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2007-10-21 20:04
Sao Paulo - Kimi Raikkonen won the 2007 Formula One drivers world championship here on Sunday for Ferrari when he produced a flawless run to victory in the Brazilian Grand Prix.

The 'Iceman' from Finland drove superbly to grab the 15th win of his career and his sixth in 2007 ahead of his Ferrari team mate and local hero Felipe Massa.

STORM TO FINISH

Defending double drivers World champion Fernando Alonso of Spain finished third in his McLaren and ended up sharing second place in the drivers' title race with his team mate Lewis Hamilton.

The luckless 22-year-old British rookie, who began the day four points ahead of Alonso and seven in front of Raikkonen, lost ground at the start, falling back from second to fourth on the opening lap and then plummeting to 18th on lap seven when he suffered gearbox problems.

But he stormed back to finish in seventh place and score two points when he needed at least two more to make history by being the first rookie to lift the title.

German-born Nico Rosberg, the son of the original flying Finn Keke Rosberg, came fourth for Williams ahead of Poland's Robert Kubica and German Nick Heidfelt in the two BMW Saubers.

The drivers title race ended with Raikkonen on 110 points and Alonso and Hamilton both on 109 at the end of the first three-way title battle for 21 years.
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