Raikkonen Takes Third Straight Spa Win

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Raikkonen Takes Third Straight Spa Win

Postby CrazyChick » Sun 16 Sep, 2007 10:38 pm

- Sunday 16th September 2007

Kimi Raikkonen took his third consecutive victory at the Belgian Grand Prix, comfortably edging away from teammate Felipe Massa in a Ferrari one-two.
The McLarens were no match for the Ferraris and had to settle for third and fourth, with Fernando Alonso finishing ahead of Lewis Hamilton and narrowing the rookie's championship lead to just two points with three rounds remaining.
The result meant that, pending McLaren's decision to appeal their penalty, Ferrari are constructors' champions.
Massa had briefly challenged Raikkonen on the outside at the start, before settling into second place.
Just behind, the McLarens were also wheel to wheel into La Source. Alonso edged Hamilton onto the extended run-off area, but the Briton found excellent traction and accelerated back on track level with his teammate.
They then ran side by side into Eau Rouge, with Alonso holding on around the outside at the first part of the corner before claiming third as the track turned right.
Raikkonen proceeded to dominate the race, easily establishing a four second lead over Massa and maintaining it to the flag.
The McLarens ran longer stints, but simply lacked the pace to get on terms with the leaders, and fell 20 seconds adrift in the middle stint.
Hamilton went four laps further on his second fuel load in a bid to vault ahead of Alonso, but the Spaniard found more speed on his fresh tyres than his teammate could muster from his very light car, and Hamilton rejoined six seconds behind him.
He pushed hard to close the gap, even going off the road briefly at Pouhon, but had to settle for fourth.
The result means that Hamilton is now two points ahead of Alonso, with Raikkonen closing to within 13 points of the leader.
Nick Heidfeld lost ground running wide at La Source on the first lap, but jumped ahead of Nico Rosberg and Mark Webber in the first stops and then pulled away from them to secure fifth. Rosberg also edged away from Webber and finished sixth.
Renault's Heikki Kovalainen used a one-stop strategy to fend off the charging Robert Kubica for the final point. After his engine change penalty in qualifying, Kubica made good progress in the opening laps but lost time behind the one stopping cars in the middle stages.
The two-stopping Jarno Trulli again lost ground at the start and consequently spent the race in traffic. That meant he finished behind his one-stopping Toyota teammate Ralf Schumacher in 11th. Toro Rosso's Vitantonio Liuzzi took 12th.
The star of the largely uneventful race was Spyker's Adrian Sutil, who used a relatively light fuel load to charge through the field to 12th in the opening laps. He ultimately finished 14th, right behind Honda's Rubens Barrichello.
Jenson Button retired the second Honda with hydraulic problems, the same failure that also eliminated Red Bull's David Coulthard.
Alex Wurz also dropped out after a messy race that saw him spin at the Bus Stop and then fall to last - behind Sakon Yamamoto - when he ran across the grass at Les Combes.
The race hardly even got going for Giancarlo Fisichella, who retired with a suspension problem on the opening lap.

PROVISIONAL RACE RESULTS

The Belgian Grand Prix
Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium;
44 laps; 308.176km;
Weather: Sunny.

Classified:
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Pos  Driver        Team                      Time      Pit Stops
 1.  Raikkonen     Ferrari              (B)  1h20:39.066s  2
 2.  Massa         Ferrari              (B)    + 4.695s    2
 3.  Alonso        McLaren-Mercedes     (B)    + 14.343s   2
 4.  Hamilton      McLaren-Mercedes     (B)    + 23.615s   2
 5.  Heidfeld      BMW Sauber           (B)    + 51.879s   2
 6.  Rosberg       Williams-Toyota      (B)   + 1:16.876s  2
 7.  Webber        Red Bull-Renault     (B)   + 1:20.639s  2
 8.  Kovalainen    Renault              (B)   + 1:25.106s  1
 9.  Kubica        BMW Sauber           (B)   + 1:25.661s  2
10.  R Schumacher  Toyota               (B)   + 1:28.558s  1
11.  Trulli        Toyota               (B)   + 1:43.633s  2
12.  Liuzzi        Toro Rosso-Ferrari   (B)     + 1 lap    1
13.  Barrichello   Honda                (B)     + 1 lap    1
14.  Sutil         Spyker-Ferrari       (B)     + 1 lap    2
15.  Sato          Super Aguri-Honda    (B)     + 1 lap    2
16.  Davidson      Super Aguri-Honda    (B)     + 1 lap    1
17.  Yamamoto      Spyker-Ferrari       (B)     + 1 lap    2
18.  Button        Honda                (B)    + 8 laps    2
19.  Wurz          Williams-Toyota      (B)    + 10 laps   3
20.  Coulthard     Red Bull-Renault     (B)    + 15 laps   1
21.  Vettel        Toro Rosso-Ferrari   (B)    + 36 laps   2
22.  Fisichella    Renault              (B)    + 43 laps   1

Fastest lap: Massa 1:48.036 on lap 34
Fisichella and Davidson start from pitlane, Fisichella in the T-Car.

