The possible scuppering of Kimi Raikkonen’s championship has been finalised in the Finn’s favour. Although Raikkonen magnificently won the Brazilian Grand Prix with a little help from his team mate Felipe Massa, the legality of the BMWs and Williams put the celebrations on hold. Their cars were scrutinised with fuel temperatures lower than the mandatory 10 degrees less than ambient temperatures. However, the stewards have announced that no penalties would be handed out, thus confirming Raikkonen as the 2007 Formula One World Champion.
Fuel samples of both teams during the course of the race were made public after Kimi’s celebrations on the podium, putting the party on hold for the deserving race winner. However, stewards have decided that the result should not be changed. And giving that both teams involved didn’t really involve themselves in the race at the front, the decision is correct. For sure BMW played a significant role in Lewis Hamilton’s race, but ultimately Formula One is about the fastest driver. Also, there wasn’t significant evidence to prove that BMW and Williams had cool fuel.
In view of the matters referred to above, the stewards consider that not withstanding the presumptions referred to above there must be sufficient doubt as to both the temperature of the fuel actually ‘on board the car’ and also as to the true ambient temperature as to render it inappropriate to impose a penalty. Stewards Statement.
Today is Kimi’s day, and the Finnish driver did well coming from third in the standings before Sunday to first come the afternoon.
Kimi Raikkonen is World Champion.