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Ferrari scored their second 1-2 finish in a row, as Kimi Raikkonen secured victory in Spain to increase his lead at the top of the Championship to nine points. Not only that, the result promoted Ferrari above BMW in the Constructors Championship
The race started off with yet another first-lap incident for Sebastien Vettel, as he collided with Adrian Sutil (pic, bottom left). Fernando Alonso couldn’t hold on to second place, as he was quickly overtaken by Felipe Massa. Despite some impressive showings over the weekend, neither Renault managed to finish. Nelson Piquet collided with Sebastien Bourdais in the early stages and both drivers were out (pic, bottom right). Local hero Fernando Alonso also failed to finish in Barcelona for the first time in his career – his Renault gave up the ghost at the half way point. (pic, top right)
Lewis Hamilton rounded off the podium and picked up six championship points, but only one McLaren finished, as Heikki Kovalainen was taken to hospital following a high-speed crash. (pic, top left). Heikki had a failure of the left front tyre while travelling at around 140mph, and ploughed straight into the barrier. Heikki was described as “stable and conscious”, but taken to hospital for precautionary checks.
Robert Kubica picked up BMW’s points, as Nick Heidfeld could only manage ninth. Nick had made a pit stop while the pit lane was closed, following Kovalainen’s crash, and had to make a ten-second penalty.
Mark Webber drove well in the Red Bull to collect fifth place, but probably the happiest team were Honda, who collected their first points of the season, courtesy of Jenson Button.
Nico Rosberg fell foul of engine trouble in his Williams; the first Williams retirement this season. Team mate Kazuki Nakajima got his second set of points of the season.
McLaren need to get their ideas together in Istanbul in two weeks, to stop the Ferrari train escaping completely.
Race Results And Classification
1. K RAIKKONEN – 1:38:19.051
2. F Massa +3.2
3. L Hamilton +4.1
4. R Kubica +5.6
5. M Webber +35.9
6. J Button +53.0
7. K Nakajima +58.2
8. J Trulli +59.4
9. N Heidfeld +63.0
10. G Fisichella +1 Lap
11. T Glock +1 Lap
12. D Coulthard +1 Lap
13. T Sato +1 Lap
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