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Kimi Raikkonen



Raikkonen finishes first.

Mc Laren did it again, taking the Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang yesterday. And Kimi Raikkonen got his first GP victory and that after 36 starts. Raikkonen started from seventh on the grid, but a combination of good strategy by the team and an early accident that eliminated some the competition helped him win. He took the lead for good on Lap 23 and held it for the rest of the 56-lap race. It was not only the first time that McLaren won the Malaysian GP but Raikkonen put himself into the history books as the second youngest driver ever to win a GP race.

I'm very pleased with my first-ever F1 victory but I am not sure it's really going to sink in until tomorrow, said Raikkonen after his victory. I made a good start and was coming into the second corner when I saw two cars hitting each other (between Trulli and Ferrari's Michael Schumacher), he said.

This is Mc Laren's second straight victory here after the Australian GP (Read about it)and for many the dominance of Mc Laren is quite evident. Though It is no good news for the Ferrari who seems to be having some bad time with Michael Schumacher having fallen into bad times.

Second place went to Rubens Barrichello, putting Ferrari back on the podium after a race absence. He was 39 seconds behind at the finish. Third was Fernando Alonso of Renault, who had the pole position. He was the youngest to start from the inside in Formula One history at 21 and now has a third in his 19th Formula One race. Ralf Schumacher of Williams-BMW, who won last year's race, was fourth, and Jarno Trulli of Renault fifth. Michael Schumacher was sixth - more than a lap behind - after a fourth in Australia, the season's first race. He had a drive-through penalty for causing a collision with Trulli on the third turn of the race that caused Trulli, who started second, to spin and put Schumacher on the grass for a few seconds.

After two races, Raikkonen, who gave McLaren its second straight win of the season, leads the drivers' standings with 16 points following a win and a third in two races.


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