Raikkonen wins Canada GP

Agence France Presse

Montreal, June 13:

Kimi Raikkonen gave his title hopes a huge boost when he won the Canadian Grand Prix after championship leader Fernando Alonso crashed out of the race. McLaren driver Raikkonen made up for the disappointment of crashing out of the lead on the last lap of the last race with a controlled win in Montreal after seeing both his Renault rivals fail to reach the chequered flag. Raikkonen kept his cool in temperatures of 33 degrees to close the championship gap to 22 points as Alonso was left embarrassed after throwing away potential victory when a simple mistake put him into the wall. Seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher gave Ferrari a welcome boost when he capitalised on their rivals’ mistakes to secure his second podium finish of the season. But pole sitter Jenson Button was a high-profile loser when he crashed out of a potential podium place and Juan Pablo Montoya was also left red faced when he was disqualified.

Rubens Barrichello started from the pit lane after failing to set a time in qualifying but good tactics and a strong performance allowed him to make it two Ferraris on the podium as he claimed third. Brazilian Felipe Massa finished in fourth place for Sauber with Australian Mark Webber fifth in his Williams and German Ralf Schumacher sixth for Toyota. Red Bull Racing again capitalised on their consistency to score a second double-points finish as Scot David Coulthard came home just ahead of Christian Klien in seventh and eighth respectively.