2007 Monaco Grand Prix

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Template:Use dmy dates Template:Infobox Grand Prix race report The 2007 Monaco Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race and was the fifth round of the 2007 Formula One season. It took place from 24–27 May at the Circuit de Monaco in Monte Carlo. The race itself commenced at 14:00 CET (noon UTC), Sunday, 27 May, and lasted about 1 hour and 40 minutes. It was won by Fernando Alonso in a McLaren.

Report

Background

Testing started a week and a half before the race at Circuit Paul Ricard using the circuit's 2D SC configuration to replicate the Circuit de Monaco.<ref name="Paul Ricard">Template:Cite news</ref> Lewis Hamilton went on to score the fastest times on the days of testing whilst the circuit was in the Monaco configuration.

Hamilton, who had never lost a race on the Monte Carlo track (having won there in both GP2 and F3)<ref name="Hamilton Plays Down Chances.">Template:Cite news</ref> played down his chances of winning the race, although he still remained "realistic" and optimistic, looking to fight for a win as is "the case with everything (he) competes in."<ref name="Hamilton Plays Down Chances." />

Practice

The final practice session on Saturday morning was heavily affected by rain. Adrian Sutil of Spyker topped the timesheets for this session due to the conditions.

Qualifying

Qualifying was dominated throughout by the two McLarens of Hamilton and Fernando Alonso. Despite Hamilton setting fastest times for the first session, Alonso outpaced him in the final stages to take pole position, with Hamilton being held up slightly by Mark Webber. Felipe Massa of Ferrari qualified third fastest, posting a time after the clock stopped. Kimi Räikkönen made a mistake and hit the barriers coming out of the Swimming Pool Complex during the second qualifying stage, breaking his front-right suspension. The damage inflicted could not be repaired and he qualified sixteenth. Despite provisionally making the top ten, David Coulthard was penalised for impeding Heikki Kovalainen and demoted to thirteenth.<ref name="coulthardpen">Template:Cite news</ref> Coulthard's demotion allowed Jenson Button to participate in the final qualifying stage, but he failed to move up the field and finished the qualifying session in 10th place.

Of those whose qualifying went well, former Monaco resident Giancarlo Fisichella fared best, putting his Renault on the second row in fourth place. Nico Rosberg's performance marked a return to form for his Williams team; his fifth place was the British constructor's best qualifying position since Mark Webber's second place at the same track one year before in 2006. Webber himself also fared well, filling the second slot on row three, alongside Rosberg, in sixth place.

Race

The race itself was quite uneventful. From the starting line everyone got away for the first laps, with Hamilton diving in behind Alonso to defend any of the Ferrari's advances. After the race, FIA launched an investigation of the McLaren team for giving out team orders, to the effect of asking Hamilton not to attempt to race or overtake Alonso. Ecclestone said McLaren "could be excluded from the championship or they could have points deducted". McLaren were later cleared of any wrongdoing by the FIA.

No other car in the field could keep up with the sheer pace of both of the McLaren-Mercedes, with Massa, after a competitive first stint in third place, dropping to sixty seconds behind Hamilton. Notably, he was the only car the two McLaren drivers did not lap during the afternoon.

Kimi Räikkönen came back up the field to eighth place to gain one championship point after his poor qualifying performance.

Vitantonio Liuzzi crashed out of the race on the second lap, a fate that befell Spyker driver Adrian Sutil in the second half of the Grand Prix. The other Spyker car, driven by Christijan Albers failed to finish the race due to a mechanical problem. The only other retirement was Mark Webber, whose Red Bull's gearbox failed in the early stages of the race.

