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The 2007 Hungarian Grand Prix, formally known as the XXIII Agip Magyar Nagydíj was the eleventh round of the 2007 FIA Formula One World Championship, held at the Hungaroring near Budapest, Hungary, on 5 August 2007.[1][2] The race was won by McLaren-Mercedes' driver Lewis Hamilton, although it was the antics of himself and his teammate Fernando Alonso during qualifying that grabbed the headlines.[2]

Indeed, with the relationship having deteriorated throughout the season the McLaren civil war came to a head in Q3 at Hungary, with Hamilton delivering the first blow, ignoring a team order to let Alonso past.[3] Alonso overtook him on their cool down lap and then ignored a signal to leave the pitbox with Hamilton behind him as they stopped for a new set of tyres, causing Hamilton to missout on a final flying lap.[3]

The ploy appeared to have worked for Alonso, for the Spanish ace secured pole position ahead of Hamilton by a tenth of a second.[2] Nick Heidfeld and Kimi Räikkönen would share the second row, while Felipe Massa was a disappointed with fourteenth.[2]

Nine hours after qualifying, however, the FIA would complete their investigation into Alonso's antics, and duly slapped the Spaniard with a five place grid penalty.[2] Furthermore, McLaren would not be able to score Constructors Championship points as a result of their drive rebellion, and would not receive a winner's trophy.[2]

With Hamilton on pole the race got underway, with the Brit easing off the grid to claim an early lead from Räikkönen, who surged past Heidfeld for second.[2] Alonso, meanwhile, would fail to make progress from sixth, and after a lunge at Nico Rosberg was thwarted the #1 McLaren slipped behind Robert Kubica.[2]

Alonso would also slip behind Mark Webber before the end of the opening lap, before setting about climbing back up the field, with early lunges past the Australian and Kubica left him trailing Ralf Schumacher.[2] Up front, meanwhile, Hamilton was doing his best to escape Räikkönen, with the gap settling down at around four seconds.[2]

Indeed, the race would become a procession from that moment on, with the only major on-track incident coming when Sakon Yamamoto smashed into the barriers in his Spyker-Ferrari.[2] As such it was only when the first round of stops began that the order was shuffled, with Heidfeld, Rosberg and Alonso the first to dive in on lap eighteen.[2]

The majority of the field were running on three-stop schedules, although McLaren opted to put Alonso onto a two-stop with a heavy fuel load.[2] They would also switch Hamilton to a two-stop as a result of the Brit's healthy margin over third placed Heidfeld, with Räikkönen also switched to a two by Ferrari.[2]

The second stint for the leaders would see Räikkönen close the gap to Hamilton, while Alonso was throwing everything he had at Schumacher in a bid to pass the Toyota.[2] Yet, the Spaniard would have to wait until the German veteran made his second stop, allowing the #1 McLaren to finally run in clear air.[2]

Running long in the middle stint would allow Alonso to jump Schumacher, and when Rosberg and Kubica made their third stops the #1 McLaren was up to fourth.[2] He duly began carving into Heidfeld's grip on third, as Hamilton managed to gain time on Räikkönen by running longer in their second stint.[2]

With that the race was run, with Hamilton fending off a late charge from Räikkönen to claim victory, the McLaren having been hampered by a steering issue in the second half of the race.[2] Heidfeld duly completed the podium as Alonso ran out of time to catch the BMW Sauber, with Kubica trailing him in the sister car.[2] Schumacher, Rosberg and Heikki Kovalainen secured the remaining points.[2]

BackgroundEdit

Victory for Fernando Alonso had sent the Spanish ace streaking to the top of the Championship hunt in Germany, demolishing Lewis Hamilton's lead to just two points. Indeed, the Brit's first failure to score looked to have been a costly one, with Felipe Massa having also closed to within eleven of the rookie. Kimi Räikkönen, meanwhile, had effectively lost ground having also failed to score, with Nick Heidfeld a distant fifth.

In the Constructors Championship it had been a marginally better afternoon for McLaren-Mercedes, as they extended their lead by two points as they moved onto 138 for the campaign. Ferrari retained their spot in second, moving onto 111, and hence opened out a 50 point gap to third placed BMW Sauber. Elsewhere, Red Bull-Renault had been the biggest winners at the Nürburgring, moving up to fifth ahead of Toyota.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 2007 Hungarian 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 Ferrari 056 2006 2.4 V8 B
21 Japan Sakon Yamamoto 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 Hungarian Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
Pos. Time Pos. Time Pos. Time
1* 1 Spain Fernando Alonso United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 5 1:20.425 2 1:19.661 1 1:19.674 6
2 2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1 1:19.570 1 1:19.301 2 1:19.781 1
3 9 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 10 1:20.751 6 1:20.322 3 1:20.259 2
4 6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 6 1:20.435 4 1:20.107 4 1:20.410 3
5 16 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 9 1:20.547 5 1:20.188 5 1:20.632 4
6 11 Germany Ralf Schumacher Japan Toyota 7 1:20.449 8 1:20.455 6 1:20.714 5
7 10 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber 3 1:20.366 10 1:20.703 7 1:20.876 7
8 3 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella France Renault 15 1:21.645 9 1:20.590 8 1:21.079 13
9 12 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 8 1:20.481 3 1:19.951 9 1:21.206 8
10 15 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 11 1:20.794 7 1:20.439 10 1:21.256 9
11 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard Austria Red Bull-Renault 14 1:21.291 11 1:20.718 10
12 4 Finland Heikki Kovalainen France Renault 2 1:20.285 12 1:20.779 11
13 17 Austria Alexander Wurz United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 13 1:21.243 13 1:20.865 12
14 5 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 4 1:20.408 14 1:21.021 14
15 23 United Kingdom Anthony Davidson Japan Super Aguri-Honda 12 1:21.018 15 1:21.127 15
16 18 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 16 1:21.730 16 1:21.993 16
17 7 United Kingdom Jenson Button Japan Honda 17 1:21.737 17
18 8 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Japan Honda 18 1:21.877 18
19 22 Japan Takuma Sato Japan Super Aguri-Honda 19 1:22.143 19
20 19 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 20 1:22.117 20
21 20 Germany Adrian Sutil Netherlands Spyker-Ferrari 21 1:22.737 21
22 21 Japan Sakon Yamamoto Netherlands Spyker-Ferrari 22 1:23.774 22
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.
  • * Alonso handed a five place grid penalty for impeding Hamilton during Q3.[5]
  • Fisichella handed a five place grid penalty for impeding Yamamoto during Q1.[5]

