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2007 Bahrain Qualifying: Massa snatches Pole

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Bahrain Formula One 2007 Grand Prix Qualifying Review

Telecast Time is 5pm on ESPN India IST

Felipe Massa

That familiar Marlboro was back on the Ferrari rear wings and so was the confidence. Felipe Massa once again got pole position, pipping Lewis Hamilton by a very small gap. Kimi Raikkonen snatched third place while Fernando Alonso of McLaren was fourth.

McLaren

Lewis Hamilton, the rookie who conquered the world and who is now a household name in Britain, was really impressive and just almost got the pole position, missing by about 4/10th of a second. He will be going for a record three podium finishes for a rookie in his first three races.

Renault

Giancarlo Fisichella scored a seventh place for Renault, while teammate and rookie Heiki Kovalainen wasnt even able to qualify for the last session. Poor Heiki , his debut has been completely overshadowed by Lewis Hamilton.

Nick Heidfeld put in another good performance finishing in fifth place.

Bahrain Grand Prix Qualifying Times

1. Felipe Massa Brazil Ferrari-Ferrari 01:32.652
2. Lewis Hamilton Britain McLaren-Mercedes 01:32.935
3. Kimi Raikkonen Finland Ferrari-Ferrari 01:33.131
4. Fernando Alonso Spain McLaren-Mercedes 01:33.192
5. Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 01:33.404
6. Robert Kubica Poland BMW Sauber 01:33.710
7. Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Renault-Renault 01:34.056
8. Mark Webber Australia Red Bull-Renault 01:34.106
9. Jarno Trulli Italy Toyota-Toyota 01:34.154
10. Nico Rosberg Germany Williams-Toyota 01:34.399
11. Alexander Wurz Austria Williams-Toyota 01:32.915
12. Heikki Kovalainen Finland Renault-Renault 01:32.935
13. Anthony Davidson Britain Super Aguri-Honda 01:33.082
14. Ralf Schumacher Germany Toyota-Toyota 01:33.294
15. Rubens Barrichello Brazil Honda-Honda 01:33.624
16. Jenson Button Britain Honda-Honda 01:33.731
17. Takuma Sato Japan Super Aguri-Honda 01:33.984
18. Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 01:34.024
19. Scott Speed USA Toro Rosso-Ferrari 01:34.333
20. Adrian Sutil Germany Spyker-Ferrari 01:35.280
21. David Coulthard Britain Red Bull-Renault 01:35.341
22. Christijan Albers Holland Spyker-Ferrari 01:35.533

What will happen tomorrow, will Lewis Hamilton trick Felipe Massa into a mistake again ?

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Alonso leads McLaren One-Two ,Massa messes

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2007 Malaysian Grand Prix : Race Review and Results
McLaren of Fernando Alonso before start of race

A poor start by the Ferraris of Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa was all that was needed by Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton to clinch their first McLaren 1-2 of the season.

Fernando Alonso to his Pit crew after winning :

“It’s been a tough week but thank you very much. We all did it.”

Felipe Massa thoroughly blew his chances when he went wide on the fifth lap( i think) while pursuing Lewis Hamilton. Lewis Hamilton drove pretty good and is look set to prove that Australia was not a fluke. He was able to hold off a charging Kimi Raikkonen during the dying moments of the race. And the hype around this young lad is just destined to grow more and more.

But must say Ferrari must be really disappointed with this debacle, after the excellent qualifying session yesterday, this was the last thing they needed. Lewis was driving much better than Massa and outraced him. The experienced Massa was showing nerves while the rookie Lewis Hamilton looked as cool as a cucumber. Lewis Hamilton also clocked the fastest lap of the race.
Nick Heidfeld in his BMW Sauber scored fourth place ahead of Felipe Massa. Nico Rosberg was unlucky with his Williams retiring on lap 44 with smoke pouring from his Engine, he was in 8th place when this happened. Williams surely have to sort their reliability issues.

Results from the 2007 FIA Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix, Sepang:

Pos Driver Nat Team Time
1. Fernando Alonso E McLaren-Mercedes 1:32:14.930
2. Lewis Hamilton GB McLaren-Mercedes +17.557
3. Kimi Raikkonen FIN Ferrari +18.339
4. Nick Heidfeld D BMW +33.777
5. Felipe Massa BR Ferrari +36.705
6. Giancarlo Fisichella I Renault +1:05.638
7. Jarno Trulli I Toyota +1:10.132
8. Heikki Kovalainen FIN Renault +1:12.015
9. Alexander Wurz A Williams-Toyota +1:29.924
10. Mark Webber AUS Red Bull-Renault +1:33.556
11. Rubens Barrichello BR Honda -1 lap
12. Jenson Button GB Honda -1 lap
13. Takuma Sato J Super Aguri-Honda -1 lap
14. Scott Speed USA Toro Rosso-Ferrari -1 lap
15. Ralf Schumacher D Toyota -1 lap
16. Anthony Davidson GB Super Aguri-Honda -1 lap
17. Vitantonio Liuzzi I Toro Rosso-Ferrari -1 lap
18. Robert Kubica PL BMW -1 lap
DNF Nico Rosberg D Williams-Toyota on lap 44
DNF David Coulthard GB Red Bull-Renault on lap 37
DNF Christijan Albers NL Spyker-Ferrari on lap 8
DNF Adrian Sutil D Spyker-Ferrari on lap 1

Fastest lap: Lewis Hamilton, 1:36.701, lap 22 (Vodafone McLaren Mercedes)

Quote of the Day – Lewis Hamilton says he tricked Felipe Massa

“Felipe had a couple of moves but fortunately I was able to trick him into outbraking himself and get my car stopped,”

McLaren’s Rookie Lewis Hamilton.

