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Raikkonen's flying start


Kimi Raikkonen had a flying start to his Formula 1 career with Ferrari after comfortably winning the 2007 Melbourne Grand Prix from pole position.

Raikkonen had a fine race as he cruised to a comfortable win with McLaren's Fernando Alonso and debuntant Lewis Hamilton completing the podium. The other Ferrari car with Felipe Massa finished sixth.

Hamilton in particular had a fine race if you consider that it was his first F1 race and the way he drove in the first corner to overtake fellow teammate and current world champion Alonso and take second place was very good. He drove like a seasoned driver and maintained second position until later on when Alsonso grabbed second place after a pit-stop and stayed there for the rest of the race.

From this race it looks like McLaren is back and although the Ferraris were faster over the weekend the McLaren was not that far back. The same cannot be said about Renault though who did not look convincing to me.

BMW Sauber also had a good start with Nick Heidfeld snatching fourth position from Renault's Giancarlo Fisichella who finished fifth ahead of Ferrari's Massa. Considering that Massa started from the back of the grid, I think he had a good race and I wonder what would have happened had he started the race somewhere nearer the front given that he looked like he was the fastest in the paddock until his car had problems in qualifying.

Williams-Toyota's Nico Rosberg and Toyota's Ralf Schumacher completed the points finishing seventh and eighth respectively.

The first race, apart from being in Melbourne, is always interesting to me because it gives you some pointers on to who is performing well after the off-season testing. From this race it would appear like BMW Sauber are going to be more competitive than last year and with a Williams Toyota car finishing seventh it looks like this could be a better year for them.

From an Australian perspective, Mark Webber finished well out of the points in thirteenth position for his new team Red Bull-Renault and it doesn't look very good him at the moment.

I now wait to see what will happen in the race at Sepang in Malaysia in three weeks time.

jack
I thought Hamilton was the star of the show - at one time leading the race when Kimi pitted. I was keen to see the new safety car rules in action but there was no reason to bring the safety car throughout the whole race so for that I will have to wait.
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tyndale
Ferrari look unbeatable. Massa hit the kerb with the underbody of his car moments before the DNF , probably damaged his car .
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Wes
I will be a bit cautious and see if Ferrari can repeat the same performance in the next race in Malaysia. I will also be looking at Hamilton to see what he can do after such an excellent F1 debut.

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