As I wrote in one of my posts, Ferrari did dominate at Bahrain with Felipe Massa winning the race followed by Kimi Raikkonen at 3rd position. After McLaren dominated at Malaysia, it was Ferrari’s turn this time. Felipe Massa was determined to protect what he lost last week at Kuala Lampur (Malaysia). Massa got Ferrari their 100th pole position on Saturday and doubled his joy by converting his pole to a race win 10 days before his 26th birthday. Massa was clearly a class apart this weekend. Lewis Hamilton, the McLaren newcomer managed a 2nd place position. One of the most important feature of the race was engine failures witnessed by Takuma Sato, David Coulthard and Antony Davidson to name a few. Antony Davidson showed that he is a rookie by driving on the racing line when his engine blew up spilling oil on the track. Lewis Hamilton has managed 2 2nd places and 1 3rd place making him the leader in terms of championship points but I feel it’s too early to be talking about points.The day was made for me when I heard the Italian national anthem when Felipe Massa was standing on the top step of the podium
News from Bahrain GP qualifying as just watched by Naman Bagga the Sports Fan is that Ferrari and McLaren dominated qualifying as usual as Felipe Massa got his 2nd pole position of the season and the 5th of his career. Ferrari clearly had an edge over the rest of the pack in terms of performance. Jean Todt had a smile on his face at the end of the session as Massa and Kimi Raikkonen qualified 1st and 3rd respectively. I strongly feel that Ferrari will have an edge in tomorrow’s race in terms of strategy and technology. McLaren have the potential to fill up the third position on the podium as Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso qualified 2nd and 4th respectively. Robert Kubica qualified 5th , ahead of Nick Hiedfeld. Nico Rosberg who has racing in his blood and Mark Webber qualified 7th and 8th respectively. Giancarlo Fisichella struggled with his Renault and could manage a 9th position on the grid for Sunday’s race. Jarno Trulli just managed to get into the top 10 as he will start the race from 10th position on the 5th row. I’m looking forward to Sunday’s race. By the way it would be shown on ESPN at IST and Hong Kong time.
The Bahrain Grand Prix will be held this weekend. I’ll be reporting about the qualifying and the race on Saturday and Sunday respectively. Watch out for the Ferraris this weekend, I feel they will dominate this weekend. McLaren will also be a team to watch out for. Fernando Alonso or Hamilton can be one of the podium finishers. The temperature is expected to be high at the Sakhir circuit so it will be a tough race for the drivers and tire choice as expected will be crucial for the drivers. I personally will be supporting the Ferraris of Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa. If you are in India I would expect qualifying to start at 16:30 at Star Sports on Saturday and the race day on Sunday same time, same channel.
FROM SEPANG Hi buddies. It was really disappointing and disturbing to see Fernando Alonso of McLaren lead Sunday’s Malaysian Grand Prix all the way, until the checkered flag was waved. Well I’m a die-hard Ferrari fan and even own a community on orkut named Jean Todt rocks. Hamilton who was competing in his 2nd Formula One Grand Prix got a podium finish behind his teammate Alonso. He was 2nd. Finnish Driver Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari managed to get a podium finish 20 seconds behind Alonso and a fraction behind Hamilton. Raikkonen couldn’t repeat his win at Albert Park in Melbourne tree weeks ago. Ferrari’s 2nd driver Felipe Massa could just manage a 5th position. McLaren have now thrown Ferrari on their back foot in the constructors’ championship, as Sunday’s one-two finish was the first for McLaren since 2005. The next GP is at Bahrain but one thing’s for sure I’ll post regarding the qualifying and the race.