Kimi Raikkonen Wins the Malaysian Grand Prix

By: Stephen Lars

Kimi Raikkonen placed his team Ferrari on track once more after winning the Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday followed by Robert Kubica (BMW Sauber) and in third place Heikki Kovalainen from McLaren.

Right after the Grand Prix the current F1 World Champion comes closer of the current 2008 leader Lewis Halmiton who finished in fifth position with his McLaren's sigle-seater.

During the first Australian Grand Prix just one week ago more less; the "Finn" could not finished the race but instead his team mate Felipe Massa took the lead after the first round of stops in the pits.

Unfortunately for Massa the competition was over during the lap 31 previously he had remained next to Raikkonen from pole position but in the eighth curve he just came out of the track and suffered an incident.

With his most recent victory "the Finn" sums a total of 16 triumphs in the Formula One circuit; despite his bumpy start of the season in Australia this past week was just perfect for the Ferrari driver who affirms he can still improve and that he has plenty of support from his team.

"I would have been happier if Felipe Massa had arrived in the second place, but sometimes things go bad," added the Finnish

Hamilton finished fifth, just behind the Italian Jarno Trulli, who achieved a fantastic fourth place for Toyota. The remainder of the points were for the German Nick Heidfield (BMW Sauber), the Australian Mark Webber (Red Bull) and for the two times world champion Fernando Alonso, of Spain and his team Renault.

Last Saturday Hamilton was sanctioned and lost five positions while at the exit due to his vehicle performing manoeuvres, which were considered by the commissioners as non-suitable for the sport. The same thing happened with the Finnish Kovalainen, who finalized third, behind the Polish Kubica.

Hamilton was then placed in the ninth position of the grill... Hamilton assured that without the punishment -by hindering other pilots in the end of the classification- " he would have arrived at least in second place. He also added he must look at the next race although the performance of his car is fantastic; it was extremely difficult to pass to others.

"We are going to repeat the objective in Bahrain. We were fast there and I believe that we have a car to be fast again, indicated Hamilton in regards to the next round of the championship on April 6.

After this race, Hamilton continues to head the drivers' scoreboard with 14 points followed by Raikkonen with 11 points. Heidfield has the same quantity of points and Alonso is seventh with six points.

Fernando Alonso stated to have done "all" what he was able, after an exit in which he lost several positions and with a vehicle that is not yielding at the level desired by the Spaniard driver.

The F1 McLaren team heads the constructors' world championship with 24 points followed by BMW Sauber with 19 points and Ferrari with 11 points, Renault is fifth with 6 points.

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