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Felipe Massa wins Bahrain Grand Prix 2008

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Felipe Massa wins Bahrain GP 2008

Ferrari’s Felipe Massa silenced a lot of voices today at Bahrain by running an almost perfect race to clinch the 2008 Bahrain Grand Prix. Teammate Kimi Raikkonen was second. Lewis Hamilton finished outside the points and lost the championship lead due to it. The Pole on pole Robert Kubica was third for the BMW team.

Nick Heidfeld claimed a calm fourth place behind teammate Robert Kubica. Young Heikki Kovalainen got McLaren F1 fifth place.

An interesting point in the race was when Lewis Hamilton ran into the back of Fernando Alonso, it made him pit and eventually this resulted in him being out of points. Some people say Fernando brake tested Lewis Hamilton, but i really dont think it was anything like that. I have seen the videos again and again and they look highly inconclusive. Later on Lewis Hamilton was apologetic to the McLaren F1 team :

“I am really disappointed and feel like I had let the team down”

“You need to pick up the pieces and then deliver points. I didn’t do that. The collision with Renault’s Fernando Alonso cost the race.” Lewis Hamilton said

giancarlo fisichella bahrain 2008

Meanwhile my best moment of the race was when Force India formula one’s Giancarlo Fisichella held back Lewis Hamilton for 3 laps, closing the door on Lewis countless times. The Force India car does show a lot of promise and hopefully they will be getting some points this season. Giancarlo eventually finished 12th. The final classification was :

Race result of the formula one Bahrain Grand Prix 2008

1 Felipe Massa (Bra) Ferrari one hour 31 minutes 6.970 seconds
2 Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Ferrari +3.339 secs
3 Robert Kubica (Pol) BMW Sauber +4.998
4 Nick Heidfeld (Ger) BMW Sauber +8.409
5 Heikki Kovalainen (Fin) McLaren-Mercedes +26.789
6 Jarno Trulli (Ita) Toyota +41.314
7 Mark Webber (Aus) Red Bull-Renault +45.473
8 Nico Rosberg (Ger) Williams-Toyota +55.889
9 Timo Glock (Ger) Toyota +1:09.500
10 Fernando Alonso (Spa) Renault +1:17.181
11 Rubens Barrichello (Bra) Honda +1:17.862
12 Giancarlo Fisichella (Ita) Force India-Ferrari one lap behind
13 Lewis Hamilton (GB) McLaren-Mercedes one lap
14 Kazuki Nakajima (Jpn) Williams-Toyota one lap
15 Sebastien Bourdais (Fra) Toro Rosso-Ferrari one lap
16 Anthony Davidson (GB) Super Aguri-Honda one lap
17 Takuma Sato (Jpn) Super Aguri-Honda one lap
18 David Coulthard (GB) Red Bull-Renault one lap
19 Adrian Sutil (Ger) Force India-Ferrari two laps
R Nelson Piquet Jr (Brz) Renault 40 laps completed
R Jenson Button (GB) Honda 19 laps
R Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Toro Rosso-Ferrari 0 laps

Robert Kubica gets maiden pole at Bahrain

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This is a race he will remember forever, the Bahrain Grand Prix 2008. Robert Kubica got his first ever pole position breaking Ferrari’s hopes of dominance in the middle eastern circuit. Felipe Massa was second while Lewis Hamilton came third. Massa’s Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen could only manage fourth. It was an impressive fightback from the young Brit Lewis Hamilton who had crashed severely on Friday. His car was completely totalled and the McLaren engineers did a fine job of putting it back together.

Force India showed some guts on the track today but still couldnt qualify for the second qualifying session. Fisichella again clocked faster than Adrian Sutil by .3 of a second.

It promises to be a great race tomorrow with three teams fighting it out, but what has surprised me the most is Kubica’s dominance over teammate Nick Heidfeld who was drawing all the praise last year for being Mr.Consistent.

The qualifying positions were

1. Robert Kubica (Poland) BMW Sauber 1 min 33.096
2. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 1:33.123
3. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren 1:33.292
4. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 1:33.418
5. Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) McLaren 1:33.488
6. Nick Heidfeld (Germany) BMW Sauber 1:33.737
7. Jarno Trulli (Italy) Toyota 1:33.994
8. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Williams – Toyota 1:34.015
9. Jenson Button (Britain) Honda 1:35.057
10. Fernando Alonso (Spain) Renault 1:35.115
11. Mark Webber (Australia) RedBull – Renault 1:32.371
12. Rubens Barrichello (Brazil) Honda 1:32.508
13. Timo Glock (Germany) Toyota 1:32.528
14. Nelsinho Piquet (Brazil) Renault 1:32.790
15. Sebastien Bourdais (France) Toro Rosso – Ferrari 1:32.915
16. Kazuki Nakajima (Japan) Williams – Toyota 1:32.943
17. David Coulthard (Britain) RedBull – Renault 1:33.433
18. Giancarlo Fisichella (Italy) Force India – Ferrari 1:33.501
19. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Toro Rosso – Ferrari 1:33.562
20. Adrian Sutil (Germany) Force India – Ferrari 1:33.845
21. Anthony Davidson (Britain) Super Aguri – Honda 1:34.140
22. Takuma Sato (Japan) Super Aguri – Honda 1:35.725

McLaren garage woes , Bahrain organisers move the team

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McLaren have been moved back to the last of the garages in Bahrain behind tailenders Force India formula one. However we are seeing some allegations of this being a trick to get McLaren onto a better place in the pits in order to nullify the disadvantage to them posed by the penalty last year while the FIA insists its for satisfying the rule criterion. It seems that Bahrain had tried to get them middle garages. There are some conflicting reports on the intentions behind the action.

