Raikkonen wins Malaysian Grand Prix

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:48 IST

Kimi Raikkonen won the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday, his first career Formula One victory in another race that had five-time world champion Michael Schumacher

Raikkonen wins Malaysian Grand Prix

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Kimi Raikkonen won the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday, his first career Formula One victory in another race that had five-time world champion Michael Schumacher out of the top three.Second place went to Rubens Barrichello, putting Ferrari back on the podium after a race absence. He was 39 seconds behind at the finish. Third was Fernando Alonso of Renault, who had the pole position. He was the youngest to start from the inside in Formula One history at 21 and now has a third in his 19th Formula One race. Ralf Schumacher of Williams-BMW, who won last year's race, was fourth and Jarno Trulli of Renault fifth. Bad dayMichael Schumacher was sixth - more than a lap behind - after a fourth in Australia. He had a drive-through penalty for causing a collision with Trulli on the third turn of the race that caused Trulli, who started second, to spin and put Schumacher on the grass for a few seconds. "It was not my day," said Schumacher. Alonso and Trulli were ahead of Schumacher. Schumacher rushed up to try to move inside of Trulli on a lefthand corner, but Schumacher bumped into Trulli and spun him around but not out of the race. Schumacher was forced to the grass for a few seconds and re-entered the race after dropping to about 12th. On the seventh lap Schumacher was penalized for causing an avoidable collision. He had a drive-through penalty at the end of ninth lap and it dropped him to 14th, 89 seconds behind first at the time.After two races Raikkonen, who gave McLaren its second straight win of the season, is in the lead of the drivers' standings with 16 points following a win and a third in two races. Raikkonen almost won the French Grand Prix last year but slid out of the lead with less than five laps to go, giving Michael Schumacher the victory and his fifth world title.Raikkonen finished sixth in the standings last year after replacing two-time world champion Mika Hakkinnen in 2002 after a year with Sauber. Teammate David Coulthard, who won the opening race at Australia, lasted less than three laps after going out with electrical problems. Juan Pablo Montoya, who was second in the opener, had to spend more than three minutes repairing a rear wing after the first-lap crash and struggled to 12th of 13 finishers. (AP)



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