2007 Formula One season

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2007
FIA Formula One World Championship season
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Kimi Räikkönen, the 2007 World Drivers' Champion with 110 points.
Lewis Hamilton, runner-up with 109 points. Hamilton recorded nine consecutive podium finishes in his debut season, more than any other rookie in Formula One history.
Fernando Alonso, the defending double world champion, also recorded 109 points but was placed 3rd through count-back.

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 and later matched by Alain Prost in 1986. 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 Brazilian Grand Prix that there was a Formula One field without a Cosworth engined car. This was also the final season since its reintroduction in 2002 in which the use of traction control was permitted. Standardised engine control units (ECUs) were mandated from the 2008 season onwards, which prevented teams from using the technology.[4]

Honda F1 ran with an "Earth livery" on their RA107 car, the first time since 1968, when sponsorship in the sport became widespread,[5] that a team ran sponsor-free for an entire season.

Pre-season testing[edit]

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 6 December 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 31 December).

Teams and drivers[edit]

The following teams and drivers participated in the 2007 Formula One season. Drivers are numbered as per the official FIA 2007 entry list.[6] 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.

Team Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre No. Race drivers Rounds No. Free Practice driver(s)
United Kingdom Vodafone McLaren Mercedes McLaren-Mercedes MP4-22 Mercedes FO 108T B 1 Spain Fernando Alonso All N/A
2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton All
France ING Renault F1 Team Renault R27 Renault RS27 B 3 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella All N/A
4 Finland Heikki Kovalainen All
Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F2007 Ferrari 056 B 5 Brazil Felipe Massa All N/A
6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen All
Japan Honda Racing F1 Team Honda RA107 Honda RA807E B 7 United Kingdom Jenson Button All 34 Austria Christian Klien
8 Brazil Rubens Barrichello All
Germany BMW Sauber F1 Team BMW Sauber F1.07 BMW P86/7 B 9 Germany Nick Heidfeld All 35 Germany Sebastian Vettel
10 Poland Robert Kubica 1–6, 8–17
Germany Sebastian Vettel[7] 7
Japan Panasonic Toyota Racing Toyota TF107 Toyota RVX-07 B 11 Germany Ralf Schumacher All N/A
12 Italy Jarno Trulli All
Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull-Renault RB3 Renault RS27 B 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard All N/A
15 Australia Mark Webber All
United Kingdom AT&T Williams Williams-Toyota FW29 Toyota RVX-07 B 16 Germany Nico Rosberg All 38 Japan Kazuki Nakajima
17 Austria Alexander Wurz 1–16
Japan Kazuki Nakajima[8] 17
Italy Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso-Ferrari STR2 Ferrari 056 B 18 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi All N/A
19 United States Scott Speed 1–10
Germany Sebastian Vettel 11–17
Netherlands Etihad Aldar Spyker F1 Team Spyker-Ferrari F8-VII
F8-VIIB
Ferrari 056 B 20 Germany Adrian Sutil All N/A
21 Netherlands Christijan Albers 1–9
Germany Markus Winkelhock 10
Japan Sakon Yamamoto[9] 11–17
Japan Super Aguri F1 Team Super Aguri-Honda SA07 Honda RA807E B 22 Japan Takuma Sato All N/A
23 United Kingdom Anthony Davidson All

Formula One 2007 race schedule[edit]

