Sunday, July 06, 2008

Formula 1

The expected rains turned qualifying for grid position into something of a lottery today. Heikki Kovaleinen’s fastest lap was set during a brief lull amidst blustery cross-winds and showers and claiming his first ever pole position. Mark Webber gives Red Bull their first taste of front-row starting, later saying his run was with a very light fuel load. Kimi Raikkonen will remind himself that a) there have only been 2 winners from pole at Silverstone in the past 10 years and b) he won here last year! Lewis Hamilton was fast but a couple of errors cost him a higher grid position. Fernando Alonso must wish he had a faster car but his knowledge of this track will ensure he makes the best of it. Felipe Massa may still be feeling the effects of his 190mph smash on Friday. With his overall points rival Robert Kubica alongside him in 10th, Massa will at least start in good company.

The grid line-up:

1 Heikki Kovalainen (McLaren) 

2 Mark Webber (Red Bull) 

3 Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)

4 Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) 

5 Nick Heidfeld (BMW Sauber) 

6 Fernando Alonso (Renault)

7 Nelson Piquet (Renault) 

8 Sebastian Vettel (Toro Rosso) 

9 Felipe Massa (Ferrari) 

10 Robert Kubica (BMW Sauber)

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