2007 Hungarian Grand Prix

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Template:Use dmy dates Template:Infobox Grand Prix race report The 2007 Hungarian Grand Prix was the eleventh race of the 2007 Formula One season, held between 3 to 5 August at the Hungaroring racing track in Budapest. It was also memorable for an incident in the Saturday qualifying session, between Lewis Hamilton and teammate Fernando Alonso.

Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) went into the race with a 2-point advantage in World Championship points over his teammate, Fernando Alonso, and was 11 points ahead of 3rd place man Felipe Massa after a chaotic European Grand Prix whilst McLaren held a 27-point lead in the Constructors' Championship over their main rivals Ferrari.

Japanese former Super Aguri driver Sakon Yamamoto filled the second Spyker car, replacing European GP leader, German Markus Winkelhock.

Sebastian Vettel, the youngest Grand Prix point scorer made his second Grand Prix start replacing Scott Speed at Scuderia Toro Rosso.<ref name="f1fvetteltotororosso">Template:Cite web</ref>

Template:F1 Champion Damon Hill was guest colour commentator for the race, on ITV's coverage in the United Kingdom. He won the Hungarian Grand Prix twice, in 1993 and 1995 for Williams-Renault.

Controversy hit the qualifying sessions when Alonso held Hamilton up in the pit lane, denying Hamilton a chance to record a final lap time. Stewards later dropped Alonso five places down the starting grid of the race, putting him in sixth while Hamilton started in pole position. McLaren were also told they would not score any Constructor's Championship points in the race and wouldn't be presented with a winning constructor's trophy on the podium if one of their drivers were to win the race. The team stated Hamilton's hold-up was not Alonso's fault (although Alonso gave the stewards a different explanation, that he was inquiring about his tyres), and that Hamilton had disobeyed team orders to let Alonso pass him, which put the two drivers out of sequence for their pit stops.<ref>The Official Formula 1 Website</ref> McLaren had initially expressed their intent to appeal the Constructor's points penalty but ultimately withdrew their appeal after subsequently losing all their Constructor's points as penalty for the espionage scandal.



BMW’s Robert Kubica was the fastest driver in the first of the practice sessions with a time of 1:22.390. He was followed by the two Ferraris of Felipe Massa and Kimi Räikkönen, and the two McLarens of Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton. Friday’s second session saw the two McLarens of Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton in first and third, respectively, separated by Renault’s Heikki Kovalainen. Fernando Alonso’s time was 1:20.919. In Saturday’s practice session Felipe Massa took first spot with a time of 1:20.183, followed by Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton, Nick Heidfeld and then Kimi Räikkönen .


Template:Original research In the first qualifying session, Lewis Hamilton posted the fastest time with 1:19:570, which was the quickest time recorded in the weekend so far, being the only lap under 1:20. Hamilton and the rest of the front-runners led the way, and as the session ended Jenson Button, the 2006 winner, had bumped his Honda teammate Rubens Barrichello into the relegation zone. However, Button was soon beaten by Liuzzi. Joining the two Hondas were Takuma Sato, Sebastian Vettel, Adrian Sutil and Sakon Yamamoto.

In the second session, Jarno Trulli of Toyota led the pace early, but Hamilton and his teammate Alonso posted the best times. Massa and Kubica struggled to 11th and 12th places, but, Kubica's team put on new tyres and reached the top 10. Massa had worse luck; the Ferrari team weren't prepared for him to need a second run in Q2, and he was released into the pit-lane without being refuelled. His pit crew had to run down the pit-lane and pull him back to his pit to be refuelled, by which time his tyres had lost temperature so when he finally made it out, the lack of grip meant he was unable to improve his time. Joining Massa among the eliminated drivers were David Coulthard in 11th, Heikki Kovalainen in 12th, Alexander Wurz of Williams Toyota in 13th, 15th was Anthony Davidson, and 16th was Vitantonio Liuzzi.

