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Ferrari Dominate Malaysian GP qualifying as McLarens are penalised

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Felipe Massa

Ferrari came back with a bang this weekend bagging a cool 1-2 to get back into the game. Felipe Massa got the pole position with Kimi Raikkonen coming in behind his teammate.

Meanwhile McLaren on the other hand had a super bad session with both of its drivers being penalised for impeding other cars. Heiki Kovalainen was penalised for impeding Fernando Alonso’s Renault and Lewis Hamilton was penalised for impeding Nick Heidfeld’s BMW. Heidfeld was pretty open in his criticism of Lewis Hamilton , after hearing McLaren’s argument that they did the best they could, he had this to say to them :

“If they did the best that they could do, they didn’t do very well.”

“I was approaching my last lap on the option tyre and it would have been my quickest lap if not for the McLarens driving in the middle of the racing line at 80kmph.”  Heidfeld said

Earlier the FIA had released a statement that the McLarens were running slowly on the racing lines while other cars were on their flying laps and thats why they had been penalised.

As far as Force India goes, the difference between Sutil’s and Fisichella’s class was apparent, Fisichella clocked approximately one second faster that his teammate, Vijay Mallya’s decision to hire Giancarlo Fisichella seems to be a good one now.

The starting grid after the various disqualifications was :

Pos   Driver   Nat   Team   Time 
1 Felipe Massa  BR  Ferrari  01:35.7
2 Kimi Raikkonen  FIN  Ferrari  01:36.2
3 Jarno Trulli  I  Toyota  01:36.7
4 Robert Kubica  PL  BMW Sauber  01:36.7
5 Nick Heidfeld  D  BMW Sauber  01:36.8
6 Mark Webber  AUS  Red Bull-Renault  01:37.0
7 Fernando Alonso  E  Renault  01:38.5
8 Heikki Kovalainen FIN  McLaren-Mercedes  01:36.6
9 Lewis Hamilton  GB  McLaren-Mercedes  01:36.7
10 Timo Glock  D  Toyota  01:39.7
11 Jenson Button  GBR  Honda  01:35.2
12 David Coulthard  GBR  Red Bull-Renault  01:35.4
13 Nelson A. Piquet  BR  Renault  01:35.6
14 Rubens Barrichello  BR  Honda  01:35.6
15 Sebastian Vettel  D  Toro Rosso-Ferrari  01:35.6
16 Nico Rosberg  D  Williams-Toyota  01:35.7
17 Giancarlo Fisichella  I  Force India-Ferrari  01:36.2
18 Sebastien Bourdais  F  Toro Rosso-Ferrari  01:36.7
19 Takuma Sato  J  Super Aguri-Honda  01:37.1
20 Adrian Sutil  D  Force India-Ferrari  01:37.1
21 Anthony Davidson  GB  Super Aguri-Honda  01:37.5
22 Kazuki Nakajima J  Williams-Toyota  01:36.4

Lewis Hamilton wins the 2008 Australian Grand Prix

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I watched the race highlights, not the race as i have an exam tomorrow. But anyway Lewis sort of deserved his first victory of the season. Kimi Raikkonen on the other hand deserved not to win or even finish the race. It seems the iceman is literally driving on ice and is having a hard time minus the traction control (there might be some other explanation, but i didn’t hear the on-race commentary, seeing the footage it all seemed like rookie mistakes to me) The race results are ::

 

Position 

 Driver 

 Nat 

 Team 

 Time 

1

Lewis Hamilton 

GBR 

McLaren-Mercedes 

34:50.6

2

Nick Heidfeld 

D 

BMW Sauber 

5.478

3

Nico Rosberg 

D 

Williams-Toyota 

8.163

4

Fernando Alonso 

E 

Renault 

17.181

5

Heikki Kovalainen 

FIN 

McLaren-Mercedes 

18.014

6

Kazuki Nakajima 

J 

Williams-Toyota 

-1 lap 

7

Sebastien Bourdais 

F 

Toro Rosso-Ferrari 

-3 laps 

8

Kimi Raikkonen 

FIN 

Ferrari 

-5 laps 

DNF 

Robert Kubica 

PL 

BMW Sauber 

lap 50 

DNF 

Timo Glock 

D 

Toyota 

lap 44 

DNF 

Takuma Sato 

J 

Super Aguri-Honda 

lap 33 

DNF 

Nelson A. Piquet 

BR 

Renault 

lap 31 

DNF 

Felipe Massa 

BR 

Ferrari 

lap 30 

DNF 

David Coulthard 

GB 

Red Bull-Renault 

lap 26 

DNF 

Jarno Trulli 

I 

Toyota 

lap 20 

DNF 

Adrian Sutil 

D 

Force India-Ferrari 

lap 9 

DNF 

Mark Webber 

AUS 

Red Bull-Renault 

lap 1 

DNF 

Jenson Button 

GB 

Honda 

lap 1 

DNF 

Anthony Davidson 

GB 

Super Aguri-Honda 

lap 1 

DNF 

Sebastian Vettel 

D 

Toro Rosso-Ferrari 

lap 1 

DNF 

Giancarlo Fisichella 

I 

Force India-Ferrari 

lap 1 

DSQ 

Rubens Barrichello 

BR 

Honda 

 

Australian Grand Prix 2008 : Lewis Hamilton on Top !

