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How Force India's predecessor team nearly took a surprise win

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How Force India's predecessor team nearly took a surprise win
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Translated by: Rachit Thukral
Jul 27, 2017, 5:57 AM

At the 2007 European Grand Prix Spyker's (now Force India) Markus Winkelhock staged a surprise story on his Formula 1 debut. We reflect back at his heroics.

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In qualifying, Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen took pole position and..

In qualifying, Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen took pole position and..
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...led into the first corner.

...led into the first corner.
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All drivers started on dry tyres except...

All drivers started on dry tyres except...
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...Winkelhock, who had switched to wet rubber after the warm-up.

...Winkelhock, who had switched to wet rubber after the warm-up.
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At the end of lap 1 the entire field pitted for intermediate tyres, but still found it hard to keep the cars between the white lines. This list including Scott Speed...

At the end of lap 1 the entire field pitted for intermediate tyres, but still found it hard to keep the cars between the white lines. This list including Scott Speed...
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...Nico Rosberg...

...Nico Rosberg...
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...Winkelhock's Spyker teammate Adrian Sutil...

...Winkelhock's Spyker teammate Adrian Sutil...
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...Jenson Button and...

...Jenson Button and...
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... Lewis Hamilton.

... Lewis Hamilton.
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As a result, Winkelhock led on his debut for six laps behind the safety car

As a result, Winkelhock led on his debut for six laps behind the safety car
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In the meantime, cranes were out in force to recover the wrecked cars.

In the meantime, cranes were out in force to recover the wrecked cars.
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The race was then interrupted by a red flag.

The race was then interrupted by a red flag.
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When racing resumed in dryish conditions, Winkelhock led the field but was soon passed by Massa and the rest.

When racing resumed in dryish conditions, Winkelhock led the field but was soon passed by Massa and the rest.
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Hamilton joined the field a lap down.

Hamilton joined the field a lap down.
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Massa stayed in front of Alonso for a long time.

Massa stayed in front of Alonso for a long time.
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But as the track started to dry out...

But as the track started to dry out...
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Alonso closed in and passed Massa with five laps to go...

Alonso closed in and passed Massa with five laps to go...
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To win the 10th round of the season.

To win the 10th round of the season.
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It was his third win as a McLaren driver.

It was his third win as a McLaren driver.
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Massa had to settle for second place.

Massa had to settle for second place.
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Podium: 1. Fernando Alonso, 2. Felipe Massa, 3. Mark Webber

Podium: 1. Fernando Alonso, 2. Felipe Massa, 3. Mark Webber
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Schumacher presented the winners with the trophies.

Schumacher presented the winners with the trophies.
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