• Oct 21, 2007

Fans had been looking forward to it for years, and now it's come to a close. For 2007, Formula One stepped out of the dominating shadow of seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher, the first season since his retirement, and came to today's final race of the season in a close three-way battle between Ferrari's "iceman" Kimi Raikonnen and McLaren's feuding fraternity of defending champion Fernando Alonso and amazing rookie Lewis Hamilton, Ferrari's brave Brazilian Felipe Massa having fell out of contention earlier in the season.

The 2007 Brazilian Grand Prix was a thrilling end to a thrilling season and a gripping race in its own rite. SPOILER ALERT: Follow the jump to find out who won the race, who took the title and how it all went down.

The first two rows of the starting grid were divided up as they've been practically all season between the two front-running teams, with Felipe Massa taking pole alongside Lewis Hamilton, who looked almost assured to race to victory. Raikkonen lined up behind his team-mate in third, and Alonso behind his in fourth. Off the line Massa blocked Hamilton and Raikkonen swooped into second place, and the Ferraris lead the race from the first lap and held it almost exclusively the entire race. Hamilton meanwhile punted off the track and came back in fourth after the first corner, and things only went downhill for him as he dropped further down the field. On Lap 8, Hamilton's car almost inexplicably slowed down and it seemed the race might be over for the promising young driver, but he soon sped up again and fought to work his way back up the field, only to finish seventh, adding just two points to the 107 he brought with him to Brazil. Not enough.

Massa had a spectacular race, leading from the start through the middle of the race when it was time for both Ferraris to pit, and when it was over, Raikkonen had conveniently taken the lead over his team mate. Massa had said publicly before the race that if it would make the difference, he'd be willing to help Kimi clinch the title. It was a far more discreet switching of places than that seen in the Schumacher-Barrichello era, and Kimi acknowledged his team-mate's support.

Alonso was also in contention to secure what would have been his third consecutive world title, but the Spanish driver just couldn't keep pace with the red storm, finishing third on the podium alongside hometown hero Massa in second and Raikkonen on the top step of the podium. Nico Rosberg came in fourth for Williams, followed by BMW's Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld in fifth and sixth respectively, and Toyota's Jarno Trulli who scored the final point in eighth place behind Hamilton in seventh.

Raikkonen's brilliant victory was enough by one point for the Finn to secure the driver's championship. Hamilton's larger number of grand prix victories this season over his team mate meant he took second place in the standings to Alonso's third with the same points, Massa taking fourth followed by Nick Heidfeld and Robert Kubica who had a solid season with BMW-Sauber.



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      • 7 Years Ago
      Lewis Hamilton should join Montoya in the big kids league while F1 decides whether or not it's going to get serious about real competition. This last minute drama doesn't make up for yet another completely lackluster season. Give me Mansel and Senna knocking tires...better yet, Give me Montoya and Hamilton versus Gordon and JJ. :)
        • 7 Years Ago
        You mean NASCAR?
        Any self-respecting driver prefers F1.
      • 7 Years Ago
      YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      OMG BRILLIANT KIMI, LOVELY DONE IN STYLE.
      PERFECT, JUST PERFECT.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Anybody that belives that this was a genuine victory for Raikkionen needs to wake up, Don't get me wrong he deserves to win after the problems he had at the start of the season, But the way Alonso and Hamilton lost the title was just too convenient. Alonso did not even bother to try and fight for second place, that's suspect for a double world champion who was fighting all season. Hamilton messed up at the start but the way his gearbox failed to put him down the grid then started working again and the three pit stops is also suspect. They don't like each other, McClaren is in a difficult posistion not wanting to favour one over the other so they do a deal, they both lose, or the spy scandal penalty went deeper than was publicly stated.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "It was 5th place finishes IIRC."

      That was what the SpeedTV boys said about the tie-breaker early in the race, then the apparently corrected themselves. GrandPrix.com concurred with the 2nd place finishes. Regardless, my point still stands. Autoblog's Mr. Joseph got it wrong. I don't want to pick on you you guys, but there was plenty of time to get the story right before posting. You know, "get first, but first get it right."
      • 7 Years Ago
      "It was 5th place finishes IIRC."

      That was what the SpeedTV boys said about the tie-breaker early in the race, then they apparently corrected themselves. GrandPrix.com concurred with the 2nd place finishes. Regardless, my point still stands. Autoblog's Mr. Joseph got it wrong. I don't want to pick on you you guys, but there was plenty of time to get the story right before posting. You know, "get it first, but first get it right."
      • 7 Years Ago
      What an amazing race!

