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Lewis Hamilton grabs crucial Japanese Pole

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Japanese Grand Prix Qualifying

It could have gone anywhere, all top four drivers(two from McLaren and two from Ferrari) were neck and neck, but in the end ,it was the rookie Lewis Hamilton who scored the lucky pole position for the 2007 Japanese Grand Prix. Nick Heidfeld a.k.a. Mr. Dependable put in another solid performance. However the most disappointing session was from the Spykers who were expected to do much better with their new B Spec car and new owners.

2007 Formula One Japanese Qualifying Results :

1. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren 1 min 25.368 secs
2. Fernando Alonso (Spain) McLaren 1:25.438
3. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 1:25.516
4. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 1:25.765
5. Nick Heidfeld (Germany) BMW Sauber 1:26.505
6. Jenson Button (G.Britain) Honda 1:26.913
7. Mark Webber (Australia) RedBull – Renault 1:26.914
8. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Toro Rosso – Ferrari 1:26.973
9. Robert Kubica (Poland BMW Sauber 1:27.225
10. Giancarlo Fisichella (Italy) Renault 1:26.033
11. Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) Renault 1:26.232
12. David Coulthard (G.Britain) RedBull – Renault 1:26.247
13. Jarno Trulli (Italy) Toyota 1:26.253
14. Vitantonio Liuzzi (Italy) Toro Rosso – Ferrari 1:26.948
15. Ralf Schumacher (Germany) Toyota
16. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Williams – Toyota F1 1:26.728 #
17. Rubens Barichello (Brazil) Honda 1:27.323
18. Alexander Wurz (Austria) Williams – Toyota F1 1:27.454
19. Anthony Davidson (Britain) Super Aguri – Honda 1:27.564
20. Adrian Sutil (Germany) Spyker – Ferrari 1:28.628
21. Takuma Sato (Japan) Super Aguri – Honda 1:28.792
22. Sakon Yamamoto (Japan) Spyker-Ferrari 1:29.688

# Nico Rosberg was penalised 10 places for an engine change.

Kimi shatters Lewis Hamilton’s dream of Silverstone Glory

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Lewis Hamilton would not convert his pole position at Silverstone into a victory as Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen drove a good race to clinch the British Grand Prix. Felipe Massa had an unlucky race when his Ferrari stalled at the starting grid, he had to start from the pit lane as the other cars went ahead with another warm up lap. McLaren’s Fernando Alonso finished second. Ralf Schumacher again had an extremely unlucky race with him retiring on lap 22.
Lewis Hamilton - Britsh Grand Prix 2007 - 3rd place

Formula One British Grand Prix 2007 Results

1 Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Ferrari 1:21:43.074
2 Fernando Alonso (Spn) McLaren-Mercedes +00:02.459
3 Lewis Hamilton (GB) McLaren-Mercedes 00:39.373

4 R Kubica (Pol) BMW Sauber 00:53.319
5 F Massa (Brz) Ferrari 00:54.063
6 N Heidfeld (Ger) BMW Sauber 00:56.336
7 H Kovalainen (Fin) Renault 1 lap behond
8 G Fisichella (Ita) Renault @ 1 lap
9 R Barrichello (Brz) Honda @ 1 lap
10 J Button (GB) Honda @ 1 lap
11 D Coulthard (GB) Red Bull-Renault @ 1 lap
12 N Rosberg (Ger) Williams-Toyota @ 1 lap
13 A Wurz (Aut) Williams-Toyota @ 1 lap
14 T Sato (Jpn) Super Aguri – Honda @ 2 laps
15 C Albers (Ned) Spyker-Ferrari @ 2 laps
ret V Liuzzi (Ita) Toro Rosso-Ferrari 53 laps completed
ret J Trulli (Ita) Toyota 43 laps competed
ret A Davidson (GB) Super Aguri-Honda 35 laps completed
ret S Speed (US) Toro Rosso-Ferrari 29 laps completed
ret R Schumacher (Ger) Toyota 22 laps completed
ret A Sutil (Ger) Spyker-Ferrari 16 laps completed
ret M Webber (Aus) Red Bull-Renault 8 laps completed

Here are comments by Kimi Raikkonen after winning the formula one British Grand Prix 2007

“We had a good car all weekend,” said Kimi Raikkonen. “At the beginning, I tried to save some fuel and look after car and tyres.

“Once we knew we had enough fuel I was able to close on Lewis and try to overtake him. But we knew he was coming in so didn’t take too much of a risk.

“It was a very nice feeling to win the race. We’ve been close here a few times but something has happened and we haven’t been able to win. Now, finally, we have done it and it’s one of the nicest races and feelings.

“Hopefully, the formula one championship is not over. It’s still going to be a long season.

Ferrari rise from ashes as Kimi wins French Grand Prix

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Kimi Raikkonen French Grand Prix

It was straight out of a well written movie script, in the recent races Ferrari had fallen far behind in terms of pace and till last race most people were wondering if this would be an all McLaren season. But thankfully, Ferrari regained form today scoring an impressive 1-2, with Kimi winning the race and Felipe Massa coming second. Lewis Hamilton of McLaren came third completing the top 3. The Ferraris completely dominated the race.

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Another surprise was Jenson Button, he finally scored a point in the souped up Honda and thus put Honda on the leader board. Robert Kubica back from injury was an impressive fourth and Nick Heidfeld was fifth scoring two great finishes for the BMW Sauber formula one team.

Fernando Alonso who started 10th made his way upto 7th place. Hamilton now leads him by 14 points in the Driver’s championship.

Toyota’s Jarno Trulli was out on the first lap, but teammate Ralf Schumacher was able to salvage some pride for the Toyota team getting 10th place just 1 short of a point scoring position.

