From BBC:

Ferrari’s Felipe Massa sits on pole, while team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, who can also win the title, is third

Meanwhile, Germany’s Ralf Schumacher is given a farewell present from his Toyota team ahead of his final race for them

A dramatic start sees Raikkonen overtake Hamilton going into the first corner, but Massa retains the lead

However, all the action is happening behind where Alonso pressures Hamilton and has the better line for turn three

And the Spaniard goes through, but Hamilton unnecessarily tries to re-take at corner four, runs wide and drops to eighth

Hamilton suffers further problems on lap eight when he struggles to find his gears and drops back to 18th place

Massa and Raikkonen go away at the front while Hamilton scythes his way through the field to take 10th on lap 33

But the British driver’s day takes another turn for the worse when Raikkonen takes the lead after a pitstop on lap 53

If Raikkonen wins the race, Hamilton must finish at least fifth to stop the Finnish driver from taking his first world title

And the Ferrari driver does take the chequered flag but he faces an anxious wait to find out if he has done enough

Alonso can snatch the title if he finishes second, but the Spaniard comes home over a minute adrift in third

And Hamilton can only finish seventh, meaning Raikkonen wins the title by one point from the British driver

It is a sixth victory of the season for the 28-year-old who wastes no time in starting the celebrations

Wowowowow…!!!!! It’s unbelievable. Raikonen won the title. It’s one of the hundred possibilities.

The score before the race:

  1. Hamilton 107
  2. Alonso 103
  3. Raikonen 100

Score from the race:

  1. Raikonen 10
  2. Alonso 6
  3. Hamilton 2

So the final score:

  1. Raikonen 110
  2. Alonso 109
  3. Hamilton 109

Is this the greatest season of F1?


Battle for F1 2007 Title

October 15, 2007

After Hamilton’s crash at Chinese Grand Prix two weeks ago, the battle for the 2007 title are getting hotter. Brazilian Grand Prix is the last circuit and the judgment day between Hamilton, Alonso and Raikonen. Let’s take a look at their competitive points:

  1. Hamilton 107
  2. Alonso 103
  3. Raikonen 100

As usual, my wish goes to Ferrari which means to Raikonen. Good luck the Fin!

Yesterday Italian GP

September 10, 2007

As one of the Ferrari fans, my younger brother and I were really upset of the Ferrari team performance at Monza, Italian GP. The pair drivers, Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen were starting on 3rd and 5th position on the grid while the rival Mc-laren’s drivers, Fernado Alonso and Lewis Hamilton were on 1st and 2nd. Starting third, Felipe Massa fought really hard with Hamilton to get 2nd position (I never have doubt about Massa’s performance), but ten laps later was forced to retire from the race with a rear suspension problem. The failure to finish drops Massa to fourth in the championship, 23 points behind leader Hamilton.

The retirement of Massa was putting his fans (yes, me) nervous. Without him, who will fight the Mc-laren? That should be Raikonen. Yes, he made a good start from fifth on the grid to run fourth before Massa retired. With his one-stop strategy, he was later able to briefly run second (about only two laps) before Hamilton made an aggressive pass to re-take the position. Raikkonen finished third, 20 seconds behind Hamilton. That was another pain for his fans. My brother was really angry. Both of us wonder why he performed such a weak performance.

As the result, Alonso won the race while Hamilton and Raikonen finished 2nd and 3rd respectively. With such performance of Ferrari, I never slept tight. I tried to seek the answer behind the result and finally I found the explanation from Raikonen.

Actually he had a pain at his neck after his crashes in practice a day before racing (my brother and I didn’t know it). It was hard for him to hold his head steady under braking. That’s really pity for him. His fans should not have been angry with him.

Ok, here are some interesting photo from the race:

I’m one of those red flag holders.

Mass (3rd) fought with Hamilton (2nd) during the start.

Clever Hamilton went through shortcut.

Was Hamilton really happy with Alonso?

F1 2007 Started

March 25, 2007

F1 2007
The opening circuit of the Formula1 2007 season happened last Sunday at Albert Park, South Melbourne, Australia.

The Ferrari driver Kimi Raikonen, the former McLaren Mercedez driver last season, had won the race while the last season-driver champion Alonso, who is now driving for McLaren Mercedez team, won the 2nd place.

Last night, at 00 am (time in my house, Cambodia), the final Formula1 round took place at Sao Paolo, Brazil. It’s an amazing race in my life, even in Formula1 history. The seven-time champion, Michael Schumacher, needed to win that race to challenge 2006 title from Alonso who needed only 1 point (eighth place) to maintain his title from last season.

Because of some technical problems in qualifying session, the German car was lined up at tenth on the grid while his team-mate, Fellipe Massa who won this race, was at the first place and Alonso was at third. However, with an excellent start, he soon pushed his car to sixth place just behind Alonso’s team-mate, Giancarlo Fisichella. He then tried to seize Fisichella, but the Italian did not give up his position. The German car then surfferd a debris on its left-rear causing the car slowing down. Everything seem to be over for the German and the Cambodian (yeah, that’s me). The German then tried to get his car to the pits while watching other cars left away from him. I thought, he would stop the race. And if he did, I would also switch off my TV. But he didn’t. So why would I go to bed?

After fill up fuel and fresh the rubber, he rejoined the race at 19th which was the last position of the race, just about 4 seconds before his team-mate who was leading the race. However, he immediately showed up his performance by setting a fastest lap and and passed the backmakers one by one. 18th, 17th,…10th. “At least he got 1 point at 8th place”, I thought at that time. He did speed up to 8th place, but who cared? He just continued his progress. He shortly found him self again behind the Fisichella. The Renault driver was forced by the German’s relentless pressure, causing him running wide at the corner and gave up his place to the German.

The next man who suffered from the German’s thunder-like speed was Kimi Raikkonen, who will replace the Geman at Ferrari next season. The Finn strongly defensed his 4th place while the German speeded up his move. The pair then went side-by-side into the corner while their tiers was only 1 inch from each other. That’s pity for the Finn, nothing stopped the German. However, 4th was not his target. The German then tried to fight Jenson Button for the 3rd, but with just a few laps remining, he just had no enough time for his mission. The race was finished with Massa at 1st place, Alonso at 2nd, Button at 3th and the German at 4th.

What’s an amazing race! What’s an amazing driver!

Even the German’s F1 racing life is over (he already announced his retirement plan some time ago), but he have left a great life experience with his top determination. I’ll never forget his move and determination. He will be always my super hero and I wish him all the best in his retirement life with his family.