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The 2007 Monaco Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 27 May 2007 at the Circuit de Monaco. It was the fifth round of the 2007 Formula One season. The 78-lap race was won by Fernando Alonso for the McLaren team, from a pole position start. Lewis Hamilton finished second in the other McLaren car, with Felipe Massa third in a Ferrari car.

2007 Monaco Grand Prix
Race 5 of 17 in the 2007 Formula One World Championship
Monte Carlo Formula 1 track map.svg
Race details
Date 27 May 2007
Official name LXV Grand Prix de Monaco
Location Circuit de Monaco
Course Street circuit
Course length 3.34 km (2.08 mi)
Distance 78 laps, 260.52 km (162.24 mi)
Weather

Cloudy Air Temp 24-27oC

Track Temp 33-42oC
Pole position
Driver McLaren-Mercedes
Time 1:15.726
Fastest lap
Driver Spain Fernando Alonso McLaren-Mercedes
Time 1:15.284 on lap 44
Podium
First McLaren-Mercedes
Second McLaren-Mercedes
Third Ferrari

Contents

ReportEdit

BackgroundEdit

The Grand Prix was contested by 22 drivers, in eleven teams of two. The teams, also known as "constructors", were Renault, McLaren-Mercedes, Ferrari, Honda, Spyker-Ferrari, BMW Sauber, Toyota, Red Bull-Renault, Williams-Toyota, Toro Rosso-Ferrari and Super Aguri

Before the race, McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton led the Drivers' Championship, with 30 points, ahead of team-mate Fernando Alonso on 28 and Ferrari driver Felipe Massa on 27 points. Massa's team-mate Kimi Räikkönen was fourth, ahead of BMW Sauber's Nick Heidfeld in fifth. In the Constructors' Championship, McLaren were leading with 58 points, nine points ahead of Ferrari with 49 points; BMW Sauber were a further 26 points in third.

Testing started a week and a half before the race at Circuit Paul Ricard using the circuit's 2D SC configuration to replicate the Circuit de Monaco.[1] Lewis Hamilton went on to score the fastest times on the days of testing whilst the circuit was in the Monaco configuration.

Hamilton, who had never lost a race on the Monte Carlo track (having won there in both GP2 and F3)[2] played down his chances of winning the race, although he still remained "realistic" and optimistic, looking to fight for a win as is "the case with everything (he) competes in."[2]

PracticeEdit

The final practice session on Saturday morning was heavily affected by rain. Adrian Sutil of Spyker topped the timesheets for this session due to the conditions.

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying was dominated throughout by the two McLarens of Hamilton and Fernando Alonso. Despite Hamilton setting fastest times for the first session, Alonso outpaced him in the final stages to take pole position, with Hamilton being held up slightly by Mark Webber. Felipe Massa of Ferrari qualified third fastest, posting a time after the clock stopped. Kimi Räikkönen made a mistake and hit the barriers coming out of the Swimming Pool Complex during the second qualifying stage, breaking his front-right suspension. The damage inflicted could not be repaired and he qualified sixteenth. Despite provisionally making the top ten, David Coulthard was penalised for impeding Heikki Kovalainen and demoted to thirteenth.[3] Coulthard's demotion allowed Jenson Button to participate in the final qualifying stage, but he failed to move up the field and finished the qualifying session in 10th place.

Of those whose qualifying went well, former Monaco resident Giancarlo Fisichella fared best, putting his Renault on the second row in fourth place. Nico Rosberg's performance marked a return to form for his Williams team; his fifth place was the British constructor's best qualifying position since Mark Webber's second place at the same track one year before in 2006. Webber himself also fared well, filling the second slot on row three, alongside Rosberg, in sixth place.

RaceEdit

The race started at 14:00 CET. From the starting line everyone got away for the first laps, with Hamilton diving in behind Alonso to defend any of the Ferrari's advances. After the race, FIA launched an investigation of the McLaren team for giving out team orders, to the effect of asking Hamilton not to attempt to race or overtake Alonso.[4] Ecclestone said McLaren "could be excluded from the championship or they could have points deducted".[5] McLaren were later cleared of any wrongdoing by the FIA.[6]

No other car in the field could keep up with the sheer pace of both of the McLaren-Mercedes, with Massa, after a competitive first stint in third place, dropping to sixty seconds behind Hamilton. Notably, he was the only car the two McLaren drivers did not lap during the afternoon.

Kimi Räikkönen came back up the field to eighth place to gain one championship point after his poor qualifying performance.

Vitantonio Liuzzi crashed out of the race on the second lap, a fate that befell Spyker driver Adrian Sutil in the second half of the Grand Prix. The other Spyker car, driven by Christijan Albers failed to finish the race due to a mechanical problem. The only other retirement was Mark Webber, whose Red Bull's gearbox failed in the early stages of the race.

