Kimi Raikkonen (McLaren Mercedes) certainly lives up to the nickname
given to him, i.e. Iceman, to keep it cool in the hot sweltering
conditions of what supposedly is the hottest race in the Formula One
calendar to win today’s Formula One grand prix in Sepang. Ron
Dennis’ faith in Raikkonen has finally paid off with the young Finn’s
first ever grand prix win and it was only a matter of time this day would
come. He ran a clinical race throughout and hardly had anyone ever
touching him. Reubens Barichello (Ferarri) took second place and is
followed by another new face on the podium, 21 year old Fernando
Alonso (Renault) in third. Last year’s KL grand prix
winner Ralf Schumacher (Williams BMW) was fourth. If you’re wondering
where his elder brother Michael (Schumacher — Ferarri) was, he finished
uncharacteristically in sixth place, no thanks to his collision with Jarno
Trulli (Renault) round the second corner at the start of the race which
became a big deciding factor in today’s race results rather than the new
rules. This has been the second race we did not see Michael
Schumacher on the podium at the end of the race. Will it be the same
again in Brazil a fortnight from now?

Update (1730 – 03.24.2003): I’ve corrected the link to last
year’s KL grand prix winner. My eyes ARE getting tired and I’m beginning
to slack… : \