2007 Formula One season
The Formula 1 2007 season was the 58th FIA Formula 1 World Championship. She was discharged through 17 races in the period from March 18 to October 21. For the first time Kimi Raikkonen World Champion, Ferrari won the Constructors' Championship.
- 4.1 Australian Grand Prix
- 4.2 Malaysian Grand Prix
- 4.3 Grand Prix of Bahrain
- 4.4 Grand Prix of Spain
- 4.5 Grand Prix of Monaco
- 4.6 Canadian Grand Prix
- 4.7 United States Grand Prix
- 4.8 Grand Prix of France
- 4.9 Grand Prix of Great Britain
- 4:10 European Grand Prix
- 4:11 Grand Prix of Hungary
- 4:12 Grand Prix of Turkey
- 4:13 Grand Prix of Italy
- 4:14 Grand Prix of Belgium
- 4:15 Grand Prix of Japan
- 4:16 Grand Prix of China
- 4:17 Grand Prix of Brazil
- 6.1 Drivers' Championship
- 6.2 Constructors' Championship
In addition to several rule changes took place in the 2007 season only 17 instead of the previous 18 Grand Prix races. The European Grand Prix on the Nürburgring and the Grand Prix of Germany at the Hockenheimring will be held in alternate years. 2007 took place in the Grand Prix of Europe, 2008, there will be the Grand Prix of Germany. The Grand Prix of San Marino was removed from the calendar. The Belgian Grand Prix was, however, after a break due to construction work in the 2006 season until May 2007, again instead. In addition, the Japanese GP at Suzuka was moved to the route of Fuji, which has been modernized.
One of the biggest changes to the regulations for the 2007 season was that the Friday sessions were extended from 60 minutes to 90 minutes. In the sessions on Friday, but only two cars may be used, the regular driver have to share with a Friday test driver itself. To this may be used separately engines here too, which are not covered by the 2- race rule.
The FIA ruled that the FIA electronics to be used in every race and in every test. Furthermore, it was determined that for a premature engine change the driver ten places on and at a premature gearbox change five places will be set back. In addition, the Formula 1 teams are allowed only once to change the gear ratio at each race weekend.
Because since the 2007 season until 2010 on the motors nothing can be changed, the two- race rule only applies for Saturday and Sunday. On Friday, any motor may be used. Thus is to be achieved, that is on the Fridays of each Grand Prix more on the race track.
In case of a safety car phase, the racers must not come into the pits until all drivers have caught up with the safety car. However, lapped drivers can before the restart to overtake the rest of the field and the safety car, back round and unlock at the end of the field. Thus, no stragglers are located at the restart between more direct opponents.
For the monopolist Bridgestone tires it was now that all Formula 1 teams have to drive with the same material. Per race weekend may Bridgestone offer only two types of tires. In relation to the wet tires, each driver may now use up to 14 sets of tires, but on Saturday and Sunday only 10
During a race must be used in both a soft and a hard version of the Bridgestone tire. To make this clear to the audience, one of the grooves must be marked in white with soft tires. At the beginning of the season tire was marked with a barely recognizable location.
Double world champion Fernando Alonso joined after five years at Renault to McLaren - Mercedes. Lewis Hamilton was second team driver in the team of Ron Dennis. Juan Pablo Montoya, who drove up to the U.S. Grand Prix in 2006 for McLaren - Mercedes, moved to the NASCAR Nextel Cup, which he ended his Formula 1 career. Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari replaced the retiring Michael Schumacher. Alonso's spot at Renault took over Heikki Kovalainen.
At Williams to the Red Bull Racing Mark Webber impersonated was replaced by the previous test and reserve driver Alexander Wurz as a regular driver. Webber started the Austrian team in place of Christian Klien. BMW Sauber replaced the mid-2006 dismissed Jacques Villeneuve by Robert Kubica. In addition, Anthony Davidson Super Aguri started at instead of Sakon Yamamoto and Adrian Sutil was committed at Spyker Tiago Monteiro instead.
Teams and Drivers
Grand Prix of Australia
The Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne was held on 18 March 2007 and went over a distance of 58 laps of 5.303 kilometers for a total of 307.574 kilometers.
Kimi Raikkonen secured his first Grand Prix in a Ferrari with a time of 1:26,072 minutes the pole position ahead of Fernando Alonso in the McLaren -Mercedes and Nick Heidfeld in the BMW Sauber.
