When Lewis Hamilton breezed over the finish line at the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa in first place this weekend, it seemed he had claimed yet another victory for his team. However drama struck when officials later decided to impose a 25-second penalty on Hamilton, pushing him back to third place and giving the victory to Felipe Massa two hours after the race had ended.
The German Grand Prix was perhaps one of the most unexpected races of the season. The surprising part wasnâ€™t that Lewis Hamilton took the winnerâ€™s trophy, it was that the Ferrari Team performed dismally, with Massa only just managing to scrape together a third place.
After a surprise accident that put both Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen out of the race, Robert Kubica managed to make his way over the finish line in first place. Though he is a good driver that has placed second on more than one occasion, Kubica would likely not have been able to claim the victory were it not for the untimely mishap. The win is not only Kubicaâ€™s first Grand Prix win, but it is the first Grand Prix win by a polish driver and the first win for his BMW-Sauber team.
The Motor Sport Safety Development Fund has been created to manage the distribution of the $60 million awarded to the FIA (Federation Internationale De L’Automobile) as part of the $100 million fine which was imposed on McLaren-Mercedes in 2007. Heading up the new fund as Chairman, is Michael Schumacher, seven times Formula One world champion.
The name McLaren is known throughout the entire world as a leading Formula One racing team. This is the legacy that was left behind by the magnificent Bruce McLaren, who proved he had multi-talented capabilities through his natural ability as an engineer, a designer of racing cars, an inventor and a phenomenal racing car driver.
The announcement that Alex Wurz was retiring from Formula One, is said to have been expected. Speculation around Wurz has been rife since the beginning of the season. Fans were a little shocked at his decision, as he has been enjoying a rather successful season with the Williams Team, crossing the finish line in third place at the Canadian Grand Prix and taking fourth position at the European Grand Prix. His retirement from Formula One was with immediate effect, so Kazuki Nakajima was in the driver seat at the seasonâ€™s final race in Brazil on 21 October 2007.
The F1 Championship for 2007 has been a racing season filled with rivalry, disappointment, elation, shocking events and pleasant moments of surprise. It has been a year for F1 Grand Prix like no other. Many fans were concerned when the legendary Michael Schumacher announced his retirement, wondering if the famous tension between Ferrari and McLaren would slip into the pages of history. But those fears were laid to rest during the 2007 F1 racing season.
The new and talented rookie driver for the respected Formula 1 Grand Prix Racing Team, McLaren, has not finished stunning the world. Born Lewis Carl Hamilton on 7 January 1985, in England, he has had racing in his blood since he could remember. His dedication to the sport, including winning the 2006 GP2 championship title and securing 15 wins out of 20 races in 2005 during the F3 series, has secured him a future on the circuit he has dreamed of all his life.