Post by Vidic>Superman on May 13, 2007 7:08:59 GMT
Massa snatches pole from Alonso
Felipe Massa grabbed his third straight pole to deny home favourite Fernando Alonso at the Spanish Grand Prix. The Ferrari driver came out of nowhere to lay down a hot lap of one minute, 21.421 seconds, edging out McLaren's Alonso by three hundredths of a second.
Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen starts on the second row with Lewis Hamilton, whose McLaren topped the practice times.
Alonso, Raikkonen and Hamilton go into Sunday's race in Barcelona tied at the top of the championship on 22 points.
Despite some productive testing in Spain during the month-long break, Ferrari had kept their powder dry in Barcelona - until the dying seconds of qualifying.
The McLaren duo had dominated the practice sessions and Alonso set the pace in the final shoot-out with a lap of 1:21.661.
But after seeing his team-mate Raikkonen push Hamilton into third, Massa delivered a blistering finish to overhaul Alonso for his sixth career pole.
"I just managed to put a lap together with no mistakes and so I'm happy to see the job done for the team," said Massa.
"I am proud, to have three poles in a row, to be really quick and to have a great car.
"We're looking forward to having an important and good race."
Alonso, who became the first Spaniard to win the Spanish Grand Prix last year, is ready for a tight race around the Circuit de Catalunya.
"We saw a really close fight and this qualifying is another confirmation between how tight things are between the McLaren and Ferrari teams," said the double world champion.
"The championship and races are so tight that you always have to be 100%, but we're confident."
Hamilton had set the pace in practice, posting the quickest time in Saturday's final session, but the rookie again struggled to convert his speed during qualifying.
The 22-year-old qualified in fourth for the third time this season and knows he has to come out of the blocks fast if he is to keep up his podium run.
"Not to be one and two is a bit of a shame," said Hamilton. "But we have to make sure we do a good job out of the first corner again.
"Ferrari always seem to play games in practice and we just pay no attention to it."
Behind Hamilton come Robert Kubica for BMW Sauber, the Toyota of Jarno Trulli and the second BMW of Nick Heidfeld.
Renaut's Heikki Kovalainen made it through to the top-10 shoot-out for the first time and starts in eighth place just ahead of Red Bull's David Coulthard.
It is the first time Coulthard has qualified in the top 10 since last year's German Grand Prix at the end of July.
There was less luck for team-mate Mark Webber, who starts in 19th after problems with his car's hydraulics.
Britain's Jenson Button starts 14th for Honda ahead of compatriot Anthony Davidson's Super Aguri.
Final grid positions after qualifying in Barcelona:
1 Felipe Massa (Bra) Ferrari 1min 21.421secs 2 Fernando Alonso (Spa) McLaren 1:21.45 3 Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Ferrari 1:21.723 4 Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) McLaren 1:21.785 5 Robert Kubica (Pol) BMW Sauber 1:22.253 6 Jarno Trulli (Ita) Toyota 1:22.324 7 Nick Heidfeld (Ger) BMW Sauber 1:22.389 8 Heikki Kovalainen (Fin) Renault 1:22.568 9 David Coulthard (Gbr) Red Bull 1:22.749 10 Giancarlo Fisichella (Ita) Renault 1:22.881 11 Nico Rosberg (Ger) Williams 1:21.968 12 Rubens Barrichello (Bra) Honda 1:22.097 13 Takuma Sato (Jpn) Super Aguri 1:22.115 14 Jenson Button (Gbr) Honda 1:22.120 15 Anthony Davidson (Gbr) Super Aguri no time 16 Vitantonio Liuzzi (Ita) Scuderia Toro Rosso no time 17 Ralf Schumacher (Ger) Toyota 1:22.666 18 Alexander Wurz (Aut) Williams 1:22.769 19 Mark Webber (Aus) Red Bull 1:23.398 20 Adrian Sutil (Ger) Spyker 1:23.811 21 Christijan Albers (Ned) Spyker 1:23.990 22 Scott Speed (USA) Scuderia Toro Rosso no time
Post by Vidic>Superman on May 13, 2007 13:57:02 GMT
Lewis Hamilton has taken the outright championship lead just four races into his Formula One career by finishing second in the Spanish Grand Prix.
But the McLaren driver could do nothing about Ferrari's Felipe Massa, who dominated at the Circuit de Catalunya to take his second win in succession.
Hamilton kept team-mate Fernando Alonso behind him to go two points clear of the world champion in the title chase.
