Raikkonen claims first Ferrari win for the season

KERS proves its worth for Ferrari
by Patrick Everett Tadeo | Aug 30, 2009

Kimi Raikkonen clinched his fourth Belgian Grand Prix win on August 30 with his Kinetic Energy Reserve System- or KERS-equipped Ferrari.

Starting in sixth place, Raikkonen used his KERS to make his way up to second on the long stretch down to the Les Combes corner behind pole sitter and front-runner Giancarlo Fisichella.

As the rest of the pack chased the leaders, Renault rookie Romain Grosjean inadvertently tagged Brawn GP's Jenson Button, putting both drivers out of the race. A domino effect followed as Red Bull's Jaime Alguersuari also hit McLaren's Lewis Hamilton, putting the race under the safety car for the next three laps. Within the safety car period, Raikkonen trimmed the gap between him and Fisichella and used the KERS to snatch the lead.

From then on, Raikkonen controlled the race with the slimmest of margins as an inspired Fisichella tailed him all the way to the chequered flag. The Belgian Grand Prix maked Force India's first pole position and the team's first championship points and podium finish.

"I was quicker than Kimi," Fisichella told BBC after the race. "Second is amazing but actually I am a little disappointed because I could have won."

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