Raikkonen wins Belgian GP

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/A/APraikkonen.jpg' class='caption'> Kimi Raikkonen won the Belgian Grand Prix for the second straight year on Sunday.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:48 IST
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Kimi Raikkonen won the Belgian Grand Prix for the second straight year on Sunday. With this win, Raikkonen is keeping his outside chance for the world title alive while denying Fernando Alonso his first opportunity to become Formula One's youngest champion. India's Narain Karthikeyan finished 11th. Commanding performance In a commanding performance of the McLaren Mercedes team, Raikkonen overtook teammate Juan Pablo Montoya in the final stages of the race to earn his sixth victory of the season. Alonso relied on Montoya's late collision to take second place with a contained, conservative drive. "It was a perfect race for the team but very unlucky for Juan Pablo," Raikkonen said. Jenson Button of Britain finished third and Australia's Mark Webber was fourth. Alonso now leads Raikkonen 111-86 with three races to go. All eyes on Alonso Formula One moves to Brazil in two weeks, and Alonso can clinch the title by finishing on the podium at Interlagos. On the victory stand, the Spaniard pumped his fists as if he had won the race. "Third place was perfect for me. Second even better," Alonso said. Raikkonen had to finish within four points of Alonso to prevent the 24-year-old winning the world title on Sunday. He easily did so but now he needs to keep on winning and count on some bad luck for the Spaniard to extend his championship challenge beyond Brazil. "If they keep fin behind us, it is not possible to catch him anymore," Raikkonen said. Reliable Renault Alonso's youthful temper and his Renault have proved incredibly reliable to rack up the points week after week. "We don't need the risks at this point of the championships," Alonso said. Montoya maintained his hot form after last week's win in Monza. He won the pole position and led much of the way before losing top place to his teammate during a pit stop. With three laps to go, he collided with Antonio Pizzonia. Rain marks the Belgian Grand Prix almost by tradition, but Sunday's expected showers never came. It was damp throughout as the drivers raced under low, leaden clouds through the pine-covered hills and lush valleys of the Ardennes. (AP)

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