Formula 1 Championship Results

1
Kimi Räikkönen
Ferrari
2
Lewis Hamilton
McLaren-Mercedes
3
Fernando Alonso
McLaren-Mercedes
Championship
Position
Accumulated
Points
Pole
Position
Race
Position
Race
Points
Teams
Drivers
Championship
Position
Accumulated
Points
Best
Position
Race
Points
Teams
Drivers
Race Results ▶
Driver
AUS
MYS
BHR
ESP
MCO
CAN
USA
FRA
GBR
EUR
HUN
TUR
ITA
BEL
JPN
CHN
BRA
Total
10 6 6 1 4 5 10 10 8 8 6 10 6 10 10 110
Lewis Hamilton
McLaren-Mercedes
6 8 8 8 8 10 10 6 6 10 4 8 5 10 2 109
Fernando Alonso
McLaren-Mercedes
8 10 4 6 10 2 8 2 8 10 5 6 10 6 8 6 109
Felipe Massa
Ferrari
3 4 10 10 6 6 8 4 8 10 8 3 6 8 94
Nick Heidfeld
BMW Sauber
5 5 5 3 8 4 3 3 6 5 5 4 2 3 61
Robert Kubica
BMW Sauber
3 5 4 5 5 2 4 1 4 2 4 39
1 2 5 4 2 1 1 3 2 1 8 30
4 3 1 5 3 1 4 21
Nico Rosberg
Williams-Toyota
2 3 2 2 3 3 5 20
David Coulthard
Red Bull Racing
4 4 5 1 14
Alexander Wurz
Williams-Toyota
2 6 5 13
Mark Webber
Red Bull Racing
2 6 2 10
2 2 3 1 8
Sebastian Vettel
BMW Sauber
1 6
Sebastian Vettel
Scuderia Toro Rosso
5 6
1 1 4 6
1 1 3 5
Takuma Sato
Super Aguri-Honda
1 3 4
Vitantonio Liuzzi
Scuderia Toro Rosso
3 3
Adrian Sutil
Spyker-Ferrari
1 1
0
Scott Speed
Scuderia Toro Rosso
0
Kazuki Nakajima
Williams-Toyota
0
Anthony Davidson
Super Aguri-Honda
0
Sakon Yamamoto
Spyker-Ferrari
0
Christijan Albers
Spyker-Ferrari
0
Markus Winkelhock
Spyker-Ferrari
0
Team
AUS
MYS
BHR
ESP
MCO
CAN
USA
FRA
GBR
EUR
HUN
TUR
ITA
BEL
JPN
CHN
BRA
Total
McLaren-Mercedes
Alonso/Hamilton
14 18 12 14 18 12 18 8 14 10 15 10 18 11 10 8 8 218
Ferrari
Räikkönen/Massa
13 10 16 10 7 4 11 18 14 8 8 18 6 18 9 16 18 204
BMW Sauber
Heidfeld/Kubica/Vettel
5 5 8 5 7 8 1 9 8 5 10 6 9 4 2 2 7 101
Renault
Fisichella/Kovalainen
4 4 1 2 5 5 4 3 3 1 1 3 2 1 12 51
Williams-Toyota
Rosberg/Wurz/Nakajima
2 3 2 6 5 2 2 3 3 5 33
Red Bull Racing
Coulthard/Webber
4 2 10 2 5 1 24
Toyota
Schumacher/Trulli
1 2 2 1 3 3 1 13
Scuderia Toro Rosso
Speed/Vettel/Liuzzi
8 8
Honda
Barrichello/Button
1 1 4 6
Super Aguri-Honda
Sato/Davidson
1 3 4
Spyker-Ferrari
Sutil/Albers/Winkelhock/Yamamoto
1 1
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 McLAREN points as a team were excluded from the standings because of the "Spygate" scandal, in which technical information was illegally passed from Ferrari. The latter became the to Constructors' Champion and McLaren was fine with $100MM sum. 

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Championship Review

RAIKKONEN SURPRISES THEM ALL

A new era in Formula 1 officially began with retirement of the seven-time champion Michael Schumacher. This fact made Fernando Alonso look like the heir to the throne and the person in charge of bringing fresh leadership to the sport. Seventeen races would complete the calendar, highlighting the return of Fuji for the Japanese GP, and exclusion from the San Marino Grand Prix that ran from 1981.

The regulations underwent relatively simple changes, with the exception of the engines homologation. This agreement, once more in order to cut costs, freezed engine development and established that those used in the Japanese GP in 2006, should be the same for 2007 and 2008. This measure increases the importance of car design over the mechanical force.

The withdrawal of Michelin as a tire supplier left Bridgestone as the sole supplier. Also the number of tires a car could use over race weekend was set at 14; four for Friday's practice and the remaining ten for the other two days at the discretion of the team. Additionally, all cars were to change tires of various dry compounds at least once per race.

