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Latest update : 2008-04-27

Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa gave the Scuderia a comfortable lead in the car's championship. The Finn extend the title leadership in front of British Lewis Hamilton.

Defending drivers world champion Kimi Raikkonen extended his lead in this year's title race on Sunday when he drove to a comfortable victory in an incident-filled Spanish Grand Prix.
  
The Finn, driving a Ferrari, led from start to finish, bar the pit stops, to dominate flawlessly the 66-laps contest and consolidate his and his team's position as the in-form outfit after four races this season.
  
On a warm and sunny Spring afternoon, Raikkonen's win was his 17th in a career often beset by bad luck in earlier times and endorsed a widespread feeling that he is happier at Ferrari and in the form of his life.
  
His Ferrari team-mate Brazilian Felipe Massa drove a solid race to finish second, after starting third on the grid, ahead of Briton Lewis Hamilton in a McLaren-Mercedes. Hamilton, who qualified fifth, drove excellently to claim his podium finish.
  
But Hamilton's team-mate Finn Heikki Kovalainen produced the day's most spectacular and worrying moment when his car suffered a front-left puncture at 240 kph. He lost control and flew off the track into a tyre barrier.
  
It took five minutes to pull his car clear and lift him out on to a stretcher, but he was later declared to be uninjured and stable after being taken to the medical centre.
  
Poland's Robert Kubica continued his fine form by finishing fourth for BMW Sauber ahead of Australian Mark Webber in a Red Bull and Briton Jenson Button in a Honda.
  
Japanese Kazuki Nakajima finished seventh for Williams and Italian Jarno Trulli ninth for Toyota.
  
The race saw the Safety Car sent out twice following accidents and there were several car failures that forced retirements. 
  
Home hero Fernando Alonso of Spain was forced to retire in his Renault after blowing the engine. He started an unexpected second on the grid, but failed to match that - though to be fair to him he had forewarned the crowd that he would find it difficult to even get on the podium - in front of more than 115,000 spectators at the Circuit de Catalunya.

Date created : 2008-04-27

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