Saturday, March 15, 2008

Australian Prix Qualifying Report

8">Australian Grand Prix starting grid



4. MASSA Ferrari


6. TRULLI Toyota

7. ROSBERG Williams


9. VETTEL Toro Rosso


11. ALONSO Renault

12. BUTTON Honda

13. NAKAJIMA Williams

14. GLOCK Toyota

15. WEBBER Red Bull

16. RAIKKONEN Ferrari

17. FISICHELLA Force India

18. BOURDAIS Toro Rosso

19. SUTIL Force India

20. SATO Super Aguri

21. PIQUET Renault
22. DAVIDSON Super Aguri

Lewis Hamilton put the McLaren on pole position, with a supreme lap which appeared flawless in a time of 1m 26.714s. BMW Sauber will be pleased that Robert Kubica grabbing P2 putting together a lap that have would possibly got him the pole position had he not run wide in turn nine. This surely cost him a couple of tenths of a second giving him a time of 1m 26.864s nevertheless it’s a mighty performance from the Polish driver and BMW Sauber who will have gotten themselves noticed in the paddock. Heikki Kovalainen has impressed his McLaren bosses coming third performing solidly in the sister McLaren. Heikki will be hoping his performance should carry on into the race tomorrow. No great stories from the rest of the top ten. One thing to note was the Toro Rosso driven by Sebastian Vettel elected to use their unexpected entry into the Q3 shoot out to scrub tyres and not post a hot lap. The team said he suffered technical problems that forced him to pull out. Expect he will be running a heavy tenth place on the grid, set up for a long first stint. In the bottom ten are most of the usual suspects but out of place there is the defending World Champion Kimi Raikkonen whose Ferrari lost fuel pressure as the fuel pump stopped working. Unable to make it back to the Ferrari garage Kimi stopped at the pit-lane entry, still considered part of the track hence he could not continue to take part in the proceedings. Mark Webber also stopped in the Red Bull, whose brakes failed eventually stopping in the gravel trap. Honda appears to be in recovery staking their fortunes on last week’s aero upgrade and test at Jerez. Renault was unimpressive managing 11th and 21st driven by double World Champion Fernando Alonso and Nelsen Piquet Jr respectively. Force India had a decent showing on their debut under new ownership by leading the back markers with Giancarlo Fisichella. It’s a great start to the season and Albert Park delivered a thrilling opener, it makes for an exciting race tomorrow. Race starts 3:30pm local time 4:30 GMT catch up then.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

one heck of a blog i dint get anything you were trying to say though but i still like lewis Hamilton though