Kimi Raikkonen’s battle with Robert Kubica was fought over more than just second place. Raikkonen was fighting to keep his championship hopes alive – and he lost.
Raikkonen is 21 points behind Lewis Hamilton with 20 left to be won this year. Thus his chances of retaining the crown he won in 2007 are over.
That means whichever of the remaining contenders wins the title this year – Hamilton, Felipe Massa or Robert Kubica – it will be a first time champion, and the 29th different title winner in the sport’s 59-year history.