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2007 FIA Formula 1 Season
Photo Credit: Martin Pettitt.
Champion Constructor: Scuderia Ferrari (IT,15,28)
Putative Constructor: Scuderia Ferrari (IT)
Champion Driver: Kimi Räikkönen (FI,1,1)
Putative Driver: Kimi Räikkönen (FI)
Putative Constructor Entry Specification: Model F2007, 2.39-liter, eight-cylinder vee, aluminum alloy engine, DOHC, Magnetti-Marelli fuel injection, seven-speed semi-automatic paddled, carbon fibre gearbox, Brembo ventilated carbon ceramic disc brakes, carbon fibre/carbon composite honeycomb monocoque, double wishbone-pushrod-zero keel independent suspension, power-assist steering, 755 horsepower (Aldo Costa, Nicholas Tombazis).

The FIA in 2007 freezes all constructor power unit development as of October 2006 and requires that the 2007 engine for a given team must endure for the entire season under threat of grid penalty. The sanctioning body also effectively bans traction control after mandating standardized engine management systems (ECUs), requires all entries to run a soft and hard rubber compound at least once during a race event, mandates the placement of indicator lights in the cockpit to notify drivers in real time of on-track conditions and Race Control rulings, and requires each entry to include a bank of LED lights upon its rear under the control of race officials as a safety indicator for other drivers. The FIA also bans in-race service until Race Control formally opens the lane for the same, and adopts a NASCAR-style wave-around rule for lapped entries during a caution period. In one of the most stunning reversals in Formula 1 history, the FIA disqualifies top form McLaren from the 2007 constructors' championship in September after learning of one of its team members, a former Ferrari engineer, sharpies proprietary design information from his former employer with McLaren. The McLaren espionage debacle hands Scuderia Ferrari its fifteenth constructors' title. On the drivers' front, McLaren rookie driver Lewis Hamilton muffs a seemingly assured historic championship run with a pair of offs in the final two races at Shanghai and Interlagos that in turn gifts a maiden drivers' crown to first-year Ferrari pilot Kimi Räikkönen. Future F1 champion Lewis Hamilton, the first driver of partial African descent in series history, makes his debut at Melbourne in March. 22-year old Lewis Hamilton becomes the first rookie and youngest driver in series history to lead the drivers' championship after Barcelona in May. Lewis Hamilton takes his maiden career series victory at Montréal in June. In a staggering revelation, Scuderia Ferrari accuses its former employee and McLaren engineer Nigel Stepney in July of passing along internal technical information to his current employer. McLaren agrees to the succeeding investigation as F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone suggests the possibility of unprecedented sanctions against the British constructor. Future F1 champion Sebastien Vettel makes his debut at the Hungaroring in August. Controversy within McLaren again erupts during qualifying at the Hungaroring in August after driver Fernando Alonso deliberately delays his final run to prevent teammate Lewis Hamilton from completing a final flying qualifying lap. Alonso attributes his behavior to confusion over his rubber selection, yet McLaren later admits that Alonso acted in retaliation to a team decision to allow Hamilton to first execute his flying lap during the first qualifying round. The FIA inexplicably issues a harsh edict declaring that McLaren would not receive any constructor points for the contest, deepening the growing rift between the upstart Hamilton and the decidedly petulant Alonso. The FIA in September finds British McLaren Mercedes guilty of espionage in the Stepney scandal, summarily excludes the constructor from the 2007 championship result, and fines McLaren a staggering $100 million USD for its illicit conduct. McLaren drivers Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton receive no penalty for the espionage debacle. F1 makes its first visit to Fuji since the 1977 season in late September. The FIA inexplicably rejects a request by McLaren at the season finale at Interlagos in October to strike Williams and BMW Sauber from the result after the sanctioning body discovers irregularities in their respective fuel formulations. A successful appeal would have awarded rookie Lewis Hamilton with an unprecedented drivers' championship.

HeM applies the Putative Model to all racing seasons for two primary purposes: First, to effectively normalize all racing seasons for empirical comparison across the decades, and second, to step clear of series organizers which score season championships primarily out of commercial interest or to attract manufacturer participation. The Putative Model simply scores all seasons in the same fashion as a standard track and field meeting, with the only purpose of tracking what takes place at the finishing stripe If the Putative Champion differs from the nominal Series Champion, please note the (SC) notation below.

Scuderia Ferrari202     Raikkonen116
BMW Sauber54     Hamilton L114
Renault23     Alonso107
Williams Toyota14     Massa95
Red Bull Renault12     Heidfeld36
Toro Rosso Ferrari4     Kubica18

Noteworthy 2007 Races

2007 LXV Grand Prix de Monaco Monte Carlo2007 2007 LXV Grand Prix de Monaco At Monaco for the Grand Prix (260.5 kilometers) in May, the race comes to a British McLaren MP4-22 Mercedes under Fernando Alonso (ES) in 1:40:29.3 (average 96.66 mph), under five seconds ahead of a companion Mercedes driven by Lewis Hamilton. Alonso moves out front after passing teammate Hamilton on Lap 53 of 78 and prevails in the revered event for the second consecutive season, yet race politics dilute his triumph as the FIA investigates protests from some constructors suggesting that McLaren fixed the race result by ordering Hamilton not to challenge his senior teammate late in the contest. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
2007 LI Grand Prix of Europe Nürburg, Germany2007 2007 LI Grand Prix of Europe At the Nürburgring for the European Grand Prix (309 kilometers) in July, a British McLaren MP4-22 Mercedes under Fernando Alonso (ES) takes race honors in very rainy conditions in 2:06:26.4 (average 91.08 mph), under nine seconds ahead of a Ferrari entry. Alonso, overcoming heavy rains on the circuit and its accompanying tire strategies, moves out front after scraping himself wide and past race leader Felipe Massa in his Ferrari at Turn 5 with less than five remaining, prompting a postrace confrontation between the drivers. Photo Credit: McLaren Racing.