Debate: Most impressive moments in 2007

Chinese Grand Prix 2007, Shanghai International Circuit, start | GEPA / Mathias KniepeissThe F1 Fanatic 2007 season review is underway and will run for the next few weeks. The review will end with rankings for each driver but first I want your input on what impressed you most this year.

Who did the best pass? The best qualifying lap? The best race?

Remember this isn’t just about the top two teams – which drivers excelled lower down the field and persevered with a poor car? Leave your comments below.

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18 comments on Debate: Most impressive moments in 2007

  1. Best pass has got to be Sato on Alonso in the Canadian GP. Both Super Aguris were hooked up that day; Sato lined up Alonso and effortlessly took him like he was the double world champ and Alonso was the perennial crashaholic backmarker. I got a Murray-like lump in my throat when I saw that.

  2. The most impressive drive for me came from Vettel in China – after having probably the worst weekend of his racing life the week before in Japan, to then follow that up with another amazing performance was simply stunning.

    I can imagine a lot of lesser people would have crumbled under the pressure and attantion that was heaped upon him, but he rose above that to show just how good he really is.

  3. I think Markus Winkelhock leading the European Grand Prix in a Spyker, by a considerable margin at one point, is indicative of how strange and exciting that race was. In many ways, it’s representative of the ups and downs of the season.

    Albeit the events are a one-off, nobody could take that moment from Markus Winkelhock – leading his debut race, at home, in horrible conditions, and what is deemed the most dismal car on the track. It was a team decision that got him there, and it didn’t last, but it was so refreshing just to behold.

  4. Robert McKay said on 29th October 2007, 13:25

    On the Spyker theme, Sutil running well up the midfield and passing people at will in Belgium was a really impressive drive. Davidson’s quali lap that got him into Q3, I can’t remember where (Turkey or Hungary?) was one of the low-fuel quali laps of the year. Hamilton was overtaker of the year in my opinion: banzai move on Raikkonen at Monza, the do-or-die move from miles back against Rubens in Brazil, the opening few corners of his first two or three races were all great to see.

    And another randomly impressive thing was how all the Red Bull-affiliated cars all suddenly got a whole lot faster in the last four races or so. The main RBR cars had shown flashes throughout the early part of the year, before breaking down a lot. But in the last few races both RBR and STR suddenly found a load of speed through nothing particularly obvious, something that few people really seemed to pick up on.

  5. On the “Lewis as overtaker of the year” theme, his move around the outside of Fisichella off the fast right-hander before the Veedol chicane at the GP-Strecke (Nuerburgring), on the rumble strips, takes it for me.

    Cruise and collect is not his style and I hope he won’t look at China and Brazil and change his ways. He was mega for almost the whole year.

  6. Cooperman said on 29th October 2007, 19:17

    My abiding memory of the season was Lewis’ pass on Kimi at the Italian Grand Prix into turn 1 – that just blew me away and watching re-runs still leaves me amazed!

    Further down the grid I’ve impressed with Super Aguri – hard to think now that this has been their second year.

  7. Daniel said on 29th October 2007, 20:39

    Massa as the fastest driver (six poles and six fastest laps), but unable to convert half of them in race wins…

    If he improves on that side, he’ll certainly have another shot at the drivers title…

    I would say Massa shutting the door at Alonso at his home race was my personal best moment…

  8. Wesley said on 29th October 2007, 21:01

    - Alonso’s pass on Massa @ Nurburgring
    – Sato’s pass on Alonso @ Canada
    – Rosberg has proved his talent this year
    – Kubica had a good year,crashed BIG TIME @ Canada and proved that he has the nerves to get back on that horse–atta boy
    – Kovalainen ALMOST had every race under his belt until Brazil,what a shame,I think had an impressive start to his F1 career
    – but for me,the rapid rise of BMW to third power on the grid has been my favorite part of the season

  9. Beso B said on 29th October 2007, 23:31

    Best QLF-ing lap for me was Fuji – Niko Rosberg – for 6th place, in wet. He had a lot of fuel onboard. //

    Best pass – Alonso on Heidfield – In France //

  10. Seb Carter said on 30th October 2007, 0:58

    i think a great moment was when heidfield took alonso around the outside of turn 4 at bahrain, When everyone was saying that Mclaren and Ferrari were gonna romp away with it. it provided a little glimpse into the “other” drivers skills. i also immensely enjoyed the fight at the front between Hamilton and Alonso at Indy, where the brit once and for all showed alonso he will not back down. the rise of a new golden boy!

  11. Ben Goldberg said on 30th October 2007, 3:51

    Best qualifying lap… Alonso’s pole in Hungary of course! Ha ha ha. Well seriously, I would say it’s Davidson’s lap in Q2 of the Turkish GP. He was down by like .2 seconds after the first two sectors and then gained like .4 in the third sector! He did the same thing in Q1 also if I remember right. He just had that sector down, bummer he didn’t make it to Q3.

    Best pass of the year was probably Sato on Alonso just for the pure joy of it. The best “looking” pass was Hamilton on Fisi at the Nurburgring, reminded me of Alonso’s pass on Schumacher at Suzuku in ’05.

  12. Journeyer said on 30th October 2007, 5:49

    Best quali lap? Sato, Q2, Australia, to get into 10th place. That was something else!

    Best pass? Sato (again!) on Alonso in Canada.

    Best race? Tough one… gotta say Canada, but China, Japan, and Europe ran iut very close indeed.

    Best race drive? Vettel in China, brilliant stuff.

  13. Marty P said on 30th October 2007, 11:17

    I think Jarno Trulli’s drive in Bahrain was sadly underrated. He overtook both Renaults with some classy manoeuvres and raced hard with the two Williams drivers as well. Wurz and Rosberg gave it everything but Trulli held them off brilliantly. There’s nothing like a bit of good wheel-to wheel action.

    If only Trulli could do that every weekend.

    I’m not so sure about the best pass. Raikkonen on Coulthard at Fuji was pretty special though.

    I don’t think Hamilton’s Q3 lap at China was the best of the season, but it was certainly the most exciting for me. He pulled that one out of nowhere!

  14. AmericanTifosi said on 30th October 2007, 12:16

    -For best overtaking just pick any of Robert Kubica’s moves, especially when he overtook two cars (Heidfeld and Rosberg I belive) in Brazil!

    -Heikki Kovalainen was brilliant at Fugi with minimal downforce on his car in the wet.

    -Kimi, 6 wins, all brilliant

    -Lewis still amazes me with that repass on Massa in Sepang

    -Fernando…umm…Nurburgring

    -Felipe, his qualifying in Brazil was amamzing

  15. Fer no.65 said on 30th October 2007, 20:22

    I think Markus Winkelhock European GP moment is the perfect highlight for a incredible season. I must say, it was incredible because of it’s final race and championship fight, because everything from Budapest to Spa was boring. Nothing else than non-racing news.
    Anyway…

    Best Overtake: Alonso on Massa at Europe, Nick on Alonso at Bahrain, Kubica on both Rosberg and Heidfeld at Brazil.

    Best Moment: Markus leading the European GP by 30 secs. Official Live Timing from Formula1.com died that day.
    Best Race: Both vettel races at Japan and China.

    Best Qualyfing: Kubica at Magny-Cours. Just after his crash, he manages to put himself 4th on the grid.

    Racing in a poor car: gotta be Sutil. Exceded expectations with his Spyker drive. Specially at Monaco wet 3rd practice session. Vettel too, after all, he drove a Ferrari powered Red Bull. And had much more experience.

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