Räikkönen won in a sovereign manner a secure victory in the first race of the season, and he also drove in 1:25,235 minutes the fastest lap of the race. Second was the reigning world champion Fernando Alonso before the debutant Lewis Hamilton. So were a Ferrari and two McLaren drivers on the podium.
Nick Heidfeld was started with the least fuel into the race and therefore had to make a pit stop first. With the fourth place he achieved the best result of a German driver in this race. Nico Rosberg and Ralf Schumacher took place 7 and 8 also a championship points. The Austrian Alexander Wurz retired on the 48th lap after an accident with David Coulthard. The German debutant Adrian Sutil came 17th as the finish. With Robert Kubica, Scott Speed and Albers reached a total of only five racers not the goal.
Grand Prix of Malaysia
The Malaysian Grand Prix at the Sepang International Circuit in Sepang near Kuala Lumpur was held on 8 April 2007, and went over a distance of 56 laps of 5.543 kilometers for a total of 310.408 kilometers.
Felipe Massa reached in qualifying with a time of 1:35,043 minutes the pole position in his Ferrari ahead of McLaren - Mercedes driver Fernando Alonso and Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen.
Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton were able to place after starting from the Ferraris. Alonso claimed his leadership sovereign and Hamilton was able to prevail against the moving behind him Kimi Raikkonen, McLaren Mercedes which scored a double victory. Felipe Massa fell after a failed overtaking maneuver against Lewis Hamilton in 5th place back.
Nico Rosberg retired towards the end of the race due to a hydraulic damage on rank 6, from. Shortly after takeoff from different Adrian Sutil in an accident. Nick Heidfeld was, as the GP of Australia, best German rider on the fourth.
The fastest lap of the race Lewis Hamilton drove in 1:36,701 minutes.
Grand Prix of Bahrain
The Bahrain Grand Prix at the Bahrain International Circuit was held on 15 April 2007 and went over a distance of 57 laps of 5.412 kilometers for a total of 308.238 kilometers.
Felipe Massa won in qualifying with a time of 1:32,652 minutes the pole position ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen. In the same order the drivers were even after the end of the race on the podium. Massa set the fastest race lap in 1:34,067 minutes.
Nick Heidfeld was consecutively for the third time in fourth, making it the best non - Ferrari or McLaren driver in the overall standings. Nico Rosberg finished tenth, eleventh Alexander Wurz, Ralf Schumacher twelfth and Adrian Sutil finished fifteenth place.
The race went without highlights. The only significant overtaking succeeded Nick Heidfeld against Fernando Alonso.
After the third race of the season the fight for the world title is very balanced. With Alonso, Raikkonen and Hamilton three drivers lead on points with 22 points, the driver standings. The Briton Lewis Hamilton is having his second place, the first Formula 1 debutant in the 57 -year-old Formula 1 history, who finished his first three races all on the podium.
Grand Prix of Spain
The Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya took place on 13 May 2007, and went over a distance of 65 laps of 4.655 kilometers for a total of 302.575 kilometers.
Felipe Massa managed for the second consecutive time in the current season, a hat-trick. He started from the pole position, which he reached in 1:21,421 minutes ahead of Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen in qualifying, he won the race ahead of Hamilton and Alonso and ran 1:22,680 minutes the fastest lap.
With his second place Lewis Hamilton as a second Formula 1 driver reaches a lead in the drivers' standings of the World Cup without having it retracted a single win in the completed race of the season. This was previously only Luigi Musso in the Formula 1 season 1958. With his leadership, he is the youngest leader of the drivers' championship in the history of the World Cup. Alexander Wurz was already in the first round after a collision with Ralf Schumacher. Raikkonen had to prematurely end the race already in the ninth lap of the race after a defect of the alternator. Ralf Schumacher and Nick Heidfeld were due to technical problems in the 44th or 46th round also do not drive to finish the race.
Grand Prix of Monaco
The Monaco Grand Prix at the Circuit de Monaco took place on 27 May 2007 and went over a distance of 78 laps of 3.340 kilometers for a total of 260.520 kilometers.
Qualifying decided Fernando Alonso in 1:15,726 minutes ahead of McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari driver Felipe Massa for themselves. In the same order, the driver placed on the podium. With the fastest race lap in 1:15,284 minutes Alonso completed his hat-trick and took the championship lead before the same point Hamilton, because he scored more victories.
Grand Prix of Canada
The Canadian Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles -Villeneuve took place on 10 June 2007 and went over a distance of 70 laps of 4.361 kilometers for a total of 305.270 kilometers.
