Massa wins French GP…as a gift from Raikkonen

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Felipe Massa

Felipe Massa has won the French Grand Prix as the race-dominating Kimi Raikkonen experienced mid-race drama of his own.Kimi Raikkonen was cruising to certain victory when his Ferrari exhaust header came loose and caused him to slow the car to manage the increased temperatures around the chassis and sophisticated electronics now being blasted by super-heated exhaust.

The win places Massa at the top of the drivers championship just ahead of BMW’s Robert Kubica and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen.  Toyota’s Jarno Trulli drove to an impressive 3rd holding off a hard-charging Heikki Kovalainen who finished 4th for McLaren-Mercedes.

Both BMW’s struggled this weekend with the tires, grip levels and pace leaving Robert Kubica finishing a distant 5th.

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Lady Snowcat
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Lady Snowcat

Oh Kimi…

Why are you the unlucky one always?….

But I suppose it could have been worse….

Negative Camber
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It could have been much worse. He’s in good shape. Glad he brought it home.

Lady Snowcat
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Lady Snowcat

I thought he showed a lot of class…

Not that I’m biased….

Gabrielete
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Lucky Massa, Raikko deserved victory but luck gives it and luck takes it.. Anyway it wasn’t interesting, we all knew it was a one, two from Ferrari for sure. Great race from Trulli and Kova. Im happy for them. They both did it great. I enjoy them. All the negative feelingns to Alonso and Hamilton, they were the true loosers of the race. I spected from Hamilton, we all know he doesn’t know how to deal with pressure but a negative surprise for me from Alonso. I really spected more from him. I’m starting to think the abstence of victories… Read more »
Gabrielete
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sorry, i meant “lack of victories” not abstence…. i invented that… :(

Hussain
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Hussain
Congratulations Ferrari. Talking about teams not individuals, the Red cars deserved the double 1-2 podium finish. Kimi was lucky getting 8 points home, thanks to the big time margin he made earlier in the race that allowed him to relax his car and drive home safely after his team mate. Team is what important not the drivers. If they were in another team would not be able to win and gain fame and big $. Lewis said “There is no stopping us” and I have seen 9 cars finishing the race infront of him leaving him weeping cursing the luck… Read more »
Negative Camber
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Ferrari were going to be hard to beat even if Lewis or Kovy had no penalties. They were the class of the field but I am a bit stumped as to BMW’s lack of pace.

onthepodium
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onthepodium
this was ferrari’s race to win from the beginning. bummer kimi had to lose out due to a malfunction but kudos to the team for keeping it together. at least massa can enjoy being the first brazilian to be in the points lead for quite sometime. i most enjoyed trulli holding off kubica and kovy though. that was the race to follow near the end. i was a bit surprised at hamilton’s lack of control on his pass of vettel. alosno did the best he could, but jr. jr. came out ahead. howz that for a surprise? one of the… Read more »
teamorders
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teamorders
Congratulations to Massa, who would have thought after the first couple of rounds that the guy would be leading the WDC. In between getting passed all the time and lurid slides, Webbo must have put in some fast times. I’m still not sure how he popped up in 6th place. Channel 10 Australia, thank you thank you thanks you for televising the race live on the HD channel, I got to do to bed before midnight :) I wonder how long before Kimis exhaust is on ebay. Is there anyone that Lewis hasn’t run into yet this year? I’m waiting… Read more »
Negative Camber
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Very good point TO. Honda can’t be expecting much from their drivers can they?

FFC
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FFC
“Team is what important not the drivers. If they were in another team would not be able to win and gain fame and big $.” What? I’ll resist the urge to comment on that first part as it’d take too long, but how would they “not be able to win and gain fame and big $” if they drove for another team? We all know Kimi won races with McLaren, has been well known for years to anyone who watches F1 even occasionally, and made millions even before joining Ferrari… and are you really trying to tell me that Massa… Read more »