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kgreen
10-21-2007, 06:37 PM
Wow, what a season! After starting out with a win in Australia, Kimi started losing ground as 2-Time defending Champ Alonso and his rookie sensation teammate Lewis Hamiliton started realing off win after win. Kimi trailed the McClarens at Mid-Season by about 30 points (Maybe more). IT looked like a lost cause, but Kimi hung in there. For the first time in a long time, there was a 3-way battle for the Title. Here is just how close the final points were:

Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari 110
Lewis Hamilton, McLaren-Mercedes 109
Fernando Alonso, McLaren-Mercedes 109
Felipe Massa, Ferrari 104


Kimi wins title as Lewis's hopes evaporate
Sunday, 21, October, 2007, 18:44


Kimi Raikkonen pulled off one of the biggest upsets in Formula 1 history to claim his maiden world championship crown in Brazil as Lewis Hamilton’s dreams evaporated in heartbreaking fashion.

Ferrari’s Raikkonen was the rank outsider of the three title contenders going into the Interlagos finale, but amazingly emerged as world champion after a flawless drive and a calamitous afternoon for Hamilton, who had led the points standings for the majority of the season.

Lewis’s hopes were dealt a mortal blow when he tumbled to 18th place after a gearbox glitch on lap eight.

Despite a spirited fightback, the need to make three stops ensured he couldn’t recover to the fifth place he required to deny Kimi the title.

So, after two near-misses in 2003 and 2005, it is the 28-year-old Finn who finally becomes world champion in his first year at Ferrari.

And his former team McLaren ends its most competitive season since 2000 – one in which it delivered numerous imperious performances – without either world championship trophy.

Crowd favourite Felipe Massa completed a perfect day for Ferrari by completing a 1-2 finish for the Scuderia, having led the race until the second round of stops.

Fernando Alonso’s two-year reign as world champion ended after the Spaniard could do no better than a low-key third place.

Hamilton deserved better than a seventh and ends his unparalleled rookie season just a point shy of the world championship.

For the 22-year-old Briton it all began to unravel at the start.

Raikkonen catapulted off the line, outdragging the McLaren and pulling alongside Massa into the Senna S before tucking back into line.

Alonso seized on the commotion to squeeze inside his team-mate going into the long Curva do Sol, and the order as they powered onto the back straight was Massa, Raikkonen, Alonso, Hamilton.

Hamilton tried to retaliate around the outside of Alonso into turn four, but succeeded only in locking his brakes heavily and running wide across the asphalt run-off.

By the time he sorted out the moment, he was back to eighth having created a lot more work for himself.

He soon dispatched Jarno Trulli to move up to seventh and (after another ragged moment on the exit of turn four) passed Heidfeld for sixth.

Then disaster struck.

As he accelerated out of his bogey corner, turn four, and flicked the paddle on his steering wheel to change up through the gears, he got a boxful of neutrals.

The McLaren stuttered and slowed, and car after car streamed past.

After some urgent radio instructions from the pits Hamilton flicked some switches inside the cockpit and found the gears again – but by now he was down to 18th place, more than 40 seconds behind leader Massa.

In an instant he had gone from being almost a shoe-in for the title to an outsider, but with the car apparently running cleanly again, Hamilton set about a no-holds-barred recovery drive.

He scythed past Rubens Barrichello and Adrian Sutil on lap 11 before making short work of a gaggle of cars, moving from 16th to 12th on lap 16 alone!

One of those gains came at the expense of Mark Webber, who pulled off from a strong fifth place with yet another Red Bull mechanical problem.

Meanwhile Massa was in command, maintaining a lead of around 1.5s over Raikkonen before kicking off the first round of pit stops on lap 21.

Kimi followed next time around – having upped the ante for the race’s fastest lap – but rejoined slightly further behind his team-mate after an untidy run through the sinuous pit exit.

Alonso had fallen more than 11 seconds adrift of the Ferraris and seemingly had no answer to their pace, while Robert Kubica’s BMW was steaming along nicely in fourth.

