The FIA released the Formula One 2007 official Calendar, here is an overview of main points
- Season starts at Australia on 18th March 2007 and concludes with the last Formula One race at Brazil on 21st October 2007
- The San Marino Grand Prix and The European Grand Prix have been scrapped from the Formula One Calendar leaving Germany and Italy with just 1 race in the Calendar.
- The above decision means that while Imola is left without a race , the German grand Prix can be hosted either by Hockenheim or by Nurburgring.
- The Japenese Formula One Grand Prix shifts from Suzuka to Fuji.
FIA Formula One 2007 Grand Prix Schedule Calendar:
18 March: Australia (Melbourne)
8 April: Malaysia (Sepang)
15 April: Bahrain (Manama)
13 May: Spain (Barcelona)
27 May: Monaco (Monte Carlo)
10 June: Canada (Montreal)
17 June: United States (Indianapolis)
1 July: France (Magny-Cours)
8 July: United Kingdom (Silverstone)
22 July: Germany (tbc)
5 August: Hungary (Budapest)
26 August: Turkey (Istanbul)
9 September: Italy (Monza)
16 September: Belgium (Spa)
30 September: China (Shanghai)
7 October: Japan (Fuji)
21 October: Brazil (Interlagos)
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Massa won the race quite comfortably , however it was evident the formula one driver's championship race will go to the wire. In the end it was michael attacking and Alonso defending, but alonso was just able to hold back the flying german.
Here is the race result
Results from Formula One Turkish Grand Prix 2006 in Istanbul:
1 Felipe Massa (Bra) Ferrari 1hr 28 minutes 51.082 seconds
2 Fernando Alonso (Spa) Renault + 56.582
3 Michael Schumacher (Ger) Ferrari + 56.682
4 Jenson Button (Gbr) Honda 1:29:03.382
5 Pedro de la Rosa (Spa) McLaren + 36.982
6 Giancarlo Fisichella (Ita) Renault + 37.582
7 Ralf Schumacher (Ger) Toyota + 50.382
8 Rubens Barrichello (Bra) Honda + 51.082
9 Jarno Trulli (Ita) Toyota 1 lap
10 Mark Webber (Aus) Williams 1 lap
11 Christian Klien (Aut) Red Bull 1 lap
12 Robert Kubica (Pol) BMW Sauber 1 lap
13 Scott Speed (USA) Scuderia Toro Rosso 1 lap
14 Nick Heidfeld (Ger) BMW Sauber 2 laps
15 Takuma Sato (Jpn) Super Aguri 17 laps
R David Coulthard (Gbr) Red Bull 55 laps completed
Christijan Albers (Ned) Midland 46 laps
R Nico Rosberg (Ger) Williams 25 laps
R Sakon Yamamoto (Jpn) Super Aguri 23 laps
R Vitantonio Liuzzi (Ita) Scuderia Toro Rosso 12 laps
R Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) McLaren 2 laps completed
R Tiago Monteiro (Por) Midland 0 laps completed
Some selected quotes from an interview Jacques gave
"Michael isn't a great champion because he's played too many dirty tricks and isn't a great human being," Villeneuve said in a scathing personal attack.
"He's a racer - but a pure racer, nothing but a racer and, because of that, I think the day he hangs up his helmet people will just forget him.
"Senna, by contrast, will never be forgotten. Some of that is the James Dean factor, of course, because he was killed in action at a young age, but not all of it.
"I don't even think Michael will live on in people's memories as strong or as long as [Alain] Prost has - certainly not as strong or as long as [Nigel] Mansell has.
"Those people attained a hero status that Michael never has and never will."
"So, unlike Michael, who ridiculously insisted he was innocent at Monaco this year, Senna said, 'Yes, I did it. But I told you before the race that I was going to do it.'
"That's very different from what Michael did at Monaco and Jerez [in 1997] and Adelaide [in 1994 where he collided controversially with Damon Hill].
"Senna wasn't lying to the fans. Michael was. And the sad thing is that, of course, the fans accept it - they swear black is white, in fact - just so that they can go on respecting the sport they love. And Michael takes advantage of that loyalty."
"He lies not only to fans but to his fellow drivers, too," said Villeneuve.
"At the GPDA meeting at Silverstone he lied to us and he didn't even have the decency to appear embarrassed about it. He just stared in our eyes and lied.
"And we all knew we were being lied to but very few of us bothered to say anything.
"It's quite sad, really - because the reason Michael did what he did is that he thinks he's better than the rest of us.
"He thinks he's bigger than the sport, too, but he isn't. And when he retires, and no-one really remembers him, that will become clear."
All the more reason to hate Villeneuve , Bye Villeneuve , F1 wasnt made for you
F1 Engines to be 'Fuel Efficient'
FIA has announced that it will write the Technical Regulations again in a manner to promote Fuel Efficiency from the 2009 F1 Season.
Villeneuve No More
Jacques Villeneuve seems to be headed no where, he recently parted ways with the BMW Formula One Team.
