British Grand Prix: Lap by Lap Report

The 2007 British Grand Prix sees Britain s Lewis Hamilton start from pole in the ninth race of the season. A record crowd have travelled to Silverstone to cheer the young McLaren driver onto victory around the Northamptonshire circuit. Ferrari s Kimi Raikkonen joins the Brit on the front row, with the second McLaren of Fernando Alonso third, possibly running heavy on fuel, with Massa fourth.

Track temperatures lower than the Saturday Qualifying session at 38 degrees with air temperature of 22 degrees with 41% humidity.

All drivers make it away on their parade lap. Hamilton is to start on the harder compound tyre, with perhaps crucially, Raikkonen starting on the softer compound for maximum grip from the grid.

As the cars form on the grid, Felipe Massa stalls his car. Drivers continue around for another parade lap. Critically all drivers will struggle with lower tyre and brake temperatures. Ferrari restart Massa and he will begin the race from the pit lane.

Lap 1 Hamilton holds position despite Raikkonen making a stronger start from the grid. By the end of the lap, Massa is already up to eighteenth position.

Lap 2 – Raikkonen takes a tenth off the leading McLaren of Hamilton.

Lap 5 Raikkonen and Hamilton trade fastest sectors. Massa has improved to thirteenth behind Rosberg, but Ferrari is unable to diagnose the issues he had when he stalled on the grid meaning that the Ferrari may stall when he selects first gear during the pit stops.

Lap 7 Hamilton sets the fastest lap. Massa continues his charge through the field, now behind David Coulthard in twelfth. Rosberg lost position to both drivers after tapping wheels with DC and running across the grass at the Abbey Chicane.

Lap 8 Mark Webber coasts around the field and back to the pits with gearbox related problems. Raikkonen sets the fastest lap of the race.

Lap 12 Fisichella passes Kovalainen, possibly due to team orders. Hamilton loses four tenths through sector one, perhaps struggling with grip.

Lap 13 Raikkonen closes on Hamilton, moving his nose alongside through the Luffield corner, only for the Brit to shut the door.

Lap 16 Hamilton pits, but tries to exit his box too early losing two seconds while the mechanics stabilise.

Lap 17 Raikkonen sets the fastest lap of the race.

Lap 18 The engine of Adrian Sutil Spyker lets go down Hangar straight. Raikkonen pits and rejoins ahead of Lewis Hamilton.

Lap 20 Alonso pits and takes on the soft tyre compound only to rejoin ahead of Raikkonen.
Lap 24 Ralf Schumacher retires from the race. Fisichella is given the hurry up by his Renault team.

Lap 26 Heikki Kovalainen battles Coulthard for ninth. A lap later Coulthard pits and gets out ahead of Trulli in the Toyota.

Lap 30 At this stage of the race, Raikkonen is faster than Alonso despite a heavier fuel load. The Finn cutting Alonso s lead by over two tenths to 4.4 seconds.

Lap 31 Alonso loses seven tenths to Raikkonen, while he attempts to pass Scott Speed. Scott Speed then put out as Wurz attempts to take advantage and follow Alonso through, removing the American s front wheel with his rear tyre. Speed pulls off with damage to his left front.

Lap 32 Anthony Davidson pits and retires.

Lap 34 Jenson Button pits for his only stop of the race. The Brit may pick up a point today.

Lap 35 Davidson is sat in his car, with his Super Aguri mechanics attempting to repair his car. The Brit complaining of vibrations from his car.

Lap 37 Alonso pits, taking 8.2 seconds to make his stop. Meanwhile Davidson is released from his garage and rejoins the track.

Lap 38 Hamilton pits to take on fuel and soft tyres. Mechanics take 8.1 seconds to make the stop, adding two turns of front wing to the McLaren.

Lap 41 Raikkonen continues to put in strong laps in an attempt to leapfrog Alonso at his second pit stop.

Lap 42 Raikkonen puts in another fast lap, a 1:20.998 and a full second ahead of Alonso s time.

Lap 43 Raikkonen pits for 6.6 seconds and rejoins ahead of Fernando Alonso. Davidson retires to the garage again.

Lap 48 Massa battles with BMW s Kubica, for fourth. Hamilton continues to struggle, some 35 seconds off the race leader.

Lap 51 Coulthard battles with fellow Brit Jenson Button for tenth.

Lap 56 Liuzzi retires from fourteenth, the Toro Rosso stopping just short of Bridge.

Lap 58 and Raikkonen starts his final lap, 5.8 seconds ahead of Alonso and 41 ahead of Hamilton. Massa fails to overturn Kubica for fourth. Heidfeld finishes sixth ahead of the Renaults of Kovalainen seventh and Fisichella eighth.