Ferrari delivered an emphatic one-two victory in the French Grand Prix as Kimi Raikkonen returned to form in style in the last race to be held at Magny-Cours.
Raikkonen came home two seconds ahead of his Ferrari team-mate, Brazilian Felipe Massa, ending McLaren’s three race sequence of victories. It was his first win since the Australian GP in Melbourne on March 18, and the 11th of his career.
Massa, on pole, led for more than half of the race, and finished second ahead of 22-year-old British star Lewis Hamilton in his McLaren. The result meant nevertheless that Hamilton increased his lead in the drivers’ championship to 14 points with his home race, at Silverstone, coming up next weekend.
Team-mate, Fernando Alonso, who started from 10th position on the grid, was unable to make much progress through the field and finished seventh.
Hamilton was seeking a hat-trick of victories but, despite his disappointment, he posted his seventh podium finish in seven races in his first season in Formula One.
The full result was :
1. Kimi Raikkonen Finland Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro-Ferrari 70 01:30:54.200
2. Felipe Massa Brazil Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro-Ferrari +2.4
3. Lewis Hamilton Britain Vodafone McLaren Mercedes-Mercedes +32.1
4. Robert Kubica Poland BMW Sauber F1 Team-BMW +41.7
5. Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber F1 Team-BMW +48.8
6. Giancarlo Fisichella Italy ING Renault F1 Team-Renault +52.2
7. Fernando Alonso Spain Vodafone McLaren Mercedes-Mercedes +56.5
8. Jenson Button Britain Honda Racing F1 Team-Honda +58.8
9. Nico Rosberg Germany AT&T Williams-Toyota +68.5
10. Ralf Schumacher Germany Panasonic Toyota Racing-Toyota +1 lap
11. Rubens Barrichello Brazil Honda Racing F1 Team-Honda +1 lap
12. Mark Webber Australia Red Bull Racing-Renault +1 lap
13. David Coulthard Britain Red Bull Racing-Renault +1 lap
14. Alexander Wurz Austria AT&T Williams-Toyota +1 lap
15. Heikki Kovalainen Finland ING Renault F1 Team-Renault +1
16. Takuma Sato Japan Super Aguri F1 Team-Honda +2 laps
17. Adrian Sutil Germany Spyker F1 Team-Ferrari +2 laps
18. Scott Speed USA Scuderia Toro Rosso-Ferrari 55 laps completed
19. Christijan Albers Holland Spyker F1 Team-Ferrari 28 laps completed
20. Anthony Davidson Britain Super Aguri F1 Team-Honda 0 laps completed
21. Jarno Trulli Italy Panasonic Toyota Racing-Toyota 0 laps completed
22. Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy Scuderia Toro Rosso-Ferrari 0 laps completed.
Silverstone now beckons for the Englishman. It’s likely to be wet conditions so anything can happen.