In the 2007 F1 world championship, known for the famous spy story involving McLaren and Ferrari, with the projects of the Maranello's factory stolen by an untrustworthy employee and sold to the Woking company, the Briton driver Lewis Hamilton made his debut and, despite his inexperience, he was leading the championship with a considerable points advantage over main rivals: the teammate Fernando Alonso and Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen.
In the penultimate round of the season, in the Chinese Grand Prix, Hamilton started from pole position with Raikkonen flanked the front row. Behind them, Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso. With an aggressive race's tactic, perhaps even hazardous, Hamilton tried to take advantage over rivals making a pit stop in less, as long as its tires resulted too deteriorated to continue. When the pit stop had become indispensable, the Briton made the grossest mistake of his career: he went out of the track in the pit lane, ending up in the gravel. Worthless were the attempts made to return to the track, as well as requests for help to the commissioners.
Lewis Hamilton was forced to retire and this allowed Raikkonen (who won the Chinese Grand Prix) and Alonso (second at the finish line) to retrieve basic points to keep the world championship open: in the Brazilian GP Kimi Raikkonen was the triumpher again, conquering also the drivers' championship.