2008 Bahrain Formula 1 GP – Qualifying – Pole on pole

Robert Kubica Bahrain 2008After just missing out in Melbourne, Robert Kubica scored the maiden pole position for himself and the BMW Sauber team this time in Bahrain. Felipe Massa will start alongside him from P2. Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen occupy the second row. Besides the top 3 teams also Toyota (Trulli), Williams (Rosberg), Honda (Button) and Renault (Alonso) made it to Q3. Takuma Sato crashed during P1 causing yellow and red flags.

The Qualifying Results:

1. R. Kubica – BMW Sauber – 1:33.096
2. F. Massa – Ferrari – 1:33.123
3. L. Hamilton – McLaren – 1:33.292
4. K. Räikkönen – Ferrari – 1:33.418
5. H. Kovalainen – McLaren – 1:33.488
6. N. Heidfeld – BMW Sauber – 1:33.737
7. J. Trulli – Toyota – 1:33.994
8. N. Rosberg – Williams – 1:34.015
9. J. Button – Honda – 1:35.057
10. F. Alonso – Renault – 1:35.115

More photos in the article

Q2:
11. M. Webber – Red Bull – 1:32.371
12. R. Barrichello – Honda – 1:32.508
13. T. Glock – Toyota – 1:32.528
14. N. Piquet – Renault – 1:32.790
15. S. Bourdais – Toro Rosso – 1:32.915
16. K. Nakajima – Williams – 1:32.943

Q1
17. D. Coulthard – Red Bull – 1:33.433
18. G. Fisichella – Force India – 1:33.501
19. S. Vettel – Toro Rosso – 1:33.501
20. A. Sutil – Force India – 1:33.845
21. A. Davidson – Super Aguri – 1:34.140
22. T. Sato – Super Aguri – 1:35.725

Robert Kubica:

“I am very happy. I missed the chance to take pole position in Australia, but this time it worked out well. My first run in Q3 was quite good, but I made a small mistake in the first corner. The second run was better, although I again made a small mistake in corner 9. We knew before the season that the car was good due to the results of the computer simulation and the wind tunnel work. Finally it has paid off that we never gave up working hard. I want to thank the entire team who have worked so hard over the last months. We will now study the data and prepare for tomorrow. A long race lies ahead of us.”

Kubica Bahrain Pole Position

Kubica Bahrain Pole position

Robert Kubica Bernie Ecclestone Bahrain 2008

Mario Theisse Bahrain 2008 smiling

No wonder Mario Theissen is smiling today …

Photo:  © BMW AG

6 Comments Post a Comment
  1. StewNo Gravatar says:

    BMW-Sauber’s looking better and better every week. Row 1 with Kubica and Massa, row 2 with Hamilton and Raikkonen. I wonder what the order will be at the end of lap one or even beyond corner 1.

    Dreadful for David Coulthard. Couldn’t even get out of Q1, and neither could Fisichella.

    Looking forward to this one!

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  2. danielNo Gravatar says:

    too bad for coulthard. more impressive by toro rosso, although they fell out in the middle. bourdais has improved a lot. wonder why vettel has gotten so much problem with his car now.

    kubica will make an exciting start tomorro. feel sure that massa wants to regain number one as he has during the whole weekend. just hope we dont have to see any colitions in first corner..

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  3. F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

    Massa will be on the dirty side of the track, so it will be quite tricky for him.

    BMW Sauber sound quite confident after the qualifying … That may indicate decent fuel load, but we will see tomorrow

    I suspect Alonso and Button went with quite a lot fuel into the Q3 thinking more about the race then the grid …

  4. BenNo Gravatar says:

    I hope there will not be any accident amoung the front 6 in this race. Will be exiting watching the pace of the 3 front teams and have them battle it out on a track where over-taking is not as difficult.

    Would love to see Kubica win it and Button score points. I really look forward to the race.

    I am not sure I think it will matter greatly what side of the track you are on even if it is dirtier as most over-taking is often done in the first corner and not on the straight-away. But I guess even a small advantage can be a big deal with the competition being so tight.

  5. F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

    no launch control and more slippery track on the dirty side may affect the start. slight delay off the starting line may mean few positions dropped at that is all that is needed to spoil the whole race …

  6. [...] strong qualifying run in Melbourne he barely missed out on pole position at the Australian GP. The maiden pole position came in Bahrain, the maiden win in Canada. Seven races, six top four finishes, 4 podiums, one win, one pole [...]

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