GridEdit

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

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 70 1:35:52.991 1 10
2 6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 70 +0.715s 3 8
3 9 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 70 +43.129s 2 6
4 1 Spain Fernando Alonso United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 70 +44.858s 6 5
5 10 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber 70 +47.616s 7 4
6 11 Germany Ralf Schumacher Japan Toyota 70 +50.669s 5 3
7 16 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 70 +59.139s 4 2
8 4 Finland Heikki Kovalainen France Renault 70 +1:08.104 11 1
9 15 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 70 +1:16.331 9
10 12 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 69 +1 Lap 8
11 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard Austria Red Bull-Renault 69 +1 Lap 10
12 3 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella France Renault 69 +1 Lap 13
13 5 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 69 +1 Lap 14
14 17 Austria Alexander Wurz United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 69 +1 Lap 12
15 22 Japan Takuma Sato Japan Super Aguri-Honda 69 +1 Lap 19
16 19 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 69 +1 Lap 20
17 20 Germany Adrian Sutil Netherlands Spyker-Ferrari 68 +2 Laps 21
18 8 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Japan Honda 68 +2 Laps 18
Ret 18 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 42 Electrical 16
Ret 23 United Kingdom Anthony Davidson Japan Super Aguri-Honda 41 Collision 15
Ret 7 United Kingdom Jenson Button Japan Honda 35 Throttle 17
Ret 21 Japan Sakon Yamamoto Netherlands Spyker-Ferrari 4 Accident 22
Source:[6]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Victory for Lewis Hamilton moved the British rookie seven points clear atop the Championship leaving Hungary, and left him with 80 points to his name. Fernando Alonso had hence lost ground in second, while Kimi Räikkönen had closed the gap to the Spaniard in third, having also overtaken his teammate Felipe Massa. Massa was, however, just a point behind the Finn leaving the Hungaroring, while Nick Heidfeld had maintained his top five status.

In the Constructors Championship Ferrari had been unable to do the damage they needed with McLaren-Mercedes banned from scoring in Hungary, having only closed the gap by eight points. The Anglo-German alliance hence held a twelve point advantage leaving the Hungarian Grand Prix, and had a healthy advantage over third placed BMW Sauber. The German-Swiss alliance was, however, in a very secure third place, with Renault having been unable to close the gap to them once again in Hungary.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 80
2 Spain Fernando Alonso 73
3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 60 ▲1
4 Brazil Felipe Massa 59 ▼1
5 Germany Nick Heidfeld 42
6 Poland Robert Kubica 28
7 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 17
8 Finland Heikki Kovalainen 16
9 Austria Alexander Wurz 13
10 Australia Mark Webber 8
11 United Kingdom David Coulthard 8
12 Germany Nico Rosberg 7 ▲1
13 Italy Jarno Trulli 7 ▼1
14 Germany Ralf Schumacher 5
15 Japan Takuma Sato 4 ▼1
16 United Kingdom Jenson Button 1
17 Germany Sebastian Vettel 1
World Championship for Constructors*
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 138
2 Italy Ferrari 119
3 Germany BMW Sauber 71
4 France Renault 33
5 United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 20
6 Austria Red Bull-Renault 16
7 Japan Toyota 12
8 Japan Super Aguri-Honda 4
9 Japan Honda 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 1.5 '11. Hungary 2007', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2007/hongrie.aspx, (Accessed 18/02/2020)
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  3. 3.0 3.1 'Hungarian GP, 2007', grandprix.com, (Inside F1 Inc, 2007), https://www.grandprix.com/gpe/rr779.html, (Accessed 18/02/2020)
  4. 'Hungary 2007: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2007/hongrie/engages.aspx, (Accessed 18/02/2020)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 ' ', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Limited, 2006), , (Accessed 02/02/2020)
  6. 'Hungary 2007: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2007/hongrie/classement.aspx, (Accessed 18/02/2020)
  7. 7.0 7.1 [Archived] '2007 Hungarian GP', chicanef1.com, (Chicane F1, 2014), https://web.archive.org/web/20190410164930/http://chicanef1.com/racetit.pl?year=2007&gp=Hungarian%20GP&r=1, (Accessed 18/02/2020) - Original
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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
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