Raikkonen Unstoppable at British Grand Prix

By: Anthony Fontanelle


Kimi Raikkonen leads Ferrari's fight back with a second consecutive Formula One win at Silverstone. For a while McLaren looked good, as first polesitter Lewis Hamilton and world champion Fernando Alonso had edge in the lead of Sunday's race, but in the second stint there was an obvious dominance of the Finn.

"It was a great race for me. After my mistake in qualifying yesterday I was very disappointed, but today I was able to make up for it. If I had managed to start from pole though, things would have been much easier. The car worked very well both on the soft and harder tyres. We were strong all weekend and I hope this trend continues over the coming races, but I know how difficult that will be. In the first stint, I tried to look after my tyres and save fuel. At one point I got very close to Lewis but I didn't want to take any risks hoping he would pit before me," said Raikkonen.

"In the second part, I knew Alonso was on a different strategy and would stop before me. I had to stay in touch and then push at the decisive moment. I am very happy. We have made up ground in the drivers' championship and there is plenty of the season still to go. We must continue to push on the development of the car and we are working in the right direction," the Finn added. By the time the Raikkonen refuelled on lap 43 for the second and last time, he was able to keep hold of the lead with no difficulty and head Alonso home by 2.4 seconds after backing off in the final lap.

"Second was the maximum we could really do today. We decided to change the strategy during the race to a shorter fuel stop for the middle stint, hoping we would be able to maintain the lead after the second stop. Unfortunately we did not build enough of a gap to Ferrari during this period, and Kimi's six laps with less fuel were too much to overcome," said Alonso.

"It was a gamble but definitely the right thing to do. I had a few problems with traffic, and we didn't quite have the pace of Ferrari, so it didn't pay off. The points are very important for the Championship, and we will work very hard at the test next week, in Spa-Francorchamps, to regain our advantage," the Spaniard noted.

At Silverstone, guarded McLaren against leaks, especially the leak that could spill its lead in the constructors standing. But the race was not a great race for Lewis Hamilton in the other McLaren, who struggled throughout to match Ferrari's Felipe Massa.

"We had an interesting race. I got a good start and tried to pull out a gap, but Kimi was extremely quick. Unfortunately I made a mistake in the pit stop, which obviously lost me a few seconds of valuable time. I tried to push, but continued to struggle with the balance. I tried to drive round the issues and although I was a bit more consistent towards the end the team choose to save the engine for the NÃ?rburgring and backed off for a safe third," said Hamilton.

Hamilton maintained his championship lead by taking a third place. His aspirations were backed a little when Massa was unable to wrest fourth place from BMW Sauber's Robert Kubica after a strong recovery drive. The result leaves the Briton first on 70 points from Alonso on 58, Raikkonen now up to 52.

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