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The 2007 Turkish Grand Prix, officially the III Petrol Ofisi Türkiye Grand Prix'si, was the twelfth round of the 2007 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Istanbul Park Racing Circuit near Istanbul, Turkey, on 26 August 2007.[1][2] The race would see Felipe Massa lead Kimi Räikkönen to a Ferrari one-two, as Championship leader Lewis Hamilton hit tyre trouble late on.[2]

Qualifying had seen the two Ferraris go toe-to-toe with the two McLaren-Mercedes of Hamilton and Fernando Alonso, with Massa emerging on pole position ahead of Hamilton.[2] Alonso and Räikkönen shared the second row, while the two BMW Saubers shared the third, Robert Kubica ahead of Nick Heidfeld.[2]

The start of the race saw McLaren make a mess of things, with Räikkönen instantly sprinting past Hamilton, while Alonso was jumped by both BMWs.[2] They, however, were more fortunate than Giancarlo Fisichella, who got a terrible getaway in the Renault, before managing to tip Jarno Trulli into a spin in the middle of the pack.[2] Fortunately neither the #3 Renault nor the #12 Toyota were hit by the rest of the field.[2]

With that the two Ferraris were away, with Massa scampering away with Räikkönen on his tail, while Hamilton lacked the pace to seriously challenge.[2] Alonso, meanwhile, would get increasingly frustrated behind the BMW Saubers during the early laps, unable to force a move on Heidfeld.[2]

The order remained stable, barring an early retirement for Mark Webber, through to the first round of stops, opened by a very early pit visit for Kubica on lap thirteen.[2] Alonso, meanwhile, would have to wait another four laps before Heidfeld finally moved out of his way, before delivering a single flying lap to jump both when he pitted a lap later.[2]

Out front, meanwhile, the two Ferraris would exchange a series of fastest laps before their first stops, with Massa pitting later and emerging ahead.[2] Hamilton, meanwhile, would be the last of the leaders to pit, retaining a lonely third, while Heikki Kovalainen briefly ran in the lead before making his first stop.[2]

The second stint would see Hamilton continue to fade away from the Ferraris, who remained running nose-to-tail at the head of the field.[2] However, Hamilton's longer first stop meant that he was carrying more fuel, and hence increased his hopes of beating the scarlet cars.[2]

Räikkönen was the first of the leaders to pit, but a slow stop ensured that Massa retained the lead, in spite of the fact that the Finn was visibly quicker on-track.[2] Hamilton, meanwhile, would have his bid for victory destroyed by a puncture at turn nine, costing him half a lap and a damaged front wing.[2]

The Brit slumped to fifth behind Heidfeld, with McLaren opting not to replace his damaged front wing.[2] That not only meant that the #2 McLaren failed to challenge the German racer, but would slip back into the clutches of a battling trio of Kovalainen, Nico Rosberg and Kubica.[2]

Out front, meanwhile, Massa would escape from Räikkönen to claim an ominous one-two victory for Ferrari, reigniting their title ambitions in both the Drivers and Constructors Championships. Alonso was a distant third to complete the podium ahead of Heidfeld, while Hamilton just kept Kovalainen, Rosberg and Kubica at bay to secure fifth.[2]

BackgroundEdit

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.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 2007 Turkish 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:[3]

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Q1Edit

Q2Edit

Q3Edit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

The full qualifying results for the 2007 Turkish 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 1:27.488 4 1:27.039 1 1:27.329 1
2 2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 4 1:27.513 3 1:27.936 2 1:27.546 2
3 6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 1 1:27.513 2 1:26.936 3 1:27.546 3
4 1 Spain Fernando Alonso United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 2 1:27.328 1 1:26.841 4 1:27.574 4
5 10 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber 5 1:27.997 6 1:27.253 5 1:27.722 5
6 9 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 6 1:28.099 7 1:27.253 6 1:28.037 6
7 4 Finland Heikki Kovalainen France Renault 7 1:28.127 5 1:27.039 7 1:28.491 7
8 16 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 8 1:28.275 8 1:27.750 8 1:28.501 8
9 12 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 11 1:28.318 9 1:27.801 9 1:28.740 9
10 3 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella France Renault 10 1:28.313 10 1:27.880 10 1:29.322 10
11 23 United Kingdom Anthony Davidson Japan Super Aguri-Honda 9 1:28.304 11 1:28.002 11
12 15 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 15 1:28.500 12 1:28.013 12
13 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard Austria Red Bull-Renault 14 1:28.395 13 1:28.100 13
14* 8 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Japan Honda 16 1:28.792 14 1:28.188 22
15* 7 United Kingdom Jenson Button Japan Honda 13 1:28.373 15 1:28.220 21
16 17 Austria Alexander Wurz United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 12 1:28.360 16 1:28.390 14
17 18 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 17 1:28.798 15
18 11 Germany Ralf Schumacher Japan Toyota 18 1:28.809 16
19 22 Japan Takuma Sato Japan Super Aguri-Honda 19 1:28.953 17
20 19 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 20 1:29.408 18
21 20 Germany Adrian Sutil Netherlands Spyker-Ferrari 21 1:29.861 19
22 21 Japan Sakon Yamamoto Netherlands Spyker-Ferrari 22 1:31.479 20
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.
  • * Button and Barrichello received ten place grid penalties for changing their engines.[4]

