike Conway[7]
8 25px-Brazilflag Rubens Barrichello All
Flag of Germany BMW Sauber F1 Team BMW Sauber F1.07 BMW P86/7 B 9 Flag of Germany Nick Heidfeld All 35 Flag of Germany Sebastian Vettel
Flag of Germany Timo Glock
CHN Ho-Pin Tung
10 POL Robert Kubica 1–6, 8–17
Flag of Germany Sebastian Vettel[8] 7
Flag-of-japansmall Panasonic Toyota Racing Toyota TF107 Toyota RVX-07 B 11 Flag of Germany Ralf Schumacher All 36 22px-Flag of France Franck Montagny
Flag-of-japansmall Kohei Hirate[9]
Flag-of-japansmall Kamui Kobayashi[9]
12 22px-Flag of Italy Jarno Trulli All
22px-Flag of Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB3 Renault RS27 B 14 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom David Coulthard All 37 22px-Flag of the Netherlands Robert Doornbos
Flag of Germany Michael Ammermüller
15 25px-AustraliaFLAG Mark Webber All
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom AT&T Williams Williams FW29 Toyota RVX-07 B 16 Flag of Germany Nico Rosberg All 38 IND Narain Karthikeyan
Flag-of-japansmall Kazuki Nakajima
17 22px-Flag of Austria Alexander Wurz 1–16
Flag-of-japansmall Kazuki Nakajima[10] 17
22px-Flag of Italy Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR2 Ferrari 056 B 18 22px-Flag of Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi All 39 20px-Flag of Switzerland Neel Jani
19 USAflagsmall Scott Speed 1–10
Flag of Germany Sebastian Vettel 11–17
22px-Flag of the Netherlands Etihad Aldar Spyker F1 Team Spyker F8-VII
F8-VIIB
Ferrari 056 B 20 Flag of Germany Adrian Sutil All 40 MAL Fairuz Fauzy
22px-Flag of Spain Adrián Vallés
Flag of Germany Markus Winkelhock
22px-Flag of the Netherlands Giedo van der Garde
21 22px-Flag of the Netherlands Christijan Albers 1–9
Flag of Germany Markus Winkelhock 10
Flag-of-japansmall Sakon Yamamoto[11] 11–17
Flag-of-japansmall Super Aguri F1 Super Aguri SA07 Honda RA807E B 22 Flag-of-japansmall Takuma Sato All 41 Flag-of-japansmall Sakon Yamamoto
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom James Rossiter[12]
23 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Anthony Davidson All

Notes

  • 3rd driver
  • 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

Formula One 2007 race scheduleEdit

Rd. Official Race Title Grand Prix Circuit Date Time
Local UTC
1 ING Australian Grand Prix Australian GP 25px-AustraliaFLAG Albert Park, Melbourne 18 March 14:00 03:00
2 Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix Malaysian GP MAL Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur 8 April 15:00 07:00
3 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix Bahrain GP BAH Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir 15 April 14:30 11:30
4 Gran Premio de España Telefónica Spanish GP 22px-Flag of Spain Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona 13 May 14:00 12:00
5 Grand Prix de Monaco Monaco GP 25px-Monacoflag Circuit de Monaco, Monte-Carlo 27 May 14:00 12:00
6 Grand Prix du Canada Canadian GP 25px-Canadaflag Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal 10 June 13:00 17:00
7 United States Grand Prix United States GP USAflagsmall Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis 17 June 13:00 17:00
8 Grand Prix de France French GP 22px-Flag of France Circuit de Nevers, Magny-Cours 1 July 14:00 12:00
9 Santander British Grand Prix British GP 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone 8 July 13:00 12:00
10 Grand Prix of Europe European GP Flag of Germany Nürburgring, Nürburg 22 July 14:00 12:00
11 Magyar Nagydíj Hungarian GP HUN Hungaroring, Budapest 5 August 14:00 12:00
12 Petrol Ofisi Turkish Grand Prix Turkish GP TKY Istanbul Park, Tuzla 26 August 15:00 12:00
13 Gran Premio d'Italia Italian GP 22px-Flag of Italy Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza 9 September 14:00 12:00
14 ING Belgian Grand Prix Belgian GP 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil) Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Spa 16 September 14:00 12:00
15 Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix Japanese GP Flag-of-japansmall Fuji Speedway, Oyama 30 September 13:30 04:30
16 Sinopec Chinese Grand Prix Chinese GP CHN Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai 7 October 14:00 06:00
17 Grande Prêmio do Brasil Brazilian GP 25px-Brazilflag Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo 21 October 14:00 16:00
  • On 29 August 2006, The FIA published a provisional calendar for the 2007 Formula One season. The San Marino and European Grands Prix were excluded, although the European round would later make a comeback (see below).[13] The final calendar (above), which confirmed that the San Marino Grand Prix would not return, was released on October 18, 2006.[14]
  • For the first time in nearly half a century, there was not a German Grand Prix in 2007 after the 2 Grands Prix previously held in Germany begin to alternate between Hockenheim and Nürburgring. Hockenheim controls the descriptor "German Grand Prix" 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 Europe title.[15]
  • After twenty years, the Japanese Grand Prix will move from the Honda-owned Suzuka Circuit to Toyota's rebuilt Fuji Speedway, 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).

