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Cozz
03-17-2007, 11:38 PM
<FONT SIZE="5"><b>Raikkonen storms to Melbourne victory</b></FONT><p>18 March 2007 <p>Kimi Raikkonen stormed to a dominant victory in the Australian Grand Prix, his debut for Ferrari. The Finn took his tenth career win ahead of McLaren's reigning champion Fernando Alonso and F1 debutant Lewis Hamilton.<p>Kimi Raikkonen made a perfect start from pole to lead the field into the first corner but behind him the BMWs both got strong starts. Heidfeld passed Alonso into the first turn and Kubica thought he had passed Hamilton until the rookie muscled back past the Pole and Alonso around the outside of turn one.<p>The order then stabilised and Raikkonen had things under control leading Heidfeld, Hamilton, Alonso, Kubica, Fisichella and Webber. At the other end of the grid Massa had started from the back following his problem in qualifying and a subsequent engine change penalty but it was not as plain sailing as the Brazilian would have hoped - getting held up behind the two Hondas.<p>Heidfeld was the first front-runner to pit on lap 15 and rejoined the race in seventh. Meanwhile race leader Kimi Raikkonen dived into the pits for his first stop at the end of lap 18 having built up a 15-second lead and Lewis Hamilton inherited the Grand Prix lead for the first time in his maiden Grand Prix.<p>The McLarens were the last of the front-runners to pit with Alonso refuelling first on lap 22 and Hamilton one lap later, rejoining the race just ahead of his double world champion team mate. Raikkonen meanwhile had regained his original lead and looked peerless out front.<p>Felipe Massa had climbed up to seventh by the time he made his single scheduled pit stop at exactly half race distance - lap 29.<p>The middle part of the race brought more of the same as Raikkonen maintained a 17-second lead over Hamilton and Alonso. Kubica got ahead of Heidfeld and had the German under control until his BMW suddenly slowed on lap 37. Meanwhile race-leader Kimi Raikkonen made team mate Massa's weekend even worse by putting a lap on the Brazilian.<p>Heikki Kovalainen provided some entertainment on lap 40 when he lost control under braking for turn one and spun through 360-degrees in the gravel and rejoined having lost eight place for Felipe Massa.<p>Meanwhile at the front Kimi Raikkonen seemed to be playing with his pace - smashing his fastest laps at will, and then calming his pace, presumably sending a message to McLaren that he had the race well within his car's pace, making his second pit stop on lap 42.<p>A flurry of excitement followed as Hamilton got stuck behind Takuma Sato and had to crawl into the pits for his second stop behind the Super Aguri on lap 43. Alonso got two extra laps on his team mate and put the hammer down, setting personal bests all around the lap until he pitted on lap 44. The experience and cool head of Alonso paid off as he rejoined the race comfortably ahead of Hamilton and in second place behind Raikkonen.<p>Following the second round of pit stops Raikkonen resumed his comfortable lead ahead of Alonso, Hamilton, Heidfeld, Fisichella and Massa. As the leaders cruised to the finish, David Coulthard provided some entertainment with a daring stab down the inside of Alex Wurz for thirteenth, sliding over the nose of the Williams and ending his and the Austrian's races.<p>Raikkonen cruised to his tenth career Grand Prix victory and his first with Ferrari on his debut as Michael Schumacher's replacement. Fernando Alonso brought his McLaren home in second ahead of a faultless drive from Lewis Hamilton to finish third on his F1 debut.<p>Nick Heidfeld ended up with fourth place for BMW ahead of Fisichella and Massa in sixth, after the Brazilian started from the back of the grid. Nico Rosberg showed a mature head at the start of his second F1 season to claim two well-needed points for the Williams team while Ralf Schumacher took the final point for Toyota in eighth. <p>--------------------------------------------------------<p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/banana.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/banana.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/banana.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/banana.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/banana.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/banana.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/banana.gif" BORDER="0">

Comrade
03-18-2007, 08:53 AM
Can't wait to watch the repeat tonight!!!!!

Ascariss
03-18-2007, 11:51 AM
You wouldn't catch me dead cheering for kimi last year, but go ferrari and kimi. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/banana.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/banana.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/banana.gif" BORDER="0"> great race.

Cozz
03-18-2007, 08:54 PM
Here are the fastest laps of the day. KR in a class of his own....<br>A one second gap between KR and FA. ouch!<p><br>Melbourne - 18/03/2007<br>1 . K. Raikkonen - Ferrari F2007 - 1:25.235 (+ 0.000 ) - Lap 41<br>2 . F. Alonso - McLaren Mercedes MP4-22 - 1:26.314 (+ 1.079 ) - Lap 20<br>3 . L. Hamilton - McLaren Mercedes MP4-22 - 1:26.351 (+ 1.116 ) - Lap 20<br>4 . R. Kubica - BMW Sauber F1.07 - 1:26.642 (+ 1.407 ) - Lap 19<br>5 . N. Rosberg - Williams Toyota FW29 - 1:26.721 (+ 1.486 ) - Lap 40<br>6 . N. Heidfeld - BMW Sauber F1.07 - 1:26.722 (+ 1.487 ) - Lap 37<br>7 . G. Fisichella - Renault R27 - 1:26.892 (+ 1.657 ) - Lap 18<br>8 . F. Massa - Ferrari F2007 - 1:27.044 (+ 1.809 ) - Lap 28<br>9 . M. Webber - Red Bull Renault RB3 - 1:27.501 (+ 2.266 ) - Lap 21<br>10 . H. Kovalainen - Renault R27 - 1:27.592 (+ 2.357 ) - Lap 44<br>11 . D. Coulthard - Red Bull Renault RB3 - 1:27.706 (+ 2.471 ) - Lap 44<br>12 . R. Schumacher - Toyota TF107 - 1:27.796 (+ 2.561 ) - Lap 42<br>13 . J. Trulli - Toyota TF107 - 1:28.034 (+ 2.799 ) - Lap 45<br>14 . R. Barrichello - Honda RA107 - 1:28.098 (+ 2.863 ) - Lap 17<br>15 . V. Liuzzi - Toro Rosso Ferrari STR2 - 1:28.282 (+ 3.047 ) - Lap 44<br>16 . A. Wurz - Williams Toyota FW29 - 1:28.303 (+ 3.068 ) - Lap 24<br>17 . J. Button - Honda RA107 - 1:28.387 (+ 3.152 ) - Lap 42<br>18 . T. Sato - Super Aguri Honda SA07 - 1:28.487 (+ 3.252 ) - Lap 20<br>19 . A. Sutil - Spyker Ferrari F8-VII - 1:28.687 (+ 3.452 ) - Lap 40<br>20 . A. Davidson - Super Aguri Honda SA07 - 1:28.849 (+ 3.614 ) - Lap 41<br>21 . S. Speed - Toro Rosso Ferrari STR2 - 1:28.953 (+ 3.718 ) - Lap 22<br>22 . C. Albers - Spyker Ferrari F8-VII - 1:30.899 (+ 5.664 ) - Lap 9.