2007 Monaco Grand Prix
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.
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." />
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 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.
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.
|Template:Tooltip||Template:Tooltip||Driver||Constructor||Part 1||Part 2||Part 3||Template:Tooltip|
|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|
- 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.
|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
- Drivers' Championship standings
|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|
- Constructors' Championship standings
|3||Template:Flagicon BMW Sauber||30|
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.