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The 2007 Malaysian Grand Prix, otherwise known as the IX Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix, was the second round of the 2007 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Sepang International Circuit in Sepang, Malaysia, on 8 April 2007.[1] The race would see Fernando Alonso lead teammate Lewis Hamilton to a McLaren-Mercedes one-two, defeating the two Ferraris.[1]

Ahead of the race there had been several clarifications by the FIA and race organisers, the most major being a protest by Spyker-Ferrari against Toro Rosso-Ferrari. The former's complaint was that Toro Rosso's 2007 car, the STR2, was essentially the Red Bull RB2 from 2006 with minor upgrades, although this protest was thrown out.

McLaren, meanwhile, would ask for clarification about systems that circumvented flexible floors, after the two Ferraris were noted as showing floor movement at high speed in Australia. This was appeased by the FIA, who mandated several floor mounting designs, which both Ferrari and BMW Sauber complied with before the race.

Into the race weekend and those changes to the floor seemed to have little impact, for Felipe Massa swept to pole position for Ferrari in qualifying, ahead of Alonso's McLaren.[1] Kimi Räikkönen and Hamilton would then share the second row, while Nick Heidfeld and Robert Kubica got their BMW Saubers into fifth and seventh respectively.[1]

The start of the race would see everyone bar Jenson Button, Jarno Trulli and the two Red Bulls start on option tyres, with Massa initially making a good start.[1] However, the Brazilian racer would take a cautious approach into the first corner, and hence allow both Alonso and Hamilton, who had out-dragged Räikkönen, to sweep past.[1]

Later around the lap Adrian Sutil would have a spectacular exit, a suspension failure entering turn four sending the Spyker into the side of Button's Honda.[1] Vitantonio Liuzzi and Takuma Sato came together in the wake of that collision, with everyone bar Button involved in the accidents retiring on the spot.[1]

The early stages saw Alonso establish a small lead, while Massa threw everything he had at Hamilton to try and reclaim second.[1] Hamilton's resistance appeared to have finally broken on lap five, with Massa screaming past the McLaren into the first corner, only to overshoot the corner and slip back down to fifth.[1]

All that fighting allowed Alonso to build a fifteen second lead by the time the first round of stops began, with the Spaniard pitting a lap after Räikkönen.[1] Hamilton made a shorter stop than the rest to get himself back out ahead of Giancarlo Fisichella, who held up Räikkönen, while Massa remained stuck behind Heidfeld's BMW Sauber.[1]

With less fuel than his teammate there was little surprise that Hamilton was able to close the gap to Alonso and drop Räikkönen, recording several fastest laps during the second stint.[1] However the trade off was the fact that he had to stop earlier than the rest, take on more fuel, and use his third set of tyres for longer.[1]

Yet, the order at the head of the field remained the same once the second round of stops was completed, although Alonso had increased his lead and Räikkönen had regained some ground on Hamilton.[1] He duly spent the rest of the race closing in on the rookie's McLaren, moving into striking position with a handful of laps to go.[1]

Hamilton's resistance was not to be broken, however, and so the Brit would hang on to secure second behind teammate Alonso, who held a comfortable lead to the flag.[1] Räikkönen hence had to settle for third, less than a second behind the #2 McLaren, while Heidfeld was a distant fourth ahead of Massa.[1] Fisichella, Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen claimed the remaining points.[1]

BackgroundEdit

It was Kimi Räikkönen who had opened the season with victory and the lead in the Championship, leaving Australia with ten points to his credit. Defending Champion Fernando Alonso began his title defence in second, with new teammate Lewis Hamilton and impressive third after his debut. Nick Heidfeld and Giancarlo Fisichella completed the opening day top five, with Felipe Massa, Nico Rosberg and Ralf Schumacher also on the board.

In the Constructors Championship it was McLaren-Mercedes who led the way, a point ahead of Ferrari in second after the opening race. An eight point gap followed before BMW Sauber appeared in third, with Renault, Williams-Toyota and the factory Toyota completing the scorers.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 2007 Malaysian 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 1080T 2.4 V8 B
2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom Vodafone McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-22 Mercedes FO 1080T 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 Team Honda RA107 Honda RA807E 2.4 V8 B
8 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Japan Honda Racing 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 Aldar Spyker F1 Team Spyker F8-VII Ferrari 056 2006 2.4 V8 B
21 Netherlands Christijan Albers Netherlands Etihad Aldar 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
Test Drivers for Practice Sessions Only
35 Germany Sebastian Vettel Germany BMW Sauber F1 Team BMW Sauber F1.07 BMW P86/7 2.4 V8 B
38 Japan Kazuki Nakajima United Kingdom AT&T Williams Williams FW29 Toyota RVX-07 2.4 V8 B
Source:[2]

