Ferraris 1-2 Spa Finish Clinches Title
September 16, 2007 | 10:57 A.M. EST
Raikkonen became the fourth driver to win three straight Belgian Grands Prix and the seventh driver to win multiple races driving for multiple manufacturers.
He beat teammate Felipe Massa by 4.6 seconds, and third-place finisher, McLaren's Fernando Alonso by 9.6 seconds.
"The car was very good, everything went very well, it was a nice race," Raikkonen said. "It was a perfect thing for the team, the 1-2 (finish), we did everything right today."
With his podium finish, Alonso chipped away one more point from his teammate Lewis Hamilton's championship points lead, to come within two points with three races remaining. Raikkonen is now 13 points behind Hamilton.
"Unfortunately Ferrari was just too quick for us today," Alonso said. "I tried quite hard to keep the pace with Felipe in the first stint hoping that I could make up a position in the pitstops, but they were slowly moving ahead - after the first stop it was impossible to catch them. We just seemed to lack a bit of pace in the first and last sectors."
The rookie Hamilton finished the race in fourth, missing the podium for only the third time this season.
"During the race I did the best that I could and was pushing all the way to the end," Hamilton said. "I got the points, which is the main thing. The gap between Fernando and myself is now down to two points which is close, but I am just going to go all out in the last three races to try and win the drivers' championship."
BMW's Nick Heidfeld crossed in fifth, followed by Nico Rosberg, Mark Webber and Heikki Kovalainen to finish off the points.
Kovalainen held off Robert Kubica by only half a second to claim the single point awarded for eighth.
As the season begins to wind down, heading on the road for the last three races, the drivers' championship is still very much up for grabs. In two weeks, the series heads to a newly renovated Mt. Fuji Speedway in Japan. All of the drivers will be on a level playing field of experience with the track, as they all experience the new layout for the first time.
"I heard it might not be the best place for us," Raikkonen said of Mt. Fuji. "The last three races can go either way really. I think it's going to be a close call between the teams. We haven't given up, we're still in the hunt. Anything can happen. For sure, we're going to fight hard.
The Japanese Grand Prix begins the last run for the championship. It takes the green flag at 12:30 a.m. (ET) on Sept. 30.