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Kimi Raikkonen - Ferrari 2008 I had an exam today, so was really divided on whether to watch the Qualifying or not, but better sense prevailed and i watched it anyway. Ferrari bombed big-time with Kimi facing problems early on in his qualifying and having to settle for a dismal 16 – the topmost position in the Q1 qualifying session. Kimi’s car got stuck in the 1st session and hence could not compete further due to qualifying rules.

It was a different story for Lewis Hamilton though, his car was faster than Felipe’s Ferrari by a good margin. Robert Kubica qualified second for the BMW team while Lewis’s teammate will start right behind Lewis on the grid in the race as he qualified in third place.

Toyota did well to get 6th and 9th place for Trulli and Glock respectively. It was a good session for them.

Force India was as expected towards the bottom, Fisichella managed to beat a Torro Rosso alongwith 2 Super Aguris, and got 17th place.

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1. Lewis Hamilton Britain McLaren-Mercedes 1:26.714

2. Robert Kubica Poland BMW Sauber 1:26.869

3. Heikki Kovalainen Finland McLaren-Mercedes 1:27.079

4. Felipe Massa Brazil Ferrari 1:27.178

5. Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 1:27.236

6. Jarno Trulli Italy Toyota 1:28.527

7. Nico Rosberg Germany Williams-Toyota 1:28.687

8. David Coulthard Britain Red Bull-Renault 1:29.041

9. Timo Glock Germany Toyota 1:29.593

10. Sebastian Vettel Germany Toro Rosso-Ferrari No Time

11. Rubens Barrichello Brazil Honda 1:26.173

12. Fernando Alonso Spain Renault 1:26.188

13. Jenson Button Britain Honda 1:26.259

14. Kazuki Nakajima Japan Williams-Toyota 1:26.413

15. Mark Webber Australia Red Bull-Renault No Time

16. Kimi Raikkonen Finland Ferrari No Time

17. Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Force India-Ferrari 1:27.207

18. Sebastien Bourdais France Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:27.446

19. Adrian Sutil Germany Force India-Ferrari 1:27.859

20. Takuma Sato Japan Super Aguri-Honda 1:28.208

21. Nelson Piquet Brazil Renault 1:28.330

22. Anthony Davidson Super Super Aguri-Honda 1:29.059

McLaren not to appeal, Ferrari Wins Constructor Championship,McLaren Bashing Post

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Its official, Ronn Dennis has told the media that he will not be contesting the ban and fine imposed on McLaren for stealing and using confidential Ferrari data.

“We believe the time has come to put this huge distraction behind us,” said McLaren team supremo Ron Dennis.

“McLaren wants to win races and world championships,” he added.

“We are fortunate to have, and continue to receive, unwavering support from our employees, sponsor partners and Formula 1 fans across the world.”

During the spygate scandal we received record amount of hatemail from McLaren fans calling us biased and Ron Dennis honest (76 email messages), while we agree we have a slight bias towards Ferrari, i am sure any misconceptions about the second fact have infact been cleared. This is sort of another McLaren bashing post, you may direct your hatemail via the comments or via the ‘Contact Us’ link.
In the words of one of our contributors, Ronn Dennis is a “lowly trickster”. And what support is he talking about. Yesterday i had went to one of the IITs (smartest brains of India study there) and even diehard McLaren fans were telling me how disappointed they were in McLaren as a team and Ronn Dennis as an individual. (I am sure many Britsh McLaren fans will disagree). the lying loser had actually said this in the WMSC hearing :

Ron DENNIS :Excuse me, Mr President. The documents never arrived at McLaren. You stated that they did, but they have never been at McLaren. I am quite sensitive to this.

Also if you read the WMSC hearings, you will see that Nigel Stepney regularly told on his team. The question raised by McLaren at Australia about Ferrari’s new designs were infact inspired by information shared by Nigel Stepney with McLaren. Their letter to the FIA was completely dishonest and had other intentions it proves.

The way in which McLaren dealt with it was the customary way. We did not point the finger at Ferrari, as we could have. Instead, a very gentle letter was written by Mr Lowe, pretending that this was something that McLaren was intending to do, requesting guidance as to whether this was permissible. We could have been far more confrontational about this, but were not.

All through the Stepneygate scandal he kept on professing McLaren’s *cough* “innocence” *cough* . Many will argue espionage has always been a part of the sport. But this is not really espionage, this is blatant stealing and dishonesty. Will F1 ever be the same ?

