F1 2007 written 10 years ago

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The 2007 Forumula One Season will soon be upon us:

Location Track Date
Australia Melbourne Mar 18
Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Apr 08
Bahrain Bahrain Apr 15
Spain Catalunya May 13
Monaco Monte Carlo May 27
Canada Montreal Jun 10
USA Indianapolis Jun 17
France Magny-Cours Jul 01
Britain Silverstone Jul 08
Location Track Date
Germany N?rburgring Jul 22
Hungary Budapest Aug 05
Turkey Istanbul Aug 26
Italy Monza Sep 09
Belgium Spa Sep 16
Japan Fuji Speedway Sep 30
China Shanghai Oct 07
Brazil Sao Paulo Oct 21

Drivers

Since I missed the majority of races last year, I’ve made a quick summary of the driver’s performance in 2006, and also pointed out some of the newbies.

Renault

  1. Heikki Kovalainen Finnish, 1981

    Newbie for this year, previously Renault’s Third Driver.

  2. Giancarlo Fisichella Italian, 1973

    Joined Renault in 2005 after being in F1 since 1997. Finished 4th in last year’s Drivers Championship.

McLaren

  1. Fernando Alonso Spanish, 1981

    With 2 Drivers Championship’s under his belt, Fernando Alonso has a lot to prove by moving to McLaren.

  2. Lewis Hamilton British, 1985

    Winning the GP2 Championship last year on his first try, McLaren are keen to try out their new protege.

Ferrari

  1. Kimi Raikkonen Finnish, 1979

    Moving from McLaren after not winning any races in 2006, owing to poor car performance.

  2. Felipe Massa Brazilian, 1981

    After finishing 3rd in 2006 Championships, behind Michael Schumacher, Massa will be keen to prove himself, now Schumacher has left.

Toyota

  1. Jarno Trulli Italian, 1974

    Sticking with Toyota, despite a poor 2006 season, finishing 12th.

  2. Ralf Schumacher German, 1975

    Again, sticking with Toyota after only managing one podium last year.

Williams

  1. Nico Rosberg German, 1985

    Despite promising performances in 2006, reliability and other calamities put Rosberg at 14th position in 2006.

  2. Alex Wurz Austrian, 1974

    Coming from McLaren in 2005, and being test driver for Williams last year, Alex Wurz gets his first real driving position, since 2000 for team Benetton.

Honda Racing

  1. Jenson Button British, 1980

    A disappointing 2006 for most Brits, Button finished 6th overall, claiming one win in Hungary, and only two other podium places throughout the year. Will 2007 be the year where Button displays his true potential?

  2. Rubens Barrichello Brazilian, 1972

    Making the move in 2006 to Honda from Ferrari was obviously a tough transition to make. Finished 7th overall in 2006.

Red Bull Racing

  1. David Coulthard British, 1971

    Other than scoring Red Bull’s first podium, it was a relatively dull season for David in 2006, finishing 13th overall. Will the car’s reliability and performance be upped for 2007?

  2. Mark Webber Australian, 1976

    Joining Red bull in 2007, after a dismal season with Williams — retiring from more races than he completed.

BMW Sauber

  1. Nick Heidfeld German, 1977

    Scoring the team’s first podium last year, and in a car which seems to be slowly improving, this year might prove to be profitable for Nick.

  2. Robert Kubica Polish, 1984

    The first time a Polish driver will be starting the season in the driving seat, after replacing Villeneuve for the final 6 rounds in 2006.

Spyker F1

  1. Christijan Albers Dutch, 1979

    Zero points scored in 2006, put Albers as an outsider on the championship.

  2. Adrian Sutil German, 1983

    New for the Spyker team, after winning the Japanese Formula Three title in 2006.

Scuderia Toro Rosso

  1. Vitantonio Liuzzi (TBC)
  2. Scott Speed (TBC)

Super Aguri F1

  1. Takuma Sato Japanese, 1977

    Coming from BAR in 2005, difficulties with the car in early 2006 meant that this Japanese driver didn’t make much of an impact, but will probably do better now the Super Aguri team has matured some more.

  2. Anthony Davidson British, 1979

    Coming from being Honda’s Third driver in 2006, Davidson takes his first driving role for Super Aguri.

Four British Drivers in the line up, with Lewis hamilton, and Anthony Davidson joining David Coulthard and Jensen Button, might make this year more interesting for the British viewer.

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