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The 2007 Spanish Grand Prix, officially the XLIX Gran Premio de España Telefónica, was the fourth race of the 2007 FIA Formula One World Championship, which took place at the Circuit de Catalunya on 13 May 2007.[1][2] The race would see Felipe Massa sweep to victory, fending off race long challenges from the two McLaren-Mercedes of Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton.[2]

Qualifying had seen an upset for the home crowd, as a late lap from Massa saw the #5 Ferrari secure pole position, beating Alonso who had already crossed the line.[2] Their respective teammates Kimi Räikkönen and Lewis Hamilton would share the second row, while Jarno Trulli got his Toyota in between the two BMW Saubers.[2]

Unfortunately for Trulli his race would not go to plan, for the Italian racer would stall his car on the grid and cause the start to be abandoned.[2] He was subsequently dragged off the grid as the field were sent away to complete another formation lap, with the race shortened by a single lap.[2]

At the second attempt the race would get underway, with Alonso drawing alongside Massa into the first corner, only to squeeze the Brazilian and clip the side of the Ferrari.[2] That contact sent the #1 McLaren skating across the gravel, and hence mean he had to scramble back onto the circuit behind Räikkönen, who had been beaten off the line by Hamilton.[2]

Massa was able to use Alonso's off to establish a small lead at the head of the field, with Hamilton having to defend from Räikkönen and Alonso.[2] That was, however, until Räikkönen's Ferrari expired with an engine issue, joining Alexander Wurz, Mark Webber and Trulli on the sidelines.[2]

Scott Speed would have a more spectacular exit as his tyre failed on the start/finish straight, although that would not require a Safety Car despite the fact that bits of Bridgestone were littered across the circuit.[2] As such the race would remain under green flag conditions through to the first round of stops, with Massa still holding a fair lead over Hamilton.[2]

Massa, however, would not have things go entirely his way at the stops, for a few errant drops of fuel would ignite on the back of the Ferrari.[2] Fortunately his mechanics would put out the fire in record time and get the car back out without issue, and with his lead over Hamilton still intact.[2]

The second stint was less eventful, meaning it was down to the second round of stops to cause more excitement.[2] However, the top three would remain stable with Massa still leading comfortably from Hamilton and Alonso, making the midfield the main source of intrigue.[2]

The main battle was between the two Hondas and Giancarlo Fisichella, which came to a conclusion when the two Hondas collided as Jenson Button ventured out of the pits.[2] The result was a broken front wing for the Brit as Rubens Barrichello escaped unharmed, although both would pick up a place as Heidfeld was forced to abandon fourth after a wheel nut had been improperly fastened.[2]

With that the race was over, barring a late relegation down the field for the Renaults duel to a refuelling rig issue.[2] Massa hence won the race at a canter ahead of Hamilton and Alonso, with Robert Kubica, David Coulthard, Nico Rosberg, Heikki Kovalainen and Takuma Sato claiming the remaining points.[2] Sato's score was the first for Super Aguri-Honda since they joined the Championship in 2006.[2]

BackgroundEdit

For the first time since the inaugural season of Formula One World Championship there would be a three-way tie at the head of the field after the opening three rounds, with three drivers on 22 points. Fernando Alonso was technically ahead by virtue of a race win and a second place, while Kimi Räikkönen was second with a win and two thirds. Lewis Hamilton was third man in the trifecta without a win, while Felipe Massa had moved into fourth on seventeen points.

In the Constructors Championship it was McLaren-Mercedes who led the charge, although their lead had been reduced at the head of the hunt. Ferrari were the team to do the damage, moving onto 39 points, while BMW Sauber had lost more ground in third, slipping 21 behind the Scuderia. Renault, Toyota and Williams-Toyota were the only other scorers.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 2007 Spanish 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
Source:[3]

