2008 Monaco F1 GP – Qualifying – Massa surprises

2008 Monaco Formula 1

McLarens were favourites going into the qualifyung. But Felipe Massa suprised even himself and after what he himself called “the perfect lap” claimed pole position on a track he does not really like. Impressive performance… Kimi Raikkonen’s P2 means all Ferrari front row. Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen will line up on row 2.

There was a bit of excitment towards the end of Q2. David Coulthard hit the barriers at quite high speed. He escaped without any injury but he had no car continue in Q3. His accident cut the Q2 short. One of the victims may be Nick Heidfeld who had no time to do his final flying lap. Disapointing P13 …

Nelson Piquet struggled again and did not even make it to Q2. He was eliminated along with both Toro Rosso and Force India cars. Vettel will be relegated to the back of the grid following his 5 place penalty for gear box change.

Qualifying was all dry (unlike the morning practice). The weather however may be different tomorrow and race can still turn into a gamble. If it rains, the qualifying results may not mean that much …

2008 Monaco F1 GP – Qualifying Results:

1. F. Massa – Ferrari – 1:15.787
2. K. Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:15.815
3. L. Hamilton – McLaren – 1:15.839
4. H. Kovalainen – McLaren – 1:16.165
5. R. Kubica – BMW Sauber – 1:16.171
6. N. Rosberg – Williams – 1:16.548
7. F. Alonso – Renault – 1:16.852
8. J. Trulli – Toyota – 1:17.203
9. M. Webber – Red Bull – 1:17.343
10. D. Coulthard – Red Bull – no time


Q2
11. T. Glock – Toyota – 1:15.907
12. J. Button – Honda – 1:16.101
13. N. Heidfeld – BMW Sauber – 1:16.455
14. K. Nakajima – Williams – 1:16.479
15. R. Barrichello – Honda – 1:16.537

Q1
16. S. Bourdais – Toro Rosso – 1:16.806
17. N. Piquet – Renault – 1:16.933
18. S. Vettel – Toro Rosso – 1:16.955
19. A. Sutil – Force India – 1:17.225
20. G. Fisichella – Force India – 1:17.823

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4 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Black ZeddNo Gravatar says:

    Well..another sorry state for Heidfield..

    Hope it rains tomorrow..or otherwise another bland Monaco GP..

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  2. joac21No Gravatar says:

    yeep, bad for heidfield, but anywhay he seems out of his pace lately.. maybe he broke up with his girl or something is no letting him concentratee

  3. BenNo Gravatar says:

    I was thinking the same thing, It seems Heidfeld has dropped in pace and anything to interfere with his concentration could do that.

    Still I had the impression that Coulthards accident interfered with Heidfeld’s last final flying lap, but I don’t understand why the BMW’s especially waited so long before making a serious charge, why wait to the last minute and have everything depend on one run, especially when rain or a accident is probable?

    Heidfeld seemed to be one of the last out of the garage in both Q1 & Q2. It seems like a mistake to me, but there is likely reasons involved that I am not aware of.

  4. F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

    he still can recover something from the race, if the race ends up beieng messy with few drops of rain or some SC here and there.

    But if not, the talk about Heidfeld being on the way out of BMW after this season will only get stronger

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