Also Juan Pablo Montoya (our blog’s unofficial mascot) has blasted Ron Dennis and called Lewis Hamilton his baby (no pun intended). He said that when he heard about Lewis Hamilton being Fernando Alonso’s partner in the McLaren cars, he felt sorry for him.

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“We immediately felt sorry for Fernando because Lewis Hamilton is Ron’s baby,” he said.

“Ron paid for his whole career, so Ron wants him to win and not Fernando. Lewis is like his own child.”

He further goes on to call Ronn Dennis a control freak ::

“He wants to control everything, and Fernando is not used to someone controlling everything and did not like that.”

He also commented on the McLaren-Ferrari Spy saga and the ex-McLaren driver said that what McLaren did was crossing the line.

“It’s just how Formula One is. Teams are allowed to bend the rules too much.

“I always felt like people bent the rules and that some teams were allowed to bend the rules more than others. But this? This is crossing the line.”

And to think that McLaren would have been presumed innocent if Fernando Alonso wouldn’t have spilled the beans on Ronn Dennis and his men. Also Damon Hill and Jackie Stewart did their best to divert attention away from McLaren’s wrongdoings and tried to make it a FIA-Ferrari nexus issue. Hopefully they will remain shut for a while now.

Written by Formula One Addict

September 22nd, 2007 at 2:51 am

Felipe Massa leads Ferrari 1-2 at Turkey

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Ferrari win Turkish Grand Prix

Ferrari resurfaced at Turkey to score a great 1-2 with Felipe Massa taking the chequered flag and Kimi Raikkonen coming second at the formula one Turkish Grand Prix 2007. Lewis Hamilton finished a disappointing fifth and had his championship lead cut. A puncture forced Hamilton to pit when he was in third place behind the scarlet Ferraris. Nick Heidfeld was as always impressive in his 4th place win. This guy really deserves a better car and i am sure if he was in a Ferrari, he would be a strong contender for the championship.

The Ferraris outpaced the McLarens at the track and even before the puncture , it didn’t look like Hamilton could do much to challenge the resurgent Ferraris. McLaren would have to make improvements in the car to match the Ferrari Pace.

2007 Formula One Turkish Grand Prix Results

1 Felipe Massa (Brz) Ferrari 1hr 26mins 42.161secs
2 Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Ferrari 1:26:44.436
3 Fernando Alonso (Spa) McLaren-Mercedes 1:27:08.342
4 Nick Heidfeld (Ger) BMW Sauber 1:27:21.835
5 Lewis Hamilton (GB) McLaren-Mercedes 1:27:27.216
6 Heikki Kovalainen (Fin) Renault 1:27:28.330
7 Nico Rosberg (Ger) Williams-Toyota 1:27:37.939
8 Robert Kubica (Pol) BMW Sauber 1:27:38.868
9 Giancarlo Fisichella (Ita) Renault 1:27:41.652
10 David Coulthard (GB) Red Bull-Renault 1:27:53.569
11 Alexander Wurz (Aut) Williams-Toyota 1:28:01.761
12 Ralf Schumacher (Ger) Toyota at one lap
13 Jenson Button (GB) Honda at one lap
14 Anthony Davidson (GB) Super Aguri-Honda at one lap
15 Vitantonio Liuzzi (Ita) Toro Rosso-Ferrari at one lap
16 Jarno Trulli (Ita) Toyota at one lap
17 Rubens Barrichello (Brz) Honda at one lap
18 Takuma Sato (Jpn) Super Aguri-Honda at one lap
19 Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Toro Rosso-Ferrari at one lap
20 Sakon Yamamoto (Jpn) Spyker-Ferrari at two laps
R Adrian Sutil (Ger) Spyker-Ferrari 53 laps
R Mark Webber (Aus) Red Bull-Renault 9 laps

R – Retired from the race

Race Reactions from the Ferrari F1 Camp ::

Felipe Massa
: “This is becoming a special place for me! It is a really great win! I maintained my concentration for the whole race, trying to control the situation. Only towards the end of the second stint did I make a small mistake at Turn 7 which cost me the gap I had over Kimi, who closed right up to me. I made a very good start and the car behaved perfectly even though it has to be said it was a difficult race. Today’s result is a great encouragement when looking to the final part of the season. It is fantastic to head to Monza after a weekend like this. We must continue to work in this same way and give it our best shot.”

Kimi Raikkonen: “Of course I would like to have won but probably the race was decided in yesterday afternoon’s qualifying session. When your main rival is your team-mate, there are less unknown factors and even less room to come up with something. However, the important thing is to have put two Ferraris in front of everyone else and, in any case, we have made up ground on the championship leader. I got a good start then I had a bit of understeer which went away after a few laps. The second set of tyres did not work as well as the first. The quick lap at the end? I was a bit bored with spending the whole race behind another car and so I tried to see how quick I could have been. In Monza I will have to try and do a good qualifying to be in the best possible situation for the race.”

Photo : Ferrari Media

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