30 Aug 2009
On 30 August 2009, Kimi Raikkonen won the Belgian Grand Prix. The victory at Spa was the F60’s only victory in a season that was more troubled than ever for the Scuderia, especially with Felipe Massa’s serious accident in Hungary.
In qualifying, Kimi could do no better than sixth place, but in the race, thanks to his talent and the fact that at this circuit the KERS can play a greater role than elsewhere, the Finn was able to make up three places at the start, then pass Kubica as early as the first lap and get the better of Fisichella on lap 5 after a safety car period. From then on, despite having a car that was slower than the Force India driven by the man who would become his team-mate for five Grands Prix as from the next race, he produced a fantastic performance, defending his position using the kinetic energy recovery system.
“I love winning and I love the Spa circuit and so it was great to return to winning here at this track,” said Kimi. “After such a difficult season, my aim was to take at least one win with this car and now we’ve done it. It’s definitely the best moment of the year!”