      I wanted Raikkonen to win, although I knew he barely had a chance. But miraculously, it all went right for him! Still, you just have to bow down before Hamilton - he managed to finish at 7th place despite making many mistakes and having a serious technical problem. This kid will be very big in the future, not that he isn't already...
      • 7 Years Ago
      "Hamilton's larger number of grand prix victories this season over his team mate meant he took second place in the standings to Alonso's third with the same points,"

      This is also wrong. Alonso and Hamilton were tied in victories, it was Hamilton having one more 2nd place finish that placed him ahead of the Spaniard.
        • 7 Years Ago
        It was 5th place finishes IIRC.

        As for the Ferrari team business, Kimi was just as deserving of the win as Massa. He was fastest through Q1 and Q2, had Q3 screwed up by Hamilton, and then during the race he clung to Felipe with no trouble, while grabbing fast lap in the process, and putting the pedal down when it counted. He said after the race they both had a lot more speed in the cars, so who is to say who would have won the race in a straight fight.

        Regardless of all that, Raikkonen was certainly deserving of the Championship, more so than anyone else in the field in my eyes. He's had at least 2, if not 3, titles stolen from him over the past 4 years, it's about time that his car held together and the breaks went his way for a change.

        Congratulations Kimi, enjoy it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Great that Kimi and Ferrari won.
      • 7 Years Ago
      http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/motorsport/formula_one/7055644.stm

      mclaren is trying to make appeal.. i cannot beleve after they cheat they now do that... im dislike that team more and more. RAIKKONEN F1 2007! RIEMUSAATTO!!!! SUOMI!!!!!!
        • 7 Years Ago
        I agree that Kimi should retain the title BUT in all fairness, it's within McLaren's right to appeal this. F1 mandate the fuel temperature and it's a rule that everyone must abide by. Like it or dislike it they [McLaren] have a 100% right to appeal this case especially considering what's at stake.
        That said, I still think Kimi should retain the title but I'm still a Hamilton fan.
        • 7 Years Ago
        "i cannot beleve after they cheat they now do that"

        Not one shred of evidence that McLaren used any Ferrari technology was presented to the World Court. Ferrari, for all its sanctimonious attitude this year, has had its share of scandal. Stepney and Coughlan should be relegated to engineering kitchen appliances.
        • 7 Years Ago
        there is email of alonso and many other evidence also if mclaren have see it there is no way of proof that they did no benefit from it. it is the same as if you see the answer for a test and are foundout but say i did not use what i saw
      • 7 Years Ago
      The post-race interview session was one of the most uncomfortable things I've seen in a long time. Massa gave (or was forced to by Ferrari) Kimi that victory at his home track and he was clearly not happy. Kimi knew he didn't deserve the win. And Alonso looked like he was struggling to say something nice about McLaren, a team that he can't wait to leave.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Wait a minute. All you guys are talking about how Kimi is just as deserving as Massa to win. That's BS.

        If Massa was overtaken fair and square by Kimi, that's one thing, if he was forced to give his spot so that Kimi could get the championship then Kimi doesn't deserve the win and the title.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Raikkonen was just as deserving of the race win as Massa was. Kimi was at the top of the time sheets all weekend long, taking a Friday Practice session and then taking the first two Qualifying sessions, only losing out in the third session because Hamilton came out in front of Kimi during his "golden" laps. Add in the fact that Kimi -could- have pressed Massa and taken the lead right off the bat, but decided it was better to race smart, and then had no trouble keeping on Felipe's rear-end, and then dropping the hammer whenever Felipe peeled into the pits, and yea it's pretty clear the race could have gone either way if Massa and Raikkonen were actually fighting each other. Kimi even stated that they both had about another second left in the car and were just cruising to the finish.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Great choke job by Hamilton, winning only 2 of 20 points in the final two races and handing the title to Ferrari. He is a rookie, after all.
      Kimi was too lucky. The war between the two McLaren drivers allowed him to win the title. Not that he doesn't deserve it. He's been great when it most counted.
      • 7 Years Ago
      BMW and Williams under investigation

      http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/63547

      There's no mention of this on the official F1 site, but if the 3 cars are sanctioned, Hamilton would get the championship (God, I hope not).
        • 7 Years Ago
        It has been confirmed that the fuel temperature at refueling was more than 10 degrees centigrade below ambient temperature.

        If they are disqualified then Hamilton moves up to fourth and takes the title.

        As long as Alonso doesn't get the title (he is a whinging brat), I will be fine with the result.
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