F1: Raikkonen Wins the Spanish Grand Prix

By: Stephen Lars

Kimi Raikkonen is currently heading Ferrari's second consecutive win of the Formula One World championship season after this past Sunday's triumph in the Spanish Grand Prix.

The Finn achieved the victory number 17 of his career; a race that he controlled from the moment he took off from the grid. Raikkonen was closely followed by his Brazilian teammate Felipe Massa, while the Britton Lewis Hamilton was in third position driving his McLaren.

The Spanish Grand Prix race took place at the circuit of Montmelo; but the black spot that shadowed the event was the Finnish Heikki Kovalanien's accident. The McLaren driver needed to be taken to a nearby hospital and he seemed to be stable despite his shoulder and elbow pains.

Additionally, the Spaniard Fernando Alonso who currently drives for Renault had to quit the race in the 34th lap due to car malfunctions despite his second place start in the grid; a certain bitter sweet taste as this Grand Prix took place in his natal country Spain

The Polish Robert Kubica (BMW Sauber) crossed the finish line in fourth place and the Australian Mark Webber (Red Bull) entered fifth. The Britton Jenson Button (Honda), the Japanese Kazuki Nakajima (Williams) and the Italian Jarno Trulli (Toyota) arrived in the following positions and achieved amongst them the remaining points.

The mastery of current champion and 2005 Spain winner Raikkonen was evident; he presently holds the leadership of the general standings with 29 points; 9 points more than counterpart Hamilton. On the other hand, Massa who won three weeks ago in Bahrain holds the third place with 19 points. This is Raikkonen's sixth time victory at a Grand Prix where he leads from start to end; and his second victory during the year after winning in Malaysia a month ago.

Raikkonen's control in Spain was absolute since Friday's tests driving until his final triumph he remained in pole position. Certainly; staring off first in Montmelo was a possible guarantee to obtain a victory; the last eight drivers that obtained the victory there; did it after obtaining the pole position. Additionally, Ferrari now heads the constructors' championship, with 47 points; followed by BMW Sauber and McLaren with 35 and 34, respectively.

McLaren referred to Kovalainen's incident as a pressure mechanism damage that ruptured the vehicle's forward left tire causing that his single-seater crashed against the wall of tires in the ninth lap. More than 10 minutes were required to clear up the trail on the racetrack due to the accident.
The Finn Kovalanien was transferred to a hospital in Barcelona by helicopter he was using a collar, although he made a signal to be well.

"(Heikki) is well", said Ron Dennis, the McLaren general manager. "He did not suffer fractures and the neurological exams do not indicate any traumas in the head. We are optimists that he will recover completely in a few days". Kovalainen was one of the eight drivers withdrawn by mechanical problems or accidents.

The young Britton; Lewis Hamilton seems to be getting back on track as he once again was on the podium after his win in Australian early in the year. Hamilton began the race four seconds behind Raikkonen.

This race was one of Ferrari's easy tasks as Raikkonen did great from start to end while Massa also did his part pressuring Alonso before arriving at the first curve. The competition was a true display of Ferrari's current racing talent and at the end Raikkonen surpassed Massa for only 3.2 seconds of advantage.

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