Yet another great day for Ferrari with their drivers finishing on the podium once again but this time separated by Hamilton in McLaren who finished Second ahead of Raikkonen in Ferrari. Massa took the chequered flag to put himself firmly back in championship contention. Hamilton took second place, less than a second ahead of Raikkonen. Kubica finished fourth ahead of BMW Sauber team mate Nick Heidfeld, who made up four places during the race to finish fifth. Alonso took sixth place for Renault ahead of Mark Webber for Red Bull and Nico Rosberg for Williams.
In the constructors championship Ferrari extend their lead to 19 points over BMW Sauber who are ahead of McLaren. It seems that Ferrari are going strong after a lack lusture performance last year and also year before.
It has been a great season for BMW Sauber, with their drivers Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld finishing in points in almost every race. Disappointing outing for Kovalainen fresh from his recent crash was forced to pit in the lap 3 due to puncture and finished 12th dropping 10 places. McLaren’s Hamilton was on a three stop strategy and this was best reflected in the pace he was setting. He was pushing Massa and also over took him at Lap 24 but ultimately his 3 stop strategy made him finish second. Another bad day for Force India, as Fisichella had to retire in the first lap at turn 1 after he was involved in a collision with Nakajima of Williams. And the other driver Sutil did not do that well and had to be contended with 16th place out of the 17 finishers.
Still loads of racing left this season as the caravan moves to the Monaco Grand Prix from May 22-25. This is the track and it is the most challenging of all the tracks with little opportunity for overtaking.
Various Important Statistics:
Race Results (Points Finishers):
1. Massa (Ferrari)
2. Hamilton (McLaren- Mercedes)
3. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)
4. Kubica (BMW Sauber)
5. Nick Heidfeld (BMW Sauber)
6. Fernando Alonso (Renault)
7. Mark Webber (Red Bul-Renault)
8. Nico Rosberg (Williams-Toyota)
At the end of Fifth Race of the Season,
Constructor’s Standing (Top 5):
1. Ferrari– 63 Points
2. BMW Sauber– 44 Points
3. McLaren-Mercedes– 42 Points
4. Williams- Toyota– 13 Points
5. Red Bull-Renault– 10 Points
Driver’s Standings (Top 6):
1. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)- 35 Points
2. Felipe Massa (Ferrari)- 28 Points
3. Lewis Hamilton (McLaren-Mercedes)- 28 Points
4. Robert Kubics (BMW Sauber)- 24 Points
5. Nick Heidfeld (BMW Sauber)- 20 Points
6. Heikki Kovalainen (McLaren-Mercedes)- 14 Points
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