May 24, 2008
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:
|1||Felipe Massa||Ferrari||1:15.190|| 1:15.110 ||1:15.787|
|5||Robert Kubica||BMW Sauber||1:15.977||1:15.483||1:16.171|
|9||Mark Webber||Red Bull-Renault||1:16.074||1:15.745||1:17.343|
|10||David Coulthard's Chin
||Red Bull-Renault||1:16.086||1:15.839||no time|
|13||Nick Heidfeld||BMW Sauber||1:16.650||1:16.455|
|19||Adrian Sutil||Force India-Ferrari||1:17.225|
|20||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: 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)
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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