Posts Tagged ‘Qualifying’

Felipe Massa has taken pole position at his home race which will decide whether the championship goes in his favour or not. Jarno Trulli made a surprise in qualifying and will line up on the front row for the first time since 2005. Lewis Hamilton, meanwhile, will start the race from fourth on the grid. Massa’s pole lap of 1:12.368 was a full four tenths of a second faster than Trulli’s and a further one tenth better than Hamilton’s.

Kimi Raikkonen is also on hand to help Massa’s title bid in third place, with Hamilton’s teammate in fifth. Fernando Alonso proved to be best of the rest in sixth and both Toro Rosso’s again made it to Q3, with Sebastian Vettel and Sebastien Bourdais lining up seventh and ninth for the race. Nick Heidfeld managed to slot in between the Toro Rosso’s and Timo Glock rounded up the top ten. Nelson Piquet Jr couldn’t quite make it into Q3 and will start from eleventh ahead of Red Bull’s Mark Webber and BMW’s Robert Kubica. David Coulthard will start his final F1 race from fourteenth. Rubens Barrichello just scraped through to Q2 but could do no more and settled for fifteenth. Both Williams failed to get past the first qualifying session so Kazuki Nakajima, Jenson Button, Nico Rosberg, Giancarlo Fisichella and Adrian Sutil will start the race from the back of the grid.

Massa has done all he can to try and secure the championship, and with Trulli and Raikkonen behind him, he looks likely to take the win. The question is, can Hamilton make no mistakes under pressure and not fall behind fifth place? The 2008 Formula 1 championship will be wrapped up in the next 24 hours and everyone is on the edge of their seats. The sport is waiting to find it’s 30th drivers’ champion, and it could still go either way. It all comes down to the chequered flag in Interlagos tomorrow and there can only be one winner.


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Lewis Hamilton has taken pole position in qualifying for tomorrow’s Japanese Grand Prix at the Fuji Speedway. He snatched provisional pole from Kimi Raikkonen by just over two tenths of a second, with a lap of 1:18:404. Raikkonen will line up with Hamilton on the front row.

Heikki Kovalainen qualified in third and put McLaren in an even better position for the race, with Singapore winner Fernando Alonso in fourth, pushing Hamilton’s main title rival, Felipe Massa, right back to fifth. Robert Kubica was just behind in sixth and, despite his pace all weekend, Timo Glock was out-qualified by teammate Jarno Trulli. Torro Rosso appeared to just be happy both cars made it to Q3 and settled for ninth and tenth, with Sebsatien Bourdais the only man on the grid qualifying with a 1 minute and 20 second lap. Nelson Piquet Jr split the two Red Bulls, with David Coulthard two tenths faster than Mark Webber. Kazuki Nakajima was probably hoping for more than fourteetnh in front of his fans, but he did out-qualify his teammate, Nico Rosberg. Nick Heidfeld didn’t get past the first session of qualifying, and starts from sixteenth, while Rubens Barrichello, Jenson Button, Adrian Sutil and Giancarlo Fisichella start from the last two rows.

Massa starts from a terrible position if he wants to close the gap between him and Hamilton in the championship, so will Raikkonen, who starts behind the Brit, play the team-game and help him out? The Japanese Grand Prix will be hosting a strait battle for the championship, which can still go either way.

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Ferrari’s Felipe Massa has taken pole position for Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix by a huge margin in Qualifying at the Marina Bay street circuit. His time of 1:44.801 was a full six tenths of a second faster than McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton, who will line up on the front row with him.

Hamilton was lucky to get through to the third session of qualifying, after abandoning two vital laps in Q2 and scraping through in tenth. Third place for the race start goes to Kimi Raikkonen, who appears to have found some pace again, despite now being 21 points behind the championship leader. Robert Kubica lines up in fourth ahead of Heikki Kovalainen, Nick Heidfeld, Sebastian Vettel, Timo Glock and Nico Rosberg. Kazuki Nakajima made it into Q3 for the first time in his career. Jarno Trulli was off the pace in qualifying and will start from eleventh, just in front of Honda’s Jenson Button who was punching above his weight to achieve twelfth. Red Bull were hoping for more than only thirteenth and fourteenth. The biggest disappointment came from Fernando Alonso, who was one of the favourites for pole position after his stunning pace in practice, but suffered a fuel supply problem that forced him to retire from Q2.

