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United States  2007 United States Grand Prix
Race details
Race 7 of 17 in the 2007 Formula One season
The Indianapolis circuit, designed in 2000
The Indianapolis circuit, designed in 2000
Date June 17, 2007
Official name XXXVI RBS United States Grand Prix
Location Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Indianapolis, Indiana
Course Permanent racing facility
4.192 km (2.605 mi)
Distance 73 laps, 306.016 km (190.150 mi)
Weather Warm (33C/91F) and clear
Pole position
Driver United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes
Time 1:12.331
Fastest lap
Driver Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari
Time 1:13.117 on lap 49
Podium
First United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes
Second Spain Fernando Alonso McLaren-Mercedes
Third Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari

The 2007 United States Grand Prix was the seventh race of the 2007 Formula One season. It was also the last Formula 1 race held in the United States. It was held on 15–17 June at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.[1] It was won by Lewis Hamilton of McLaren-Mercedes, followed by team-mate Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa of Ferrari.

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Background

Robert Kubica's large crash at the Canadian Grand Prix resulted in the season's first driver change. Although Kubica passed the medical examination, and did not seem to show any ill effects, the FIA medical delegate decided it would be best to rest him for the weekend, and not risk a second impact at the circuit - so famous for its high speed crashes. This was a precautionary measure - another concussion so close to the previous one could be dangerous. He was replaced by 19-year-old German Sebastian Vettel, who made his Formula One debut at the Indianapolis circuit.[2 ]

Practice

Friday's morning practice was dominated by McLaren and BMW Sauber, with Fernando Alonso putting in the fastest time.[3] Sebastian Vettel started his first race weekend with a fourth fastest time. Ferrari, who expected that their pace would return at Indianapolis,[4 ] found themselves on either side of Williams driver Nico Rosberg with the fifth and seventh fastest times.

Qualifying

David Coulthard and his Red Bull-Renault were the first to leave the pit lane in Part One. His partner, Mark Webber, was close behind with the Spyker Ferraris and Williams cars closely behind. Later in the session, with about 6 minutes left, Coulthard spun out on turn 8. Fernando Alonso ran first, Nick Heidfeld second, and Lewis Hamilton closely behind in third. Although they struggled, both Ferraris made it, as well Vettel, the 19-year-old temporary replacement of Robert Kubica. Scott Speed failed to make it out of Q1 in his native country, along with team-mate Vitantonio Liuzzi. Adrian Sutil, Takuma Sato, Alexander Wurz, and Christijan Albers also missed the cut.

McLaren and Ferrari began Part Two of their fierce battle with Hamilton taking the top spot early. However, his team-mate, Fernando Alonso took top spot midway through. Felipe Massa, Kimi Räikkönen, and Heidfeld along with the two McLarens made the Top 5 again. Webber made it to the next session, although his team-mate Coulthard was relegated along with 2002 United States Grand Prix Champion Rubens Barrichello. Barrichello's partner Jenson Button was also relegated, along with Nico Rosberg, Anthony Davidson, and Ralf Schumacher.

Lewis Hamilton on his way to pole position

In Part Three, Räikkönen, Alonso, Hamilton, Massa, and Heidfeld all had their eye on Pole Position. Hamilton was first out and had the quickest time with a 1:13:089. Alonso was about four tenths behind, followed by Heidfeld and the Ferraris. Giancarlo Fisichella and Heikki Kovalainen, both Renault drivers, also were near the top, but Jarno Trulli and Webber knocked Fisichella down. With about 5 minutes left, Massa took first spot and Räikkönen took second. Hamilton was bumped to third, Alonso fourth, and Heidfeld remained fifth. About one minute later, Hamilton took the top spot, and Alonso second. Alonso had one lap left, but could only get within about 2 tenths of a second of rookie teammate Lewis Hamilton. Massa and Räikkönen were dropped to third and fourth respectively. Heidfeld held on to fifth, with Kovalainen in sixth, bouncing back from his disappointing 22nd starting position in Canada. Vettel finished seventh, just two spots behind his temporary partner, Heidfeld. Trulli was 8th, with Red Bull-Renault's Mark Webber ninth and Fisichella tenth.

Race

Lewis Hamilton greets press and fans after winning his second race in a row from the pole
Hamilton on his way to victory in the McLaren MP4-22.

Lewis Hamilton, on the pole, sped off the grid. Fernando Alonso stayed close behind, followed by the Ferraris. The drama in turn 1 was in the middle of the pack. Vettel ran wide and lost places, but escaped damage. Ralf Schumacher, who started in 12th, turned in late, and ended up crashing into David Coulthard, who he had started alongside. Jenson Button and Nico Rosberg, 13th and 14th respectively, escaped but Rubens Barrichello got caught up. Ralf was out on the spot, while Coulthard and Barrichello limped back to the pits and retired.