The Spaniard survived an off-track moment on lap one to take third place.
Alonso's hopes of winning his home race were over almost before it began when he made an ambitous attempt to overtake Massa around the outside of the first corner.
After a good start from second place on the grid, the McLaren was marginally in front as they went into the turn but not far enough to claim the lead and the two cars touched, pitching Alonso sideways into the gravel trap.
Alonso lost only two places as he rejoined the track, slotting into fourth place behind Hamilton and Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen, who was passed by the Englishman on the run down to the third corner.
The world champion moved up to third when Raikkonen retired with a rare Ferrari failure on lap 10, but he could not close on Hamilton, who was equally helpless in the face of the charging Massa.
The Brazilian edged steadily ahead in the lead and was nearly 10 seconds clear at the front by the time he made his first pit stop on lap 19, the same time as Alonso.
Hamilton stayed out for another three laps but was no closer to the Ferrari when he rejoined the track after his own stop.
The first stops were the end of Alonso's already slim hopes of winning his home race for the second year in a row.
McLaren fitted the harder of the two tyre options to his car for his middle stint, while everyone else stayed on the softer tyres and saved the harder ones until the final push.
The plan was presumably for Alonso to limit the damage in the middle of the race and make a charge in the closing laps.
But he slipped back to more than 10 seconds behind Hamilton in the first few laps after the stops as the tyres took their time to come up to speed.
Alonso continued to lose ground to his team-mate throughout the second stint and was more than 16 seconds adrift by the time Hamilton made his second stop on lap 47.
Alonso followed him in a lap later and began to close on Hamilton after they rejoined, but in the final 10 laps the gap stabilised.
The eight points for second place put Hamilton two points clear of Alonso at the head of the drivers' championship, with Massa a further point behind.
BMW Sauber's Robert Kubica was fourth after a strong, steady race, with David Coulthard fifth following an impressive race in the much-improved Red Bull-Renault.
The Scot lost a gear in the closing stages and had to fight hard to hold off Nico Rosberg's Williams-Toyota.
Renault's Heikki Kovalainen, who was hampered by having to make an extra pit stop because of a faulty fuel rig.
Kovalainen's team-mate Giancarlo Fisichella, similarly hampered, lost the final points place to Super Aguri's Takuma Sato when he had to make a final splash-and-dash pit stop with seven laps to go.
Poor result for Alonso the first corner move really did cost him today, great result for Hamilton, top of the standings after four races brilliant stuff!
Post by Vidic>Superman on May 13, 2007 13:58:51 GMT
Drivers' world championship 2007 Name Car Nat Points 1 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes GB 30 2 Fernando Alonso McLaren-Mercedes Spa 28 3 Felipe Massa Ferrari Brz 27 4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari Fin 22 5 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber Ger 15 6 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber Pol 8 7 Giancarlo Fisichella Renault Ita 8 8 Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota Ger 5 9 Jarno Trulli Toyota Ita 4 10 David Coulthard Red Bull-Renault GB 4 11 Heikki Kovalainen Renault Fin 3 12 Ralf Schumacher Toyota Ger 1 13 Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda Jpn 1 14 Alexander Wurz Williams-Toyota Aut 0 15 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault Aus 0 16 Rubens Barrichello Honda Brz 0 17 Jenson Button Honda GB 0 17 Vitantonio Liuzzi Toro Rosso-Ferrari Ita 0 18 Christijan Albers Spyker-Ferrari Ned 0 19 Scott Speed Toro Rosso-Ferrari US 0 20 Adrian Sutil Spyker-Ferrari Ger 0 21 Anthony Davidson Super Aguri-Honda GB 0
Constructors' world championship 2007 Team Points 1 McLaren-Mercedes 58 2 Ferrari 49 3 BMW Sauber 23 4 Renault 11 5 Williams-Toyota 5 6 Toyota 5 7 Red Bull-Renault 4 8 Super Aguri-Honda 1 9 Honda 0 10 Toro Rosso-Ferrari 0 11 Spyker-Ferrari 0
i was in utter chaos in what the 14th lap or something when 4 cars went off in nearly a matter of seconds.
also very mad at my pop. he had watched the news and i only had the previously recorded version to view. so midway through the race i was cherring for kubica to catch up to alonso and he goes. " o yea kubica finished 4th" i was rather upset.
amazing how nick hiedfeld did a whole lap with no lug nut on his wheel. thats incredible
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