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Raikkonen hands Ferrari first win of the season

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Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-08-30

Finland's Kimi Raikkonen escaped a pile-up on the first lap to win the Belgian Grand Prix ahead of Giancarlo Fisichella (Force India) and Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull), as Ferrari claimed its first victory in what has been a frustrating season so far.

AFP- Finn Kimi Raikkonen rode his luck to claim Ferrari's first win this year when he held off a strong challenge from Force India's veteran Italian Giancarlo Fisichella in Sunday's dramatic Belgian Grand Prix.
   
It was the 2007 world champion's 18th career win but his first since the 2008 Spanish Grand Prix - a welcome fillip for the Ferrari team after a torrid year.
   
The race was overshadowed by a multiple accident on the opening lap which wrecked the hopes of drivers championship leader Jenson Button and defending champion and fellow Briton Lewis Hamilton, of McLaren Mercedes, both of them crashing out.
   
Fisichella, who had grabbed his Force India team's maiden pole position on Saturday, came home second, just nine-tenths of a second behind Raikkonen.
   
He scored the team's first points and first podium.
   
German Sebastian Vettel came home third for Red Bull to jump back up to third in the title race with 53 points behind Button on 72 and his Brawn GP team-mate Brazilian Rubens Barrichello on 56 with five races remaining.
   
Pole Robert Kubica was fourth for BMW Sauber ahead of his team-mate German Nick Heidfeld with Finn Heikki Kovalainen sixth for McLaren Mercedes.
   
Barrichello was seventh, nursing his car stricken by an oil leak over the closing laps, and German Nico Rosberg eighth for Williams.
   
 

Date created : 2009-08-30

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