As always, there were significant changes in the driver line-up, and the big teams had a lot to input on this. Kimi Raikkonen was chosen to take the place of "Schumi" in Ferrari and teaming up with Brazilian Felipe Massa. At the same time, the Finn was replaced by no other than the reigning champion Fernando Alonso. The Spaniard was set to share the responsibility of driving a popular McLaren with a talented unknown rookie by the name of Lewis Hamilton who had been trained and nurture by Ron Dennis, the team Principal.

Heikki Kovalainen would take Alonso’s at Renault and would pair with Giancarlo Fisichella to drive the not very competitive R27. Redbull confirmed veteran David Coulthard, and signed Mark Webber to accompany him at the wheels. BMW Sauber presented Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld while Honda repeated with Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello.

THE BATTLE LASTED UNTIL THE END

Raikkonen started with the right foot by taking the first race in Australia, and from pole. Alonso escorted him, but what was interesting was the third-place finish by teammate Hamilton in his first Formula 1 race ever.

The British proved unequivocally by jumping to the podium in no less than nine (9) occasions in a row. After his first visit at Melbourne, the Brit accumulated four second places, and once he amassed enough confidence, got his first victory on Canadian soil which he then copied in Indianapolis. Such a level of concentration and patience exhibited by Hamilton outlined material for an eventual champion.

The Canadian GP is notable in part because of the stunning crash of Robert Kubica, whose car lost grip shortly before reaching the "Hairpin" and crashed into the barrier at high speed. The TV showed how his car practically got dismembered in pieces and for moments many feared the worst. However, as it happens, modern F1 cars have very advanced levels of safety, and thus, the Polish left shocked but unhurt from the accident and returned to the tracks without missing a single round.

Within the same timeframe in which Hamilton harvested his achievements, and stood at the top of the table, his partner and apparently the number one driver at McLaren, Fernando Alonso, accumulated two wins and a third that kept him on the fight. On the other hand, Felipe Massa got two well-deserved but isolated wins in Bahrain and Spain.

Hamilton results definitely brought some dissension within the ranks of McLaren, to which it could be added the apparent favoritism towards the English, in part, true or not, because of the nationality connection (British) and most probably because he had been developed as a pilot by the team since he was practically a teenager. The height of this animosity was evident in qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix, when Alonso blocked Hamilton on pits so he could not get out and try to get a better time. In the end, Alonso was penalized, and the English obtained the "pole", but the damage was done, and war declared.

The second half of the season saw more or less the same players on the podium: Raikkonen, Massa, Hamilton and Alonso. The triumph of the Brit on Japanese soil in the fifteenth round, plus the withdrawal of Alonso, put him 12 points over the Spaniard and 17 on top of the Finn. The title was actually in his hands.

It is fair to say that by this time pressure began to fall onto Hamilton in view of its championship proximity. His strategy was to focus on earning points -given his lead margin- which was enough to bet on that.

The penultimate GP in China, was going to be raced under difficult weather conditions. Hamilton took the lead early from pole, but he was followed by a hungry and faster Raikkonen who eventually passed him on lap 31, with Alonso nearby. Here, it is valid to concede that the pressure factor officially entered the picture.

No longer with grip on his tires the Brit had to stop for new ones. To access the pit lane at the Shanghai Circuit, drivers must leave the track before entering the main straight at the last turn, which means that they have to turn almost immediately left as the pit lane goes parallel with the main straight. It occurred that when Hamilton tried to make the turn he slipped and got trapped there in the short and sandy safety zone, of course, with no chance of escape. It was an astonishing and mesmerizing event.

Now, Hamilton championship dreams were shaking, since Raikkonen and Alonso made a 1-2 finish, a result that put them closer to the Brit, by 7 and 4 points respectively, just ahead of the final race at Interlagos (Brazil). The two Ferrari looked stronger (as they were since several GPs back) and so they set off early with Raikkonen and his escort Massa on top, with Alonso in a distant third. Hamilton had started from second, but victim of its own despair, lost control of his car, skidded, and when he rejoined the track he was 8th. Then to make things worse, electrical problems with the gearbox came to the scene costing him 30 seconds. At the end of all this, we was passed by almost the entire grid and now sit on 18th place.

Nevertheless, Hamilton managed to fix his problems, and began his attack to regain positions with the goal of reaching the 5th place he needed to get title on points; a brave effort, but not enough since he had to settle for 7th.

Raikkonen ended crossing the chequered flag first, escorted by a facilitator Massa, which made him world champion for the first time, after having finished second three times.

Never before the final results of a championship had been so close. Three drivers were apart by a single point. Raikkonen gathered 110 units, while Alonso and Hamilton totaled 109, with the Brit as the runner-up for winning more second places (won the same number).

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