Flying Finn Raikkonen wins British Grand Prix


Mon, Jul 09, 2007 - Page 20

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen won the British Grand Prix yesterday with a superb display of speed and racing strategy.

The Finn recorded his third victory of the season after delivering a fantastic drive from second on the grid at Silverstone.

The McLaren pair of Fernando Alonso and home favorite Lewis Hamilton came second and third respectively.

Poland's Robert Kubica finished fourth for BMW with Brazilian Felipe Massa claiming fifth in the other Ferrari after battling his way to a points finish from the very back of the starting grid.

Nick Heidfeld of Germany was sixth in the other BMW.

The race started in bright but cloudy conditions and pole sitter Hamilton was immediately forced to defend.

Raikkonen made a 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.

Raikkonen made another attack on Hamilton during the 14th lap but the Briton 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.

Alonso made his second pit stop on the 38th lap and this time it was Raikkonen who benefited.

The Finn stayed on the track until the 43rd lap and when he finally stopped he managed to stay comfortably ahead of the McLaren's of Alonso and Hamilton.

Raikkonen did not let the advantage slip and held off Alonso with relative ease to claim Ferrari's fifth win of the season.