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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

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 :P ) 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

Lewis Hamilton wins the 2008 Australian Grand Prix

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I watched the race highlights, not the race as i have an exam tomorrow. But anyway Lewis sort of deserved his first victory of the season. Kimi Raikkonen on the other hand deserved not to win or even finish the race. It seems the iceman is literally driving on ice and is having a hard time minus the traction control (there might be some other explanation, but i didn’t hear the on-race commentary, seeing the footage it all seemed like rookie mistakes to me) The race results are ::

 

Position 

 Driver 

 Nat 

 Team 

 Time 

1

Lewis Hamilton 

GBR 

McLaren-Mercedes 

34:50.6

2

Nick Heidfeld 

D 

BMW Sauber 

5.478

3

Nico Rosberg 

D 

Williams-Toyota 

8.163

4

Fernando Alonso 

E 

Renault 

17.181

5

Heikki Kovalainen 

FIN 

McLaren-Mercedes 

18.014

6

Kazuki Nakajima 

J 

Williams-Toyota 

-1 lap 

7

Sebastien Bourdais 

F 

Toro Rosso-Ferrari 

-3 laps 

8

Kimi Raikkonen 

FIN 

Ferrari 

-5 laps 

DNF 

Robert Kubica 

PL 

BMW Sauber 

lap 50 

DNF 

Timo Glock 

D 

Toyota 

lap 44 

DNF 

Takuma Sato 

J 

Super Aguri-Honda 

lap 33 

DNF 

Nelson A. Piquet 

BR 

Renault 

lap 31 

DNF 

Felipe Massa 

BR 

Ferrari 

lap 30 

DNF 

David Coulthard 

GB 

Red Bull-Renault 

lap 26 

DNF 

Jarno Trulli 

I 

Toyota 

lap 20 

DNF 

Adrian Sutil 

D 

Force India-Ferrari 

lap 9 

DNF 

Mark Webber 

AUS 

Red Bull-Renault 

lap 1 

DNF 

Jenson Button 

GB 

Honda 

lap 1 

DNF 

Anthony Davidson 

GB 

Super Aguri-Honda 

lap 1 

DNF 

Sebastian Vettel 

D 

Toro Rosso-Ferrari 

lap 1 

DNF 

Giancarlo Fisichella 

I 

Force India-Ferrari 

lap 1 

DSQ 

Rubens Barrichello 

BR 

Honda 

 

Australian Grand Prix 2008 : Lewis Hamilton on Top !

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Kimi Raikkonen - Ferrari 2008 I had an exam today, so was really divided on whether to watch the Qualifying or not, but better sense prevailed and i watched it anyway. Ferrari bombed big-time with Kimi facing problems early on in his qualifying and having to settle for a dismal 16 – the topmost position in the Q1 qualifying session. Kimi’s car got stuck in the 1st session and hence could not compete further due to qualifying rules.

It was a different story for Lewis Hamilton though, his car was faster than Felipe’s Ferrari by a good margin. Robert Kubica qualified second for the BMW team while Lewis’s teammate will start right behind Lewis on the grid in the race as he qualified in third place.

Toyota did well to get 6th and 9th place for Trulli and Glock respectively. It was a good session for them.

Force India was as expected towards the bottom, Fisichella managed to beat a Torro Rosso alongwith 2 Super Aguris, and got 17th place.

 Fisichella_Aus2008q

1. Lewis Hamilton Britain McLaren-Mercedes 1:26.714

2. Robert Kubica Poland BMW Sauber 1:26.869

3. Heikki Kovalainen Finland McLaren-Mercedes 1:27.079

4. Felipe Massa Brazil Ferrari 1:27.178

5. Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 1:27.236

6. Jarno Trulli Italy Toyota 1:28.527

7. Nico Rosberg Germany Williams-Toyota 1:28.687

8. David Coulthard Britain Red Bull-Renault 1:29.041

9. Timo Glock Germany Toyota 1:29.593

10. Sebastian Vettel Germany Toro Rosso-Ferrari No Time

11. Rubens Barrichello Brazil Honda 1:26.173

12. Fernando Alonso Spain Renault 1:26.188

13. Jenson Button Britain Honda 1:26.259

14. Kazuki Nakajima Japan Williams-Toyota 1:26.413

15. Mark Webber Australia Red Bull-Renault No Time

16. Kimi Raikkonen Finland Ferrari No Time

17. Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Force India-Ferrari 1:27.207

18. Sebastien Bourdais France Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:27.446

19. Adrian Sutil Germany Force India-Ferrari 1:27.859

20. Takuma Sato Japan Super Aguri-Honda 1:28.208

21. Nelson Piquet Brazil Renault 1:28.330

22. Anthony Davidson Super Super Aguri-Honda 1:29.059