Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen was officially crowned the 2007 FIA Formula 1 world champion Friday during the FIA's annual prize giving gala held in Monte Carlo.

The Finn clinched the title at the season ending Brazilian Grand Prix, after one of the most dramatic conclusions to the championship for many years.

Indeed not since 1986 had F1 had a three-way title showdown at the last event and in the end it was Kimi that came through to clinch the honours - albeit just a single point up on Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso.

"I am very happy to be here to receive this trophy that comes with winning the World Championship," said Raikkonen. "This has always been my goal and I am particularly pleased to have achieved it in my first year with Ferrari, which is a fantastic team of people who are extraordinary, both professionally and from the human point of view.

"This victory is the result of the efforts of a group that never threw in the towel, even when all seemed lost. I also want to thank my family, my wife Jenni and everyone who has been close to me since the start of my career."

Ferrari CEO, Jean Todt meanwhile was also present to accept the constructors' crown on behalf of the Scuderia, the Maranello-based outfits seventh title in the last nine years.

"It is a pleasure and an honour to be here today to celebrate our successes in the two Championships, which came at the end of a very unusual year," he added, no doubt alluding to the off-track spy row shenanigans.

"After the Japanese Grand Prix, we would never have believed that we would be attending this evening as world champions. But the bravura and talent of the team and drivers, along with a small helping hand from fate, means we are here in this guise to celebrate a fantastic season for Ferrari, embellished with nine wins and a world champion in the shape of the great driver that is Kimi Raikkonen, who has taken the title in his first year with the Scuderia."

To see a selection of pictures from the FIA's prize gala - CLICK HERE. All pictures courtesy of the FIA.



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