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
1 1   Fernando Alonso McLaren-Mercedes 1:16.059 1:15.431 1:15.726 1
2 2   Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:15.685 1:15.479 1:15.905 2
3 5   Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:16.786 1:16.034 1:15.967 3
4 3   Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 1:17.596 1:16.054 1:16.285 4
5 16   Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 1:16.870 1:16.100 1:16.439 5
6 15   Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:17.816 1:16.420 1:16.784 6
7 9   Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:17.385 1:15.733 1:16.832 7
8 10   Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 1:17.584 1:15.576 1:16.955 8
9 8   Rubens Barrichello Honda 1:17.244 1:16.454 1:17.498 9
10 7   Jenson Button Honda 1:17.297 1:16.4571 1:17.939 101
11 14   David Coulthard Red Bull-Renault 1:17.204 1:16.3191 131
12 17   Alexander Wurz Williams-Toyota 1:17.874 1:16.662 11
13 18   Vitantonio Liuzzi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:16.720 1:16.703 12
14 12   Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:17.686 1:16.988 14
15 4   Heikki Kovalainen Renault 1:17.836 1:17.125 15
16 6   Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:16.251 no time 16
17 23   Anthony Davidson Super Aguri-Honda 1:18.250 17
18 19   Scott Speed Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:18.390 18
19 20   Adrian Sutil Spyker-Ferrari 1:18.418 19
20 11   Ralf Schumacher Toyota 1:18.539 20
21 22   Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 1:18.554 21
22 21   Christijan Albers Spyker-Ferrari no time 22
Source:[7]
Notes
  • ^1David Coulthard was penalised for blocking Heikki Kovalainen and not allowed to take part in Q3 despite posting the 8th fastest time of Q2, he was then given a two place grid penalty and started the race in 13th place. Jenson Button, who had qualified 11th in Q2, therefore inherited the final place in Q3 from Coulthard.[8]

RaceEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1   Fernando Alonso McLaren-Mercedes 78 1:40:29.329 1 10
2 2   Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 78 +4.095 2 8
3 5   Felipe Massa Ferrari 78 +1:09.114 3 6
4 3   Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 77 +1 Lap 4 5
5 10   Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 77 +1 Lap 8 4
6 9   Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 77 +1 Lap 7 3
7 17   Alexander Wurz Williams-Toyota 77 +1 Lap 11 2
8 6   Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 77 +1 Lap 16 1
9 19   Scott Speed Toro Rosso-Ferrari 77 +1 Lap 18
10 8   Rubens Barrichello Honda 77 +1 Lap 9
11 7   Jenson Button Honda 77 +1 Lap 10
12 16   Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 77 +1 Lap 5
131 4   Heikki Kovalainen Renault 76 Engine 15
14 14   David Coulthard Red Bull-Renault 76 +2 Laps 13
15 12   Jarno Trulli Toyota 76 +2 Laps 14
16 11   Ralf Schumacher Toyota 76 +2 Laps 20
17 22   Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 76 +2 Laps 21
18 23   Anthony Davidson Super Aguri-Honda 76 +2 Laps 17
191 21   Christijan Albers Spyker-Ferrari 70 Driveshaft 22
Ret 20   Adrian Sutil Spyker-Ferrari 53 Accident 19
Ret 15   Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 17 Gearbox 6
Ret 18   Vitantonio Liuzzi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 2 Accident 12
Source:[9]
Notes
  • ^1 – Heikki Kovalainen was classified as 13th and Christijan Albers was classified as 19th, because they completed 90% of the race winner's distance.

Championship standings after the raceEdit

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Paul Ricard day one – Hamilton fastest in France". Official Formula One website. 16 May 2007. Archived from the original on 2 June 2007. Retrieved 18 May 2007.
  2. ^ a b "Hamilton Plays Down Chances". Official Formula One website. 22 May 2007. Archived from the original on 24 May 2007. Retrieved 22 May 2007.
  3. ^ "Coulthard penalised for blocking Kovalainen". The Official Formula 1 Website. 26 May 2007. Archived from the original on 28 May 2007. Retrieved 26 May 2007.
  4. ^ "FIA to investigate McLaren team orders". Official Formula One website. 28 May 2007. Archived from the original on 1 June 2007. Retrieved 28 May 2007.
  5. ^ "Ecclestone urges FIA to act strongly over Hamilton 'orders'". Daily Mail. UK. 30 May 2007. Retrieved 30 May 2007.
  6. ^ "McLaren cleared over Monaco win". Official Formula 1 website. 30 May 2007. Archived from the original on 1 June 2007. Retrieved 30 May 2006.
  7. ^ "FORMULA 1™ Grand Prix de Monaco 2007 - Qualifying". Formula1.com. Formula One Group. 26 May 2007. Archived from the original on 12 January 2014. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  8. ^ "Coulthard penalised for blocking - updated". Formula1.com. Formula One Group. 26 May 2007. Archived from the original on 12 January 2014. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  9. ^ "FORMULA 1™ Grand Prix de Monaco 2007 - Race". Official Formula One website. Archived from the original on 28 December 2014. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  10. ^ a b "Monaco 2007 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 19 March 2019.

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