ChangesEdit

Rule changesEdit

  • 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.[16]
  • 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.[17] 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.[18]
  • 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.[19]
  • 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.[19]
  • 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.[20]
  • 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.[20]
  • 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.[20]
  • 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 changesEdit

Team changesEdit

  • Ferrari technical director, Ross Brawn, was to take a sabbatical year for 2007, after ten seasons at the Italian team. However, it was later announced that he would leave the team.[23] In 2008, Ross Brawn became Team Principal of the Honda team.
  • McLaren changed their name to Vodafone McLaren Mercedes after signing a primary sponsorship deal with the telecommunications company late in 2005.
  • With the loss of Vodafone, Scuderia Ferrari began working with Alice, a brand of Telecom Italia.
  • Mild Seven confirmed that they would not renew their contract with Renault following its conclusion at the end of 2006 due to current European tobacco laws.[24]
  • British American Tobacco's Lucky Strike and 555 brands ceased to sponsor the Honda F1 team, leaving them to seek another primary sponsor.
  • Williams changed their engines from Cosworth to Toyota in a three-year deal.[25] Contrary to speculation at the time, the engines were not rebadged as Lexus.[26]
  • On September 9, 2006, MF1 Racing was officially sold to a Dutch-Arab consortium owned by Michiel Mol, along with the aid of Spyker Cars. The team was officially renamed Spyker MF1 Team, keeping the MF1 for the rest of the season due to Concorde Agreement rules.[27]
  • On September 30, 2006, Spyker announced that their engine supplier would be Ferrari.[28]
  • On October 16, 2006, Renault confirmed that the Dutch banking company, ING, would become their main sponsor to replace Mild Seven.[29]
  • On October 20, 2006, Williams announced AT&T as their new main sponsor.[30]
  • On October 24, 2006, Spyker announced they would change their name from Spyker MF1 Team to Spyker F1 from 2007 onwards, subject to all other teams giving their agreement.[31][32]
  • On October 31, 2006, Red Bull confirmed their engine situation for 2007. Renault engines were used by Red Bull Racing, while Scuderia Toro Rosso used Ferrari engines.[33]
  • On March 15, 2007, Spyker announced their new title sponsor for the 2007 season: United Arab Emirates airline company Etihad Airways.[34]

Television coverageEdit

CircuitsEdit

  • 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.[39]
  • 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.[40]
  • The largest-scale repair in the last 35 years will be done to Autódromo José Carlos Pace in São Paulo, Brazil, to fundamentally solve problem of the asphalt.[41][42] All present asphalt will be removed and replaced with new asphalt.[43] At the same time, the pit lane entrance will be enhanced to improve safety.[44] The circuit is closed and no event held for five months to work, from June to October, until immediately before the event.[45]

