Kimi Raikkonen wins Chinese GP, Championship to be decided in Brazil

The battle for the F-1 drivers Championship will be decided in the last race of the season after British rookie Lewis Hamilton was forced to retire from the race due to tyre problems. Hamilton, who started on pole, missed his chance to clinch the title, and now has his lead cut to 4 points. Prior to the race, Hamilton was on 107, with Alonso on 103, and Raikkonen on 90. With Hamilton not garnering any points, and Raikkonen and Alonso finishing 1-2, Alonso is now four points behind his McLaren teammate, while Ferrari’s Raikkonen is seven points behind.

The final race of the 2007 season will be held in Brazil. It is also the first time since 1986 that the drivers championship will be decided in the last race of the season. That time Nigel Mansell had a seven point lead going into the race in Adelaide, but ended up losing the title to Alain Prost.

The Shanghai win marked Raikkonen’s fifth race win of the season, the Finn having previously won in Australia, France, Britain and Belgium. It also marked consecutive race retirements for McLaren, with Alonso having done so in Japan.

Hamilton is obviously the favourite going into the race at Brazil, given the way that he has raced all season. And if he keeps his cool, the young driver will become the first rookie to clinch the F-1 World Drivers championship.

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