Raikkonen spent most of the race in second behind teammate Felipe Massa. However, Raikkonen got ahead of Massa on the final pit stop, allowing him to cruise to the race win. Massa finished 2nd to give Ferrari a 1-2 finish, while two-time champ Fernando Alonso finished a distant 3rd and dropping him to one point behind Raikkonen for the championship.
For Lewis Hamilton, the problems started early. From F1 Fanatic:
"The start could not have gone much better for Hamilton’s title rivals - Kimi Raikkonen blasted past him on the run to the first corner, then twitched wide, slowing the Briton down. Fernando Alonso seized his chance, and dived into third at turn three.
Hamilton tried to respond but was caught out when Alonso got on the brakes - he ran disastrously wide at turn four and fell to eighth behind Robert Kubica, Nick Heidfeld and Jarno Trulli.
Hamilton quickly got stuck into his rivals, zapping past Trulli on lap two, then taking Heidfeld around the outside of turn one on lap seven.
But then there came even better news for Raikkonen and Alonso - Hamilton slowed, and for a moment looked as though he would retire. Bu
t suddenly the car burst back into life, and he continued - in 18th place."
Hamilton did everything he could to get back into it, but could only muster a 7th place finish. That also put him one point back of Raikkonen.
For Raikkonen, the title fulfills the promise that he's shown since he broke into F1. For England, it caps a horrid sports week, starting with their loss to Russia in Euro 2008 qualifying, then to losing the Rugby World Cup final to South Africa, and now Hamilton's loss.
Finally, once again open wheel racing has produced a great chase for the championship, without a contrived playoff system.