Tricked Felipe Massa eh ?, With f1 drivers having egos as big as their engines, i can already see Felipe fuming and wanting a piece of Lewis at Bahrain where we head to now for round three of the Formula One 2007 season. The Bahrain Grand Prix is on the 15th of April !

Click here for the official Formula One Driver’s and Constructors championsip standings

Its Ferrari-McLaren-Ferrari-McLaren for Malaysia

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Felipe Massa - Malasian GP

First tomorrow’s telecast timings (Indian And Others) :

12:30 pm for India on Star Sports?

7:00 am GMT (calculate your local time from this)

In a keenly contested Malaysian Grand Prix qualifying,Ferrari F1′s Felipe Massa grabbed the pole position for the 2007 Malaysian Grand Prix. McLaren’s Fernando Alonso came 2nd in the qualifying just edging out Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen. McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton came fourth. The qualifying was quite uncertain with teams playing poker on whether it would rain or not. The competition was so fierce at the end, that hte top four positions were decided only after the session had ended and the drivers were on their final flying laps. Fernando had lapped an exceptional time early on in the session only to see it being quashed at the end.
Renault gave an extremely poor performance with both cars (Heiki Kovalainen and Giancarlo Fisichella) failing to qualify for the last qualifying session. BMW and Williams also gave good performances by clinching places in the top ten.
The Result of the 2007 Malaysian Grand Prix Qualifying :

Pos Driver Team Time Gap + 1st
1. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:35.043
2. Fernando Alonso McLaren-Mercedes 1:35.310 0.267 0.267
3. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:35.479 0.169 0.436
4. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:36.045 0.566 1.002
5. Nick Heidfeld BMW 1:36.543 0.498 1.500
6. Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 1:36.829 0.286 1.786
7. Robert Kubica BMW 1:36.896 0.067 1.853
8. Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:36.902 0.006 1.859
9. Ralf Schumacher Toyota 1:37.078 0.176 2.035
10. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:37.345 0.267 2.302
11. Heikki Kovalainen Renault 1:35.630 -1.71 0.587
12. Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 1:35.706 0.076 0.663
13. David Coulthard Red Bull-Renault 1:35.766 0.060 0.723
14. Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 1:35.945 0.179 0.902
15. Jenson Button Honda 1:36.088 0.143 1.045
16. Vitantonio Liuzzi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:36.145 0.057 1.102
17. Scott Speed Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:36.578 0.433 1.535
18. Anthony Davidson Super Aguri-Honda 1:36.816 0.238 1.773
19. Rubens Barrichello Honda 1:36.827 0.011 1.784
20. Alex Wurz Williams-Toyota 1:37.326 0.499 2.283
21. Christijan Albers Spyker-Ferrari 1:38.279 0.953 3.236

Quotes from Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso :

Massa and Alonso after Qualifying

Felipe Massa said :

“Melbourne didn’t finish as I expected but things look a little bit different here,” . “It was a great final lap and I tried to do everything that I could.

“McLaren were strong in qualifying and they will make us work harder for a good race tomorrow. Hopefully, I can fight very hard from the beginning to the end.”

Fernando Alonso said

“This week we have improved the car and have a much more competitive package,”

“Realistically our pace is not as good as the Ferraris but we hope to have a good fight with them and complete the job tomorrow. Everything seems to be going in the right direction.

Honda unveils unique ‘Green Earth Livery’

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Honda 2007 F1 Earth LiveryIn a bold move to raise awareness about environmental issues, the Honda F1 team has replaced most existing sponsors with an ‘Earth Livery’. Some people had already got hold of the new photos of the car by carefully browsing the Honda F1 team website. At that time most were not sure whether this was to be an interim livery, a promotional livery or the real deal. But as it turns out Honda intends to keep this livery throughout the season.
Star Team Driver Jenson Button was a little bit unhappy though due to their lack of pace compared to Ferrari, McLaren and BMW. But he was optimistic nonetheless.

“We still have another test in Bahrain with a lot of things to test,” Jenson Button said.

“Hopefully they will help because we are not on the same pace as the Ferraris, the McLarens or the BMWs.”

He further added : “We’ve improved a lot but still we’re not where we want to be.

“We’re not quite there but all we can do is get our heads down and hopefully improve the car as soon as possible.

“We are definitely going in the right direction.”

Honda 2007 F1 Earth Livery

Team Helmets

Continuing with our tradition of posting team helmets, here are the ones of Honda formula one team drivers Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello.

Jenson Button's Helmet 2007 Ruben's Helmet 2007

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February 26th, 2007 at 4:37 pm

Honda Launch their new car RA107

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Honda 2007 interim livery Honda launched their new car the RA107 at Spain with an interim black livery till the new livery is released by them in february. Jenson Button seemed upbeat about the launch. Button who is back in action after breaking his ribs in a karting accident in November stressed on the importance of consistency for the Honda formula one team.

“If we are going to be at the front, then you have to be competitive from the first race to the last,” Button said

But it seems Honda had other ideas , his car stopped just three corners from the start, the car was taken back to the pits and was repaired and soon Jenson Button was zooming on the tracks. Team Boss Nick Fry who has often publicly admired Jenson Button had the following to say on the launch :

“Last year we got off to a reasonable start and were pretty good by the end of the year, but in the middle we were weak in a number of races, which was very disappointing,”

“Even in our best year of 2004 we had a slump in the middle, so our objective is to start competitive, be competitive in the middle of the season and finish strongly as well.

“If we can do that then it will be a strong step in the right direction towards winning a championship, which is the ultimate objective.”

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January 26th, 2007 at 12:05 pm

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