June 21, 2008

F1 Quals: France 2008!

Then there's that whole "I love Formula 1 racing" thing too, I suppose.

With those words echoing in my head, I managed to pee the recording of today's Quals for the French Grand Prix straight down the leg of my firesuit.  No, I didn't set the time on my VCR wrong, I didn't set it at all!  I realized that miserable fact at 805am, in the middle of my morning shower.

I caught the last two minutes of Q3, which was enough to get some impressions from the Legendary Announce Team.  To be specific, there seemed to be no energy whatsoever at Mangy-Curs, as if the matter was never in doubt.  Which seems right, considering the results.  Here's the provisional grid:

Pos Driver Team Q1Q2Q3
1 Kimi Räikkönen               
2 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:15.024 1:15.041 1:16.490
3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:15.634 1:15.293 1:16.693
4 HWMNBN Renault 1:15.754 1:15.483 1:16.840
5 Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:15.521 1:15.362 1:16.920
6 Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 1:15.965 1:15.639 1:16.944
7 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 1:15.687 1:15.723 1:17.037
8 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:16.020 1:15.488 1:17.233
9 David Coulthard's Chin      
Red Bull-Renault 1:15.802 1:15.654 1:17.426
10 Timo Glock Toyota 1:15.727 1:15.558 1:17.596
11 Nelsinho Piquet Renault 1:15.848 1:15.770
12 Grizzly Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:16.006 1:15.786
13 Sebastian Vettel STR-Ferrari 1:15.918 1:15.816
14 SeaBass STR-Ferrari 1:16.072 1:16.045
15 Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 1:16.085 1:16.235
16 Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota 1:16.243

17 Jenson Button Honda 1:16.306

18 Rubens Barrichello Honda 1:16.330

19 Giancarlo Fisichella Force India-Ferrari 1:16.971

20 Adrian Sutil Force India-Ferrari 1:17.053

I have no idea what happened to the BMWs.  Seventh for Kubica is bad enough, but 12th for Heidfeld?  That's awful.  Both Williams are behind the Toro Rossos?  That's embarrassing.  Note that Lewis Hamilton has a 10-spot grid penalty coming for his "ramming speed" manuever in Canada, and Rosberg has a (ridiculous) 5-spot penalty for his bumping of the already dead McLaren in the same incident.

So, there you go.  Quals are in, Ferrari is dominating, this looks like a blowout-in-the-making... unless it rains.

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1 It does sound like it's going to be dull, unless Kubica does something spectacular.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at June 21, 2008 11:52 AM (+rSRq)

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