Kimi Raikkonen scored a hat-trick of victories in the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps after he led a Ferrari 1-2 at Sunday’s Race. He had earlier won the races in a McLaren in 2004 & 2005 (The race took a break in 2006). Starting from Pole position, the Finn was in-command all throughout the race as his teammate Felipe Massa and the two McLarens behind him never really bothering him. Ferrari shows blistering pace throughout the weekend and the McLarens had no answer this time around. Fernando Alonso finished third ahead of Lewis Hamilton – this after the two briefly touched at turn three with Hamilton running off wide (after being bumped by Alonso!). BMW’s Nick Heidfeld took 5th place ahead of Williams’ Nico Rosberg. Mark Webber had a strong finish in 7th whilst Renault’s Heikki Kovalainen took 8th.
The top four remained the same as in qualifying and thus it was a slightly boring race. But a few mid-field battles spiced things up. Renault’s Heikki Kovalainen was in the midst of a few of them as initially Mark Webber and later on Robert Kubica kept the rookie under pressure. Kovalainen had the last laugh however as his one-stop-strategy meant he was ahead of Kubica after the latter’s second pit-stop. They had yet another scrap at the end with Kovalainen ultimately holding onto 8th place and the final point. The retirements included Giancarlo Fisichella, David Coulthard, Sebastian Vettel, Alexander Wurz and Jenson Button.
With only three more races to go, the drivers’ championship is still very much wide open with a mere two points separating leader Hamilton and Alonso with Raikkonen a further 13 points behind. But unless someone or the other suffers a retirement in the next three races, it looks like to be very much in favor of the McLaren drivers. Which one though, is still open to debate!