Hamilton led out of the pit-lane at the beginning of Q3, followed by teammate Alonso. Hamilton set the quickest lap time the first time around, but was soon beaten by Nick Heidfeld. Around the 9-minute mark, Trulli was the first into the pits to change tyres. Alonso was next into the pits; at the time, he was ninth. All the others followed suit, and meaningful times were soon put in. Hamilton again impressed the crowd with another time below 1:20. Alonso and Kimi Räikkönen, the only remaining Ferrari driver, Nick Heidfeld, Kubica, and Trulli filed in behind. With around 2:30 remaining, Alonso again pitted for fresh tyres, along with almost every other driver. The McLaren crew held Alonso for around 20 seconds after the tyres were fitted, in an attempt to give him a clear track. At the time, Hamilton was 'stacked up' behind, waiting for Alonso to leave. But when Alonso was released, he remained stationary for a further 10 seconds, even though the pit crew were gesturing for him to leave. Hamilton then pulled in for his final set of tyres, but the delay meant there was insufficient time for him to get back to the start-finish line before the chequered flag and the end of qualifying. Alonso started his flying lap with less than 2 seconds of the session remaining while Hamilton missed out by around 5 seconds.

Alonso's final lap was good enough to claim pole and push Hamilton down to second. TV pictures showed Ron Dennis angrily throwing his headphones down as Alonso pulled out of the pits; and after the session was over he was seen having a serious conversation with Alonso's trainer. He refused to comment on the pit-lane delay, although he later explained that Hamilton had ignored team orders to let Alonso past at the beginning of the fuel burn phase, which had put the cars out of sequence for their stops.

Behind the McLarens of Alonso and Hamilton, third went to Heidfeld, which surprised many Ferrari and BMW fans. In fourth was Räikkönen, fifth was Rosberg. Sixth place was taken by Ralf Schumacher of Germany, seventh was the second BMW Sauber of Robert Kubica. Giancarlo Fisichella posted the eighth fastest time, with Trulli and Webber rounding out the top ten.

Following the qualifying session, the stewards investigated an incident in Q1, when Fisichella appeared to block Yamamoto into the final corner – and they also investigated the Alonso/Hamilton incident (subsequently called Pitlanegate by the media). Fisichella was handed a five-place penalty, dropping him down to thirteenth. Alonso was also handed a five-place penalty on the grid, meaning he started the race in sixth position and promoted Hamilton to pole position. His McLaren team were told they would be docked any Constructors' World Championship points they would earn in the race, which McLaren subsequently appealed.

The race

Template:Expand section Lewis Hamilton led every lap of the race (the first time anyone had done so in 2007<ref name="f1fhungariangrandprixstats">Template:Cite web</ref>), but had to withstand near constant pressure from the Ferrari of Kimi Räikkönen, which appeared more competitive than it did in qualifying and practice. Hamilton's team-mate Fernando Alonso managed to climb from his 6th place grid-slot to 4th by the end of the race, just behind the BMW Sauber of Nick Heidfeld. Alonso spent much of the race behind the Toyota of Ralf Schumacher, only getting past by the third stint. Schumacher finished in 6th place, after repassing Nico Rosberg (7th) and Heikki Kovalainen (8th) who were on three-stop strategies compared to Schumacher's two-stop strategy. This was the last time that Ralf Schumacher scored in Formula One.

Retirements from the race were Sakon Yamamoto, who crashed in the early laps of the race on his Spyker debut. Jenson Button and Vitantonio Liuzzi both suffered mechanical failure while the Super Aguri of Anthony Davidson was taken out after a collision with the Renault of Giancarlo Fisichella. The moment Lewis Hamilton crossed the finish line he was celebrated becoming the first ever rookie and the only active Formula One driver to have achieved a Grand Chelem. However 0.715 seconds later, Kimi Räikkönen improved Hamilton's fastest lap, depriving him of the record.<ref name="hun2007fastestlapsuccession">Template:Cite web</ref>



