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2007 Italian Grand Prix

  2007 Italian Grand Prix
Race details
Race 13 of 17 in the 2007 Formula One season

Autodromo Nazionale Monza
Date 9 September 2007
Official name LXXVIII Gran Premio Santander d'Italia
Location Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy
Course Permanent racing facility
5.793 km (3.6 mi)
Distance 53 laps, 306.720 km (190.58 mi)
Pole position
Driver Fernando Alonso McLaren-Mercedes
Time 1:21.997
Fastest lap
Driver Fernando Alonso McLaren-Mercedes
Time 1:22.871 on lap 15
Podium
First Fernando Alonso McLaren-Mercedes
Second Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes
Third Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari

The 2007 Italian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held from 7 to 9 September 2007 at Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Italy. It was the thirteenth race of the 2007 Formula One season.

Going into the race, McLaren's Lewis Hamilton held a 5-point lead over team-mate Fernando Alonso in the Drivers' Championship, whilst McLaren held an 11-point lead over Ferrari in the Constructors' Championship. Ferrari were expected to do well at home after a one-two finish in the Turkish GP and Michael Schumacher's victory at Monza the previous year. However, McLaren dominated the traditional test session prior to the Grand Prix, with Alonso topping the time sheets on two of the four days and Hamilton and Pedro de la Rosa fastest on the other days.

Fernando Alonso took his fourth win of the season, leading home the fourth one-two finish of the season for McLaren as Lewis Hamilton finished second. It was McLaren's eighth victory at Monza and Mercedes' fourth, while Alonso became the first Spaniard to win the Italian Grand Prix. It turned out to be his last win for McLaren, and McLaren's last 1-2 finish until the 2010 Chinese Grand Prix.

Report

Qualifying

The two Spykers of Adrian Sutil and Sakon Yamamoto were both eliminated in Q1, along with Vitantonio Liuzzi in the Toro Rosso, Takuma Sato of Super Aguri, and, surprisingly, the Toyota of Ralf Schumacher and David Coulthard's Red Bull.

In the second session, both the Toro Rosso of Sebastian Vettel and Anthony Davidson's Super Aguri, who had done very well to make the session, were eliminated. So were Giancarlo Fisichella in the Renault, Alexander Wurz of Williams, the Honda of Rubens Barrichello and Coulthard's Red Bull teammate Mark Webber.

Jenson Button had done excellently to put the Honda in the top 10, and he qualified tenth, on the fifth row with Jarno Trulli's Toyota. Nico Rosberg qualified his Williams eighth, alongside the second Renault of Heikki Kovalainen, who had put in a brilliant performance. Robert Kubica took 6th in the BMW Sauber, while his teammate Nick Heidfeld broke the domination of the top 4 by McLaren and Ferrari, beating the Scuderia's Kimi Räikkönen to 4th. However, it was service as normal at the very front, with Räikkönen's teammate Felipe Massa taking 3rd, and the two McLarens of Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso locking out the front row, with the Spaniard just pipping his younger teammate to pole by 0.037 of a second.

Race

The top three held station from the start, but Kimi Räikkönen's Ferrari jumped Nick Heidfeld in the BMW Sauber and moved into fourth. Jarno Trulli was a big loser in the Toyota, slipping from 9th to 13th, while the big winner was David Coulthard, who went from 20th to 15th in the Red Bull.

On lap 2, however, Coulthard crashed, completely negating the influence of his brilliant start. This allowed the Super Aguri of Anthony Davidson up into 15th.

The race's only other retirement was Räikkönen's teammate Felipe Massa, who retired with a suspension failure on lap 11 after running in third place. This allowed the Finn to move into third and Nico Rosberg to move into the points in his Williams.

Lewis Hamilton, running second in the McLaren, suffered a puncture on lap 19, and dropped down to 6th behind Räikkönen, the two BMW Saubers of Heidfeld and Robert Kubica and Heikki Kovalainen's Renault. Räikkönen then took the lead as Hamilton's teammate Fernando Alonso pitted from the lead on lap 21.