GridEdit

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

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 58 1:26:42.161 1 10
2 6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 58 +2.275s 3 8
3 1 Spain Fernando Alonso United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 58 +26.181s 4 6
4 9 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 58 +39.674s 6 5
5 2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 58 +45.085s 2 4
6 4 Finland Heikki Kovalainen France Renault 58 +46.169s 7 3
7 16 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 58 +55.778s 8 2
8 10 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber 58 +56.707s 5 1
9 3 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella France Renault 58 +59.491s 10
10 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard Austria Red Bull-Renault 58 +1:11.009 13
11 17 Austria Alexander Wurz United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 58 +1:19.628 14
12 11 Germany Ralf Schumacher Japan Toyota 57 +1 Lap 16
13 7 United Kingdom Jenson Button Japan Honda 57 +1 Lap 21
14 23 United Kingdom Anthony Davidson Japan Super Aguri-Honda 57 +1 Lap 11
15 18 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 57 +1 Lap 15
16 12 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 57 +1 Lap 9
17 8 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Japan Honda 57 +1 Lap 22
18 22 Japan Takuma Sato Japan Super Aguri-Honda 57 +1 Lap 17
19 19 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 57 +1 Lap 18
20 21 Japan Sakon Yamamoto Netherlands Spyker-Ferrari 56 +2 Laps 20
21* 20 Germany Adrian Sutil Netherlands Spyker-Ferrari 53 Fuel pressure 19
Ret 15 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 9 Hydraulics 12
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Sutil was still classified despite retiring as he had completed 90% of the race distance.[5]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Felipe Massa secured his third victory of the campaign, meaning the entire top four in the Championship had three wins apiece with five races to go. However, while the Brazilian had moved back ahead of his teammate Kimi Räikkönen in Turkey, he still trailed Championship leader Lewis Hamilton by fifteen points. Indeed, the Brit had just managed to retain his lead at the head of the pack, with Fernando Alonso closing to within five of the rookie.

In the Constructors Championship it was still McLaren-Mercedes who led the charge, although a maximum score for Ferrari had seriously damaged their advantage. Indeed, the Scuderia would sit just eleven points behind the Anglo-German alliance heading to Italy, with a one-two on home soil potentially enough to put them ahead. Elsewhere, BMW Sauber once again reinforced their third place status ahead of Renault, with no changes to the rest of the contenders.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 84
2 Spain Fernando Alonso 79
3 Brazil Felipe Massa 69 ▲1
4 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 68 ▼1
5 Germany Nick Heidfeld 47
6 Poland Robert Kubica 29
7 Finland Heikki Kovalainen 19 ▲1
8 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 17 ▼1
9 Austria Alexander Wurz 13
10 Germany Nico Rosberg 9 ▲2
11 Australia Mark Webber 8 ▼1
12 United Kingdom David Coulthard 8 ▼1
13 Italy Jarno Trulli 7
14 Germany Ralf Schumacher 5
15 Japan Takuma Sato 4
16 United Kingdom Jenson Button 1
17 Germany Sebastian Vettel 1
World Championship for Constructors*
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 148
2 Italy Ferrari 137
3 Germany BMW Sauber 77
4 France Renault 36
5 United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 22
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 '12. Turkey 2007', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2007/turquie.aspx, (Accessed 18/02/2020)
  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 'Turkey 2007: Massa wins, Hamilton tyres out.', crash.net, (Crash Media Group, 26/08/2007), https://www.crash.net/f1/race-report/59701/1/turkey-2007-massa-wins-hamilton-tyres-out, (Accessed 18/02/2020)
  3. 'Turkey 2007: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2007/turquie/engages.aspx, (Accessed 18/02/2020)
  4. 4.0 4.1 ' ', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Limited, 2006), , (Accessed 02/02/2020)
  5. 5.0 5.1 'Turkey 2007: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2007/turquie/classement.aspx, (Accessed 18/02/2020)
  6. 6.0 6.1 [Archived] '2007 Turkish GP', chicanef1.com, (Chicane F1, 2014), https://web.archive.org/web/20190409234507/http://chicanef1.com/racetit.pl?year=2007&gp=Turkish%20GP&r=1, (Accessed 18/02/2020) - Original
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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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