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The 2007 French Grand Prix, otherwise known as the XCIII Grand Prix de France, was the eighth round of the 2007 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours in Magny-Cours, France, on 1 July 2007.[1][2] The race would see Kimi Räikkönen secure his second victory of the season for Ferrari, having jumped teammate Felipe Massa late on.[2]

After being trounced by the two McLaren-Mercedes in the two North American races, Ferrari put on a strong show in qualifying, with Massa claiming pole position while Räikkönen secured third.[2] They were, however, split by Lewis Hamilton in the #2 McLaren, while Fernando Alonso had been unable to compete in Q3 after a gearbox failure.[2]

Race morning would arrive with some tragic news, as a helicopter crash at the Magny-Cours circuit had seen three people die, including PR man Emmanuel Longobardi, pilot Pierre Bennehard and a New Zealander named Simon McGill.[3] A Bridgestone worker and his niece escaped with injuries, although there were no plans to postpone or cancel the race.[2]

After a minute's silence on the grid the field were released for the start, with Massa acing his getaway to claim an early lead.[2] Behind, Räikkönen would get the jump on Hamilton to secure second, while Anthony Davidson hit a cautious Vitantonio Liuzzi, in a collision that saw the Toro Rosso-Ferrari swing back into the side of the Super Aguri-Honda.[2]

Further incidents on the opening lap saw Jarno Trulli take himself out by slamming into the back of Heikki Kovalainen at Adelaide, gifting Alonso two places.[2] Out front, meanwhile, Massa would eek out a lead ahead of Räikkönen, while Hamilton quickly pulled clear of a returning Robert Kubica in the #10 BMW Sauber.[2]

Indeed, Kubica would form something of a bottle neck during the opening stages of the race, with the top three all escaping up the road.[2] That hence allowed Alonso to pick his way past Nico Rosberg in Kubica's drawn out train, although the Spaniard would find Nick Heidfeld putting up a very stubborn defence.[2]

Heidfeld's resistance would last through to the pit window, with Hamilton the first of the leaders to stop on lap sixteen.[2] Worryingly for McLaren's hopes the two Ferraris would continue to circulate for several laps, with Massa coming in on lap nineteen, and Räikkönen lasting until lap 21.[2]

That effectively ended Hamilton's bid for victory, for the two Ferraris were able to ease clear during the second stint, with Räikkönen also drawing in Massa.[2] Their fight would, however, be decided in the pitlane, as Alonso provided most of the on-track action by passing Heidfeld and Giancarlo Fisichella, only to slip back behind them after making an early second stop.[2]

Massa was the first of the leaders to pit on lap 43, joined in the pitlane by Hamilton, with Räikkönen inheriting the lead.[2] Two quick laps later and the Finn was in, and would subsequently sprint out of the pits ahead of Massa to secure the race lead.[2]

With the race was over, with Räikkönen eking out a two second lead during the closing stages to claim his second win of the season.[2] Hamilton finished a distant third to complete the podium, while Kubica claimed a lonely fourth.[2] Heidfeld and Fisichella were next ahead of Alonso, while Jenson Button claimed a rare point for the desperately poor Honda squad in eighth.[2]

BackgroundEdit

Lewis Hamilton had extended his Championship lead as a result of the US Grand Prix, with his second victory in succession taking him up to 58 points for the campaign. That meant he held a ten point advantage over teammate Fernando Alonso, while Felipe Massa in third had slipped nineteen points behind in third. Kimi Räikkönen also looked to have fallen too far back to challenge in fourth, as Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel added their names to the scorer's list.

In the Constructors Championship it was, unsurprisingly, McLaren-Mercedes who once again left a Grand Prix in 2007 with an enhanced lead, their third one-two of the campaign putting them on 106 points. Ferrari hence had continued their tumble away from the lead, slipping back by 35 points, while BMW Sauber were an even more distant third on 39. Renault had hence made a little ground on the German-Swiss alliance, while Williams-Toyota held station in fifth once again.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 2007 French 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 United States Scott Speed 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 Ferrari 056 2006 2.4 V8 B
21 Netherlands Christijan Albers Netherlands Etihad Alder Spyker F1 Team Spyker F8-VII 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:[4]

