Live Blog – Bahrain – Free Practice 3

Bahrain GP Mood

Follow the updates from the Third Free Practice session and join the brain behind the liveblogs, Keith from F1Fanatic, the moderators – Duncan from doctorvee, Ollie from BlogF1, John from F1-Pitlane, Arun, Journeyer and F1Wolf – and and big bunch of others in the discussion !

The Live Blog has now closed, you can replay the discussion and comments on this practice session inside the post. Next live blog will be from Bahrain Qualifying.

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2008 Bahrain Formula 1 GP – Friday Free Practice

Hamilton Bahrain 2008Ferrari dominated the Friday sessions in Bahrain with Felipe Massa ahead of Kimi Raikkonen both in the morning and in the afternoon. Just before the end of P2 Massa did the best lap of the day, the only lap below 1:32s.

Today was a good day for Williams. Rosberg was 3rd fastest in P1 and 6th in P2, Nakajima not too far behind. The headache of Sepang seems to be over.

McLarens were quite a bit off the pace of Ferrari today. Then in P2, just when the times started to get quicker, Hamilton crashed. He hit the wall pretty hard and damaged the car. He did not get a chance to go for the quick run as most of the other drivers. Hamilton ended the P2 in 4th place, half a second behind Kimi, almost one and half second behind Massa.

Kubica was faster of the 2 BMW Sauber drivers today, significantly faster. Not sure if Heidfeld was experiencing some problems with the car or was simply on different programme.

It looked to be pretty bad day for Renault, especially in P2. Both cars languished around the bottom of time sheets for most of the session. Then they managed to get their act together and Piquet squeezed into top 10. The midfield is however very crowded and there is not much between 8th and 18th …

Same as today, tomorrow you can also follow the action from Bahrain on Live Blog also here on F1Wolf. The Live Blog will be on for Saturday practice and also for qualifying. You can replay Live Blog from Practice 1 and Practice 2 to see what to expect.

2008 Bahrain GP – Friday Times

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Live Blog – Bahrain – Free Practice 2

Follow the updates from the Second Free Practice session and join in the discussion !

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Live Blog – Bahrain – Free Practice 1

The Live Blog is here ! Follow the updates from the First Free Practice session and join in the discussion ! Thanks to Keith from F1Fanatic for putting this togehter !

The Live Blog has now closed, you can replay the discussion and comments on this practice session inside the post. Next live blog will be from Bahrain Saturday Free Practice.

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2008 Bahrain Formula 1 GP – Wolf’s Race Preview

Bahrain 2007 WilliamsThe Bahrain Grand Prix is just around a corner and perhaps for next few days we can focus on racing instead of … well we all know whom :-) .

The last race in Malaysia was the 10th Malaysian F1 Grand Prix, Bahrain is celebrating its 5th anniversary this year. A look back to previous four races (scroll down to the bottom of this post) reveals that only Renault and Ferrari managed to win this race. It is hard to see Renault to get to the top of the podium this year. But Ferrari would be my top favourite for this race. Their performance in Malaysia suggests that Melbourne might have been just a weekend off for Ferrari. Unlikely all the rest of the field Ferrari (along with Toyota) tested in Bahrain during the winter and that should be a an advantage for them. It however remains to be seen how Felipe Massa handles the car without traction control on a dusty and sandy track … The fact that he plans to use his old engine and not to waste a new one suggests he might be again thinking about early retirement from the race (ooops, looks like am still in April 1st mood :-) )

McLaren did not have the best of weekends in Malaysia and BMW Saubers seemed to have matched their race pace. For no particular reason I expect McLaren to be closer to Ferrari than they were 2 weeks ago but still behind them. BMW Saubers will try again to squeeze between Ferraris and McLarens. They are obviously permanently on alert to capitalize on every mistake any of the top four cars make.

The midfield will be close again but I suspect that Toyota may have another good weekend. They are the surprise package of 2008 so far and their winter tests on this track should not do them too much harm. Williams had disapointing weekend in Malaysia and blamed it on new track surface in Sepang. Well, perhaps the dessert sand will suit them better. The fight to get to Q3 should be fierce again with Red Bull, Renault, Honda and Toro Rosso all eyeing the top 10 on the starting grid.

Force India’s ambitions are smaller, for now, Q2 is their goal, yet again …Fisi has been close twice this year, perhaps it will be his lucky day. Super Aguri will again be simply happy to be there.

