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The LXIII ING Grand Prix de Belgique, otherwise known as the 2007 Belgian Grand Prix, was the fourteenth round of the 2007 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps near Spa, Belgium, on 16 September 2007.[1][2] The race, which marked the return of Spa and the Belgian Grand Prix to the F1 calendar, would see Kimi Räikkönen claim a dominant victory, as events off circuit overshadowed the weekend.[2]

In the build-up to the Grand Prix the FIA had held a hearing on 13 September, which investigated new evidence in the "Spygate Scandal" between McLaren-Mercedes and Ferrari.[3] The investigation concluded that Ferrari technical secrets had been in McLaren's possession and that discussions about its use had been held between team personnel.[3]

McLaren were slapped with a record $100 million fine, excluded from the 2007 Championship, and would have to submit all of their technical documents to the FIA when they homologated their 2008 car.[3] However, having given information to the FIA tribunal in return for immunity from punishment, McLaren's drivers Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso, first and second in the Championship, would be allowed to keep their points, and could continue to compete for the Drivers' Championship.[2]

With McLaren excluded from the Constructors' Championship Ferrari could wrap-up the title in Spa, and duly claimed a front-row lock out in qualifying as Räikkönen claimed pole ahead of Felipe Massa.[2] Alonso and Hamilton would share the second row in the two McLarens, while the BMW Saubers of Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld were split by Nico Rosberg, before Kubica was slapped with a grid penalty.[2]

During qualifying news emerged of the death of World Rally Champion Colin McRae in a helicopter crash, a man known to many in the paddock, and a personal friend of David Coulthard.[4]

The start of the race saw the two Ferraris pull away cleanly, formation flying into La Source with Räikkönen ahead of Massa.[2] Behind, Hamilton challenged Alonso for third but was shoved wide, with the rest of the field squeezing into the hairpin with a fair amount of rubbing.[2]

With that the Ferraris were away, with the McLarens simply unable to match the pace of the scarlet cars during the first stint of the race.[2] Elsewhere, Giancarlo Fisichella became the race's first retirement with a suspension failure on lap two, while Sebastian Vettel was forced to stop early with a handling issue which stemmed from a collision early on.[2]

The first round of stops saw little change to the order, with Massa briefly inheriting the lead when Räikkönen stopped on lap fifteen.[2] However, a battle for the lead would never emerge, with Räikkönen having enough in hand to keep Massa at bay as they exchanged a series of fastest laps.[2]

The order stabilised once again, with the only changes coming as retirements removed Coulthard and Jenson Button from contention.[2] The second round of stops played out much as the first, with Massa getting one lap in the lead before pitting, while Alonso and Hamilton could make no progress against the Ferraris.[2]

With that the race was run, with Räikkönen cruising through ahead of Massa to secure a dominant one-two and the Constructors Championship for Ferrari.[2] Alonso finished third to complete the podium and move just two points behind teammate Hamilton in the Drivers' Championship, with the Brit himself having finished a lonely fourth.[2] Heidfeld, Rosberg, Mark Webber and Heikki Kovalainen claimed the remaining points.[2]

BackgroundEdit

Fernando Alonso would inch closer to Lewis Hamilton at the top of the Championship hunt with victory in Italy, the Spanish racer closing the gap to just three points with four rounds to go. They had both increased their advantage over third placed Kimi Räikkönen, who had slipped fifteen behind Alonso, while Felipe Massa was on the verge of dropping out of the hunt altogether in fourth, having fallen 23 behind. Elsewhere, Nick Heidfeld was still mathematically in the hunt in fifth, but effectively needed to win all four of the remaining races, and see Hamilton fail to score.

