Räikkönen's the Shock Winner at an Exhilirating US Grand Prix
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Where's this been for the past five years?
Before this weekend, the last time he took a checkered flag was in Melbourne back in 2013. That was his 19th win since his first in 2003, and a seeming trickler from his salad days.
Those were 2005 and 2007, when the Finn won seven and six races, respectively. Shortly after, the well ran dry.
Räikkönen won the 2007 Formula 1 championship by a single, hotly-contested point, so the razor-thin finish in this one was just another day in the yard for him.
Hamilton, meanwhile, continues his pursuit of the inevitable.
Dude needs only to finish seventh or better to claim the driver's title. Only Sebastian Vettel can catch him, and he'd need to win all three remaining races to do so.
For the moment, though, the spotlight's on Räikkönen, spraying champagne on a dudette-free podium.
He's got his memories, and albeit with limited-resources Sauber, he's not ready to rest on those laurels yet.