Nelson Piquet Jr failed to get past Q1 and will start behind his teammate, whilst Sebastien Bourdais severely dropped off the pace and qualified seventeenth. Rubens Barrichello will start ahead of the Force Inidas, with Adrian Sutil being over a second slower whilst Giancarlo Fisichella failed to set a time after hitting the barriers.

The championship battle is well and truly on, with the top six in the standings starting from the top six spots one the grid. With overtaking a difficulty, how much advance does Massa have in a race that promises to be incident-packed?

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Sebastian Vettel has taken his, and Toro Rosso’s, maiden pole position at qualifying for tomorrows Italian Grand Prix, braking several records. Throughout qualifying, Toro Rosso, who have recently improved enough to reach Q3 for three races in a row, looked to be the only team who were together enough to cope with the torrential conditions that saw both Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton fail to get past Q2.

Vettel took pole with a lap of 1:37.555, 0.1 seconds faster than Heikki Kovalainen who will join the German on the front row. Toro Rosso were so strong, it looked as if both drivers would make the top three, but Sebastien Bourdais was beaten to third by Mark Webber, for the Red Bull senior team, who lapped a 1:38.117. Nico Rosberg was fifth for Williams and the first title contender, Felipe Massa, will start the race from sixth place. A 1:38.894 put the Brazillian 1.3 seconds slower than the Ferrari-powerd Toro Rosso on pole. Jarno Trulli will start from seventh, ahead of Fernando Alonso, Timo Glock, Nick Heidfeld and Robert Kubica, who failed to make the top ten.

Force India finally achieved their target for the season, and managed to get in to Q2, with Giancarlo Fisichella qualifying an impressive thirteenth, The Force India lapped 0.9 seconds faster than Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, who qualified 15th, behind David Coulthard, after struggling to keep his car out of the barriers. Lewis Hamilton was slowest in Q2, though, having made a bad decision to switch to intermediate tyres as he believed the track was drying. The final five places are taken by Rubens Barrichello, Nelson Piquet Jr, Kazuki Nakajima, Jenson Button and Adrian Sutil.

Sebastian Vettel has done an incredible thing, taking a car that was a back-marker at the beginning of the season, and putting it on pole at Toro Rosso’s home race. Perhaps more incredible is the former Minardi team, which were taken over by Toro Rosso in 2006, and who spent their whole F1 time at the back, have out-qualified Ferrari at their home race. Vettel becomes the youngest pole-sitter in F1 history.

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Lewis Hamilton took pole position for Sundays Belgian Grand Prix away from Ferrari’s Felipe Massa, who will start next to him on the front row. His pole position time of 1:47.338 beat Massa’s equally impressive lap of 1:47.638 on the last laps in Q3. Heikki Kovalainen couldn’t make it a McLaren front row and settled for third, with triple Belgian winner, Kimi Raikkonen, lining up in fourth. An improving Nick Heidfeld beat a in-form Fernando Alonso to fifth place by 0.2 seconds and Red Bull clung on to seventh thanks to Mark Webber.

Robert Kubica lapped a best of 1:48.763 for eight whist one of the heroes of qualifying, Sebastain Bourdais, who ended up first in Q1, starts from an all time best ninth, ahead of his Red-Bull bound teammate.

Neither Toyota could get past Q2 and Trulli will line up 11th with Glock 13th, split by the only man not to have out-qualified his teammate this season, Nelson Piquet Jr. David Coulthard and Nico Rosberg are 14th and 15th.

The Force Indias looked like they might make it out of Q1 for the first time, but it wasn’t to be, and they qualify 18th and 20th. Neither Honda could make it out of Quali one either with Barrichello starting ahead of Button and it was Nakajima that took 19th for Williams.

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