October 11, 2008
Let's take a look at the provisional grid:
||1:18.071 || 1:17.462 ||1:18.404|
|6||Robert Kubica||BMW Sauber||1:18.684||1:17.931||1:18.979|
|11||David Coulthard's Chin
|12||Nelson Piquet Jr
|13||Mark Webber||Red Bull-Renault||1:18.372||1:18.354|
|16||Grizzly Nick Heidfeld||BMW Sauber||1:18.835|
|19||Adrian Sutil||Force India-Ferrari||1:19.163|
|20||Giancarlo Fisichella||Force India-Ferrari||1:19.910|
Hamilton has Pole Position, and Ferrari's drivers are reversed from the way the team would have wanted them. Throw in Heikki and HWMNBN as a buffer between Hamilton and Massa, and suddenly this is looking like a desperate situation for the Brazillian driver's championship hopes. Essentially, it's the perfect situation for Lewis.
Now, it might be that Massa is heavy on fuel, but I don't think so. He was just too fast earlier... it feels like he was just beaten. Now, the Renault of HWMNBN is probably a little light on gas, but Heikki almost surely isn't.
The Toyotas certainly put on a good show, with Der Glockenspiel being right up at the top of the charts until Q3. Who knows if it's real speed, or low-fuel speed? Robert Kubica's faint chances for a championship are still alive, but on life-support. He has to win out and hope that the guys ahead of him both break down... not likely.
Notable is the fact that both Toro Rossos made it to Q3. They've really come alive; seems like they've finally gotten their car dialed in. Could we be seeing the birth of a new member of the Big Teams? Or will the Minardi-child slump back next year?
Of course, Honda blew chunks. Force India is just bad, but that's what you expect from a new startup like them (yes, yes, I know: "Jordan/Midland/Spyker", but still...). But what in the world is Grizzly Nick doing down there, unable to get out of Q1? Very odd.
Well, we'll see what happens tomorrow at the race. Looks like the weather will be good, if a little cool. That'll favor the McLarens a touch, as the Ferrari uses their tires better when the track is warmer.
We've already had seven different winning drivers for five different teams. Since I started writing about F1 (with e-mails to Official First Reader Mallory, in 2004), there's never been so many winning drivers and teams in a season. Could you imagine Toyota winning finally? Of all the teams that haven't won, they're the most likely to do so. Mind you, that's not likely, but as we saw in Singapore, luck plays a part. See you Sunday morning!
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Can't wait for the race tonight!
Posted by: Mallory at October 11, 2008 10:21 AM (WJ2qy)
It's neat to see the Toro-Rosso's qualify so high. I rather hoped for more from Kubica but 6th ain't bad.
Hamilton certainly has nothing to complain about.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at October 11, 2008 03:04 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: RobertV at October 11, 2008 03:22 PM (dVgY5)
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at October 11, 2008 10:21 PM (/ppBw)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at October 12, 2008 12:03 PM (+rSRq)
Seething? No, not really... resigned, more than anything.
Posted by: Wonderduck at October 12, 2008 12:05 PM (AW3EJ)
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at October 12, 2008 01:33 PM (/ppBw)
Posted by: Wonderduck at October 12, 2008 03:17 PM (AW3EJ)
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