Grand Prix Special - Spain, Qualifying


What a qualifying session! Massa, having set a quick time early on in Q3, failed to improve on it and was nudged down to P2 when none other than Alonso, at his home grand prix, came through with the clock on zero, to take pole.


The crowd went mad and you could hear the cheers from around the circuit, but Raikkonen was still on his final flying lap and only a matter of seconds after the Spaniard raised the roofs around Barcelona, the Finn went less than 0.100 of a second faster. If only the race tomorrow is as exciting as the end of Q3 was…


As for the McLarens, well let’s hope they were carrying a large amount of fuel as they could do no better than P5 and 6.

Truilli ended another strong qualifying session with 8th position on the grid and now that he clearly has race pace as well, expect him to finish in the points as long as all goes according to plan.


It does seem that the Ferraris have the speed over their rivals but whether Renault can stay up at the front all day who knows. They must be running a light fuel load and perhaps they saw an opportunity in qualifying to give the Spanish fans something to cheer about?

Either way, it’s great to have another team on the front row, it just seems strange that Alonso’s team-mate, Piquet, is a second slower and down in P10. Alonso is clearly an extremely fast driver but how much of that gap is down to the fuel load and how much is down to driver skill?

Well, we’ll find out exactly how fast everyone is tomorrow when Nigel Roebuck reports on the Spanish Grand Prix.


Pos Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3
1. Raikkonen Ferrari 1:20.701 1:20.784 1:21.813
2. Alonso Renault 1:21.347 1:20.804 1:21.904
3. Massa Ferrari 1:21.528 1:20.584 1:22.058
4. Kubica BMW 1:21.423 1:20.597 1:22.065
5. Hamilton McLaren 1:21.366 1;20.825 1;22.096
6. Kovalainen McLaren 1:21.430 1:20.817 1:22.231
7. Webber Red Bull 1:21.494 1:20.984 1:22.429
8. Trulli Toyota 1:21.158 1:20.907 1:22.529
9. Heidfeld BMW 1:21.466 1:20.815 1:22.542
10. Piquet Renault 1:21.409 1:20.894 1:22.699
11. Barrichello Honda 1:21.548 1:21.049 No time
12. Nakajima Williams 1:21.690 1:21.117
13. Button Honda 1:21.757 1:21.211
14. Glock Toyota 1:21.427 1:21.230
15. Rosberg Williams 1:21.472 1:21.349
16. Bourdais STR 1:21.540 1:21.724
17. Coulthard Red Bull 1:21.810 No time
18. Vettel STR 1:22.108
19. Fisichella F India 1:22.516
20. Sutil F India 1:23.224
21. Davidson S Aguri 1:23.318
22. Sato S Aguri 1:23.496

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