Rd. Official Race Title Grand Prix Circuit Date
1 ING Australian Grand Prix Australian GP Australia Albert Park, Melbourne 18 March
2 Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix Malaysian GP Malaysia Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur 8 April
3 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix Bahrain GP Bahrain Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir 15 April
4 Gran Premio de España Telefónica Spanish GP Spain Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona 13 May
5 Grand Prix de Monaco Monaco GP Monaco Circuit de Monaco, Monte-Carlo 27 May
6 Grand Prix du Canada Canadian GP Canada Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal 10 June
7 United States Grand Prix United States GP United States Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis 17 June
8 Grand Prix de France French GP France Circuit de Nevers, Magny-Cours 1 July
9 Santander British Grand Prix British GP United Kingdom Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone 8 July
10 Grand Prix of Europe European GP Germany Nürburgring, Nürburg 22 July
11 Magyar Nagydíj Hungarian GP Hungary Hungaroring, Budapest 5 August
12 Petrol Ofisi Turkish Grand Prix Turkish GP Turkey Istanbul Park, Tuzla 26 August
13 Gran Premio d'Italia Italian GP Italy Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza 9 September
14 ING Belgian Grand Prix Belgian GP Belgium Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Spa 16 September
15 Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix Japanese GP Japan Fuji Speedway, Oyama 30 September
16 Sinopec Chinese Grand Prix Chinese GP China Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai 7 October
17 Grande Prêmio do Brasil Brazilian GP Brazil Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo 21 October
  • 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).[10] The final calendar (above), which confirmed that the San Marino Grand Prix would not return, was released on 18 October 2006.[11]
  • For the first time in nearly half a century, no German Grand Prix was held as a result of the circuits previously hosting a Grand Prix in Germany beginning to alternate in organizing the German Grand Prix. However, Hockenheim controlled the descriptor "German Grand Prix" and an agreement could not be reached between them and the Nürburgring circuits for the naming rights. The Nürburgring event therefore retained its usual Grand Prix of Europe title.[12]
  • After twenty years of being hosted at the Honda-owned Suzuka Circuit, the Japanese Grand Prix moved to Toyota's rebuilt Fuji Speedway, a circuit that F1 had not been raced at since 1977.
  • For the first time since 1975, all races were held in different countries (only one race for any one nation).

Changes[edit]

Rule changes[edit]

  • Although the FIA had planned to introduce a regulation single tyre manufacturer from 2008, there only was one supplier (Bridgestone) from 2007 to 2010, since Bridgestone's only rival, Michelin, ended their participation in Formula One after the 2006 season.
  • Tyres were supplied in accordance with the revised Sporting Regulations, which provided 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.
Top: harder tyre (officially named the 'prime' tyre).
Bottom: softer tyre (the 'option' tyre), at the Malaysian Grand Prix.
  • Also, during the race, both compounds of tyre (hard and soft) had 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 was painted white.[13]
  • The teams finishing 5th–11th in the previous seasons' Constructors' Championship were no longer allowed to run a third car on Friday following a rule change.[14] The teams that finish 1st–4th were already banned from doing so.
  • Engine development was frozen from the 2006 Japanese Grand Prix, with these engines being used for the whole of 2007 and 2008. This was described as engine "homologation" by the FIA. It was previously set to be introduced in 2008.[15]
  • All cars were fitted with red, blue and yellow cockpit lights. The purpose was to give drivers information concerning track signals or conditions. The lights had to be LEDs each with a minimum diameter of 5 mm and which were fitted so as to be directly in the driver's normal line of sight.[16]
  • In order to give rescue crews an immediate indication of accident severity each car had to be fitted with a warning light which was connected to the FIA data logger. The light had to 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.[16]
  • The two Friday practice sessions were expanded from 60 minutes to 90 minutes. All teams were allowed to use two cars, which could be driven by either the two race drivers or a nominated third driver.[17]
  • The engine penalty was only applied in the second day of the grand prix weekend. Any engine change in the first day was not penalised.[17]
  • No car was allowed to enter the pits to refuel during a safety car period until all cars were in the group following the safety car and they were advised that the pit lane was open. This prevented drivers from racing to the pits immediately after a safety car was deployed. In addition, any lapped cars in front of a car on the lead lap were required to pass the safety car and restart at the end of the line-up instead of maintaining their physical position.[17]
  • The Formula One teams unanimously agreed to the voluntary early introduction of the testing agreement scheduled for 2008. This limited each team to an annual limit of 30,000 km.
  • The team's second car had to run with a yellow coloured roll bar instead of a black one. The first cars continued running with a red/orange roll bar. This was intended to help spectators distinguish between first and second cars at further distances.

