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Kimi Raikkonen gets Ferrari’s 1st win of the season in Malaysia

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Kimi Raikkonen celebrates winning Malaysian Grand PRix 2008

At the post race press confrence Kimi Raikkonen was true to his nickname of the iceman. The flying Finn (sorry Mika Hakkinen 😛 ) calmly replied to questions about the ‘tough’ race and said that it wasn’t too bad in Malaysia. His teammate Felipe Massa meanwhile had to retire when he went onto the gravel earlier in the race on lap 32.During the last race it looked like Kimi was uncomfortable without the traction control, but it looks like Massa is more uncomfortable without the tractions control. Kimi ran an almost perfect race, he could have overtaken Felipe on the 1st lap itself but decided to hold back and let his pit strategy do the overtaking for him. He lapped exceptionally well during his in lap and that sheer pace made overtaking Massa look like a piece of cake.

Lewis Hamilton was sort of robbed of a possible podium finish when his pitstop didnt goto plan and his pitstop got extended due to a problem in one of his wheels. He eventually finished 5th His teammate however finished on the podium in third place. Robert Kubica of BMW meanwhile finished second putting in another strong performance for the BMW team. Force India’s Giancarlo Fisichella got a nice 12th place finish much better than what most people would have expected from the ex-Spyker F1 team.

Giancarlo Fisichella Force India

Final Result of the formula one Malaysian Grand Prix 2008

Pos   Driver   Nat   Team   Time 
1 Kimi Raikkonen  FIN  Ferrari  31:18.6
2 Robert Kubica  PL  BMW Sauber  19.57
3 Heikki Kovalainen  FIN  McLaren-Mercedes  38.45
4 Jarno Trulli  I  Toyota  45.832
5 Lewis Hamilton  GB  McLaren-Mercedes  46.548
6 Nick Heidfeld  D  BMW Sauber  49.833
7 Mark Webber  AUS  Red Bull-Renault  01:08.1
8 Fernando Alonso  E  Renault  01:10.0
9 David Coulthard  GB  Red Bull-Renault  01:16.2
10 Jenson Button  GB  Honda  01:26.2
11 Nelson A. Piquet  BR  Renault  01:32.2
12 Giancarlo Fisichella  I  Force India-Ferrari  -1 lap 
13 Rubens Barrichello  BR  Honda  -1 lap 
14 Nico Rosberg  D  Williams-Toyota  -1 lap 
15 Anthony Davidson  GB  Super Aguri-Honda  -1 lap 
16 Takuma Sato  J  Super Aguri-Honda  -2 laps 
17 Kazuki Nakajima  J  Williams-Toyota  -2 laps 
DNF  Sebastian Vettel  D  Toro Rosso-Ferrari   
DNF  Felipe Massa  BR  Ferrari   
DNF  Adrian Sutil  D  Force India-Ferrari   
DNF  Timo Glock  D  Toyota   
DNF  Sebastien Bourdais  F  Toro Rosso-Ferrari   

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

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.

Ferrari says No to Engine change for Malaysia

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Kimi Raikkonen
Ferrari have confirmed that Kimi will be using the same engine for his car as the one that won him the Australian Grand Prix, thise despite fears that the Engine might have problems and not last the entire race.

Formula One rules state that engines must last atleast two f1 races, incase there is an unscheduled engine change , it results in a penalty of 10 places on the podium after the qualifying.

Jean Todt particularly was unhappy about the whole engine speculation.

“The whole story about the engine came from outside speculation and not from us,” said Jean Todt. “Yes, there seemed to be a problem with Kimi’s pipe which maybe lost a slight bit of water.

“After all the testing we saw nothing to demonstrate that we should change our preparations for the race or change the engine.”

For other Malaysian GP related news :
http://f1chronicles.com/category/races/malaysian-grand-prix/

Written by Formula One Addict

April 6th, 2007 at 11:20 am

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