Pos Driver Constructor Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Grid
1 Template:Flagicon Fernando Alonso McLaren-Mercedes 1:20.425 1:19.661 1:19.674 6†
2 Template:Flagicon Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:19.570 1:19.301 1:19.781 1
3 Template:Flagicon Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:20.751 1:20.322 1:20.259 2
4 Template:Flagicon Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:20.435 1:20.107 1:20.410 3
5 Template:Flagicon Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 1:20.547 1:20.188 1:20.632 4
6 Template:Flagicon Ralf Schumacher Toyota 1:20.449 1:20.455 1:20.714 5
7 Template:Flagicon Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 1:20.366 1:20.703 1:20.876 7
8 Template:Flagicon Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 1:21.645 1:20.590 1:21.079 13‡
9 Template:Flagicon Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:20.481 1:19.951 1:21.206 8
10 Template:Flagicon Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:20.794 1:20.439 1:21.256 9
11 Template:Flagicon David Coulthard Red Bull-Renault 1:21.291 1:20.718 10
12 Template:Flagicon Heikki Kovalainen Renault 1:20.285 1:20.779 11
13 Template:Flagicon Alexander Wurz Williams-Toyota 1:21.243 1:20.865 12
14 Template:Flagicon Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:20.408 1:21.021 14
15 Template:Flagicon Anthony Davidson Super Aguri-Honda 1:21.018 1:21.127 15
16 Template:Flagicon Vitantonio Liuzzi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:21.730 1:21.993 16
17 Template:Flagicon Jenson Button Honda 1:21.737 17
18 Template:Flagicon Rubens Barrichello Honda 1:21.877 18
19 Template:Flagicon Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 1:22.143 19
20 Template:Flagicon Sebastian Vettel Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:22.177 20
21 Template:Flagicon Adrian Sutil Spyker-Ferrari 1:22.737 21
22 Template:Flagicon Sakon Yamamoto Spyker-Ferrari 1:23.774 22

† Fernando Alonso was dropped five places for impeding Lewis Hamilton during Q3.
‡ Giancarlo Fisichella was dropped five places due to impeding Sakon Yamamoto during Q1.


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 2 Template:Flagicon Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 70 1:35:52.991 1 10
2 6 Template:Flagicon Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 70 +0.715 3 8
3 9 Template:Flagicon Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 70 +43.129 2 6
4 1 Template:Flagicon Fernando Alonso McLaren-Mercedes 70 +44.858 6 5
5 10 Template:Flagicon Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 70 +47.616 7 4
6 11 Template:Flagicon Ralf Schumacher Toyota 70 +50.669 5 3
7 16 Template:Flagicon Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 70 +59.139 4 2
8 4 Template:Flagicon Heikki Kovalainen Renault 70 +1:08.104 11 1
9 15 Template:Flagicon Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 70 +1:16.331 9
10 12 Template:Flagicon Jarno Trulli Toyota 69 +1 lap 8
11 14 Template:Flagicon David Coulthard Red Bull-Renault 69 +1 lap 10
12 3 Template:Flagicon Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 69 +1 lap 13
13 5 Template:Flagicon Felipe Massa Ferrari 69 +1 lap 14
14 17 Template:Flagicon Alexander Wurz Williams-Toyota 69 +1 lap 12
15 22 Template:Flagicon Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 69 +1 lap 19
16 19 Template:Flagicon Sebastian Vettel Toro Rosso-Ferrari 69 +1 lap 20
17 20 Template:Flagicon Adrian Sutil Spyker-Ferrari 68 +2 laps 21
18 8 Template:Flagicon Rubens Barrichello Honda 68 +2 laps 18
Ret 18 Template:Flagicon Vitantonio Liuzzi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 42 Electrical 16
Ret 23 Template:Flagicon Anthony Davidson Super Aguri-Honda 41 Collision 15
Ret 7 Template:Flagicon Jenson Button Honda 35 Throttle 17
Ret 21 Template:Flagicon Sakon Yamamoto Spyker-Ferrari 4 Accident 22

Championship standings after the race

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Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
1 Template:Flagicon Lewis Hamilton 80
2 Template:Flagicon Fernando Alonso 73
3 Template:Flagicon Kimi Räikkönen 60
4 Template:Flagicon Felipe Massa 59
5 Template:Flagicon Nick Heidfeld 42


Constructors' Championship standings
Pos Constructor Points
1 Template:Flagicon McLaren-Mercedes 138
2 Template:Flagicon Ferrari 119
3 Template:Flagicon BMW Sauber 71
4 Template:Flagicon Renault 33
5 Template:Flagicon Williams-Toyota 20


  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.



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