Kimi Raikkonen Nick Heidfeld Singapore GP
Saturday was another beautiful day in Singapore. Still not a drop of rain, but I can smell it in the air today (Sunday). The atmosphere on the track is perhaps the best I ever experienced at F1 race, perhaps because it is so unique. So far the action – free practice and quali – was very exciting to watch. I hope that we will see some action in the race itself too. My prediction is at least 2 safety cars :-), the cars kept getting way too close to the walls and that was on fresh tyres …
You can see some photos from Saturday action inside this post. For me it is beach time now :-).
2008 Italian GP
The Saturday practice started wet and then got even wetter. The times do not reveal much as the drivers did their laps in very different conditions. Some drivers like Mark Webber thought the track is dangerous, Nick Heidfeld said on the radio that the sessions should probably be cancelled. For the record the fastes Saturday morning time belongs to Timo Glock.
If the the weather remains like this for qualifyng we may end up with an interesting grid for tomorrow’s race.
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There is not much to report from practice one in Monza, except heavy rain, flooded pit lane and water in the garages. For the record the top three drivers were Adrian Sutil, Rubens Barrichello and Giancarlo Fisichella. This is the second time Adrian Sutil posted fastest time in free practice, following his P1 in Saturday practice in Monaco last year, also in wet conditions, but not as wet this morning in Monza …
The second practice started on damp track but that would dry rather quickly. Kimi Raikkonen topped the time sheets ahead of BMW Sauber duo and Lewis Hamilton. It remains to be seen how useful the practice running on dry track will be as the weather in Monza remains unpredictable for the rest of the weekend with chances of rain quite big for both Saturday and Sunday.
On another note, Red Bull decided to play their joker and take an change the engine in Mark Webber’s car. As a result of this penalty free engine change Webber will not have to use the same engine for two tough-on-engine races in a row (Spa and Monza). Click here for the 2008 engine statistics.
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Fernando Alonso Friday Practice Spa 2008
Felipe Massa continued showing his back to the rest of the field and finished the practice 1 on top, 3 tenths ahead of Kimi Raikkonen. Both Ferraris ran this session without the shark fin engine cover. McLarens took 3rd and 4th further 3 tenths back. Toro Rosso cars continue to impress although this time both Alonso and Webber were a bit faster. It was difficult session for Robert Kubica who complained about the handling of his BMW Sauber throughout the session. Hondas were the slowest cars on the track in this session.
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It was great day at the track with awesome free practice, great F1 qualifying and exciting GP2 race. Unfortunately the Holiday Inn hotel I am staying at forgot that this is 21st century and so, no internet connection. (Unless I consider getting one page open after an hour of trying as a working internet …)
Perhaps tomorrow it will work better and I will be able to post some of the pictures…
The home fans were left disapointed after Fernando Alonso failed to make it to Q3 but they (and me with them) still cheered Massa when he claimed the pole (as I predicted ). Not sure if it had anything to do with the fact that Massa pole meant Hamilton’s relegation to P2. Alonso however did not sound too disapointed on the radio – he expects some Safety Car action tomorrow and then anything can happen …
Not much worth mentioning happened in the first session. Ferraris were the fastest cars – the one with the shark fin – Felipe Massa – was faster than the one without the fin – Kimi Raikkonen. Kovalainen and Hamilton lined up right behind the red cars. Renaults, Toyotas and BMW Saubers filled up the rest of top 10. Trulli did a bit of donut dancing after going wide, Vettel stopped early with mechanical problems. Some drivers complained about no grip – Rosberg, Piquet, some were happy with the grip – Kubica… It was a bit hard to follow this session online with ITV feed being about 12 mins behind the real time action …
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Heikki Kovalainen was fastest in the final practice session at Hockenheim, 0.07s ahead of Felipe Massa. As usual BMW Saubers did not show much speed in this session, Robert Kubica however seems to have had some technical problems. He did not run at all in final 10 minutes. This final practice session was dry but there are chances of rain for qualifying. You can follow the weather conditions at the track via this webcam.
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