October 06, 2006

F1 Quals: Suzuka!

Quals have just ended and we've got an interesting layout for the grid:

Row One: Ferrari Ferrari (Massa Schumi)
Row Two: Toyota Toyota (Ralf Trulli)
Row Three: Renault Renault (Alonso Fisi)
Row Four: Honda Honda (Button Barrichello)

Massa's got his second career pole, but when was the last time we saw teams make up each row of the grid like this? Note the results of the tire wars. Bridgestone 1-4, then Michelins.

Another wild scramble to get out at the beginning of Q3, and if Massa could complain about being "blocked" by Alonso a few races back, then Alonso has an even better complaint, as Massa was within a few car-lengths for the first few minutes.

Then it started to drip rain a little bit, and everybody dove into the pits for new rubber earlier than normal, hoping to beat the heavier rain (that never came). Both Alonso and Massa were racing to get out of the pits, and 'Zo almost cut Massa off; could easily have been an accident if Felipe hadn't backed down.

Renault is feeling the pressure. They didn't even have Alonso's tires ready for him when he came in, and THAT is inexcusable.

Still and all, heck of a Quals session, and it's possible that tomorrow's race will crown Schumi champion. IF Schumi wins and Alonso DNFs, that'd give Mikey the championship, no matter what happens in Brazil.

Not likely, I admit, but... I wonder if Massa would wreck Alonso if that situation became possible? "Team Orders" y'know. Again, not bloody likely, but who knows? I don't put it past Ferrari to at least THINK such things.

See ya at Suzuka!

Posted by: Wonderduck at 06:30 PM | Comments (3) | Add Comment
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1 Test comments. Test test.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at October 07, 2006 06:04 PM (YnQfp)

2 Test test...

Posted by: Pixy Misa at October 07, 2006 06:06 PM (YnQfp)

3 OK, Pixy, I'll take a stab at it.

Who could've thought, an engine failure!

Posted by: Pete at October 07, 2006 07:13 PM (9imyF)

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