The 2007 season Formula 1 closed at Interlagos in Sao Paolo, Brazil in the most sensational manner. Lewis Hamilton was expected to cruise home as the youngest champion in Formula 1 history after holding pole position with a 4 points lead over Fernando Alonso and a 7 points lead over Kimi Raikkonen. Hamilton only needed to finish 5th place to win, regardless how Alonso or Raikkonen fare in the last race of the season.
Alonso had the better chance to steal the championship but he has win or finish second to have a realistic chance of winning. Even though, it was touted as a 3 horse race, Raikkonen needed a miracle for Hamilton to finish lower than 5th and for him win the last race of the season with Alonso finishing no higher than 3rd.
Against all odds, the impossible happened on 21 October 2007.Kimi Raikkonen finished first, followed by Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso. Lewis Hamilton finished a disappointing 8th. The top 3 drivers were kept apart by a single point and the 2007 season proved to be the most dramatic season in the last 20 years. The last time there was such drama in Formula 1 was during the days of Nigel Mansell, Nelson Piquet and Alain Prost way back in 1986.
Pos Driver Nationality Team Points
1 Kimi Räikkönen Finnish Ferrari 110
2 Lewis Hamilton British McLaren-Mercedes 109
3 Fernando Alonso Spanish McLaren-Mercedes 109
4 Felipe Massa Brazilian Ferrari 94
5 Nick Heidfeld German BMW 61
6 Robert Kubica Polish BMW 39
7 Heikki Kovalainen Finnish Renault 30
8 Giancarlo Fisichella Italian Renault 21
9 Nico Rosberg German Williams-Toyota 20
10 David Coulthard British Red Bull-Renault 14
The top 10 spots for this year’s F1 were dominated by Europe lead by two Finnish, two British, two Germans, one Spanish, one Polish and one Italian. Only a lone Brazilian broke the European monopoly of the top ten spots.
Two notable drivers who feel out of the top ten spots were Ralf Schumacher, driving for Toyota who finished at number 16 with only 5 points and Ruben Barrichello, driving for Honda who failed to score a single point in 2007.
It was a fantastic season. Raikkonen, Hamilton and Alonso has definitely brought back a spark to Formula 1.