In the Constructors Championship it was McLaren-Mercedes who continued to lead the way, and had extended their advantage to 23 points over Ferrari. Furthermore, with third placed BMW Sauber falling 80 points behind and out of mathematical range, there was a real threat that the FIA Hearing scheduled for 13 September could decide the Constructors Championship if McLaren were thrown out of the Championship. The Swiss-German alliance would therefore remain in the hunt, but would still have to overcome a 57 point deficit.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 2007 Belgian Grand Prix is outlined below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
1 Spain Fernando Alonso United Kingdom Vodafone McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-22 Mercedes FO 108T 2.4 V8 B
2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom Vodafone McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-22 Mercedes FO 108T 2.4 V8 B
3 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella France ING Renault F1 Team Renault R27 Renault RS27 2.4 V8 B
4 Finland Heikki Kovalainen France ING Renault F1 Team Renault R27 Renault RS27 2.4 V8 B
5 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F2007 Ferrari 056 2007 2.4 V8 B
6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F2007 Ferrari 056 2007 2.4 V8 B
7 United Kingdom Jenson Button Japan Honda Racing F1 Team Honda RA107 Honda RA807E 2.4 V8 B
8 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Japan Honda Racing F1 Team Honda RA107 Honda RA807E 2.4 V8 B
9 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber F1 Team BMW Sauber F1.07 BMW P86/7 2.4 V8 B
10 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber F1 Team BMW Sauber F1.07 BMW P86/7 2.4 V8 B
11 Germany Ralf Schumacher Japan Panasonic Toyota Racing Toyota TF107 Toyota RVX-07 2.4 V8 B
12 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Panasonic Toyota Racing Toyota TF107 Toyota RVX-07 2.4 V8 B
14 United Kingdom David Coulthard Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB3 Renault RS27 2.4 V8 B
15 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB3 Renault RS27 2.4 V8 B
16 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom AT&T Williams Williams FW29 Toyota RVX-07 2.4 V8 B
17 Austria Alexander Wurz United Kingdom AT&T Williams Williams FW29 Toyota RVX-07 2.4 V8 B
18 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR2 Ferrari 056 2006 2.4 V8 B
19 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR2 Ferrari 056 2006 2.4 V8 B
20 Germany Adrian Sutil Netherlands Etihad Alder Spyker F1 Team Spyker F8-VII-B Ferrari 056 2006 2.4 V8 B
21 Japan Sakon Yamamoto Netherlands Etihad Alder Spyker F1 Team Spyker F8-VII-B Ferrari 056 2006 2.4 V8 B
22 Japan Takuma Sato Japan Super Aguri F1 Team Super Aguri SA07 Honda RA807E 2.4 V8 B
23 United Kingdom Anthony Davidson Japan Super Aguri F1 Team Super Aguri SA07 Honda RA807E 2.4 V8 B
Source:[5]

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Q1Edit

Q2Edit

Q3Edit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

The full qualifying results for the 2007 Belgian Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
Pos. Time Pos. Time Pos. Time
1 6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 3 1:46.242 1 1:45.070 1 1:45.994 1
2 5 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 2 1:46.060 3 1:45.173 2 1:46.011 2
3 1 Spain Fernando Alonso United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1 1:46.058 4 1:45.442 3 1:46.091 3
4 2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 4 1:46.437 2 1:45.132 4 1:46.406 4
5* 10 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber 5 1:46.707 5 1:45.885 5 1:46.996 14
6 16 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 7 1:46.950 9 1:46.469 6 1:47.334 5
7 9 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 6 1:46.923 6 1:45.994 7 1:47.409 6
8 15 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 9 1:47.084 8 1:46.426 8 1:47.524 7
9 12 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 10 1:47.143 10 1:46.480 9 1:47.798 8
10 4 Finland Heikki Kovalainen France Renault 8 1:46.971 7 1:46.240 10 1:48.505 9
11 3 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella France Renault 11 1:47.143 11 1:46.603 22
12 11 Germany Ralf Schumacher Japan Toyota 12 1:47.300 12 1:46.618 10
13 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard Austria Red Bull-Renault 13 1:47.340 13 1:46.800 11
14 7 United Kingdom Jenson Button Japan Honda 14 1:47.474 14 1:46.955 12
15 18 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 16 1:47.576 15 1:47.115 13
16 17 Austria Alexander Wurz United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 15 1:47.522 16 1:47.394 15
17 19 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 17 1:47.581 16
18 8 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Japan Honda 18 1:47.954 17
19 22 Japan Takuma Sato Japan Super Aguri-Honda 19 1:47.980 18
20 20 Germany Adrian Sutil Netherlands Spyker-Ferrari 20 1:48.044 19
21 23 United Kingdom Anthony Davidson Japan Super Aguri-Honda 21 1:48.199 20
22 21 Japan Sakon Yamamoto Netherlands Spyker-Ferrari 22 1:49.557 21
Source:[6]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car to set their best time in that session.
  • Bold indicates the fastest driver's time in each session.
  • * Kubica was awarded a ten place grid penalty for changing his engine.[6]
  • Fisichella was sent to the back of the grid for changing his engine after qualifying.[6]

GridEdit

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 ______________ 1
2 Kimi Räikkönen
Felipe Massa ______________
Row 2 ______________ 3
4 Fernando Alonso
Lewis Hamilton ______________
Row 3 ______________ 5
6 Nico Rosberg
Nick Heidfeld ______________
Row 4 ______________ 7
8 Mark Webber
Jarno Trulli ______________
Row 5 ______________ 9
10 Heikki Kovalainen
Ralf Schumacher ______________
Row 6 ______________ 11
12 David Coulthard
Jenson Button ______________
Row 7 ______________ 13
14 Vitantonio Liuzzi
Robert Kubica ______________
Row 8 ______________ 15
16 Alexander Wurz
Sebastian Vettel ______________
Row 9 ______________ 17
18 Rubens Barrichello
Takuma Sato ______________
Row 10 ______________ 19
20 Adrian Sutil
Anthony Davidson* ______________
Row 11 ______________ 21
22 Sakon Yamamoto
Giancarlo Fisichella* ______________
  • * Davidson and Fisichella started the race from the pitlane.[6]

