|Race Date:||08 Jun 2008|
|Number of Laps:||70|
|Circuit Length:||4.361 km|
|Race Distance:||305.270 km|
|Lap Record:||1:13.622 - R Barrichello (2004)|
Monday, June 9, 2008
With rain chasing most of the practice sessions and the Sunday morning support races it was always going to rain in the race and a wet race at the Mecca of street races was always going to be interesting. All through practice Heikki, Nico and young Kubica had been fastest. And then Heikki stalled before the parade lap, so had to start from the pit lane. Hamilton took second from Kimmi at the beginning and Button clouts Heidfiled and Alonso got hit by Rosberg. And both the cars had new noses before the second lap was out. The rain and the narrow track conspired again and it was Hamilton this time to make the tracks acquaintance or more correctly with the barriers and picked up a puncture. But he drove valiantly thereafter and had a victory to show for it.
Monaco is always the high point of the F1 calendar. The principality always attracts the beautiful crowd and it’s always party time when F1 comes to the principality. Then again no one complains, even when the racing here is staid and plain jane. This time it was not to be so. It rained and then every one here wanted to put on a show. So next time around it was Alonso’s turn to damage his tire, the right rear wheel this time, by tangoing with the barriers at casino then the former champ car winner Sebastian tries to play tag with Coulthard and brings out the safety car. To complicate matters Raikonnen earns a drive thru for violating the three minute rule. Alonso seems to be in a hurry to prove that it is the driver and not that car that is important. And tries to drive through and over Heidfield and ends up tboning the German and the German in return drives over the Spaniard’s nose. There where other crashes and a lot of overtaking, which is not common for Monaco but then again it was different this time. The one big regret of this year would for young Adrian Sutil and Force India team as he was clouted out of a good fourth place finish and more by Raikonnen who collided with him and took him out of the race. It is not to take away any thing from Hamilton who put possibly one of his finest performances to date of his short F1 career and too victory and the lead in the championship standings, Kubica took second, showing that the BMW and the pole are fast maturing into potential contenders to Ferrari and Mclaren who have dominated to sport one time or the other over the past two decades. May be the next race will be his maiden victory who knows.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Ferrari 1-2 finish in qualifying on Saturday.
The Brazilian driver, who has won two of the last three Formula One races, gave Ferrari its first pole in Monaco in eight years after setting a best lap time of 1 minute, 15.787 seconds around the famous street circuit.
Teammate Kimi Raikkonen, who won in Monaco for McLaren in 2005, will start on the front row for Sunday's race, with McLaren drivers Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen filling the second row.
Ferrari, which has won four straight races coming in, hasn't won from the pole since Jody Scheckter in 1979 and is looking for its first win in the coastal principality since Michael Schumacher took the checkered flag in 2001.
Showers are expected for the race. In dry conditions, the outcome is usually determined by the fastest qualifier — making Saturday's session important.
Ferrari has been focused on Monaco since Massa finished over a minute behind McLaren pair Fernando Alonso and Hamilton last year.
Robert Kubica of BMW Sauber will start fifth ahead of Nico Rosberg of Williams, who had been strong all weekend.
Alonso, going for his third straight victory at Monaco, will start from seventh in his Renault, ahead of 2004 winner Jarno Trulli of Toyota and Red Bull's Mark Webber.
McLaren, with 14 wins in the past 25 races here, had dominated practice through Saturday with Kovalainen setting the pace in the morning before a crash ended his session.
The Finnish driver came out of a curb and swiped the opposite wall to leave his rear left tire wobbling. He emerged unhurt from the smoking car and was seen smiling inside the British team's garage.
At last month's Spanish GP, Kovalainen was left unconscious after a high-speed crash into a tire wall. He spent a night in a hospital after receiving slight injuries, including a concussion.
Red Bull's David Coulthard had set the sixth fastest lap time through the first two qualifying sessions before a high-speed crash left him starting 10th.
The Briton lost control of his Red Bull car as he came out of the tunnel — the fastest part of the street circuit race — and slammed into the right wall. The front right wheel was damaged while the rear right wheel came loose, forcing the car to skid into the runoff area. Coulthard appeared unhurt getting out of his car.