Results and standingsEdit

Grands PrixEdit

Rd. Grand Prix Pole Position Fastest Lap Winning Driver Constructor Report
1 25px-AustraliaFLAG Australian Grand Prix 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen 22px-Flag of Italy Ferrari Report
2 Malaysian Grand Prix 25px-Brazilflag Felipe Massa 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report
3 Bahrain Grand Prix 25px-Brazilflag Felipe Massa 25px-Brazilflag Felipe Massa 25px-Brazilflag Felipe Massa 22px-Flag of Italy Ferrari Report
4 22px-Flag of Spain Spanish Grand Prix 25px-Brazilflag Felipe Massa 25px-Brazilflag Felipe Massa 25px-Brazilflag Felipe Massa 22px-Flag of Italy Ferrari Report
5 25px-Monacoflag Monaco Grand Prix 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report
6 25px-Canadaflag Canadian Grand Prix 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report
7 USAflagsmall United States Grand Prix 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report
8 22px-Flag of France French Grand Prix 25px-Brazilflag Felipe Massa 25px-Brazilflag Felipe Massa 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen 22px-Flag of Italy Ferrari Report
9 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom British Grand Prix 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen 22px-Flag of Italy Ferrari Report
10 Flag of Germany European Grand Prix 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen 25px-Brazilflag Felipe Massa 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report
11 Hungarian Grand Prix 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes‡* Report
12 Turkish Grand Prix 25px-Brazilflag Felipe Massa 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen 25px-Brazilflag Felipe Massa 22px-Flag of Italy Ferrari Report
13 22px-Flag of Italy Italian Grand Prix 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report
14 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil) Belgian Grand Prix 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen 25px-Brazilflag Felipe Massa 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen 22px-Flag of Italy Ferrari Report
15 Flag-of-japansmall Japanese Grand Prix 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report
16 Chinese Grand Prix 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 25px-Brazilflag Felipe Massa 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen 22px-Flag of Italy Ferrari Report
17 25px-Brazilflag Brazilian Grand Prix 25px-Brazilflag Felipe Massa 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen 22px-Flag of Italy Ferrari Report
  • Fernando Alonso qualified in pole position but was demoted 5 places due to blocking Lewis Hamilton in the pit lane.[46]
  • McLaren were not allowed to have a team representative on the podium other than a driver.
  • ‡* McLaren were not awarded constructors points or a trophy on the podium.[46]

DriversEdit

Pos Driver AUS
25px-AustraliaFLAG
MAL
BHR
ESP
22px-Flag of Spain
MON
25px-Monacoflag
CAN
25px-Canadaflag
USA
USAflagsmall
FRA
22px-Flag of France
GBR
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom
EUR
Flag of Germany
HUN
TUR
ITA
22px-Flag of Italy
BEL
22px-Flag of Belgium (civil)
JPN
Flag-of-japansmall
CHN
BRA
25px-Brazilflag
Points
1 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen 1 3 3 Ret 8 5 4 1 1 Ret 2 2 3 1 3 1 1 110
2 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 3 2 2 2 2 1 1 3 3 9 1 5 2 4 1 Ret 7 109
3 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso 2 1 5 3 1 7 2 7 2 1 4 3 1 3 Ret 2 3 109
4 25px-Brazilflag Felipe Massa 6 5 1 1 3 DSQ 3 2 5 2 13 1 Ret 2 6 3 2 94
5 Flag of Germany 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 4 4 7 5 8 5 9 7 Ret 5 39
7 22px-Flag of Finland Heikki Kovalainen 10 8 9 7 13 4 5 15 7 8 8 6 7 8 2 9 Ret 30
8 22px-Flag of Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 5 6 8 9 4 DSQ 9 6 8 10 12 9 12 Ret 5 11 Ret 21
9 Flag of Germany Nico Rosberg 7 Ret 10 6 12 10 16 9 12 Ret 7 7 6 6 Ret 16 4 20
10 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom David Coulthard Ret Ret Ret 5 14 Ret Ret 13 11 5 11 10 Ret Ret 4 8 9 14
11 22px-Flag of Austria Alexander Wurz Ret 9 11 Ret 7 3 10 14 13 4 14 11 13 Ret Ret 12 13
12 25px-AustraliaFLAG Mark Webber 13 10 Ret Ret Ret 9 7 12 Ret 3 9 Ret 9 7 Ret 10 Ret 10
13 22px-Flag of Italy Jarno Trulli 9 7 7 Ret 15 Ret 6 Ret Ret 13 10 16 11 11 13 13 8 8
14 Flag of Germany Sebastian Vettel 8 16 19 18 Ret Ret 4 Ret 6
15 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jenson Button 15 12 Ret 12 11 Ret 12 8 10 Ret Ret 13 8 Ret 11 5 Ret 6
16 Flag of Germany Ralf Schumacher 8 15 12 Ret 16 8 Ret 10 Ret Ret 6 12 15 10 Ret Ret 11 5
17 Flag-of-japansmall Takuma Sato 12 13 Ret 8 17 6 Ret 16 14 Ret 15 18 16 15 15 14 12 4
18 22px-Flag of Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi 14 17 Ret Ret Ret Ret 17 Ret 16 Ret Ret 15 17 12 9 6 13 3
19 Flag of Germany Adrian Sutil 17 Ret 15 13 Ret Ret 14 17 Ret Ret 17 21 19 14 8 Ret Ret 1
20 25px-Brazilflag Rubens Barrichello 11 11 13 10 10 12 Ret 11 9 11 18 17 10 13 10 15 Ret 0
21 USAflagsmall Scott Speed Ret 14 Ret Ret 9 Ret 13 Ret Ret Ret 0
22 Flag-of-japansmall Kazuki Nakajima 10 0
23 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Anthony Davidson 16 16 16 11 18 11 11 Ret Ret 12 Ret 14 14 16 Ret Ret 14 0
24 Flag-of-japansmall Sakon Yamamoto Ret 20 20 17 12 17 Ret 0
25 22px-Flag of the Netherlands Christijan Albers Ret Ret 14 14 19 Ret 15 Ret 15 0
Flag of Germany Markus Winkelhock Ret 0
Pos Driver AUS
25px-AustraliaFLAG
MAL
BHR
ESP
22px-Flag of Spain
MON
25px-Monacoflag
CAN
25px-Canadaflag
USA
USAflagsmall
FRA
22px-Flag of France
GBR
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom
EUR
Flag of Germany
HUN
TUR
ITA
22px-Flag of Italy
BEL
22px-Flag of Belgium (civil)
JPN
Flag-of-japansmall
CHN
BRA
25px-Brazilflag
Points
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish, inc. non-classified finish
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Light blue Practiced only (PO)
Friday test driver (TD) - 2003-2007 only
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Injured or ill (Inj)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)