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Q1Edit

Q2Edit

Q3Edit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
Pos. Time Pos. Time Pos. Time
1 5 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 3 1:15.303 2 1:14.822 1 1:15.034 1
2 2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1 1:14.805 1 1:14.795 2 1:15.104 2
3 6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 2 1:14.872 3 1:14.828 3 1:15.257 3
4 10 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber 8 1:15.778 4 1:15.066 4 1:15.493 4
5 3 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella France Renault 12 1:16.047 7 1:15.227 5 1:15.674 5
6 4 Finland Heikki Kovalainen France Renault 5 1:15.524 8 1:15.272 6 1:15.826 6
7 9 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 9 1:15.783 6 1:15.149 7 1:15.900 7
8 12 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 15 1:16.118 10 1:15.379 8 1:15.935 8
9 16 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 13 1:16.092 9 1:15.331 9 1:16.328 9
10 1 Spain Fernando Alonso United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 4 1:15.322 5 1:15.084 NC 10
11 11 Germany Ralf Schumacher Japan Toyota 7 1:15.760 11 1:15.534 11
12 7 United Kingdom Jenson Button Japan Honda 14 1:16.113 12 1:15.584 12
13 8 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Japan Honda 16 1:16.140 13 1:15.761 13
14 15 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 6 1:15.746 14 1:15.806 14
15 19 United States Scott Speed Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 11 1:15.980 15 1:16.049 15
16 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard Austria Red Bull-Renault 10 1:15.915 NC 16
17 18 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 17 1:16.142 17
18 17 Austria Alexander Wurz United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 18 1:16.241 18
19* 22 Japan Takuma Sato Japan Super Aguri-Honda 19 1:16.244 22
20 23 United Kingdom Anthony Davidson Japan Super Aguri-Honda 20 1:16.366 19
21 21 Netherlands Christijan Albers Netherlands Spyker-Ferrari 21 1:17.826 20
22 20 Germany Adrian Sutil Netherlands Spyker-Ferrari 22 1:17.915 21
Source:[5]
  • 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.
  • * Sato was handed a retroactive ten place grid penalty for causing a collision at the 2007 United States Grand Prix.[5]

GridEdit

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

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 70 1:30:54.200 3 10
2 5 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 70 +2.414s 1 8
3 2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 70 +32.153s 2 6
4 10 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber 70 +41.727s 4 5
5 9 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 70 +48.801s 7 4
6 3 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella France Renault 70 +51.940s 5 3
7 1 Spain Fernando Alonso United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 70 +56.516s 10 2
8 7 United Kingdom Jenson Button Japan Honda 70 +58.885s 12 1
9 16 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 70 +1:08.505 9
10 11 Germany Ralf Schumacher Japan Toyota 69 +1 Lap 11
11 8 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Japan Honda 69 +1 Lap 13
12 15 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 69 +1 Lap 14
13 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard Austria Red Bull-Renault 69 +1 Lap 16
14 17 Austria Alexander Wurz United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 69 +1 Lap 18
15 4 Finland Heikki Kovalainen France Renault 69 +1 Lap 6
16 22 Japan Takuma Sato Japan Super Aguri-Honda 68 +2 Laps 22
17 20 Germany Adrian Sutil Netherlands Spyker-Ferrari 68 +2 Laps PL
Ret 19 United States Scott Speed Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 55 Gearbox 15
Ret 21 Netherlands Christijan Albers Netherlands Spyker-Ferrari 28 Refuelling 20
Ret 23 United Kingdom Anthony Davidson Japan Super Aguri-Honda 1 Collision 19
Ret 12 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 1 Collision 8
Ret 18 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 0 Collision 17
Source:[6]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Victory for Kimi Räikkönen moved the Finn closer to the fight for second, with both himself and teammate Felipe Massa closing in on Fernando Alonso. Out front, meanwhile, an eighth consecutive podium finish had allowed rookie racer Lewis Hamilton to extend his Championship lead, the Brit leaving France on 64 points, and with fourteen points in hand over his teammate. Elsewhere, Nick Heidfeld had consolidated fifth ahead of Robert Kubica, as Jenson Button added his name to the score sheet.

