2007 Belgian Grand Prix
|Race 14 of 17 in the 2007 Formula One season|
Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
|Date||September 16, 2007|
|Official name||LXIII ING Belgian Grand Prix|
|Location||Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium|
|Course||Permanent racing facility|
|Course length||7.004 km (4.352 mi)|
|Distance||44 laps, 308.176 km (191.492 mi)|
|Time||1:48.036 on lap 34|
The 2007 Belgian Grand Prix was the fourteenth race of the 2007 Formula One season, returning to the F1 calendar after a year's absence. It was held on 16 September at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium.
Going into the race, McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton led the Drivers' Championship by three points from team-mate Fernando Alonso and Ferrari led the Constructors' Championship by 57 points from BMW Sauber after the exclusion of McLaren from the Constructors' Championship following the Ferrari/McLaren spy saga. Otherwise McLaren would have been leading the Championship.
The usual drivers were eliminated in the first qualifying session - Adrian Sutil and Sakon Yamamoto went out in the Spykers along with Takuma Sato and Anthony Davidson in the Super Aguris, Rubens Barrichello in the Honda and Sebastian Vettel in the Toro Rosso.
The second qualifying session was unusual as six drivers in six different cars were eliminated - Alexander Wurz of Williams, Vitantonio Liuzzi of Toro Rosso, Jenson Button of Honda, David Coulthard of Red Bull Racing. Giancarlo Fisichella of Renault and Ralf Schumacher of Toyota. Fisichella was later relegated right to the back of the grid after changing his engine after qualifying.
This left seven different teams in the top 10. Heikki Kovalainen qualified tenth for Renault, just behind Jarno Trulli in the Toyota. Ahead of them were Mark Webber's Red Bull and Nick Heidfeld in the BMW Sauber. Nico Rosberg did very well in the Williams to qualify on row 3 alongside Robert Kubica in the second BMW Sauber. However, the Pole was given a ten place grid drop for an engine change. Once again, McLaren and Ferrari occupied the top four places. Fernando Alonso pipped McLaren teammate Lewis Hamilton to 3rd place, but Ferrari dominated, with Kimi Räikkönen beating Felipe Massa to get his 14th career pole and lock out the front row for the Italian team.
Due to FIA rules about the order in which penalties are applied, Kubica's penalty was applied first. This left him 15th and behind Fisichella. Then the Italian's penalty was applied, so Kubica ended up 14th. This meant Coulthard, Button and Liuzzi all gained two places as both drivers had been ahead of them.
The order from the start remained fairly unchanged with the Ferraris of Kimi Räikkönen and Felipe Massa led away from Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton, although there was a lot of pushing between the McLarens as Hamilton attempted to pass around the outside of turn one, but Alonso pushed him wide onto the tarmac on the outside of the corner.
Giancarlo Fisichella's Renault suffered a suspension failure on lap 2, making him the first retirement of the race. He had been running last. Also on lap 2, Alexander Wurz spun in the Williams, slipping to the back of the field.
Massa briefly took the lead on lap 16, but Räikkönen reclaimed it a lap later after his pitstop.
David Coulthard suffered a hydraulic failure in his Red Bull on lap 30. He was quickly followed with a fuel pressure problem for Wurz, who was still last, on lap 35, and the Honda of Jenson Button, which dropped out on lap 37 with another hydraulic failure.
Massa once again led for just one lap during Räikkönen's second stop, but he retook it the following lap.
Räikkönen finally came home to win from Massa, clinching the World Constructors Championship for Ferrari. Alonso, Hamilton, Nick Heidfeld in the BMW Sauber, Nico Rosberg's Williams, Mark Webber in the Red Bull and Heikki Kovalainen's Renault rounded up the top eight. The only changes from the starting top eight were Heidfeld and Rosberg swapping places and Kovalainen passing Jarno Trulli's Toyota to take eighth.
|5||10||Robert Kubica||BMW Sauber||1:46.707||1:45.885||1:46.996||141|
|7||9||Nick Heidfeld||BMW Sauber||1:46.923||1:45.994||1:47.409||6|
|8||15||Mark Webber||Red Bull-Renault||1:47.084||1:46.426||1:47.524||7|
|13||14||David Coulthard||Red Bull-Renault||1:47.340||1:46.800||11|
|15||18||Vitantonio Liuzzi||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||1:47.576||1:47.115||13|
|17||19||Sebastian Vettel||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||1:47.581||16|
|19||22||Takuma Sato||Super Aguri-Honda||1:47.980||18|
|21||23||Anthony Davidson||Super Aguri-Honda||1:48.199||20|
- ^1 – Robert Kubica dropped ten places for engine change.
- ^2 – Giancarlo Fisichella started at the back of the grid for an engine change after qualifying.
|5||9||Nick Heidfeld||BMW Sauber||44||+51.879||6||4|
|7||15||Mark Webber||Red Bull-Renault||44||+1:20.639||7||2|
|9||10||Robert Kubica||BMW Sauber||44||+1:25.661||14|
|12||18||Vitantonio Liuzzi||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||43||+1 Lap||13|
|13||8||Rubens Barrichello||Honda||43||+1 Lap||17|
|14||20||Adrian Sutil||Spyker-Ferrari||43||+1 Lap||19|
|15||22||Takuma Sato||Super Aguri-Honda||43||+1 Lap||18|
|16||23||Anthony Davidson||Super Aguri-Honda||43||+1 Lap||20|
|17||21||Sakon Yamamoto||Spyker-Ferrari||43||+1 Lap||21|
|Ret||17||Alexander Wurz||Williams-Toyota||34||Fuel pressure||15|
|Ret||14||David Coulthard||Red Bull-Renault||29||Hydraulics||11|
|Ret||19||Sebastian Vettel||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||8||Steering||16|
Championship standings after the race
- 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.
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- Alan Henry (2008). Autocourse 2008–09. CMG Publishing. pp. 170–171. ISBN 1-905334-31-1.
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