2008 Italian F1 GP – Live Blog – Qualifying

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2008 Belgian F1 GP – Qualifying – Hamilton on pole

Lewis Hamilton Spa 2008

Lewis Hamilton Spa 2008

Lewis Hamilton will start the Belgian GP from pole position. Next to him on P2 will be Felipe Massa. Heikki Kovalainen and Kimi Raikkonen will form all Finnish row 2. The qualifying times suggest that Raikkonen and Kovalainen carry quite a bit more fuel than their team mates on the front row.

Nick Heidfeld handled the increasing pressure well this time and secured the best of the rest position – P5, ahead of Alonso, Webber, Kubica, Bourdais and Vettel. For the second race in a row both Toro Rosso cars made it to Q3 and look to be quite heavily fueled for the race.

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2008 Belgian F1 GP – Live Blog – Qualifying

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European GP – Wolf’s Valencia Diary – Saturday

Felipe Massa

Felipe Massa

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 …

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Should stewards make their decisions earlier ?

Gerhard Berger Sebastien Bourdais

Nick Heidfeld missed out on Q2 on a track where he will have tough time overtaking any of the midfield cars ahead of him. Sebastien Bourdais was demoted 5 places for impeding Heidfeld in at towards the end of Q1 and will start the race from P19. Unless a sudden storm hits the track or safety car comes out in a right time these 2 guys’ Hungarian GP has been ruined already …

After watching the replay of the qualifying session later on in the evening I still did not feel Bourdais really deserved the penalty. I think the violent fist waiving from these days not-so-quick Nick made the incident look much worse than it actually was. But that is not the point. My point is, should the race stewards make decisions in these kind of situations right away ?

Heidfeld finished 16th in Q1. If Bourdais’ demotion came before Q2 has started, Heidfeld could take part in it. It happened to BMW Sauber (even Kubica) already this season that their Q1 was horrible but at the end qualified rather high up on the grid. By making their decision an hour or so after qualifying the stewards basicaly spoiled the race for both drivers. Heidfeld won’t be able to do much from P15 (unless he does Button 2006). And Bourdais from P19 … not exactly what a guy in his situation needs …

The only winner here is Jenson Button who finished at P15 in Q1 and later after great run claimed P12 in after Q2.

Photo: Red Bull / GEPA

2008 Hungarian F1 GP – Qualifying – Front row for McLaren

Lewis Hamilton Hungary 2008

McLarens confirmed their strong form from free practice sessions and booked the front row all for themselves. Lewis Hamilton will start the Hungarian GP from pole position for the second time in a row, Heikki Kovalainen will line up next to him.

Felipe Massa blamed traffic on his outlap for the slower pace. But after rather week showing on Friday afternoon and this morning the Ferrari, at least Massa’s, seems to be on the pace. Robert Kubica was only about a tenth slower then Massa. Toyota’s package looks strong in Hungary, both their cars made it to top 10, Glock P5 and Trulli P9. Nelson Piquet was again outqualified by his team mate Alonso, but he made it to Q3 and I suspect he is rather heavily fueled. Mark Webber, te usual member of Q3 club, claimed P8.

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2008 Hungarian F1 GP – Live Blog – Qualifying

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2008 German F1 GP – Qualifying

Lewis Hamilton, Hockenheim

Lewis Hamilton will start the German GP from pole position after beating Felipe Massa by 0.02s in dry qualifying session. Heikki Kovalainen and Jarno Trulli will occupy row 2. Fernando Alonso recovered from a Q1 elimination scare and will start from P5, just ahead of disappointing Kimi Raikkonen. Robert Kubica who suffered technical problems in free practice and was also on a brink of elimination in Q1 will on P7. Mark Webber, Sebastian Vettel and David Coulthard complete the top 10.

Q1 was very even, only about half second separated 4th from 16th. Nelson Piquet missed out on Q2 fourth time this season and I wonder for much longer will the team remain patient with him … Kazuki Nakajima and Rubens Barrichello were the other 2 higher profile casualties of Q1.

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2008 German F1 GP – Live Blog – Qualifying

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2008 British F1 GP – Qualifying – Kovalainen on pole, Webber on front row

Heikki Kovalainen will start from pole position for the first time in his career. Mark Webber is another suprising name on the front row. Kimi Raikkonen and not too happy Lewis Hamilton will line up behind them. Great qualifying for Vettel – P8 !

The top 2 in drivers standings – Massa and Kubica will have to fight from back. Massa only managed P9, Kubica P10 after suffering some damage to his car during his first Q3 run. Looks like fun race tomorrow :-) .

Both Honda and  Force India cars and Nico Rosberg were eliminated in Q1, both Toyotas, Coulthard, Nakajima and Bourdais ended their day in Q2.

2008 British GP Qualifying Results:

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2008 British F1 GP – Live Blog – Qualifying

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2008 F1 Qualifying – Team mates head to head statistics

Qualifying performance is one of the important benchmarks used to evaluate relative performance of team mates. Here is an overview of qualifying results in 2008 Formula 1 season. The table displays the results as achieved in qualifying, not the final position on the starting grid – grid penalties are not reflected in this table. I included this table also in the 2008 season stats.

2008 Formula 1 Qualifying - Team Mates Head to Head

  AU MA BA SP TU MO CA FR GB GE HU EU BE IT SI JP CN BR SCORE
RAI 16 2 4 1 4 2 3 1 3 6 6 4 4 14 3 2 2 3 6
MAS 4 1 2 3 1 1 6 2 9 2 2 1 2 6 1 5 3 1 12
                                       
KUB 2 6 1 4 5 5 2 7 10 7 4 3 8 11 4 6 12 13 13
HEI 5 7 6 9 9 13 8 12 5 12 16 8 5 10 6 16 7 8 5
                                       
ALO 12 9 10 2 7 7 4 4 6 5 7 12 6 8 15 4 4 6 18
PIQ 21 13 14 10 17 17 15 11 7 17 10 15 12 17 16 12 11 11 0
                                       
ROS 7 16 8 15 11 6 5 15 18 13 15 9 15 5 9 15 15 18 14
NAK 14 18 16 12 16 14 12 16 15 16 17 11 19 18 10 14 17 16 4
                                       
WEB 15 8 11 7 6 9 10 8 2 8 8 14 7 3 13 13 6 12 16
COU 8 12 17 17 10 10 13 9 11 10 13 17 14 13 14 11 16 14 2
                                       
TRU 6 5 7 8 8 8 14 5 14 4 9 7 11 7 11 7 9 2 14
GLO 9 10 13 14 15 11 11 10 12 11 5 13 13 9 8 8 13 10 4
                                       
BUT 13 11 9 13 13 12 19 17 17 14 12 16 17 19 12 18 18 17 8
BAR 11 14 12 11 12 15 9 18 16 18 18 19 16 16 18 17 14 15 10
                                       
VET 10 15 19 18 14 18 20 13 8 9 11 6 10 1 7 9 8 7 13
BOU 18 19 15 16 18 16 16 14 13 15 14 10 9 4 17 10 10 9 5
                                       
FIS 17 17 18 19 19 20 18 19 20 20 19 18 20 12 20 20 20 19 10
SUT 19 21 20 20 20 19 17 20 19 19 20 20 18 20 19 19 19 20 8
                                       
HAM 1 4 3 4 3 3 1 3 4 1 1 2 1 15 2 1 1 4 14
KOV 3 3 5 6 2 4 7 6 1 3 2 5 3 2 5 3 5 5 4
                                       
SAT 20 20 22 22                             2
DAV 22 22 21 21                             2

Please do let me know if you spot any errors.

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