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WRC: Sebastien Loeb, BTCC: Gordon Sheddon, WTCC: Rob Huff, DTM: Bruno Spengler.
MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo, WSB: Max Biaggi, BSB: Shane Byrne, Moto2: Marc Marquez, Moto 3: Sandro Cortese.
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Belgian GP - Sunday - Race Incidents

Postby CrazyChick » Mon 17 Sep, 2007 12:48 pm

* Pre-race: Anthony Davidson (20th) starts from the pits. Giancarlo Fisichella (down from 11th on the grid to 21st in the wake of an unscheduled engine change) is wheeled off the grid to start from the pits, too.

* Lap 1: Pole position qualifier Kimi Raikkonen sprints away to beat team-mate Felipe Massa into the first turn. Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton run side by side to and through Eau Rouge, before settling into third and fourth. Nico Rosberg is fifth from Heikki Kovalainen, Mark Webber, Nick Heidfeld, Ralf Schumacher, David Coulthard, Jarno Trulli, Jenson Button, Robert Kubica (relegated from fifth to 14th on the grid following an unscheduled engine change), Tonio Liuzzi, Adrian Sutil, Alex Wurz, Rubens Barrichello, Sebastian Vettel, Takuma Sato, Sakon Yamamoto and Davidson. Fisichella retires to the pits. Raikkonen leads by 1.3s

* Lap 2: Raikkonen continues to lead Massa by 1.3s. Kubica passes Button. Sutil passes Liuzzi. Wurz spins at the new chicane and drops to the tail of the field.

* Lap 3: Webber passes Kovalainen for sixth. Kubica passes Coulthard and Trulli for 10th. Sutil passes Button for 13th. Vettel passes Barrichello.

* Lap 4: Raikkonen extends his lead to 1.7s. Alonso is 1.9s behind Massa. Heidfeld passes Kovalainen. Sato passes Barrichello.

* Lap 5: A new benchmark from Raikkonen: 1m48.515s. Kubica passes Schumacher. Sutil passes Trulli.

* Lap 6: Raikkonen laps in 1m48.500s. Massa is 2,3s adrift.

* Lap 7: Raikkonen goes faster again: 1m48.498s. Vettel pits.

* Lap 8: Kubica tries to pass Kovalainen but the Finn holds him off. Vettel pits to retire.

* Lap 10: Raikkonen leads Massa by 3.7s and Alonso by 7.9s.

* Lap 11: Kubica passes Kovalainen at the final chicane. Wurz passes Davidson.

* Lap 12: Raikkonen ups his pace: 1m48.095s. Hamilton is slowly closing on team-mate Alonso.

* Lap 13: Alonso starts to edge away from Hamilton again.

* Lap 14: Rosberg, Webber and Trulli pit.

* Lap 15: Raikkonen, Alonso and Kubica pit. Massa leads from Hamilton.

* Lap 16: Massa and Hamilton pit. They rejoin behind their respective team-mates, with Heidfeld, third, separating the Ferraris and McLarens. Sutil pits, too.

* Lap 17: Sutil runs wide at Les Combes. Hamilton does likewise at the final chicane. Yamamoto pits.

* Lap 18: Heidfeld pits.

* Lap 20: Raikkonen leads Massa by 4.5s, Alonso by 15.0s and Hamilton by 17.5s. Schumacher pits. The closest on-track battle is between Coulthard and Kubica, for 10th.

* Lap 21: Sato and Wurz pit.

* Lap 22: Kovalainen pits. Barrichello runs wide at the last chicane.

* Lap 23: Wurz runs wide over a kerb and loses a place to Yamamoto.

* Lap 24: Button and Liuzzi pit.

* Lap 25: Coulthard and Davidson pit.

* Lap 26: Raikkonen is 4.9s clear of Massa, 18.9s clear of Alonso. Davidson runs wide at Les Combes. Barrichello pits.

* Lap 27: With everyone having pitted, Raikkonen leads Massa, Alonso, Hamilton, Heidfeld, Rosberg, Webber, Kubica, Kovalainen, Schumacher, Trulli, Coulthard, Sutil, Button, Sato, Liuzzi, Barrichello, Yamamoto, Wurz and Davidson.

* Lap 30: Rosberg and Sutil pit. Coulthard stops to retire.

* Lap 31: Raikkonen pits. Massa leads. Sato passes Button at Les Combes. Yamamoto pits.

* Lap 32: Massa pits. Alonso leads temporarily. Wurz pits.

* Lap 33: Alonso pits, as do Kubica and Sato.

* Lap 34: Massa posts a 1m48.036s. Heidfeld pits. Wurz comes in again, this time to retire.

* Lap 36: Button retires to the pits.

* Lap 37: Hamilton pits. He rejoins fourth, behind Alonso.

* Lap 38: Raikkonen leads Massa by 3.1s, Alonso by 17.2s and Hamilton by 23.6s.

* Lap 43: Hamilton runs wide at Pouhon and loses three seconds.

* Lap 44: Raikkonen wins by 4.6s from Massa, Alonso, Hamilton, Heidfeld, Rosberg, Webber, Kovalainen, Kubica, Schumacher and Trulli. Liuzzi, Barrichello. Sutil, Sato, Davidson and Yamamoto are lapped.

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WRC: Sebastien Loeb, BTCC: Gordon Sheddon, WTCC: Rob Huff, DTM: Bruno Spengler.
MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo, WSB: Max Biaggi, BSB: Shane Byrne, Moto2: Marc Marquez, Moto 3: Sandro Cortese.
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