Coulthard and Webber for Red Bull
Coulthhard and Webber have been signed by the Red Bull Formula One team, but poor Christian Klien is left with no team. Webber was replaced at Williams by Alexander Wurz, poor Narain Karthikeyan wasnt given a chance to display his skills, In my humble opinion , Nico better watch out, after an impressive start he is yet to do anything substantial.
1. Jenson Button (GB) Honda one hour 52 minutes 20.941 seconds
2. Pedro de la Rosa (Spa) McLaren - Mercedes 30.837
3. Nick Heidfeld (Ger) BMW Sauber 43.822
4. Rubens Barrichello (Brz) Honda 45.205
5. David Coulthard (GB) Red Bull - Ferrari 1 lap
6. Ralf Schumacher (Ger) Toyota 1 lap
7. Felipe Massa (Brz) Ferrari 1 lap
8. Michael Schumacher (Ger) Ferrari 3 laps
9. Tiago Monteiro (Por) Midland 3 laps
10. Christijan Albers (Ned) Midland 3 laps
11. Scott Speed (USA) Toro Rosso - Cosworth 4 laps
12. Jarno Trulli (Ita) Toyota 5 laps
13. Takuma Sato (Jpn) Super Aguri - Honda 5 laps
R Fernando Alonso (Spa) Renault 19 laps 51 laps completed
R Vitantonio Liuzzi (Ita) Toro Rosso - Cosworth 25 laps
R Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) McLaren 25 laps
R Nico Rosberg (Ger) Williams - Cosworth 19 laps
R Giancarlo Fisichella (Ita) Renault 18 laps
R Christian Klien (Aut) RedBull - Ferrari 6 laps
R Mark Webber (Aus) Williams - Cosworth 1 lap
R Sakon Yamamoto (Jpn) Super Aguri - Honda 0 laps
We have won the race not just through speed but through strategy
Honda's Jenson Button
First it was Alonso, one thought its a one-off incident, but now Michael Schumacher too, something's fishy in the world of Formula One, stewards in Hungary seem to be dishonest people to me, my feelings were echoed by Flavio Briatore too who claimed that FIA was involved in race-fixing to help those teams who didn't win (McLaren)
I wont write anything else right now as i am too disgusted of what has happened. It would have been one of the greatest pole positions for Schumi. Kimi seemed to be very 'happy' and said he had a good chance(yeah, take out massa too and your team will surely win) .
Grid for Hungarian Grand Prix following qualifying on Saturday:
1. Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) McLaren-Mercedes 1:19.599
2. Felipe Massa (Brz) Ferrari 1:19.886
3. Rubens Barrichello (Brz) Honda 1:20.085
4. Pedro de la Rosa (Spa) McLaren-Mercedes 1:20.117
5. Mark Webber (AUS) Williams-BMW 1:20.266
6. Ralf Schumacher (Ger) Toyota 1:20.759
7. Giancarlo Fisichella (Ita) Renault 1:20.924
8. Jarno Trulli (Ita) Toyota 1:21.132
9. Robert Kubica (Pol) BMW Sauber 1:22.049
10. Nick Heidfeld (Ger) BMW Sauber 1:20.623
11. Michael Schumacher ##(Ger) Ferrari 1:20.875
12. David Coulthard (GB) Red Bull 1:20.890
13. Christian Klien (Aut) Red Bull 1:21.207
14. Jenson Button # (GB) Honda 1:20.092
15. Fernando Alonso ##(Spa) Renault 1:21.364
16. Tiago Monteiro (Por) Midland 1:23.767
17. Vitantonio Liuzzi (Ita) Toro Rosso 1:22.068
18. Nico Rosberg (Ger) Williams-BMW 1:22.084
19. Takuma Sato (Jpn) Super Aguri 1:22.967
20. Scott Speed ### (USA) Toro Rosso 1:22.317
21. Sakon Yamamoto (Jpn) Super Aguri 1:24.016
22. Christijan Albers *(Ned) Midland 1:23.146
# 10-place penalty for unscheduled engine
##Given a two-second penalty### Drops a place after impeding another driver in qualifying
Looks like poor Alonso will have to wait some more time to make a comeback, he suffered a 2 second penalty at Hungary for a deliberate brake test and for overtaking under a flag on Friday's second practice session.
Alonso was penalised one second for overtaking during yellow flags were bring waved to indicate danger during Friday's practice.
The second incident saw him lock horns with Red Bull test driver Robert Doornbos.
He had trouble overtaking Doornbos on the start finish staraight, when he did so , he weaved in front of doornbos and braked hard, the accident was averted by Doornbos's quick thinking , he avoided the collision. Alonso later said he wanted to remind Doornbos to use the rear view mirrors, however the stewards were not so pleased and handed him a penalty of another 1 second.
In my opinion , its the end for Alonso, frustration seems to have got the better of him, no matter how much he claims that he is unaffected by his lead being cut short the truth is that he is scared, and in his opinion its time for desperate measures.