The Bahrain organisers meanwhile apologised to McLaren fans for depriving them of ‘team action’. As for me, i really have no clue what effect this will have on the race and the teams but prima facie it seems to assist McLaren. Instead of garages 15-18 McLaren shall now occupy garages 33-35 which seems to offer more advantage to teams.

“We understand that it is in line with the rules and regulations of the sport for McLaren, which scored no points in the 2007 constructors’ championship, to take the final set of garages,”

“However in Bahrain we do our utmost to ensure that fans of each team get to sit opposite their favourite team’s pit garages to see the action unfold. Sadly on this occasion we must apologise to McLaren fans and accept that this is force majeure.”

said Shaikh Salman bin Isa Al Khalifa, Chief Operating Officer at the BIC.

Written by Formula One Addict

March 31st, 2008 at 6:03 pm

Massa snatches the Bahrain Grand Prix

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Ferrari’s Felipe Massa won the formula one Bahrain Grand Prix 2007, cleanly for a change.Sakhir was as hot and sandy as ever, but that couldnt deter Massa’s Ferrari. After being heavily criticised for being tricked by rookie Briton Lewis Hamilton in the last race (not to mention being made fun of), today it seemed that Felipe Massa was a man on a mission. He was careful not to commit mistakes, and held off Lewis Hamilton quite nicely near the dying stages of the race. Massa was delighted after the race

“The results in the first two races were not what I expected,” said the Ferrari Driver.

“Something was missing. But this time we put everything together. I’m really pleased.”

Kimi Raikkonen , scored a good third place, but he must have wanted to shut out Massa for good. Ferrari is known for favouritism and i dare say, 2-3 more races of Massa disaster and Kimi might even have become the no.1 driver of the Ferrari F1 Team.

Ferrari Pit Crew

McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton finished in second place, this rookie will definitely go places. He now holds the record for the best formula one debut, being the first ever driver in formula one history to score three successive podium finishes. Lewis Hamilton was delighted after the race

“I think this weekend we have definitely closed the gap on Ferrari and I couldn’t ask for more,” he said.

“It is one more step for me and in Barcelona we will push again.

“Unfortunately I didn’t get as good as start as Felipe, he did very well on the first corner and I just had to make sure I stayed as close to him as possible.”

Teammate Fernando Alonso was fifth at the end of the race.

McLaren Lewis Hamilton

The Renault’s performance was lacklustre again, they failed to get a good finish, with Giancarlo Fisichella and Heiki Kovalainen getting 8th and 9th places respectively. The world champions team definitely needs to pull up their socks and do much better.

The surprise package was David Coulthard, starting from the last row on the grid, he made his way upto seventh place, but had to retire unfortunately due to a mechanical failure.

Briton Jenson Button and American Scott Speed’s campaign had ended on the very first lap after Speed clipped the back of Jenson’s Honda.

And here is a really nice photo of Kimi Raikkonen at the post race press confrence.

Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 2007

The driver’s championship is already up for grabs, the top three drivers are tied with the same points . Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen each has 22 points. Today’s race winner Felipe Massa follows with 17 points.

BMW’s excellent form continued, Nick Heidfeld outraced and outpaced Fernando Alonso to grab fourth place. Robert Kubice was sixth. BMW Sauber are now third in the constructor’s championship points table.

2007 FIA Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix result:

1 F Massa (Br) Ferrari 1:33.27.515
2 L Hamilton (GB) McLaren 1:33:29.515
3 K Raikkonen (Fin) Ferrari 1:33:37.523
4 N Heidfeld (Ger) BMW Sauber 1:33:41.315
5 F Alonso (Sp) McLaren 1:33:41.519
6 R Kubica (Pol) BMW Sauber 1:34:12.520
7 J Trulli (Ita) Toyota 1:34:48.518
8 G Fisichella (Ita) Renault 1:34:49.215
9 H Kovalainen (Fin) Renault 1:34:56.915
10 N Rosberg (Ger) Williams 1:34:56.524
11 A Wurz (Aut) Williams @ 1 Lap
12 R Schumacher (Ger) Toyota @ 1 Lap
13 R Barrichello (Brz) Honda @ 1 Lap
14 C Albers (Ned) Spyker @ 2 Laps
15 A Sutil (Ger) Spyker @ 4 Laps
16 A Davidson (GB) Super Aguri @ 6 Laps
17 M Webber (Aus) Red Bull @ 16 Laps
18 D Coulthard (GB) Red Bull @ 21 Laps
19 T Sato (Jpn) Super Aguri @ 23 Laps
20 V Liuzzi (Ita) Scuderia Toro Rosso @ 31 Laps
21 J Button (GB) Honda @ 56 Laps
22 S Speed (USA) Scuderia Toro Rosso @ 56 Laps

Fastest Lap of Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix 2007: Felipe Massa

Next up is the European leg of f1 racing , with the Spanish Grand Prix (Circuit de Catalunya) on the 13th of May 2007. Smack in the middle of my exams.

‘It was a hot-hot day in Bahrain, but Felipe Massa was as cool as a cucumber,a cucumber thats been left in the deep freezer’ My Friend

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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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