The rain might mix everything up though, if it ever comes. This is what weather people have to say about Bahrain this weekend:

weather bahrain

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Ferrari on fire in Bahrain

Ferrari F1 Team LogoIt is a pity we did not have chance to compare the pace of Ferrari with McLaren last weekend in Barcelona. Ferrari chose to test in Bahrain this week and along with them came Toyota.

Without comparison with other teams it is difficult to judge where these 2 teams stand. But the gap between Ferrari and Toyota on day 1 and day 2 of the Bahrain test is scary …

Bahrain – Day 1, February 4, 2008
1) K. Raikkonen – Ferrari – 01:32.079
2) L. Badoer – Ferrari – 01:33.323
3) T. Glock – Toyota – 01:33.418
4) K. Kobayashi – Toyota – 01:33.656

Gap Raikkonen to Glock + 1:339s

Bahrain – Day 2, February 5, 2008
1) K. Raikkonen – Ferrari – 01:30.595
2) L. Badoer – Ferrari – 01:32.230
3) T. Glock – Toyota – 01:32.889
4) J. Trulli – Toyota – 01:33.379

Gap Raikkonen to Glock + 2:294s

Yes, I am comparing Ferrari and Toyota and F1 champion with GP2 champion. Also both teams may be on totally different test programs. But still, almost 2.3 second gap is either sign of seriously slow Toyota or very formidable F2008 …

For comparison, the gap between fastest Mark Webber and slowest Jenson Button on Sunday in Barcelona was 1:423 second (on about 10 sec a lap shorter track).

While Ferrari are clearly set for another year at the sharp end of the grid, Toyota seems to be heading in Honda’s direction …

Kimi Raikkonen – How He Won The 2007 Title

Here is a short re-cap of how Kimi Raikkonen’s season went from Australia to Brazil, race by race.

Kimi Raikkonen Shanghai 2007

AUSTRALIAN GP – 1st
Standings:
Raikkonen 10 (+2)
Alonso 8
Hamilton 6

MALAYSIAN GP – 3rd
Standings:
Alonso 18
Raikkonen 16 (-2)
Hamilton 14

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Formula 1 – Bahrain GP Review


I can’t make up my mind whether the race was exciting or boring. We had a winner who led the race from lights to flag followed by the same guy all the time. On the other hand some cars crashed out in first corner (first time this season), some (Honda) engines blew up, Heidfeld overtook Alonso, Coulthard overtook perhaps ten other cars, Rosberg visited the run off areas several times while fighting for position …

There is this funny web page showing the race animations – click on http://www.visionf1.com/ and see.

Massa won, but Hamilton was all the time right there behind him. This race result may be very important for these two guys, especially for Massa.
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Formula 1 – Bahrain GP Result


1 F. Massa Ferrari 1:32:27.515
2 L. Hamilton McLaren + 2.360
3 K. Räikkönen Ferrari + 10.839
4 N. Heidfeld BMW + 13.831
5 F. Alonso McLaren + 14.426
6 R. Kubica BMW + 45.529
7 J. Trulli Toyota + 1:21.371
8 G. Fisichella Renault + 1:21.701

Full results here:

Formula 1 – Bahrain GP, Qualifying

Massa did it again, same as a week ago he will start from P1. But he better stays awake this time, because the start master Hamilton will be right there next to him on P2. Kimi and Alonso will line up in row 2 behind their team mates. The difference between Massa and Kimi, as well as between Hamilton and Alonso may suggest different fuel loads, as neither Alonso nor Kimi made any obvious mistakes in their runs.

BMWs have solid session and qualified at P5 and P6. The remaining 4 places in top 10 go to Renault, Red Bull, Toyota and Williams. So we have 7 different teams in top 10 on the grid this time.
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Formula 1 – Bahrain GP, Saturday Practice


Things getting more interesting. McLaren is pretty much up there with Ferraris. BMWs seem to be closing the gap fast. So we have Hamilton just edging out Raikkonen, then both BMWs. Massa and Alonso further down. But what on Earth is Davidson doing up there …

Saturday practice times here:

Formula 1 – Bahrain GP, Friday Practice


Practice 1:
The top of the time sheets is pretty much as expected. Kimi, Massa, Hamilton, Alonso. However the gap between Kimi and both McLarens is a bit bigger than I would expect. But this is still Friday morning only.

BMWs and Williamses did pretty much as would one expect from them. Liuzzi though is quite unfamiliar name in top 8. One Toyota did good, the other one not so much. Hondas, Renaults are still their dissapointing selves.
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