2008 Season

Ferrari dominate in Magny-Cours Qualifying

Kimi Raikkonen will start from pole position in Sunday’s French Grand Prix after Ferrari dominated the saturday’s qualifying session at Magny-Cours.Fellipe Massa will be sharing the first row with team mate Kimi after Massa finished second in the Qualifying. Great comeback by Ferrari after the last race debacle where they missed out on podium and Kimi failed to finish the race after collision with Force India driver Adrian Sutil. McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton finished 3rd but will have to start from 13th place following his grid penalty from Canada. His teammate Heikki Kovalainen was not impressive and will start from 5th position. Fernando Alonso got some good to feel about for Renault, he will start from 3rd position sharing the row with Toyota’s Jarno Trulli. BMW Sauber had not much to cheer about, after their drivers could not garner good grid positions, their drivers Robert Kubica, winner of Cannadian GP, will start 6th and Nick Heidfeld will start from 11th positions respectively. As usual bad day for Force India-Ferrari, Vijay Mallya must be cursing himself 😦 , their drivers will fill up the last row 😉

Raikkonen will be looking to repeat his 2007 victroy at the Magny Cours. It was at this circuit last year that his season practically started all over again. Hamilton will be relying on startegy and aggresive driving to snacth a podium finish. Kubica, leading the Drivers Standings, has been collecting points in all the races except the first one. Massa has also been good, same goes for Kovalainen. Its going to be an amazing Sunday. Watch out for the smooth surface of the French track, its demanding corners and the qucik changes of direction which will test the cars and the drivers as well.

Qualifying Results (Top 10 Grid positions)
1. Kimi Räikkönen – Ferrari
2. Felipe Massa – Ferrari
3. Lewis Hamilton – McLaren-Mercedes
4. Fernando Alonso – Renault
5. Jarno Trulli- Toyota
6. Heikki Kovalainen – McLaren-Mercedes
7. Robert Kubica – BMW Sauber
8. Mark Webber – Red Bull-Renault
9. David Coulthard- Red Bull-Renault
10.Timo Glock- Toyota

Note: Lewis Hamilton has been awarded 10 places drop penalty, so will start from 13th.
For a complete qualifying results here.

Drivers Standings- Top 6 (As of Canadian GP)
01 Robert Kubica- 42
02 Lewis Hamilton- 38
03 Felipe Massa- 38
04 Kimi Räikkönen- 35
05 Nick Heidfeld- 28
06 Heikki Kovalainen- 15

Constructor Standings- Top 5 (As of Canadian GP)
01 Ferrari- 73
02 BMW Sauber- 70
03 McLaren-Mercedes- 53
04 Red Bull-Renault- 21
05 Toyota- 17

Some Facts on Magny-Cours:

  • Number of Laps: 70
  • Circuit Length: 4.411 km
  • Race Distance: 308.586 km
  • Lap Record: 1:15.377 – M Schumacher (2004)

Brief history of Magny-Cours Circuit here.

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