Monday, July 9, 2007

Second in row for Kimster

Kimi Raikkonen has won the British Grand Prix. Many would have hoped to see Lewis Hamilton win his home Grand Prix but it as the Ferrari driver who dominated Sunday's race. He finished well ahead of McLaren drivers Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton.

Before the lights went green in Silverstone there was already a problem for Ferrari driver Felipe Massa. The Brazilian stalled his engine and had to be pushed of the grid. The other drivers had to complete another formation lap before they could start the British Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton began his race from pole position and managed to keep the lead. He was right ahead of Kimi Raikkonen, Fernando Alonso and Robert Kubica. Ralf Schumacher had a bad start. The German could start from P6 but fell back two places at the start of the race. Felipe Massa had a strong start. He had to start from the pitlane but easily overtook the drivers in the back of the field moving up towards the top ten.

After five laps Massa overtook nine drivers. When Massa met Coulthard on track he faced an interesting fight. The Scotsman wasn't going to let the Brazilian get by easy. In the end though he was unable to keep Massa behind. After thirteen laps Kimi Raikkonen started to close the gap on race leader Lewis Hamilton. He pressured Hamilton and tried to overtake him but was unable to do so. When Hamilton went in for his first pitstop Raikkonen took the lead and wasn't going to let anyone else take it. Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso were in first and second after their first pitstop with Hamilton in third.

Being halfway into the race it was Alexander Wurz trying to overtake Scott Speed. Wurz touched Speed and it meant the end of the race for the American Toro Rosso driver as his left front tyre got damaged. In lap 42 Kimi Raikkonen entered the pitlane for his second and final pitstop and was able to maintain the lead ahead of Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton. Hamilton seemed to struggle. His laptimes weren't as good as in the first half of the race. Felipe Massa drove a strong race. He climbed up to third position before he entered the pitlane for his second pitstop. In the end he had to let Kubica ahead of him in fourth while Massa took fifth position. Kimi Raikkonen took his twelfth victory in Formula 1 and his third this season. Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton finished in second and third. BMW drivers Kubica and Heidfeld finished in fourth and sixth, while the Renault drivers also scored points again. Kovalainen and Fisichella finished seventh and eighth.
British GP Result:
1. K. Räikkönen Ferrari 1:21:43.074

2. F. Alonso McLaren + 2.400

3. L. Hamilton McLaren + 39.300

4. R. Kubica BMW + 53.300

5. F. Massa Ferrari + 54.000

6. N. Heidfeld BMW + 56.300

7. H. Kovalainen Renault + 1 laps

8. G. Fisichella Renault + 1 laps

9. R. Barrichello Honda + 1 laps

10. J. Button Honda + 1 laps

11. D. Coulthard Red Bull + 1 laps

12. N. Rosberg Williams + 1 laps

13. A. Wurz Williams + 1 laps

14. T. Sato Super Aguri + 2 laps

15. C. Albers Spyker F1 + 2 laps

Did not finish

16. V. Liuzzi Scuderia Toro Rosso + 6 laps

17. J. Trulli Toyota + 16 laps

18. A. Davidson Super Aguri + 24 laps

19. S. Speed Scuderia Toro Rosso + 30 laps

20. R. Schumacher Toyota + 37 laps

21. A. Sutil Spyker F1 + 43 laps

22. M. Webber Red Bull + 51 laps

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