Raikkonen and Ferrari unstoppable at Silverstone 08 Jul 2007
For a while McLaren looked good, as first polesitter Lewis Hamilton and then world champion Fernando Alonso had spells in the lead of Sundays British Grand Prix, but when Ferraris Kimi Raikkonen ran longer than Alonso in the second stint it was all over bar the shouting.
By the time the Finn refuelled for the second and last time, on lap 43, he was able to retain the lead with ease and head Alonso home by 2.4 seconds after backing off in the final lap.
It was not a great day for Lewis Hamilton in the other McLaren, who struggled throughout to match his main rivals pace, and had Felipe Massa not had to start from the pit lane after his Ferrari stalled on the grid in the original start, he would arguably not have been able to maintain his record of finishing on the podium in every Grand Prix he has driven.
As it was the Englishman maintained his championship lead by taking a distant third place, and his aspirations were helped a little when Massa, after a strong recovery drive, was unable to wrest fourth place from BMW Saubers Robert Kubica.
The result leaves Hamilton first on 70 points from Alonso on 58, Raikkonen now up to 52, and Massa on 51.
In a reasonable day for BMW Sauber, Nick Heidfeld brought his F1.07 home sixth ahead of the outpaced Renaults of Heikki Kovalainen and Giancarlo Fisichella, which took the final points.
Rubens Barrichello and Jenson Button had single-stop runs to ninth and 10th places for Honda, the Englishman working very hard in the final third of the race to keep David Coulthards Red Bull at bay. Like Massa behind Kubica, they were less than a second apart at the finish.
Nico Rosberg should have been a points contender for Williams but lost a lot of time in his first stop and spent the rest of the race fighting back, while team mate Alex Wurz finished 13th after a brush with Scott Speed, which eliminated the Americans Toro Rosso with front-left suspension damage. The final finishers were Takuma Sato, who started from the pit lane in the spare Super Aguri, and Christijan Albers in the Spyker.
The other retirements were Mark Webber with hydraulic problems on his Red Bull, the Toyotas of Jarno Trulli and Ralf Schumacher, Tonio Liuzzis Toro Rosso, Anthony Davidsons Super Aguri and Adrian Sutil, whose Spykers engine blew up.
It may not have been a classic race, but it proved again that the advantage remains with Ferrari as the season reached its midpoint.