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The 2007 Monaco Grand Prix, officially know as the Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco 2007, was the fifth round of the 2007 FIA Formula One World Championship staged at Circuit de Monaco in Monte Carlo, Monaco, on 27 May 2007.[1][2] The race would see Fernando Alonso claim the 150th victory for McLaren, albeit after speculation about whether the British squad had used team orders to keep the Spaniard ahead of teammate Lewis Hamilton.[3]

The whole weekend would seemingly go in McLaren-Mercedes favour, with Alonso beating Hamilton to pole position for a front-row lockout.[2] Furthermore, while Felipe Massa would get his Ferrari into third, a heavy accident for Kimi Räikkönen during the second qualifying session left the Finn down in sixteenth, and hence removed one of McLaren's biggest threats.[2]

The start of the race would see Hamilton play the team card almost instantly, sweeping to the inside of the circuit to prevent Massa lunging past.[2] Alonso hence streaked into the lead ahead of the Brit, while Massa kept Giancarlo Fisichella in the Renault at bay to consolidate third.[2]

With that the McLarens were away, easing into a two second lead before the end of a very tame opening lap.[2] Indeed, it would take until the second tour for any real action of note would affect the field, as everyone made it around the opening lap with next to no rubbing, let alone damage.[2]

Vitantonio Liuzzi hence became the source of attention on the second lap, managing to crash his Toro Rosso-Ferrari into the barriers at Massenet while defending from teammate Scott Speed.[2] Remarkably, given the nature of the Monaco circuit, the marshals were able to drag the remains of the Toro Rosso away without the protection of the Safety Car.[2]

As such the race would quickly develop into a procession out front, with Alonso maintaining a one second gap over Hamilton, while both eased away from Massa.[2] Massa himself was able to gap Fisichella, while further down the field the sister Ferrari of Räikkönen found itself stuck behind both Hondas.[2]

With order stabilised it took until the first round of stops for the intrigue in the race to increase, with Alonso losing a lot of time behind backmarkers.[2] Fisichella, meanwhile, would be the first of the leaders to stop, followed in by Massa and Alonso three laps later.[2]

Ferrari used the first stop to gamble, putting Massa onto a fresh set of soft Bridgestones as everyone else opted for hards.[2] This was done in a bid to challenge the McLarens and get him ahead of Hamilton, although the #2 McLaren had enough in hand over the #6 Ferrari to rejoin ahead.[2]

The gamble did not pay off in the slightest, for Massa's pace was no better on the softs and he would drift away from the McLarens.[2] Räikkönen, meanwhile, had fared a little better as running in clear air allowed him to break into the top ten once the shuffle was over, although he had to wait until the second trip to the pits to gain more ground.[2]

Robert Kubica would be the star of the mid-race, the Polish racer running as the fastest man on circuit as one of the few drivers on a one-stop strategy, and even managed to get ahead of fifth placed teammate Nick Heidfeld.[2] Out front, meanwhile, Alonso would make his second and final stop on lap 51, with Hamilton following him in two laps later, as Massa slipped over half a minute behind.[2]

However, any hopes of an inter-McLaren duel for victory would evaporate in the closing stages, as both Alonso and Hamilton backed off as they lapped everyone up to and including fourth placed Fisichella.[2] They duly cruised through to claim one of the most dominant one-twos in recent memory, with Massa over a minute behind in third.[2] Fisichella, Kubica, Heidfeld, Alexander Wurz and Räikkönen were the only other scorers.[2]

After the race McLaren were accused of using team orders to decide the outcome of the race, a charge which carried a penalty of exclusion from the World Championship should they be found guilty.[4] They were, however, cleared of any wrong doing after an FIA investigation and hearing three days later.[4]

BackgroundEdit

Victory for the second race in succession would move Felipe Massa into third in the Championship leaving Spain, although it was the only driver in the top four who had yet to win who led the charge. Indeed, rookie racer Lewis Hamilton had moved to the top of the Championship with his fourth straight podium finish, registering thirty points and a two point lead. Fernando Alonso had made way for his inexperienced teammate, while Kimi Räikkönen had slipped to fourth ahead of Nick Heidfeld.

McLaren-Mercedes continued to head the charge in the Constructors Championship in Spain, having extended their advantage to nine points over Ferrari in second. The Scuderia were, however, ahead on race wins by three to one, with an already daunting gap back to third placed BMW Sauber. The German-Swiss alliance was, however, in a comfortable third ahead of Renault, as Red Bull-Renault and Super Aguri-Honda added their names to the score sheet.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 2007 Monaco 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 RB7 Renault RS27 2.4 V8 B
15 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB7 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:[5]

