Todt: title an impossible dream come true 22 Oct 2007
Ferrari team principal Jean Todt has paid tribute to drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa after their one-two finish in Sundays Brazilian Grand Prix. The result assured the Italian squad of the 2007 championship double.
"A dream that it seemed would be impossible to come true was transformed into reality at the end of a race which the drivers and the team managed superbly, which is self evident from looking at the details of the race, said Todt, after Raikkonen claimed victory at Interlagos and his first drivers crown.
Two titles, nine wins, four one-two finishes, nine pole positions, 12 fastest race laps: these are exceptional figures in a season which included some difficult moments, but in which we never gave up the fight. Today was our reward for all this work.
Massa, starting from pole position, dominated the opening stages of his home race, but when Raikkonen moved ahead following their second pit stops, the Brazilian did not contest the lead, knowing that his team mate needed victory to become champion.
I wish to congratulate Kimi and thank Felipe, who again today demonstrated his loyalty to Ferrari, commented Todt. Without his help, we would have not reached this result."
I am happy to have helped my team mate, who was the only one of us still in with a chance of taking the title, added Massa. I am proud to have done it for Ferrari who believed in me even when I was not in Formula One. After everything that has happened this year, both on and off the track, it is great to be able to celebrate two world titles.
Raikkonen, too, expressed gratitude to his team mate: Felipe's help was vital and he was amazing. We had to get a one-two and then see what the others did. This time, things went our way and the unexpected did happen.
The Brazilian Grand Prix result meant Raikkonen finished atop the driver standings on 110 points, just one ahead of McLarens Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso. Massa ended the season fourth, on 94.