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Raikkonen secures title

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen won his first Formula One drivers' championship after winning the Brazilian Grand Prix as McLaren's Lewis Hamilton faltered at Interlagos.

Raikkonen becomes the unlikely winner after a season which most of the time pointed to Hamilton being the champion but Hamilton made some costly mistakes where it mattered most and showed everybody that after all he is only a rookie.

But I think Raikkonen has quietly done his job getting points and wins here and there whilst all the noise came from McLaren and its not surprising that he has the most number of wins this season with six and he had to fight to the last race to secure his maiden championship.

Felipe Massa's second place ensured that Fernando Alonso who finished third did not get the two points he needed to win the championship. Its interesting to see that Alonso and Hamilton finished on the same number of points, 109 but Hamilton secures second place because he has more second place finishes than Alonso.

William's Nico Rosberg got fourth place ahead of BMW Sauber's Robert Kubica and . Nick Heidfeld who finished fifth and sixth respectively. It was another good run by Rosberg who has helped Williams to claim fourth place in the constructor's championship.

Jarno Trulli got the last points place securing one constructors point for Toyota who have had a season to forget. In his last race for Toyota Trulli's team-mate Ralf Schumacher finished eleventh.

Mark Webber secured fifth place on the grid but unfortunately he did not finish the race as his car stopped on lap 14 with transmission failure when he was running in a strong fifth place.

Another season comes to an end and this one has had so much drama I wonder what the next holds.

Hamilton lost the title in China. There was no point for him and his team to make the kind of mistake they made at the Chinese and now they have paid the price. He says he will come back next year more experienced but there is no guarantee that his car will be the fastest or as reliable as this year. He should have won it this year and if he can then win again next year. There are no guarantees in F1 because you may be having a good race and the car suddenly breaks down or somebody just hits you. Anyway congratulations to Kimi - good year overall and cool head throughout.

I agree with you Brad, it was easier to win this year when he had a very good chance and especially when Alonso retired at Fuji and he could have clinched it in China or at least remove Kimi from the equation. Next year will be a totally different season especially withe changes coming through although I think he will be one more year experienced and that should help him.

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