Kimi Raikkonen wins British Grand Prix
The Finn has recorded his third victory of the season and his second in a row after delivering a fantastic drive from second on the grid.india Updated: Jul 09, 2007 09:09 IST
Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen won the British Grand Prix on Sunday with a superb display of speed and racing strategy.
The Finn recorded his third victory of the season and his second in a row after delivering a fantastic drive from second on the grid at Silverstone.
The McLaren pair of Fernando Alonso and home favourite Lewis Hamilton came second and third respectively.
Raikkonen put himself in position to take the chequered flag by twice staying on the track for extra laps when his main rivals made pit stops.
Though he never overtook either McLaren on the track, the Finn was able to establish an unassailable 25 second advantage by clocking exceptionally quick laps when Alonso made his second pit stop.
Poland’s Robert Kubica finished fourth for BMW with brilliant Brazilian Felipe Massa claiming fifth in the other Ferrari after battling from the very back of the starting grid.
Nick Heidfeld of Germany was sixth in the other BMW ahead of the two Renault’s of Finn Heikki Kovalainen and Italian Giancarlo Fisichella.
In front of a host of celebrities, including David and Victoria Beckham, the race started in bright but cloudy conditions and pole sitter Hamilton was immediately forced to defend.
Second placed Raikkonen made an extremely fast start but Hamilton somehow held his position and set about establishing a lead of just over a second.
Massa had been forced to start from the back of the field after his Ferrari stalled on the grid.
The Brazilian rampaged through the field in a great display of aggressive driving, making up 12 places in the first eight laps. The Ferraris were clearly the fastest cars on the track in the first stages of the race and Raikkonen made another attack on Hamilton during the 14th lap.
Hamilton, roared on by the home support, defended brilliantly and gave the Finn absolutely no chance to pass.
However, the whole complexion of the race changed in the first round of pit stops.
Hamilton made a clumsy stop, costing himself at least a couple of seconds and allowing Raikkonen and Alonso to move ahead of him.
After all the leaders had pitted, Alonso, who had been third before the stops, emerged in the lead and began to establish a gap from Raikkonen and Hamilton, who were now second and third respectively.