Renault’s Fernando Alonso nearly pulled off a miracle for his fellow countrymen in Barcelona on Saturday afternoon, but it was Kimi Raikkonen who pipped him for pole position for Ferrari right at the end of a dramatic qualifying session for the Spanish Grand Prix.
Now we have to wait and see on Sunday who was running less fuel, but the indications are pretty clear… Just so you know, the last seven pole sitters have gone on to win the Spanish Grand Prix. Could Alonso provide the exception to the rule?
A good day for McLaren with H.Kovalainen and L.Hamilton finishing at 3rd and 5th positions respectively. Kovalainen has been doing great this season. Raikkonen finishing top of the podium, a superb performance by him. At last Ferrari has got back to business this season, but their other driver Massa should have also been among the podium finishers, sad day for him. Anyways Kubica brings second to BMW Sauber-his best ever result. BMW Sauber were impressive last season and they are continuing their impressive performance even this season. The other BMW driver, Nick Heidfield also finishing among the points, he finished at 6th position. Jarno Trulli finished among points after a long gap, a good race for him too. Disappointing performance by Fernando Alonso and his Renault team. Hoping to see Alonso and Co back to business in the next race and even Ferrari to fire all cylinders.
At least three drivers will drop from their original qualifying positions on the grid for Sunday’s Malaysian Grand Prix. McLaren’s Heikki Kovalainen and Lewis Hamilton both lose five places for impeding rival drivers in Q3, while Williams’ Kazuki Nakajima starts from the back after his ten-place penalty for a collision with BMW Sauber’s Robert Kubica at the last round in Australia.