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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.

Formula One 2007 Season Preview of Sorts

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So the BIG one is almost here. Michael Schumacher will no longer be burning the formula one tracks after 12 long years at the Zenith of the sport. As has been said by many before , the noble sport of F1 has only two kinds of people, those who love Michael Schumacher or those who love to hate him. And for these two different kinds of people in the sport of F1, it invokes two equal and opposite feelings , joy and sorrow respectively.

This particular season also springs up surprises (I prefer to call it a season of contradictions). Now F1 is a funny sport, a lot of the time, things don’t make sense, it might make sense to us who are watching the sport for a long time, but some things sure leave the general lot confused.

After winning two successive titles with the Renault team, World Champion Fernando Alonso decides its time to shift gears and enters the McLaren team. Moreover the ‘World Champion’ has a rookie Lewis Hamilton as his partner, and I have heard people predicting a kick to the butt of Alonso by Lewis.

Renault, wasn’t able to retain their current champion Fernando Alonso, but did however retain his teammate Giancarlo Fisichella, whom many are of the opinion does not deserve another drive , atleast not with a top team. He also has a Finn for company in the form of Rookie Heikki Kovalainen (what’s the thing with Fins and F1).

The ‘iceman’ Finn Kimi Raikonnen moves from the McLaren team to the Ferrari formula one team, replacing arch rival Michael Schumacher. Now some while some Ferrari fans actually welcome Kimi into the family, others who are staunch Michael Schumacher supporters feel that the Finn really cant ever be a replacement for Michael Schumacher, no one can be , do they want only one driver for Ferrari ?. Then there is the anticipation about Michael’s role in the Ferrari Formula one team, will he be team principal or will he just be a mere spectator with access to vital Ferrari formula one testing stats on his home personal computer(Doesn’t that already make him one of sorts?). Then Felipe Massa, the Brazilian with contacts in the Ferrari team who could secure him a drive but sadly only with Schumacher till now , this year has a lot to prove. Till now its popular opinion that he was always the second string driver(BTW did you know the term second string comes from Archery, came in a quiz I went to), but now Ferrari have claimed both drivers will be given equal freedom to become the number one drivers of the team, huh ? , what happened to the Ferrari i know ?

Another biggie was the ‘Green Earth’ livery by Honda, many welcomed it as a great gesture. Others however were a lot more criticizing, often making valid arguments about F1 actually doing harm to the environment and that Honda didn’t have any big sponsors to show on their livery (LOL) and hence the weird paint job.

Toyota and Williams have now been officially marked as B-Grade teams, Frank Williams in an interview said that he was ashamed of his team’s recent performance and seriously hoped they would improve this year. Toyota too have learnt that pumping millions of dollars will not always get you results , atleast not here in F1, so you might want to give a part of your team budget to me.

And what’s up with the Jordan team, the Midland team, the Spyker team. After changing hands from Eddie Jordan to a Russian Tycoon, the team is now finally Spyker F1 and will hopefully not need a name change for a long time to come. Spyker also revealed a new livery which has been termed as being more TV friendly, the earlier one was imposed in haste when the Midland f1 team was sold.

Meanwhile, our blog’s often misunderstood hero Juan Pablo Montoya is also having a little success, looks like after all the crashing and making your car a fireball thing he did, he has finally settled into the NASCAR routine and has just won a race in front of a strong Mexican crowd.

Hope you enjoyed reading this post, and if you did , please comment and tell us about your views, I believe I have given you adequate material to flame me.

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March 8th, 2007 at 5:07 am

Whats Montoya upto ?

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Ever since he left Formula One , we haven’t featured Juan Pablo Montoya. Montoya left formula one in the middle of the 2006 season for NASCAR last year primarily due to his clash with Ron Dennis allegedly over his series of crashes in his McLaren car. But a tiger never loses his stripes , so to say, Montoya never lost his killer instinct and came third in his first ever ARCA event.

Again , he didnt lose his crashing instincts also, he crashed in his very first Nextel Cup race , hitting the wall and becoming a fireball , which is new even for our Juan. He is currently in 3rd place in the 2007 Nascar rookie of the year award. We wish him all the best. But something tells me he will return to formula one.
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January 7th, 2007 at 8:28 am

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