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Q1Edit

Q2Edit

Q3Edit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

The full qualifying results for the 2007 Spanish 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 2 1:21.375 1 1:20.597 1 1:21.421 1
2 1 Spain Fernando Alonso United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 3 1:21.609 4 1:20.797 2 1:21.451 2
3 6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 6 1:21.802 3 1:20.741 3 1:21.723 3
4 2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1 1:21.120 2 1:20.713 4 1:21.785 4
5 10 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber 7 1:21.941 6 1:21.381 5 1:22.253 5
6 12 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 13 1:22.501 8 1:21.554 6 1:22.324 6
7 9 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 4 1:21.625 5 1:21.113 7 1:22.389 7
8 4 Finland Heikki Kovalainen France Renault 5 1:21.790 9 1:21.623 8 1:22.568 8
9 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom Red Bull-Renault 12 1:22.491 7 1:21.488 9 1:22.749 9
10 3 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella France Renault 9 1:22.064 10 1:21.677 10 1:22.881 10
11 16 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 8 1:21.943 11 1:21.968 11
12 8 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Japan Honda 14 1:22.502 12 1:22.097 12
13 22 Japan Takuma Sato Japan Super Aguri-Honda 10 1:22.090 13 1:22.115 13
14 7 United Kingdom Jenson Button Japan Honda 15 1:22.503 14 1:22.120 14
15 23 United Kingdom Anthony Davidson Japan Super Aguri-Honda 11 1:22.295 NC 15
16 18 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 16 1:22.508 NC 16
17 11 Germany Ralf Schumacher Japan Toyota 17 1:22.666 17
18 17 Austria Alexander Wurz United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 18 1:22.769 18
19 15 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Red Bull-Renault 19 1:23.398 19
20 20 Germany Adrian Sutil Netherlands Spyker-Ferrari 20 1:23.811 20
21 21 Netherlands Christijan Albers Netherlands Spyker-Ferrari 21 1:23.990 21
22 19 United States Scott Speed Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari NC 22
Source:[4]
  • 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.

GridEdit

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

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 65 1:31:36.230 1 10
2 2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 65 +6.790s 4 8
3 1 Spain Fernando Alonso United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 65 +17.456s 2 6
4 10 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber 65 +31.615s 5 5
5 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard Austria Red Bull-Renault 65 +58.331s 9 4
6 16 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 65 +59.538s 11 3
7 4 Finland Heikki Kovalainen France Renault 65 +1:02.128 8 2
8 22 Japan Takuma Sato Japan Super Aguri-Honda 64 +1 Lap 13 1
9 3 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella France Renault 64 +1 Lap 10
10 8 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Japan Honda 64 +1 Lap 12
11 23 United Kingdom Anthony Davidson Japan Super Aguri-Honda 64 +1 Lap 15
12 7 United Kingdom Jenson Button Japan Honda 64 +1 Lap 14
13 20 Germany Adrian Sutil Netherlands Spyker-Ferrari 63 +2 Laps 20
14 21 Netherlands Christijan Albers Netherlands Spyker-Ferrari 63 +2 Laps 21
Ret 9 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 46 Gearbox 7
Ret 11 Germany Ralf Schumacher Japan Toyota 44 Mechanical 17
Ret 18 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 19 Hydraulics 16
Ret 19 United States Scott Speed Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 9 Puncture 22
Ret 6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 9 Electrical 3
Ret 12 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 8 Fuel pressure 6
Ret 15 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 7 Hydraulics 19
Ret 17 Austria Alexander Wurz United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 1 Collision 18
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

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.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 30 ▲2
2 Spain Fernando Alonso 28 ▼1
3 Brazil Felipe Massa 27 ▲1
4 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 22 ▼2
5 Germany Nick Heidfeld 15
6 Poland Robert Kubica 8 ▲2
7 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 8 ▼1
8 Germany Nico Rosberg 5 ▲1
9 United Kingdom David Coulthard 4 ▲13
10 Italy Jarno Trulli 4 ▼3
11 Finland Heikki Kovalainen 3 ▼1
12 Japan Takuma Sato 1 ▲4
13 Germany Ralf Schumacher 1 ▼2
World Championship for Constructors*
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 58
2 Italy Ferrari 49
3 Germany BMW Sauber 23
4 France Renault 11
5 United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 5 ▲1
6 Japan Toyota 5 ▼1
7 Austria Red Bull-Renault 4
8 Japan Super Aguri-Honda 1 ▲1

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 '4. Spain 2007', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2007/espagne.aspx, (Accessed 13/02/2020)
  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 'Spain 2007: 'Matador moment' means more for Massa.', crash.net, (Crash Media Group, 13/05/2007), https://www.crash.net/f1/race-report/58558/1/spain-2007-matador-moment-means-more-for-massa, (Accessed 13/02/2020)
  3. 'Spain 2007: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2007/espagne/engages.aspx, (Accessed 13/02/2020)
  4. 4.0 4.1 'FORMULA 1™ Gran Premio de España Telefónica 2007 - QUALIFYING', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Limited, 2006), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2007/races/811/spain/qualifying.html, (Accessed 13/02/2020)
  5. 'Spain 2007: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2007/espagne/classement.aspx, (Accessed 13/02/2020)
V T E Spain Spanish Grand Prix
Circuits Pedralbes (1951, 1954), Jarama (1967-1968, 1970, 1972, 1974, 1976-1981), Montjuïc (1969, 1971, 1973, 1975), Jerez (1986-1990), Catalunya (1991-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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