Kimi Raikkonen won the first race of the season in Australia on this day in 2007, in his first appearance for Ferrari, making the best possible start to his only championship winning season.

Raikkonen made his Formula One debut in 2001 in Sauber when he finished sixth in Australia and in 2002 he went to McLaren as Hakkinen’s successor and finished the 2003 and 2005 F1 seasons in second place behind Schumacher (2003) and Alonso (2005).

After Schumacher withdrew from Formula One at the end of 2006, Ferrari decided to bring Raikkonen and retain Massa for the 2007 F1 season.

Raikkonen was fastest in Q1, while Alonso was fastest in Q2, three tenths ahead of Raikkonen, but in Q3, where drivers started with race fuel, Raikkonen was fastest, four tenths ahead of Alonso, who moved to McLaren that season where his team-mate was 2006 GP2 Champion Hamilton.

2007 Australian GP all drivers photo Photo Ferrari

Heidfeld was third for the BMW Sauber, Hamilton fourth for McLaren and Kubica fifth in the second BMW Sauber. Massa was fifth fastest in Q1, but crashed in Q2 and started from the pits due to a badly damaged car whose repair required a violation of the parc ferme rule.

Raikkonen keeps the lead at the start, with Hamilton overtaking Alonso for third place on the outside of the first corner, behind Raikkonen and Heidfeld.

Heidfeld had the least fuel at the start of the race and entered the pits in lap 14 and Raikkonen had a 15-second advantage over Hamilton at the end of round 18 and a 16.4 advantage over Alonso before entering the pits in round 19.

2007 Australian GP start Photo Ferrari

Alonso and Hamilton made their first stops in laps 22 and 23 and Raikkonen had an 11.6-second lead over Hamilton and 13 seconds ahead of Alonso at the end of the lap 24.

In the second stint, Alonso stayed two laps longer on the track than Hamilton and came out ahead of him after second stops while Raikkonen was untouchable with 16 seconds advantage in first place.

Raikkonen celebrated in his first race for Ferrari, 7.2 seconds ahead of Alonso and 18.6 s ahead of Hamilton who finished on the podium in his F1 debut on his way to nine consecutive podiums at the start of the season, which is still a record for the F1 debutant.

Heidfeld finished fourth for the BMW Sauber while Kubica retired in the lap 38 due to gearbox problems while he was in fourth place. Fisichella finished fifth for the current constructors’ champions Renault while Massa finished sixth after starting from the pitlane.

The last points were won by Rosberg in Williams and Ralf Schumacher in Toyota who were the first drivers to be lapped in this race.

The race will also be remembered for Coulthard clashing with Wurz when his Red Bull RB3 flew closely over Austrian’s helmet which led to introducing higher cockpit side protection panels for 2008.

2007 Australian GP start zoom Photo Ferrari

STARTING GRID

1 6 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:26.072
2 1 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Mercedes 1:26.493 0.421
3 9 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:26.556 0.484
4 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren/Mercedes 1:26.755 0.683
5 10 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 1:27.347 1.275
6 3 G.Fisichella Renault 1:27.634 1.562
7 15 Mark Webber Red Bull/Renault 1:27.934 1.862
8 12 Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:28.404 2.332
9 11 Ralf Schumacher Toyota 1:28.692 2.620
10 22 Takuma Sato Super Aguri/Honda 1:28.871 2.799
11 23 Anthony Davidson Super Aguri/Honda 1:26.909 0.837
12 16 Nico Rosberg Williams/Toyota 1:26.914 0.842
13 4 H.Kovalainen Renault 1:26.964 0.892
14 7 Jenson Button Honda 1:27.264 1.192
15 17 Alexander Wurz Williams/Toyota 1:27.393 1.321
16 8 R.Barrichello Honda 1:27.679 1.607
17 19 Scott Speed Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1:28.305 2.233
18 14 David Coulthard Red Bull/Renault 1:28.579 2.507
19 18 Vitantonio Liuzzi Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1:29.267 3.195
20 20 Adrian Sutil Spyker/Ferrari 1:29.339 3.267
21 21 Christijan Albers Spyker/Ferrari 1:31.932 5.860
Pitlane start due to Q2 crash
22 5 Felipe Massa Ferrari

RACE RESULTS

1 6 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 58 1:25:28.770
2 1 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Mercedes 58 1:25:36.012 7.242
3 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren/Mercedes 58 1:25:47.365 18.595
4 9 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 58 1:26:07.533 38.763
5 3 G.Fisichella Renault 58 1:26:35.239 1:06.469
6 5 Felipe Massa Ferrari 58 1:26:35.575 1:06.805
7 16 Nico Rosberg Williams/Toyota 57 1:25:32.237 1 lap
8 11 Ralf Schumacher Toyota 57 1:25:55.972 1 lap
9 12 Jarno Trulli Toyota 57 1:26:03.643 1 lap
10 4 H.Kovalainen Renault 57 1:26:04.110 1 lap
11 8 R.Barrichello Honda 57 1:26:05.009 1 lap
12 22 Takuma Sato Super Aguri/Honda 57 1:26:09.506 1 lap
13 15 Mark Webber Red Bull/Renault 57 1:26:39.409 1 lap
14 18 Vitantonio Liuzzi Toro Rosso/Ferrari 57 1:26:46.364 1 lap
15 7 Jenson Button Honda 57 1:26:47.799 1 lap
16 23 Anthony Davidson Super Aguri/Honda 56 1:25:31.618 2 laps
17 20 Adrian Sutil Spyker/Ferrari 56 1:26:43.931 2 laps
(13) 17 Alexander Wurz Williams/Toyota 48 1:12:43.760 Collision
(14) 14 David Coulthard Red Bull/Renault 48 1:12:44.295 Collision
(4) 10 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 36 53:24.248 Gearbox
(19) 19 Scott Speed Toro Rosso/Ferrari 28 43:01.350 Puncture
(20) 21 Christijan Albers Spyker/Ferrari 10 15:41.020 Spun-off

Fastest lap: Kimi Raikkonen – 1:25.235 (lap 41)

2007 Australian GP Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari F2007 Photo Ferrari

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER 1/17 RACES

1 Kimi Räikkönen 10   10
2 Fernando Alonso 8   8
3 Lewis Hamilton 6   6
4 Nick Heidfeld 5   5
5 Giancarlo Fisichella 4   4
6 Felipe Massa 3   3
7 Nico Rosberg 2   2
8 Ralf Schumacher 1   1
9 Jarno Trulli 0  
10 Heikki Kovalainen 0  
11 Rubens Barrichello 0  
12 Takuma Sato 0  
13 Mark Webber 0  
14 Vitantonio Liuzzi 0  
15 Jenson Button 0  
16 Anthony Davidson 0  
17 Adrian Sutil 0  
Robert Kubica 0  
Alexander Wurz 0  
Christijan Albers 0  
David Coulthard 0  
Scott Speed 0  

CONSTRUCTORS’ CHAMPIONSHIP

1 Ferrari 13 13
2 BMW Sauber/BMW 5 5
3 Renault 4 4
4 Williams/Toyota 2 2
5 Toyota 1 1
6 Honda 0
7 Super Aguri/Honda 0
8 Red Bull/Renault 0
9 Toro Rosso/Ferrari 0
10 Spyker/Ferrari 0
11 McLaren/Mercedes 0
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