Lewis Hamilton was able to reach the pole position with a time of 1:15,707 minutes the first time in his Formula 1 career. The following grid positions occupied Fernando Alonso and Nick Heidfeld.
The race course was removed by four safety car periods for gambling and was overshadowed by a very serious accident of Robert Kubica, who remained virtually unharmed but. Felipe Massa and Giancarlo Fisichella were still disqualified for ignoring the red traffic light at the exit of the pit lane during the race. At the end lay with Lewis Hamilton and Nick Heidfeld two riders on the first two places, which completed their pit stops directly in front of safety car phases. Thanks to a one- stop strategy was Alexander Wurz, who had gone into the race only by starting from 19th, Third. Although Anthony Davidson did just once in the box, but had to change the front end due to a collision with a beaver in the 38th round. The race was marked by numerous accidents and was the failure richest race of the season. Only 12 riders crossed the finish line.
The fastest lap of the race Fernando Alonso drove in 1:16,367 minutes.
United States Grand Prix
The Grand Prix of USA at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was held on 17 June 2007 and went over a distance of 73 laps of 4.192 kilometers for a total of 306.016 kilometers.
For the second consecutive year Lewis Hamilton was able to secure the pole position ahead of his team mate Fernando Alonso in qualifying with 1:12,331 minutes. The third place took a Felipe Massa.
The podium was occupied after the race in exactly the same order as in the starting lineup: Hamilton won ahead of Alonso and Massa. Fourth-placed Kimi Raikkonen set the fastest race lap in 1:13,117 minutes.
Sebastian Vettel, Robert Kubica replaced ( this was after his accident in Canada receive no start enable ), was eighth in his first Formula 1 race. Alexander Wurz was tenth, Adrian Sutil reached the fourteenth place. Nico Rosberg retired four laps to go with an engine failure, Nick Heidfeld failed due to a hydraulic damage do not end the race and Ralf Schumacher collided with Rubens Barrichello and was thus also made.
Grand Prix of France
The French Grand Prix at the Circuit de Nevers Magny -Cours took place on 1 July 2007 and went over a distance of 70 laps of 4.411 kilometers for a total of 308.586 kilometers.
Felipe Massa reached the pole position ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen in 1:15,034 minutes. Already at the start, the Ferraris prevailed. Massa maintained the lead, Räikkönen overtook Hamilton.
Jarno Trulli, Anthony Davidson and Vitantonio Liuzzi collided on the first lap and had to finish the race early. A stir was caused Dutchman Albers, as he drove off at the pit stop in the 30th lap early, the tank hose and thus aroused the mechanic looked at the floor. The fifth of the 22 starters Scott Speed difference from in the 55th lap of the race.
The decision at the top was the second pit stop Massa was the first at the end of lap 43 in the box. Raikkonen drove three laps later for refueling and tire changes and swerved back onto the track in front of his teammates. After that, he could no longer take the victory. The fastest lap went to Massa in 1:16,099 minutes.
Grand Prix of Great Britain
The Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone Circuit took place on 8 July 2007 and went over a distance of 59 laps of 5.141 kilometers for a total of 303.214 kilometers.
Lewis Hamilton reached in 1:19,997 minutes for the third time in his career pole position and thus started the race ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso. Massa had reached the fourth place in qualifying. After the warm-up lap, he remained standing, so that the first launch attempt had to be abandoned, a second warm-up lap followed and Massa only allowed to start from the pit lane.
The first pit stop cost Hamilton his mistake too early riding for a few seconds, so that he lost the lead to Raikkonen and Alonso behind dropped back to third place. In addition to the second win in a row and the fastest lap went to 1:20,638 minutes to Raikkonen.
Nick Heidfeld was the best German- sixth driver, Nico Rosberg was twelfth, thirteenth Alexander Wurz. The one with the sixth place on the best qualified Ralf Schumacher could just as Adrian Sutil and Trulli, Davidson, Speed and Webber not finish the race.
Grand Prix of Europe
The European Grand Prix at the Nürburgring took place on 22 July 2007 and went over a distance of 60 laps of 5.148 kilometers for a total of 308.863 kilometers.
Kimi Raikkonen reached the pole position ahead of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa in 1:31,450 minutes. Lewis Hamilton suffered at the beginning of the third qualifying session in a serious accident, but could still rejoin the race on Sunday, but only starting from position ten.
