Kimi Raikkonen finally wins the F1 title

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, Shanghai, 2007, 2 | Ferrari mediaKimi Raikkonen has become Finland’s third world champion by winning the Brazilian Grand Prix. He is the 28th F1 world champion in 58 years.

It comes after he finished runner-up in the 2003 championship (to Michael Schumacher) and in 2005 (to Fernando Alonso)

His triumph puts Finland up to fifth among the countries that have won the most championships. Finnish drivers have won four world championships, the others being Keke Rosberg in 1982 and Mika Hakkinen in 1998 and 1999.

Countries’ championships

1. Britain 12 (Mike Hawthorn, Graham Hill (2), Jim Clark (2), John Surtees, Jackie Stewart (3), James Hunt, Nigel Mansell, Damon Hill)
2. Brazil 8 (Emerson Fittipaldi (2), Nelson Piquet (3), Ayrton Senna (3))
3. Germany 7 (Michael Schumacher)
4. Argentina 5 (Juan Manuel Fangio)
=5. Australia 4 (Jack Brabham (3), Alan Jones)
=5. Austria 4 (Jochen Rindt, Niki Lauda (3))
=5. France 4 (Alain Prost)
=5. Finland 4 (Keke Rosberg, Mika Hakkinen (2), Kimi Raikkonen)
9. Italy 3 (Giuseppi Farina, Alberto Ascari (2))
=10. United States 2 (Phil Hill, Mario Andretti)
=10. Spain 2 (Fernando Alonso)
=12. New Zealand 1 (Denny Hulme)
=12. South Africa 1 (Jody Scheckter)
=12. Canada 1 (Jacques Villeneuve)

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  1. Sorry for Hamilton…
    Perhaps,,, next year…

  2. Well done Kimi!

    Being English, I wanted Lewis to win, however Kimi was the best driver, certainly in the 2nd half of the season.

    Lewis is young and no-one expected him to do anywhere near this well in his first season, so he must be proud of his achievements so far, and, from what I have learnt about Lewis this season, I’m sure he will be. His time will come soon.

    The media will probably try to say he was cheated, but if Lewis has accepted it, why can’t everyone else?

    The thing I’m most happy about is that Alonso finished 3rd out of the 3 of them. I used to like him, but after this season, I can’t stand him.

    Good luck next season Lewis!

  3. Hi all,
    a good lesson to Ron Dennis.
    Contract a good pilot for 10 Milion and then leave it in the backstore… put a beginner in front and he fails under pressure… don’t have good technology, no problem, copy&paste it from Ferrari… Is Ron too much old, too much rich or only too much incomptetent?

  4. I’ve just heard that the BMW cars are being investigated for fuel irregularities. There is a possibility that they could get disqualified. That would move Lewis up to fifth – and give him the championship.

  5. Who would have thought it Kimi was almost not given his Super license when he started with sauber and now hes world champion,
    also if BMW and Williams are thrown out then Lewis would have won his second title long after the race had finished,

  6. Why doesn’t Ecclestone give the prize diectly to Ham right now’
    This is incredible!
    Kimi has won in the race and Ham doesn’t know to be aunder pressure…
    This is not a clean championship!
    Will maFIA do win Ham?

  7. Its not exactly over yet, BMW and Williams are under investigation…Dare I guess what the outcome may be?

  8. Well, I was about to congratulate Kimi, but I’m holding fire until confirmation comes out.

    it doesn’t surprise me that something else has come up – wouldn’t have ended without some off track drama the way it has gone sometime.

    Wasn’t it at Interlagos in 2003 where Kimi had to succumb to a technicality when he thought he had won?

    Anyhow, I was glad when Lewis Hamilton dropped back down to 18th – it made the race exciting because it actually looked at one point he could do it. I was holding my breath for the last 12 or so laps when I thought Rosberg and Kubica were about to take each other off at the Senna S.

    And now this – if it turns out to be true, then they might as well have.

    Im crossing fingers that nothing happens to Kimi’s title!

  9. I’m so very happy. I never doubted Kimi and knew deep down inside he could do it. That’s all that matters to me. I couldn’t care less for what the FIA do next, they’ve already ruined the 2007 season. It’s done and dusted for me, and Kimi ended it in the most perfect fashion. A truly deserving champion of this season. But it’s just the official status he claims, which is great because he silences all his doubters – he ain’t no Stirling Moss.

    But he’s been a champion through and through before.

  10. Paul Sainsbury
    22nd October 2007, 20:48

    Magnus Says:

    What a race…

    Hamilton made yet another dire rookie error and then his car trouble put the nail in the coffin.

    Um………..’Yet another rookie error’…..

    Magnus, just exactly which championship have you been wathing this year? It sure isn’t the one I have seen.

  11. AmericanTifosi
    23rd October 2007, 1:01

    Does anyone else think that Lewis damaged his car slamming the onto the kurbs a few laps after going off?

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