2007 started in Melbourne where Raikkonen took pole, the fastest lap and the win in his race for Ferrari. Reigning champion Alonso finished 2nd for Mclaren with Gp2 champion Hamilton in 3rd on his debut. Alonso led Mclarens first 1/2 since 2005 in Malaysia. Massa won the following race in Bahrain infront of Hamilton and Raikkonen. Massa won again in Spain after starting from pole. Hamilton took over the championship after Raikkonen retired. Alonso finished 3rd. Mclaren dominated in Monaco with Alonso winning followed by Hamilton and Massa. Hamilton made history with his first pole and race win, being the first black man to do so. Heidfeld finished 2nd for BMW with Wurz in 3rd. for Williams. Hamilton managed to hold of a charging Alonso to win again at the final F1 race in Indianapolis. Massa completed the podium in 3rd. Raikkonen led home a 1/2 in France infront of Hamilton who extended his lead in 3rd. Raikkonen won again in Silverstone beating Alonso and Hamilton in 2nd and 3rd. Alonso won a chaotic German GP by overtaking Massa in 2nd. Webber finished 3rd for Red Bull. Hamilton extended his lead in Hungary after intentionally being held up by Alonso in qualifying. Raikkonen finished 2nd with Heidfeld in 3rd. Alonso recovered to 4th after a grid penalty. Massa won his 2nd consecutive Turkish grand prix infront of Raikkonen and Alonso. Alonso led another 1/2 in Monza with Raikkonen in 3rd. Raikkonen closed the gap by winning his 3rd race in Spa infront of teammate Massa and the Mclarens of Alonso in 3rd and Hamilton in 4th. Hamilton extended his lead in a soaked Fuiji. Kovalainen took his first podium in 2nd for Renault with Raikkonen recovering brilliantly from a strategy mistake in 3rd to only marginally hold on to the championship hope while being 17 points behind Hamilton. Hamilton looked to win the title in his rookie season but he slid wide and beached the car in the pitlane entrance. Raikkonen won the race infront of Alonso and Massa. Raikkonen did the impossible by winning in Brazil and clinching the title by a point after Hamilton had problems and finished 7th. Massa finished 2nd with Alonso in 3rd, missing the title by a single point.
It's Ronnie his 75th birthday today so here is a tribute to the superswede. Ronnie was born on the 14th of February in Örebro Sweden in 1944. Ronnie started his career. Ronnie was extremely fast and already won a lot of titles in his junior career with 2 Swedish national titles in 1963 and 1964. Ronnie moved to Formula Three with a Svebe Brabham designed by his father. He was very fast and signed for Techno in 1968 where he won the championship a year later. Ronnie moved up to F1 in 1970 with the Colin Grabbe's team with a March 701. He was very fast and almost matched Jo Siffert in the works March. Peterson moved up to the full March team where he scored 5 podiums to finish runner up behind Jackie Stewart. Ronnie also won the Formula Two championship that year and the Watkins Glen 6 hours. Peterson his 1972 season didn't went aswell and he scored 1 podium on the Nurburgring. Ronnie partnered reigning champion Fittipaldi at Lotus in 1973. Ronnie won his first race at Paul Richard. He finished the season in 3rd, 3 points behind Fittipaldi with 9 pole positions, 4 wins and 7 podiums. The 76 Lotus proved to be a failure so Lotus switched back to the old Lotus 72. Ronnie still won 3 races and finished 5th in the standings with the old car. 1975 was even worse with the old 72 model which saw Ronnie only score 6 points. Ronnie continued with Lotus for the first race of 1976 before rejoining March. He only score points twice during the season including a win in Monza. Ronnie moved teams once again in 1977 where he drove for the 6 wheeled Tyrrell. He retired a lot and only scored 1 podium. Peterson rejoined Lotus in 1978 partnering Mario Andretti. The Lotus was very fast and scored him 2 wins and 7 podiums. Disaster struck in Monza where Ronnie got involved in a 9 car start crash after being hit on his rear wheel by James Hunt. Peterson hit the wall which ignited his car. Hunt Depaillier and Regazzoni pulled Ronnie out of his car. Ronnie had severe leg injuries and minor burns but he was still fully conscious. Peterson had 10 leg fractures. Ronnie his condition worsened overnight and he died at 9:55 the following morning due to fat embolism. Ronnie was only 34.