Driver changes[edit]

Team changes[edit]

Television coverage[edit]

Circuits[edit]

  • A new chicane was inserted into the straight between Europcar and New Holland (final corner) at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona. It was installed in order to slow the cars down before the long main straight, and provide more overtaking opportunities into turn 1.[36]
  • Spa underwent track changes as well, with a new paddock area, a reprofiled Bus Stop Chicane, an extension of the start-finish straight and a change to La Source hairpin.[37]
  • The largest-scale repair in the last 35 years was done to Autódromo José Carlos Pace in São Paulo, Brazil, to fundamentally solve the problem of the asphalt.[38][39] All present asphalt was removed and replaced with new asphalt.[40] At the same time, the pit lane entrance was enhanced to improve safety.[41] The circuit was closed and no event was held for five months to allow work, from June to October, until immediately before the event.[42]

Results and standings[edit]

Grands Prix[edit]

Rd. Grand Prix Pole Position Fastest Lap Winning Driver Constructor Report
1 Australia Australian Grand Prix Finland Kimi Räikkönen Finland Kimi Räikkönen Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari Report
2 Malaysia Malaysian Grand Prix Brazil Felipe Massa United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Spain Fernando Alonso United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report
3 Bahrain Bahrain Grand Prix Brazil Felipe Massa Brazil Felipe Massa Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari Report
4 Spain Spanish Grand Prix Brazil Felipe Massa Brazil Felipe Massa Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari Report
5 Monaco Monaco Grand Prix Spain Fernando Alonso Spain Fernando Alonso Spain Fernando Alonso United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report
6 Canada Canadian Grand Prix United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Spain Fernando Alonso United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report
7 United States United States Grand Prix United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report
8 France French Grand Prix Brazil Felipe Massa Brazil Felipe Massa Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari Report
9 United Kingdom British Grand Prix United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Finland Kimi Räikkönen Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari Report
10 Germany European Grand Prix Finland Kimi Räikkönen Brazil Felipe Massa Spain Fernando Alonso United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report
11 Hungary Hungarian Grand Prix United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes‡* Report
12 Turkey Turkish Grand Prix Brazil Felipe Massa Finland Kimi Räikkönen Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari Report
13 Italy Italian Grand Prix Spain Fernando Alonso Spain Fernando Alonso Spain Fernando Alonso United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report
14 Belgium Belgian Grand Prix Finland Kimi Räikkönen Brazil Felipe Massa Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari Report
15 Japan Japanese Grand Prix United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report
16 China Chinese Grand Prix United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Brazil Felipe Massa Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari Report
17 Brazil Brazilian Grand Prix Brazil Felipe Massa Finland Kimi Räikkönen Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari Report
  • Fernando Alonso qualified in pole position but was demoted 5 places due to blocking Lewis Hamilton in the pit lane.[43]
  • 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.[43]

Drivers[edit]

