Kimi wins Japanese Grand Prix

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:51 IST

Heavens did not open up and Narain Karthikeyan could not make his best qualifying race count to finish a disappointing 16th in the Japanese Grand Prix.

Kimi wins Japanese Grand Prix
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Suzuka:

Heavens did not open up and Narain Karthikeyan could not make his best qualifying race count to finish a disappointing 16th in the Japanese Grand Prix, the penultimate race of the Formula One season, here at the Suzuka circuit today. Kimi Raikkonen of McLaren Mercedes earned his seventh win of the year, while Formula One's new champion Renault's Fernando Alonso finished third. The second place was booked by his teammate Italy's Giancarlo Fisichella on a bright sunny day. Karthikeyan had on Saturday clocked his best in qualifying race to finish 11th ahead of other leading drivers of the season. "I made a good start but I got it a little bit wrong in the first corner because it was the first ever lap for me on these race tyres due to my problems on Friday afternoon, also the grip level was not perfect," a disappointed Narain said. "After the safety car went in I was able to hang on behind Massa until my first stop. After the stop the front tyres were graining a lot and after the second pit stop, I really struggled with the car balance, as it was understeering a lot," he added. "Near the end of the race, I had to change my right front tyre, which unfortunately cost me some time. In general, it was an average race," Narain said. (PTI)

Topics : Formula 1 Narain Karthikeyan
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