Ferrari F2007

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Ferrari F2007
Ferrari F2007.jpg
Category Formula One
Constructor Scuderia Ferrari
Designer(s) Aldo Costa
Nicholas Tombazis
Technical Specifications
Chassis carbon-fibre and honeycomb composite monocoque
Suspension (front) Zero-keel Double wishbone, push-rod activated inboard spring/damper.
Suspension (rear) Double wishbone suspension Independent suspension, torsion bars, Sachs rotary damper, springs
Engine Ferrari 056 2.4 litre 90-degree V8, naturally aspirated, mid-engine, longitudinally mounted
Transmission Ferrari 7-speed transverse gearbox "Quick Shift", carbon fibre casing
Fuel Shell
Tyres Bridgestone
Competition History
Notable entrants Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
Notable drivers 5. Felipe Massa
6. Kimi Räikkönen
Debut 2007 Australian Grand Prix
 Races   Wins    Poles     FLs   
17 9 9 12
Constructors' Championships 1 (2007)
Drivers' Championships 1 (2007)

The Ferrari F2007 is a Formula One motor racing car, with which Ferrari competed during the 2007 Formula One season, it being the fifty-first single-seater car which the team have built to use in Formula One.[1] The car is famous for providing Kimi Räikkönen with his first World Championship title, which he failed to get with McLaren, and also providing the team with the first Constructor's title since Michael Schumacher won the title in 2004.

The car was unveiled to the public on January 14 2007 at Ferrari's Fiorano test track in Maranello, Italy.

Chassis

The chassis was significantly altered from the 248 F1, the car Ferrari used during 2006 to finish as runners-up to Renault in the constructors' championship. The wheelbase is 85mm longer, from 3050mm to 3135mm, with the extra length added between the cockpit and front wheels, in order to maximize aerodynamic performance[2].

Aerodynamics

The launch model was shown with the front and rear wings from the 248 F1.[2] This was to keep various aerodynamic features secret from rival F1 teams.

Mechanicals

The gearbox itself, which is still mounted longitudinally, is fitted with an innovative quick-shift system (seven plus reverse). The suspension adopts a zero-keel configuration, a first for Ferrari.[2] The dropping of the single-keel is most likely due to the departure of previous designer Rory Byrne, whose previous, ultra-successful designs (notably his championship-winning Ferrari and Benetton cars) all featured a single keel.

2007 season livery

Ferrari F2007

Ferrari were the only team to receive tobacco sponsorship for the 2007 season. The team's principal sponsor is Philip Morris International, parent company of Marlboro cigarettes.[3] However, in order to circumvent the European tobacco advertising ban, the car's livery did not feature the brand name. A simple red and white "barcode" was used and, hence the advertising at European Grands Prix was purely through association. In countries that allow tobacco sponsorship, Ferrari used 'Marlboro' logos.

The livery featured significantly less white than in previous years. The cars, driven by Felipe Massa and Kimi Räikkönen, raced with the numbers 5 and 6 respectively as the team finished second in the 2006 manufacturers championship. Ordinarily, this would mean numbers 3 and 4 for the following season but owing to World Champion Fernando Alonso changing teams to McLaren, Renault received these numbers as Fernando Alonso took his number 1 (and thus, number 2) to his new team.

Trivia

The Ferrari F2007 is featured in PS3's Gran Turismo 5 Prologue. It is also the subject of a Lego model, in their Lego/Ferrari collaboration in which several models of Ferrari road and racing cars were put into general production. It was released in early 2008, just before the real-world release of the F2007's successor, the F2008.

Complete Formula One results

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Points WCC
2007 Ferrari Ferrari V8 B AUS MAL BHR ESP MON CAN USA FRA GBR EUR HUN TUR ITA BEL JPN CHN BRA 204 1st
Felipe Massa 6 5 1 1 3 DSQ 3 2 5 2 13 1 Ret 2 6 3 2
Kimi Räikkönen 1 3 3 Ret 8 5 4 1 1 Ret 2 2 3 1 3 1 1

External links

References

  1. "F1 Team Unvails Ferrari's F2007". Ferrari-ForSale.com. 14/01/2007. http://www.ferrari-forsale.com/F2007Launch. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Big, bold and clever", Ferrari F2007 launch article, Autosport magazine, 18 January 2007.
  3. BBC News article "Ferrari extend tobacco contract" article