May 24, 2008

F1 Quals: Monaco 2008!

"I don't like Monaco," says Felipe Massa.  "I never have.  But I'm beginning to like it a little bit more."  Kimi Raikkonen's view on the matter?  "Obviously, I would have preferred to be on pole and there's no point denying it, but two Ferraris ahead of the rest is a great result for the team."

Yes, the unexpected result of an all-Ferrari front row-- on the track that McLaren historically dominates-- has really thrown the Grand Prix of Monaco into a cocked hat.  44 of the past 54 races at Monaco have been won from the pole, which would suggest that Massa is going to run away with this one, except for one little thing:


There is an 80% chance of rain during the race, which takes everything in that cocked hat and dumps it into a gutter.  All bets are off when it rains at Monaco; F1 Update! officially goes on the record as saying that we have no clue who's going to win on Sunday.

The provisional grid:

Driver Team Q1Q2Q3
Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:15.190    1:15.110   
Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:15.717    1:15.404 1:15.815
Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes  
1:15.582    1:15.322 1:15.839
Heikki Kovalainen    
McLaren-Mercedes 1:15.295    1:15.389 1:16.165
Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 1:15.977    1:15.483 1:16.171
Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 1:15.935    1:15.287 1:16.548
HWMNBN Renault 1:16.646    1:15.827 1:16.852
Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:16.306    1:15.598 1:17.203
Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:16.074    1:15.745 1:17.343
David Coulthard's Chin 
Red Bull-Renault 1:16.086    1:15.839 no time
Timo Glock Toyota 1:16.285    1:15.907
Jenson Button Honda 1:16.259    1:16.101
Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:16.650    1:16.455
Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota 1:16.756    1:16.479
Rubens Barrichello Honda 1:16.208    1:16.537
SeaBass STR-Ferrari 1:16.806

Nelsinho Piquet Renault 1:16.933

Sebastian Vettel STR-Ferrari 1:16.955

Adrian Sutil Force India-Ferrari 1:17.225

Giancarlo Fisichella Force India-Ferrari 1:17.823

You may note that The Chin made it into Q3, but was unable to turn a lap therein.  That's because at the very end of Q2, he slammed into the inside wall just out of the tunnel, probably due to a zorched tire.

Assuming the team doesn't have to change his engine or gearbox, he'll be starting 10th.

Oh, this is going to be good, this is going to be good...

Posted by: Wonderduck at 02:03 PM | Comments (4) | Add Comment
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1 Too bad it's airing at 4:30am local. I'm going to have a hell of a time justifying that.

Posted by: Will at May 24, 2008 03:44 PM (sp407)


And Kubica is #5, amongst the top qualifiers again. He does seem to be the real thing this season. I wonder if he'll win any?

How is Kubica on wet tracks?

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at May 24, 2008 04:00 PM (+rSRq)

3 Will, do what F1 UPDATE! does: videotape.

Steven, Kubica's F1 experience in wet races is... mediocre.  His first race, Hungary '06 was in the rain; he finished 7th.  In last year's European Grand Prix, he was 6th.  He finished 7th in the GP of Japan last year.  He had a DNF in the GP of China (gearbox).

Of course, none of those races were in the BMW F1.08, which is a better car than he's had in the past, so...

Posted by: Wonderduck at May 24, 2008 06:51 PM (AW3EJ)


I just took a look at the results, and I'm really looking forward to your report on this one.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at May 25, 2008 03:01 PM (+rSRq)

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