2007 Formula One World Championship

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May 21, 2022

The 58th Formula One season in 2007 began on March 18th and lasted until October 21st. During this time, 17 grand prizes were held. The first Australian Grand Prix since the 1986 Spanish Grand Prix was the first time that there was no Cosworth-powered team in the field. Lewis Hamilton was also the first of its kind in this race to be a rider of color. 2007 was the last year that the Concorde agreement was still in force, and after its dissolution, a new contract will come into force, based on a fairer distribution of revenue between the teams and Bernie Ecclestone, because Mercedes, Renault, Toyota, BMW and Honda was not happy with the money distribution system, threatening to launch a new championship from 2008 onwards. Honda started the races completely ad-free, meaning the new car, the RA107, had no major sponsorship inscriptions. Since the spread of advertising in 1968, this is the first ad-free team to advertise no one else for an entire season.

Changes in 2007

The San Marino Grand Prix was not included in the program, while Belgium was again included in the competition calendar. The final schedule was adopted on 16 October 2006. The German Grand Prix was held at the Nürburgring in 2007 and then at the Hockenheimring in 2008, after which the venues take turns every year. Twenty years later, the Japanese Grand Prix has moved from the Honda test track, the Suzuka track, to the Toyota track at the foot of Fuji. No Formula 1 race has been held here since 1977. From 2008, Suzuka and Fuji will take turns to host the Japanese Grand Prix.

Rules

Although the FIA ​​has been planning to introduce a single-tire system from 2008, life has brought it to the point where only one factory, Bridgestone, will supply rubber to all teams in the 2007 season. His only rival, Michelin, had his contract expired in 2006 and was not renewed. Under the amended sports rules, a pilot can use up to 14 sets of tires in rainy weather, four of which can be used on Fridays and ten for the rest of the weekend. Engine upgrades have been frozen until the 2006 Japanese Grand Prix, so pilots will have to complete the 2007 and 2008 seasons with the same engine. Teams that are 5-11. they will not be tested with a third car on the next race weekend. The rules already prohibit the same four top winners. All cars are equipped with red, blue and yellow lights so that they can also signal the current signals to the pilots. These lights must be made with an LED, the light source must be at least 5 mm in diameter and placed in the car so that it falls within the competitor's field of vision.

Competitors

Teams

Transfers

Team changes

Fernando Alonso; Renault F1 driver → Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver Kimi Raikkonen; Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver → Scuderia Ferrari driver Pedro de la Rosa; Vodafone McLaren Mercedes pilot → Vodafone McLaren Mercedes test pilot Ricardo Zonta; Toyota F1 test pilot → Renault F1 test pilot Mark Webber; Williams F1 driver → Red Bull Racing driver Christian Klien; Red Bull Racing driver → Honda F1 test driver Robert Doornbos; Red Bull Racing pilot → Red Bull Racing test pilot Christijan Albers; Midland F1 Racing Driver → Spyker F1 Driver Franck Montagny; Super Aguri F1 driver → Toyota F1 test driver Jamamoto Szakon; Super Aguri F1 pilot → Super Aguri F1 test pilot

Returning Pilots

Alexander Wurz; Williams F1 test pilot → Williams F1 pilot Anthony Davidson; Honda F1 test driver → Super Aguri F1 driver Rookie pilots