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Raikkonen takes win at Belgian Grand Prix

Sep 16, 2007 - 2:36 PM By Ian Parkes Special to PA SportsTicker

SPA, Belgium (Ticker) -- Kimi Raikkonen kept his Formula One world title hopes alive with victory at the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday, spearheading Ferrari's third 1-2 finish in the last five races.

Pending a possible appeal by McLaren in the spy scandal after the team was stripped of all constructors' points in Thursday's World Motor Sport Council hearing, Ferrari is again team title winners.

Raikkonen's 13th win of his career and fourth this season for the Maranello marque means he now trails leader Lewis Hamilton by 13 points, with runner-up Felipe Massa 20 points adrift.

Hamilton could only manage fourth as he and third-placed McLaren rival Fernando Alonso were comprehensively beaten by the Ferraris.

With just three races remaining in Japan, China and Brazil, Hamilton's cushion to Alonso is now just two points.

This is certainly a track Raikkonen loves as he led from start to finish to clinch his third successive victory on this circuit.

Ferrari's domination was as crushing as that of McLaren a week ago in the Italian team's own backyard at Monza.

While Raikkonen and Massa led away the field at the start of the 44-lap race, behind them there was further proof there is clearly no love lost between Hamilton and Alonso these days.

Starting third and fourth on the grid respectively, Alonso veered to his left once the five red lights disappeared, with he and Hamilton almost touching wheels.

On the short run down to the La Source hairpin, the duo then drove right underneath the exhaust of Massa, with Alonso braking hard.

Coming out of the sharp right-hander, Alonso blatantly careered to his left again as Hamilton was alongside him at that point.

That led to the young Briton driving off the track and onto the run-off area, but as they then powered up the hill towards Eau Rouge, it appeared as if Hamilton had the edge on Alonso.

But the reigning world champion managed to hold his line and sweep past Hamilton through one of the most feared parts of any track in the world.

And that was it as the leading quartet were processional to the finish, while behind them the real racing took place.

There were a number of great battles, and in the end it was the BMW Sauber of Nick Heidfeld that came home fifth, with Williams' Nico Rosberg sixth.

They were followed by Red Bull Racing's Mark Webber and Heikki Kovalainen for Renault, with Anthony Davidson 16th for Super Aguri.

David Coulthard and Jenson Button retired with powersteering and engine problems for Red Bull Racing and Honda, respectively.

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