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Raikkonen takes convincing Silverstone victory

NEWS STORY
08/07/2007

This morning's GP2 race was held in bright sunshine, and it looks as though the weather will remain ideal for the remainder of the day, which means that for the second successive weekend the forecasters have got it wrong.

We would say 'England Expects', but that would be entirely wrong because today is the British Grand Prix and the vast crowd here is hoping for a British win, and with rookie sensation having taken pole position with a magnificent late charge, the fans could see their dream come true.

The youngster had been keeping a relatively low profile for much of the weekend, then, in the final moments of qualifying, when it mattered most, he dug deep and produced a time that no-one could beat. We say no-one could beat, but in reality Kimi Raikkonen was looking to do just that until he ran wide on exiting the final corner on to the pit straight.

With the weather not looking to be a problem today, and the McLaren - certainly Hamilton's car - looking bullet-proof, it would seem that today's result is a formality, and that the youngster will further consolidate his World Championship lead this afternoon.

However, there are several other drivers keen to throw a spanner in the works, not least his own teammate, who is thought to be running a little heavier (fuel wise) than the Englishman. Then again, let's not forget that the Ferraris, particularly Magny-Cours winner Kimi Raikkonen, have been the pace setters for much of the weekend, so let's not rule out another victory for the Maranello outfit.

Over the years we have witnessed numerous incidents at the first corner (Copse), and today could well see similar fun and games, especially with some of the faster drivers starting from the back of the grid following poor qualifying performances.

We were thinking last night that it seems ages since the first three (or four) finishers were significantly different from the first three at the end of the first lap - such is the state of contemporary F1. With this in mind, other than the fact that - were we betting people - it might be worth placing a wee wager one weekend. Also, if this proves true again this weekend, we'll know the 'result' around eighty seconds after the field leaves the grid this afternoon.

BMW continues to impress and will surely pick up more points this afternoon, while Toyota looks much improved, certainly based on its practice and qualifying form.

The Renault duo look confident, and the French team claims that it can take the fight to BMW, while Williams looks as though it will have to rely on Alexander Wurz, with Nico Rosberg failing to get through the first phase of qualifying

It wouldn't be unreasonable to expect at least one of the Red Bull drivers to score points, with David Coulthard particularly fired up following the team's decision to re-sign him for 2008.

After an encouraging result in France, Honda appears to have slipped back again, with Button - last year's 'local hero' starting from eighteenth on the grid. As it awaits the arrival of its numerous new signings the Brackley based outfit will need to hope that it can gain positions as the result of others misfortune.

A poor performance from Super Aguri in qualifying, but in the race we expect them to put in a better show, and their reliability could well benefit them.

Finally, as Spyker await the arrival of the new car - scheduled for Istanbul - the Silverstone will just have to rely on its current turkey.

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