Pos Driver AUS
Australia
MAL
Malaysia
BHR
Bahrain
ESP
Spain
MON
Monaco
CAN
Canada
USA
United States
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
EUR
Germany
HUN
Hungary
TUR
Turkey
ITA
Italy
BEL
Belgium
JPN
Japan
CHN
China
BRA
Brazil
Points
1 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 1 3 3 Ret 8 5 4 1 1 Ret 2 2 3 1 3 1 1 110
2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 3 2 2 2 2 1 1 3 3 9 1 5 2 4 1 Ret 7 109
3 Spain Fernando Alonso 2 1 5 3 1 7 2 7 2 1 4 3 1 3 Ret 2 3 109
4 Brazil Felipe Massa 6 5 1 1 3 DSQ 3 2 5 2 13 1 Ret 2 6 3 2 94
5 Germany Nick Heidfeld 4 4 4 Ret 6 2 Ret 5 6 6 3 4 4 5 14 7 6 61
6 Poland Robert Kubica Ret 18 6 4 5 Ret 4 4 7 5 8 5 9 7 Ret 5 39
7 Finland Heikki Kovalainen 10 8 9 7 13 4 5 15 7 8 8 6 7 8 2 9 Ret 30
8 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 5 6 8 9 4 DSQ 9 6 8 10 12 9 12 Ret 5 11 Ret 21
9 Germany Nico Rosberg 7 Ret 10 6 12 10 16 9 12 Ret 7 7 6 6 Ret 16 4 20
10 United Kingdom David Coulthard Ret Ret Ret 5 14 Ret Ret 13 11 5 11 10 Ret Ret 4 8 9 14
11 Austria Alexander Wurz Ret 9 11 Ret 7 3 10 14 13 4 14 11 13 Ret Ret 12 13
12 Australia Mark Webber 13 10 Ret Ret Ret 9 7 12 Ret 3 9 Ret 9 7 Ret 10 Ret 10
13 Italy Jarno Trulli 9 7 7 Ret 15 Ret 6 Ret Ret 13 10 16 11 11 13 13 8 8
14 Germany Sebastian Vettel 8 16 19 18 Ret Ret 4 Ret 6
15 United Kingdom Jenson Button 15 12 Ret 12 11 Ret 12 8 10 Ret Ret 13 8 Ret 11 5 Ret 6
16 Germany Ralf Schumacher 8 15 12 Ret 16 8 Ret 10 Ret Ret 6 12 15 10 Ret Ret 11 5
17 Japan Takuma Sato 12 13 Ret 8 17 6 Ret 16 14 Ret 15 18 16 15 15 14 12 4
18 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi 14 17 Ret Ret Ret Ret 17 Ret 16 Ret Ret 15 17 12 9 6 13 3
19 Germany Adrian Sutil 17 Ret 15 13 Ret Ret 14 17 Ret Ret 17 21 19 14 8 Ret Ret 1
20 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 11 11 13 10 10 12 Ret 11 9 11 18 17 10 13 10 15 Ret 0
21 United States Scott Speed Ret 14 Ret Ret 9 Ret 13 Ret Ret Ret 0
22 Japan Kazuki Nakajima 10 0
23 United Kingdom Anthony Davidson 16 16 16 11 18 11 11 Ret Ret 12 Ret 14 14 16 Ret Ret 14 0
24 Japan Sakon Yamamoto Ret 20 20 17 12 17 Ret 0
25 Netherlands Christijan Albers Ret Ret 14 14 19 Ret 15 Ret 15 0
Germany Markus Winkelhock Ret 0
Pos Driver AUS
Australia
MAL
Malaysia
BHR
Bahrain
ESP
Spain
MON
Monaco
CAN
Canada
USA
United States
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
EUR
Germany
HUN
Hungary
TUR
Turkey
ITA
Italy
BEL
Belgium
JPN
Japan
CHN
China
BRA
Brazil
Points
Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Light blue Practiced only (PO)
Friday test driver (TD)
(from 2003 onwards)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)

Bold - Pole
Italics - Fastest lap

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

Constructors[edit]

Pos.[44] Constructor[44] Car
No.
AUS
Australia
MAL
Malaysia
BHR
Bahrain
ESP
Spain
MON
Monaco
CAN
Canada
USA
United States
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
EUR
Germany
HUN
Hungary
TUR
Turkey
ITA
Italy
BEL
Belgium
JPN
Japan
CHN
China
BRA
Brazil
Points[44]
1 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 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 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 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 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 Japan 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 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 Japan 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 Japan 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 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 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1 2 1 5 3 1 7 2 7 2 1 4† 3 1 3 Ret 2 3 0‡ (203†)
2 3 2 2 2 2 1 1 3 3 9 1 5 2 4 1 Ret 7
Pos Constructor Car
No.
AUS
Australia
MAL
Malaysia
BHR
Bahrain
ESP
Spain
MON
Monaco
CAN
Canada
USA
United States
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
EUR
Germany
HUN
Hungary
TUR
Turkey
ITA
Italy
BEL
Belgium
JPN
Japan
CHN
China
BRA
Brazil
Points
Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Light blue Practiced only (PO)
Friday test driver (TD)
(from 2003 onwards)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)
Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro won the Constructors Championship
BMW Sauber F1 Team placed second in the Constructors Championship
ING Renault F1 Team placed third in the Constructors Championship
  • † 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, did retain the points won for the Driver's Championship. (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.[45]

Season review[edit]

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 dominated 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.

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 concrete 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.

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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