The Ferrari F2007 is a Formula One motor racing car, with which Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro competed during the 2007 Formula One season, it being the fifty-third single-seater car which the team have built to use in Formula One. The car is best known for providing Kimi Räikkönen with his first World Championship title and the team with its first Constructor's title since Michael Schumacher helped them win both in 2004.
|Chassis||Carbon-fibre and honeycomb composite monocoque|
|Suspension (front)||Zero-keel double wishbone, push-rod activated inboard spring/damper|
|Suspension (rear)||Double wishbone suspension Independent suspension, torsion bars, Sachs rotary damper, Eibach springs|
|Engine||Ferrari 056 2.4 litre (750 horsepower) 90-degree V8 19,000 RPM-limited, naturally aspirated, mid-engine, longitudinally mounted|
|Transmission||Ferrari 7-speed transverse gearbox "Quick Shift", carbon fibre casing|
|Notable entrants||Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro|
|Notable drivers||5. Felipe Massa|
6. Kimi Räikkönen
|Debut||2007 Australian Grand Prix|
|Constructors' Championships||1 (2007)|
|Drivers' Championships||1 (2007, Kimi Räikkönen)|
Having been designed by Italian Aldo Costa and the Greek Nikolas Tombazis, the F2007 became the first F1 car not designed by any anglophone designers to win the World Drivers' Championship since Ferrari's own 312T4 in the 1979 season.
The chassis was significantly altered from the 248 F1, the car Ferrari used during 2006 to finish as runners-up to Renault in the Constructors' Championship. The wheelbase is 85mm longer, from 3050mm to 3135mm, with the extra length added between the cockpit and front wheels, in order to maximize aerodynamic performance.
The gearbox itself, which is still mounted longitudinally, is fitted with an innovative quick-shift system (seven plus reverse). The suspension adopts a zero-keel configuration, a first for Ferrari. The dropping of the single-keel is most likely due to the departure of previous designer Rory Byrne, whose previous, ultra-successful designs (notably his championship-winning Ferrari and Benetton cars) all featured a single keel.
2007 season liveryEdit
Ferrari were the only team to receive tobacco sponsorship for the 2007 season. The team's principal sponsor is Philip Morris International, parent company of Marlboro cigarettes. However, in order to circumvent the European tobacco advertising ban, the car's livery did not feature the brand name. A simple red and white "barcode" was used and, hence the advertising at European Grands Prix was purely through association. Ferrari used 'Marlboro' logos in Bahrain, Monaco and China.
The livery featured significantly less white than in previous years. The cars, driven by Felipe Massa and Kimi Räikkönen, raced with the numbers 5 and 6 respectively as the team finished second in the 2006 Constructors' Championship. Ordinarily, this would mean numbers 3 and 4 for the following season but owing to World Champion Fernando Alonso changing teams to McLaren, Renault received these numbers as Fernando Alonso took his number 1 (and thus, number 2) to his new team.
The 2007 season was the first in which the use of two different rubber compounds was required during a race.
Complete Formula One resultsEdit
(key) (results in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)
|2007||Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro||Ferrari V8||B||AUS||MAL||BHR||ESP||MON||CAN||USA||FRA||GBR||EUR||HUN||TUR||ITA||BEL||JPN||CHN||BRA||204||1st|
- Car information screen, Gran Turismo 5, officially licensed product
- "F1 Team Unvails Ferrari's F2007". Ferrari-ForSale.com. 2007-01-14. Archived from the original on 2008-05-11.
- "Big, bold and clever", Ferrari F2007 launch article, Autosport magazine, 18 January 2007.
- BBC News article "Ferrari extend tobacco contract" article
- "Ferrari Changed the Color of the Red that it Uses on the Car".