Classification

Qualifying

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1 1 Template:Flagicon Fernando Alonso McLaren-Mercedes 1:16.059 1:15.431 1:15.726 1
2 2 Template:Flagicon Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:15.685 1:15.479 1:15.905 2
3 5 Template:Flagicon Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:16.786 1:16.034 1:15.967 3
4 3 Template:Flagicon Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 1:17.596 1:16.054 1:16.285 4
5 16 Template:Flagicon Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 1:16.870 1:16.100 1:16.439 5
6 15 Template:Flagicon Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:17.816 1:16.420 1:16.784 6
7 9 Template:Flagicon Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:17.385 1:15.733 1:16.832 7
8 10 Template:Flagicon Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 1:17.584 1:15.576 1:16.955 8
9 8 Template:Flagicon Rubens Barrichello Honda 1:17.244 1:16.454 1:17.498 9
10 7 Template:Flagicon Jenson Button Honda 1:17.297 1:16.457Template:Ref 1:17.939 10Template:Ref
11 14 Template:Flagicon David Coulthard Red Bull-Renault 1:17.204 1:16.319Template:Ref 13Template:Ref
12 17 Template:Flagicon Alexander Wurz Williams-Toyota 1:17.874 1:16.662 11
13 18 Template:Flagicon Vitantonio Liuzzi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:16.720 1:16.703 12
14 12 Template:Flagicon Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:17.686 1:16.988 14
15 4 Template:Flagicon Heikki Kovalainen Renault 1:17.836 1:17.125 15
16 6 Template:Flagicon Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:16.251 no time 16
17 23 Template:Flagicon Anthony Davidson Super Aguri-Honda 1:18.250 17
18 19 Template:Flagicon Scott Speed Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:18.390 18
19 20 Template:Flagicon Adrian Sutil Spyker-Ferrari 1:18.418 19
20 11 Template:Flagicon Ralf Schumacher Toyota 1:18.539 20
21 22 Template:Flagicon Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 1:18.554 21
22 21 Template:Flagicon Christijan Albers Spyker-Ferrari no time 22
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Notes
Template:Note — David Coulthard was penalised for blocking Heikki Kovalainen and not allowed to take part in Q3 despite posting the 8th fastest time of Q2, he was then given a two place grid penalty and started the race in 13th place. Jenson Button, who had qualified 11th in Q2, therefore inherited the final place in Q3 from Coulthard.

Race

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Template:Flagicon Fernando Alonso McLaren-Mercedes 78 1:40:29.329 1 10
2 2 Template:Flagicon Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 78 +4.095 2 8
3 5 Template:Flagicon Felipe Massa Ferrari 78 +1:09.114 3 6
4 3 Template:Flagicon Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 77 +1 Lap 4 5
5 10 Template:Flagicon Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 77 +1 Lap 8 4
6 9 Template:Flagicon Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 77 +1 Lap 7 3
7 17 Template:Flagicon Alexander Wurz Williams-Toyota 77 +1 Lap 11 2
8 6 Template:Flagicon Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 77 +1 Lap 16 1
9 19 Template:Flagicon Scott Speed Toro Rosso-Ferrari 77 +1 Lap 18
10 8 Template:Flagicon Rubens Barrichello Honda 77 +1 Lap 9
11 7 Template:Flagicon Jenson Button Honda 77 +1 Lap 10
12 16 Template:Flagicon Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 77 +1 Lap 5
13 4 Template:Flagicon Heikki Kovalainen Renault 76 Engine 15
14 14 Template:Flagicon David Coulthard Red Bull-Renault 76 +2 Laps 13
15 12 Template:Flagicon Jarno Trulli Toyota 76 +2 Laps 14
16 11 Template:Flagicon Ralf Schumacher Toyota 76 +2 Laps 20
17 22 Template:Flagicon Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 76 +2 Laps 21
18 23 Template:Flagicon Anthony Davidson Super Aguri-Honda 76 +2 Laps 17
19 21 Template:Flagicon Christijan Albers Spyker-Ferrari 70 Driveshaft 22
Ret 20 Template:Flagicon Adrian Sutil Spyker-Ferrari 53 Accident 19
Ret 15 Template:Flagicon Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 17 Gearbox 6
Ret 18 Template:Flagicon Vitantonio Liuzzi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 2 Accident 12
  • Christijan Albers was classified as 19th, because he completed 90% of the race winner's distance

Championship standings after the race

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Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
1 Template:Flagicon Fernando Alonso 38
2 Template:Flagicon Lewis Hamilton 38
3 Template:Flagicon Felipe Massa 33
4 Template:Flagicon Kimi Räikkönen 23
5 Template:Flagicon Nick Heidfeld 18

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Constructors' Championship standings
Pos Constructor Points
1 Template:Flagicon McLaren-Mercedes 76
2 Template:Flagicon Ferrari 56
3 Template:Flagicon BMW Sauber 30
4 Template:Flagicon Renault 16
5 Template:Flagicon Williams-Toyota 7

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

References

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