In the Constructors Championship it had finally been a strong afternoon for Ferrari, with their one-two ending McLaren-Mercedes streak of race victories. However, the Scuderia remained 25 points behind the leaders leaving Magny-Cours, with the two manufacturers sharing four wins apiece after the opening eight races. Behind, BMW Sauber were in a lonely third ahead of Renault, while Honda's first points of the campaign meant it was just Toro Rosso-Ferrari and Spyker-Ferrari who had yet to score in 2007.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 64
2 Spain Fernando Alonso 50
3 Brazil Felipe Massa 47
4 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 42
5 Germany Nick Heidfeld 30
6 Poland Robert Kubica 17 ▲1
7 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 16 ▼1
8 Finland Heikki Kovalainen 12
9 Austria Alexander Wurz 8
10 Italy Jarno Trulli 7
11 Germany Nico Rosberg 5
12 United Kingdom David Coulthard 4
13 Japan Takuma Sato 4
14 Australia Mark Webber 2
15 Germany Ralf Schumacher 2
16 United Kingdom Jenson Button 1 ▲3
17 Germany Sebastian Vettel 1 ▼1
World Championship for Constructors*
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 114
2 Italy Ferrari 89
3 Germany BMW Sauber 48
4 France Renault 28
5 United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 13
6 Japan Toyota 9
7 Austria Red Bull-Renault 6
8 Japan Super Aguri-Honda 4
9 Japan Honda 1 ▲1

Only points scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 '8. France 2007', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2007/france.aspx, (Accessed 15/02/2020)
  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 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 'France 2007: Raikkonen puts Ferrari back on-track.', crash.net, (Crash Media Group, 01/07/2007), https://www.crash.net/f1/race-report/59078/1/france-2007-raikkonen-puts-ferrari-back-on-track, (Accessed 15/02/2020)
  3. 'Three dead after helicopter crash', autosport.com, (Haymarket Media, 01/07/2007), https://www.autosport.com/f1/news/60377/three-dead-after-helicopter-crash, (Accessed 15/02/2020)
  4. 'France 2007: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2007/france/engages.aspx, (Accessed 15/02/2020)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 'FORMULA 1™ Grand Prix de France 2007 - QUALIFYING', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Limited, 2006), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2007/races/815/france/qualifying.html, (Accessed 15/02/2020)
  6. 'France 2007: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2007/france/classement.aspx, (Accessed 15/02/2020)
V T E France French Grand Prix
Circuits Reims (1950–1951, 1953–1954, 1956, 1958–1961, 1963, 1966)
Rouen-Les-Essarts (1952, 1957, 1962, 1964, 1968)
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Circuit Paul Ricard (1971, 1973, 1975–1976, 1978, 1980, 1982–1983, 1985–1990, 2018-present)
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V T E 2007 Formula One Season
Teams McLaren • Renault • Ferrari • Honda • BMW Sauber • Toyota • Red Bull • Williams • Toro Rosso • Spyker • Super Aguri
Engines BMW • Ferrari • Honda • Mercedes • Renault • Toyota
Drivers Alphabetically Albers • Alonso • Barrichello • Button • Coulthard • Davidson • Fisichella • Hamilton • Heidfeld • Kovalainen • Kubica • Liuzzi • Massa • Nakajima • Räikkönen • Rosberg • Sato • R. Schumacher • Speed • Sutil • Trulli • Vettel • Webber • Winkelhock • Wurz • Yamamoto
Drivers by Number Alonso • 2 Hamilton • 3 Fisichella • 4 Kovalainen • 5 Massa • 6 Räikkönen • 7 Button • 8 Barrichello • 9 Heidfeld • 10 Kubica • 10 Vettel • 11 R. Schumacher • 12 Trulli • 14 Coulthard • 15 Webber • 16 Rosberg • 17 Wurz • 17 Nakajima • 18 Liuzzi • 19 Speed • 19 Vettel • 20 Sutil • 21 Albers • 21 Winkelhock • 21 Yamamoto • 22 Sato • 23 Davidson
Other Drivers Badoer • De la Rosa • Doornbos • Fauzy • Gené • Glock • Karthikeyan • Klien • Kobayashi • Loeb • Montagny • Paffett • Piquet • Rossiter • M. Schumacher • Van der Garde • Zonta
Cars Ferrari F2007 • BMW Sauber F1.07 • Renault R27 • Williams FW29 • Red Bull RB3 • Toyota TF107 • Toro Rosso STR2 • Honda RA107 • Super Aguri SA07 • Spyker F8-VII • McLaren MP4-22
Tyres Bridgestone
Races Australia • Malaysia • Bahrain • Spain • Monaco • Canada • United States • France • Britain • Europe • Hungary • Turkey • Italy • Belgium • Japan • China • Brazil
See also 2006 Formula One Season • 2008 Formula One Season • Category
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