Final Result of the 2007 formula one French Grand Prix

1. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 1hr 30min 54.200
2. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari +00:02.414
3. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren-Mercedes 00:32.153
4. Robert Kubica (Poland) BMW Sauber 00:41.727
5. Nick Heidfeld (Germany) BMW Sauber 00:46.801
6. Giancarlo Fisichella (Italy) Renault 00:52.210
7. Fernando Alonso (Spain) McLaren-Mercedes 00:56.516
8. Jenson Button (Britain) Honda 00:58.885
9. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Williams-Toyota 01:08.505
10. Ralf Schumacher (Germany) Toyota 1 lap
11. Rubens Barrichello (Brazil) Honda 1 lap
12. Mark Webber (Australia) RedBull – Renault 1 lap
13. David Coulthard (Britain) RedBull – Renault 1 lap
14. Alexander Wurz (Austria) Williams – Toyota 1 lap
15. Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) Renault 1 lap
16. Takuma Sato (Japan) Super Aguri-Honda 2 laps
17. Adrian Sutil (Germany) Spyker-Ferrari 2 laps
r. Scott Speed (U.S.) Toro Rosso-Ferrari 15 laps
r. Christijan Albers (Netherlands) Spyker-Ferrari 42 laps
r. Anthony Davidson (Britain) Super Aguri-Honda 69 laps
r. Jarno Trulli (Italy) Toyota 69 laps
r. Vitantonio Liuzzi (Italy) Toro Rosso-Ferrari 70 laps

r = retired

Fastest Lap: Felipe Massa, 1:16.099, lap 42.

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Nico Rosberg : Car in Flames

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Here is a photo of poor old Nico Rosberg, cursing his car after it erupted into flames. He cursed the car for a good 15 seconds after which the heat got to him i think 😛

Nico Rosberg US Grand Prix

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June 22nd, 2007 at 1:31 pm

Lewis Hamilton wins US Grand Prix ahead of Alonso

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Lewis Hamilton Podium USA

Lewis : Hey Alonso , is it me , or the 1st place champagne tastes better than the second place one 😛 !

Lewis Hamilton must love everything about North America now. the young rookie won his second consecutive formula one race on Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway,  taking the formula one United States Grand Prix in grand style. This time Fernando Alonso did challenge him, but failed to get past. A thing about Alonso i notice is that he is arrogant and a snob. Seeing him in the post race celebrations left me fuming. He was frowning and seemed the least bit happy for Lewis. Even Felipe Massa looked happier than Alonso. Felipe Massa was able to ward off a late challenge by teammate Kimi Raikkonen and took third place. Kimi completed the Ferrari 3-4.

The start was exciting as Alonso went on to Lewis Hamilton like a vulture, but Lewis was quick to shut the door on Alonso’s face by moving across.

There was an incident on lap 1 only, but the stupid TV directors only showed it on lap 3. FIA really stinks at managing TV production.David Coulthard , Ralf Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello all retired at the first lap. I can see the Toyota guys kicking Ralf Schumacher out, you only give a guy so many chances. Jarno Trulli , the other Toyota driver gave a fabulous performance taking sixth place. Heikki Kovalainen of Renault (the dude you see in all those ING ads, came 4th) , a much needed good finish for the Renault team.

Jarno Trulli Pitstop USA

A person who is going to be a little red faced on his return to f1 would be Robert Kubica, Sebastian Vettel put up a gutsy performance and I am sure the BMW team must be looking at bigger things from the 19 year old rather than keeping him as the third driver. BMW Sauber’s Nick Heidfeld had a bad race with him having to retire with technical problems.

Nico Rosberg of Williams had a bad day at the office, with his car erupting in flames. He was later seen cursing his car and the fire on the back of his car (and his engineers ?). Also he was sen throwing his steering wheel , only to realize that he could be fined and putting that thing back again. Anger would not get you anywhere Nico.

And now we head back to Europe again and Lewis has raced on the next three circuits atleast, so Alonso might have to see Lewis’s rear a whole lot more !

Final Times and Positions of the Formula One United States Grand Prix 2007

1. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren Mercedes 1:31:09.965

2. Fernando Alonso (Spain) McLaren Mercedes +00:01.518
3. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Scuderia Ferrari 00:12.842
4. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Scuderia Ferrari 00:15.422
5. Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) ING Renault 00:41.402
6. Jarno Trulli (Italy) Toyota 01:06.703
7. Mark Webber (Australia) RedBull-Renault 01:07.331
8. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) BMW Sauber 01:07.783
9. Giancarlo Fisichella (Italy) ING Renault 1 lap
10. Alexander Wurz (Austria) Williams-Toyota 1 lap
11. Anthony Davidson (Britain) Super Aguri-Honda 1 lap
12. Jenson Button (Britain) Honda 1 lap
13. Scott Speed (U.S.) Toro Rosso-Ferrari 2 laps
14. Adrian Sutil (Germany) Spyker-Ferrari 2 laps
15. Christijan Albers (Netherlands) Spyker-Ferrari 3 laps
16. retired Nico Rosberg (Germany) Williams-Toyota 5 laps
17. retired Vitantonio Liuzzi (Italy) Toro Rosso-Ferrari 5 laps
R Nick Heidfeld (Germany) BMW Sauber 18 laps
R Takuma Sato (Japan) Super Aguri-Honda 60 laps
R David Coulthard (Britain) RedBull-Renault 73 laps
R Rubens Barrichello (Brazil) Honda 73 laps
R Ralf Schumacher (Germany) Toyota 73 laps

Fastest lap: Kimi Raikkonen, 1:13.117 on lap 49 of Scuderia Ferrari

The race was late at night, i was coughing like crazy (my sore throat), but somehow managed to see the wonderful race, a magical race.

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