Ferrari finish the championship with everything, the drivers and constructors championships. It all started in turns 1 and 2, where Lewis Hamilton was overtaken by teammate Fernando Alonso, and then in turn 4, when wide trying to overtake the Spaniard. Then, just to rub salt in the wound, Hamilton’s engine started cutting out, supposedly because he could not engage a gear, costing him 40 seconds. This left Hamilton with a hard fight through the field, not helped by him having to have one more pitstop than most of his rivals, leaving him the 7th person to drive past the line, after somewhat ironically having been overtaken by the 2 ferraris. Massa lead the field most of the way, only letting Raikkonen past after the 2nd set of pitstops, much to the disappointment of the very enthusiastic Brazilian crowd. Raikkonen started 2nd, finished 1st after his teammate let him through, not much more to say. After overtaking Hamilton into the first corner, Alonso didn’t really have any problem holding onto his 3rd place, only once coming under pressure from Robert Kubica in the BMW Sauber. Nico Rosberg put in a very good performance in the Williams to finish 4th, leading the BMW Sauber drivers Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld, who finished 5th and 6th respectively. After being overtaken by Hamilton in the last few laps, Jarno Trulli put in a sterling performance to get that final world championship point.
Other performances of note include Nakajima’s debut, in which he rather overenthusiastically entered his pit box, knocking down two of the pit crew and Mark Webber in the Red Bull car, which he was running in 5th until the well known Red Bull gearbox problems reared its head for the final race of the season.
So, the championship ends with Kimi Raikkonen on 110 points and thus winning the championship from a distinctly outside chance, with the 2 other rivals, Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso, drawing on 109 points (though Hamilton comes second because he had more second places than Alonso). Then Ferrari end the constructors championship on 204 points, more than double that of their nearest rival, BMW Sauber, who ended the season on 101 points.
Labels: 2007, Brazil, F1