A recovering Hamilton moved back to third place behind Räikkönen and Alonso after the two BMW Saubers and Kovalainen pitted, but as the Ferrari man emerged from his pitstop, Hamilton was still behind. He made a daring move down the inside of turn one to recover second place, more or less confirming a McLaren 1-2. Alonso retained the lead.

There were no further changes at the front, and Alonso led home by six seconds from Hamilton, with Räikkönen completing the podium. Heidfeld finished in fourth just four seconds ahead of his teammate Kubica, with Rosberg still in close contention in sixth. Kovalainen was seventh, and Jenson Button rounded out the points in a rare foray into the points paying positions for the Honda team.

Classification

Qualifying

Pos No Driver Constructor Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Grid
1 1 Fernando Alonso McLaren-Mercedes 1:21.718 1:21.356 1:21.997 1
2 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:21.956 1:21.746 1:22.034 2
3 5 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:22.309 1:21.993 1:22.549 3
4 9 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:23.107 1:22.466 1:23.174 4
5 6 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:22.673 1:22.369 1:23.183 5
6 10 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 1:23.088 1:22.400 1:23.446 6
7 4 Heikki Kovalainen Renault 1:23.505 1:23.134 1:24.102 7
8 16 Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 1:23.333 1:22.748 1:24.382 8
9 12 Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:23.724 1:23.107 1:24.555 9
10 7 Jenson Button Honda 1:23.639 1:23.021 1:25.165 10
11 15 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:23.575 1:23.166 11
12 8 Rubens Barrichello Honda 1:23.474 1:23.176 12
13 17 Alexander Wurz Williams-Toyota 1:23.739 1:23.209 13
14 23 Anthony Davidson Super Aguri-Honda 1:23.646 1:23.274 14
15 3 Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 1:23.559 1:23.325 15
16 19 Sebastian Vettel Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:23.578 1:23.351 16
17 22 Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 1:23.749 17
18 11 Ralf Schumacher Toyota 1:23.787 18
19 18 Vitantonio Liuzzi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:23.886 19
20 14 David Coulthard Red Bull-Renault 1:24.019 20
21 20 Adrian Sutil Spyker-Ferrari 1:24.699 21
22 21 Sakon Yamamoto Spyker-Ferrari 1:25.084 22
Source:[1]

Race

The race was won by Fernando Alonso for McLaren.
Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Fernando Alonso McLaren-Mercedes 53 1:18:37.806 1 10
2 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 53 +6.062 2 8
3 6 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 53 +27.325 5 6
4 9 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 53 +56.562 4 5
5 10 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 53 +1:00.558 6 4
6 16 Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 53 +1:05.810 8 3
7 4 Heikki Kovalainen Renault 53 +1:06.751 7 2
8 7 Jenson Button Honda 53 +1:12.168 10 1
9 15 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 53 +1:15.879 11
10 8 Rubens Barrichello Honda 53 +1:16.958 12
11 12 Jarno Trulli Toyota 53 +1:17.736 9
12 3 Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 52 +1 lap 15
13 17 Alexander Wurz Williams-Toyota 52 +1 lap 13
14 23 Anthony Davidson Super Aguri-Honda 52 +1 lap 14
15 11 Ralf Schumacher Toyota 52 +1 lap 18
16 22 Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 52 +1 lap 17
17 18 Vitantonio Liuzzi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 52 +1 lap 19
18 19 Sebastian Vettel Toro Rosso-Ferrari 52 +1 lap 16
19 20 Adrian Sutil Spyker-Ferrari 52 +1 lap 21
20 21 Sakon Yamamoto Spyker-Ferrari 52 +1 lap 22
Ret 5 Felipe Massa Ferrari 10 Suspension 3
Ret 14 David Coulthard Red Bull-Renault 1 Accident 20

Championship standings after the race

  • Bold text indicates who still has a theoretical chance of becoming World Champion.
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

References

  1. ^ "FORMULA 1™ Gran Premio d'Italia 2007". Formula1.com (Formula One Group). 9 September 2007. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 

External links

  • Detailed Italian Grand Prix results
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2007 Turkish Grand Prix
FIA Formula One World Championship
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