November 01, 2008
What the hell was THAT?
Here's the provisional grid, discussion after:
||1:12.366 || 1:11.768 ||1:12.917|
|8||Grizzly Nick Heidfeld||BMW Sauber||1:12.371||1:12.026||1:13.297|
|11||Nelson Piquet Jr
|12||Mark Webber||Red Bull-Renault||1:12.409||1:12.289|
|13||Robert Kubica||BMW Sauber||1:12.381||1:12.300|
|14||David Coulthard's Chin
|19||Giancarlo Fisichella||Force India-Ferrari||1:13.426|
|20||Adrian Sutil||Force India-Ferrari||1:13.50|
The Ferraris did exactly what they needed to:
I have no idea what sort of strategy McLaren is trying, however. Conventional Wisdom sez "short-fill Hamilton, so he can get on the front row and avoid any kerfluffle that'll form going into Turn 1." Well, if that's what the plan was, it didn't work for beans. Not only didn't he make it to the front row, he wound up on the wrong side of the SECOND row, with Jarno freakin' Trulli in front of him. There's no question that he's set up for a dry track; he was fighting a twitchy car all day. For some teams, that's a sign of a bad chassis (see: Honda), but for the McLaren, that's just the team cranking off the rear wing and letting the driver run on the very edge of the envelope. That's where the car is the fastest, but you need a really good driver to do that. Fortunately, Lewis Hamilton only needs to finish 5th or better to win the driver's championship, but he's pushing it right now.
My guess is that Trulli's
Kovaleinninninnie has a problem. His job is to support his teammate for the championship. The best way for him to do that is to let Lewis stay ahead of him, but
There's no question who the crowd is backing in this matchup: hometown boy
Well, we'll see what happens on Sunday, the final race of the 2008 season. See you then!
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