Also, Kimi Räikkönen was caught by Nick Heidfeld and Heikki Kovalainen. Räikkönen would soon get his revenge. Up front, the top four were running strongly until the pit stops came around. The top 4 all went in early, soon followed by Heidfeld in the BMW Sauber, leaving sixth place qualifier Kovalainen in first. He lead six or seven laps, and Hamilton then regained the lead.

Despite a mid-race challenge from team-mate Fernando Alonso, in which the two McLaren drivers were racing side-by-side for the lead down the main straight, Hamilton maintained the lead to win his second-ever Formula 1 Grand Prix race, the other victory being in the previous event at Montreal. This marked the first win for a black driver, McLaren's first 1-2 finish at the circuit, and their first win at Indianapolis since Mika Häkkinen's final Grand Prix win in 2001.

Takuma Sato spun off at turn 3 after managing to pass Spyker's Adrian Sutil. Sato had been due a drive-through penalty for overtaking under yellow flags, but this was changed to a 10-place grid penalty for the next race.

There were also three mechanical retirements - Nico Rosberg in the Williams suffered an engine failure with only five laps to go, while BMW Sauber's Nick Heidfeld and Toro Rosso's Vitantonio Liuzzi also retired from the race due to mechanical failure.

Classification

Qualifying

Pos Name Constructor Part 1 Part 2 Part 3
1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:12.563 1:12.065 1:12.331
2 Spain Fernando Alonso McLaren-Mercedes 1:12.416 1:11.926 1:12.500
3 Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:12.731 1:12.180 1:12.703
4 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:12.732 1:12.111 1:12.839
5 Germany Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:12.543 1:12.188 1:12.847
6 Finland Heikki Kovalainen Renault 1:12.998 1:12.599 1:13.308
7 Germany Sebastian Vettel BMW Sauber 1:12.711 1:12.644 1:13.513
8 Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:13.186 1:12.828 1:13.789
9 Australia Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:13.425 1:12.788 1:13.871
10 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 1:13.168 1:12.603 1:13.953
11 United Kingdom David Coulthard Red Bull-Renault 1:13.424 1:12.873
12 Germany Ralf Schumacher Toyota 1:12.851 1:12.920
13 United Kingdom Jenson Button Honda 1:13.306 1:12.998
14 Germany Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 1:13.128 1:13.060
15 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Honda 1:13.203 1:13.201
16 United Kingdom Anthony Davidson Super Aguri-Honda 1:13.164 1:13.259
17 Austria Alexander Wurz Williams-Toyota 1:13.441
18 Japan Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 1:13.477
19 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:13.484
20 United States Scott Speed Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:13.712
21 Germany Adrian Sutil Spyker-Ferrari 1:14.122
22 Netherlands Christijan Albers Spyker-Ferrari 1:14.597

Race

Podium for the 2007 United States Grand Prix
Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 73 1:31:09.965 1 10
2 1 Spain Fernando Alonso McLaren-Mercedes 73 +1.5 2 8
3 5 Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari 73 +12.8 3 6
4 6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 73 +15.4 4 5
5 4 Finland Heikki Kovalainen Renault 73 +41.4 6 4
6 12 Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota 73 +66.7 8 3
7 15 Australia Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 73 +67.3 9 2
8 10 Germany Sebastian Vettel BMW Sauber 73 +67.7 7 1
9 3 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 72 +1 lap 10
10 17 Austria Alexander Wurz Williams-Toyota 72 +1 lap 17
11 23 United Kingdom Anthony Davidson Super Aguri-Honda 72 +1 lap 16
12 7 United Kingdom Jenson Button Honda 72 +1 lap 13
13 19 United States Scott Speed Toro Rosso-Ferrari 71 +2 laps 20
14 20 Germany Adrian Sutil Spyker-Ferrari 71 +2 laps 21
15 21 Netherlands Christijan Albers Spyker-Ferrari 70 +3 laps 22
16 16 Germany Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 68 Engine 14
17 18 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 68 Water Pressure 19
Ret 9 Germany Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 56 Transmission 5
Ret 22 Japan Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 13 Spin 18
Ret 14 United Kingdom David Coulthard Red Bull-Renault 0 Collision 11
Ret 8 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Honda 0 Collision 15
Ret 11 Germany Ralf Schumacher Toyota 0 Collision 12

Notes

Sebastian Vettel became the youngest driver to score a point by finishing eighth on his F1 debut for BMW Sauber.

References

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2007 Canadian Grand Prix
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Awards
Preceded by
2006 Brazilian Grand Prix
Formula One Promotional Trophy
for Race Promoter

2007
Succeeded by
2008 Singapore Grand Prix

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