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Australian Grand Prix 2008 : Off to Melbourne

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Its time, time for a whole new formula one season, the sheer number of emails in my inbox soliciting contact for various proposals is indication to the fact that the F1 season is about to start. The Australian Grand Prix is this weekend. On a personal note, i wont be able to watch much of the race and comment about it. I have exams on Friday, Saturday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The exams have been carefully draped around the first F1 race 😛

Anyway, time for predictions, i am predicting a Lewis Hamilton win, Kimi Raikkonen in second and Felipe Massa in third. Pretty safe choices there i say. But as we know it aint over till the fat lady sings (in this case she hasnt even begun to sing). More will be clear during the qualifying on Saturday, hopefully we will have a season that does justice to the one we had last year and the sheer anticipation people have for this season.

I don’t have lots of expectations from Force India, they will do good to kick Super Aguri’s butt, the enthusiasm in the team is great but hopefully all the cash guzzling in their camp would produce results too.

Meanwhile , Kimi Raikkonen has been meeting funny looking people in Australia (and i dont mean Felipe Massa) ::

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March 12th, 2008 at 4:44 pm

Alexander Wurz close shave, What if ?

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What if Alexander Wurz’s head had actually been clipped by David Coulthard’s car ?

Alexander Wurz David Coulthard Crash

Alexander Wurz David Coulthard Crash

Alexander Wurz would have died, no questions about that. David would have been banned or something, or maybe even banished by the rest of the F1 drivers.

And on a lighter note, Indian F1 fans would have rejoiced, Narain Karthikeyan would have gotten a chance to race !!!!!!

Nothing bad happened , so we can all have a hearty laugh about it !

I know its a really bad joke

 

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March 24th, 2007 at 1:01 pm

Race Reactions : Australian Grand Prix 2007

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Here are some select reactions from the F1 paddocks

Briatore on Kovalainen

“If I say it was good, I’m a complete idiot. It was rubbish,” Briatore said.

“We know the guy is good. Because his performance was so bad, it was not him. Maybe it was his brother.”

Lewis Hamilton on Race

“To lead in my first Grand Prix was fantastic. It’s tough when you have a two-times world champion behind you.

“To be on the podium for my first race – I couldn’t be more happy. The hard work has just paid off.”

Race winner Kimi Raikkonen

“A fantastic victory! It is great to be winning again with my new team whom I want to thank for giving me a great car.”

“This is a great way to start the formula one championship. We know we have a very competitive package but we still have to work to make it even better and above all, reliable. “

Current formula one world champion Fernando Alonso

What a great way to start the season and my career as a Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver. Of course it’s always better to win but Kimi was a little bit quicker than us today, however we scored the maximum points that were possible, and I’m really pleased.

Both of the Bridgestone Potenza tyre options worked well. We will now continue to work hard to give us the best opportunity to beat Ferrari at the Malaysian Grand Prix

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March 18th, 2007 at 8:13 am

Kimi wins the Australian GP 2007

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The five red lights illuminate and then go out to signal the start of the 2007 Australian Grand Prix and the 2007 Formula One season is go-go-go ! And Kimi Raikonnen took the lead and kept the lead throughtout the race.

Kimi Raikonnen

Kimi Raikkonen won the 2007 Australian Grand Prix with relative ease today in what was his first race and victory with the Scarlet Ferrari. Team-mate Felipe Massa came sixth desperately trying to overtake Fisichella in his Renault but not being able to do so till the chequered flag. Current world champion Fernando Alonso came second behind Kimi to make a solid start to his F1 season. Lewis Hamilton – the new McLaren kid on the block came third to make it a McLaren 2-3. The Renault’s performance was lacklustre again with Fisichella coming 5th and rookie Heiki Kovalainen came 10th

2007 FIA formula one Australian Grand Prix Final Results and Timing

Pos No Driver Team Time/Retired Grid Points

1 6 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari Winner

2 1 Fernando Alonso McLaren-Mercedes +7.2 secs

3 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes +18.5 secs

4 9 Nick Heidfeld BMW +38.7 secs

5 3 Giancarlo Fisichella Renault +66.4 secs

6 5 Felipe Massa Ferrari +66.8 secs

7 16 Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota +1 Lap

8 11 Ralf Schumacher Toyota +1 Lap

9 12 Jarno Trulli Toyota +1 Lap

10 4 Heikki Kovalainen Renault +1 Lap

11 8 Rubens Barrichello Honda +1 Lap

12 22 Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda +1 Lap

13 15 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault +1 Lap

14 18 Vitantonio Liuzzi STR-Ferrari +1 Lap

15 7 Jenson Button Honda +1 Lap

16 23 Anthony Davidson Super Aguri-Honda +2 Lap

17 20 Adrian Sutil Spyker-Ferrari +2 Lap

Ret 17 Alexander Wurz Williams-Toyota +10 Lap

Ret 14 David Coulthard Red Bull-Renault +10 Lap

Ret 10 Robert Kubica BMW +22 Laps

Ret 19 Scott Speed STR-Ferrari +30 Laps

Ret 21 Christijan Albers Spyker-Ferrari +48 Laps

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March 18th, 2007 at 5:33 am

Kimi takes Austalian Grand Prix 2007 Pole

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Kimi Raikonnen

New Ferrari hero Kimi Raikkonen took the pole position for the opening race of the 2007 formula one season – The Australian Grand Prix.His teammate Felipe Massa was struck with a gearbox problem and could only qualify in 16th place.? McLaren driver and current world champion Fernando Alonso took second place with his teammate rookie Lewis Hamilton taking fourth place. Renault drivers Fisichella and Kovalainen took the 6th and 13th place place respectively.

So as far as the war of the rookies goes, Hamilton seems to be on top,part of the reason being Renault’s performance, which was lacklustre today.

Official Qualifying times of the 2007 Australian Grand Prix

1 K Raikkonen (Fin) Ferrari 1mins 26.072secs
2 F Alonso (Spn) McLaren 1:26.493
3 N Heidfeld (Ger) BMW Sauber 1:26.556

4 L Hamilton (GB) McLaren 1:26.755
5 R Kubica (Pol) BMW Sauber 1:27.347
6 G Fisichella (Ita) Renault 1:27.634
7 M Webber (Aus) Red Bull 1:27.934
8 J Trulli (Ita) Toyota 1:28.404
9 R Schumacher (Ger) Toyota 1:28.692
10 T Sato (Jpn) Super Aguri 1:28.871
11 A Davidson (GB) Super Aguri 1:26.909
12 N Rosberg (Ger) Williams 1:26.914
13 H Kovalainen (Fin) Renault 1:26.964
14 J Button (GB) Honda 1:27.264
15 A Wurz (Aut) Williams 1:27.343
16 F Massa (Brz) Ferrari no time
17 R Barrichello (Bra) Honda 1:27.679
18 S Speed (USA) Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:28.305
19 D Coulthard (GB) Red Bull 1:28.579
20 V Liuzzi (Ita) Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:29.267
21 A Sutil (Ger) Spyker 1:29.339
22 C Albers (Ned) Spyker 1:31.932

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March 17th, 2007 at 5:32 am

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