View Full Version : Raikkonen storms to victory in Malaysia

23-03-2008, 10:09 AM
Kimi Raikkonen banished the memories of the nightmare start to his title defence with a crushingly dominant victory in the Malaysian Grand Prix.

The world champion gave a clear demonstration of the pace Ferrari's Melbourne disasters didnít allow it to show to take a large chunk out of Lewis Hamiltonís early points lead.

Raikkonenís perfect day was in stark contrast to his main McLaren rival, whose chances of recovering from his grid penalty to a podium finish were scuppered by a problem with a wheel gun at his first pit stop which meant he couldnít finish higher than fifth.

Such was Ferrariís dominance that it should have cruised to a 1-2 finish Ė but Felipe Massa ruined this scenario when he spun out at half-distance.

The Brazilian pole-sitter had already lost the race lead to Raikkonen after the Finn jumped him during the first round of pit stops.

Malaysian GP result - 56 laps

1. RAIKKONEN Ferrari 1h31m18.555s
2. KUBICA BMW +19.5s
3. KOVALAINEN McLaren +38.4s
4. TRULLI Toyota +45.8s
5. HAMILTON McLaren +46.5s
6. HEIDFELD BMW +49.8s
7. WEBBER Red Bull +1m08.1s
8. ALONSO Renault +1m10.0s
9. COULTHARD Red Bull +1m16.2s
10. BUTTON Honda +1m26.2s
11. PIQUET Renault +1m32.2s
12. FISICHELLA Force India +1 lap
13. BARRICHELLO Honda +1 lap
14. ROSBERG Williams +1 lap
15. DAVIDSON Super Aguri +1 lap
16. SATO Super Aguri +2 laps
17. NAKAJIMA Williams +2 laps
R. VETTEL Toro Rosso +17 laps
R. MASSA Ferrari +26 laps
R. SUTIL Force India +51 laps
R. GLOCK Toyota +55 laps
R. BOURDAIS Toro Rosso +56 laps

Fastest lap: HEIDFELD 1m35.366s