Bold - Pole
Italics - Fastest lap

Template:Sup Drivers did not finish the Grand Prix, but were classified as they completed over 90% of the race distance.

ConstructorsEdit

Pos.[47] Constructor [47] Car
No.
AUS
25px-AustraliaFLAG
MAL
BHR
ESP
22px-Flag of Spain
MON
25px-Monacoflag
CAN
25px-Canadaflag
USA
USAflagsmall
FRA
22px-Flag of France
GBR
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom
EUR
Flag of Germany
HUN
TUR
ITA
22px-Flag of Italy
BEL
22px-Flag of Belgium (civil)
JPN
Flag-of-japansmall
CHN
BRA
25px-Brazilflag
Points[47]
1 22px-Flag of Italy 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 Flag of Germany 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 22px-Flag of France Renault 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 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom 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 22px-Flag of Austria Red Bull-Renault 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 Flag-of-japansmall 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 22px-Flag of Italy 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 Flag-of-japansmall 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 Flag-of-japansmall 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 22px-Flag of the Netherlands 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 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom McLaren-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
25px-AustraliaFLAG
MAL
BHR
ESP
22px-Flag of Spain
MON
25px-Monacoflag
CAN
25px-Canadaflag
USA
USAflagsmall
FRA
22px-Flag of France
GBR
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom
EUR
Flag of Germany
HUN
TUR
ITA
22px-Flag of Italy
BEL
22px-Flag of Belgium (civil)
JPN
Flag-of-japansmall
CHN
BRA
25px-Brazilflag
Points
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish, inc. non-classified finish
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Light blue Practiced only (PO)
Friday test driver (TD) - 2003-2007 only
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Injured or ill (Inj)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)


  • † 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.[48]

Season reviewEdit

RacesEdit

First races without Michael SchumacherEdit

The season started at Albert Park in Australia on 18 March. Kimi Räikkönen took a lights to flag victory and became the fourth driver to win on their debut for Ferrari. Fernando Alonso came second and debutant Lewis Hamilton finished 3rd. Felipe Massa took his first pole of the season in Malaysia but Alonso won his first race with McLaren while Hamilton continued his excellent pace to finish second. Massa won from lights to flag in Bahrain and Spain and in both races 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 controversyEdit

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 had a massive accident. He had 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 300 km/h 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 Räikkönen coming second. In Turkey Felipe Massa took a dominant lights to flag victory followed by Kimi Räikkönen 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 Räikkönen. In Belgium Räikkönen won from Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso.

Dramatic season conclusionEdit

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 who 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.

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