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

The full results for the 2007 Belgian Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 44 1:20:39.066 1 10
2 5 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 44 +4.695s 2 8
3 1 Spain Fernando Alonso United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 44 +14.343s 3 6
4 2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 44 +23.615s 4 5
5 9 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 44 +51.879s 6 4
6 16 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 44 +1:16.876 5 3
7 15 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 44 +1:20.639 7 2
8 4 Finland Heikki Kovalainen France Renault 44 +1:25.106 9 1
9 10 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber 44 +1:25.661 14
10 11 Germany Ralf Schumacher Japan Toyota 44 +1:28.574 10
11 12 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 44 +1:43.653 8
12 18 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 43 +1 Lap 13
13 8 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Japan Honda 43 +1 Lap 17
14 20 Germany Adrian Sutil Netherlands Spyker-Ferrari 43 +1 Lap 19
15 22 Japan Takuma Sato Japan Super Aguri-Honda 43 +1 Lap 18
16 23 United Kingdom Anthony Davidson Japan Super Aguri-Honda 43 +1 Lap PL
17 21 Japan Sakon Yamamoto Netherlands Spyker-Ferrari 43 +1 Lap 21
Ret 7 United Kingdom Jenson Button Japan Honda 36 Hydraulics 12
Ret 17 Austria Alexander Wurz United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 34 Fuel pressure 15
Ret 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard Austria Red Bull-Renault 29 Hydraulics 11
Ret 19 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 8 Steering 16
Ret 3 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella France Renault 1 Suspension PL
Source:[7]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Victory for Kimi Räikkönen moved the Finn back into title contention leaving Belgium, although Räikkönen still faced a thirteen point deficit with three races to go. That made him the "dark horse" for the title, as Lewis Hamilton continued to lead the charge ahead of his teammate Fernando Alonso. The Spaniard had, however, managed to close the Brit's advantage to just two points as the European season came to an end, with fourth placed Felipe Massa set to fall out of the fight if he failed to outscore Hamilton in Fuji.

With McLaren-Mercedes having been excluded Ferrari had a clean shot at claiming the Constructors Championship in Spa, and they duly took it, a one-two leaving them on 161 points. BMW Sauber hence had to settle for second in the Championship with three rounds to go, leaving most of the intrigue in the fight for third. That was to be contest by Renault and Williams-Toyota, with Red Bull-Renault and Toyota realistically too far back to challenge.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 97
2 Spain Fernando Alonso 95
3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 84
4 Brazil Felipe Massa 77
5 Germany Nick Heidfeld 56
6 Poland Robert Kubica 33
7 Finland Heikki Kovalainen 22
8 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 17
9 Germany Nico Rosberg 15 ▲1
10 Austria Alexander Wurz 13 ▼1
11 Australia Mark Webber 10
12 United Kingdom David Coulthard 8
13 Italy Jarno Trulli 7
14 Germany Ralf Schumacher 5
15 Japan Takuma Sato 4
16 United Kingdom Jenson Button 2
17 Germany Sebastian Vettel 1
World Championship for Constructors*
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Italy Ferrari 161 ▲1
2 Germany BMW Sauber 90 ▲1
3 France Renault 39 ▲1
4 United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 28 ▲1
5 Austria Red Bull-Renault 18 ▲1
6 Japan Toyota 12 ▲1
7 Japan Super Aguri-Honda 4 ▲1
8 Japan Honda 2 ▲1
EXC United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 166 ▼10

Only points scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

  • * Includes points scored by McLaren-Mercedes before their exclusion prior to the 2007 Belgian Grand Prix.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 '14. Belgium 2007', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2007/belgique.aspx, (Accessed 18/02/2020)
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 Ollie Barstow, 'Belgium 2007: Kimi cruises at Spa.', crash.net, (Crash Media Group, 16/09/2007), https://www.crash.net/f1/race-report/59962/1/belgium-2007-kimi-cruises-at-spa, (Accessed 18/02/2020)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 'McLaren hit by constructors' ban', bbc.co.uk/sport, (British Broadcasting Company, 13/09/2007), http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/motorsport/formula_one/6991147.stm, (Accessed 18/02/2020)
  4. 'Rally ace Colin McRae dies in helicopter crash', scotsman.com, (The Scotsman, 15/09/2007), https://www.scotsman.com/news-2-15012/rally-ace-colin-mcrae-dies-in-helicopter-crash-1-1423322, (Accessed 18/02/2020)
  5. 'Belgium 2007: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2007/belgique/engages.aspx, (Accessed 19/02/2020)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 '2007 FORMULA 1™ ING Belgian Grand Prix - QUALIFYING', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Limited, 2006), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2007/races/821/belgium/qualifying.html, (Accessed 19/02/2020)
  7. 'Belgium 2007: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2007/belgique/classement.aspx, (Accessed 18/02/2020)
  8. [Archived] '2007 Belgian GP', chicanef1.com, (Chicane F1, 2014), https://web.archive.org/web/20190410172810/http://chicanef1.com/racetit.pl?year=2007&gp=Belgian%20GP&r=1, (Accessed 18/02/2020) - Original
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