When Hamilton made his first pit visit on lap 23, McLaren gambled on an early switch to the super-soft tyre, the degradation of which had concerned all the teams during practice.

That meant a short middle stint and would, in theory, allow him to make rapid progress up the lap chart – at least as long as the tyre grip lasted.

But in fact the ploy didn’t pay off particularly well as Hamilton lost more time in the midfield traffic – despite some incisive passes, including a banzai move on Barrichello that relied heavily on the Brazilian veteran’s cooperation.

He was lying ninth when he pitted again on lap 37, and emerged a lap behind the leading Ferraris, still with a steep mountain to climb.

When Heikki Kovalainen crashed heavily on lap 38 after his Renault’s suspension let go in the Curva do Sol, it briefly looked like the safety car might be deployed.

But the marshals were able to remove the car to a safe location and the race continued uninterrupted.

Meanwhile Raikkonen had been shadowing Massa, poised to take the lead at the second pit stop exchange.

Sure enough, Felipe stopped two laps earlier than Kimi and the Finn rattled off two stunning laps to emerge clearly in front.

By that stage Hamilton was up to eighth, three places behind where he needed to be to clinch the title, but back on the lead lap and seemingly still capable of overcoming the 15s deficit to fifth-placed Nick Heidfeld.

That assumption was blown apart, however, when Hamilton peeled off for a third pit stop on lap 58.

It transpired that he had not taken on enough fuel at the second stop and needed a top-up to complete the remaining 14 laps.

That snuffed out what remained of his title hopes, dropping him back off the lead lap.

He moved up to seventh thanks to a late splash-and-dash stop for Trulli, but it simply wasn’t enough.

The Ferraris had the race by the throat, Raikkonen was in the lead, Alonso a distant third and out of contention.

All Raikkonen had to do was reel off the remaining laps without incident, and the title would be his – which he duly did, crossing the line 1.4s ahead of Massa.

Alonso came home a subdued third after an almost anonymous drive, while Nico Rosberg won a lively scrap with the BMWs to claim a superb fourth place and cement the same position for Williams in the constructors’ championship.

Kubica held off team-mate Heidfeld for sixth, leaving Hamilton an agonising seventh.

Trulli took the final point for Toyota, while David Coulthard survived a tangle with debutant Kazuki Nakajima’s Williams to come home ninth.

Nakajima made it to the finish in 10th, but blotted his copybook with a disastrous first pit stop when he slid into his crew after coming in too hot and locking his brakes.


Some mechanics sustained injuries and were taken to the medical centre for attention.


Brazilian Grand Prix result, Interlagos, 71 laps


1. RAIKKONEN Ferrari
2. MASSA Ferrari +1.4s

3. ALONSO McLaren +57.0s

4. ROSBERG Williams +62.8s

5. KUBICA BMW +70.9s

6. HEIDFELD BMW +71.3s

7. HAMILTON McLaren +1 lap

8. TRULLI Toyota +1 lap

9. COULTHARD Red Bull +1 lap

10. NAKAJIMA Williams +1 lap

11. SCHUMACHER Toyota +1 lap

12. SATO Super Aguri +2 laps

13. LIUZZI Toro Rosso +2 laps

14. DAVIDSON Super Aguri +3 laps

R. SUTIL Spyker +28 laps

R. BARRICHELLO Honda +31 laps

R. KOVALAINEN Renault +36 laps

R. VETTEL Toro Rosso +37 laps

R. BUTTON Honda +51 laps

R. WEBBER Red Bull +57 laps

R. FISICHELLA Renault +69 laps

R. YAMAMOTO Spyker +69 laps

BlitzburghRockCity
10-25-2007, 05:55 PM
so you're a big Formula 1 fan I take it ? :lol: I admit I do like watching the formula road type races a lot more than the basic nascar stuff. That is formula 1 that runs those road courses a lot right?

Blitzburgh55
10-25-2007, 07:09 PM
woot RAIKKONEN

anyway who the f*ck is that