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Q1Edit

Q2Edit

Q3Edit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

The full qualifying results for the 2007 Malaysian 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 5 1:35.340 2 1:34.454 1 1:35.043 1
2 1 Spain Fernando Alonso United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1 1:34.942 1 1:34.057 2 1:35.310 2
3 6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 3 1:35.138 4 1:34.687 3 1:35.479 3
4 2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 2 1:35.028 3 1:34.650 4 1:36.045 4
5 9 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 6 1:35.617 6 1:35.203 5 1:36.543 5
6 16 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 11 1:35.755 8 1:35.380 6 1:36.829 6
7 10 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber 4 1:35.294 5 1:34.739 7 1:36.839 7
8 12 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 7 1:35.666 7 1:35.255 8 1:36.902 8
9 11 Germany Ralf Schumacher Japan Toyota 10 1:35.736 10 1:35.595 9 1:37.078 9
10 15 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 8 1:35.727 9 1:35.579 10 1:37.345 10
11 4 Finland Heikki Kovalainen France Renault 14 1:36.092 11 1:35.630 11
12 3 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella France Renault 12 1:35.879 12 1:35.709 12
13 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard Austria Red Bull-Renault 9 1:35.730 13 1:35.766 13
14 22 Japan Takuma Sato Japan Super Aguri-Honda 16 1:36.430 14 1:35.945 14
15 7 United Kingdom Jenson Button Japan Honda 13 1:35.913 15 1:36.088 15
16 18 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 15 1:36.140 16 1:36.145 16
17 19 United States Scott Speed Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 17 1:36.578 17
18 23 United Kingdom Anthony Davidson Japan Super Aguri-Honda 18 1:36.816 18
19* 8 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Japan Honda 19 1:36.827 22
20 17 Austria Alexander Wurz United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 20 1:37.326 19
21 21 Netherlands Christijan Albers Netherlands Spyker-Ferrari 21 1:38.279 20
22 20 Germany Adrian Sutil Netherlands Spyker-Ferrari 22 1:38.415 21
Source:[3]
  • 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.
  • * Barrichello was awarded a ten place grid penalty for changing his engine.[3]

GridEdit

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

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Spain Fernando Alonso United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 56 1:32:14.930 2 10
2 2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 56 +17.557s 4 8
3 6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 56 +18.339s 3 6
4 9 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 56 +33.777s 5 5
5 5 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 56 +36.705s 1 4
6 3 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella France Renault 56 +1:05.638 12 3
7 12 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 56 +1:10.132 8 2
8 4 Finland Heikki Kovalainen France Renault 56 +1:12.015 11 1
9 17 Austria Alexander Wurz United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 56 +1:29.924 19
10 15 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 56 +1:33.556 10
11 8 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Japan Honda 55 +1 Lap PL
12 7 United Kingdom Jenson Button Japan Honda 55 +1 Lap 15
13 22 Japan Takuma Sato Japan Super Aguri-Honda 55 +1 Lap 14
14 19 United States Scott Speed Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 55 +1 Lap 17
15 11 Germany Ralf Schumacher Japan Toyota 55 +1 Lap 9
16 23 United Kingdom Anthony Davidson Japan Super Aguri-Honda 55 +1 Lap 18
17 18 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 55 +1 Lap 16
18 10 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber 55 +1 Lap 7
Ret 16 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 42 Water leak 6
Ret 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard Austria Red Bull-Renault 36 Brakes 13
Ret 21 Netherlands Christijan Albers Netherlands Spyker-Ferrari 7 Engine 20
Ret 20 Germany Adrian Sutil Netherlands Spyker-Ferrari 0 Collision 21
Source:[4]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Victory, combined with second place on the opening day, meant it was reigning Champion Fernando Alonso who led the title hunt after the Malaysian Grand Prix, holding eighteen points to his name. Kimi Räikkönen had been forced to make way for him, a first and a third in the opening races leaving him two behind on sixteen, while Lewis Hamilton had retained third on fourteen. Nick Heidfeld, Giancarlo Fisichella and Felipe Massa had likewise held station behind, as Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen had added their names to the scoresheet.

In the Constructors Championship it was status quo at the head of the pack, as McLaren-Mercedes had opened out a nine point lead in Malaysia. Ferrari retained their spot in second as the Anglo-German alliance's closest challengers, before a thirteen point gap back to BMW Sauber in third. Renault and Toyota completed the early top five, the latter having overhauled customers Williams-Toyota in Sepang.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Spain Fernando Alonso 18 ▲1
2 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 16 ▼1
3 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 14
4 Germany Nick Heidfeld 10
5 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 7
6 Brazil Felipe Massa 7
7 Italy Jarno Trulli 2 ▲2
8 Germany Nico Rosberg 2 ▼1
9 Finland Heikki Kovalainen 1 ▲1
10 Germany Ralf Schumacher 1 ▼2
World Championship for Constructors*
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 32
2 Italy Ferrari 23
3 Germany BMW Sauber 10
4 France Renault 8
5 Japan Toyota 3 ▲1
6 United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 2 ▼1

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 'Malaysia 2007: Alonso delivers the old 1-2.', crash.net, (Crash Media Group, 08/04/2007), https://www.crash.net/f1/race-report/58252/1/malaysia-2007-alonso-delivers-the-old-1-2, (Accessed 12/02/2020)
  2. 'Malaysia 2007: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2007/malaisie/engages.aspx, (Accessed 12/02/2020)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 '2007 FORMULA 1™ Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix - QUALIFYING', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Limited, 2006), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2007/races/809/malaysia/qualifying.html, (Accessed 12/02/2020)
  4. 'Malaysia 2007: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2007/malaisie/classement.aspx, (Accessed 12/02/2020)
  5. 5.0 5.1 [Archived] '2007 Malaysian GP', chicanef1.com, (Chicane F1, 2014), https://web.archive.org/web/20190409234516/http://chicanef1.com/racetit.pl?year=2007&gp=Malaysian%20GP&r=1, (Accessed 12/02/2020) - Original
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 '2. Malaysia 2007', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2007/malaisie.aspx, (Accessed 13/02/2020)
V T E Malaysia Malaysian Grand Prix
Circuits Sepang International Circuit (1999–present)
Sepang
Races 1999 • 2000 • 2001 • 2002 • 2003 • 2004 • 2005 • 2006 • 2007 • 2008 • 2009 • 2010 • 2011 • 2012 • 2013 • 2014 • 2015 • 2016 • 2017
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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