QualifyingEdit

Q1 ReportEdit

Q2 ReportEdit

Q3 ReportEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

The full qualifying results for the 2007 Monaco 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 2 1:16.059 1 1:15.431 1 1:15.726 1
2 2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1 1:15.685 2 1:15.479 2 1:15.905 2
3 5 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 5 1:16.786 5 1:16.034 3 1:15.967 3
4 3 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella France Renault 12 1:17.596 6 1:16.054 4 1:16.285 4
5 16 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 6 1:17.816 7 1:16.420 5 1:16.784 5
6 15 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 14 1:17.816 9 1:16.420 6 1:16.784 6
7 9 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 10 1:17.385 4 1:15.733 7 1:16.832 7
8 10 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber 11 1:17.584 3 1:15.576 8 1:16.955 8
9 8 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Japan Honda 8 1:17.244 10 1:16.454 9 1:17.498 9
10 7 United Kingdom Jenson Button Japan Honda 9 1:17.297 11 1:16.457 10 1:17.939 10
11* 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard Austria Red Bull-Renault 7 1:17.204 8 1:16.319 13
12 17 Austria Alexander Wurz United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 16 1:17.874 12 1:16.662 11
13 18 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 4 1:16.720 13 1:16.703 12
14 12 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 13 1:17.686 14 1:16.988 14
15 4 Finland Heikki Kovalainen France Renault 15 1:17.836 15 1:17.125 15
16 6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 3 1:16.251 NC 16
17 23 United Kingdom Anthony Davidson Japan Super Aguri-Honda 17 1:18.250 17
18 19 United States Scott Speed Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 18 1:18.390 18
19 20 Germany Adrian Sutil Netherlands Spyker-Ferrari 19 1:18.418 19
20 11 Germany Ralf Schumacher Japan Toyota 20 1:18.539 20
21 22 Japan Takuma Sato Japan Super Aguri-Honda 21 1:18.554 21
22 21 Netherlands Christijan Albers Netherlands Spyker-Ferrari NC 22
Source:[6][7]
  • 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.
  • * Coulthard was relegated from Q3 and received a two place grid penalty for blocking Kovalainen.[6]

GridEdit

The full grid for the 2007 Monaco Grand Prix is outlined below:

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

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Spain Fernando Alonso United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 78 1:40:29.329 1 10
2 2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 78 +4.095s 2 8
3 5 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 78 +1:09.114 3 6
4 3 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella France Renault 77 +1 lap 4 5
5 10 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber 77 +1 lap 8 4
6 9 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 77 +1 lap 7 3
7 17 Austria Alexander Wurz United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 77 +1 lap 11 2
8 6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 77 +1 lap 16 1
9 19 United States Scott Speed Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 77 +1 lap 18
10 8 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Japan Honda 77 +1 lap 9
11 7 United Kingdom Jenson Button Japan Honda 77 +1 lap 10
12 16 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 77 +1 lap 5
13* 4 Finland Heikki Kovalainen France Renault 76 Engine 15
14 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard Austria Red Bull-Renault 76 +2 laps 13
15 12 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 76 +2 laps 14
16 11 Germany Ralf Schumacher Japan Toyota 76 +2 laps 20
17 22 Japan Takuma Sato Japan Super Aguri-Honda 76 +2 laps 21
18 23 United Kingdom Anthony Davidson Japan Super Aguri-Honda 76 +2 laps 17
19* 21 Netherlands Christijan Albers Netherlands Spyker-Ferrari 70 Transmission 22
Ret 20 Germany Adrian Sutil Netherlands Spyker-Ferrari 53 Accident 19
Ret 15 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 17 Gearbox 6
Ret 18 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1 Accident 12
Source:[8]
  • T Indicates a driver using their test/spare car.
  • * Kovalainen and Albers could be classified despite retiring as they completed 90% of the race distance.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Fernando Alonso moved to the top of the title hunt as a result of the Monaco Grand Prix, moving level with teammate Lewis Hamilton on 38 points. However, while the pair were level on points, it was the Spaniard's two wins to the Brits zero that meant he was ahead, as they estabished a five point margin over third placed Felipe Massa. Kimi Räikkönen and Nick Heidfeld had lost ground in fourth and fifth, while Alexander Wurz had become the season's fourteenth scorer.

In the Constructors Championship McLaren-Mercedes had continued to grow their advantage, their Monaco one-two putting them onto 76 points for the season. Ferrari had therefore lost a fair amount of ground in second, leaving the Principality twenty points behind, while BMW Sauber had slipped 46 points back. Renault and Williams-Toyota completed the top five, with eight teams on the score-sheet.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Spain Fernando Alonso 38 ▲1
2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 38 ▼1
3 Brazil Felipe Massa 33
4 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 23
5 Germany Nick Heidfeld 18
6 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 13 ▲1
7 Poland Robert Kubica 12 ▼1
8 Germany Nico Rosberg 5
9 United Kingdom David Coulthard 4
10 Italy Jarno Trulli 4
11 Finland Heikki Kovalainen 3
12 Austria Alexander Wurz 2 ▲2
13 Japan Takuma Sato 1 ▼1
14 Germany Ralf Schumacher 1 ▼1
World Championship for Constructors*
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 76
2 Italy Ferrari 56
3 Germany BMW Sauber 30
4 France Renault 16
5 United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 7
6 Japan Toyota 5
7 Austria Red Bull-Renault 4
8 Japan Super Aguri-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 '5. Monaco 2007', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2007/monaco.aspx, (Accessed 14/02/2020)
  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 2.20 2.21 'Monaco 2007: McLaren celebrate 150 not out.', crash.net, (Crash Media Group, 27/05/2007), https://www.crash.net/f1/race-report/58693/1/monaco-2007-mclaren-celebrate-150-not-out, (Accessed 14/02/2020)
  3. 'Monaco GP, 2007', grandprix.com, (Inside F1 Inc., 2014), https://www.grandprix.com/gpe/rr773.html, (Accessed 14/02/2020)
  4. 4.0 4.1 'McLaren cleared over Monaco win', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Limited, 30/05/2007), https://web.archive.org/web/20070601172008/http://www.formula1.com/race/news/6176/774.html, (Accessed 14/02/2020)
  5. 'Monaco 2007: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2007/monaco/engages.aspx, (Accessed 18/01/2020)
  6. 6.0 6.1 'Monaco 2007: Qualifications', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2007/monaco/qualification.aspx, (Accessed 18/01/2020)
  7. 'FORMULA 1™ Grand Prix de Monaco 2007 - QUALIFYING', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2007/races/812/monaco/qualifying.html, (Accessed 18/01/2020)
  8. 'Monaco 2007: Results', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2007/monaco/classement.aspx, (Accessed 18/01/2020)
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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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