Race Results 2007



Round 1 - AUSTRALIA, Melbourne - Race Results

Conditions: dry; Air 22°C, Track 41°C

Posn  Driver  Car  Time/Retirement Laps Pitstops Grid
1  Kimi RAIKKONEN  Ferrari  1h 25m 28.770s 58 2 1
2  Fernando ALONSO  McLaren Mercedes  + 0m 07.242s 58 2 2
3  Lewis HAMILTON  McLaren Mercedes  + 0m 18.595s 58 2 4
4  Nick HEIDFELD  BMW Sauber  + 0m 38.763s 58 2 3
5  Giancarlo FISICHELLA  Renault  + 1m 06.469s 58 2 6
6  Felipe MASSA  Ferrari  + 1m 06.805s 58 1 22
7  Nico ROSBERG  Williams Toyota  + 1 lap 57 2 12
8  Ralf SCHUMACHER  Toyota  + 1 lap 57 2 9
9  Jarno TRULLI  Toyota  + 1 lap 57 2 8
10  Heikki KOVALAINEN  Renault  + 1 lap 57 2 13
11  Rubens BARRICHELLO  Honda  + 1 lap 57 2 16
12  Takuma SATO  Super Aguri Honda  + 1 lap 57 2 10
13  Mark WEBBER  Red Bull Renault  + 1 lap 57 2 7
14  Vitantonio LIUZZI  Toro Rosso Ferrari  + 1 lap 57 2 19
15  Jenson BUTTON  Honda  + 1 lap 57 3 14
16  Anthony DAVIDSON  Super Aguri Honda  + 2 laps 56 2 11
17  Adrian SUTIL  Spyker Ferrari  + 2 laps 56 4 20
 Not classified
Ret  Alex WURZ  Williams Toyota  Accident 48 1 15
Ret  David COULTHARD  Red Bull Renault  Accident 48 2 18
Ret  Robert KUBICA  BMW Sauber  Gearbox 36 2 5
Ret  Scott SPEED  Toro Rosso Ferrari  Tyre deflation 28 1 17
Ret  Christijan ALBERS  Spyker Ferrari  Spin 10 0 21
Grid penalties: Massa started from back of grid (qualified 16th) after late engine change
Race penalties: Button: drive-thru penalty for pitlane speeding
Sutil: drive-thru penalty for ignoring blue flags

Race notes:
Clean start for front of field, with a very composed Hamilton on his debut going round the outside of T1 to pass teammate Alonso for 2nd. Raikkonen easily retains lead. Davidson fails to get away immediately, dropping from a creditable 11th on the grid to 21st.

Davidson's misfortunes continue as he tangles with the Spyker of Sutil and drops to dead last. Albers is the first retirement on lap 11 as he runs wide at T3 and hits the tyre wall. Button is struggling with the poorly-handling Honda and is clearly holding up teammate Barrichello.

Barrichello finally gets past Button shortly before the first round of pitstops, during which Button gets a pitlane speeding penalty to add to his misery. Speed is the next retirement on lap 29, suffering a sudden deflation of his right front tyre, sending him into the tyre barriers.

Hamilton briefly leads the race during the pitstops - a very promising start from the youngster, hopefully there is much more to come. Kubica cruises into the pits and retirement with a gearbox problem on lap 37.

Massa, on a one-stop strategy, is making his way through the field on route to a 6th place finish, but suffers the indignity of being lapped by his teammate on the way. Kovalainen spins and recovers but loses a place to Massa and is under pressure from Trulli.

As the second round of stops gets underway, Hamilton is the first of the McLarens to stop but is badly held up by Sato on his outlap and loses 2nd to Alonso who runs slightly longer in the middle stint. Apart from Heidfeld, who started on the softer compound tyres to hold off the McLarens at the start, most cars switch to the softer compound for the final stint.

Webber spins on the pitlane entry lane but manages to end up pointing in the right direction and continues into the pits. Nasty incident as Coulthard tries a "last of the late brakers" move up the inside of Wurz. Wurz doesn't see him coming and closes the door, launching Coulthard over the top of his car and into the gravel trap. Wurz keeps running and steers into the escape road, probably thanking his lucky stars that his head didn't make contact with Coulthard's wheels.

A smooth run to the finish for the front of the field sees Raikkonen comfortably win his first race for Ferrari, ahead of Alonso and Hamilton, on the podium on his debut.

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