POS DRIVER NATIONALITY ENTRANT TIME
1. Felipe Massa Brazil Ferrari 1:15.787
2. Kimi Raikkonen Finland Ferrari 1:15.815
3. Lewis Hamilton Britain McLaren-Mercedes 1:15.839
4. Heikki Kovalainen Finland McLaren-Mercedes 1:16.165
5. Robert Kubica Poland BMW Sauber 1:16.171
6. Nico Rosberg Germany Williams-Toyota 1:16.548
7. Fernando Alonso Spain Renault 1:16.852
8. Jarno Trulli Italy Toyota 1:17.203
9. Mark Webber Australia Red Bull-Renault 1:17.343
10. David Coulthard Britain Red Bull-Renault No Time
11. Timo Glock Germany Toyota 1:15.907
12. Jenson Button Britain Honda 1:16.101
13. Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 1:16.455
14. Kazuki Nakajima Japan Williams-Toyota 1:16.479
15. Rubens Barrichello Brazil Honda 1:16.537
16. Sebastien Bourdais France Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:16.806
17. Nelson Piquet Brazil Renault 1:16.933
18. Sebastian Vettel Germany Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:16.955
19. Adrian Sutil Germany Force India-Ferrari 1:17.225
20. Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Force India-Ferrari 1:17.823
SOURCE : AP
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
OK when we did the previw to this season Miss Flying finn said Massa will win a lot more races and i said that it was unlikely that there will be a brazilian world champ this year. looking at the first two races it looked like i was gonna be prooved right. Massa seemed totally at odds without traction control and then, it was like he woke up from slumber or most likely he heard all the rumors about him being replaced and decided it was time to proove his worth. No matter what it was he seems to have woken up and today it was his third pole postion in sucession. Mclaren seem to have lost the plot, or forgotten the travails of last season. If they remembered i dont think they would ahve given thier drivers this bad cars. Talking of Mclaren, Heikki seems to ahve come into his own he out qualified Lewis here, that too after that horrible crash last race. It was a horryfying scene to see him spear of into the undergrowth like that. technical failures like that should not be happening in this day and age.
I read some where that the track designer Herman Tilke say that he used the best elements from famous tracks to design the istanbul track. and to tell you the truth, the first corner reminds me of Interlagos. We all know how good interlagos is and first corner there is always been very intersting. So the race was always going to be interesting, especially during the first few corners. True to Form Fischi went into the second corner too fast and too late to do any thing about it. he speared of the back of Nakajima and that was the end of that, some how vettle and sutil were also involved and they were all out of the race. Vettel has completed just one lap till date this year. Torro Rosso should have some strong words with him in the near future. my take on this is this, mclaren is screwing up bad and its unpardonable and BMW going the way they are going will end up with the Constructors championship. but they lack the "want" or "hunger" in their individual drivers to take the drivers crown. heidfield has uplifted being unnoticealbe to a new art and i dont think even he knows how to overcome it.
As far as Kubica is concerned he is too inexperienced but he is a team player and he will keep BMW where they want to be. Mario Thiessen will be proud of his drivers and secretly patting him self on his back. the season keeps getting interesting as hell. and its better than last year too. so let the games continue.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Three races, three different winners, and Sauber-BMW on top of the constructors championship. This season is promising to be a humdinger. After two dismal performances, the new center of the latest F1 political intrigue has shown that he deserves a drive with the Ferrari team. In a action packed race BMW showed its exemplary reliability and Ferrari showed why they are top of the heap. If there was any doubt about
Ferrari has always been the poster boy of F1, may be it is because they are the only surviving team from the start of F1 or may be it is because they have always been halo products. They always had their pick of drivers, even when the reigning champion called his Ferrari a “fast truck” they could pick and choose who drove for them. The latest wannabe Scuderia recruit is Fernando Alonso, who is not so hot at the moment in the Renault.
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The prince of F1 also was off color at
Oh the funny thing is that you don’t have to win races to be champion, you just have to be consistent, and both Ferrari and Mclaren have shown an amazing lack of consistency. Its going to be an interesting year.
Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts