Spanish GP qualifying: Raikkonen pole, Alonso flies PDF Print E-mail
The last pole of Kimi Raikkonen was at the Belgian GP in 2007, but the Fin is there again. Fernando Alonso flies on home ground and just came short of Raikkonen's time but will start from the first row. 25 - 27 April 2008

2008 FORMULA 1 SPANISH GRAND PRIX

Pos No Driver Team Q1Q2Q3Laps
       
1 1 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari1:20.701 1:20.784 1:21.813 17
2 5 Fernando Alonso Renault1:21.347 1:20.804 1:21.904 18
3 2 Felipe Massa Ferrari1:21.528 1:20.584 1:22.058 16
4 4 Robert Kubica BMW1:21.423 1:20.597 1:22.065 13
5 22 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:21.366 1:20.825 1:22.096 14
6 23 Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 1:21.430 1:20.817 1:22.231 15
7 10 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:21.494 1:20.984 1:22.429 19
8 11 Jarno Trulli Toyota1:21.158 1:20.907 1:22.529 19
93 Nick Heidfeld BMW1:21.466 1:20.815 1:22.542 20
106 Nelson Piquet Renault1:21.409 1:20.894 1:22.699 18
1117 Rubens Barrichello Honda 1:21.548 1:21.049 12
128 Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota 1:21.690 1:21.117 15
1316 Jenson Button Honda 1:21.757 1:21.211 12
1412 Timo Glock Toyota1:21.427 1:21.230 16
157 Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 1:21.472 1:21.349 15
1614 Sebastien Bourdais STR-Ferrari 1:21.540 1:21.724 15
179 David Coulthard Red Bull-Renault 1:21.810 6
1815 Sebastian Vettel STR-Ferrari 1:22.108 10
1921 Giancarlo Fisichella Force India-Ferrari1:22.516 11
2020 Adrian Sutil Force India-Ferrari1:23.224 8
2119 Anthony Davidson Super Aguri-Honda 1:23.318 9
2218 Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 1:23.496 9
        

Team-by-team summary: Saturday, Spain
Apr.26 (GMM)  FERRARI
Watched by Michael Schumacher on the pitwall, Kimi Raikkonen duly delivered his first pole of the season, to the chagrin of thousands of Spaniards as it bumped local hero Fernando Alonso down to second.  Felipe Massa is third.

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RENAULT
Many observers believe Alonso put in a low-fuel crowd-pleaser for his second on the grid, but veteran engineer Giorgio Ascanelli (Toro Rosso) was impressed: "It was worth coming to Spain just to see his qualifying lap!"  Alonso is not giving much away, but he did confirm an "aggressive approach".  Nelson Piquet had similar pace in Q1 and Q2, so his ultimate run to tenth place will add fuel to the speculation about Alonso's final attack.

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BMW-SAUBER
Robert Kubica is again on the pace; second in the low-fuel Q2 section, and fourth on the grid, only a couple of tenths from pole.  Nick Heidfeld qualified half a second behind and ninth.  "My final lap was not good enough," the German admitted.

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MCLAREN-MERCEDES
Lewis Hamilton told British television after qualifying just fifth that he was "shocked and stunned" with his lack of pace, but the official press release had amusingly toned down his quote to merely "quite surprised".  Teammate Heikki Kovalainen also qualified on the third row.

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RED BULL-RENAULT
After missing morning practice with a Renault engine problem, Mark Webber bagged seventh on the grid amid the incredibly tightly-packed top-ten.  David Coulthard was "shocked" when he failed to graduate out of the Q1 stragglers after (like Webber) gambling on using only hard tyres.

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TOYOTA
Barcelona is not Toyota's best circuit, so Jarno Trulli qualified behind Webber, with teammate Timo Glock slightly adrift, consistently a few tenths shy of Trulli's pace as per usual.  "We've done an average job," chassis boss Pascal Vasselon surmised.

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HONDA
Jenson Button has been marginally off Rubens Barrichello's pace in Spain, but both narrowly missed seeing the Q3 action.  "We are not quite in the position to be scoring points yet," Barrichello said.

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WILLIAMS-TOYOTA
Kazuki Nakajima was actually delighted to outqualify his highly rated teammate Nico Rosberg, but Williams insists that missing the Q3 cut is "unsatisfactory".

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TORO ROSSO-FERRARI
Sebastien Bourdais defied predictions when he scraped out of the Q1 stragglers, but he then went no further with the now outdated STR2.  Sebastian Vettel's run to eighteenth was not impressive, and the whole team will be desperate to gets its hands on the 2008-spec STR3.

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FORCE INDIA-FERRARI
Not a great showing for the team after the false dawn of the practice time sheets, with Giancarlo Fisichella qualifying four tenths slower than eighteenth place, and Adrian Sutil a further seven tenths adrift with a brake disc problem.

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SUPER AGURI-HONDA
Anthony Davidson did well to be just a tenth behind Sutil, conferring the dishonour of last on the grid to his teammate Takuma Sato.

Last Updated on Saturday, 26 April 2008 20:32
 

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