Shortly after the start of the race put a very heavy rain. Winkelhock was launched in Spyker from last place only one on rain tires. This allowed him to surprise a few laps as the leader in his first and last Formula 1 Grand Prix. The rest of the field had to change to rain tires in the box. The track proved to be due to the heavy rain soon as impassable. Immediately one after slipping six cars in the corner after the start and goal into the gravel. As a result, the race was stopped after round four for 22 minutes. It was the first race was stopped since Brazil in 2003. Upon recovery of the race behind the safety car went first Felipe Massa in the lead, but that he had to give up on Fernando Alonso, who in the resumption of rain was much better on the road and was able to overtake Massa on lap 56.
Alonso won thus ahead of Massa and Mark Webber. Kimi Raikkonen retired prematurely due to a technical defect. Alexander Wurz came in fourth, only German in the target was Nick Heidfeld sixth place. The fastest lap of the race Massa drove in 1:32,853 minutes.
The race time was 2 hours, 6 minutes and 26.358 seconds since according to FIA Reglemant (Articles 5.3 and 41.4 ), timekeeping during an interruption of the race continues, but the maximum duration of the race increased from normally two hours for the duration of the interruption.
Grand Prix of Hungary
The Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring took place on 5 August 2007, and went over a distance of 70 laps of 4.381 kilometers for a total of 306.663 kilometers.
Alonso drove with a time of 1:19,674 minutes, the fastest time in the third part of qualifying. During his last pit stop he blocked Hamilton so long that it no longer had enough time for one last quick lap. He took Hamilton a chance his fastest time to beat. A few hours after the qualifying Alonso was transferred because of this handicap by the race to five places to the rear. This Hamilton started before Heidfeld and Raikkonen from pole position. The McLaren team was also punished by non- rating of the race in the constructors' championship.
Hamilton dominated the race. Since overtaking is difficult at the Hungaroring, certain essentially the launch sites and the pit stop strategy the final outcome. Apart from Heidfeld, who reached the seventh podium finish of his career with third place, Ralf Schumacher and Nico Rosberg could retract championship points. Alexander Wurz reached the 14th place, Sebastian Vettel was in his first race for Toro Rosso 16th and Adrian Sutil reached the 17th place. The fastest lap went to 1:20,047 minutes to Raikkonen.
Grand Prix of Turkey
The Turkey Grand Prix at the Istanbul Park Circuit was held on 26 August 2007, and went over a distance of 58 laps of 5.338 kilometers for a total of 309.396 kilometers.
Felipe Massa reached in qualifying with a time of 1:27,329 minutes the pole position ahead of Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso. At the start Raikkonen overtook championship leader Hamilton while Alonso in turn had to Heidfeld and Kubica let pass. The first pit stop was Alonso Heidfeld and Kubica happen and was thus back to fourth.
14 laps to go, had to make an extra stop, which threw him back to fifth place Hamilton to a puncture. One round before the end of the race, Raikkonen completed with 1:27,295 minutes the fastest lap in an otherwise uneventful race that was dominated despite the high temperatures of up to 40 ° C by little failures.
Grand Prix of Italy
The Grand Prix of Italy at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza took place on 9 September 2007 and went over a distance of 53 laps of 5.793 kilometers for a total of 306.720 kilometers.
The pole position was with a time of 1:21,997 minutes in qualifying Alonso, who started from pole position so ahead of Hamilton, Massa and Heidfeld. Massa resigned already in the tenth round with a mechanical defect on the rear axle. At the second pit stop, Hamilton fell behind Raikkonen. In lap 43 Hamilton was able to overtake with a daring move Raikkonen and thus secure the second place. Another overtaking shortly before the end of the race on lap 46 Kubica managed, with which he repressed Rosberg of course 5.
In addition to Massa Coulthard was only due to an accident, which had a safety car phase resulted from. All other 20 riders crossed the finish line. The fastest lap Alonso at 1:22,871 minutes.
Grand Prix of Belgium
The Belgian Grand Prix at Spa- Francorchamps was held on 16 September 2007 and went over a distance of 44 laps of 7.004 kilometers for a total of 308.176 kilometers.
Raikkonen, who set a time of 1:45,994 minutes in the third part of qualifying, started ahead of Massa, Alonso and Hamilton from the pole position. In the same order the drivers finished the race.
With Fisichella, Vettel, Coulthard, Wurz and Button only five drivers could not finish the race due to technical defects. Massa set the fastest race lap in 1:48,036 minutes.
Due to the withdrawal of all championship points in the constructors' championship by McLaren -Mercedes due to the espionage affair stands for Ferrari after the double victory in Spa winning the 15th title designer already fixed.
