Kimi Raikkonen has not won a Grand Prix since the 2013 season-opening Australian round in his Lotus F1 Team E21. Today in Italy, after setting the fastest lap in Formula One history, it looked like he had a real chance to add to his victory total, but all of that was thrown away on a Ferrari tire choice gamble. Instead the Ice Man was forced to settle for second and his 100th career F1 podium, while Lewis Hamilton earned the victory and a serious points haul. At the start it was Raikkonen from pole keeping his lead at turn one, as Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel collided with Hamilton. Hamilton recovered to stay in second, but Vettel was spun around and forced to fight his way through the field from the back. The contact was deemed a racing incident, and certainly the fault of Vettel, who moved his Ferrari into the side of the Mercedes. A short safety car period was taken to recover Brendon Hartley’s broken Toro Rosso, allowing Vettel to rejoin the rear of the field. When the race restarted, Hamilton moved past Kimi into the lead, but the Finn fought back, taking the lead again under braking at the Roggia chicane. Raikkonen gained a lead large enough to negate DRS, but never got more than 2 seconds away from Hamilton during his first stint. Ferrari, when making their tire allotment for the Italian Grand Prix, had chosen to bring ten sets of Super Soft tires for Kimi, and… [Read full story]
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