2007 Turkish Grand Prix

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Turkey  2007 Turkish Grand Prix
Race details
Race 12 of 17 in the 2007 Formula One season
Istanbul park.svg
Date 26 August 2007
Official name III Petrol Ofisi Turkish Grand Prix
Location Istanbul Racing Circuit, Istanbul, Turkey
Course Permanent racing facility
5.34 km (3.32 mi)
Distance 58 laps, 309.72 km (192.56 mi)
Pole position
Driver Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari
Time 1:27.329
Fastest lap
Driver Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari
Time 1:27.295 on lap 57
Podium
First Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari
Second Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari
Third Spain Fernando Alonso McLaren-Mercedes

The 2007 Turkish Grand Prix was the twelfth race of the 2007 Formula One season. Won by Felipe Massa, it was held from 24 to August 26 at the Istanbul Park in Istanbul. It was the third time a Formula One race had been held here. The two previous winners of the race were Kimi Räikkönen in 2005 and Massa in 2006, both of whom race for Ferrari in 2007.

It came following considerable controversy after the 2006 event, where the organisers were fined $5,000,000 for political bias, due to their choice of Mehmet Ali Talat to present the winner's trophy. Talat is President of the Turkish Cypriot state, which is not an internationally recognised government. This was seen by the governing body of Formula One as having compromised their neutrality.

Lewis Hamilton came into the race with a 7 point lead over McLaren team-mate Fernando Alonso after Hamilton's controversial victory in the 2007 Hungarian Grand Prix. McLaren led Ferrari in the constructors' championship by 19 points despite not being allowed to score points in Hungary. However, the Ferrari had looked strong in recent weeks, and their two cars ultimately dominated the race from start to finish, Massa and Räikkönen taking first and second places respectively. A late puncture dropped Hamilton to fifth place and cut his championship lead over Alonso to five points.

During the press conference following the race, Massa commented that "the Istanbul Park was the track where he made his career turn-around, and finally began winning races." He also praised the track as well as the city.[1]

Report[edit]

Race[edit]

Felipe Massa's Ferrari led from pole from team-mate Kimi Räikkönen who had jumped McLaren's Lewis Hamilton off the grid to take second place. Reigning World Champion Fernando Alonso's start from fourth was even worse than team-mate Hamilton's as he fell behind both BMW Saubers of Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld into sixth. However, BMW's early stopping strategy led to Alonso taking both places back after the first round of pit-stops. At the first round of stops it seemed that Räikkönen could pass Massa if he stopped later, as he did at the French Grand Prix. However, Massa stopped after Räikkönen to retain the lead. Hamilton stopped later than both Ferraris and caught several seconds up to them, but could not pass Räikkönen for second, as he gradually fell away. Meanwhile, Kubica's strategy had not only dropped him behind Heidfeld and Alonso, but Renault's Heikki Kovalainen too. Massa stopped later than Räikkönen again at the second pit stop, and therefore retained the lead as Ferrari called the race between team-mates off at this point. Hamilton may have emerged ahead of Räikkönen, but a puncture in his front tyre dropped him to fifth behind Heidfeld and Alonso. Damage to his front wing led to Kovalainen catching him, but the Finn was unable to pass Hamilton. Kubica lost a place to Nico Rosberg through strategy finishing eighth. Massa eventually won his second consecutive Turkish Grand Prix, and his fifth Grand Prix win overall, all of which came from pole position. He had secured his eighth pole in qualifying. Mark Webber of Red Bull Racing was the only non-classified car, with a hydraulic failure. All the rest were classified including Adrian Sutil who retired with a fuel pressure problem. Scuderia Toro Rosso driver Vitantonio Liuzzi ended a run of 9 consecutive retirements stretching back to the Bahrain Grand Prix in April.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos Driver Constructor Part 1 Part 2 Part 3
1 Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:27.488 1:27.039 1:27.329
2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:27.513 1:26.936 1:27.373
3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:27.294 1:26.902 1:27.546
4 Spain Fernando Alonso McLaren-Mercedes 1:27.328 1:26.841 1:27.574
5 Poland Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 1:27.997 1:27.253 1:27.722
6 Germany Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:28.099 1:27.253 1:28.037
7 Finland Heikki Kovalainen Renault 1:28.127 1:27.039 1:28.491
8 Germany Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 1:28.275 1:27.750 1:28.501
9 Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:28.318 1:27.801 1:28.740
10 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 1:28.313 1:27.880 1:29.322
11 United Kingdom Anthony Davidson Super Aguri-Honda 1:28.304 1:28.002
12 Australia Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:28.500 1:28.013
13 United Kingdom David Coulthard Red Bull-Renault 1:28.395 1:28.100
14 Austria Alexander Wurz Williams-Toyota 1:28.360 1:28.390
15 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:28.798
16 Germany Ralf Schumacher Toyota 1:28.809
17 Japan Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 1:28.953
18 Germany Sebastian Vettel Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:29.408
19 Germany Adrian Sutil Spyker-Ferrari 1:29.861
20 Japan Sakon Yamamoto Spyker-Ferrari 1:31.479
21* United Kingdom Jenson Button Honda 1:28.373 1:28.220
22* Brazil Rubens Barrichello Honda 1:28.792 1:28.188
* Jenson Button was given a ten-place grid penalty for an engine change after qualifying.[2]
* Rubens Barrichello was given a ten-place grid penalty for an engine change before the race.[3]

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari 58 1:26:42.161 1 10
2 6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 58 +2.275 3 8
3 1 Spain Fernando Alonso McLaren-Mercedes 58 +26.181 4 6
4 9 Germany Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 58 +39.674 6 5
5 2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 58 +45.085 2 4
6 4 Finland Heikki Kovalainen Renault 58 +46.169 7 3
7 16 Germany Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 58 +55.778 8 2
8 10 Poland Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 58 +56.707 5 1
9 3 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 58 +59.491 10
10 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard Red Bull-Renault 58 +1:11.009 13
11 17 Austria Alexander Wurz Williams-Toyota 58 +1:19.628 14
12 11 Germany Ralf Schumacher Toyota 57 +1 Lap 16
13 7 United Kingdom Jenson Button Honda 57 +1 Lap 21
14 23 United Kingdom Anthony Davidson Super Aguri-Honda 57 +1 Lap 11
15 18 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 57 +1 Lap 15
16 12 Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota 57 +1 Lap 9
17 8 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Honda 57 +1 Lap 22
18 22 Japan Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 57 +1 Lap 17
19 19 Germany Sebastian Vettel Toro Rosso-Ferrari 57 +1 Lap 18
20 21 Japan Sakon Yamamoto Spyker-Ferrari 56 +2 Laps 20
21 20 Germany Adrian Sutil Spyker-Ferrari 53 Fuel pressure 19
Ret 15 Australia Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 9 Hydraulics 12

Championship standings after the race[edit]

  • Bold text indicates who still has a theoretical chance of becoming World Champion.
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Turkish Grand Prix - selected driver quotes". F1.com. Retrieved 2007-08-26. 
  2. ^ "Button to start last after engine change". ITV F1. 2007-08-25. Archived from the original on 27 August 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-25. 
  3. ^ "Barrichello also changes engine". autosport.com. 2007-08-26. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-26. 

External links[edit]


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