Grand Prix of Japan
The Japanese Grand Prix at Fuji Speedway was held on 30 September 2007 and went over a distance of 67 laps of 4.563 kilometers for a total of 305.721 kilometers.
In qualifying, Hamilton reached in 1:25,368 minutes on a wet track ahead of Alonso and Räikkönen 's pole position. Due to heavy rain, the race was started behind the safety car. Except for the Ferrari drivers all drivers started on rain tires. Massa and Raikkonen had been in the first or second round to the pits to also change to wet tires. After the 19th lap, the safety car left the track and the race was released.
Alonso was eliminated in 42nd round after an accident caused by aquaplaning. In the following second safety car phase of the third-placed by then Vettel collided with the second-placed Webber. Both drivers then had to retire from the race. Räikkönen was still able to reach the third rank ten laps to go through a tactical tire change his teammate Massa.
Hamilton completed the first hat-trick of his Formula 1 career by driving the fastest lap in 1:28,193 minutes. Kovalainen reached the second place its first placing on the podium.
The first placed on rank eight Liuzzi was confirmed after the race with a 25 -second time penalty, since he had Sutil happened in the 55th round despite overtaking on a yellow flag. This reached Sutil in eighth place and was able to win his first World Championship point.
Grand Prix of China
The Grand Prix of China at the Shanghai International Circuit was held on October 7, 2007, and went over a distance of 56 laps of 5.451 kilometers for a total of 305.066 kilometers.
Lewis Hamilton won with a time of 1:35,908 minutes the pole position ahead of Raikkonen, Massa and Alonso. The race took place in changing weather conditions. The route repeatedly abtrocknende after showers made tire choice difficult.
In the 32th lap of the hitherto leading Hamilton was brought on bald tires on the box, as his lap times were significantly slower and Räikkönen overtook him. In the pit lane entrance he slipped into a gravel trap, had to finish the race and could not take the chance on the title early.
The fastest lap of the race Massa drove in 1:37,454 minutes. Räikkönen took his fifth win of the season ahead of Alonso in second place. The World Cup decision was therefore postponed to the last race of the season in Brazil, where three drivers struggle with Hamilton, Alonso and Räikkönen to the title.
Grand Prix of Brazil
The Brazilian Grand Prix on the Interlagos Autodromo José Carlos Pace was held on 21 October 2007 and went on a lap distance of 4.309 kilometers ( 71 laps ), for a total of 305.909 kilometers.
Felipe Massa secured with a time of 1:11,931 minutes the pole position in front of the championship leader Lewis Hamilton. From the start in third and fourth Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso went into the race. After a mistake in the first round Hamilton dropped back to ninth place. On lap twelve Hamilton mistakenly pressed the button for the start sequence at its steering wheel. Then moved his car in neutral and he had to restart the system. Resultantly rolled Hamilton's car ( he was able to accelerate or off ) for about half a lap, and fell so back to the last place. At this time, led Felipe Massa before Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso. Hamilton could still fight his way to seventh place, Räikkönen came after a pit stop again ahead of his teammate Massa on track and stayed until the end of the race at the top. Thus Kimi Raikkonen was the first time world champion.
The fastest lap of the race Kimi Raikkonen drove with a time of 1:12,445 minutes.
After the race, the FIA found too low fuel temperatures for the vehicles of BMW Sauber and Williams - Toyota. The race stewards saw but on a punishment and confirmed the official race result. McLaren appealed against that decision to protest. This was rejected by the FIA on 16 November 2007 as inadmissible.
This table shows that have achieved better rankings in qualifying in the Team which driver.
World Cup ratings
World Champion will be the one driver or designer who has accumulated up to the end of the season the most points in the World Championship. The distribution of points, the placings in the overall result of each race are taken into account. The eight first-placed rider in each race will receive points according to the following scheme:
The decision in the World Cup was only in the last race of the season. For the first time since 1986, three drivers had before the final chances for the title. By the third place from Alonso and Hamilton in seventh place with a simultaneous victory Raikkonen, the Finn won the world championship by a single point. The runner-up was allowed to decorate with his teammate Lewis Hamilton in spite of a tie, since he had to have a second more.
1 The 2007 season was overshadowed by the so-called " espionage affair". The McLaren team was accused to have come from industrial espionage to technical information and blueprints of cars from Ferrari. McLaren was then punished by withdrawal of all World Cup points in the constructors' championship.
Since McLaren had been won at the Hungarian Grand Prix points on the disability of Hamilton by Alonso in qualifying already withdrawn, the team would not have without penalty in the espionage affair with a total of 203 points Constructors' world champions.